Saturday, April 21, 2012

7UP Biscuits- Found on PINTEREST

Go into your kitchen and make these NOW.

2 cups Bisquick (they do make a Gluten Free version)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7UP
1/4 cup or 4 tbsp melted butter

Preheat oven to 450.

Put Bisquick into a bowl and add the sour cream. Cut it in, using a fork - until the flour gets all lumpy. Add in 7UP and stir to combine. Dough will be really soft. You want to dump this out on the counter, on top of a little dusting of Bisquick to keep it from sticking. I just rolled it out and used my biscuit cutters to make my biscuits.

In your pan - melt the butter and let it sit on the bottom. Put your cut biscuits on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes.

These are DELICIOUS, slightly sweet ....  and the bottoms, since they are sitting on the butter - are crispy and buttery.

These are great for breakfast or with dinner! So easy and quick! Better than biscuits from the can.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Exploring Houston: Tomball German Festival

Two weeks ago, we decided to go to the German Festival in downtown Tomball. It was the 12th year, I've lived here for 6 - and I'd never been. I think most people go for the beer and food - but there are crafts and some entertainment too. It's actually a VERY popular festival and it's on a lot of Texas Festival websites, which is cool. They also have a German Christmas Festival in December which is supposed to be outstanding and a great place to find German ornaments and Christmas decorations, plus gifts! I can't wait to go this year!

The first thing we went for was the FOOD! Here is Conrad with his turkey leg. I had sausage. He later had a corndog and I had Frito pie. I've been doing GREAT with my eating plan- but I blew it at the festival and that's ok-  I was planning it!

I take the WORST pictures, but you know ... proof I was there!

We went by a salsa tent. The lady also had jellies, jams, relishes, etc --- and she asked me if I had ever had sauerkraut and I said NO - and she said well you are at the German festival, YOU MUST. So I did and Conrad captured the moment for us all.

DIDN'T love it
Ugh ... moving on ... when we would find a treat to eat, we would take it down to the picnic tables and eat. The tables were set up right by the petting farm. Conrad and a bunch of 4 year olds were enthrallled! Here are the baby potbelly pigs that we all thought were so super cute ... and their baby goat friends!

... and last, but not least - we enjoyed buying stuff for us! This was my giant bottle of Mexican vanilla (goodbye imitation!) ... and a loaf of hatch green chile/cheddar bread. The baker lady was there with all kinds of bread. It seems any kind you could possibly want!

Conrad and I both drive a long way for work ... and weekends are for doing nothing, or errands, if we absolutely have to. So I was thrilled to get out of the house for a few hours and do something different. We had such a good time. It's a very small festival, but so easy for us to get to. Parking was easy and I think we have the hang of it now- when to go, what time to go, etc ... and so we will for sure go to the event in December and this one again next year. SO MUCH FUN!

I've gone so far as going online to find a list of nearby festivals. I really want to start going to more. Such a great place for fun and great food- and unique gifts. I just really dig them right now.


Thursday, April 12, 2012

New Lamp

There is another new addition in the guest room 'cause once again, it will transfer VERY well into my new craft room. It's on the girly side, Conrad wouldn't want it front and center in the living room or anything ...

This lamp was $80 at Hobby Lobby which was WAY too much ... but the day I found it, it was 50% off - so I got it for $40 and I had a $50 gift card from Christmas.


How dang cute is that bird????


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Zebra Pillow - Part 2

My zebra pillow came this weekend from Coldwater Creek!

SO CUTE and SO HAPPY I got it!

The front was as advertised .... and I think it looks REALLY cute in one of the guest bedrooms. I absolutely love it.

(sorry for blurry pic)

Then as you remember, one of the reviewers said the stripes follow through on the back...

They TOTALLY DO. I love it.
I'm really glad I got it. It will be a great addition to my craft room when the new house is built.


Sunday, April 8, 2012


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Good Friday was .... a good Friday


Trying to get better about posting- although I feel like no one reads much anymore. :(

Yesterday was Good Friday and it was a holiday at work --- I don't have a ton of money right now- it went to some earlier endeavors- like a down payment on a vacation for later this year (YAY) --- so I really wasn't going to do much yesterday. Conrad had some boy errands to run like Home Depot which bores me to tears unless I'm looking for tile or light fixtures (he was going for Turf Builder and a water filter) - no thanks! ....

So I said you know I am going to take what little money I do have and go enjoy the tea room down in downtown Tomball. Conrad is always willing to go with me, but he usually ends up making a snack when he gets back home, it's just not enough food and not the right kind of food for him. Soup and sandwiches don't hold him. Yesterday the special was chicken/spinach enchiladas. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their tortilla soup and pasta salad too - so that's what I had. DELISH.

I so love that place! Afterwards I left and wandered back towards my car and passed so many cute shops that I so wanted to go into but what's the point? No money! Just keep thinking MEXICO MEXICO --- there's a good reason you don't have any money! HA!

.... and as I passed the Bath Hut I saw they had free lotion samples outside. Just a big basket full of them. So I stuck my head into the shop and the lady said yes, they were free, to please take one. So I TOTALLY did and it smells SO GOOD!

It's not much you know, but it just fulfilled my need to leave with SOMETHING. I don't know why I get like that sometimes- I just need SOMETHING. Usually garage saling cheaply fulfills my need to get "stuff" but being Easter weekend, there won't be many ... so this worked.

YAY good Good Friday indeed!


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Coldwater Creek

I like Coldwater Creek - I've shopped there before ... a little pricey!!!!

I usually try to hit a sale - I found a coupon in a magazine for $25 off a $100 purchase, so I went online to see what I could find. Uh like maybe 2 sweaters -- and even with the discount I'd have to pay $100. No Thanks!

But in the outlet section I did find this SUPER CUTE pillow that would look great in my turquoise/chocolate/pink guest room. It was on sale for $19, regularly $39.95 AND I got free shipping.

I normally would still say $19 was too much for a throw pillow - but then again, this one was so different. It's a totally new and fun play on the "animal print" that I and so many other people love. Supposedly, the stripes follow around the back too - which is really neat. I can't wait to get it. I have been trying to buy more things lately that I can bring to the new house --- so when it's built and we're moving in, it won't be so daunting to try to decorate. This color is going to be one of the main colors in my little guest room/craft room. So - what the heck!

The pillow is also unique in that the zebra was hand drawn on with wax, then the fabric was dyed and this is the resulting image. I am guessing no 2 pillows are alike. I love it.