Saturday, September 15, 2012

Matzo Ball Soup for Recipe for Retro Recipe Saturday

 Tomorrow night is the first night of Rosh Hashanah.  So in honor of the Jewish New Year, I am posting a recipe for Matzo Ball Soup.  It is a favorite in our house, and I hope that all of you like it too. 

Mazto Ball Soup

2 3/4cups Matzo meal
11 eggs beaten
3/4 cup shortening melted
3/4 cup water or broth
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 large boxes chicken broth ( I use the low sodium / fat free broth)


Mix matzo meal in a large bowl.

Mix shortening, eggs, salt and pepper.  Next add broth.

Add to Matzo meal and mix well.  

Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat.

I always get my hands wet to work with the matzo balls.   I like my matzo balls bigger, so I use a large spoon and form a ball about 2 inches in diameter with my hands.  I also try to make as many of the matzo balls as I can first before putting them in the boiling water.

Once matzo balls are made, drop them gently in the pot and bring  them to a boil.  Then turn the heat to simmer and cook for  30 minutes with the pan covered.

In a separate pan bring chicken broth to a boil.

Once done, add the matzo balls to the chicken broth.  You can keep them hot on simmer until you are ready to serve.

Serves 8 to 10 for a meal, or 12 to 16 for a starter.

I hope you like my recipe for Matzo Ball Soup.  I would love to hear from you.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Shabby Apple - One Day Only Sale - TODAY

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I have been looking at these great dresses for the last month trying to decide which dresses I would like for fall.  They have some really cute dresses and they are having a sitewide sale with 10% off of your entire purchase for today only.

Take a look at some of these great dresses!!!

I love lace, and this great color is called Tiffany Blue.
This dress is called Alice and it would be so cute with
a little black cardigan and my new little Cole Haan black Booties.

 Wouldn't this dress be great for the holidays.
It's called the Red Queen and it would look perfect with a black wrap, and the perfect pair of black pumps.

And last but not least we have my favorite dress called Elizabeth Islands.  It is the perfect grey for fall and winter.  Great with a little red boyfriend jacket and a great pair of shoes.  This one is my favorite for everyday. 

It is mid September and the perfect time to get a few things 
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Grape Cooler for Friday's Happy Hour

I can't believe it is already Friday again.  This week has flown by.  I am so excited because today we have a great new cocktail which is as pretty as it tastes.  It's a Grape Cooler for Friday's Happy Hour.  It is the prettiest lavender color ever.  We also have my Favorite Links of the week.  So here we go, are you ready,  have a great Happy Hour and an amazing weekend.

Here are my picks for my Favorite Blog Links of the week.  It would be great of you would follow them, also.

Now we are going to have Happy Hour, so let's party!!!

Grape Cooler for Friday's Happy Hour


4 oz grape vodka
1 1/2 oz grape pucker
5 oz sprite ( I used sugar free to help with calories )


Mix all ingredients, pour over ice, and serve chilled.

Serves 2

This recipe was so easy and really good.  It's tastes like a grape soda but is a beautiful lavender color.  I hope all of you enjoy it.  Send me your comments.  I love hearing from you.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcake

As you can see, I have been busy over the last couple of days with changes to the look of Adorned From Above.  I made a mistake and accidentally changed the template the day before yesterday, and decided to bite the bullet and make lots of changes.  I am now going to need to do a post on how to use pic monkey to make a header, but that must wait for another day.

Anyway, last weekend I made these great ice great little Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes and if I do say so myself, they were delicious.  Not only did they taste great, but they were also really cute and everyone loved them.  So here it is, the recipe for Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes.

Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes


3 pints of ice cream (your favorite flavors, I used caramel cone crunch, chocolate, and vanilla bean)
12 oreo cookies
hot fudge sauce ( warmed up )
12 pretty cupcake liners


Put cupcake liners in a 12 count muffin pan.

Put and oreo in the bottom of each cupcake cup.

Put ice cream on top of each oreo to about 1/2 to 1/3 of the bottom of the muffin cup.

Put 1 tablespoon hot fudge sauce on top of the ice cream.

Then put a large scoop of ice cream on top of the hot fudge sauce.  So it is mounded over the top of the muffin pan and looks like a baked cupcake.

I made 3 different flavors, but you could do as many as you want.

I put in the freezer for a few hours before I served them.

Makes 12 Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes.

This was such a pretty dessert and so easy.  I would love to hear what you think of them.  I always love to hear from you.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Reese's S'more Brownies and Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party 17

Welcome to my Wednesdays Adorned from Above Link Party 17.   I hope that all of you have fun, and I can't wait to see all of your beautiful work from the last week.  You are all truly amazing.  This week we reached 159 Links.   I want to thank all of you for your support of Adorned From Above.  I really appreciate all of the time you take to link to my parties.  Keep up the good work.

The first thing I am going to ask any of you to do is to become a GFC Follower if you are not already following me.  I would really appreciate it. You could also follow me on Pinterest, Twitter, or Facebook, Linky, anything you want.

This week I am featuring the three top blogs that had the most visits. Clicking on the like button will also help to pick which posts you like the most.  Right now I am picking the links with the most page views.

I am thrilled to feature the following posts this week.  So without further ado, I would like to present these beautiful and informative blogs.  To those of you that I featured just grab my new Wednesdays Adorned From Above Featured Button in my sidebar, or you can post a text link.

I want to thank everyone who linked with my Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.  All of your projects are wonderful and I would feature all of them if I could, but I think that the blog would probably be a little too long.  I hope that all of you link more posts this week.  Let's Party!!!

