Monday, November 29, 2010

Bright pink delights!

This picture is so beautiful! Don't you agree? I love the coloring and the styling and the electric pink eyeshadow. I just had to share!

I am not sure where I grabbed this picture. Any ideas? If you know please leave a comment so I can give credit where credit is due!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

popcorns popping all up in my turkey!

I am going to be preachy for just a minute. Buy local first!! I am the first to admit that more often than not it is more expensive to shop local and I sometimes have to choose between feeding the kids and buying local. The kids win out every time! But when I can afford it I buy local. It keeps the money in the community and in turn it immediately benefits our community. I am hopping down off my soapbox now and continuing on!
* Banner and photo are courtesy of A beautiful mess. A great blog!!

Raaad Popcorn Turkey!

I was going to do a totally different post today but when I saw this I had to share it! Check out that turkey!! I am making this for sure tomorrow. And maybe even Saturday. My family gets together on Saturday. It is a popcorn turkey! So genius! It is a snack and a cool centerpiece for the kids table or any table really. And it looks pretty darn easy to make!
For full instructions check it out here. It was a guest post from One Charming Party on the cool blog say YES! to hoboken

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Attitude of Gratitude Tuesday

It is Tuesday again! I have a really good one this week! I am sure most of you have heard of this blog I am going to talk about but I still love it. Oh boy do I ever love it. A little wonderland called:

She has the most amazing recipes ever on her site. I have used several always with good results. Well except one disaster but we will not discuss that infamous day. It was a sugar lump mess and I am still trying to move on! That is how I learned that she also actually answers questions and comments on comments! That is a great personal touch that makes me like her site even more. She has a little bit of everything there too. Or a lot a bit really! It has helped me out of a cooking rut more than once for sure. The site is easy to navigate and so beautifully done. The pictures are wonderful. I am jealous of how great they are actually. See the one up top? Yeah her picture. I don't think that people appreciate how difficult it is to take pictures of food. It is no easy task! Plus she is pretty dang hilarious. Which I love! I am there every other day if not everyday. Delightful! As a matter of fact I have a recipe that I am posting later this week from her site! Are you as excited as I am? Are you?! Are you?! Maybe not but you will be! Please check it out! You will not regret it!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Pumpkin muffin anyone?

You can hardly even call this a muffin! It is more like a cupcake. I call it a muffin because I can justify eating it for breakfast when it is called a muffin. A cupcake is harder for me to justify but I probably could if anyone needs! It is delish and so so so easy! Did I mention that it is super easy? cause it is! And the icing is tangy and cream cheesey goodness. I like me a good cream cheese icing. Plus the frosting is also super simple to make. Great combo- they are both great tasting and come together really fast.

Pumpkin muffin/cupcake

1 yellow cake mix
1 15oz can of pumpkin puree
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
(I just add cinnamon and nutmeg and cloves
to taste)
Mix all ingredients together until smooth. The batter is pretty thick! Bake @ 350 in a paper lined or greased muffin tin for 20-25 minutes.

* I added a bit of milk the second time I made these just to be able to incorporate all the ingredients.
* This makes 12 cupcakes

Cream Cheese Icing
1 8oz package cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar

Combine cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Add butter a piece at a time beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached. Spread it on something delicious!

*this is enough icing for 24 cupcakes. Or 12 really really thickly iced cupcakes. I just hate the idea of having half a pack of cream cheese laying around!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Sunday Songs

I about died when I heard this!! It sounds like it was recorded from an actual record!! Oh be still my heart. For those that don't know I happen to love Simon and Garfunkel (particularly the Simon part!). They are my all time favorite musical group... well besides a little singer/songwriter formally known as Death Warmed Over. I lurve this song. Please enjoy!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Attitude of Gratitude Tuesday

I am sneaking this in before noon so it still counts as Tuesday right? Haha!

I am grateful for Netflix this week!

It has been a lifesaver with the kids. They have old cartoons and Veggie Tales! Oh man! Netflix is the way we watch tv series since we don't have good reception on the tv. You can have it live streaming and have the DVDs sent to you. We have it streaming to our XBOX 360 but it also works with a WII or directly on your computer. I definitely think it is worth the cost. Especially considering that the cost is pretty minimal. I highly recommend it!

Check it out here! It will not disappoint!

On a little side note- I just barely figured out how to add the link to a word! I know- I know- it is crazy easy and you all figured it you forever ago but I am a little computer illiterate! HAHAHA!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday/Monday songs

I am in love with this band! Oh Freelance Whales you are dreamy! I will be enjoying you live at Kilby Court the end of this month!

* can anyone tell me how can avoid having the videos from youtube so flipping big? I have tried it both ways I know by actually sharing or by doing the embed trick that Big Papa taught me. Both ways I have gotten videos that take over my page!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Attitude of Gratitude Tuesday and an apology....

I am so sorry! I have had a three week break from the blog. But I am back now. And I can honestly and proudly say that yes I did keep up with the 30 day from Frumptown challenge. It has really worked for me so far! That being said I have changed how I am going to finish it up. I am going to do a post once a week about it. One everyday was just getting too much for me. I started this blog to have fun baking, sewing, crafting and total randomness and it has gotten away from me already in the short month or so I have been posting. So I am reclaiming my blog! I will still post the rest of the tips and some tutorials for the challenge like I intended all along just in a better time frame for me.

Onward and upward! I want to start a Tuesday tradition. I feel like I need to remember all the things I am grateful for. Not just my family- which is the one thing I am most grateful for but for life's little randomnesses (word? well it is now!) and quirks. Here it is:

Attitude of Gratitude Tuesday!
This Tuesday I am grateful for Pepperoni Scrambled Eggs!

What is that you say? Well it is exactly what it sounds like. Scrambled eggs with pepperoni mixed in. It was an experiment that turned out really well. I made them yesterday on a whim and I made them again this morning because they were so lovely! Oh my goodness they were so so so so good! They exceeded my expectations! We mixed mozzarella cheese in them yesterday and did just pepperoni today. I am glad to add something new to our breakfast menu because it has been lacking as of late! Go out and try them! You will not be disappointed!

Oh just a quick thought- I bet these would be good in breakfast cups instead of sausage! Even with the sausage! they would have a pizza breakfast cup vibe. Oh baby!