Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Old Wreath

I had this wreath in my garage hanging around.

I added some plastic ornaments and a homemade "D".

Let's pause for a moment of cuteness. They are BFFs. I couldn't resist since I had my camera in hand.

My "D" was made out of cardboard that I free handed, cut out, spray painted, and spattered with white paint. I tied my ornaments to the wire base of the wreath with fishing line.

I added battery operated lights to make it extra purdy at night.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Holy Holidays!

Thanksgiving week knocked me for a loop!

With several over night guests for the week any and all crafty attempts were not on the menu but plenty of other things were.

1. Hash brown casserole is by far my favorite Thanksgiving food. Yep, I'll take it over the sweet taters and turkey. Pink fluff is a close second.

2. I put up Christmas lights with the help of my sister-in-law.

3. We went to the movies(I hardly ever do!).

4. We hung out in our pajamas.

5. It was a week of family closeness and eating. Over all I was left with a great appreciation for my two little boys, my big girl, and my hubs.

This week I'll get back to.......

I'll give the pumpkin roll a try and a few other crafty projects that I have up my sleeve.


My Rose Ring tute is over at Craft Gossip.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Beer Bread

I hope you aren't getting tired of recipes! It's that time of year though, right? My husband came up with this one, I can not take the credit. This is so simple I can't stand it. No kneading, no rising, no punching down, just mix and bake.

Beer Bread

3 cups of self rising flour
1 12oz bottle/can of beer
1/3 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together sugar and flour.

Add beer and mix, first with a wooden spoon then just get your hands in there.

Pour into a well greased 9x5" loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes.

Let rest for 20 minutes or so before you slice and fall in love with this bread.

It will be crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. I do take about 2 tablespoons of butter and rub on the crust as soon as it comes out of the oven.

I think I'll try wheat flour one of these days. Experimenting with beer types and brands would be fun too.

I want you all to have a great holiday with your families. I will be scarce the rest of the week due to the house full of peeps I will be playing hostess to.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Buttermilk Pie Showdown

Buttermilk pie is so simple and so weird.
Weird because most people don't know that buttermilk can make a tasty custard like pie. I find buttermilk quite gross poured right out of the container. It's thick and somewhat unpleasant smelling. It makes me think of my Grandpa, who liked to mix it in a cup with cornbread then eat with a spoon. Us kids used to watch him in horror. Ahhhh, good times.

This was a buttermilk pie taste test. I made two in the same day so we could pick a winner.

Recipe #1

3 eggs
1 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup butter(melted)
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 9" pie shell(unbaked)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Beat eggs slightly then add sugar and flour.
Now add butter and mix well.
Last add buttermilk and vanilla.
Mix together well.

Dust pie shell with a bit of flour, pour batter into shell, sprinkle a little more flour on the top.

Bake at 325 until the custard is set or a knife comes out clean. Approximately 1 hour.

Recipe #2

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup baking mix
1/3 cup butter(melted)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 9" pie plate.

Mix all the ingredients together.
Once mixed well and smooth poor into your pie plate. That's right, no crust.

Bake until a knife comes out clean about 30-40 minutes.

Let cool before you try.

Pie #1

Was my clear favorite. I like the crust and the custard was not two sweet. The texture was right, firm and creamy. Extra yum chilled, right out of the fridge.

Hubs likes the crust and the texture.

Pie # 2
(no photos of the crustless pie. It looked identical, minus crust!)

I found that I missed the crust, not what I expected. It was a little to sweet, I know, strange words. The texture was a little off for me, I'm suspecting the baking mix.

This was hub's favorite with the exception of crust. He missed it too.

The kids didn't have a favorite.
The boys weren't sure they liked it at all. One of them said "Mom, it's a little ok".
My big girl has ate a few pieces but hasn't picked a clear winner.

Over all I think the keeper recipe is #1. Maybe with a little sugar tweek to make it a smidge sweeter(to make a certain someone happy). I did sprinkle cinnamon on the top of both pies. Lots of buttermilk pies call for cinnamon or nutmeg for a little flavor.

Whip up a buttermilk pie. It will make you happy. It will make you think of vanilla custard or even creme brule, with a little imagination(which is my absolute favorite dessert ever).
By the way, buttermilk is low in fat!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Meet My BFF #3

My BFF this week is Haverford House.

I am in love with Marcy's style.
She has an eye for some cool finds.
The kind of eye I wish I had!

She makes groovy things from her finds like this message board.

I have been wanting to make a lazy susan for our table. This inspires me!

Flour sack envelope pillows!

Look what she did with this find!
It didn't look like that until she gave it a little makeover.

Pink roses made from white coffee filters.
Who doesn't love a coffee filter craft?

Love this pillow!
Using a graphic from the Graphics Fairy she printed and made this.

I wish I lived a little closer to Marcy so she could take me flea market shopping!
Go give Haverford House some love and pick up some inspiration while you are there.

If you would like to be my BFF give me a shout!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Reusable Gift Tags

Super simple two sided gift tags.

Grungy snowman on one side and red chalkboard on the other.

I started with 2" wooden discs that you can find at any craft store.
Drilled a hole in the top.
Painted one side with my red chalk board paint and the other with white paint.
Painted on snowman faces not being particularly picky, I knew I would grunge them up.
Once dry, I sanded and scuffed up their little faces, wiped on brown paint thinned with a little water, spattered with black paint.

Some jute through the hole.

I did lightly splatter my chalk board side with white paint.

Now it's just as cute on one side......

as the other.

Not only are they getting a lovely gift from you but a reusable tag too!

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Yep, that's a Jicama. It's not pretty but it's pretty tasty.

The Jicama actually belongs to the legume family though it looks similar to a turnip. It's also called Mexican turnip and many other nick names. It has a apple like taste with a crisp crunch.

Pick a Jicama with a dry skin that has no soft spots.
Peel off the brown funky skin to the inner white potato looking center. I cut it into thick sticks perfect for snacking. It can be cooked just about any way but I eat it raw, just like an apple or carrot sticks. Though I hear in Mexico the popular thing to do is marinate in lime and top with chili powder. HERE is a little read on Jicama and how to prepare it with lime.

High in fiber and vitamin C, low in calories makes it a super snack alternative.
Give it a shot next time your in the produce section.
I dare you.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

My Coffee Filter Wreath

Everyone is doing it......

So can I.

I started with a regular ol grapevine wreath and many, many white coffee filters.
I did soak my coffee filters with some dark left over coffee.
Dried them in the oven on the lowest setting. Checking them often. Taking out the dry ones on top and rearranging them for most effective drying. It smelled like a sweet little coffee shop in here for about 30 minutes till it started to smell like a burnt coffee shop.

Went to work with my glue gun.
I folded them in half, then again, then again the opposite direction. Ending up with a half circle zig zag of sorts.

Folded over the end(the pointy part) and went to gluing. I kept gluing until I was satisfied.
She's hanging outside in these photos because I gave her a spray of sealer. I wanted a little added stiffness and sheen.

Now moved in the house and comfortable in her new home.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

A Nice Little Mistake

Before I discovered that 2 sheets of scrap book paper glued together were not the best option for making my paper ornaments......

I glued together a jillion of them. I had a jillion 2" strips of double sided pretty papers. Hmmmmm, what to do?

Tags were born.

Now I have 2 jillion double sided pretty tags.

Using my handy dandy tag punch.

I like what came out of that little mistake.

Happy Monday ya'll.