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My Awesome Iron Man Shoes April 24, 2012

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So I know it’s been a while since I last posted but I finally feel like I finally have something to blog about!

I made shoes! Well…not made shoes I guess…I enhanced a pair from Target and thought they were cool enough to share with everyone. I also thought it was appropriate to post about them now in case anyone else wants some great shoes to wear to the Avengers movie coming out on the 4th.

Originally I wanted to make some Star Wars heels but first, I couldn’t find any cheap heels then, I couldn’t find any Star Wars comics. I was so disappointed about the comics that I had to call my mother for moral support while I riffled through hundreds of cheap books at a local store. That’s when I decided I’d make some Wonder Woman shoes, until I found they didn’t even have any good Wonder Woman comics! So I spent the next hour and a half trying to figure out what comic series I wouldn’t be embarrassed to be seen walking around in. Although, I came to the realization that there isn’t anything that I would be particularly embarrassed about, but it was more the fact that I wanted them to be recognized. I wanted people to look at my shoes and say “OMG! Those are the best___________ shoes I’ve ever seen! Where did you get those?” and I would reply, “I made them and no, they’re not for sale” and crush their dreams under my awesome shoes.

Sorry about getting off topic. Anyway, I finally found a great classic Iron Man comic and a decent newer one and bought those for a total of $3. With the shoes my grand total came to $15. Yep, $15, that’s all for a custom pair of superhero shoes.

So, to make the shoes I cut out the comic pieces and painted the back of the comic with the decoupage glue, glossy Mod Podge. I did leave some excess paper around the edges of the shoe and when the Mod Podge dried I just trimmed it up with the edge of my kitchen shears (since they come apart and I can use them as an exacto knife, I did). Once all the comic pieces were on and trimmed, I went over the shoe with three coats of Mod Podge, drying between coats. The next day I added about another three coats of Mod Podge to repair any tears from wearing.

The process was time consuming and sticky (in fact I think I still have some Mod Podge under my fingernails) but totally worth it. The shoes I used were man-made leather with puckering at the heel and seemed to work just fine. If I were to make another pair I would absolutely use heels (mainly because that’s all I really wear).

Without further ado, here are the shoes:






I hope you are inspired to make your own!



Tropical Tiki Cupcakes February 3, 2012

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Alright, so this recipe wasn’t exactly inspired by anything tiki but I thought a clever name for this recipe was in order. These cupcakes are light, moist, delicious and only three ingredients!


I know, another three ingredient cake, how do I come up with these things? Well I would have to say that Pinterest is my main inspiration now. I found that these cupcakes can be made with only two ingredients and I thought I would add another just to punch up the flavor.

Here is the recipe:


1 Box Lemon Cake Mix

1 18 oz Can No Added Sugar Crushed Pineapple, undrained

3/4 C. Shredded Coconut


Mix cake mix and pineapple on medium for about a minute. Add coconut and mix for another minute.

Scoop into cupcake liner filled muffin tin and bake per package directions.

Remove from tin and let cool before frosting. I used a little more than half a can of lemon frosting for 24 cupcakes.

After all of this the cupcakes came out to be about 140 calories each (100 calories without frosting). Of course you could omit the pre-made frosting and opt for some homemade lemon glaze (powdered sugar and lemon juice) instead to cut down on the calories.

I hope you like them!


Quick Biscuit Doughnuts with Chocolate Kahlua Glaze January 11, 2012

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Last month I found a recipe for doughnuts that can be made whenever you feel like it. No waiting to proof or having to let them rest before frying them up. These are the kind of recipes that I adore. So simple I couldn’t believe that I had not thought of it before. There is only one ingredient for the doughnuts themselves and the chocolate glaze is at least three ingredients. That’s all. So easy my husband could make them without help. Here is the recipe:


1 10 count can of Biscuits (anything except flaky biscuits, I like the Texas Style Biscuits myself)
Oil for Frying (I like Vegetable Oil)

1/4-1/2 c. Powdered Sugar
2-3 tbsp. Chocolate Powder
3-5 tbsp. Kahlua/Milk

Separate biscuits and punch a hole out of the middle. I used the large end of a piping tip to get the holes in the doughnuts.

Heat about 1 inch of oil in a frying pan. You can test the oil with a doughnut hole. Oil is at a good temperature when bubbles form around the dough.

When oil is hot enough, add doughnuts (make sure not to crowd the pan) and fry to a golden brown. Fry up the doughnut holes as well.

The ingredients for the glaze should be mixed to your taste. If you don’t want to use Kahlua just use milk.

Dip the doughnuts in the glaze once cooled a bit and then enjoy!

These doughnuts are so easy and delicious I plan to make them again and again.



