Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Pops


I decided to make some more pie pops, however, this time I tried using a pumpkin pie filling... and I put them on orange polka dot paper straws! I made them the same way I did before so you can visit my other post here to follow the step by step directions.

The only difference was that I used a pumpkin pie filling, and I made my filling a little bit thicker for the pie pops by not adding all of the evaporated milk that the recipe called for. I just used the recipe on the back of the canned pumpkin, however this is way too much filling for just pie pops! Unless you're planning on making hundreds of them. ;) I made about 12 pie pops and also used my filling to make mini pumpkin pies in a mini muffin tray and still had leftover filling. You could still fill a 9" pie crust really well after making 12 pie pops because you only use a very small amount of filling in each pie pop.

To make the mini pumpkin pies I cut circles from the pie crust just like I did for the pie pops, but placed them in the mini muffin trays using a pampered chef mini-tart shaper. Then filled each one with filling just below the top of the crusts. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Linking up HERE.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Spiced Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin Seed Bark with Sea Salt

 
Butterscotch Pumpkin Gingerbread Bundt Cake 
With Cinnamon-Spiced Icing and Pecans


 Chai-Spiked Pumpkin Shake from Spabettie

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Try Anything Once
 
 Pumpkin Bagels from Itsy Bitsy Foodies

Pumpkin Granola from Shop.Cook.Make
 
All of this pumpkin recipes look soo good! I found them via Taste Spotting.  Can't wait to try some of these recipes out.



 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New Paper Straw Colors






 Red Hearts



Lots of fun new colors to choose from in my shop! There are now 19 different styles and colors. I would also love to hear from you; what color and design would you like to see in my shop?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

French Macarons

 I have been wanting to make some french macarons for quite a while now, and today I finally got around to making some! I plan on making some for my sister's wedding and wanted to have a trial run before the big day. I think I will experiment more with some homemade fillings, but these that I made today were very simple and easy to make! I combined a couple recipes to create this one. 
The main recipe I followed was by Martha Stewart here. I love the muted colors of her macarons, however I decided to make mine a bit more colorful!

Ingredients for Macarons:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 large egg whites, room temperature
  • Pinch of cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon strawberry or raspberry extract
  • Teal food coloring
  • Yellow food coloring
  • Pink and Burgundy food coloring (i added burgundy to help make a brighter and darker pink)
Ingredients for fillings:
(use about 1 teaspoon of filling for each macaron)

  • Lemon curd
  • Strawberry or raspberry preserves
  • Nutella

Directions are listed at the bottom of post.






Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lasagna Cupcakes

I came across this recipe on Pinterest via The Girl Who Ate Everything. This recipe is super easy to follow, I adjusted it slightly to make more of them. These little lasagnas would be great as an appetizer at a party or an easy dinner to prep at home to take to someone for a meal. You can find the recipe here to make 6 cupcakes or follow along below; I made 18 standard sized lasagna cupcakes.You could also alter the recipe to make your favorite kind of lasagna.

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz jar of marinara sauce or 2 cups of homemade marinara sauce.
  • 1 lb of ground beef or turkey
  • 36 wonton wrappers (find in the produce section of the grocery store, in the refrigerated section)
  • 8-12 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/4 cups freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • Basil, for garnish (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease your muffin tins.

2. Brown your ground beef or turkey over medium high heat until browned. Add Salt and Pepper.

3. Cut wonton wrappers with a drinking glass or round cookie cutter.

4. Start layering your lasagna cupcakes. First place a wonton wrapper into the bottom of each muffin tin. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese, Ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese on top. Then top with some meat and marinara sauce. You can add the ingredients to your taste. I added about 1-2 teaspoons of the cheeses and about 1-2 tablespoons of the meat and sauce for each layer.

5. Repeat step 4 and once you end with the marinara sauce you will add more Parmesan and mozzarella cheese on top of each cupcake.

6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the edges are golden brown.

7. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin tins. Run a knife along the edges to loosen.

