Friday, November 30, 2012

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin!

It is Friday! And today you get double duty!
Two cookie recipes that are great and easy to make!
I just made these peanut butter cookies a day ago and they are all ready gone and I have had some request to make more.
Also, these pumpkin cookies are so fast and easy -
You don't have to take the time to measure out each different spice.
Hope you enjoy these recipes!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
3/4 cup of Butter, softened
1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1 cup of Sugar
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
2 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 1/4 cup of All-Purpose Flour
2 cups Rolled Oats
1 cup chopped peanuts or 
          1/2 cup chopped peanuts and 1/2 cup peanut butter chips

In a large bowl beat your butter and peanut butter with an electric mixer until they are combined (about 30 seconds). Don't have your butter completely melted or it makes the cookie loose a lot of its shape. 

If you put it in the microwave to soften it mine only takes about 10 seconds and it is good. Add you sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. 

Beat until these are well combined. Beat in your eggs and vanilla and then beat in as much of the flour as your can with the mixer. Stir in your remaining flour and then stir in your oats, flour, peanuts, and peanut butter chips if you decided to use those.

Drop by tablespoons on your ungreased cookie sheet. You don't need to grease it because peanut butter already has a lot of grease in it. If you do spray grease your cookies will spread like pancakes. 

Bake at 375 degrees for 10-11 minutes or until your cookies are lightly brown. Let them cool on a wire rack.

*Note: if you freeze them overnight in a Ziploc container and pull them out in the morning, when they defrost they are moist. 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 box of Spice Cake Mix
1 small can (15 oz.) of Pumpkin
1/2 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix the cake mix and pumpkin together well and then add in your chocolate chips. Spoon onto a greased cookie sheet and place in the oven. 

Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes and for higher elevations a minute or two more. Pumpkin is hard to tell if it is completely done, so if you don't bake them long enough they will be gooey. 

When they are plump they are up and rounded. 
Let them cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and enjoy your cookies!


Leftover Makeup?
Also watch this video from Rachel Ray. These tips for using your left over makeup are awesome!! So easy and so useful!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

No Camping Needed!

Tin Foil Dinners

Who thinks Tin Foil Dinners are only for when you go camping?
This is such a fun and fast idea that tastes so great!
Once you eat this meal it seems like you would have spent a longer time preparing it - but
this takes about ten minutes tops.
The best part of it all is there's hardly any clean up! 
Who doesn't love that!
You just toss your tin foil and you are done.
This can be fun for everyone. 
Maybe you can even have fun with you kids and play like you are having an inside camp out! 

Ground Beef Tin Foil Dinners
1 lb. Ground beef
3 potatoes peeled and sliced
1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can of Corn
1 cup chopped Onions
Salt and Pepper to Taste 

Chicken Tin Foil Dinners
1 lb. Chicken
3 potatoes peeled and sliced
1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
1 1/2 cups of Carrots diced
1 cup chopped onions
Salt and Pepper to Taste

*Note: When I make these meals the ingredients all kind of vary. So when you make them plan around how much your families eat and what they like and don't like.
Other vegetables to use could be: squash, peas, asparagus, green beans

First what you do is use 2 layers of tin foil with the shiny sides placed for the inside. 
With the shiny inside this helps with the cooking process. 
Lay the foil on top of each other then spray with cooking spray so your food won't stick to it.
Always put the meat on the bottom because it takes the longest to cook. 
So, first place your ground beef or chicken on your foil.
I usually make a hamburger sized patty for the ground beef 
and then just do as much chicken as you want.

Salt and pepper your meat and season it how you would like it. 
Next, place your sliced potatoes and onions on top of the meat. 
(Usually plan more for big eaters and less for children and smaller eaters.) 
After, place your vegetables on top of your potatoes. 
You can do many vegetables or just one depending on how filling you want your meal to be. 

Last you put a scoop of your soup on top. 
I usually plan 3-4 tin foil dinners per can. 
Then you wrap up you sides, seal your dinner so no food is showing, 
and place these on a cooking sheet. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
And there you have it - a quick meal with hardly any clean up!


Another Gift Idea: 

Still trying to figure out what to give some of your neighbors? Try this. Buy any dough at the store - this could be those refrigerated Nestle chocolate chip cookie dough's, Rhodes rolls dough, homemade dough or any you can think of and put a cute little tag on it that says:

"Everyone needs a little extra "Dough" at this time of year"
Have a Merry Christmas!

Love, The _________ Family 

Simple Decor: 

This is so easy. To spice up your living room just a bit wrap ribbons around your throw pillows so they look like they are wrapped. It is easy but makes the room a little more decorated!

