Warm Biscuit Dough Caramel Apple Dessert

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Biscuit Dough Caramel Apple Dessert

Spring has finally sprung and tonight is man night out our house! Are you wondering what man night is and why I’m so excited about it? Man night happens at our house about once a month. It is a special night where my husband and son watch movies all night and pig out on junk food. My husband will call man night sometime in the middle of the week. Once this happens I hear the two of them secretly talking about what snacks they will get and movies they want to watch. I hope someday my son will look back and remember this special time he shared with his dad; it’s the sweetest thing. Maybe even carry on this tradition with his own children someday.

Still wondering whats so exciting about man night? So let me explain.When they say man night I actually hear mom night. Can you say Netflix?! After 7 pm the night is mine and I am totally free of mom things. Which means I am free to do things like binge-watch Netflix, take a warm bubble bath, go to Walmart (sorry, I love the place), movies with a friend, make these Warm Biscuit Dough Caramel Apple Desserts and eat them all by myself, etc..

I was totally kidding about that last part. I couldn’t eat them all by myself even if I wanted to and believe me, I’d want to. These buttermilk biscuits are stuffed with apple pie filling and served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream then topped with caramel sauce and crushed peanuts. These dessert biscuits offer all the great flavors of a warm apple pie and without all the hassle. Because apple pie is one of my husband’s favorites I know I will be making this recipe often!

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Click here for last weeks biscuit dough recipe – Chili Cheese Dough Stuffed Biscuits 





Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed Biscuits




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April, a month filled with baseball and lots of biscuit dough! 

Baseball season has officially started in the Dillman household. If you are like me, and also have kids starting baseball, you know that making fancy suppers on ball nights is next to impossible. Because of this, I am focusing the entire month of April on biscuit dough recipes starting with these Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed Biscuits. I need meals I know my family will eat and are a quick clean up so we can pack up and head to the ballfield!



Can I be real for a minute or two?

I know this is a way off topic and has nothing to do with Chili Cheese Dog Stuffed biscuits but I have been working on typing up posts all day. This is where I struggle. My grammar is crap and I’m not always good with my words but I’m trying. I feel like I have been climbing the same mountain for years. More like crawling, actually. But you know what? I’m going to keep climbing this Mountain because I feel this is where God wants me.

But He doesn’t want me to stay in the same place crawling and struggling nor does He want you to. He wants us to succeed and prosper (A few examples – Jeremiah 29:11, Job 36:11, Deuteronomy 29:9). And if we are going to succeed and prosper we have to step outside of our comfort zone and take risks; something I am not always good at. My struggles mainly come from fear and self-doubt. Sometimes I wish I could step outside of myself for a few seconds just to shake myself and say “it’s okay girl, God’s got you!” And then I would take a deep breath and everything would be fine.

I saw two quotes this week that really stuck with me. The first one was by Rachel Hollis  “Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.” Whoa! I am in the middle of reading her book Girl, wash your Face and it is excellent! The second quote that really stuck with me this week was by Havilah Cunnington. She said, “If what you see in the mirror is an example of God’s Passion and Creativity, but you hate it, how can you really trust Him with your life? You are an example of His great work”.

Maybe your reading this thinking, I’m here for a recipe, not your life story lady. And that’s fine. But just maybe someone is going through this same thing and God brought them hear threw a recipe? Maybe it’s you? Maybe this is God’s way of shaking you and saying “It’s ok, girl. I got you!” So if this is you, why don’t you join me? We will all take a deep breath, eat chili cheese dog stuffed biscuits and keep climbing till we make it to the top. 😉

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Empty Oats Container & Coffee Filter Flower Vase




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How to Turn an Empty Oatmeal Container into a FLower Vase

I’m wrapping up Coffee Filter Week with this cute flower vase made from coffee filters. Along with my coffee filter flowers, this vase will be the perfect addition to your spring decor! Not only are they super fun to make but you probably already have everything to make them on hand. Now, let’s get started!

Supplies:

  • Empty oats container
  • Coffee dyed coffee filters
  • Mod podge
  • paint brush
  • small old bowl
  • Twine
  • Coffee dyed strips of fabric
  • Coffee dyed paper doilies
  • Stencil ( I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 )
  • spanish moss
  • Foam for the inside of the vase to hold the flowers.

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STEP 1: Coffee dye coffee filters and make sure they are dry. If you’re not sure how to do this click here —> HOW TO COFFEE DYE COFFEE FILTERS 

STEP 2: Brush one side of the coffee filter entirely with mod podge and begin sticking them on the oats container; you will need a few layers. Carefully press out any creases with your hands. A few won’t hurt as long as they are flat to the container. Also, make sure to wrap the filters around the top and bottom of the container. See photo below. 

