The Creative Princess: July 2011

Great Groupon Deals Today!





Today on Groupon you can get Two Regular Quiznos Subs or Salads for only $6!!!!

Yes, you saw that right!

SIX DOLLARS!!

WOW!

I just snagged mine, get yours now before they are gone!




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It's the simple things.....

This week we ate EVERY meal at our dining room table.

Together.

As a family.

It has been GREAT!

In one week my oldest has helped us cook our meals and even started unloading the dishwasher on her own (except for the knives, it will still be a while before she can handle those on her own).  
 
She set the table tonight for the first time by herself.
 
Tonight, my youngest blessed our meal with the sweetest prayer.  Granted, none of us could understand her but I know God could and I know he was smiling down on her.  She was SO proud of herself.  It was seriously the cutest thing in the world!
I love my sweet little family and look forward to many, many more meals around our little dining room table.

Because of our kitchen remodel it had been months since the last time we ate at our little table.  So glad to have it back and to be sitting around it again.

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Strawberry Bread....

Don't you love it when all things seem to just fall into place and you feel like this is what you are supposed to be doing?
A few months ago I found some CUTE Paula Deen loaf pan liners at Michaels, on clearance!  I got 2 packs (20 liners in each) for like $0.10!  I have been saving them for the perfect recipe.

The other day my friend Kristy, over at MommyHatesCooking, posted one of her aunts recipes the other day.  It was for Strawberry Bread!  YUM!

It just so happened that Aldi was having a rocking sale on strawberries.  Let's just say I got about a dozen pints!  

Yes, I DO have a lot of plans for them!

The first plan was to make the Strawberry Bread.  Do you now see how everything just fell into place?

I don't have the cute loaf pans that the liners were meant for though.  So, I just used my 9x13 pan and put 3 liners in it.  
I left them in the oven a bit too long but they still taste GREAT!
 



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Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Hey all!  Just popping on to share a quick recipe I just made.  We ran out of Hershey's Chocolate Syrup yesterday and I did NOT want to leave my house today.

Seriously!  It was like 300 degrees outside!  WHY would I want to willingly get out in that?

Luckily I had just enough of everything to make my own!

I first saw how to make my own chocolate syrup on Food Network, thank you very much Alton Brown!  But, never did make it.  As I was fumbling around on Pinterest the other day I found another recipe.  It is actually the same recipe from a Better Homes and Garden cookbook.  SCORE!

Ingredients
1 cup water
1/2 cup coco powder
2 cups sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla

Pour the water in a saucepan {I used a medium saucepan} and add the cocoa powder, heat over medium/high.  Stir to dissolve.  Once dissolved pour in the sugar.  Again, stir to dissolve.  Once mixture comes to a boil, allow to boil for 3 minutes.  After mixture has boiled for 3 minutes add the salt and vanilla and stir a bit.  Allow to cool.  Once cool, place in a jar or old chocolate syrup bottle and store in fridge.  This will last several months in the fridge.



See!  Not as hard as you thought it would be is it?

When using in chocolate milk just experiment, it really doesn't take much.  But then again, I don't like my chocolate milk overly chocolaty. 

Ok, this is the finished product....

I know...it is SUCH an AWESOME picture isn't it?

HA!

It looks like the jars of oil (as in crude or black/gold) that my grandpa used to keep around.  He is/was an oil man.

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