Time Saving Pinterest Tip

I have been on Pinterest for quite awhile now. So I was shocked when I stumbled on this little time saving tip the other day. I'm sharing it because maybe you haven't seen it yet either. (I know a bunch of people already utilize this)
First though, do you follow me on Pinterest? No? Well then click the red button and you can follow along with me. I would love to see what you all are pinning too!
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Here goes... I even have a few screenshots in case my language isn't clear enough.
Highlight the text you want to use to describe your pin BEFORE you hit the 'Pin It' button on your web browser. Then when the description box pops up the Highlighted text is already there. Boom! Now I can pin like 5 times faster, without all that typing. ;)

1. Highlight the text you want to use. 

2. Next click your Pin It button. Here's what my Pin It button looks like on my tool bar.

3. Boom! The highlighted text is already in the description.


**Here's a little note on pinning. Pinterest is the topic of much debate right now, regarding intellectual property and all that good stuff. I love Pinterest and I love when people pin my projects.  Bloggers, including myself, work hard to create quality content. Please keep that in mind when pinning. Always pin the original source of a recipe/tutorial and never copy the entirety of the post into the description. Thanks for pinning responsibly!

Not on Pinterest yet? Send an email to cuteasafoxcreations@gmail.com and I will send you an invitation.



Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

I feel justified gushing over how good these stuffed jalapenos are because my sister in law is the one who first introduced me to them. Every time I have made them, they get devoured and I get asked for the recipe by nearly everyone there. I have made them for the kids Winter birthday party and the Arizona Centennial Bunco.
The best part about this recipe is that there is only 4 ingredients.  So print it, bookmark it, Pin it(the handy "Pin it" button is at the bottom of the post), or tattoo it on your arm. I promise you won't be sorry, and neither will anyone you serve it too.




Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos
Ingredients: 
1 lb jalapenos
1 lb bulk sausage
1 8 oz block of softened cream cheese (I prefer the low fat cream cheese also called Neufchatel)
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions
1.  Prep the jalapenos. Cut the top off each jalapeno, just below the stem. Cut each jalapeno in half lengthwise and remove the seeds*.
2. Make the filling. Brown the sausage in a skillet and drain. Mix in the cream cheese and Parmesan cheese until everything is well incorporated.
3. Fill the jalapenos. Spoon approximately 1 Tbsp of filling into each jalapeno.
4. Cook. Bake stuffed jalapenos at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. You may want to use some non-stick spray on the pan. I never have, but sometimes they stick a little.
5. Serve. Throw these guys on a tray and then duck and cover. You don't want to get crushed in the stampede for stuffed jalapenos.

*Tip: Jalapenos carry their heat in the seeds and the veins. The veins are the lighter colored part on the interior of the jalapeno. If you are worried about the heat level, make sure you scrape the veins out really well. Also, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after handling jalapenos. Any juice on your hands will sting your eyes.

Here is one more food shot for you. At Bunco, we ate Navajo tacos, which are essentially tacos served on fry bread instead of a tortilla. Yummy! Here's my plate with a few stuffed jalapenos on the side.
The rest of the Arizona Centennial Bunco is coming soon. Don't forget to give my new "Pin It" button a spin. It's on the bottom of each post.

Red Carpet Ready Sugar Cookies and Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Right now, it's award show season in Hollywood. I love seeing the stars get all glammed up. I may even have my own mini critique sessions. ;) Well, Toast to the Red Carpet – LIVE, presented by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! is an online red carpet live viewing party on the I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Facebook page on February 26th from 3:00-4:30PST.
From the privacy of your own home you will get to have insider access to the red carpet, an exclusive roundtable of Hollywood stars, and best picture-themed recipes. The roundtable will include some big Hollywood stars and a culinary and entertaining expert. I can't wait to see the themed recipes they come up with. I am a sucker for a good themed recipe.

At the end of this post, I will be giving away a free tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter. Make sure you read all the way to the end of the post for that. First, I want to show you some delicious sugar cookies perfect for your red carpet viewing party. This sugar cookie recipe is my all time favorite. The cookies come out so soft and moist! I think they are delicious, with or without frosting.

Red Carpet Ready Sugar Cookies 

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups of sugar
3/4 cups I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! cooking sticks
3 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
6 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup milk
7 cups flower

Cooking Instructions:
Mix all ingredients well into a dough. Roll dough to 1/4 to 1/2" thick. Cut into your desired shape with a cookie cutter. I kept it simple with circles, but if you had a dress cookie cutter, that would be so cute. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. When the cookies are cool, you can  move onto the icing and decorating.

