Heloise…with a silent H

Heloise…with a silent H

Sometimes it’s good to take a break from crafting and cooking. That’s why I love the Tutu Clix Pix section of my blog. It allows me to capture certain special moments to share with you.

So with that being said…meet Heloise, with a silent H! She’s taken a small break from running the Make Shoppe household and has allowed me to snap a few pictures of her.


Facts about me (Heloise):

– I’m cute.
– About 10 years old.
– My eyes aren’t just green, they’re “advocado green.”
– I have my own cartoon card set, modeled after…me!
– I’m extremely conscientious.
– I’m a Korat.
– I love to snuggle.
– I have a brother, Skylar.
– When I want some attention, I sometimes bite. (lovingly of course)







Game Day Goodies!

Game Day Goodies!

Here at the Make Shoppe we take game day very seriously. While some are glued to the TV and yelling obscene profanities, others are fascinated with whats cookin’ in the kitchen!

In the beginning, before The Make Shoppe started I scoured the internet for recipe inspiration, stumbled across Closet Cooking and drooled over one of Kevin’s appetizers called, Pizza Dip. As you can see he has lots of other goodies to share so I bookmarked his page and visit frequently.

His recipe is well explained and pretty straight forward also with mentioning to add any other toppings to the dip of your choice. Me? I like sweet and savory so I sprinkled a few pineapple chunks on top and OH was this heavenly! I served it with crunchy buttered-garlic french bread slices.

So if you’re having company or going to a game party elsewhere, make this dip and watch it disappear in seconds!


Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

So, now that it’s after Christmas, I know some of you are wondering what to do with that left over ham, right? Well, I’m with you on that and have always wanted to try using the excess meat and ham bone in a recipe. So today in the Bake Shoppe we put or frozen, leftover ingredients to work and made some Ham Bone Pea Soup!

Wow! Not only did this taste heavenly, it lasted 3 nights between 2 people! Preparation is simple and this is a great meal that will cook itself!

I had a little help from various online sites about how to make this in a crock pot and what ingredients to include besides the ham and peas obviously, hahahah!

Let’s get started…

What you’ll need:

1 (16 oz.) pkg. dried green split peas, rinsed
1 meaty hambone, 2 ham hocks, or 2 cups diced ham
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 ribs of celery plus leaves, chopped
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp. seasoned salt (or to taste)

  • 1/2 tsp. fresh pepper
  • 1 1/2 qts. Chicken Broth
  • 1 large yellow onion (diced)

Put it Together:

Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given; pour in broth. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 to 5 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off bone. ( I recommend the 8-10 hours, “low and slow.”) Remove bones and bay leaf. *next step is optional* Place all ingredients in a blender and blend really well to thicken to thicken more, if desired. Add the liquid broth slowly to the blender as it blends. You may or may not need all the broth it produces. This also freezes well.

From me to you…