Sour Cream Fruit Dip

My cousin introduced me to this recipe at our last family get together.  I fell in love with it immediately!  It’s so easy, you’ve got to give it a try!

fruit dip

  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix it all up and there you have it!  Does it get any simpler?  I think not.  I could have eaten the entire thing without the fruit… though I highly recommend the fruit.  ;)


Caramel Popcorn

You have to try this recipe!  It is the best caramel popcorn in the whole wide world… borderline addictive.  I can’t stay away from it if it’s in the same house… let alone the same room as me.

I got the recipe from my friend, Lara.  She made it once when we went over to play games.  I’m so glad she was willing to share the recipe.  It saved me from searching high and low for possibly ever trying to find a recipe that even comes close. 

It’s gooey and sticky… just the way I LOVE it!  It would make perfect popcorn balls.

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn

2 large mixing bowls full of popcorn (remove kernels)

2 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. (1 stick) butter

1 c. light corn syrup

1 can sweetened condensed milk (15 oz)

1 tsp. vanilla

Bring brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup to a boil in saucepan, stirring constantly.  Add condensed milk… keep stirring and boil for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Pour over popcorn, stir and ENJOY!  (or quickly form into balls if desired)

Seriously, it’s addicting.  Be careful!  ;)



Homemade Taco Seasoning

Hey guys, I’m over at Latter-Day Homeschooling today and I am sharing a recipe for Taco Seasoning that I guarantee will knock your socks off!  Please stop by and say hi.

taco seasoning


Regrow Your Green Onions

I saw this idea on Pinterest and I admit, I was skeptical.  Maybe I’m just a skeptical person in general but I thought there was no way I could really take my used green onions and regrow them.  Totally… dead… wrong! 

Look what happened! 

green onion

We used the green part only on our Thai Chicken Pizza so I ‘replanted’ the roots in water.  The growth shows immediately after cutting, 4 days later, and finally a full week’s worth of growth!  Pretty cool, eh?  


Sweet & Sour Meatballs (aka Grape Jelly Meatballs)

If you are completely unfamiliar with grape jelly meatballs, you probably looked at the title of this recipe and grimaced.  Am I right? 

On the other hand, if you’ve ever experienced the delightfulness that IS grape jelly meatballs, then you just KNOW!! 

My grandma used to make these quite often for family get-togethers.  They were always the hit of the party and everyone always came back for seconds… and thirds.


Have I mentioned yet how easy they are to make?  Easy as pie!  Although I’ve never thought that pie was all that easy.  This is MUCH easier than that. 

Are you ready for your list of ingredients?  It’s so short that you won’t even need to write it down! 

  • Meatballs (I buy the big bag at Costco [Italian Style] but if you prefer, you could make your own)
  • 1 jar of grape jelly (NOT jam)
  • 1 jar of chili sauce (usually found by the ketchup in the store)

Normally, I make this with Heinz brand of chili sauce (I think it’s 16 oz.) but I saw a larger bottle of another brand at Costco.  We used half of it and a whole 32 oz. jar of jelly.  Worked just great!  (you could adjust it to your taste)

Stick all the contents in a crockpot or heat over the stove until meatballs are heated clear through.  Stir occasionally. 

Are you still baffled by the idea that grape jelly and meatballs can go together?  They do, just trust me on this.

Everyone will love them!  And if they don’t, they’re nuts.  


Watermelons and the Time I Got My Hair Did

I realize that watermelons should have absolutely nothing to do with hair.  And really they don’t have anything to do with each other in this post.  That would be gross! 

It’s just that I was on Pinterest the other day and saw that someone had pinned “how to cut a watermelon”.  From what I could tell from the picture, it appeared to be the same way that I was taught to cut and cube a melon.  So, I thought to myself… Self, maybe there are others out there that don’t already have a simple way of cutting a watermelon.

And then I decided that I needed to show you.  Just in case YOU are that person that is looking.  And if not, you can marvel at the wonderful hairdo my 6 year old, H, gave me today… Imagine me cutting the watermelon with said hairdo, because I totally did. 


