Friday, October 28, 2011

Birthday Biscuits!!

Hey Everyone! Whewwww! What a week!! TGIF! My week got away from me with school but I wanted to post a recipe in honor of Jackson's Birthday (Belated)!! 
These are Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits
Perfectly safe for your loved puppy!

I got this recipe from Pinterest and I love it!! Use dog bone cookies cutters to cut out the biscuits. Enjoy!

Today I'm Listening To:
Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes featuring Adam Levine

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Frankenstein Munch!

Happy Tuesday!! T-minus 6 days until Halloween!! Do you have everything ready?! Costumes, decorations, pumpkins?? :D I'm super excited about this weekend so of course this week is going by at the fast pace of a crawl... nevertheless I've worked on a little project that I'd like to share. It's super easy and a great gift or party favor for Halloween.

Frankenstein Munch in Metal Tins

How To: Halloween Metal Tins
You will need:
Colored Metal Tins (You can find these at Hobby Lobby or Walmart)
Black and White Paint Pens
Clear Glaze Spray

Paint faces onto the metal tins using Painters paint markers.

Spray clear glaze on tins outside and let dry.
This is ESSENTIAL!! Paint markers are acrylic paints so they don't adhere to metal. 
A clear glaze will prevent them from scratching off!

How To: Frankenstein Munch
You will need:
A bag of Pretzels
Vanilla Almond Bark
Food Coloring
Halloween Sprinkles

I wanted my three colors to be white, green and purple. 
You can also do yellow, orange and white if you want.
To do this break your almond bark into 3 sections.

Split your pretzels into 3 bowls as well.

In a double boiler, slowly melt you almond bark under low heat until smooth. 
Shaving/chopping the bark ensures even melting.

Once the bark has melted smoothly, color can be added. 
Be careful not to over stir the bark...too much whipping will make the bark thick!

Dip you pretzels in the almond bark, and place on wax paper to cool. 
Add sprinkles before the bark sets up. Let cool until the bark solidifies.
You're done!!

Here are some that I made with fall sprinkles and chocolate jimmies!
You can make these pretzels for any holiday!!
I like to make them at Christmas, but I use chocolate almond bark instead!


Today I'm Listening To:
Everybody Loves Me by: One Republic

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Top 10 Pumpkin Decorating Ideas!

Hey Bloggers!! I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend! I spent some much needed time with my parents and their new puppy. We had 3 corgis running around at the house and we had so much fun! On Friday, we went to the Poteau Balloon Festival to see the hot air balloons and then my mom and I cooked for the most part of today! I will be sharing pictures from the festival and of the new puppy soon! :D This upcoming week will be a busy one...Jackson's First Birthday is Wednesday, I have a TON of posts to share with you before Halloween and we will be heading back to my parents for the Halloween weekend! I'm so excited!!! Today, I'm sharing my top 10 favorite modern pumpkin decorating ideas...not just carvings but all sorts of great ideas! Hopefully, I will try some myself! Enjoy!

Black and White is very popular this year!!

How cute are these buttons?!

What a great idea! A little chalk paint and you can write whatever you want!

I love the stacking of the pumpkins and the letters! You do need fake ones for this craft!

Pumpkin with jewels! 

I LOVE this idea! You can use stockings or any kind of lace to wrap the pumpkin!

Shallow carving. Very pretty!

I love the simplicity yet it's the ribbon makes it that much cuter!

Monogrammed pumpkins! Awesome for the front porch! You can even do address numbers

Wrapping little pumpkins in ribbon can spice them up a little for tables!

Today I'm Listening To:
Somewhere Only We Know by Keane

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stale Bread Anyone?

Hey Everyone! Are you guys preparing your seasonal recipes for the Holidays yet?? I am and I'm so excited! So, for today's blog I am posting some tips for the kitchen. Specifically, recipes to use up any stale bread around the house. If you're anything like me, you have some weeks that you don't use as much bread so you have leftovers getting stale in the pantry. I hate wasting food so I use a few recipes to prevent that! Here are some ideas in case you are running into the same problem!

