Saturday, February 28, 2009

Guh, I Love This Giveaway Too.

I admit it. I am addicted to cute purses. They get me excited, sometimes more than new clothes. Sometimes I see so many cute purses together and I go from saying I want this that one...oh wow, look at that one! My brothers usually are busy rolling their eyes. Boys, purses really are exciting. I saw these amazing purses from Colette at BagsByColette and wow, are they cute. And guess what? 1 of you guys will get to win one of these.

To enter.....tell me what your favorite store to shop at is. I love Old Navy, Aeropostale, Kohls, & Target.
Deadline is....Monday at 6 PM CST. And, this giveaway won't be disappearing or the deadline won't all of sudden shorten.=)

Get extra chances by...
Following my blog (under Who's In The Kitchen)
Suscribing to my blog

Leave me an extra
comment if you do any of the above.

Have fun!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Blueberry Snack Cake.

Good Friday everyone! Yay for Friday being here. I'm sure most you guys noticed my Pottery giveaway post is gone. I decided to take it down and post the giveaway at a later time. So those of you who commented don't worry, the Pottery giveaway will be back up for you to enter again. Sorry about that confusion!

I love blueberries. Love them. They are my favorite fruit in baked goods. I also love them in blueberry muffins. This snack cake is delicoius but yet not too sweet. It is also low in calories, which makes you less guilty about eating this cake. Low calorie desserts that taste good and have you keep coming back for more are some of my favorite foods.

Blueberry Snack Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
2 eggs, separated
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly; set aside 3/4 cup for topping. Beat in the baking powder, milk and egg yolks to remaining mixture until well combined. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form; fold into batter. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with blueberries and reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Yield: 15-18 servings.

I really do have 3 brothers. I seriously do. Even though you mostly see my 2 younger brothers on here. The guy missing is my oldest brother Andrew. He stands way taller than anyone in the family and everyone always thinks he is the oldest. While he isn't really too fond of having his picture taken (which is why he hasn't appeared much on here), most pictures we get of him are ones that make him look not even like Andrew. But, I do have some good pictures of him. So readers, this is my brother Andrew.

Have a super weekend and I'll see you next with a giveaway that will get you giddy!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Chocolate Ice-Cream Sandwich Cookies And The Winner.

Agh, Thursday morning. Only two more days of school. And only two more days until the weekend. Did I say how much I love weekends? With this amazing warm spring like weather we have been having the weekends are starting to look even better. I don't mind that much saying good-bye to snow and -20 degree weather and welcoming Robins, flowers, and things that turn green.

So, who is the winner of those chic purses/totes? Picked by, congrats to:

JuliAnn Johns
: My favorite is the very first one (black one with the leaves). AND I just subscribed to your blog. Thanks!
Please contact me at: to receive your prize!

I love ice-cream sandwiches. During the summer time that is pretty much all I want to eat. I love the Blue Bunny ones and the Mrs. Fields chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches. Mmm. This was my first time at making good tasting ice-cream sandwich cookies. We love these. The chocolate chip cookie is delicious by itself but eaten with the ice cream makes it all the better tasting. These should be chewy cookies, hard ice cream sandwiches are never fun.

Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or chocolate chunks)
1 pint vanilla ice cream
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets, forming 8 cookies. Flatten slightly with a greased glass. Sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. To assemble sandwiches, place 1/4 cup ice cream on the bottom of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies. Wrap each in plastic wrap. Freeze overnight. Yield: 4 ice cream sandwiches.

Growing up in family with 5 brothers and sisters, I am plopped right in the middle. I have an older sister and brother and 2 younger brothers and a younger sister. My youngest brother is Joe. I always remember him being my little brother whom I could easily win when roughing together, having a head full of curls, not as tall as me, humoring everyone, and my little sister's best buddy. Joe is about 4 inches taller than me and would win in any roughing match now. It is kinda hard seeing my little brother grow up, I want him to stay young. But, I have fun with my brother in a new way now. And I enjoy it. I'll always remember him though as that little guy with that cute smile and head full of curls.

Have a great rest of a week and I'll see you next with another yummy recipe and you don't think I'm done with giveaways do you?!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I Looooooove This Giveaway!


