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Easy Sweet and Salty Pretzel Nuggets

This recipe has been a LiFeSaVeR when I need to make a dessert but am short on time.  It is the perfect blend of salty and sweet!

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz. bag sourdough pretzel nuggets
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 Tb. cinnamon

Directions:

Mix oil, sugar, and cinnamon together and pour over pretzels in oven safe baking dish.  Bake for 8-10 minutes at 300 degrees.  Take out of oven and stir pretzels around to make sure all pretzels are coated with mixture.  Put back in the over for 5 more minutes.  Let cool and EnJoY!

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*Stay tuned for my Easy Garlic Pretzel Appetizer version of this recipe!

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Easiest Way to Shuck Corn

Take a second and check out this video!  If you love eating corn on the cob, this is the COOLEST and EASIEST way to shuck corn!

http://www.wimp.com/shuckcorn/

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Happy Summer!

~Lara

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Icing Cupcakes Made Easy!

Whenever I have to bring a dessert anywhere I AlWaYs do cupcakes.  Not just because I love to eat them, but because I have found a FaSt and SiMpLe way to make them look like they were done by a professional!

Use your favorite store-bought icing, disposable cake decorating bags, and a large-sized decorating tip.

Cut the tip off of the disposable decorating bag and slide the decorating tip to the end of the bag.

Fold the plastic decorating bag over the edge of a cup so that your hands are free to scoop the icing into the decorating bag. Once you have filled the bag with icing simply take it out of the cup to use.

Squeeze the icing to the tip of the bag when you are ready to decorate the cupcakes.

Start on the edge of the cupcake and move in a circular or spiral motion ending in the middle of the cupcake.

Add toppings and serve!

Try not to get frustrated on your first few attempts!  After a few tries you’ll be decorating like a professional and your friends and family will be asking you how you make it look so EaSy!

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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My First Pinterest Project

It’s been about four months since I first joined Pinterest and boy has it changed my life for the BeTtEr!  The ideas just keep coming and I can’t get enough of them!  The first project that I tried from Pinterest was this simple fingerpaint technique shared by .

  • Use blue painters tape to spell your child’s name on fingerpainting paper.
  • Let them fingerpaint over the tape.
  • Once the paint has dried remove the tape to reveal their name in white!

My daughter's first fingerpaint creation!

EnJoY!

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Super Easy Spinach Ball Recipe

I tried these spinach balls at a Christmas party and just had to get the recipe.  They were DeLicIoUs and I was thrilled to find out how EaSy they were to make!  They are now my “go to” recipe when I need to bring an appetizer anywhere and am short on time!

Spinach Balls Recipe:

  • 2 10 oz. packages of frozen chopped spinach
  • 2 cups of dry stuffing mix
  • 1 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Cook spinach and drain well.  Combine all ingredients.  Chill in refrigerator at least two hours.  Roll into one inch balls.  Place on cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned.

EnJoY!

~Robyn (Jersey Girl)

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Live-It: LESS IS MORE

Over the weekend I spoke with a relative who gave me the iDeA to share the “less is more” concept when brainstorming your live-it list.  Her new year’s resolution for 2011 was to take at least one photo every, single day. Her Goal was not necessarily to be artsy and super creative, but to simply keep track of the year, one day at a time.  Some of her posts were short and others were long, as she never committed to writing a certain amount, which may have discouraged her to continue.  The most important thing was to come up with 1 picture to signify every day that year.

I especially like that she said being forced to take a daily picture helped her to “loOk uP” in life vs. always looking down.  Isn’t that cool?!   That is so true, and after talking to her, I could see how much this goal had really opened her eyes to things in the world that she normally may have ignored!

We may think we have to come up with such aMaziNg and out-of-this-world things to put on our live-it list, when in fact it is the basic, everyday things that often eNrich our lives the most.  In what ways can you simplify some of the items on your list?  Maybe you want to “enjoy life more” or “have more quality family time”.  In order to achieve those things you don’t need to take expensive trips, spend money, or do something extreme.  How can you sImpLify those items using the resources you have and make it a convenient way to incorporate it in your daily routine?  Remember, less is more…so go down every item on your list and ask yourself, ‘how can I simplify this to make it more attainable’?  You might be surprised at the new items you come up with!

If you have any ideas, please share by commenting below.  We have many people working on their lists this week.  Help encourage others by sharing your thoughts!

~Lara

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Lara’s Christmas DIY Projects

I wanted a ChEaP and EaSy way to decorate my back porch for the holidays.  Here is what it normally looks like!

I trimmed up our cedar trees for some FREE decor and added some extra ribbon I had around the house.  The chair and white table were found in my basement and I used some leftover stencils to paint the numbers on the door.  What do think of the traNsformAtion?

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A few years ago I decided I didn’t like the look of the back of my upper cabinets. 

So…I bought Rustoleum Magnetic Paint and Chalkboard Paint.  I applied the magnetic paint with a brush first,  let it dry, and then applied the chalkboard paint.  Now it is a place to hang pics and cards as well as write messages to our family!

And for the holidays, it can really add CoLoR to the room by simply using different colored chalk!  I will need to clear some more space as we recently received much more Christmas mail to display!

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Need an ineXpenSive way to wrap a gift or gift card?  Check this out!!

Clean out an old soup can and hammer holes in the top…

Use decorative paper to wrap around the can.  Secure with tape.  Hammer two holes on opposite ends of the top of the can…

Use jute rope, string, ribbon, or whatever you pRefeR to secure the top of the can.  I also spray painted some of the tops of the cans white (if you want to hide the aluminum)!  There are so many different ways to make these cans, so have fUn with it!

Merry Christmas!

Lara

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