Saturday, April 6, 2013


Today we are sharing a recipe for Churros with you.  I made these also for Charly's birthday and they came out so good.  Danny was my taste tester.  I think he ate about the first 10 that I made, giving feedback.  He felt like this was a really tough job.  It was so hard he had to go take a nap after he finished eating these great Churros.  We ended up getting them just right.  So today we present you with a recipe for Churros that I found at Laurie in the Kitchen



1 cup water
1 cup flour
3 TB unsalted butter
1 TB vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 TB sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
vegetable oil for frying
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon


Fill a dutch oven 1/2 full with oil and heat over medium heat to 375 degrees.

In a large saucepan add water, butter, vegetable oil, 1 TB sugar, vanilla, and salt and bring to a boil.

Turn the Heat down to low and add the flour, stirring constantly, until the mixture turns into a ball.  Cook for 1 about 1 minute, still stirring constantly.

Add dough to a mixing bowl and add 1 egg at a time, mixing well in between each addition.

Add the dough to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.

Pipe 5 inch ropes into the hot oil, making sure to keep the oil at 375 degrees while cooking.

Cook for 2 minutes each side and remove from the oil.

Drain on a paper towel

Mix cinnamon and sugar and role in the cinnamon and sugar mixture.

Repeat this process, cooking all of the dough.

We hope that you like this recipe for Churros.  We always love hearing from you.

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Aquatinis for Friday's Happy Hour

Today we have Aquatinis for Friday's Happy Hour and they are delicious.  I got the recipe from the bottle of DeKuyper's Island Punch.  It is a simple recipe and really good.  I also love the color.



4 oz citron vodka
4 oz Dekuyper's Island Punch
splash of sweet and sour


Pour vodka, Island Punch, and sweet and sour over ice in a martini shaker.

Let sit for a few minutes to get really cold, and then shake well.

Pour into two chilled martini glasses.

Serves 2 Aquatinis

This drink came out really good.  I hope you like it also.  I always love hearing from you.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Proscuitto and Brie Empanadas

My friend Wanda and I made these delicious and simple Prosciutto and Brie Empanadas.  It's always fun cooking with Wanda and it had been a while, so it was a great day.

(She looks so pretty when she cooks, I of course probably had no makeup and was wearing jeans and a t-shirt.  She always looks great like this. Perfectly put together,  I need some lessons.)

While David and I were in Argentina, we went to a restaurant that had tons of different empanadas, so when we got home from our cruise, I, of course wanted to make some too.  This week we have the Prosciutto and Brie Empanadas, next week I will give you a recipe for Beef Empanadas, and the following week I will share my Chorizo Empanadas.  So I hope you are ready to go on a taste tour of Argentinian Empanadas.

Proscuitto and Brie Empanadas


2 cans Pillsbury Thin Crust Pizza Dough
8 slices Proscuitto
1 wedge brie cut into 8 pieces
fig preserves or jam


Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray.

Unroll your pizza dough on a large cutting board.

I used a small 5 1/2 to 6 inch saucepan lid to cut circles of dough for the empanadas   I got 4 circles of dough from each pizza crust.  (There is quite a bit of waste, you could probably rework the dough and get more circles)

Next put a slice of prosciutto,  brie, and 1 TB fig preserves on 1 half of each circle of dough.

Then fold the other half of dough over the prosciutto and brie and roll the edges so that they are sealed. (Make sure they are sealed, the fig preserves will leak out, it's okay, but nicer if it doesn't)

Bake in oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve immediately or remove from pan and place on racks to cool

Makes 8 mid size empanadas.

I hope that you like these delicious Prosciutto and Brie Empanadas.  They are so good and so easy to make.  You could also cut smaller circles and serve them as appetizers.  I always love hearing from you.

Have fun cooking.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop 46

We want to thank everyone who shared with last week's Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop 45.  We love seeing all of your posts.  You are all truly amazing.  We also want to thank everyone who participated in the giveaway for the $50.00 Target Gift Card.  We can not tell you how much we appreciate your participation.

Adorned From Above

Welcome to Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop 46.   There are not Co-Hosts this week or a giveaway, it's just Charly and me.

Congratulations!!! The winner for last weeks $50.00 Target Gift Card giveaway is Jenny Ham.  Please send me your address and phone number in an email so that we can send you the gift cards.

Now onto the featured bloggers from last weeks party.  Please take a look at their posts.  They are truly amazing and all of you picked them.  These are the most viewed posts from last weeks party.

Featured Bloggers - Adorned From Above Blog Hop 45

Congratulations to all of this weeks featured bloggers.  Grab a button from the Side Bar.

So on to this weeks party.  The rules are easy.

1.  Follow all hosts in some way (GFC, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, or Linky Followers)

2.  Anything goes with posts. (recipes, parties, etsy shops, crafts, inspirational writing, absolutely anything.  Just make it family friendly)

3.  Comment on other posts.  It is a party.  Get to know your fellow bloggers.  I have met some of the nicest people at the parties, including some of my co-hosts.

