Garlic And Parmesan Seasoned Baked Potato Wedges

    A Delicious Recipe That Will Have Your Family Wanting More . . . Please.

    Let’s get on with the recipe:baked-parmesan-potato-wedges-5

    Ingredients:

    • 3 to 4 large russet potatoes sliced into wedges
    • 4 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
    • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
    • You may want to use fresh parsley or cilantro
    • And as a dip, you may want to use Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese Dressing

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
    2. Lightly grease a large baking sheet and set aside.
    3. Place potato wedges in a large bowl.
    4. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat.
    5. In a small bowl whisk together salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
    6. Sprinkle potato wedges with the shredded cheese. Toss to coat, then sprinkle with the seasoning mixture.
    7. Place potato wedges on prepared baking sheet in a single layer with skin sides down.
    8. Bake for 23 to 35 minutes until potatoes are fork tender and golden.
    9. Sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley.
    10. Dip into Ranch or Blue Cheese Dressing.

    This is a delightful snack to have on a day when you want something, but not sure what. You can’t go wrong with potatoes . . . I do hope you’ll try this recipe.

    Until next time,

    Sharon

    Cupcakes Inspired By Harry Potter’s Butter Beer

    Oh yes! A Harry Potter Fan Delight!!harry-potter-butterbeer-cupcakes-recipe-6

    Have you tried the Harry Potter Butter Beer?

    If so, and even if you haven’t, you’ll love these cupcakes!!

    Let’s Get Started With This Recipe!!!

    It may seem a bit complicated . . . but it’s fit for the Great Harry Potter!!!

    Cupcake Ingredients:

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup light brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1 teaspoon imitation butter extract
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1/2 cup cream soda
    • 1 cup Heath Toffee Bits — not the ones with chocolate

    Sauce Ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup butterscotch chips
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream

    Frosting Ingredients:

    • 2 cups heavy cream
    • 1/3 cup butterscotch dry instant pudding mix
    • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
    • 3 teaspoons imitation butter extract

    Toppings:

    • Sprinkles

    Cupcake Instructions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
    2. Line cupcake pan with liners.
    3. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and stir with a whisk until well mixed and smooth.
    4. Get out the stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, extracts and buttermilk.
    5. Beat in the dry ingredients and the cream soda, alternating between the two until the batter is smooth.
    6. Mix in the toffee bits.
    7. Add 1/4 cup batter to each cupcake liner and bake for 18 to 22 minutes.
    8. Remove from oven and transfer to a cooling rack.
    9. Bake remaining cupcakes.
    10. Meanwhile . . . make the sauce by placing the butterscotch chips in a small metal bowl and heating the heavy cream in a small sauce pan over medium heat.
    11. Bring the cream to a simmer, then pour it over the butterscotch chips. Let set for 3 to 4 minutes.
    12. Then, whisk the cream and chips together until a rich sauce forms.
    13. Put it in the refrigerator to cool and thicken for about 30 minutes.
    14. Time to prepare the frosting by combining all the ingredients in a large stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment and beat on medium high speed for about 3 to 4 minutes until light and fluffy frosting forms.
    15. Place the frosting to a pastry bag
    16. Remove sauce from the fridge and dip the tops of the cupcakes into it. Allow to set for about 15 minutes.
    17. Pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes and finish with sprinkles.

    There you have your Butter Beer Cupcakes.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Sharon

    Amazing Tree House

    Did You Have A Tree House When You Were A Kid?TreeHouse

    I guess tree houses aren’t just for kids . . . but the one in the picture is awesome.

    It seems to be designed for kids.

    With a little imagination you could make it into quite a spectacular “get away” for the whole family. No long drive to get somewhere, just pack up a few things and go into the backyard tree house.

    You would definitely have a spectacular view. You may not have modern lighting and plumbing . . . but you might be able to add that, too.

    People definitely go all out in their creations of tree houses and play houses for children.

    You could add a slide for a fast exit.

    This is definitely “food for thought” when you’re thinking of building a tree house for the kids . . . or for the whole family to enjoy.

    It may make a great home office, but you’d like to have wifi and electricity and plumbing. You’d need a refrigerator and maybe even a small kitchen. And don’t forget about heating and cooling.

    I’m sure every family member would find a good use for this tree house. It may be a good place to unplug from all the gadgets and gizmos and enjoy star gazing and conversation.

    I know the kids would love a “sleep over” in the tree house . . .

    It would be impressive to invite people over and spend a quiet evening.

    I can definitely see the value of having such a magnificent tree house structure in my yard.

    I hope you enjoyed this post . . . Let me know if you’ve designed a special tree house for your family.

    Until next time,

    Sharon

    Little Chocolate Candy Mail Boxes

    These are great for Valentine’s Day!

    You can also adapt them for other holidays.

    It’s always fun to wrap up some mini chocolates for family and friends.

    To make this project easy . . . Here’s a video!!

    I wouldn’t hot glue my candy. They would fit nicely without the glue.mini-chocolate-mailboxes-for-Valentines-Day-Video-on-NoBiggie.net_

    You can use mini candies or even the Hershey Kisses.

    I’d glue my mailbox together and slip the candies inside.

    Just follow the picture . . .