Slow Cooker Steak Chili December 19, 2011

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So, I’m a terrible blogger. I can’t seem to make updates…ever. Then I don’t know how to jump back into blogging because I’ve been away for a while. Anyway, I am going to try to be better but with the holidays I’m not sure how many posts I’ll really be able to do between now and the first of the year.
This post is for a recipe that my husband loves, steak chili. Now, this chili is not your normal chili with ground beef, but a thick chili with chunks of tender steak throughout.
Without further ado, here is my steak chili recipe:

1-2 lbs. Chuck/Skirt Steak
1 Large Onion, diced
2-3 Cloves of Garlic, minced
1 Bottle of Beer (I like Shiner Bock)
1 Package of Chili Mix (I like either the hot or the low sodium)
If using more than one pound of steak, add several dashes of Cumin, Chili Powder,  Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cayenne,  and Dried Cilantro
1 Can of Habanero Ro-Tel
1 Can of Pinto Beans, undrained
1 Can of Tomato Paste

Slice the steak into strips against the grain then turn to dice into cubes. If you don’t cut the steak against the grain then your steak will be tough instead of tender (trust me, this is the most important step).
Add the steak, onion, beer, garlic, chili mix, powders and Ro-Tel to a slow cooker, or cast iron pot.
In the slow cooker, cook on low for six hours or high for four. In the cast iron pot cook on medium heat for one and a half hours with the lid on.*
Add the remaining ingredients to the pot and let simmer for 30-45 more minutes or until thickened.
Serve over low sodium Fritos and top with cheese for a great Frito Pie.
* I recommend making this in the slow cooker because your chili will be much more tender the longer you can let this cook.

The best thing about this chili is that it gets better the longer it sits. I also wanted to say that if you are a true Texan you can always omit the beans but your chili might not be as thick as mine.

So, I hope you enjoy this recipe while it is still cold out!



Happy Ada Lovelace Day! October 7, 2011


Today is Ada Lovelace Day and I guess this is a good a time as any to post again. This day is to honor women in the sciences since Ada was the first computer programmer.

I posted some time ago about a few of my favorite comics, and one, called Lovelace & Babbage, is about Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage and their adventures in computer programming. I adore this web comic. It is ridiculous but that’s what makes it so enjoyable. Lovelace & Babbage’s adventures are almost always revolving around Babbage’s Difference Engine (computer) and their need to save Victorian England.

If you are interested to find out more about Ada Lovelace Day please follow this link,

I hope you have a happy Ada Lovelace Day!


Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff September 9, 2011

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So yesterday I felt a bit lazy but still wanted a home cooked meal so I brought out the Crock Pot again. I’m sure you can tell that I use it as often as possible. It’s convenient and gives meals a slow-cooked flavor without me having to do much work at all. That, and dinner is ready after I get home from work.

Well, enough about my Crock Pot. I only made a few alterations to the original below. First, I didn’t have any onion so I used dried minced onion instead. Also, I’m not a fan of using flour as a thickener, unless that’s all I have available, instead I like to use corn starch. The only difference is that for the cornstarch to work properly (and not gum up at the bottom of the pan) you just need to make a slurry with a bit of cold water. Lastly, I used twice the amount of mushrooms because I love mushrooms and, I use egg noodles because that is the way my mom always made it.

This recipe comes courtesy of Five Little Peaches.

Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff

1-2 lbs. Stew Meat
1 tsp. Salt
Pepper, to taste
1 Onion, sliced
Garlic Powder, to taste
1 T. Worcestershire Sauce
1 T. Ketchup
1 1/2 C. Low Sodium Beef Broth
1/3 C. Flour or 2-3 T. Corn Starch
1/2 C. Water or 1-2 T. Water (if using Corn Starch)
8-16 oz. Fresh Sliced Mushrooms
1/2 C. Fat-Free Sour Cream

Put stew meat into your crock pot and sprinkle chopped onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder over top.  In a small bowl combine the broth, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.  Pour over top of meat.  Cook on high 4-5 hours. (You can also cook it on low heat for 7-8 hours but I feel like the meat becomes overly tender and falls apart when small pieces of meat are cooked for that long.)  After about 3 1/2 hours add mushrooms and cook 30 minutes. 30 minutes later, whisk together the flour and water (or cornstarch and water) and pour into the crock pot. Stir into the meat mixture to thicken.  Cover and cook 30 minutes longer.  Stir in sour cream just before serving and ladle over top of cooked rice or pasta.

I hope you like this recipe!



Two Ingredient Cake! August 17, 2011

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So I found a cake recipe that only calls for two ingredients! That’s right…two. I cannot believe that there is a cake that only takes two ingredients. It’s so easy my husband could make it without my help.

Now, I’m not taking the “two ingredients” too literally. The two magic ingredients are a box cake mix and a 15 oz can of pumpkin puree. This not only makes the cake low in fat but dense and moist like a brownie as well.

If you don’t like pumpkin then you’re in luck, you can’t even taste the pumpkin in the cake. I made it with a devils food cake mix but I suppose you could make it with any cake mix in your pantry. This is by far the easiest cake recipe I have found and I can make it quickly if I’m really craving something sweet.

Without further ado, here is the amazing recipe:

1 box cake mix
1 15 oz can of pumpkin puree

Preheat oven to 350°. Mix on medium for 2 minutes. Spoon into a greased  7 x 11 cake pan and bake for about 28 minutes or untila toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the cake.

You can frost the cake with a buttercream frosting  (shortening, a little butter, milk, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder for chocolate frosting) or you can make a glaze with some milk, powdered sugar and perhaps pumpkin pie spice if you are looking for something easier. Just be sure to let the cake cool completely before pouring glaze over the cake.

Well, I hope you make this easy cake because it really does taste delicious and is too simple for words.