Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Sneak Peak

Well, not a real peak but just a little snippet about what I have been up to. Check in a day or so here and you will really see what I have been doing!

I am not sure if you know but we got a dog about 6 weeks ago. Now this puppy is just too too cute and the kids love her and she loves the kids. She is a Golden Retriever and she is a perfect pet for our family. My bunch love to pick her up, carry her around, dress her up, and generally touch her constantly. They even pet her when she is eating. In fact, the other day my smallest one was holding the dog's jaw as she was eating (the dog was eating). Well, most breeds I know wouldn't stand for someone holding their mouth while they were eating. They would growl, bark or even BITE at the person interfering with their ability to partake in chow. This dog, however, just let her do it, not barking, growling, moving away, or biting. Nothing. Just kept eating. I don't know of a nicer, kinder, gentler breed of dog. She is perfect for us.

In honor of this wonderful addition to our family, I made her some dog biscuits, well lots of dog biscuits. I have adjusted the recipes that I have found and created some of my own. So now we have more treats than she could ever eat. Thus was created Annabelle's Edibles! I will be introducing a whole line of whole foods treats for dogs of many sizes and shapes and health issues. If your dog has fleas, I have a treat for you. If your dog is small, I have a treat for you. If your dog is large, I've got you covered. If your dog is diabetic, even you can find a treat with me. All are healthy and tested by Annabelle!

Annabelle was also getting bored with her puppy toys and I happened to be making some blankets. I used some of the fleece that I had leftover and made some rope tug toys for Annabelle. Boy, did she go crazy over these! And yes, I went a bit overboard too. She now has way too many and so these will be for sale too. They are perfect for puppies of all sizes and ages. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes to fit your personal tugging needs. Annabelle came to me yesterday with her navy blue one and dropped it at my feet. when I didnt move, she picked it up and dropped it in my lap. She wanted to play. Now these tugs are the first things she goes to for playtime. Doggie tested, they don't shred like thread rope bones and they can easily be thrown in the washer and dryer. They hold your scent on it so the dogs love it. And after the workout she gave that tug last night with my husband, they hold up to some pretty strong tugging!

So, please check back here and at the store for cool toys and treats for your perfect puppy! Oh, if you read this and are dying to get your hands on some treats or tugs and the store isn't open yet email Annabelle at annabellesedibles@yahoo.com, I am sure she has a few (hundred) to spare.

Asian Style Meatball Stir Fry

Okay so bear with me. I know it sounds weird, strange and utterly odd. But this is really good.


rice, cooked
teriaki sauce
meatballs, frozen pre-made
bag of frozen asian vegetables

Here's how to put it together. Take the meatballs and toss them in a pan on medium heat. When they are about 2/3 cooked through, toss in the bag of frozen veggies. Cover with a lid for a few minutes to allow the veggies to thaw and give off some of its juices. Just when things are looking like they are hot and there is a bit of water on the bottom of the pan from the veggies, add about 1/2 cup of teriaki sauce and stir so that the meatballs and the veggies are covered. If the sauce looks too juicy then allow to reduce a few minutes before serving. You want some sauce for the rice. Then put a scoop of cooked rice on the plate and then scoop the meatballs and veggies on top and serve. Now, how easy is that.

My kids love meatballs and we have them quite often as they are quick and easy to make when they come frozen from the store. This recipe surprised even my pickiest of eaters. For some of the kids I didn't put the meatballs and veggies on the rice because they don't like their food to mingle with each other. They loved the sweet teriaki sauce on the meatballs!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New Website!

I actually have a couple websites for you to check out.

First, http://www.peachycheap.com/, is a great site with an ever-changing stock. This site offers scrapbook supplies on the cheap but the clincher is that it only offers one thing a day and when that item is all gone then it is gone. The prices are great and it changes daily. I have been checking it daily for the last two weeks but just can't bring myself to buy anything yet. I am waiting for those must have items. Right now I have a ton of stuff and I need to work through my items in order to justify spending more.

Second, I have found a great scrapbook store that offers a fun monthly kit. It is http://www.awalkdownmemorylane.net/. I won a monthly kit from them in a blog candy from http://www.sheetload.blogspot.com/ and I have used almost everything I received. In further research I have found that they offer two monthly kits each month so you can choose one or the other. This is great because sometimes we don't necessarily like the kit offered by other clubs for the month but are obligated to buy it because of a subscription. This one you can choose. Then they have great add ons that you can choose from also. The kits are reasonably priced at around $30 and they come with a ton of paper and embellies. You can also buy older kits too. I really like some of the older ones and currently have two in my shopping cart waiting the $60 I need to buy them. (donations are welcome!!)

Third, http://www.scarletlime.com/ has updated their site. Their monthly kits look gorgeous too and I just ordered mine for this month and can't wait to get it. I love that they have three kits to choose from with three different price points. You can get the larger kit for about $30 or a project kit for about $20 or a mini kit for between $12-14. I have started with the project kit from an older collection and a mini kit from this month. I love choice. What I also love about this site is that you can look at all the projects that were created with their kits but the beauty of it is that you can use your own materials and make the same project. I made an acordian album with their directions, using my own paper and I love it. I will post some pictures soon.

Fourth, http://www.lionbrand.com/, has a wonderful selection of crocheted amigurami( sp?). They are little animals that are fun to make and fun to give as gifts. They are baby-friendly and easy enough to complete while watching TV in the evening. It takes me about 2 hours to complete one creature. (okay maybe 2 1/2 hours) I have made the frog, pig, and turtle. I am currently working on the penguin. The ones that call for a black button for the eyes, I use a black knot from black yarn instead to make them more baby and toddler-friendly. I will post a picture soon of these little guys. Too cute!

Triple Layer Boston Creme Pie

Yes you read that right. Triple layer Boston Creme Pie:

This recipe is so super easy you will wonder why you hadn't thought of it before.

1 box cake mix (and whatever you need to make the cake from the box recipe)
1 large box of vanilla pudding (and the amount of milk necessary to make the pudding according to the box)Allow to firm up in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
1 container of milk chocolate icing.

Make the cake in two 8 or 9 inch rounds. Let cool on a rack. Slice each cake in half horizontally making 4 layers of cake.

Now, place one layer of the cake on a large plate, spread about 1/3 of the vanilla pudding on top of the layer. Then add another layer of cake. Spread another third of the vanilla pudding on top of that and add another layer. Last third of pudding on top and top that with the last layer of cake. Now here comes the yummy part. Heat the cocolate icing in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds or until slightly melted but not separated. Stir and then pour on top of the cake. The icing should only be slightly melted, enough to pour and have a slow drip not so fluid that it all runs down the edges of the cake. The icing will slowly drip down the sides. Put the cake in the refrigerater for 1 hour before serving.