    You’ll Need:

    • a white piece of paper or card stock
    • a printed piece of paper
    • a red piece of paper
    • a little heart punch
    • glue of choice for gluing the paper
    • candy of choice

    Here’s The Process:

    1. Cut a piece of white paper or cardstock 3 1/2 inches long by 2 inches wide — or the width of your candy.
    2. You’ll want to fold each end of your 3 1/2 inch paper 1/4 inch — this will make tabs to glue to the bottom of your mailbox.
    3. Cut a red piece of paper for the base of your mailbox — it would be 3 inches long by 2 inches wide.
    4. Cut a piece of printed paper to decorate your mailbox and glue it on the white piece.
    5. Cut up a 1/4 inch strip of red paper for your mailbox flag.
    6. Punch out a heart for the tip of your flag.
    7. Assemble your mailbox.

    You may need to adjust the measurements to fit the mailbox you’re making. You can add stickers and make it quite festive.

    I hope you’ll make some of these . . . or at least keep them in mind for other holidays.

    Have fun!

    Sharon

    Breaking Resolutions

    Did You Make Any New Year’s Resolutions?new-years-resolutions

    Have you kept them . . . or have you already broken them?

    Most of us don’t make New Year’s Resolutions . . . and for good reason. Then, again, there is something to be said about getting more exercise, eating right and stop procrastinating . . . among other things.

    But, it does seem, about now, many resolutions have been broken . . . maybe revised . . . or completely forgotten.

    I’ve Been Doing Re-Evaluations Of My Goals

    I believe resolutions are merely goals we want to attain within the coming year.

    You can make them New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day . . . or any time you choose. It’s usually when you find there are things you’ve neglected and need to make some changes to make your life easier. Or your plans for a vacation this summer and you want to get into shape . . . There are always goals we have for a particular time or event.

    And life also gives us other things to take our time away from our goals.

    As I said, I’ve been doing some re-evaluating of my goals. Some have been completely abandoned . . . others, I’m rethinking. And, of course, there are some, after more research, have been found not to be something I want to delve into at this time.

    I love my websites and TwoCansOnAString.com in particular. There are no changes I plan to make here. This website reflects what is important to me.

    Then, there are my other websites. Some I had thought of letting go . . . then, I started thinking . . . but depending upon the time of day . . . I have a different thought process. I wonder if decisions should be made in the morning or evening or sometime during the day.

    I read the best time for making decisions is when you’re fresh and alert. So, when you’re not feeling well, it’s best to not make decisions other than doing what is necessary to feel better. Then tackle those other decisions when you’re feeling fresh and alert.

    As with my other websites, I’ve been taking my time making a decision about them. There is no rush . . . but I do have a better idea of my priorities.

    I do love paper crafts.

    I’d love to make my own designs. So, I’ve been studying about that. It does take time away from my other websites . . . so, it should be an easy decision for me to follow my interest and allow me the freedom to concentrate upon what is truly important to me.

    I know at one time, I thought having many websites would be a great thing. Then learning how to write for the internet and do guest blogging . . . and then just writing and being true to myself . . . and by being true to myself, that means that I need to pursue paper crafts and learn as much as possible.

    It works with playing a musical instrument or learning a new skill. It does take a lot of practice and understanding of what you’re learning. It takes time to master . . . or at least to become better at it than you were before. Maybe baby steps is the process.

    It’s best not to get over your head too soon.

    No matter whether you made New Year’s Resolutions or not . . . are keeping them . . . or not . . . revamping them . . . or not. There are always things we want to do or learn to do better . . . or have a goal to accomplish by a certain date.

    I may have the wrong attitude about things.

    I know I will get to them when I have to. It’s a motivator to clean the house when company is coming!! And the thought does come into our heads that it wouldn’t be this much work, if we a did a little each and every day . . . or hire someone to come clean once a week or twice a month.

    There are options and solutions.

    And when you think about it, there are options and solutions to every goal or resolution you’ve made or didn’t make . . . but are now thinking about accomplishing within a particular time.

    Goals are definitely a personal thing you have to be committed to accomplishing.eeyoreballoonbust

    Don’t feel forced into doing something . . . anything you’re not ready to tackle.

    It usually doesn’t work out well.

    I’ve found, it best not to depend upon someone else to help you. It’s your goal . . . and you have to be self-motivated to achieve it.

    I’ve read that it’s best not to let others know your goals . . . too many like to burst your dreams. But, someone you can trust and value their opinion may help you figure out exactly what you want to accomplish . . . and can achieve.

    When You Find Yourself Running In Circles

    It’s best not to make any decisions until you have to time to sit down quietly and think things through.

    It may appear to others as procrastinating, but it’s not wise to make any serious decisions in haste . . . just to please others . . . or save yourself from not making a decision hastily.

    As we get older, the opinions of others means less and less to us. It’s not that we don’t care, it’s that we don’t worry about insignificant things.

    I remember a co-worker would always ask . . . “In 5 years, how important will this problem be?”

    Depending upon your age . . . 5 years seems so far in the future . . . or just a snap of the fingers . . . and through personal experience we’ve learned that some decisions could have a significant impact 5 years down the road . . .

    Life is strange, but it is definitely worth living to the fullest. We may get bogged down with the daily stuff . . . and need to take care of some old business . . . and in the end, we’re better off by putting forth the effort.

    This isn’t an advice column. It’s just a forum I use from time to time to think . . . and to get others to think, too. We all have decisions to make . . . and we give it our best shot . . . but there’s nothing wrong with finding we made a bad decision or we need to do some re-thinking from time to time.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Sharon