Monday, October 31, 2011

Butterfinger Eyeballs

 
 Creepy (yet delicious) Butterfinger Eyeballs

Ingredients

    • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
    • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 2 1/8 ounces Butterfinger bar, finely chopped
    • 12 ounces white chocolate or 12 ounces vanilla candy coating
    • 40 M&M's plain chocolate candy
    • red food coloring or decorating gel
    • black food coloring or decorating gel

Directions

  1. In a mixing bowl stir together peanut butter and butter until creamy.
  2. Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring until combined.
  3. Stir in Butterfinger candy.
  4. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on waxed paper.
  5. Freeze about 45 minutes.
  6. Melt white chocolate in a double boiler or get a med sauce pan filled 1/4 of the way with water and heat until simmering and place a large glass or stainless steel bowl over top and turn heat off -if water is boiling it will scorch chocolate.
  7. Add chocolate to bowl, stir constantly until melted and smooth, if you want the coating thinner add a Tbs shortening until desired thickness is reached.
  8. Dip balls, one at a time, into coating. Let excess coating drip off

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pumpkin Cornbread-Pumpkin Week Day #4

Mmmmm...I love pumpkin goodies! I know fall is the time for pumpkin goodness, but I vote we make it year round.  I could totally go for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in April.  Who's with me on this one?  Anyways tonight I didn't have time to plan dinner so when I got home I had to quickly throw something together. The end result chili and pumpkin cornbread. :) I was a little nervous about the pumpkin cornbread but I tasted the better and it actually tasted really good.  I could hardly wait for the timer to ring!!!



Pumpkin Cornbread



 Ingredients:

  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 C cornmeal
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 C unsweetened pumpkin puree (canned or freshly cooked and processed)
  • 2/3 C light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 C canola oil
  • 1 tbsp molasses

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt and spice into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in cornmeal.
3. In separate bowl, beat eggs lightly. Whisk in pumpkin, brown sugar, oil and molasses.
4. Make a well in the dry mixture. Add pumpkin mixture and blend batter with a few quick strokes (just until blended- don't over-mix).
5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 mins, or until cornbread is browned and the surface has a slightly springy feel.

Enjoy :)
~Bobbi

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pumpkin Ravioli w/Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce- Halloween Week Day #3

I wasn't sure if I could top yesterday's Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls post, but boy was I wrong.  Tonight I wanted to try to make pumpkin ravioli.  I stopped by the store on my way home and bought all of the supplies.  I couldn't find ravioli wrappers or pasta sheets, so I decided to try wonton wrappers (I can't remember who told me they'd work-but I figured it was worth the try).  I wish I had the time and motivation to make my own pasta sheets, but I'm not sure how anyone who works can.  Anyways so I came home and I couldn't find a single recipe I liked so I mixed a few here's how it ended up looking!  Hope you enjoy!!!

Pumpkin Ravioli w/ Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce

  • 1 1/2 C Canned Pumpkin (if you're Martha Stewart you can make your own:))
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 C Ricotta Cheese
  • 2 Tbs Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 pkg round wonton wrappers 
  • 1 egg white
  • Pinch Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 C butter (1 stick)
  • 1 tbs freshly chopped sage leaves
  • 2 tbs balsamic vinegar
  • Parmesan Cheese if desired
Directions
Mix the first 9 ingredients (canned pumpkin to pumpkin pie spice) together in a medium sized bowl.  Stir until completely combined.  Place wonton wrappers on a clean surface and add 1 tbs of pumpkin mixture to the center of the wrapper.  Place an egg white in a separate bowl.  Dip your fingers in the egg white and wipe around the edge of the wonton wrapper.  Place another wrapper on top of the first (wrapper with the pumpkin mixture) and press the edges together to seal.  Repeat with the rest of the wontons.  Boil water in a large pan and add 10 ravioli at a time.  Ravioli should take about 4-5 minutes.  While the ravioli are cooking melt butter in saucepan on high heat.  Once butter is melted add sage leaves and let cook for about 1 minute or until butter starts to brown.  Remove from heat and add balsamic vinegar.  Drain Ravioli and top with the sauce.  Serve immediately. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese if desired.

**ravioli can be frozen for later use**

~Bobbi

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls-Pumpkin Week Day #2

I've been dying to try these babies-but I didn't want to mess up my diet (a.k.a. trying to eat healthy). Since this is pumpkin week I decided to make a huge exception to my 'diet'. They were well worth it, plus I calculated the calories and with the frosting they only end up being 250 calories each :)  30 extra minutes on the elliptical took care of that.  Hope you all enjoy!!!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Caramel Frosting
 
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
2 cups bread flour (you can use regular all purpose flour but bread flour makes them lighter)
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons melted butter
CARAMEL FROSTING
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (I ran out of brown sugar and thanks to google I substituted 1/2 C white Sugar and 1/2 tbs molasses)
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 dash salt
3/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
Directions
1. In small saucepan, heat milk and 2 tablespoons butter just until warm and butter is almost melted, stirring constantly. In large mixer bowl, combine pumpkin, sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Add milk mixture and beat with electric mixer until well mixed. Beat in egg and yeast.
2. Add half of the flour to pumpkin mixture. Beat mixture on low speed 5 minutes, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Add remaining flour and mix thoroughly (dough will be very soft). Turn into lightly greased bowl, then grease surface of dough lightly.
3. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Spray a surface with cooking spray or turn onto floured surface. Knead a few turns to form a smooth dough, sprinkling with enough additional flour to make dough easy enough to handle. Roll dough into 12x10 inch rectangle.
4. In small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Brush surface of dough with melted butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar mixture. Beginning with long side of dough, roll up jellyroll style. Pinch seam to seal. With sharp knife, cut roll into twelve 1- inch slices. Place rolls, cut side up, in greased 11X17 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, 30 to 45 minutes.
5. Bake rolls at 350 degrees about 15-20 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan to waxed paper-lined wire rack. Cool 10 to 15 minutes. Drizzle with Caramel frosting. Makes 12 rolls.
Caramel Frosting:
In small saucepan, heat butter until melted. Stir in brown sugar and milk.
Stir in brown sugar and milk. Cook over medium low heat 1 minute.
Transfer to small mixer bowl and cool mixture. Stir in vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and confectioners' sugar. Beat with electric mixer until well blended. If necessary, add more confectioners' sugar for desired consistency.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pumpkin Week ~ Pumpkin Soup w/Chili Cran-Apple Relish


Fall is here! It's getting dark earlier, the air is crisp and cool.  Pumpkins are the perfect symbol of fall and this week I'm challenging myself to make a different pumpkin recipe everynight.  Tonight I made a pumpkin soup recipe from Rachel Ray.  The soup was good, but the relish was AMAZING! Try it out for a great, easy weeknight meal!



Pumpkin Soup W/Chili Cran-Apple Relish



Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 2 ribs celery with greens, finely chopped (save time and purchase celery already washed, trimmed and cut into sticks, this makes chopping fast work)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning or 2 teaspoons ground thyme
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, or to taste
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 (28-ounce) can cooked pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Relish:

  • 1 crisp apple, such as McIntosh or Granny Smith, finely chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Heat a medium soup pot over medium to medium high heat. Add the oil and melt the butter. Add bay, celery, and onion. Season the veggies with salt and pepper. Cook 6 or 7 minutes, until tender. Add flour, poultry seasoning and hot sauce, to taste, then cook flour a minute. Whisk in chicken stock and bring liquid to a bubble. Whisk in pumpkin in large spoonfuls to incorporate it into the broth. Simmer soup 10 minutes to thicken a bit then add in cream and nutmeg. Reduce heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve.
While soup cooks, assemble the relish: combine apple, onion, lemon juice, cranberries, chili powder, honey and cinnamon.
Adjust seasonings in soup and relish and serve soup in shallow bowls with a few spoonfuls of relish.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Crazy Life

Wow life sure can get crazy sometimes.  Between cleaning up from a quick vacation, work,  losing our internet for a few days and several other silly little things-this week has been one of those weeks.  So I'm sorry for the lack of posts.  I haven't had two seconds to plan meals or be creative.  It's now been 2 weeks since I have actually cooked a real meal for my husband!  Luckily I do have a few quickies so we don't starve.  My husband had a late meeting and they served pizza so he didn't need dinner tonight, and I was tired of having cereal so I turned to a childhood favorite.

Macaroni and Tomato Soup  



2 C cooked pasta (I used egg noodles tonight because they cook quick but I usually like shells or macaroni)
1 can Campbells Tomato Soup
1/4 C desired cheese (mozzarella was tonights pick)

Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain water and put pack in pan.  Add tomato soup and cheese.  Cook until hot and cheese is melted.  Sit back and enjoy a bowl of comfort food!

Mmmm...life is good!

Friday, October 7, 2011

We made it a year

Tomorrow is my first anniversary- I can't believe it has been a full year!!! It has seriously been the best year of my life and I'm looking forward to spending the rest of eternity together.


We are spending our first anniversary in So. California, so that is why I don't have a new craft or recipe post today.  I hope you all have a fabulous weekend and I'll be back next week!

~Bobbi

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Halloween Skirt

I'm getting better at sewing- my sister even said so! I'm so excited to finally be using my sewing machine and I'm more excited about not needing my seam ripper as much!!!  Since I don't have any kids (yet) I'm happy to spoil my sister's little munchkins.  About a month ago I made this adorable skirt and using the same pattern I made this one-


I love love love this skirt-in fact it made my husband think that we may need a little girl sometime soon so I can steal it back from my sister.  In the meantime this little miss will be stylin' in this adorable and easy to make skirt.


When I say 'easy to make' I mean it took me 30 minutes and I am a beginner sewer.  Here's a link to the pattern and I recommend anyone who wants to make a cute little skirt to try this pattern out.  Now I just need to decide what bow to make to match-any ideas?

~Bobbi

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

More Halloween Decor

Ok - this is my last post showing crafts I've done from The Wood Connection, at least for a little while.  I need to apologize ahead of time for the pictures.  I made these for my mom but in my excitement to give it to her I failed to take a picture and this picture was taken by my mom on her phone.  Regardless of the quality of photo I thought it turned out so cute and I had to show it off.

Here's another one my aunt did:


They were really easy here's the 1,2,3's

  1. First paint the wood your desired color-I chose black
  2. Cut out the paper you want to use. (simply trace it using the wood cutout and then cut it out).  Don't stress too much if it isn't exact
  3. Paint wood glue on the top where you want the paper.  Smooth the paper on and let it sit 5-10 mins.
  4. Sand down the edges and sand off any overhanging paper
  5. Distress the edges using a sponge brush and paint.
The wood connection has some awesome tutorials on there blog explaining how to add paper to your projects and how to distress them.  Check them out here

~Bobbi

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

It's Halloween-well almost!!! Part 2

I'm not sure why I love fall decorations so much, maybe it's the anticipation of lots and lots of good candy and comfort food!  No matter what the reason is I have some more fall decorations to show you!
  

I had so much fun making these and then my dear sweet husband asked me what the brown things were? Really doesn't he know they're pumpkins with style :)  I love the bead board on them and I think it adds a lot.  Who cares what husbands think anyways? Right?





Hope you all are enjoying decorating for the Fall season :) 

Monday, October 3, 2011

It's Halloween-well almost!

I've been itching for October to come so I can FINALLY decorate for Halloween!  I have a confession to make-I didn't make it!  I started decorating well over a week ago, but I did save some of my Halloween projects until October!   Last night while my husband and dad were at conference my mom finished up a few of my products.  To try and teach myself a little bit of self control-I'm only going to show you one project at a time.  Here's the first one and possibly my favorite:


Would a wicked witch wear a shoe this fabulous?

Thanks, Bobbi

P.S.  The shoe was purchased from The Wood Connection and decorated with The Paper Studio 'Jeepers Creepers' collection. 


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

I have a wall...

This week has kinda been a lazy week.  I haven't really cooked, crafted or applied for jobs.  I have done laundry and dishes so it's not like I've been overly lazy.  I've wanted to be busy but something keeps me down ... a wall!  This is not a theoretical wall but a real true wall that I can't get past.  See here it is:
This has been my downfall all week.  It's the wall you see as soon as you walk in the door and I cannot figure out what to do with it.  You see I thought about something like this:

 






Source: etsy.com via Bobbi on Pinterest

However the lovely chair rail will get in the way, and since we're only in this house for another 6 months I don't want to go to all the effort to remove it.  So here's some other ideas I'm thinking about, and I'd love some help so if anyone reads this PLEASE leave me some ideas!!! Thanks and I'll love ya forever!!!



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In need of inspiration!