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STEP 3: Once oats container is completely covered in coffee filters, allow to dry. If you can see part of the container through the coffee filters then apply a few more layers in that area and allow to dry.

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STEP 4: Once the container is Dry use mod podge to secure the coffee dyed paper doily. I ONLY brushed the outer edges. If you brush the mod podge over the writing it will smear. I used my Cricut to write one of my favorite bible verses onto the doily. If you do not have a Cricut you could use stencils. Stenciling on the beginning letter of your last name would be a very cute idea.

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Below is a better look at the doily I made using my Cricut. If you have a Cricut the possibilities are endless of what you could do here.

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STEP 5: Next I wrapped a piece of twine around the vase a few times and tied a bow. Just remember when you are making this vase that it is yours! Have fun with it! Just because I wrapped twine around mine doesn’t mean you have to do the same. Do what makes you happy =)




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STEP 6: Finally I added a piece of coffee dyed fabric and tied it in a knot. Here’s a little tip to consider: When working with fabric if you rip it rather then cut it you will get nice frayed edges. Also, if you wait and coffee dye after ripping the fabric you will get nice dark frayed edges.

TIPS: To secure the flowers in the vase add a piece of foam to the bottom. You can also fill the container with dry rice and secure the flowers in the rice. Adding Spanish moss to the top of the vase helps to hide the flower stems.

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Lasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast




Lasagna Sandwich

Lasagna Sandwich on Texas Toast

As a kid, I was never really a huge fan of lasagna. My mom used to hide onions in it and then swear up and down she didn’t put any in. Yeah, okay mom (insert eye rolling emoji). I remember folding my garlic bread in half and stuffing it with lasagna or spaghetti to mask the taste of the onions.  But as I got older I learned that if I made Lasagna my way, extra mozzarella, hold the onions,  I actually loved it! And let’s not forget a nice thick slice of garlic bread or Texas toast to slop up the extra sauce. For me, this is actually the best part of the meal!

(*I know that half a pound of ground beef does not seem like a lot of meat but trust me it’s PLENTY. There will be enough to make 4 sandwiches, I promise 😉 )

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After pondering this for awhile I thought to myself why wait until the end of my meal to fully enjoy it? Why not enjoy every bite? So I decided to stuff loads of lasagna meat sauce and extra mozzarella between two slices of Texas toast. It was AMAZING! And probably one of the quickest warm meals I have made in awhile. Every bite left me totally satisfied and wanting more. I had to stop myself from eating another sandwich… it was so tempting. If you decide to eat two there will be no judgment coming from me, I totally get it.




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Side Note: When making these sandwiches it is very important you do not overcook the texas toast. If you do, you’re sandwich’s will be very hard to eat. Since the texas toast will get wrapped in foil and go back in the oven I use the lesser cooking time of the Texas Toast package.





DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

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DIY Coffee Filter Flowers 

Remember the other week when I showed you how to dye coffee filters with coffee? You are going to need a few of those for this project. If you missed it just click this link —-> How to Dye Coffee Filters using Coffee & Food Dye

Supplies:

1.  FOLD THE FILTERS: To make one flower you will need 4 coffee filters. Fold all of the coffee filters in half, then in half again, then in half again, use your thumbs and really press and crease the folds so they stay.

(sorry for the different background in this photo! I realized at the last minute that I forgot to photograph the folds! #oops!)




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2. Fold your coffee filters one more time in half but this time do not crease it. Round the top, wide, part of the coffee filters with a pair of scissors. When you unfold the filters you should have what looks like a heart.

TIP: If you wait to dye your filters directly after this step you will get nice dark edges. I fold them plain white, cut the rounded edge, plop them into my dye, then into the oven.

 

3. Now it is time to cut the hearts. You have 4 coffee filters so each time you will cut one more heart. Your first filter cut one heart, second filter cut 2 hearts, third filter cut out 3 hearts, fourth filter cut 4 hearts. Use the diagram below to help with cutting.

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4. GLUE: Overlap the hearts on the end and glue them so they form a cone. Do this to all of the cut filters.

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You will not be able to overlap the two smallest hearts, the single and double heart. To do the smallest one I use a glues stick to roll it tight and glue it. I do the same for the double heart but you will not want to make this one as tight.




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When you have them all rolled and glued you should have something like this.

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5. Now it’s time to start building your Coffee filter flower. Before gluing, put the flower together and make sure everything fits nicely. Some of the bottoms will probably need trimmed so they nestle inside one another nicely. To put your coffee filter flower together start with the biggest cone and work all the way down to the single one putting each inside the other. Below is an example of what this should look like.