Decorating Instructions:
Frost one or two cookies at a time with your favorite icing. I used royal icing because I had some made up. Store bought or homemade would be fine too. Dip each cookie, icing side down in a bowl of sanding sugar. I used red, silver, and gold sugar. To finish them off you can give them a spray with Pearl food coloring spray. It's optional, but it gives these red carpet treats a little extra pizzazz!

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Cake Pop fondue

It's a bit embarrassing that the winter party was over month ago and I still haven't finished posting about it. Well, today we will be one step closer. This idea is one that translates for any get together.
I saw the idea of cupcake fondue on Pinterest and I thought it would be fun to incorporate something similar into the party. Specifically cake pop "snowballs" to fit the theme, white cake with white icing and lots of fixings!

Photo courtesy of The Sew-er, The Caker, The Copycat Maker

I have been eying the baby cakes cake pop maker, but I just really don't room for another kitchen appliance. Then one day I saw the Bake Pops pan in the "As Seen on TV" section of CVS. It's a pan with 18 circles for batter. You fill the bottom section, clip the top on and bake. It is a specialty item, but at least it's not a whole appliance. Plus it makes 18 cake pops at the time which is a bonus. Before I continue, this is not a paid review, I just want to share my experience with the pan and how I used it.

Here is what it looked like when I pulled the first batch out of the oven. Clearly I overfilled a few of them. The excess breaks right off, so it wasn't a very big deal.



Here is what it looked like when I removed the top of the pan. The directions that come with the pan say to pour the batter in the middle of the pan and spread it around with a spatula. I didn't like the mess that it made, as seen below. For subsequent batches I spooned small amounts of batter into each circle and it worked much better.

After they cooked there was a slight ridge around each cake ball where the top and bottom pieces of the pan meet up. Does the baby cakes maker do this too? To solve the problem I took a small handheld grater and essentially sanded off the ridges. Perfect.
Photo courtesy of The Sew-er, The Caker, The Copycat Maker


Here is the whole Fondue Set-up again.

Photo courtesy of The Sew-er, The Caker, The Copycat Maker


I used canned frosting that I thinned with a little bit of 2% milk. I actually thinned it a little too much. It was a little more like a glaze then a coating, but everyone seemed to love it.
Photo courtesy of The Sew-er, The Caker, The Copycat Maker

Even the adults liked it too. That's my husband, his cousin, and his sister all making up their cake pops.

What topping and flavor combinations would you serve? I can't wait to try this idea out again. It was such a hit.

Thanks for reading!

Arizona Centennial Cookies

Happy Valentine's Day! If you happen to live in Arizona, then happy Arizona Centennial to you too! I am getting ready for Centennial themed bunco tonight, but I wanted to drop in and show you these cookies I made.


It was my very first time making and using royal icing. I can't believe I waited so long. It was not nearly as scary as I thought. I bought the Arizona shaped cookie cutter from ABC Cake Decorating Supplies. They carry all the different states in cookie cutters. I piped the design from the Arizona State flag onto the cookies.

No matter what you are celebrating today, I hope you have a great day!
Update:
Now that I have a few more minutes, I wanted to come back and tell you what resources I used for my cookies.
The royal icing recipe I used came from the The Decorated Cookie. The author, Meaghan Mountford, just came out with a great new book called Sugarlicious. I bought the book and totally loved it. I was referencing it the whole time I made my cookies. I highly recommend her book to anyone. I even wrote an amazon review that says the same.


I opted for the 10 second icing consistency. Over on Sweetopia, you can watch a great video tutorial on getting a good consistency. It's important that it is not stiff, but not too runny either.

Between Sugarlicious and the video on Sweetopia, I felt confident enough to give this new technique a try. I was very happy with the results too!
Here is one more picture of the cookies at the party.

Clipix: Organize your life! (Sponsored Post)

There is a new website that just launched in January of 2012 called Clipix. I have been using it for a few days now and I really like it more and more. clipix is meant to help you organize your life. Clipix is essentially a photo bookmark that you can organize into any type of category you want.
Here's how it works:
You go to the Clipix.com and sign up for an account. Then install a Clip button onto your toolbar. When you see something on the internet that you want to save, you simply press the Clip button. You pick what clipboard you want to clip the picture too, select an image off the page, and edit the description if you like. Here are a few of my clipboards that I got started.

