Friday, September 27, 2013

Foodie Friday: Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

And the pumpkin hits just keep on coming! I can't get enough, I tell you! I recently made a different batch of pumpkin baked oatmeal and it was okay. (It may have had something to do with the fact that it was a clean eating recipe. I just don't think that clean eating and I get along. :o) This recipe, however, is really good. Like cake for breakfast good. And I am all for legalizing sweets for breakfast.
If you have never had baked oatmeal before, here is the beauty in it. You can make it up ahead and time and just toss it in the oven when you are ready to bake the next morning. It is kind of like a coffee cake, but with much less hassle and work. Since I had leftovers, I just have been heating up portions every morning in the microwave.

Head on over to Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom and get the Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal recipe. (That is if you like pumpkin and sweets for breakfast.) Oh, and I just served mine with milk instead of the whipped cream. I may like sweets for breakfast, but I do have to draw the line somewhere. If nothing else than for my figure. You know, my 20 weeks pregnant figure.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sibling Number Shirts

A friend of mine who is expecting her fourth child asked if I would be willing to make number shirts for all of them when the baby is born. I loved the idea! And love how the shirts turned out! I decided to make the numbers inside of circles for something a little different.

I used my Silhouette to cut out the fabric with Heat N Bond Lite on the back.
After the numbers were cut, I ironed them onto the shirts.
Then I stitched around the circle and each of the numbers.
I think I may have to do this same project for when our little one comes!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Distressed Picture Frames and Silhouette Art

My friend Lori is moving away from me. (Insert very sad face here.) Lori is a very special person. She is thoughtful, always giving, and never expecting anything in return. I needed to do something special for her as a going away present. I settled on a little state project. After perusing Pinterest and Etsy, I came up with a plan. Using frames I already had on hand,
I did some sanding, painting, sanding, and paint wiping and came up with a great finished product. (I may have started a new hobby, just what I need. :o)
I hit the local scrapbook store, it may not be an Archivers, but it is pretty darn close. I picked out the perfect paper prints for the project and then sat down at my Silhouette. I cut out the state shapes and then used this file for the other picture.
After some cutting, double stick taping, and word writing, I was really happy with the results!
I just may be making a few more!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Foodie Friday: Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts

Do you remember when I made the purchase of a donut pan when I was pregnant with Cream? Well, the urge to bake has set in again! And it is even stronger with fall-like weather setting in. And when you are baking in the fall you must bake with pumpkin! (At least if you are like me and who wouldn't want to be??) When I was rearranging my Pinterest boards recently (what don't you do that?) and came across this recipe for baked Pumpkin Donuts, I just knew what I had to do. Go and bake some yummy fall goodness! Head on over to the King Arthur Flour site for the recipe. You will not be disappointed. At least we weren't!

Monday, September 16, 2013

kiki b omi Sale!

This great picture is courtesy of the event host Eco Chic.
I had another craft sale that I participated in this weekend. This is the same sale I had a booth at in June where it was freezing cold. This time it ended up raining! The poor people who plan this event!! And even though the weather wasn't real favorable for an outdoor event, the customers were there.
 This show brought a record setting attendance. You just have to love the hearty folks who live in these parts. I convinced my mom to come and help out again even after it was so cold last time. (That is what love is, isn't it!) I promised her it would be warmer. It was, it just was much, much wetter!
 I did pretty much the same set up as last time. Why mess with success? It must have been a good set up since I sold one of the baskets I use for display! I was bummed that the wet weather meant that we ended early and that I didn't get a chance to do much shopping.
I had my eye on a few pieces at booths around me, but I always try not to buy to much when I do a sale. I like to bring home some profit! I still have lots of great items that didn't sell. I have a few up in my Etsy shop already, but hope to get more up in the next week or two. I will make sure to keep you posted.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Foodie Friday: Chicken Bacon Artichoke Pizza

The other night when I was making pizzas at home, we had everything we needed for our own Chicken Bacon Artichoke Pizza. Here are the results:

I decided to try out the Pioneer Woman's pizza crust recipe this time, rather than my old faithful. I really enjoyed the results. It was a more fluffy crust. It does take an hour or two to rise, which worked out this time. I think I will keep and use both. I will use PW's crust for days I can start the pizza early, and my old faithful for days I need to expedite the process.

As you can see, the pizza did end up quite tall. I think if I were to make it again, I would roll the dough a little thinner and try to chop the ingredients a bit more.
The white sauce recipe I used was pretty good. I wouldn't have minded a bit more garlic, but Mr. Cherry liked it as he isn't a huge strong flavor person. You can find the recipe I used here or feel free to use store bought.

Chicken Bacon Artichoke Pizza

  • pizza dough
  • white sauce
  • diced, cooked chicken
  • diced artichoke hearts
  • bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • diced green onions
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Prepare crust according to recipe or directions and place on pizza stone or pan. (Make sure to use corn meal on stones and cooking spray on metal pans.)
  2. Spread crust with white sauce.
  3. Add toppings.
  4. Top with cheese.
  5. Bake pizza at 500 for 10 to 12 minutes until crust appears golden and cheese is fully melted and delicious!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pajamas and Pillowcase Birthday Present

Remember that darling girl that Cream got to share her birthday with? Miss W is is as cute as can be and a sweetheart to boot. We wanted to give her a super great birthday present. And you know me, I can't just get a gift at the store. I have to add a little something homemade. Its just my style. So, I nabbed some pajamas off of her wishlist and then made a little travel sized pillowcase to go along with them. (Cream loves her little travel sized pillow, so I know it is just the right sized for little heads.) I did my typical french seam pillowcase and got the measurements from the blog As Reasonable as Can Be. I bought my travel pillow from Target. (They happened to be on sale the day I bought it!) I have also purchased them at Walgreens in the past.
There you have it! A duper fun birthday gift for anyone, really!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Foodie Friday: M & M Bark

This is as yummy as it looks! (Actually it is yummier, because I didn't take the pictures as soon as I made it and it is starting to bloom in these. But trust me, it is yummy!) I found this recipe on a blog I recently stumbled across called All Things Katie Marie. She is as cute as a button, has adorable style, and must have a ton of energy judging by all she blogs about. You can find the recipe for M & M Bark here. The only changes I made was that I used broken mini pretzels instead of sticks. I also somewhat doubled the ingredients to make a 9 by 13 inch pan. (I was bringing it to a gathering and wanted to make sure we had some at home. Smart, no?)
Now get thee to Katie's blog and make some of this salty, sweet goodness. Also, don't forget to enter the Origami Owl giveaway I have going right now!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Birthday Crowns

Little Miss W was in love with her crown! She is such a sweet little girl!

Like I said yesterday, I had been wanting to make fabric crowns for a while and Cream's birthday was the perfect excuse. I started looking around the internet and found some tutorials to base one off of.
These were some of my favorites that had the look I was going for:
How to Make a Superhero Headband from Curly Pops
Valentines Themed Princess Crown from Sweet Sapling
Fabric Crown from The Little Giggler
Here is the best shot I got of both girls with their crowns.

In the end, I pretty much used the tutorial from The Little Giggler. I did add some felt embellishments, just a pinked circle and a #1 and #2. I ended up using an elastic headband I had around for the elastic in the back. It worked out well since it was a little wider and had some non-stick stripes on the back.
We even had Cream where hers on her actual birthday when we went out with some friends for a birthday dinner.