Friday, July 30, 2010

Bisquick Blueberry Muffins/Coffee Cake

Bisquick Blueberry Muffins

2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
2/3 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
3/4 cup fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) blueberries

1.Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Place paper baking cup in each of 12 regular-size muffin cups, or grease bottoms only of muffin cups.
2.Stir all ingredients except blueberries just until moistened. Gently stir in blueberries. Divide batter evenly among cups.
3.Bake 13 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.


Bisquick Coffee Cake

First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Get your round, 9 x 1 ½ inch pan ready by greasing it. Next, make your Streusel topping and set it aside:

•1/3 cup Bisquick
•1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
•1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (I like to add a bit more since I love cinnamon!)
•2 tablespoons of margarine or butter
Mix the first three ingredients together. Then cut in the margarine with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly.

For the batter you’ll need:

•2 cups of Bisquick
•2 tablespoons of sugar
•2/3 cup of milk
•1 egg

Mix all the batter ingredients together and spread in your prepared pan. Now sprinkle that with the Streusel topping. If you’d like, you can take a butter knife and zig-zag it through the topping for a marbled effect.

Pop it in the oven and bake it for 18 to 22 minutes. It should look golden brown on top when it’s done. Let it cool for just a few minutes so it will come out of the pan nicely, but to experience this coffee cake at it’s best, it should really be served warm.

You Never Know (Poem)

You Never Know

Author Unknown

You never know when someone
May catch a dream from you.
You never know when a little word,
Or something you may do
May open up a window
Of the mind that seeks the light
The way you live may not matter at all...
But you never know - it might.

And just in case it could be
That another's life through you.
Might possibly change for the better
With a broader brighter view.
It seems it might be worth a try
At pointing the way to the right.
Of course, it may not matter at all,
But then again it might.



Friendship is the candle that lights up your heart whenever it is dark outside.

Life without love is like a tree without blossom and fruit.

life’s what you make it, so lets make it rock!!

today is tomorrows yesterday

If you love someone, put their name in a circle not a heart, a circle goes on for ever and a heart can be broken.

New Bracelets @ Our Etsy Shop

New Bracelets @ Our Etsy Shop

Listed and in time for back to school and Fall I got up at my Etsy shop Mystic Star Designs a couple of new bracelets. One is a leaf design with glass beads & acrylic beads - I named 'Ramble on Leaves Bracelet' influenced by my love of Led Zeppelin. Has a gypsy hippie feel to it.

My other bracelet is also influenced by Robert Plant and also has a hippie, gypsy, feel. It's a bracelet made up of wood & metal beads. The wood and leather give it a very warm look. I named that one simply 'Wood & Metal Beads Leather Bracelet'

Currently I'm working on another bracelet made of amethyst and rose quartz crystals and glass beads. I will be listed that one soon. Also have a nice pair of dangle leaf earrings which will be up as well. So take a look around my shop and tell your cool friends about it...thanks!

On Ebay I have listed a set of 6 summer earrings, a great value take a LOOK!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tomatoes For The Pickin'

Well looks like my tomato plants are doing way better this year than last. We've had a very hot and sunny summer and the tomatoes are ready to be picked!

I love it when you first pick the first tomato of the season, their scent and their beautiful red color. All winter long you have to eat tomatoes that are tasteless and hard, it's good to get fresh tomatoes right of the vine yum!

My first tomato picked and it's going in a tomato sandwich with cheese. Then a salad for dinner. Tomatoes galore when you have plants that really set fruit. We will be eating tomatoes everyday hopefully :)

Here is a poem in honor of The Tomato

Tomatoes On My Windowsill

by Robin Benzle

Tomatoes on my windowsill,
Lined up like happy soldiers,
From pale green as key lime pie
To red as sunburned shoulders.

They seem to smile at the sun,
While they patiently a-ripen.
And when I do my kitchen chores,
I smile back, enlightened.

One by one I take them down
From their nest upon the sill,
And add them to a salad or
Perhaps a sauce with dill.

Then to my garden I return
To pluck another load,
And tenderly I line them up
On that shelf in my abode.

No sooner do I get them shelved,
Than my garden calls me back.
They're ripening all at once, I think,
As I stuff them in my sack.

So I give them to my neighbors and
I give them to my friends.
I give them to my enemies,
Just to make amends.

Soon, I note they're turning red
So fast it makes me ill.
From off the vine, they drop like flies.
My plot looks like road kill.

Tomatoes on my windowsill
All rotting in a row.
I never thought I'd say this but,
"Where the hell's the snow?"

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Zodiac Stones

Zodiac Stones

Aries -
Garnet, Bloodstone, clear Quartz, Hematite

Taurus -
Emerald, Jade, Lapis Lazuli, Rose Quartz

Gemini -
Onyx, Peridot, Blue lace Agate, Aquamarine

Cancer -
Moonstone, Pearl, Adverturine, Carnelian

Leo -
Amber, Topaz, Citrine, Jasper

Virgo -
Agate, Jasper, Carnelian, Clear Quartz

Libra -
Emerald, Malachite, Rose Quartz, Moonstone

Scorpio -
Turquoise, Smokey Quartz, Jasper, Aquamarine

Sagittarius -
Amethyst, Azurite, Sapphire, Turquoise

Capricorn -
Tiger's Eye, Fluorite, Jet, Smokey Quartz

Aquarius -
Hematite, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Turquoise

Pisces -
Blue Lace Agate, Fluorite, Chrysolite, Bloodstone

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Spell to Invite love into your life

Spell to Invite love into your life

Materials required =

Two red Roses
Dried jasmine flowers and Rose petals
One Red candle
One foot of red ribbon.