Here is what I love about Clipix and haven't found anywhere else:
  • You can set privacy setting for each individual clipboard you set up. You can set it up for you, your Clipix friends, or everyone. If you are wanting to clip gift ideas, you don't need to worry about the recipient seeing them.
  • Clipix automatically creates a description of the clip using the page title. If you want to add more, or change it, you can right as you are creating the clip.
  • Clipix will also automatically include the price of the item you are clipping. Assuming it is an item for purchase of course. What a time saver! Here is what it looks like when you want to add a Clip. It filled in all that information automatically. I just have to choose the board I want it on and edit the description if I want to.
  • Clipix has something called multiboards. This makes organizing your clipboard a snap. For instance, I could have a Food multiboard. In the multiboard, I would have clipboards for appetizers, main dish, side dish, desserts, etc. I get almost all of my recipes online, and this is a genius way to organize it.
Here is what that Food multiboard looks like:
 
You can click on the name of the multiboard to see all of the clipboard inside. You can also click directly on the Desserts clipboard and you will be taken to the whole Desserts clipboard. I am big on having categories and sub-categories and I am just geeking out over these multi-boards.
I am a very visual person and I can't wait to use all of these visual clipboards to get me organized. I already mentioned it's great for recipe keeping. There are so many other options like, inspiration boards, wish lists, gift ideas, books to read, and funny videos. The sky is the limit.  I highly encourage you to head over to clipix.com and sign up.
Not sold  yet? You can check you this video that explains what Clipix is all about.
I would love to hear what you plan to use Clipix for? Leave me a comment!
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Arizona Centennial Banner

For everyone that doesn't live in Arizona, you might not know this, but February 14th is Arizona's 100th birthday! So in addition to regular Valentine's day fun, we also have a celebration of our statehood.
Oddly enough my Bunco group is also meeting on that night. We discussed changing it to another night, but we just decided not to. One of my really good friends is hosting Bunco and I talked her into throwing a centennial themed Bunco night. I think it's pretty funny, since we are having Bunco on Valentine's day but focusing on the much smaller "holiday" of the centennial.
My mind is on all things Arizona at the moment. I went ahead and made a Arizona banner that we are going to hang up for the event.
I cut out the silhouette of Arizona and added a heart cut-out where Phoenix is. It's the capitol and also the city we live in.

After I had all my shapes cut out, I sewed right through them. I love this method for making banners. It is so quick and easy. I used turquoise and copper paper because Turquoise is the state gem of Arizona and Copper is something Arizona is known for.
I just threw it up on my wall for pictures, I will try to get some better ones when we put it up for Bunco.



Here is the silhouette of Arizona that I used in case you would like to make a template.


I have also included a SVG file for anyone with a personal cutting machine that can read SVG files. The SVG file includes the heart as well.
DOWNLOAD SVG file: http://www.4shared.com/file/WDeloUXs/Arizona_Silhouette.html

If you are not from Arizona, no worries. You could easily take all the ideas I am going to share and switch things up a bit to fit your own state. I am really excited to use this as a teaching opportunity for my kids.

Thanks for reading!

Sponsored Post: Bulbs Dig. Drop Done.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Here in sunny AZ, it is go time for gardening. I have whatever the opposite of a green thumb is, but there is hope for me! Curbside Chaos has the garden guru which can tell you what bulbs to plant and when. Bulbs are an ideal plant for beginners because like the slogan says, "Dig. Drop. Done." Not only are they simple to plant, they are beautiful too. Bulbs are also very versatile and they can be used for interior design, creative gift giving and decoration.

Dig. Drop. Done. is an educational effort to help spread the word about the beauty and simplicity of using bulbs. You can submit a picture of your yard and be entered to win a $5,000 yard makeover. The winner will also receive a visit from Taniya Nayak (@TaniyaNayak on Twitter) – Taniya will go through and give you tips on the best way to update your yard!

Dig. Drop. Done. also has three archetypes of women that you can relate to depending on where you are at in your life. Marcy "the Super mom", Juliana "the fashionista," and Evelyn "the empty nester" each have tips and tricks for you. While I wouldn't call myself a Super Mom, I totally can identify with Marcy's busy lifestyle juggling the kids and responsibilities.


