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Sep 14, 2014

Manicure in a Mason Jar {And Other Cool Mason Jar Crafts}

This summer I co-hosted a baby shower for a family member, and for drinks we served homemade lemonade in mason jars. Very cute. And yes, we got the idea from Pinterest, of course! Anyway, I now have about a dozen or so mason jars sitting in my pantry that are leftover from the party that I would love to use in some fun cute ways. There are some awesome DIY ideas using jars on Pinterest....so many I am not sure I could even pick my favorite. However, since I am not of the creative type, and am seriously lacking in artistic skills, I chose the simpler type crafts that could meet my checklist of essential requirements (or in other words, easy-peasy.)

I love this Manicure in a Mason Jar Gift Idea!


Adorable? Check.
Easy? Check.
Too Cute? Check.


Oh yea, I can see these mason jar soap dispensers sitting in my guest bathroom, absolutely!!


Creative? Check!
Easy enough for moi to make? Check! (and that is not an easy criteria to meet!)
Too Cute (and Fun) Check!


And how about a little  Halloween fun in a Mason Jar




We actually did something very similar to this idea for the baby shower. We used blue M&M's!

I.Heart.Mason Jars. 



Sep 6, 2014

Celebrate Fall With 30 Days of Pumpkin Recipes! Day 2: Fast Pumpkin Raisin Bread


I started my 30 days of celebrating Fall collection with an oh-so-decadently sweet dessert, so I figured a fast pumpkin raisin bread recipe you can make while watching a football game (or not) makes the perfect second choice. The aromatic spices in this recipe will probably make your mouth water as the bread bakes in the oven - so be prepared (smile). Once you have the ingredients collected, it is a pretty simple and quick treat to make and enjoy (especially with a nice hot soup for really cool fall days. I am so hoping for days like that SOON.)

30 Days of Pumpkin Recipes:  Day 2- Fast Pumpkin Raisin Bread

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/2 cup raisins

3 egg whites

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

1-pound can of pumpkin

2 tablespoons molasses

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly oil a 5x9-inch loaf pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, and spices. Mix well then add in raisins.
In a smaller bowl, combine egg whites, brown sugar, pumpkin, molasses, and vanilla extract. Mix well and add to the flour mixture.
Mix until moistened.
Place dough (will be stiff - don't worry) in pan.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
Cool for about 5-10 minutes before removing from pan.

This pumpkin bread tastes wonderful the way it is, but is also delicious toasted - so consider toasting a slice to enjoy with your morning coffee or tea!

Sep 1, 2014

Celebrate Fall With 30 Days of Pumpkin Recipes! Day 1: Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

picture courtesy of bettycrocker.com

September has arrived. Yes, it is hotter than ever where we live in California. But heck, my favorite season is almost here (officially, Fall starts on Sept.22) and I want to celebrate now! So what better way than to gather all the yummy pumpkin recipes together that I can find, and post them over the next 30 days? After all, pumpkins and fall just go together, kind of like mittens and winter, don't ya think?

So here is the first of many recipes to come, hope you enjoy (p.s., not all of these will be desserts, don't ya know!)

30 Days of Pumpkin Recipes:  Day 1 - Layered Pumpkin Cheesecake

This is a tried and true Betty Crocker Recipe, and it is decadently delicious. Very. Decadent

Ingredients:

The pie crust.(I admit, I cheat. I buy the crust already made. I know. But they are really good and no one seems to mind in my family, so...)

If you want to make your pie crust, then you will need 2 cups gingersnap cookie crumbs and 1/4 cup softened butter or margarine.

For The Cheesecake:

4- 8 oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin (do not use the canned pumpkin pie mix though)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

For the crust:
Heat oven to 300°F. Grease 9-inch  pan with shortening or cooking spray. Wrap foil around pan to catch drips. In small bowl, mix cookie crumbs and butter. Press crumb mixture in bottom and 1 inch up side of pan. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 5 minutes.

For the pie:

In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed just until smooth and creamy; do not overbeat. On low speed, gradually beat in sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time, just until blended. Spoon 3 cups of the cream cheese mixture into pan; spread evenly.

Stir pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg into remaining cream cheese mixture; mix with wire whisk until smooth. Spoon over mixture in pan.

Bake 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes or until edges are set but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly when moved.

Turn oven off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Leave cheesecake in oven 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven; place on cooling rack. Without releasing side of pan, run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan on cooling rack 30 minutes. 

Cover loosely; refrigerate at least 6 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake again; carefully remove side of pan. Place cheesecake on serving plate. (Store left-over cheesecake covered in refrigerator.)

Enjoy!

Jul 30, 2014

Why We Love Peaches (and You Should Too!)

Peaches are one of our favorite fruits, especially in summer. They are delicious to alone, and they are in recipes (be sure to check out the yummy recipes below!!). Peaches have many health benefits, yet somehow we don't seem to hear about those so much. For example,

Jul 29, 2014

10 Quick Tips About Moms (Every Kid Should Know)

Summer vacation is winding down, and might I say just in the nick of time?! The kiddos and I are at that point where we could all use some quality alone time. It has been awesome having long (some days longer than others) leisurely (some days way less leisurely than others) days

Jul 25, 2014

3 Foods That May Trigger Adult Acne

Dealing with adult acne is just not fair. Being acne-free should be an undisputed perk of getting older. Sadly, most of us probably have had to deal with acne outbreaks as adults though (and for those of you who haven't, I would just like to go on record as saying I am jealous.) Stress

Jul 23, 2014

This Was Made With Avocado?


I am not a fan of the avocado. Not in a dip, not as an ingredient or a topping on tamales, tacos and burritos,and especially not on toast. However, my daughter on the other hand, LOVES avocado.So when my daughter was putting avocado on her toast the other morning, I became curious - could there be some recipe out there that uses

Jul 21, 2014

It's a Pickley Sort of Monday





I didn't start out today with pickles on my mind. Really. Yet sometime between my first cup of coffee and my  third cup, I found myself immersed in learning about pickles. Specifically, how to make your own pickles. Did you know there are some truly easy homemade pickle recipes out there, just waiting for the likes of me to

Apr 10, 2014

Scrub Your Face Happy With Apple Cider

I found this simple little face scrub recipe in Woman's World Magazine. All you need to scrub your tired face happy apparently is some apple cider and baking soda. Who Knew?

I am game for trying new things