Your posts can include anything, I would love to see what you have been up to.

The only rules are to follow me, have a link somewhere on your post to Adorned From Above, and visit some other posts - after all it is a party.

Today, I'm doing a recipe instead of a beauty product.  It was so good and simple, that I couldn't wait to share it with all of you.  If you follow me you know that I am a Reese's  Peanut Butter Cups fanatic.  So today I present you with a recipe for Reese's Brownie S'mores.  They were cooked in a 9 x 9 pan and cut into squares, but I did make them last week in a muffin pan in cupcake cups.  I just didn't get pictures.  So it is a versatile recipe, you will just need to adjust cooking times.  It is now time to present you with Reese's S'more Brownies. 

Reese's S'more Brownies

1 box fudge brownie mix ( prepare brownies according to the directions on the box )

9 Reese's Peanut Butter cups
1 jar marshmallow cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9 x 9 inch baking pan.

Mix brownies according to the directions on the box.

Pour half of the brownie mix into the greased pan.

Place 9 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups on top of the brownie mix in 3 rows of 3.

Place 1 tablespoon of marshmallow cream on tip of each peanut butter cup.

Pour the other half of the brownie mix over the marshmallow cream and peanut butter cups.

Bake for 50 minutes and then check to see if they were done.  It may take another 5 to 10 minutes, because they are a little thicker then regular brownies.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as my family did.  I would love to hear what you think,  send me your comments.

Have fun and enjoy!!!


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner

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Now on to my DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner

So in my quest for natural cleaning product recipes I did some research for a DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner.  I wanted it to have the cleaning capabilities of 409 or Fantastic, but be natural so that it would not bother my asthma.  I also wanted it to have anti bacterial properties.  In my research, I learned that vinegar is an anti bacterial, but I wanted something a little bit more, so I decided that whatever I made would also have either lemon or lemongrass essential oil for their anti bacterial properties.  Several of the recipes that I read had vinegar, water, and they added either borax or baking soda.  I decided that I wanted to add borax to my DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner.   I did decide on lemongrass essential oil, since that was the first one I saw in my bag of tricks.  So everyone, here is a great recipe for.....

Debi's DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner 

1/4 cup vinegar
2 TB borax
1/4 cup boiling water
3 1/2 cold cups water
20 drops lemongrass essential oil
1 4 cup spray bottle 


Mix borax in 1/4 cup boiling water.  Once dissolved, pour in a 4 cup spray bottle.  Add vinegar, cold water, and lemongrass essential oil to the spray bottle and shake.   Use the same way you would 409 or Fantastik

I hope that I have provided you with another green way to keeping your house clean.  I would love to hear from you.


Monday, September 10, 2012

God's Love John 4:16

And we have come to know and have believed the love that God has in us. 
God is love, and the one who resides in love resides in God, 
and God resides in him.
1 John 4:16

God's love for us is unconditional.  It's always and infinite.  It is truth, and God is love!!!

What an amazing gift our Father has given us.  He loves us not matter what.  He loves us completely, flawed human beings that we are.

It's important, that we accept that he loves us, warts and all.  It's only in the acceptance of his love that you let God into your life. 

When you can accept God's love, you are then able to love other people the way God loves you.  Unconditionally!!!  Isn't that great news!!!  Whew!!! What a relief!!!  

There are so many gifts that we receive, but are also able to give, with just one little thing.  Accepting this unconditional love, and then being able to give it to others.  No matter what someone has done.  We are able to forgive them, and love them.  Amazing, but isn't that God anyway.  Truly Amazing!!!

I always love hearing from you.  Send me your comments

Have a blessed week.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Couch Re Upholstery Reveal

Okay today is my HUGE Couch Re Upholstery Reveal.  I have been working on this project for months.  I stopped working on it several times, because I was traveling.  Then the last time was because I messed up the fabric on the back of the couch and had to piece more fabric together and actually draw a pattern.  The back of the couch is a camel back and I definitely need a pattern to make sure the curve was right.  So I finally took time off of blogging to finish the couch.  It has been sitting on sawhorses in my living room for 4 months. What a relief.  I still need to put the stripped fabric on the arms and the yellow trim around, but that will be done by Monday.  It is on the floor, and it looks beautiful.  I love it.  Wait till you see the before and after photos.  Amazing!!!

Okay, so are you ready?  Get Set!!.  Here it is.

Before  (this was already torn apart, it also had burgandy bullion around the bottom.)

midway through

Front with Cushion

Pictorial: The Process From Start to Finish

Piecing fabric together
Sewing fabric together.
You can see that I matched the fabric.
Sewing Cording

Couch Stripped Bare

Burlap over springs on deck

Padding over burlap

view of back

Padding on arms

Muslin over padding on deck and arms

view of back with muslin on arms

View of front with muslin on arms and deck

view of muslin over back (forgot to show padding underneath muslin 
on back and front of deck. )

view of back with muslin over padding at the top.

fabric over the muslin on the deck

fabric over deck and arms ( no cushion yet or fabric over front of arms)

Fabric over back ( I forgot to take a picture of the padding 
and muslin under the fabric.

I am so happy to have my couch done.  I hope that you like it.  I will be making pillows for it, and when they are done, I will post the pictures.

This post was a featured at  Have a Cup With Mrs. Olson

I would love to hear your comments.  I always love hearing from you.

Enjoy your Sunday!!!