I wish I could have every single one of these bags, seriously. I love them all. They are chic, big, and add style to you. I love big and roomy bags. I also love colorful bags, especially in the spring time. And some of these bags are quite colorful. Vildan at BayanHippo makes these adorable totes/purses. She does a fantastic job and beautiful work. Check out her store for some more amazing bags. These bags are either cotton or canvas. I am partial to the canvas ones.
Here's the fun part. 1 of my readers will get to win 1 of these bags. To enter, tell me which bag is your favorite. The green tote/purse is calling my name. Deadline is Wednesday at 12 o'clock midnight.

Get extra chances by:

Following my blog (under Who's In The Kitchen)

Suscribing to my blog

Blogging about this giveaway

Leave me an extra comment if you do any of the above.

Have fun!

Chow Mein Chicken Salad.

Good Tuesday morning everyone! I can't believe this is the last week in February. I also can't believe it is going to be March. I am so glad to be leaving the frigid winter behind. Summer sounds so good these days....I can't wait to be swimming in a pool soon. More like a couple months. How I love summer!

I know I have been posting lots of chicken recipes lately and this recipe here so far, tops the others. This was literally gone in 30 minutes. I barely got any, but the bit I got was delicious. Everyone kept saying make this again, please! Without a doubt I will. I love the chow mein noodles in this salad along with the chicken. The dressing is pure yumminess.

Chow Mein Chicken Salad
4 cups shredded lettuce
1 cup chow mein noodles
2/3 cup cubed cooked chicken breast
2 green onions, chopped
4 teaspoons sliced almonds, toasted
4 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4-1/2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
Directions: In a large salad bowl, combine the lettuce, chow mein noodles, chicken, onions, almonds and sesame seeds. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the vinaigrette ingredients; shake well. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 4 servings.

Most guys love dogs. Really love them. But, my brother Steven is different. He has never been a huge dog lover. He'd pet them and be friendly with them but he wasn't thrilled about dogs. He'd prefer to be doing outdoor activites. Until Lewis came along. He loves Lewis, we all do....but Steven loves him the most. Lew is always given lots of attention by him. I don't give Lew that much attention because I am usually aggrivated with him (seriously, he is so much work!). Still, we all adore this dog, like none other that we've had....but Steven and Lewis have a special bonding. And even though Lew is mine but likes Steven more, I don't mind. I love seeing how much my brother adores my dog.

Enjoy your Tuesday and I'll see you with an amazing giveaway next!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Pecan Chicken Salad And Giveaway Winners.

Good Sunday everyone! Hope your weekend has been treating you well. I am not exactly looking forward to tomorow....Monday. Going back to school after the weekend is always hard. But, oh well - that's part of my life.
You guys really loved the clothing in my last giveaway! I don't blame you though, I loved them too. I am very excited about this Friday's giveaway, I know you guys will get giddy when you see it. But, lets give a big congrats to the winners of the clothing and ring giveaway picked by

Clothing Winner: Meg: Love these t-shirts! I am definitely a jeans and t-shirt girl!

Ring Winner: Waneta:
One of my favorite hobbies is cooking/baking . .. and my new hobby is photography.

Please contact me ladies at:

Here is a delicious way to make chicken salad with apples, pecans, celery, buttermilk, and other ingredients. The apples and celery add that crunchiness when you take a bite and the buttermilk puts a new spin to chicken salad. This would make one delicious and easy meal.

Pecan Chicken Salad
2-1/2 cups canned chicken (the chicken you would buy for chicken salad)
1/3 cup chopped celery
1/3 cup chopped tart apple
1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
7 croissants, split
In a large bowl, combine the chicken, cherries, celery, apple and pecans. In another bowl, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, salt and pepper; add to chicken mixture and mix well. Spoon 1/2 cup chicken salad onto each croissant. Yield: 7 servings.

See this picture? That's me on the left and my friend Joss on the right. Uh, the year was 1997, so we were both 6. Fast forward a couple years and now we are both Seniors in high school. These are Joss's Senior pictures....I still need to get mine done. It's hard to believe that we are both in our last year of high school....but exciting too because we are graduating. We are both excited to see what God holds for our future as we take a new step in life.

Have a great rest of a weekend and I'll see you next with a great dinner meal!