Monday, September 19, 2016

Thick Maple Glaze for baked goods

I decided to add another fall flavor, a Thick Maple Glaze, to a pumpkin bread (made in a NordicWare Great Pumpkin pan). This pan makes two pumpkin halves, but they puffed up and domed as cakes have a tendency to. Instead of cutting them flat and stacking them, I just kept them as two Baby Boo type pumpkins:@) This glaze makes the perfect amount for one small cake, the other cake is wrapped and in the freezer for later. 

Oh so thick and good...

Thick Maple Glaze
1/4 C powdered sugar
3 tsp pure maple syrup
1/4 tsp maple extract-my maple extract is a very dark brown color
~Mix everything well in small bowl, drizzle on cooled cake/bread. I used a 1 C measuring cup and drizzled it from the pour spout.

Have a stick sweet happy day:@)

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Embellishing Dollar Tree Halloween Party Favors

I've been looking at these cute Dollar Tree Halloween noise makers for a couple years now and wanted to make them just a little more fun... They come in packs of four, black, purple and two orange and are about 4.5" tall. Love the eyes:@)

I simply hot glued the Tootsie Pop to the arm and added a ribbon sash. Keep the pop to the outside of the fist.
You'll want to bunch the ribbon up a bit at the neck so it doesn't get in the way of the head swinging from side to side.

In addition to being great party favors they'd make really cute ornaments too. 
Either tie some fishing line around his wrist for hanging or set it on the branch. 
They'll be right at home on the Halloween tree...

Super silly, they just make me smile:@)

Have a happy day!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Button and Bead Bouquet for Halloween

I saw some really cute Button Bouquets while scrolling through button crafts on Pinterest one day and decided to make one for Halloween. I dug through my stash for buttons, beads and findings and used an old tread spool for the base. Glued on a little black glitter for some bling. The bouquets on Pinterest used old salt shakers, which was a really neat idea too. You're only limited by your imagination... and buttons:@)
Cute trick or treat ribbon from Walmart this year.
The Happy Halloween sign was a ring the bakery stuck in a cupcake (yep, I save things). 
 Just wanted to share an easy craft that will be placed in the tiered tray on my kitchen table.

9/17/16 Update: I added a little orange rick-rack.

Have a happy day:@)

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Philadelphia Eagles Charm Bracelet Update

With the season officially kicking off tonight I thought I'd share an update of my Philadelphia Eagles Charm Bracelet. I've had a blast collecting charms and at this point it's full enough that additions will be more for fun than to fill it out. I'll start off with my favorite charm, this is a 3D eagle that doesn't have anything to do with football but happens to kinda look like our mascot Swoop:@) I found him on Etsy.

I started with a bracelet from Rally House that had five charms on it HERE.

 And have since picked things up at Michaels, Walmart, JoAnn Fabric, a thift store, Etsy and Ebay.
The flying eagle is a wink and nod to the previous logo:@)

 I've proudly added The American Flag, and the Liberty Bell to represent Philadelphia.
A four leaf clover for luck never hurts...

The cheerleaders were the first addition I made and they still crack me up!
Assorted bits, bobs and bling...

 I'm cheering my team on and wishing for a good season!

 My Sunday finery...

Here's hoping your team wins... Unless they're playing mine of course:@)
Happy football season everyone!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

15 Minute Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese-for one or a group

I had to try this 15 Minute Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese, mostly because I was curious about it:@) It's nice and creamy and is something I would make for a quick side dish (read: great after school snack). One thing though, it's written up to "serve immediately"... It does not reheat well. So make it and enjoy it in one sitting folks, I think you'll be happy. If you're new to using a pressure cooker I recommend reading this list of FAQ's HERE.
Since I made this for myself I used half whole wheat macaroni and added some diced jalapeno to the pot before I cooked the pasta. If you want to make this a full meal toss some diced ham into the PC with the noodles and after it's done cooking add defrosted frozen peas.

I'm going to post how I made this one piggy size serving for myself and you can click the link HERE to see how he makes a full pound of pasta.

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese for One-adapted from Dad Cooks Dinner
1/2 C macaroni
1 tsp butter
1/2 tsp yellow mustard
2 light shakes hot sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C water
diced jalapeno-optional
1/3 C Half and Half
1/2 C cheddar cheese, shredded
1 Tblsp grated Parmesan
  1. Add macaroni, butter, mustard, hot sauce, salt and water (and 'peno if using) to vessel. Cook at high pressure for 4 minutes. Use quick release.
  2. Add everything else and turn on brown function. Stir constantly and watch very carefully, as soon as the pot heats up, you see steam and the cheese begins to melt-turn off the brown function.
  3. Stir everything well until cheese is fully melted and serve immediately.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Monday, September 5, 2016

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Chicken

True confession time... I'm more of a pressure cooker rather than slow cooker kinda gal. But-I'm trying to broaden my horizons and embrace slow cooking, I know so many folks love it. This Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Chicken is a very tasty "toss it into the pot and go about your day" meal. It's perfect whether you want to have dinner ready when you get home from work or are feeding a crowd at the next football party. You can serve the meat as sandwiches, or over rice or noodles. This tastes great, but let's be honest... Sweet Baby Ray's is da bomb, so yea, it tastes great:@)
 I used the low slow cooker setting on my 6 quart Instant Pot-still lovin' that purchase folks!

Notes and tips:
  • Remove lid away from the pot so condensation doesn't run back into the pot. I do this for both pressure cooker and slow cooker recipes.
  • It will look wet and soupy, but once you add the shredded chicken back, it will soak up the moisture.
  • Offer bottles of BBQ sauce and hot sauce for serving. Cole slaw would be nice too:@)
  • My chicken breasts were Dolly Parton sized (two breasts weighed over 2 lbs)... I would cut them in half next time.
  • Recipe easily doubled for a crowd.
  • This would work just as well with pork.
Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Chicken-from Family Fresh Meals
2 lbs boneless, skinless breasts, trimmed of fat
1 C BBQ sauce-I used Sweet Baby Ray's Original
1/4 C Italian salad dressing
1/4 C brown sugar
1 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce
salt to taste-I omitted this
  1. Toss everything except chicken into the cooking vessel, mix well. 
  2. Add chicken, turn to coat with sauce.
  3. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours. (My huge breasts took over 6 hours on low, I would cut them in half next time).
  4. Remove meat, shred, add back to vessel, mix well. If too soupy use saute function and cook for a few minutes, if it looks a little dry add an extra squirt of BBQ sauce.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Super Simple Two Ingredient Chip Dip!

I needed a little something extra for a gathering with my crew and decided to try this Two Ingredient Chip Dip. We all enjoyed it, especially for the simplicity of it! I would suggest a little sprinkling of dried parsley for color but other than that, don't hesitate to add this to your football snack list folks:@)

Simple Two Ingredient Chip Dip-from Sweet and Simple Living
8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 bouillon cube-I used 1 tsp Chicken Better Than Bouillon
1/8 C warm water
~Dissolve bouillon in warm water, beat broth and cream cheese with electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
~Serve with potato or tortilla chips.

Eat well and have a happy day:@)