Thursday, April 17, 2014

~thrifty thursday~{make Easter candy out of what?}

The kids have been on Spring break this week, and since we aren't vacationing, we have been trying to make the most out of everyday doing something fun, or going somewhere fun.

So, naturally I got the kids involved for this weeks thrifty Thursday project.
It's a fun project you can do on your own, or with your kids, and it's perfect for Easter.

Here is how you can make lollipops out of shower curtain rings from the dollar store!
These come in a 12 pack and each recipe makes approx 20 lollipops.

 You will also need:
flavoring
lollipop sticks {or Popsicle sticks}
a candy thermometer
parchment paper
Pam cooking spray
and
food coloring.
Between the grocery store and the craft store you can find these items.
Spray the inside of each curtain ring
with Pam cooking spray.
 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then lay out 20 curtain rings.
You may need 2 baking sheets.
Place a Popsicle stick in each one.
 Carefully measure out in a saucepan~

2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
and
70 mL of water

Attach your thermometer making sure it is not hitting the bottom of the pan, and stir.
Turn on high.
 Stir, stir, stir constantly until it reaches a rolling boil.
Then stop stirring and watch carefully until it reaches 300 degrees F.
 Remove from heat once it reaches 300 degrees F. and stir in both packages of flavoring as well as food coloring if you wish.
We used violet food coloring and watermelon flavoring.
 Once removed from the heat this mixture hardens quite fast, so working quickly, pour into your curtain rings. Let set until hard~a few hours, or longer.
The curtain rings will come off easily when they are hardened.
Tie a ribbon around each lollipop. 
You can wrap them up in cute paper
{or saran wrap works too}
or just eat them right away!

{If you wish, before pouring into the molds, you can add candy or sprinkles}
Bonus~ 
Your house will smell like a candy factory.
I bet you never thought about using curtain rings to make lollipops before huh?
Sometimes you just have to think outside the box!

xoxo

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

~one room challenge week 3~





It's week 3, that means we are halfway to the finish and I feel so far behind. 
Here is what I have done this past week:

I shipped off this flax colored linen fabric to have roman shades made. 
My husband hates any kind of curtains so I will have to break this one to him slowly.


However, he did agree on white carrara counterops and we selected our slab!
Up until now the only hint of marble in our kitchen is the cutting board shown in the above photo.
I cannot wait.
They come Friday to do the template, and next Friday to install!

{sorry, bad phone photo}


This is the backsplash I picked:




I also ordered new sconces and they have arrived.
Haven't broke the news to my husband about these either.


That is it!
Yikes, I really need to start painting cabinets.
I keep putting it off.
Hopefully next week I'll be able to show you photos of the actual kitchen!

Here is the full list of One Room Challenge participants:



xoxo






Tuesday, April 15, 2014

~HC Home~

 Local friends, you don't want to miss out on this new store in Snohomish Washington~
HC Home from the owners of Haleys Cottage in Kirkland.
Savannah and I recently went to an event there and I was able to take some photos to share with all of you. I will let the pictures do the talking.
Enjoy your tour around HC Home!
















I'll be back tomorrow to share with you our progress on the ORC week 3!
xoxo

Monday, April 14, 2014

~6 wilson pillow giveaway~

A short time ago I showed you some new pillows I got 
for our sectional.


I am still loving them so much.
Carol Beck from the shop 6 Wilson on etsy is 
offering a My Sweet Savannah reader a pillow cover of their choice!

Here are some of my favorites from her shop:







I love all the different patterns and colors!
If you'd like to be entered in this giveaway for one pillow cover from 
please visit her shop and then leave me a comment on this post letting me know which one you would pick if you won.

If you just can't wait, please use code

SWEET20

at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase at 6 Wilson.

Offer expires on Saturday, I will pick a winner for the pillow cover and announce back here on Friday.

~Good luck~

xoxo

Saturday, April 12, 2014

~tex-mex casserole~

An easy healthy hearty dinner,






Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced green onions 

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • (10 3/4-oz.) can cream of mushroom soup 
  • 1 cup milk 
  • (4-oz.) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded pepper Jack cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • cooking spray 
  • (6-oz.) package buttermilk cornbread mix
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Cook ground turkey in a large skillet over medium heat stirring often, 5 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Add green onions, and sauté 1 minute.
  2. 2. Stir in soup and next 2 ingredients. Bring to a low boil, and remove from heat. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese and 1/4 cup cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour turkey mixture into a 2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  3. 3. Stir together cornbread mix, 3/4 cup water,  3 Tbsp. cilantro, and remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Pour cornbread mixture over turkey mixture in baking dish. 
  4. {I used a cast iron pan}
  5. 4. Bake at 400° for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.
xoxo

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