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Okeechobee Magazine Article for Puff Balls


I was contacted by Okeechobee The Magazine to do a video and article for their spring issue. We settled on our most popular post which is Puff Balls. This video will show you step by step directions on how easy these really are to make and below you can read the full article. You will be a hit at the next party you make them for!


You can read the article below or click to read in a larger version on the Okeechobee the Magazine website.




See the recipesĀ  for Puff Balls and Puff Ball Fillings below!

puff balls

11 ideas for puff ball fillings

Picnic Cake

Picnic Cake


1 8oz package chopped dates
1 1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup four
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
6 oz bag chocolate chips


Mix chopped dates and 1 1/4 cup boiling water, stir and set aside.
Cream 1/2 cup margarine, 1/4 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar and 2 eggs. Then Mix in with dates.
Combine 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp cocoa and 1/2 tsp salt. Then Mix in with dates and beat well. Pour into greased and floured pan. sprinkle top with 1/4 cup sugar and chocolate chips. Bake 350 for 30 – 40 minutes.


Ham and Swiss Ciabatta


Thanks Kat for the suggestion!


Deli Ham
Sliced Swiss Cheese
Ciabatta Bread
Horseradish Sauce (find it in the deli)
Dijon Mustard


Take your bread and open them up. Place ham and cheese on the bottom slice of the bread. Wrap with aluminum foil. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and aluminum foil. Top with 1-2 slices bacon, lettuce and tomato. Take horseradish sauce and mix in mustard in equal parts. Spread on roll. Very yummy!

10 Ideas for Decorating with Rope


One of my favorite places to go to find home decorating ideas is at our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. This is a great place to find random used or slightly used items, plus proceeds are used to help build more homes for Habitat for Humanity in your area.

Check out our latest find below:

decorating with rope

Left: We purchased the black and yellow rope on the bottom
Right: We purchased the brown rope

So now comes the question…. What the heck am I going to do with all this rope???? Well check out some ideas I found below. Let me know which idea is your favorite and I will post it to the blog later on what I ended up doing with the rope.

source: Crafted Niche1. Rope and Spool End Table #1

Well this would use up some rope and the spool! I really like that I could use both of my finds to create this idea.

Source: Crafted Niche

spool22. Rope and Spool End Table #2

Another option, this one has two kinds of rope and a glass top.

Source: Camelot Art Creations

made by Omorfigia Designs4. Rope Sign

This would be neat, but I would have it say River instead of Beach

Source: Omorfigia Designs

source: My Home Ideas5. Rope Shelf

Wouldn’t this look cool in a nautical style bathroom?? I don’t like the dark black wood, I would probably choose a dark wood stain instead.

Source: My Home Ideas

rope-mirror6. Rope Mirror

I love Restoration Hardware, but hate their prices. I think this mirror would be easy to replicate with any circle mirror.

Source: Restoration Hardware

rope-towel7. Rope Towel Holder

Seems like I need a nautical bathroom with all these lovely bathroom pictures I keep finding.

Source: House of 34

rope-charger8. Rope Charger

Weird name. But love the look.

Source: Pottery Barn

rope-railing9. Rope Railing

Not sure this is very practical, but I love the look. This whole house is amazing actually.

Source: Garden and Gun

rope-vase10. Rope Bowl

The ultimate easy way to use the rope, just ball it up and put it in a glass bowl/vase!

Source: bellamason