25 Days of Christmas Countdown: 

This is a great idea if you have a mini cupcake tin. All you need to do is drill 2 holes on one end and tie a ribbon in it so you can hang it up. Next, cut out 24 circles that cover the 24 holes and place the numbers 1 - 24 on each of them. Fill each cupcake holder with either treats or something fun for each day. Then place the numbers over each with tape or something sticky. And enjoy! Just remove one each day until Christmas - and you can still use your tin afterward! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Corn Salsa and Burlap

If you like salsa or guacamole you are going to love this!
This is a salsa that is a little more filling then most.
It is colorful and fun and if you enjoy good food this tastes great!

Fresh Corn Salsa
1 Large can of Diced Tomatoes or 4 large diced tomatoes
1 Can Black Beans (rinsed)
1 Can Corn
2 Tbsp. of Corn juice from your can of corn
2 Avocados cut and diced
2 Tbsp. diced fresh Cilantro Leaves or dried
1 Lime

Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, and avocados all in a bowl and mix together. Mix in the cilantro leaves, squeeze in the lime, and add the corn juice. Chill in the refrigerator and eat with chips! This is so good and so fast to make! If you want to add even more of a dressing to it - 

Use: 1 small packet of "Good Seasons Italian dressing" mix. Make the dressing as it says on the packet and mix in with the rest of the salsa. It is great with or without the dressing!


Also, if you haven't heard burlap is in this holiday season!
You can go pick a half a yard up at Hobby Lobby, Joann's or any craft store for just a dollar or two and make a lot of fun things with it. And they have dark and light colors - choose whichever you like.
Here are some fun ideas to make with burlap!

* Christmas Ornaments
* Table Runner
* Stockings
* Hats for little Snowmen
* Mittens for your tree decor
* Wrap around crafts balls for your tree or just wrap around your tree in 
* Decorate a Wreath
* Place inside an old picture frame and use dry erasable markers for a note  
* Fun signs hung with ribbons, bows, or fun clothes pins! Just paint on your 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DIY: Raspberries, Christmas and Quilts!

It's Tuesday!
On Tuesdays the recipe of the week is posted!
So be ready every week!
This recipe is so delicious! It is great to make with Sunday dinner or even to take to a Christmas party this year! Try it for yourself!
Also, today we have some Christmas and gift ideas!
Have you ever thought you couldn't ever be a quilter?
Here is a pattern that any level of sewer can make in just a few days!
It doesn't take long - maybe you can make a quilt for someone for Christmas.

Sweet Raspberry Jello

2 cups Crushed Pretzels
2 Tbsp. Sugar
1/2 cup Melted Butter

Mix these together and spread them in a 9 x 13 pan.
Bake these at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes.
     (*Note: if you forget to bake these your pretzels will turn out soggy and that is not appetizing at all!)
While your pretzels are cooling mix:
1 8 oz. package of Cream Cheese
8 oz. of Cool Whip
1 cup of Sugar
Spread this over the cooled pretzel crust.

- Dissolve one 6 oz. pkg. of raspberry jello in 2 cups of boiling water. 
- Add 2 packages of frozen raspberries to your jello.
- Pour this on top of the pretzel and cool whip that is already prepared in a pan.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours and then enjoy your fruit jello salad!

Wrapping Paper Gift for your Friends and Neighbors

Give a gift to your friends now before the holidays get even more crazier!
Just put some ribbon around a roll of wrapping paper and attach the saying!
This is low cost, cute and easy.
If you would like to use this for next year, look for wrapping paper that is on sale the day after Christmas and that will cut your cost way down!

Here's a gift that's from our heart.
Maybe it will help you get a start
Wrapping presents for the day,
That's only a few weeks away!
It won't make your waist increase,
Like so many delicious treats.
You'll throw it out when you are all finished,
And will not have to go and see the dentist.

So, have fun planning what you'll do,
As Christmas will be coming oh so soon.
We're thankful for your friendship dear,
Especially at this time of the year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Love, The ___________ Family!

9 Square Design Quilt

Try this quilt for yourself - it looks so hard, but is pretty simple!
Supplies Needed:
- 9 different patterns of material of 1/2 yard each
- Scissors and measuring tape or just a rotary cutter and mat
- Sewing machine

First cut out your material. You need 9 different patterns and you cut 12 squares for each pattern. All of your squares will be 8 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches.  
1. Each set of 9 squares will look like this:
 Now on these I have used leftover material that I have so I don't have 9 different pieces of material, but remember it looks the best when you have 9. You can choose however you do this.

2. Next you will sew each strip together so that you have 3 strips of 3. On all of these squares you are going to use 1/4 inch seam. On most sewing machines this is just lining up the edge of the fabric with the edge of the foot on the sewing machine.

3. Third strip will be to sew your 3 strips together to make one large square block.

4. Now either with your scissors or rotary cutter you will cut right down the middle of one row of squares.

5. You will do this again by turning your square and cutting down the middle going the other way.

6. Now rearrange your 4 squares by twisting and moving them to how you would like them. 

7. Now sew each of them together.

8. You are finished with your 12 squares and they look like you cut every little piece out!

Now you can either sew the 12 squares together 3 x 4 squares or put other material in between each one of them like Levi 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Bean Dip

Any Christmas parties coming up?
Here is the bean dip that will blow everyone away!
We make this every year for Thanksgiving and it is gone within minutes.
So try it for your next gathering of friends or family -
I'm sure everyone will love it and it is just so easy!

2 cans (16 oz.) Re-fried Beans or 3 cans Bean Dip
1 Jar of Salsa
8 oz. Sour Cream
1 pkg. Taco Seasoning
3-4 Avocados or 1 (8 oz.) Container of Avocado Snack Dip
Grated Cheese
Diced Tomatoes
Chopped Olives

1. Mix the beans and half of the salsa together. 
    Layer this on a glass plate or platter.
2. Mix the sour cream and taco seasoning and use this for the second layer.
3. Mix the avocados (or avocado snack dip) and the second half of the salsa   
    together. Spread this for the third layer. *Note: If you use the avocado  
    snack dip it already has tomatoes in it so you don't need to mix your salsa  
    with it.
4. Add the cheese first, then the tomatoes, and last the olives on top for 
5. Serve with chips!
Serve your dip on a platter!

Or serve your dip in individual cups!

Recipe adapted from My Mom's Kitchen

Friday, November 23, 2012


This is the easiest fudge and it is so good!
We made it for Thanksgiving and you should try it-the platter was gone fast!
The Fudge may even be a Christmas hit these next few weeks!

Fudge Ingredients:
3/4 cup of butter of margarine ( 1 1/2 sticks)
3 cups of granulated sugar

2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 (12 oz.) package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups of marshmallow creme or 2 cups of small marshmallows
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
*Optional: chopped walnuts or pecans

Combine your butter or margarine, sugar and milk in a large saucepan, over low heat and bring them to a full boil. Stir this constantly. Continue the boiling for five minutes, stirring so you avoid any scorching. Add the remaining ingredients stirring vigorously to make sure all the particles are dissolved. If you don't do this you will either have chunks of marshmallow or chocolate. Before you pour this into your pan pour your nuts in the mixture if you want them. After, pour this into a greased 13 x 9-inch pan. Cool this completely. This makes about 3 lbs. of fudge.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pumpkin Pie to Perfection

Just the dish you need for your Thanksgiving!
You can't forget the pumpkin pie!
Do you have any pumpkins hanging around that you need to get rid of.
This is just the right recipe.
This recipe is so delicious!
Once you make and taste this pie you will never want to buy a pre-made pumpkin pie again!
Make this your new family recipe!

So Easy Pumpkin Pie

* Remember if you do not have a real pumpkin you can substitute for 1 1/3 cup pumpkin from a can.

Cut the top of the pumpkin off that has the stem on it.
Scoop out all of the seeds and strings.
Place the pumpkin down on foil lined baking sheets and cover it with foil over the top.
Bake your pumpkin at 350 degrees for an hour and a half.
Cool your pumpkin and then scoop our the flesh and mash it with a potato masher or food processor until it is smooth.

Beat all of these together until they are smooth:
1 1/3 cup smooth pumpkin
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 cup hot water

Pour this into your pre-made 9" pie shell and bake at 375 degrees for 55-65 minutes.
(The center of your pie should still move just slightly.
Cool your pie, whip up some whipped cream and enjoy your great tasting pumpkin pie!

Note * Your mashed pumpkin should hold up in your fridge up to 5 days.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Mozzarella Sticks - Melt In Your Mouth Good!!

Drum Roll Please........
Here is the Food Find of the week!
Oh my goodness this recipe is amazing!
I made these last night and we couldn't get enough of them!
Everyone will love you if you made these for a Thanksgiving side dish, a party, watching a football game, whatever the occasion - these would be the treats to have. 
They are so easy and fast to make! They just melt in your mouth!
People will wonder who made them for you!

Mozzarella Sticks

16 string cheese sticks (opened and cut in half)
1/2 cup of flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp. Milk
1 cup Bread Crumbs
1 Tbsp. Dried parsley (optional)
1-2 cups oil for frying (canola or vegetable oil work best)
Prego Marinara Sauce for dipping

The easiest way to do this is to set everything up before you start.
Any small bowls or dishes will work. In the first bowl you will put the flour.
In the second bowl you whisk the eggs and the milk together.
And finally In the third dish mix together the bread crumbs and dried parsley. 
The parsley is optional because it really just adds color.
To begin cover each cheese stick completely in the flour and set on a plate.
Next, coat each flour covered cheese stick in the egg mixture. 
Be careful so that you let any excess egg drip off before placing them in the bowl with the bread crumbs.
After you roll one in the egg mixture roll the cheese sticks in the bread crumbs coating them completely and then continue each cheese stick.

(Make sure you cover them completely. The little holes that don't get covered melted cheese will just come out of them slightly. Which they still taste amazing, but it just effects their appearance.)

Once all the cheese sticks are covered and placed in a single layer, place the plate uncovered in the freezer for about an hour or overnight to let the topping harden.
When you're ready to fry the cheese sticks fill a small frying pan with 1-2 inches of oil on medium heat.
Let the oil warm for about 10 minutes before you begin using the oil.
Remember if the oil begins to smoke it is too hot.
Place one test cheese stick in the pan and let it cook until it gets golden brown on the outside.
This should take 2-4 minutes.
If it takes more time or less time you should probably change the heat up or down and wait a few more minutes before it is either hot enough or cooled down a bit.
The cheese sticks need to be in the hot oil for enough time to melt the cheese inside.
Fry the remaining of the cheese sticks, flipping them making sure they are golden brown on all sides.
Place them on a paper towel-line plate to drain.

For large quantities you can heat your oven to 200 degrees and put the cooked cheese sticks inside to keep them warm before you are ready to serve.

If you aren't planning on eating them right away or if you want to make them in advance for a party cook the sticks and then lay them on a baking sheet or plate. Freeze them for 3 hours and then place them in a Ziploc container. When removing them from the freezer just simple bake them at 450 degrees until they are warm and crisp.

* These mozzarella sticks are so good! 
   Remember the marinara sauce because dipping them are even twice as good.
* Also, if you want to make more this recipe is great if you want to double or triple the amount. And if there is   
  only 2-3 people you can cut the recipe in half or 1/4 too. Any way it all tastes the same!

If you don't have bread crumbs right on hand that you buy in the store you can make your own. Bake a slice or two of your own bread in the oven for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees, or broil for a shorter amount of time. After you pull them out use the bottom of a glass cup or anything like that and crush your bread. This makes your own homemade bread crumbs.

Its not too late to do some last minutes crafts for Thanksgiving Day!
Here are some quick ideas for to use.

- Make a Happy Thanksgiving sign to hang up.
- Gather decorations around the house for a centerpiece.
- Make fun name tags to place next to each plate. (These are great for children to be in charge of.)
- Thankful notes to write at the dinner table.
- A fall wreath placed on your front door to welcome guests!
- Fall Napkins.
- Homemade thankful place mats. (Maybe even ones they can write on them what they are thankful for.)
- Thanksgiving Tree (Find a small branch that may look like a tree or something similar. Have leaves cut out  
   of paper. Let everyone write on a leaf what they are thankful for and hang them on the tree)

Thanksgiving Tree

Monday, November 19, 2012

Apple Dip

Apples Apples Apples! 

Who would have thought something so simple could taste so good!
All you need is a platter of cut up apples and this amazing dip!
It is simple, but oh so good!
This would be the perfect little treat to take to this weeks Thanksgiving dinner!

1 8 oz. package Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp. Vanilla
10-12 Apples

Mix these 3 ingredients together. Serve with apples and you are set!
If you don't want or need this much dip you can cut the recipe in half and use 5-6 apples.

Tomorrow is Tuesday!!
This blog is all about Tuesdays - that is why it is called greatastestuesdays!
The year I was dating my husband was so crazy busy! 
We were both trying to graduate, work, do internships, etc. etc. etc.
The list goes on, but we did take a class together on Tuesday nights.
Some weeks this was the only time we could get together and see each other so after class we would go and make dinner or a treat together.
Each week we would try to find some new and exciting recipe that would taste great.
So, taken after our story comes this blog!
Every Tuesday the blog will feature the greatest taste that was found for the week.
You don't want to miss out! Sometimes there might even be something more then just a great recipe!

Stay tuned for the find of the week every Tuesday on!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Banana Bread!