4.  All featured posts will be pinned on Pinterest, so by linking with this party you are giving me permission to pin your projects.

5.  Also the party now runs from 9:00PM on Tuesdays through 11:59PM on Sundays.

We hope you have fun at this week's party.  We all love hearing from you, so we love your comments.

Now let's party

Have a great week.
Debi and Charly

Tips for Making Money Blogging

Today's post is a departure from my normal posts. You have seen many changes on my blog over the last month, and there are more to come.  I have been working on getting more followers, adding ads, and trying to make money.  some of these things have worked, some have had mediocre results, and some have made me decide to reevaluate what direction I want to take Adorned From Above in the future.

I love all of you, and you are the reason I write Adorned From Above.  When I started blogging, it was not to make money, but to share my recipes and ideas with other like minded bloggers.  I love connecting with all of you.  Over the next few weeks, I will be deciding on the direction that I want to take Adorned From Above, and I am going to keep all of you informed.

I have already made some changes.  I will not longer work on Sunday's, and I am not sure about Saturday's yet.  I will not longer stay up until 2AM working on the blog.  That decision was made while on was on my cruise in February.  All of you know that blogging can take over your life, but I feel that we are writing to improve our lives, and working 20 hours a day, is not improving anyone's life.

Now about making money blogging.  Here is what I have learned during the grand experiment over the last month about making money blogging.  (even harder work)

1.  Adding ads -  I have started with many different affiliates.  Some work better then others.    Sign up for these different affiliates, and then it is trial and error, for what works.

2.  Promoting your ads -  Some ads you can just put on your blog and people with click on them, but I have found that I must promote them.  Which means writing posts and then promoting them on social media.  ( Hard work and not always enjoyable)

3.  Evaluating your ads - Once you have your ads up you will need to check them and evaluate how they are doing on your blog.  I normally check daily, and move them around or remove them if they are not getting any clicks or conversions.

Now for the different affiliates that I have signed up with and what I have made.  It's not a lot, but it is a starting point and I did better then I have done with Google's Adsense (February 5.44), but they all paid about the same this month.

Earnings for Month of March
You can sign up with each of these affiliates from their links below.

1.  Integrate -  $10.73

Has ads and giveaways.  I enjoy working with them, and pick products that I think you might like.  You do have to write and use social media to get people to some of their ads, but some sell themselves.

2. Escalate Network - $10.05

They do ads, coupons, giveaways and lots more.  I like working with them also.  Most of these just sell themselves.

3. Viralati - $4.82

This is super easy.  You just pin the ads and giveaways.  I check to see what they have each morning and pin away on my giveaway board.  They don't always have a lot, but it's pretty easy to do, and if I spend 5 minutes a day, that would be a lot.

4. Join, Earn Cash!  $11.72

I really like Share A Sale.  The ads are easy to put on your blog, but I have found that I need to really try to send people to them.   I love the Craftsy classes.  I am getting ready to take a few.

5.  Craftsy - part of my Share A Sale earnings

Is part of share a sale.  You have to sign up for share A Sale first and then sign up for Craftsy.  I love the Craftsy classes, I'm taking some this week.

6. Sponsored Tweets - $1.26

This is really easy.  They give you the tweet, sometimes you have to change it a little, but simple to do.  They don't have a lot, and they send you the offers.  You can take them or not.  This is for just 7 tweets and they take just a few seconds to do.

7.  Google Adsense - $9.54

You can sign up for Adsense.  They are easy to use, it is only Pay Per Click.  You can add on the other  part which is a Pay Per Conversion.  It may pay more.  I did it for a while, but had problems with my feeds, so I took the ad's out.  I may retry them in the future.

Six Sisters Affliiates Sales $2.70
Just display their books and earn commissions.  These are great books.  I have learned a lot from them.

Total March Earnings $50.72

This is not great, but better then February's $5.44.  I'll will give updates once a month on how different affiliates are doing.  There are some other affiliates that I have signed up for, but not added yet.  I will let you know how they do.

If you decide that you want to sign up for some of these affiliate programs, you can follow the links.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.  I had some difficulties with some of the forms and you may also, just let me know and I can send your information to my account managers, so that they can help you.

I hope this helps.  I always love hearing from you.

Have a great week.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter - Matthew 28

Happy Easter Everyone!!!

What Christ did for us is so beautiful!!!
We are so very grateful.
Have a wonderful day with your families and friends.
Debi and Charly

28:1  In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
28:2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
28:3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
28:4  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
28:5  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Mat 28:6  He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
28:7  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
28:8  And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
28:9  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
28:10  Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
28:11  Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
28:12  And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
28:13  Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
28:14  And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
28:15  So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
28:16  Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
28:17  And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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