Friday, July 30, 2010

Come Help C3

We have thousands of troops across the world that do not have readily available access to their local Sunday paper for coupon clipping. Many blogs have been publishing ways to send troops coupons to help them save.

Did you know that military commissary stores accept coupons up to six months after the expiration date? No? Well, neither did I!!

I have started a group, C3, to begin collecting coupons to be sent to the troops overseas. Please contact me if you have any expired coupons that you would like to donate, please contact me via the blog email found in the sidebar. Please use C3 or Coupons for Troops in the title. Feel free to grab the button, blog about this on your blog and link back, or start your own group by visiting OCP.

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Hot Mess

So I have committed myself to numerous crafty adventures for the next few weeks. The first of them was to make a cake for my BFF's Bridal Shower!! Oh, have no fear, it was delicious!! It started with home made fondant!! I, yes I, made fondant from scratch - or something like that:) I do know that I did not purchase the premade out of the box $20 in my opinion not very tasty fondant.

So today I will take you on a trip, a trip where you will learn how to make your very own tasty fondant icing.

You will need to start with two pounds of confectioners sugar, 16 oz of mini marshmallows (the store brand do not work as well), a couple of tablespoons of water, copious amounts of shortening and then a good amount of corn starch.

** The shortening will be used to coat your hands and counters during the mixing process**
**The cornstarch will be used to coat the rolling pin and counters when you are forming the fondant**

The first step is to find a bowl big enough to fit 16 oz of marshmallows, heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, remove and stir between each round of heating, for about 2 minutes and thirty seconds.

Stir and heat, stir and heat.

Stir and heat, and feed marshmallows to the munchkins.

and stir and heat some more...

Once the marshmallows are completely melted, pour ¾ of the powdered sugar in the bowl, stir gently and then prepare to get messy.

This is where the shortening comes into play, generously coat your hands, front, back, in between the fingers (I suggest removing any hand/wrist jewelry), and even coat a bit above your wrists. You will also want to coat the surface you will use for kneading the icing. In my case, the counter tops are not solid, but 12 inch tiles, so I opted to do my kneading on a baking sheet – that was covered in shortening.

You will be a literal hot mess (remember we heated the marshmallows) Keep kneading and slowly adding the remainder of the powdered sugar until the icing is dough like material.

Double wrap in saran wrap, then in an air tight container, store in the fridge over night.

Voila!! You made your own fondant – and the secret is that it tastes better too!!

More crafty/Suzie homemaker adventures coming soon!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Changes in the Air

And I am not talking about our heat or humidity!!

There are changes going on, with in me personally, how I parent, how I react to situations. It’s all changing. Things are hectic, confusing, busy, and hard. But I am here, the kids are happy and healthy and at the end of the day that is what matters most.

We will take one day at a time, move forward one step at a time, and life will go on.

I can say it no better than it was once said my John F. Kennedy himself “The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.”