Cinnamon Sugar Toast
This is a SUPER easy recipe that my Mom started me on when I was little and it makes a great snack!
Photo by: A Pastry Affair

You'll need:
Stale Bread (or you can still do this with fresh bread)
Cinnamon Sugar

Preheat your oven to 350F and make your sugar mixture. To do this, mix cinnamon with granulated sugar in a small container. There is no science to this recipe...if you like more cinnamon, add more until the color of the mixture is a peach color or darker. If you like more sugar, add less cinnamon. The sugar tones down the cinnamon very well so your mixture won't be overpowered. Butter your slices of bread with a moderate layer of margarine (enough for the cinnamon sugar to stick) and place on a pan. Sprinkle the slices with your cinnamon sugar mixture until well coated. Bake for 5 minutes then flip the slices over. Bake for about 2-3 minutes or until the backside is toasted. Then, flip again and bake for another 2-3 minutes or until the cinnamon sugar is a nice dark brown. Remove from oven and cool for a minute or so. You're done!!! Easy right! And they are the perfect late night snacks or warm munchies for a cool day!
**I like to pre-mix my Cinnamon Sugar blend and keep it in a small 
container in my spice cabinet for quick use!
**By toasting the backside, the bread will become stiffer to eat. If you skip this step, 
the margarine and sugar mixture will make the bread soggy.

Cheesy Toast
I have to admit, it's a pretty awesome snack that I got from my Dad and it's SUPER easy as well!
You'll Need:
Stale Bread (or fresh bread)
Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (it gives it a nice bite)
**Any spices that you wish to add**

Preheat your oven to the Broil setting. If your oven has a low and high broil setting I would go with LOW. Place small slices of cheese on bread until the slice is covered. Add any bread seasonings that you wish, but my Dad and I keep it simple. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted on the edges. The thicker your cheese slices, the longer the baking time. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes....the cheese gets HOT!! That's it! Pretty simple!

Homemade Crouton Recipe
Cook Time: 30 mins
Serves: 3 cups
Photo by: Savorysweetlife
You'll Need:
6 slices of bread (fresh or day old), crusts trimmed and cubed
3 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder and a pinch of salt OR 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Mix melted butter, garlic powder/salt and parsley flakes until garlic powder is dissolved and mixture is clump free. Toss butter mixture with cubed bread in a medium bowl until cubes are evenly coated. Spread coated bread cubes on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes and check to see if they are dry, crispy and golden brown. Stir the croutons around and bake for an additional 15 minutes until done. Store croutons in air-tight container or ziplock bag. Enjoy!
**This recipe typically takes 30 minutes baking time total - your baking time may vary.

Homemade Breadcrumbs

Preheat oven to 250F. Slice a loaf of bread into large crouton-sized chunks, or thin slices. Place on a large cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes or until the bread is completely dried out. If you are in an especially humid climate or if the bread is fresh or moist, turn off the oven and leave it there all night. Run the chunks through a food processor until you have fine breadcrumbs - or grate with a box grater.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other uses for stale bread! :D Enjoy!

Today I'm Listening To:
Parachute by: Train

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Chicken Spaghetti!!

Happy Sunday!!! The weekend is almost over but fortunately I'm on break until Wednesday! :D I've cooked some yummy lemon pepper chicken in the oven and I thought that I would share a recipe with you! I haven't posted one in a while so I'll share one that is perfect for the Fall season: 
Chicken Spaghetti
It's my Mom's recipe and it makes several servings so it's great for a get
together or for storing in your freezer!

