best of both worlds

easy and not too bad for you 😉

Cresent rolls are one of my favorite inventions. They can be used in so many different ways! I found a really great recipe once where you put two of the triangles together into a square, put a little cream cheese or nuftatel cheese mixed with sugar in the middle, then blueberries and pinch the corners together and bake = instant danishes!

After that I decided to try making other things with them like spreading out a whole roll of them and putting basil, pizza seasoning and fresh parmasan cheese to make my own version of crazy bread. You can also fill them with cream cheese and chives to make yummy filled rolls.

Then I tried making them into dessert by putting cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg and a slice of apple in the middle to make mini apple pies.

So finally we get to the picture above. The other night we kind of wanted some dessert but didn’t have anything around the house and didn’t want to go buy anything. We did have some cresent rolls so I tried something new again. This time I put cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg in the middle and baked them. Then I mixed up some powdered sugar, water and vanilla to make a little glaze frosting and frosted them. The inside sugar gets all melty and the buttery flavor of the cresent rolls (I buy the lowfat ones) makes them extra delicious. Very yummy and used only things I already had around the house!

going bananas!

I love baking…I think it really helps me to change my pace if I’m stressed or busy with lots of the same. It’s nice because it’s different than what I’m usually doing all day, I end up with a treat in the end (hopefully to share), and if you can follow directions, you usually can’t screw up!
Banana bread is one of those things I like making a lot. I don’t like bananas but tend to buy them and then don’t eat them. So when they’re about to go bad, like pretty brown, I make them into bread. It’s pretty easy, uses most things you have around in general (i.e. no uncommon or weird or expensive ingredients) and makes good bread out of otherwise wasted bananas.

YUM!

So here’s the recipe I use straight out of the 1976 Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook that my mom handed down to me when I left for college. Let’s just say I made this recipe a LOT in college and my roommates loved having me around!

1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe (and I use very ripe) banana
1/2 cup walnuts (if you like them, mine are nut free)

Cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs and beat well. Sift together dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with banana, blending well after each addition. Stir in nuts. Pour into well-greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pan. Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees) 45-50 minutes or until done. Remove from pan; cool on rack.

And that’s it!!

meet mr. meowkins

So we got a little too excited about Halloween and carved pumpkins a little too early with Leslie and Jon. The gentleman and I worked on this one together, so meet Mr. Meowkins!
Unfortunately Mr. Meowkins met his untimely death just 4 days after we made him. Yeah, it happened fast!!!

The good news though, is that jared didn’t cut open his finger like last year! We were at the E.R. until 3:30 am and of course, I could have just super glued it back together.Oh well!

photo booth fiends!

So last week (the 11th i think) we finally got to shoot a wedding with a photo booth!! Yippee! We had a photo booth at our wedding and it was a hit. So at this wedding (since we were working and all) we told the guy we’d “do the test run” before all the guests started using it. 

So we edited the best 4 together and here they are!

Like how professional we look in our all black attire?? 🙂

how to decorate for fall with less than $5

Gourds.
They are really cheap and you can get them in just about any grocery store. If you’re like me and want to decorate for holidays but just don’t want to spend a ton of money to do it and don’t have the year-round storage space, then this is the way to go! They’re colorful, they’re Autumn-y, they’re cheap and you can throw them out when you’re done with them.

I especially like all the different kinds there are and how they each have their own character. Now, if only they were edible, then they would be even more useful!! And maybe I’ll even grow my own someday in that future garden I talked about in an earlier post, wahoo!

P.S. new post on SidebySide…check it out!!