Find yourself a convenient place to
work your spell.

Use a table for your altar.

On the left side of the table place
one of the roses which represents you.

On the right side of the table place
the other rose which represents the
invitation of Love.

In the centre stand your red candle.

Make a heart shape of jasmine and Rose
petals around your candle.

Hold the candle and clearly visualise
pure love coming into your life.

Be accurate in your visions, make
sure that you are inviting love into
your life and not a particular person.

Focus your mind on the kind of
qualities such a person will have
to share with you

To be Honest, kind, caring, understanding
and loving are some that spring to my mind.

When you have completed your visualisation,
light the candle and repeat the following

"Within my mind I can see,
Thou art my love in front of me.
Inside thy soul a flame burns bright,
Encompassed with thy love of light.
Entice me with your heart so bold,
The secret of this love untold.
Thy fated future Entwined to be,
A love secure for you and me."

Using the ribbon, tie the two rose
buds together and place in a vase.
Allow the candle to burn down and
the rose buds to open.

As this takes place a new love will
come into your life.

Source: ADailyTarot YahooGroup

Classic Recipes- Coffee Cake/Strawberry Shortcakes/Oven Baked Chicken

(Classic & yummy recipes that everyone loves & are great especially in the summer season.)

Streusel Coffee Cake

Good as a morning start with your coffee or tea or as a snack anytime.

Cinnamon Streusel
1/3 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons firm butter or margarine
Coffee Cake
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
2/3 cup milk or water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Grease 9-inch round pan. In small bowl, stir streusel ingredients until crumbly; set aside.
2. In medium bowl, mix coffee cake ingredients until blended. Spread in pan. Sprinkle with streusel.
3. Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.

Classic Strawberry Shortcakes

Excellent for dessert.

1 quart (4 cups) strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup sugar
2 1/3 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup whipping cream

1. Heat oven to 425°F. In large bowl, mix strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar; set aside.
2. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, 3 tablespoons sugar and the butter until soft dough forms. On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by 6 spoonfuls.
3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.
4. Split warm shortcakes; fill and top with strawberries and whipped cream.

Oven Baked Chicken

Great for picnics too.

1 tablespoon butter or margarine
2/3 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cut-up whole chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds)

1.Heat oven to 425°F. Melt butter in rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches, in oven.
2.Stir together Bisquick, paprika, salt and pepper; coat chicken. Place skin sides down in dish (dish and butter should be hot).
3.Bake 35 minutes; turn chicken. Bake about 15 minutes longer or until juice is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.

Source BettyCrocker.Com

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Christmas in July Sale @ Mystic Star Designs

Christmas in July Sale @ Mystic Star Designs on Etsy

I know it's no where near Christmas shopping season, but NOW is a good time to start shopping for Christmas! Why, because you are less stressed out, you're not trying to rush and do everything at once, like you do during the holiday mad rush. You also get to stretch your dollars if you start EARLY! So this is our deal for YOU...

Stop by our shop Mystic Star Designs browse and get a couple of gifts, put them away and it's a few less gifts you will have to shop for when the holiday shopping season gets here.

We are offering FREE shipping when you buy 2 jewelry pieces - can be two pairs of earrings, or two necklace or mix and match a necklace and a pair of earrings, what ever you like. Lots of our jewelry is also on SALE right now so you can get a few more pieces that way.

(To shop at any Etsy shop you will need to register/create an account on Etsy. It's very easy to do and you will be glad you discovered a site that has so many beautiful handmade quality items. See you there!)

New Sterling Silver Earrings @ Mystic Star Designs

New Earrings @ Mystic Star Designs

If you haven't been to our Etsy shop lately do head on in to Mystic Star Designs. We have added a few new pairs of sterling silver earrings with gemstones that you will love. Do you love Tourmaline? Water Tourmaline is beautiful the colors are great earthy tones and go with lots of things.

We also have a pair of Agate earrings in sterling silver. Green Agate and black Agate.

Stop by and check our shop add us to your favorites!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Strawberry Glaze Pie/Apple Crisp/Apple Pie Cake

Yummy for summer :)

Strawberry Glaze Pie

9 inch baked pie shell
6 cups fresh strawberries, about 1 1/2 quarts
1 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
1 package (3oz.) cream cheese, softened

Bake pie shell. Mash enough berries to measure 1 cup. Stir together
sugar and cornstarch. Gradually stir in water and crushed strawberries.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and
boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Cool. Beat cream cheese until smooth;
spread on bottom of baked pie shell. Fill shell with remaining berries,
pour cooked berry mixture over top. Chill at least 3 hours or until set.



4 c. peeled sliced apples
1/2 c. water (less for juicy apples)
3/4 c. flour
1 c. white or brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. butter
1/4 tsp. salt

Butter a deep baking dish. Put in the pan 4 cups apples, 1/2 cup water (less for juicy apples). Mix with fork flour, brown or white sugar, cinnamon, butter, and salt. Pour over apples. Bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes or until apples are tender


Apple Pie Cake

1 c. sugar
1/4 c. shortening
1 egg
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 3 tbsp. water
2 1/2 c. chopped apples
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp. Nutmeg

Cream sugar and shortening. Add egg. Mix flour, spices and salt and add to above mixture. Add dissolved baking soda. Fold in nuts. Bake in 8 inch square pan at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until brown. Serve with whipped cream sweetened with 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla.