Saturday, October 25, 2014

Saturday Stuff

It's Saturday - time to share some of my recent "Pins" with you. These are recipes I want to try or projects that have inspired me. I have also thrown in a few things that made me laugh or caught my attention this week.

Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies...ummm yes , please!  I am making these very soon.

I love a good Casserole - this is a good one!

Is it weird to be drooling over a head of cauliflower?

I love Shrinky Dinks - making all of these with the kids.

Guilty:




Cute:

Pintervention time. @rae wiggins miller

Kitchen Love

Bathtub Envy

Good Read

Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to stop by the Friday Food Frenzy and link up!  The Frenzy gives you a chance to showcase your recipes and crafts on 4 different blogs!


I have become a Wildtree rep because I believe in their products (all natural and certified organic) and I'm psyched to help people with some kitchen prep with our freezer workshops. Here's my link and my FB page.  Stop by and say Hi!



Our Freezer Meal Workshops are the best!

























Friday, October 24, 2014

Owl Pumpkin Made with Mod Podge


This sweet and spooky owl was easy to make with a little help from Mod Podge.



I always have quite a few foam pumpkins laying around.  I know that sounds weird but I can't help myself, every time I run to the dollar store, I grab a few. You never know when the kids will want to get crafty for the holidays or when you just need one - right?  Sweet Girl and I actually used one for a bird project at her school that had nothing to do with Halloween.  I'm telling you these pumpkins come in handy.  They are especially useful when you have a bunch of great crafting supplies from Mod Podge show up at your door.

Here are the products I chose to use for this owl:



1 Foam Pumpkin
1 owl template
Glue Gun
Foam Brush
Mod Podge Collage Clay
Mod Melts
Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat
Folk Art Multi-Surface Paint in Black
(There is a bottle of glitter paint in this picture but I ended up not using it.)

The first thing I did was heat up my glue gun, the Mod Melts are actually made to be used in the glue gun.  I placed the template under the silicone mat and then traced the pattern onto the mat with the yellow Mod Melt.



Once this dries and harden it just lifts right off the mat.

Then I went a head and added the Mod Podge Collage Clay to a cup and tinted it with the black Folk Art paint. Then I just used the foam brush to paint the pumpkin.




This Clay has a great texture to it so I did not want to be smooth and flat on the pumpkin.  I used the foam brush to add some wisps - like feathers.

Then you simply place the face on your pumpkin.  No need to glue it.  Just push everything into place and it will all dry together nicely.



This cute little guy was hanging out in the wine bar - protecting our Bota Boxes.



Until I found him a better home with his friends.


Checkout these great projects and ideas:
For even more ideas be sure to stop by Plaids:

* Disclosure I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?


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Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!

Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!
Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit.  Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers. 

 
Featured Links from last week:

If you don't have your costumes yet, here are 10 DIY Non-Scary Costumes you can make in the next week thanks to Sarah By the Sea.  

 

The Rebel Chick shares her recipe for this Delicious Chocolate Bread Pudding.  Where is my fork?

   

The most clicked on link from last week, from In the Kitchen with Jenny,Apple Pecan Cheesecake Bars.  What a great fall dessert recipe.

 
My personal favorite, These amazing Gourmet Caramel Apples from Swanky Recipes.

Gourmet Caramel Apples

Here is what I made this week: Crispy Edamame



  Everything looked amazing, thanks again for linking up your Recipe and Craft posts! Party Time! 


   

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Crispy Edamame

I could not stop snacking on this crispy, salty and sweet snack.


One of our favorite snacks is a bowl full of edamame, it's something healthy that I know I can serve as an appetizer or side dish and both my kids will gobble it up.   I wanted to do something different for them and change up this dish for them a little bit using another one of their favorite ingredients, cheese.

This Edamame gets a quick toss in some olive oil, salt, pepper and freshly grated Parmesan cheese before heading into the oven.  The result is a sweet (from the edamame itself) salty and crispy upgrade to a delicious vegetable.


I do admit, I made this with the kids in mind but I was the one who ate most of it.  I snacked on it the next day and added it to my lunch as well.  Fortunately, I was able to make it stretch all the way to dinner the next day so my kids were to enjoy it again.



recipe from allrecipes
Ingredients:
1 (12 ounce) package of frozen shelled edamame (thawed)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Toss all the ingredients in a bowl and then spread out on to a sheet pan.
Bake until the cheese is crispy and golden, about 10-15 minutes.

Other fun vegetable recipes:
Zucchini Chips


Green Pea Hummus


Caramelized Butternut Squash


Last year at this time I made these awesome pumpkins.

Two years ago I made Slow Cooker Peking Chicken.

Three years ago I made Pumpkin Pie Smoothies.

Four years ago I made Vegetable Soup.

Linking up to these happening parties!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

What I Pinned This Week + Other Stuff

It's Saturday - time to share some of my recent "Pins" with you. These are recipes I want to try or projects that have inspired me. I have also thrown in a few things that made me laugh or caught my attention this week.

First off, I just want you guys to please take a minute and check out my new adventure, I have become a Wildtree rep because I believe in their products (all natural and certified organic) and I'm psyched to help people with some kitchen prep with our freezer workshops. Here's my link and my FB page.  Stop by and say Hi!




