Month: May 2012

Realtor Trick: Use Vanilla to Freshen Your House

Put two caps full of vanilla extract in a coffee cup, then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Within twenty minutes the whole house smells like Heaven. It’s actually a common realtor trick. via


Assorted Pranks

I’ll admit, I can be a prankster. However, I do draw the line at anything that is hurtful, damaging or scary. What’s left, you ask? Well… funny. Anything funny, silly and goofy. Like exchanging your co-workers’ phone handsets with bananas and wrapping the handset in gift wrap. It’s silly – I love it. And just did it last week to 6 (a bunch of bananas worth) co-workers!  Here are a few more ideas for you. Remember to play nice though boys and girls!

No Bake Cookies and Cream Bars

(photo coming soon!)


  1. One 16 oz package of Oreo Cookies
  2. 5 cups large marshmallows
  3. 4 tablespoons butter


  1. Butter an 8X8 inch baking pan. Line the baking pan with parchment paper letting the paper extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Butter paper; set pan aside.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse Oreos  until ground.
  3. In a large, microwave safe bowl, melt butter and marshmallows in the microwave until puffed, about 1½ – 2 minutes. Stir in ground Oreo Cookies until combined. Transfer to prepared baking pan. Using a piece of wax paper, press mixture evenly into prepared pan.
  4. Let set up for at least 10 minutes. Cut into bars and serve.


Yields: 16 bars

Braid Up Your Dinner or Dessert

This is the best photo of instructions I’ve seen to make a stuffed dough braid. Start with your favorite dough – or do what I do and use 2 rolls of crescent rolls and press them out into a large rectangle. Cut slits along the sides as in photo. Add your filling. Starting at one side take end strip and fold it diagonally over the filling. Repeat with other side. Continue as in photo. To end, I’ll wrap one strip along the edge of the filling to keep it from oozing out while baking.  I like to brush on a beaten egg and depending on the filling; sprinkle with parsley, rosemary, or cinnamon/sugar mixture! The egg will give the braid a shiny professional look.

I know your thinking what am I filling this thing with? Just about anything! The other night I did the classic chicken, broccoli and cheddar cheese with a little mayo. But any recipe that you would normally serve over noodles or rice would be fantastic- just omit the noodles and rice. Or any pie filling would make a lovely and yummy dessert.

As long as your filling isn’t raw meat or anything – pop into 350F oven for 20 minutes or so. Check for dough done-ness.

One extra tip: If you’re making a dessert – when its done you could even stir up a little milk into some powdered sugar for a sweet drizzle – so good!  photo via