Stabilized Whipped Cream

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I love fresh whipped cream, I'm not a big fan of store made dessert whipped toppings.  BUT some recipes call for that stabilized whipped topping, so why not make my own? It tastes better AND it's really easy! You really are just adding gelatin to the whipped cream your making.  There are a few tips and trips, like when to add it, but pretty much that's it!  This way it's stronger, you can use it in recipes, or pipe it even, like onto a pie or cake without it getting all melty! So you need whipping cream, vanilla and sugar, just like normal, and some gelatin and some water to dissolve it into!  Easy peasy, I always have these around! Pour the gelatin into the COLD water … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...

sunshine pillow crochet pattern

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Before every nap, and every night at bed time, my husband and I sing a few songs to our boys to get them settled. We sing songs that we remember from growing up and songs from our church's children's hymn book. One song that always ends up in the rotation is "You are my sunshine." I'm not sure why, but we all love it. If you listen to all of the lyrics you'll learn that it is actually kind of a depressing song, so we just stick to singing the chorus! That song has served as inspiration for this sunshine pillow crochet pattern that I'm sharing with you today. The boys love having their beds filled with all manner of squishy, comfy accessories. I knew that this happy pillow … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...

Peanut Butter Cookie S’mores

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I am so excited to be participating in a S'more week with a ton of other amazing food bloggers this week! I'll have two more recipes myself this week, and so will everyone else!  I can't wait to see all the marshmallowy chocolate goodness!! So today I'm starting out with my new FAVORITE way to eat S'mores... with the best Peanut butter cookies ever.  Seriously this recipe is AMAZING! Because I don't have a firepit AND I don't always want to start a fire I have started making OVEN BAKED S'mores.  YUP fast, easy and I can make them any time I want (which is more often than I'd like to admit these days... Preheat the oven to 350, place the cookies upside down on a cookie … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...

Homemade Donuts

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I love donuts! Earlier this summer I had the most amazing made-to-order donuts and ever since I've been obsessed with fresh donuts!  I've been trying a few different recipes all summer and I'm FINALLY happy with one. And today I'm over at Skip to my Lou as part of her summer series sharing the donut picnic party we had including all the glaze recipes we love to use! These are a basic raised donut, meaning they are made with yeast and you let them rise before frying them. (vs baking or dropping them into the oil, other classic donuts).  I'm working on some recipes for the other styles but I'm not ready to share them yet! Basic Raised Donuts Makes 2 dozen 6 Tbsp active dry … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...

Trend Alert: Black + White Stripes

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Hello all you Topsy Turvy Readers! It's Deidre here, and I am ready to talk fashion. My last two posts were all about lips. A list of my favorite spring colors and my tips for matching your lipstick to your outfits. But this time I am taking it to the trends! Stripes are a timeless fashion trend. You will always catch them on button ups, tees, and blouses, but this year they are making their mark on more than just the top half of your wardrobe. You will find them on blazers, pants, dresses, shoes, and accessories. And the most popular type of stripes this year? The black and white stripes, or prison stripes, in bold stripes and thin stripes. They are taking over the runway, closets, and … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...

One Hour Parmesan Breadsticks Recipe

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These breadsticks are AMAZING!  I remember the first time my girlfriend Robin brought them over for dinner!  I got the recipe from her THAT night and I've been making them ever since.  My girlfriend Heather won't even let me in the door of her house unless I bring a batch with me! The best part is that they are FAST and easy to make, like under an hour!  So those nights when I'm like, crap what am I going to make for dinner, I know that I can throw these together fast and the kids will be happy no matter what else I make! We are a dipping family, we like to dip foods, like grilled cheese in soup, fries in frosty's, etc...  These breadsticks are perfect for dipping.  My favorite is … Finish reading (let's face it, see more pictures) here...