Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Recipe Review: Strawberry Peach Crisp

I recently tried out yet another amazing recipe from Little Birdie Secrets. This one was the delicious and superbly easy Strawberry Peach Crisp. The recipe called for Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds cereal, but I got the Fred Meyer equivalent for $2 instead and it still ended up delicious. A thrifty change-out for us penny pinchers. I also used canned peaches instead of fresh, so those of you that don't have good peaches in your area, there's hope! How amazing does this look?

And all dished up with some whipped cream.

This recipe is super easy to make and so delicious that I only got one serving before everyone else in the house ate it all up without leaving me more than a few bites left over.

Next time I make it, I'm not telling anyone.

Today's Give Away: Vinyl Lettering Free Giveaway

Another Today's Give Away post.

Tonight the Vinyl Lettering Free Giveaway will be closing off at 11:59pm and the winner will be announced tomorrow, so be sure to visit their website for a chance to win a $35 shopping spree from Delicate Expressions.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Recipe Review: Reese's® Puffs® Sticky Balls from Little Birdie Secrets & Contest from Today's Give Away

Yesterday I tried out this recipe posted by Little Birdie Secrets for Reese's® Puffs® Sticky Balls. They taste even better than they look and took hardly any time at all to make.

My seven-year-old daughter and I had a blast melting marshmallows and forming the sticky cereal mixture into tasty treats with our hands.

The recipe calls for Reese's® Puffs® cereal, but I used the Fred Meyer brand version of the same cereal and it was only $2 a box!

These treats were super easy to make, fun and easy for my daughter to help with, and are absolutely delicious. I will definitely make these again. I'm thinking I might contact my daughter's teacher about making some for a class snack.

So go visit Little Birdie Secrets for this great recipe.

One More Thing!

Today's Give Away is sponsoring an awesome contest. Be sure to enter so you can win an adorable trick'r'treat bag or jewelry from Beanies, Bows, and Bling Oh My!

Recipe: Perfectly Peachy Caribbean Prawn Tacos

This is a one-pan recipe that looks and tastes like you put hours into cooking it but really only takes about twenty-minutes from start to finish. Add a little more time if you'll be serving your filling on toasted corn tortillas.

You'll Need:

26 - 30 Prawns, Pealed & Deveined
- (I used a bag of prawns from Fred Meyers frozen section. Thaw first.)
4 Medium Peaches, Pitted & Thinly Sliced
1/8 cup Chopped Cilantro
1 1/2 TBSP Johnny's Jamaican Me Crazy Seasoning
1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 Large Purple Onion, Finely Chopped
1 TBSP Olive Oil
8 Small Corn Tortillas
- (or any kind of tortillas or shells)
Olive Oil Spray (optional, for toasting corn tortillas.)
Favorite Taco Toppings
- (I used avacado and pico de gillo from the store.)


1. Warm the olive oil over medium-low heat in a large frying pan.
2. Add in onion and cook until onions are almost clear.
3. Turn up heat to medium. Add in sliced peaches and cilantro and let simmer for about three minutes.
4. While onion and peach mixture is simmering, put prawns in a bowl with Worcestershire Sauce and Seasoning. Stir until well coated.
5. Add prawns to frying pan. Saute until prawns are well done, stirring frequently.

Now dish your prawn mixture into your tortillas of choice, add toppings and serve with a salad, or alone. Super filling and extra yummy!

To Toast Corn Tortillas:

Do this first if you're planning on having toasted tortillas.

1. Spray the pan you're going to use for the taco mixture with olive oil spray and cook tortillas over medium heat, flipping when little brown spots begin to appear, about three minutes.
2. Place your tortillas on a plate, cover with foil and keep warm in the oven until your other ingredients are done cooking.

Quick Thaw Prawns:

Fred Meyer sells bags of frozen prawns for about $5.99. When I'm ready to make my tacos, I open the bag and fill it with hot water straight from the kitchen sink and let the prawns sit while I chop my onions. By the time I'm done, the prawns are well thawed and easy to squeeze out of their split shells.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Photoshop Brushes :: Pirates! v2.0

Just finished putting together another set of brushes. More pirates for your digital pleasure. Download them from my deviantart.com account.

Pirates! v2.0

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Store and Lollapanoplies

Today I transferred my inventory to artfire.com, a website in the vein of etsy, but with a few subtle differences. The winning one being that you can post up to twelve listings without being asked for a credit card. Big winner for the poor pirate.

Also, I would like to introduce you to Lollapanoplies of who the creative genius is my dear friend, Lindsey. Lindsey is one of the most artistically gifted people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting and calling friend. Here are a few examples of the items she is currently offering and rapidly selling out of.

She constructs these adorable owl costumes out of super soft zip-up hoodie sweatshirts, felt, and cotton. For those of us living in the Northwest it's just the sort of Halloween costume you want your child wearing during the frozen Trick-or-Treating hours. I'm so jealous I didn't think of it first!

These costumes are selling like hotcakes, and obviously your child is going to want to wear theirs every day, all day, forever. She has some beautiful moss gardens and vintage clothing to offer as well, so be sure to check her out.

So, that concludes my entry today. I have a few recipes I developed over the past few weeks and I'll be sharing them soon. I meant to share them sooner but haven't had a chance to download the images off my camera.

Soon, I promise.
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