Sunday, July 6, 2014

Spade and Broom ... July 4th Sale!!

Well ... while my barbeque chicken was cooking away in the crock pot I hurried to Spade and Broom to try and get some of the treasures that were marked down for the July 4th Sale!


I came away with several things but a couple of things I really wanted I missed out on just because I moved on them a little slower ... :(


Everything that had a red mark on the ticket was on sale!


This beautiful China Hutch was not part of the sale but had to share it with you.  It's beautiful!!


There is always ... always beautiful things that greet you as you enter into this wonderful home based shop in Trinity NC.  If your ever near the area, you have got to make a trip in and see all the refurbished and beautiful repainted pieces that Kristen has in her shop.


A few more photos ...






Enjoy your week dear readers and I will see you back here soon at Creative Ideas ... cottage style.
             

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

The Best Crock Pot Barbeque Chicken

I will be enjoying my July 4th leftovers today.  What did you guys have?  I made my Barbecue Crock-Pot Chicken, baked potatoes with corn on the cob and baked beans.  Simple and fuss free. I had this for the 4th back in 2012.  Did burgers the next year and steaks last year.
My goodness though ... I ate a little too much of my Red White and Blue fruit and dip!!


It's so moist you go to pick it up ... it falls apart!  Just the way I like it!  Such a simple and easy way to have a delicious barbeque dish with out all the fuss of the grill or baking in the oven!  I don't want to be fooling with a dangerous grill and surely don't want to have a hot oven on during the summer!!


Choose your favorite Barbeque Sauce and depending on the amount of chicken and size of your crock-pot you may need more than one bottle or pick a larger bottle of sauce.  I used the KC MASTERPIECE brand in the 28oz size and still had about a fourth of the bottle left over.


Rinse and pat dry your chicken pieces.  I done breasts only.  I sprinkled salt and pepper over each side and then arranged them in the pot around the circumference of the bottom.  Then poured the barbeque sauce over the top and set it on 6 hours and went about my day.  I like a little bit of a savory more than sweet flavored barbeque so I add a little salt as it cooked to flavor the sauce.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend and be sure to try this easy way of making Barbeque Chicken.


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Friday, July 4, 2014

Red White and Blue ... fruit and dip

Happy 4th of July!!! enjoy your time off of work and time with your loved ones.  But let's not forget the reason for this wonderful day of celebration.  Sharing a simple yet patriotic dessert tribute to our Independence  Day.

                                                          
 To make the dip use one 7 oz container of marshmallow creme and one 8 oz pkg of cream cheese.
 Whip the ingredients until well blended.

Arrange your blueberries in the shape of a square first, then a line of the dip to resemble a white stripe ... then a row of strawberries ... repeat until you get something that is close to looking like our beautiful Red White and Blue freedom Flag!


 The dip would look a lot better had I used a pastry bag and piped it on the sheet pan ... Happy 4th!!


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes

Oh my goodness! these are so good!  and ever so easy to make!!  again using the simple two ingredient recipe for a delicious and moist cake.  This time I used a white cake mix and a 12 ounce can of Sprite.


            Now ... other than Apple Pie, what is more American than Strawberry Shortcake?


This will be one of my desserts for the 4th.  This would make a beautiful Trifle too.  Just cube up your fresh cake into bite size pieces and layer with the fresh macerated strawberries, fresh whipped cream then blueberries....


This is a dessert that brings back memories of my precious Grandmaw Workman.  The old homeplace had a section of the side yard that was full of wild strawberries.  She could make some of the best homemade cakes and homemade frosting ... miss you Grandmaw.


Simply scoop out some of the cake with a small teaspoon and set aside. And some of the macerated berries in the cake crevice and put the top back on and top with fresh whipped cream.  To make the macerated berries just wash and slice or chop the strawberries and sweeten to your taste. I use Stevia on my berries.

You certainly can use store bought whipped topping but I just can't get passed the fact that all that Cool Whip is ... is hydrogenated oil!  Eeek and Yuck!!


My cupcake liners are from Dollar Tree and they had two different kinds that came with the little flags.  Too cute!


Enjoy your holiday dear readers and I hope you will try this little delicious dessert!

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