8. Garnish with basil and serve.




Halloween Wine Bottle Labels


Love these Wine Bottle Labels by Kelsey from Everyday is a Celebration. She is giving you the printable for FREE here on her blog! She printed these on Kraft paper and attached them with mod podge. You can find all the details in Kelsey's post. These would be great to use on empty wine bottles with candle sticks in them as a centerpiece on a dining table! Or stick one onto a bottle of wine as a Halloween Hostess gift for a party your attending!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Halloween Giveaway




HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY PRIZES:
  • 12 Reversible Chevron & Jack-O-Lantern Cupcake Wrappers
  • 50 yards of Black & Orange Bakers Twine
  • 12 Halloween Cupcake Toppers
  • "Boo" Mini Bunting Banner assembled with twine and straws

Giveaway ends on Friday, October 21st. Items will be shipped to the winner via Priority Mail to arrive the week before Halloween!

Enter below:

Five Fun Bath Time Activities for Kids

 Bubble Bath Paint via Meet the Dubiens

 Colored Ice Cubes in the Tub via Mommy Savers

 Bath Tub Fishing for Letters via Pigtails and Tutus

Glow Sticks in the tub via Pinterest

Submersible lights and Color tablets via Play at Home Mom

I LOVE all of these creative bath time activities for kids. They are all inexpensive to do. I put Hudson is the tub to play when I need to clean the bathroom, get ready, put away laundry, ect. So I will be trying out these fun new ideas to keep him entertained!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bittersweet


"The idea of bittersweet is changing the way I live, unraveling and re-weaving the way I understand life. Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a sliver of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no less rich when it contains a splinter of sadness. Bittersweet is the practice of believing that we really do need both the bitter and the sweet, and that a life of nothing but sweetness rots both your teeth and your soul. Bitter is what makes us strong, what forces us to push through, what helps us earn the lines on our faces and the calluses on our hands. Sweet is nice enough, but bittersweet is beautiful, nuanced, full of depth and complexity. Bittersweet is courageous, gutsy, earthy."

Shauna Niequist


I love this excerpt from the book Bittersweet, but the rest of the book is amazing as well! Shauna also has another book that is a great read; Cold Tangerines

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

TRICK-OR-TREAT

Here is a FREE Halloween Printable. I have mine printed and in a frame in the kitchen. Never got around to taking a picture of it though. You can get the file here. Happy Halloween! :)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Glow-in-the-Dark Slime


When I came across this glow-in-the-dark slime recipe at about.com I knew I had to make some for Hudson! It is the perfect Halloween craft for boys! It would also be great for kids Halloween party favors or gifts to give to your little one's friends. I made some free "Slime" labels to print and use on jars or bags of slime. You can find the recipe below along with the free labels!



Ingredients:
  • 1 - 4oz bottle of clear or blue gel Elmer's glue
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of glow-in-the-dark paint
  • Green Neon Food Coloring
  • 2 teaspoons of Borax
  • 1/3 cup of warm water
I altered the recipe a bit from the original recipe at about.com, but it came out great! First mix together the Elmer's glue and the 1 cup of warm water. Stir in the paint and food coloring. In a separate small bowl mix together the 1/3 cup warm water and 2 teaspoons of borax.  Stir until the borax is dissolved. Now add about 2 tablespoons of the borax solution to the glue solution. You WILL NOT use all of the borax solution. Stir continuously while adding the solution. The more borax solution you add the stiffer the slime will be. So if you want the slim to be more runny, then add less borax solution. You can add more green food coloring while stirring these solutions together to get your desired color of slime! It should start sticking together and you've got green glow-in-the-dark slime!

This recipe can make 2 small half jar fulls of slime or your could package a smaller amount of slime into favor baggies. You can find the Slime labels here and tied them on with black bakers twine, which I sell in my shop here.

TIPS: You can find glow-in-dark-paint at craft stores in the paint isles, and borax can be found at most grocery stores along side the laundry detergents. Also make sure to check the paint that you buy to see that it is safe to use for the project. This slime would not be suitable for small children who might put some in their mouth.