Have any old bananas hanging around?
Don't just throw them away! Over-ripened bananas are the best to use in making delicious banana bread.
This recipe is the best that I have been able to find and I have used it over and over.
I have never been able to mess it up - it has always been one of my favorites.
Even when I buy bananas at the grocery store sometimes none of them get eaten? 
I have found out why.... :) When they get just overly-ripe to eat I get a request to make banana bread. :)
This is a fast recipe that could be made for dinner, dessert or to take to a friend this holiday season!
Try it and see the goodness! 

The Perfect Banana Bread
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (around 5 medium give or take)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil, melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 recipe Streusel-Nut Topping (optional)

1. Grease the bottom of either 1 large bread pan or 2 small bread pans; set aside. Combine your flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp. of your salt. Make a well in the center of your flour mixture and then set that aside.
2. In a medium bowl combine your 2 beaten eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil. Add your egg mixture all at once to your flour mixture. Stir this until it is just moistened (this should be a little lumpy). Fold in your nuts and then spoon your batter into your prepared pans. If you would like to use the streusel topping sprinkle it over the batter now.
3. Bake in the oven at 350 for 55-60 minutes for the large bread pans, or 40-45 minutes for the small pans. The best is to watch it brown and use a toothpick to stick in the middle and see if it comes out clean. If it is needed cover the bread loosely for the last 15 minutes to prevent over-browning of your bread. Cool in your pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes and then remove your bread from the pan to let it cool completely. This will help prevent your bread from becoming soggy. 

This bread is great to eat after it is cooled or even wrapped and stored for the next day.

*Note: Nuts are optional. This bread is amazing either way. Also, since I don't usually have the streusal topping right on hand I hardly ever add it, but it is good both ways.

Adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book

Friday, November 16, 2012

Ever Heard of a Pomegranate?

Here is a fun recipe for your Thanksgiving dinner.
This is a family tradition that has been around since I can remember...And since before I can remember.
Every Thanksgiving has to have a Dixie Salad!
This is unique because it has pomegranates in it.
As far as I know you don't find pomegranates much in the year other than around Thanksgiving time. They are so different but taste so good!
This salad is fast, easy, simple, and always tastes the best at Thanksgiving dinner! 

Dixie Salad

6-8 apples of your choice, chopped or diced
1-2 pomegranates peeled and washed
1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans or almonds)
2 bananas, diced
1 cup whipping cream
1 Tbsp. Confectioners' Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla

1. Combine the apples, pomegranates, nuts and bananas into a separate bowl.
2. In a large bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in the vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Make sure you don't over-beat or the cream will become lumpy and butter-like.
3. Mix the cream with the fruit mixture.
Chill in the refrigerator and enjoy!

* Note: I never add the bananas because it's too much banana taste for me. So, if you don't want bananas in your salad you can leave them out or only add as much or as little as you want.

Pomegranate :
An Asian shrub or small tree,  cultivated for its edible fruit.
This many-chambered globular fruit has tough reddish rind, juicy red pulp, and many seeds.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Brownie Bars That Everyone Will Love

Everyone is always looking for the perfect treat to take to their parties this time of year. Thanksgiving is just around the corner! 
If you are still trying to decide here is the perfect treat for you! 
These brownies are not like any brownie you've ever tried before. 
Everyone I have ever made these for has loved them and has always requested for more! 
There is goodness on the inside and on the outside. 
They are so good no one ever really notices that there is oatmeal in them! 
That is how I can say they are healthy : ) So, try them for yourself. 
These brownies are delicious!

Conner's Brownies
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
3 cups Quaker quick-cooking rolled oats
1 ½ cups Hershey’s semisweet chocolate pieces
1 14 ounce can (1-1/4 cups) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 teaspoons vanilla


1. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the butter or margarine. In a large mixing bowl beat the remaining butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar and baking soda. Beat these two until they are mixed well, scraping the sides of the bowl while you mix. Beat in eggs and 2 teaspoons vanilla until they are combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in the remaining flour and then stir in the rolled oats.

2. For the filling, in a medium saucepan combine the reserved 2 Tbsp., of butter the sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate pieces. You can cook over low heat until chocolate melts, stirring occasionally. I think it is a lot easier to put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, pulling it out and mixing it every time until you get the right consistency. Remove this filling from heat and stir in the 2 teaspoons vanilla and nuts if desired.

3. Press two-thirds (about 3-1/3 cups) of the oat mixture into the bottom of an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Spread chocolate mixture over the oat mixture. Using your hands smash down pieces of the remaining oat mixture. Place these pieces over the top of the chocolate so you can only see little spots of chocolate.

4.Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until top is lightly browned (chocolate mixture will still look moist). Cool on a wire rack. Cut into 2x1-inch bars. Makes about 75 bars.

These are what the finished product looks like!