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6. Gluing the Flower together: Now take the flower apart sitting each layer in order, biggest to smallest. Begin to glue the bottoms and gently stick them inside each layer.

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When you’re finished gluing your flowers will look something like this. Pretty, right?

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Now it’s time to add the stems to your coffee filter flowers. Here are a few materials you will need..

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Use the pointy end of the shish Kabob stick to poke a hole through the glue at the bottom of your flower. Then cut the point off of the stick, glue it, and insert it into the hole you just made. Put a little glob of glue around the base so it is secure to the stick.

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Finally, glue and wrap the floral tape around the flower stem. The floral tape says that it is self stick but trust me it’s not and so you will need to glue it.

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To make the flowers a little more durable I like to spray them with a clear sealant. And here’s what I use –> Mod podge Sealant.



Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva





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Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva!

Guys, I did it! I made the worlds best roast beef sandwich! Okay, maybe not the “world’s” best but it’s good.. dang good. It’s sloppy, gooey, and warm,  with a hint of spice. Do not even get me started on the cheese. This is the kind of sandwich you want to make for your friends, you know, the ones who don’t judge you. The friends that don’t care that you ate 2 sandwiches in your jammies at noon while binge-watching the office. Because those are the friends that will join you in your shenanigans. And because THOSE are the friends who deserve to indulge in the world’s best roast beef sandwich with you!

It’s Friday!

You made it,  Friday is finally here! Reward yourself by adding the ingredients to this sandwich on your shopping list. You deserve an easy meal that your family will be drooling over. Easy clean up too, that’s a plus 😉  If this sandwich could talk in the words of Michael Scott I’m sure it would say something like “Would I rather be feared or loved?” Easy, both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” And that my friend is the Scuttlebutt on the Best Roast Beef Sandwich Eva!




How to Make Jumbo Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

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Being Consistent 

Last week I told you a little bit about my game plan for becoming a more consistent blogger. I have been doing tons of research lately and as it turns out I am not the only blogger with this issue. I find it even more difficult since I am a creative person. Sometimes I feel as if I can’t finish ANYTHING. I start a million projects and go from one project to the next without ever finishing any of them. So my next step in becoming a better and more consistent blogger is to give myself finish dates. I’d call them deadlines but I feel that word puts a damper on my accomplishments so let’s just stick with finish dates. Since you are reading this post it means I must have made all my finish dates for the past 2 weeks! Yay me!

How to Make Jumbo Coffee Filter Easter Eggs

Now that you know how to Dye Coffee Filters using coffee and food dye it’s time to get into the fun stuff! This week I want to show you how to make these super cute coffee filter Easter eggs. These are so easy to make and I really think you are going to love them. You may even have everything you need to make them on hand!

Supplies: 




STEP 1: Paint the egg with Mod Podge.

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Step 2: Paint one side of each coffee filter strip and begin covering the egg with them. Use your fingers to to press strips down while smoothing  out any creases.

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Step 3: Keep adding strips until egg is completely covered and the color of the egg is no longer visible. Let dry over night.

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Step 4: Once the eggs are dry look for spots where the original eggs may be still showing through the coffee filter strips. Add a few more layers of strips and allow to dry over night.

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Step 5: You know you are done adding strips when the eggs look like the photo below. =)




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Step 6: To dress up the eggs cut strips of fabric and/or burlap and mod podge them to the egg. Once this dries you can use smaller strips of fabric and twine to really dress them up! Look at my main photo for examples.

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Step 7:  Add glitter because it makes everything beautiful. =)  (use the white kind)

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Finally, embellish eggs with layers of fabric and twine. I have found that if I cut or rip the fabric first, and then coffee dye it, I end up with a nice dark edge on my fabric. It also gives it more of that rustic look I love so much.

Coffee Filter Easter Eggs




Oven roasted Chicken Club on a Bagel

Roast Chicken sandwich

Brain Storming with Mom

If you read last weeks DIY post how to dye coffee filters, you know this months recipes will be all about sandwiches. Because baseball season’s upon us I wanted to focus on meals that were quick and easy. Sandwiches seemed to be the perfect fit. Although, I didn’t want your basic grilled cheese or Sweet Lebanon bologna with mustard and chips ( yes, that’s a thing here in PA). So I went to my moms and we came up with some pretty stellar ideas. Starting with this Oven Roasted Chicken Club on a Bagel. I explained to my mom that I had to have at least one bagel sandwich on the blog this month. There is just something about loading a bagels with lunch meats, cheeses, and sandwich toppings that I just absolutely LOVE!