And now imagine how hard it was for me to get that angle.  Which is why you also get a lovely view down my back.  And pretend that the dog isn’t in the pic… he’s really not part of my hair.  Oh, and one more thing… imagine a green headband in the front view.  Yeah, I was stylin’.  Except that I had no make-up on… pretend.  {You only get a little pic because I look that good without make-up.}


We’ll now move onto the cutting of a watermelon:

{Note:  There are many ways to cube a watermelon and I am not claiming this one to be the best.  I am only sharing the way that I find to be the simplest for me.  Some of the other tutorials out there are great, I’m sure, but I am too simple minded to figure them out.  THIS I can handle! ;) }

You’ll need the following items…. a watermelon {obviously, right?}, a sharp butcher knife, and a cutting board.


Start by cutting both ends off the watermelon.


Stand it up on one end, like so.


And start shaving the sides off with the knife, starting and the top and curving down toward the bottom.


I always end up having to flip it over because I’m never able to get it all shaved off when that end is on the bottom.



Now cut the melon in half.


Slice from one end to the other about 1-2 inches apart.  {I did mine a little bit large so you could see the detail better.}



Then start slicing the opposite way.



If you like them in ‘tubes’ you can leave them at the length they are.


If you want them as cubes, you can lay each row down on the cutting board and cut through them as big or small as you like.


Repeat with the other half and VOILA!!  Watermelon ‘tubes’ or cubes!




Homemade Butter

It’s Pioneer Week!  Those of us in Utah know what I’m talking about.  On the 24th of July, many Utahns will celebrate that day that Brigham Young, along with many other Mormon Pioneers, made it the Salt Lake Valley and declared, “This is the place…” in 1847.  It’s a day of fun, history and fireworks!

This year, I wanted to make it special for my kids.  Help them to really get into the spirit of it all and learn some of the struggles and hardships some of our ancestors had to endure to make it possible for the Church to be a part of our lives today.

No, I’m not going to take them out and make them pull handcarts up the mountain or endure freezing temperatures with no coat or shelter.  I just want to talk to them about the struggles the pioneers had and maybe have a little fun while we learn.

So, this week, Anthony and I are doing some fun activities with the kids that the pioneers may have done themselves.  I’ll be snapping pics and sharing recipes and ideas along the way so be sure to come back.

For today, I have a fun idea for making homemade butter.  Ok, so I don’t know how the pioneers did it.  Probably with a churn but for our version, we’re just using a jar.  It works…

Allow me to demonstrate… actually, my girls are going to demonstrate.

Here’s what you’ll need:


A clean, empty jar with a lid…

Some marbles (just two will do just fine)…

And some heavy whipping cream.

Place the marbles into the jar…

Pour the cream into the jar…

Put the lid on.  Now shake it…

and shake it some more…

and even more….

Keep shaking for several minutes (this is fun for the kids)…

When you don’t hear the marbles shaking around anymore, you’ve got whipped cream!

Still not butter so…… KEEP SHAKING!!

You’re SOOOOO close!  Keep shaking!!

THERE!  Once it separates, you’ve got BUTTER!!

What’s that milky looking stuff, you ask?  Take a wild guess… it’s BUTTERMILK!!

I got almost a full cup of buttermilk after doing two cartons of whipping cream (one at a time).  In fact, I think it would have been a full cup if I hadn’t spilled some.  Whoops!

Now you’ve got butter…

…and buttermilk!  Hooray!  Make some buttermilk pancakes in the morning and butter them with your homemade butter.  It’s the best butter you’ve ever tasted, promise.  If you like salted butter, you can add 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. salt before shaking.

This whole process takes about 5-10 minutes, total.  You can even do this without the marbles if you don’t have them.  Just remember the process takes a bit longer without them.  But it will work!  The butter tastes delicious on bread!  I may have to go get me some right now…

Come back tomorrow for another fun Pioneer Day Activity!

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