6 Chicken Breasts
1 Can of Chicken Broth
Linguine Pasta
Large Red Bell Pepper
Large Green Bell Pepper
Medium Yellow Onion
8 to 10 oz. pack of Baby Bella Mushrooms
Small Package Frozen English Peas
1 Can of Rotel Tomatoes
1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 Tbsp Butter
Salt and Pepper
Block of Velveeta Cheese (or shredded)
Shredded Parmesan

Boil 6 chicken breasts in 1 can of chicken broth and water. (Enough water added to the broth to fully cover the chicken while boiling) Once the chicken is done, cool the chicken and reserve the broth/water.
Boil Linguine pasta in broth/water. (Set aside broth/water again once pasta is done!)
Dice the red pepper, green pepper and yellow onion.
Melt Butter in a saucepan and saute peppers and onions. Once the onions become translucent, add mushrooms and saute for 2 minutes. Add Rotel tomatoes (DO NOT DRAIN) and add cream of mushroom soup. Stir until fully heated and pull from heat. Cube chicken and add to sauce along with the frozen peas. Lightly toss the sauce to prevent from breaking the peas.
In a casserole dish (WITH GLASS LID), layer the following: pasta, sauce, salt & pepper and parmesan (optional). Then repeat until pasta and sauce are utilized. Use the broth/water in case the pasta is not fully covered with sauce (this will prevent it from drying out!)
Bake with the lid on at 350F for 40 minutes. Pull from oven and layer thin slices of Velveeta cheese (or you can use shredded Velveeta). Return pan to oven without lid until the cheese melts.
Let sit for about 5 minutes to cool. You're Done!

My mom serves this with some garlic bread and a small salad.
I hope you find this to be a must have recipe for the upcoming cold months! I will be posting other recipes from my Mom's "cookbook" for winter recipes soon...including Chili and Chicken & Dumplings! Enjoy!!

Today I'm Listening To:
Just A Kiss by Lady Antebellum

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's Time To Decorate!!!

Hey Everyone! I hope you guys are having a wonderful Fall so far! This past week has been a hectic and stressful one but after all my exams were finalized yesterday, I attended my best friend's sister's wedding in Eureka Springs, AR. (Eureka Springs is such a cool town to visit and shop!!) The ceremony was at the amazing Thorncrown Chapel and I was soooo blessed to be invited to celebrate their special day with them! I've posted a picture below so check that out! TODAY is the start of a much needed Fall Break and I am definitely enjoying my time by working on some crafts!! I have a few more Halloween craft ideas that I will post before I share the Pumpkin Carvings come Halloween night so stayed tuned for those! Also, I wanted to share with you a few pictures of our Halloween balcony lights and my favorite decorative pumpkins. Tomorrow I will be posting my first ever Hobby Lobby haul so don't miss it! Thanks so much Everyone! Enjoy!

How gorgeous is this!?!

Her dress was stunning on her!

My best friend Kacee!

Me and Kacee!

Me, Aleesha and Kacee

HAHA too funny!

Here are the Halloween decor pictures!

Ok! I admit this is of my parents' house but how gorgeous is 
the chocolate door with the colorful wreath!?

Our Halloween lights!!!

I had a few extra spiders from last year so I stuck them on my wicker 
wrapped floor lamp. It actually looks like a spider web with the lit background!

My favorite metal pumpkins! I have several more lit up pumpkins to 
place on the front door for Halloween night!

Today I'm Listening To:
Science and Faith by The Script

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mmm Pumpkin Bread

Happy Tuesday!! Fall break is this weekend and Thanksgiving break is right around the corner, so we are baking up some goodies at my house!! We LOVE Williams Sonoma and this past weekend my mom baked some Spiced Pecan Pumpkin Bread in her new Pumpkin Loaf Pan! I thought I would share all the fun we're having over here! A quick review on the pumpkin bread...It was WONDERFUL!!! It's a lot like Zucchini bread if you've ever had it! Yum! Although, my Mom wanted to add that if you want to see the pretty design on the bread, make a sweet glaze instead of the cream cheese icing that's on the Pumpkin Bread package. I hope you are having some fun like us! Feel free to share your fall celebrations with me! Enjoy!

Today I'm Listening To:
Just Say Yes by Snow Patrol