Oven Roasted Chicken Club Sandwich on a bagel *(cool ranch) 

This entire sandwich is just one huge flavor bomb that which will leave your taste buds begging for more. The bottom half of the bagel is smothered with roasted red paper hummus, which leaves just the right amount of bite. A little spice but not too much. This sandwich is stuffed with all kinds of goodies such as Chicken  lunch meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and  bacon. We then decided it needed a big glob of one of our all time favorite dips on the top, spicy ranch dip. Adding the dip just adds a notably cool element to the sandwich that was much needed. This sandwich is definitely a keeper and I will be making it over, and over, and over again.

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* If you try this sandwich I’d love to hear your thoughts! Stay tuned for next weeks sandwich, it’s another keeper, I promise 😉

How to Dye Coffee Filters using Coffee and Food Dye

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I’m back! 

I’m back! It has been a long time since my last blog post and I’m happy to say I am here to stay. One of the most challenging aspects of blogging is consistency, at least it has been for me. Because of this I have been doing my research and taking notes trying to figure out new ways to improve my consistency and help me stay on track. One way I plan on doing this is by narrowing my posts down into categories. For example, this months DIY posts will be focused specifically on coffee filters and the recipes will be all about sandwiches. Furthermore I apologize for my absence and hope to get things back on track.

How to Dye Coffee Filters 

Today I want show you how I Dye my coffee filters. You are going to need to know how to do this for the next few blogs posts coming up this month. I have tried a few different methods and this is what seems to work the best for me.





Supplies: 

Step 1 : Add your morning coffee to an bowl along with some instant coffee grinds. Add more or less depending on how dark you want your filters. I like to do some light ones then throw in a little more coffee grinds so I have darker ones, also. Doing it this way also gives me a nice variety of dark and light to chose from. Use your wooden spoon to press the filters down in the coffee so they are completely covered in coffee.

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Step 2: Gently squeeze the coffee filters over the bowl so they are not dripping wet. Separate the filters into small piles and arrange on an old cookie sheet so they dry evenly.

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Step 3: Set your oven to the lowest possibly temperature ( mine is 170 F) and bake the coffee filters. You want to check on them about every 10-15 minutes so they do not burn. Each time you check them you are going to want to rearrange them by putting the more dry ones on top and the more wet ones on the bottom. This will help them to dry quickly and evenly because it helps the heat circulate.

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Dyeing with Food Coloring

I just gave you the 3 basic steps to coffee dying coffee filters. So now let me show you how I dye them using food coloring. You are basically just doing the same thing except with food dye rather then coffee. When I do this I use the dry, pre-coffee dyed filters. I do it this way because it makes the pink a little more grungy looking, which is what I like.

Step 1: Next, add Red ( or whatever color you like) food dye to water. I use a small glass bowl and about half the bottle of red food dye which will make a darker looking filter.

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Step 2: Repeat steps 2 & 3 above in coffee dyeing tutorial.

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DIY Mini Pine Cone Ornaments

Pine Cone Ornaments

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DIY Mini Pine Cone Ornaments are a cute and inexpensive way to spruce up your home for the holidays. I gathered all my pine cones at a local park and I had plenty of mason jar rims laying around. These also make great gifts!

What you will need:

  • Lots and lots of mini pine cones ( I filled a brown paper lunch bag a little over half way and that made 10 ornaments)
  • Mason jar lids ( you only need the rims)
  • Red ribbon ( Depends on how many you make the amount you will need. I bought a few spolls of the $1 ribbon)
  • Sprigs of pine ( 1 sprig per ornament)
  • Fake snow and white glitter – optional

The how to: 

Step 1: Begin by gluing pine cones around the rim of the mason jar lids. The first few are the trickiest, you have to hold them in place for a minute or two until the glue dries and they stick. Once you get the first few to stick the rest go on much easier.

  • If the pine cones are closed it means they are damp. If you lay them on a cookie sheet for a few hours they should dry out and open back up. You can also put them in the microwave for a few seconds ONLY to open back up.

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Step 2: Once you finish gluing pine cones to the rim then begin gluing them around the front of the rim. Make sure to hold each pine cone in place for a few seconds so they stay secure.

  • You can pick off the excess glue when you are finished.

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Should look like this:

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Step 3: Using a hot glue gun, embellish with sprig of pine and red bow for hanging. I also sprayed a little fake snow on them, this is optional.

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Send us a face book message! – If you try these DIY Mini Pine Cone Ornaments I would love to hear from you!



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