Marcy Super Mom

 

Let's get to planting some bulbs.  Here are some quick instructions on how to use the garden guru:

Visit Curbside Chaos and you can find the garden guru in the lower left corner.
Step 1 – Pick your Country
Step 2 – Pick your location within that Country
Step 3 – Choose the type of bulb you want to grow
Step 4 – Check out the Planting Guide that shows you how to plant your bulbs.

Here the bulbs I should plant for my climate.

  

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Valentine's Candy "Sundaes"

I originally posted this project two years ago when my blog was just brand new. I probably had about 5 readers at the time, so I thought this would be worth revisiting.

Valentine's Candy Sundaes

Supplies:
  • Sundae Glasses - check the Dollar Store or Goodwill
  • Valentine M&M's 
  • Styrofoam Ball - Dollar Tree
  • Popped Popcorn 
  • Almond Bark
  • Pixie Sticks or the cute striped paper straws
  • Chocolate Heart (Optional)
This is pretty easy to assemble, but I will break it down step by step for you.
  • Fill the sundae dish with M&Ms
  • Wrap the Styrofoam ball in plastic wrap to keep everything nice and food safe
  • Melt the almond bark and use it to glue the popcorn on top of the dish and styrofoam ball.
  • Insert the pixie sticks for the straws
  • You can add a chocolate heart with the almond bark if you want. I thought it looked a little like a cherry on top. 
You are all done! I gave these to my sons preschool teachers and they were a big hit. These would be a fun treat for your kids too.

Happy Valentine's Day!

New Glade® Expressions™ (Sponsored Post)

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Triad Retail Media for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love to walk into a home that smells nice and refreshing. I don't just mean an absence of odor, I mean a nice bright scent like lavender or apples. Glade® has just come out with a brand  new Glade® Expressions™ fragrance mist. Glade® Expressions™ is designed with your home decor in mind. The fragrance mist and oil diffuser are artfully designed and filled with true to life scents.
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I want to talk about the Fragrance mist first. Not only is it refillable with any Glade® Expressions™ scent , it has an easy squeeze to spray activation. I like the idea of being able to control how much fragrance I use and when. Several of the scents sound very appealing and I like that I can refill the fragrance mist with any of the Glade® Expressions™ scents.
The new product line also includes new Glade® Expressions™ oil diffuser . I am partial to oil diffusers myself. I have found that they do an excellent job at keeping my home smelling fresh for a long time. The Glade® Expressions™ oil diffuser has a no spill design which I would really love. Currently I have to keep my oil diffuser up on top of the cabinets so little hands can't spill it. Now I could incorporate the Glade® Expressions™ oil diffuser into my home decor if I wanted.  Another bonus is that the oil diffuser fragrance will last for 30 days and does not require any electricity.
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Currently Glade® Expressions™ are offered in the following scents:
  • Pineapple &  Mangosteen
  • Cotton & Italian Mandarin (only available in Fragrance Mist form)
  • Fuji Apple & Cardamom
  • Spice Lavender & Juniper Berry
Personally I would be the most excited to try out the Cotton & Italian Mandarin and the Fuji Apple & Cardamom. Those both sound divine.
Glade® is so sure you will love these new fragrances that they have a satisfaction guarantee or your money back. Mail the original UPC and purchase receipt within 30 days (fill out this form if you are unsatisfied).
You can purchase these new Glade® products at Walmart to take advantage of their everyday low price. They even have a $1.50 off coupon good for new Glade® Expressions™.
What's your favorite home scent? Which Glade® Expressions™ scent would you most like to try out? I would love to hear about in the comments.
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Project 365: January recap

Happy February everyone! Back on January 1st I signed up at 365project.org. I have wanted to do a picture a day for a few years, but I always forget. I'm so excited I made it through January taking a picture a day. I'm a little worried my pictures are going to get pretty boring, but I'll do my best.

I really like 365project.org because they have this nifty month view. I like seeing the whole month at once, sort of like a pictorial calendar of the month. It is also usually a little mini-journal entry of what I did that day. My goal for February is to use fewer cell phone pics. 10 pictures were from my cell phone in January, I will shoot for less in February! Looks like I'll be schlepping around my DSLR a lot more.


If you are interested in following my picture a day journey, here is the link: http://365project.org/cuteasafox/365. If you participate in a photo a day challenge, I would love to see it! Leave me a link in the comments and I will come and check it out.