Monday, April 29, 2013

No-Bake Haystack Cookies {Revisited}

Today, I have for you a recipe that I've posted before. 
Like a few of my other early recipe posts, the photos were less than stellar or even appetizing.

I'm working on re-takes for those recipe items. 

My most recent recipe retake projects were these delicious, unbaked chocolate cookies, called Haystacks.

You can whip them up in a few minutes, chill them to set & have them ready to serve in hardly any time flat!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Insta-Friday #14

Welcome to another Insta-Friday! 

Spring has finally decided to grace Saskatchewan with her presence & I must say, 
I for one, am loving it!

I had almost forgotten what warm sunshine felt like...

Last Friday evening, I went to a local handmade market with a friend of mine. These custom made dolls tickled my fancy.

The old man dolls & the bears with glasses were my favourites.

How can you not smile when you look at them?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Confetti Birthday Cards

This time of year, there sure seems to be a lot of birthdays! The kids seem to be invited to more birthday parties & our extended family has quite a few spring birthdays. 

Why not make some fun, handmade birthday cards for the special birthday boys & girls in your life?

Supplies Used:
  • Cardstock -  Core'Dinations & Michaels
  • Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye
  • Sequins - Martha Stewart
  • Happy Birthday Sticker - American Crafts

Supplies Used:
  • Cardstock -  Michaels & Colorbok
  • Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye & Stampin' Up!
  • Sequins - Martha Stewart
  • Happy Birthday Sticker - American Crafts

Make your birthday cards shine with a handmade touch.

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Enjoy your day,

Monday, April 22, 2013

Lemon Roasted Potatoes

Wow, looking through the recipes I've posted here on Silver Boxes, it's been a long while since I've posted anything other than a dessert or some kind of sweet!

We do eat foods other than sweets. I promise. 

Now that the days are longer I'm starting to have better light around supper time to take better photos.
So I've been doing just that - taking photos of our favourite meals. 
Yay for variety!

One of our very, very favourite side dishes are these lemon roasted potatoes.

With garlic & oregano, they're a perfect side dish to souvlaki & Greek salad!

You can even do them on the BBQ if you want! (Just see my notes at the end of the recipe.)

Lemon Roasted Potatoes  Print recipe
serves 6

4 lbs. potatoes (8-10)
1 cup water
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 cup lemon juice (or 1/3 cup if you don't like a strong lemon flavour)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Preheat oven to 325º.

Cut potatoes into wedges. Place in 13x9" baking dish. Whisk together remaining ingredients. Pour over potatoes. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake for 2 hours, basting often, until most of the liquid is evaporated.

**Notes: If you're in more of a hurry, you can still make this. Reduce water to 1/2 cup, heat oven to 350º, & bake for an hour. Still super yummy!

To make on the BBQ: Make sure you use 1 cup water - no less. Use a disposable aluminum baking dish, cover with aluminum foil & BBQ on medium heat for 30 minutes. Baste often.**

Have you been barbecuing already this Spring? We sill have snow on the ground here in Saskatoon, but I have promised myself that I'm barbecuing this week anyway!

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God bless you,

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Insta-Friday #13 {Even Though It's Saturday}

We started off last weekend with... you guessed it... Snow.

My friend & I started our #nosockrebellion just to stick it to the snow. 

We must have hurt the snow's feelings because it's now quickly retreating.


Have I told you that I'm in love with washi tape? It's true! It can be used for so many things. One of my favourite being a great way to dress up a plain brown paper package. And topped with a little felt pinwheel... the ultimate cute factor.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Diaper Box Upcycle Tutorial

Hello, friends!

Today I have an extra special treat for you... my beautiful friend, Darlene, is going to share with you how she made these fun "baskets" for her baby's change table. 

Aren't they super fun?

Darlene & I have been friends for many years - since our college days! 
She is a SAHM to her 3 adorable children. She makes divine bath & body products. 
(Her bath bombs are the BEST!)

In the last year or so, I've started to see Darlene share some of her other creations & home decor on Facebook. I asked her if she would like to share a project with my readers & I'm thrilled she said yes!

She's put together a fabulous tutorial on how to upcycle diaper boxes into storage baskets!


Monday, April 15, 2013

Strawberries & Cream Trifle

On Friday evening, I had the pleasure of attending a baby shower for a dear friend of mine. We were celebrating the birth of her precious little boy. 
The night was full of delicious food & desserts, cuddles with the new baby, & laughter with friends. Perfection.
I was asked to bring a dessert of some kind 
so I was thinking through some of my favourite things to bring to a party, 
& this trifle popped into my mind.

It's a wonderful thing for a spring party. After all, strawberries just scream spring, don't you think?
Just look at the yummy layers of angel food cake, strawberries, custard, & jam... **drool**

Friday, April 12, 2013

Insta Friday #10, #11, & #12

***WARNING: This is a very photo-heavy post. Proceed at your own risk.***

In the business of the last few weeks, blogging has mostly fallen by the way side for me. 

I'm looking froward to getting back to a more regular schedule. I've been working on some recipes & projects this week so I'll have some brand new stuff to share with you next week!

Because blogging has taken a back seat, my weekly update - Insta Friday - has also not taken place, although I'm still posting on Instagram when inspiration hits.

Let the epic update begin...

Week 10:

My husband, James, & I started the weekend off with a bang - date night at our fav Mexican joint here in Toon Town, La Bamba. I drank an apple pop in honour of our last trip to Mexico when I was introduced to apple pop. It's yummy!

After supper, we perused a favourite home decor store - Urban Barn.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Never-Fail Chocolate Cake

When I was a beginner in the homemaking profession, a big goal of mine was to build up a repertoire of great recipes that I would go back to & use time & time again.

One such recipe I wanted to find was a great basic chocolate cake that I could use for birthday cakes & such. Ever since I first made this chocolate cake years ago, it's been my go-to recipe for chocolate cake. You can use it for a sheet cake, a layer cake, & it also makes great cupcakes! Just adjust your baking time accordingly.

Another great thing about this recipe is that you can reduce the fat & it tastes just as good if not better! (See my notes in the recipe.)

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Spring Break

Hello, friends!

I just wanted to let you know that I'm taking this week off to spend time with my kids on their...

Have a wonderful week & I'll see you back here next week!

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