Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lower Fat 7-Up Biscuits

Oh.My.Goodness.  It's hard to stop eating these light and fluffy biscuits! And with just 4 WW Points Plus each, they are still on my plan.



2 cups Bisquick Heart Smart (dry mix only)
1/2 cup Fat Free Sour Cream
1/2 cup 7-Up (you can use diet to cut more calories, if desired)
1/4 cup melted butter (I use only real butter, but if you use lower fat margarine, you can cut even more fat!)

Heat oven to 450° F. You will need a 9-inch square pan or baking dish.

Using a metal spoon, stir the sour cream into the Bisquick, and then stir in the 7-Up. It makes a very soft dough.
Sprinkle additional dry Bisquick mix onto countertop and pat dough out into an even 9-inch square. You won't knead out the dough - just pat it gently.
Pour the melted butter in a 9-inch square pan. The biscuits will sit on top of the butter.
Cut the biscuits into 9 equal squares using a sharp knife (or a biscuit cutter, but using a knife is easier).
Place biscuits into the prepared pan and bake at 450° F for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.

*Adapted from Six Sisters Stuff

Once we tried these, they have become a favorite at our house.  Let me know how you like 'em!
Blessings, Juju

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

L*O*V*E* Burlap-Wrapped Candles

Today my fingers were itching to get some kind of craft done for Valentine's Day, and this one was fast and easy.

Using battery-operated candles from the Dollar Store, and leftover burlap trim from my curtain project, I cut strips to length for wrapping each candle. (If you have regular burlap instead of the wired burlap trim, you can use that.)

Next, using MS Word, I printed out the letters L O V E on plain paper, using Penshurst 160-sized font. (Oh,  I also printed out a heart using the drawing tools feature.)

Placing the burlap over the letters, I used a black Sharpie pen to follow the design of each letter (and the heart) onto each strip of burlap.
Finally, using my low-temp glue gun, I wrapped each strip around a candle and glued them into place.
This quick project turned out exactly how I wanted it to look, but embellishments like buttons, lace, bows, or other trims could be added, if you like.  Also, think of how cute the letters would be using a RED Sharpie?

Now that I have this quick project completed, it looks like I have plenty of time to make a matching burlap table runner (from the other coffee bean burlap bag that I brought home from Maui.)  Stay tuned for that one!
Blessings, Juju

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Mile-High Sweet Cornbread

The snow is finally starting to recede here at our North Idaho urban homestead, however we are still craving some warming comfort food, and today it was chili with this yummy sweet cornbread.

1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup cold water
2 eggs
1 box Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 box Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix

Heat oven to 350° F. Spray an 8x8-inch baking
pan with non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients by hand,
just until well combined.
You don't want to over-mix the batter!

Pour into the prepared pan, and bake at 350° F for 30 minutes, until golden brown on top.  Use a cake tester or wooden toothpick inserted near the center to test for doneness, it should come out clean.

Cut into 9 pieces, and top with a pat of butter, if desired.

This is by far the easiest, and best of all most delicious cornbread I've ever made!

Blessings, Juju