Our Freezer Meal Workshops are the best!






















Ooh I bet this is such a delicious snack - and I think I may need to buy a dehydrator.

And after that healthy snack I can indulge in this deliciousness.

You deserve a cookie.

Of course, I have to have an oats pin.  This one is special though - its savory.

Cheers!

It's soup weather.

I am trying to decide on a special dessert for Thanksgiving - this maybe?

Political Facebook Friend

Do you have those friends - I do.


fun

Cute - right?

And this weeks kitchen love.

And a bathroom from the same house.

Have a great weekend everyone and don't forget to stop by the Friday Food Frenzy and link up!  The Frenzy gives you a chance to showcase your recipes and crafts on 4 different blogs!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friday Frenzy: One Party - Four Blogs

Welcome to the Friday Frenzy - what did you make this week?


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Close to Home ,Mostly Food and CraftsAngel's Homestead  and Another Cent Saved would like to welcome you to this weeks FRIDAY  FRENZY! Now we are not only asking you to linkup your delicious recipes, but also those great projects you have been working on.  We want to see it all!

Remember when you linkup to the Frenzy your posts are going to be featured on all four of our blogs - quadrupel the exposure!  Every week we showcase a few of our favorites from the week before - if you are featured you can grab a button from the side of my blog.  The featured posts will also be pinned on our Friday Food Frenzy Pinterest Board.


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Feel free to link up any recipes or crafts you've been working on this week!

Outside of following the hostesses, we would just love for you to show us what you have been working on. Be sure to tell your friends to stop by too. Thanks again for joining the Frenzy!
Please visit the four recipes in the linky that are listed as HOST.  We really appreciate your visit. Also it would be great if you visited at least two links from your fellow bloggers.  

Our first featured link from last weeks party is perfect for fall.  Maybe you headed to the apple orchards recently, and want to make this Homemade Apple Crisp from Lou Lou Girls. 

  
Some of my favorite ingredients, Nutella Pumpkin Muffins are sure to be a hit for everyone.  Thank you Saving with Shellie for this recipe. 
 

 Bring out the slow cooker for this fall comfort food.  The Seasoned Homemaker shares her Slow Cooker Paleo Pot Roast. 




My personal favorite, Roasted Southwest Pumpkin Stew from Miz Helen's Country Cottage. 



Here is what I made this week: Pumpkin Basil Brown Butter Quick Bread.




  Everything looked amazing, thanks again for linking up your Recipe and Craft posts! Party Time!


   

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

SRC - Pumpkin Basil Brown Butter Quick Bread

I love this flavor combo!  The earthiness of the basil combined with the nuttiness from the browned butter in a delicious pumpkin bread.


Its time for Secret Recipe Club again - I love being part of this fun club! My favorite part of the SRC is assignment day - I love when I get that e-mail in my inbox with the link to the blog that I get to choose my recipe from. I also love that most of my assignments have all come from blogs I have never been to before, it's really a great opportunity to find some fabulous bloggers out there and some delicious recipes. If you are not familiar with exactly how this club works, you can stop by the website and learn all about it - maybe even join in! Basically you are (secretly) assigned a blog to checkout, browse through their recipes, choose one to make and blog about it. It's a lot of fun!

This month my assignment was Little Bit of Everything.  Julie mentions her very large collection of  cookbooks and recipe clippings and how she is trying to cook her way through them - me too!!  I don't have quite as many cookbooks but I have a lot and I cant stop adding to my collection. The recipe I chose was the first one that caught my eye.  This pumpkin bread is the perfect fall bread and I was ready for some fall cooking.  That being said, I also pinned Julie's Penne with Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese (again perfect for fall) and I will be making it very soon.

The original recipe for this bread is actually for a Pumpkin Sage Brown Butter Quick Bread which sounds amazing!  But when Hubby went to the store he forgot the sage.  Instead of running back to get it, I decided to use the basil we have in the back yard.  It worked!  I had one more change from the original recipe, the recipe is for the most adorable mini loaves, but I don't have any mini loaf pans so I went with one large delicious loaf.




Let's break it down shall we?  

I browned a stick and a half of butter....'nuff said.

I browned this butter with the basil in it infusing it with a ton of flavor in the process....and the smell was fantastic too.

Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and just the right amount of salt....this is what fall's all about.

recipe adapted from Little Bit of Everything.
Ingredients:
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan
1/4 cup fresh basil, cut into thin strips, plus more, whole, for garnish
1 2/3 cups AP flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup solid-pack pumpkin 
1 cup light-brown sugar
2 large eggs


Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a loaf pan.
Melt the butter over medium low heat and add the basil.  Allow this to cook down until the butter turns a golden brown color and has a nutty aroma about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
While the butter is cooling, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices.
In another bowl combine the pumpkin, sugar and eggs.  Add the browned butter mixture to this. Make sure the mixture is cool, if not be sure to temper so as not to cook the eggs.
Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and thoroughly combine.
Pour into the prepared loaf pan and cook for about 45 minutes.  Be sure to test with a toothpick to make sure it is cooked through.
Cool on a wire rack and garnish with basil before serving.





   

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