I'm sorry I've been a blog slacker this week.  For some reason I'm in a crafting/cooking rut.  It's ok I'm know it happens from time to time, so don't worry and give me a day or two and I'll be back.  In the meantime I want to share with you my FAVORITE store!

Check their blog out and get some inspiration of your own, plus they're doing a great giveaway right now so make sure you enter!


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Monster!

The weekend just never seems long enough-however I have some good news it is now officially Fall so my cute pumpkins I made a few weeks ago don't seem so out of place! Plus they're being joined by some other fun creations like this:
I purchased the supplies from my new favorite addiction The Wood Connection.

Here's another new addition:

Once all the decorations are up I'll show the complete picture-I know my mantle needs a little help though so I'm off to the store!!! 

Happy Fall!
Bobbi

Friday, September 23, 2011

Garlic Lemon Spaghetti

Anything lemony is a huge hit with my husband and anything with flavor and low calorie is a huge hit with me.  This dinner hit both marks beautifully.  
Garlic Lemon Spaghetti

4 tsp Olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz spaghetti noodles
8-12 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/4 C sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1/2 C parmesan cheese
1 medium lemon
Pepper

Heat olive oil and garlic over low heat for 5-10 minutes, or until the edges of the garlic are turning brown (the point of this is to infuse the oil with garlic flavoring-so be patient it makes a difference).  Once browned set aside and reserve. While oil is heating cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions.  Drain spaghetti noodles.  Add basil leaves, sun dried tomatoes, parmesan cheese and juice of one lemon to the oil and mix (if you like the lemony flavor a little stronger you can add lemon zest to taste).  Add noodles to oil mixture and stir well.  Sprinkle with pepper and serve.

approximately 4 servings at 370 calories each

~Bobbi

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Baby Skirt

Do you remember this?
Well here is the rest of the ensemble, that I meant to post a few weeks ago.  However we had a MAJOR issue with the baby not having a matching top for the skirt, so the only thing left to do was SHOP!!!  We still need to find an off white onesie, but all in all she's pretty darn cute!

 


I had some leftover fabric from a previous project and I wanted to make a cute little skirt for my niece.  I googled free baby patterns and finally came across this one (pattern here).

This was my first baby skirt-EVER and I kind of altered it as I went along.  Sorry I didn't take pictures because there was a LOT of unpicking.  I'm working on a Halloween skirt and I'm going to follow the same steps I did with this one, so I promise I'll take pictures and show all the steps.
(Grandma with a happy baby)
Thanks and have a great day!
Bobbi

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Catalina Meatballs and Rice

Last night I wanted to make swedish meatballs, but I couldn't remember what recipe I used last time and really liked.  I decided instead of browsing the internet for recipes I would just improvise with what I had.  This meal turned out great and it was soooo easy.  The sauce was sweet and tangy.  Hope you enjoy!!!
Catalina Meatballs and Rice
Ingredients:
4 C cooked rice (approx 2 C dry)
Desired amount of cooked meatballs (I used approx. 20)
1 C Catalina Dressing
1 C Apricot Jam
1 Pkt Onion Soup Mix

 Cook rice as desired.  Heat a skillet over medium heat, add meatballs, dressing, apricot jam, and onion soup mix.  Cook until onions are soft and meat is heated all the way through.  Serve meatballs and sauce over rice. 

~Bobbi



Monday, September 19, 2011

Suede Flower Tutorial

Thanks again to everyone who visited my giveaway post last week and for those of you who missed it-here's the tutorial on how to make your own Suede Flower.  
This tutorial will work with Suede or Pigskin.  I haven't tried it with faux leather yet, but I'm sure it will work.  I found mine from my stash and I'm not sure where I got it.  I've occasionally seen them at specialty fabric stores, or I found some sites online that sell it.  

Suede Flower

  • Suede fabric
  • Sharp scissors
  • Brad (matching fabric)
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Water
  • Alligator Clip (only necessary if you want to turn it into a hair clip)
Step 1:  Cut out 5 different sized circles.  My first one was approximately 3 inches and then each one is a 1/2 inch smaller (3 in, 2.5 in, 2 in, 1.5 in, 1 in).  The size of your largest circle will determine the size of your flower.  Don't stress about making them perfectly round, in fact the more imperfect the better (you'll see why in step 2). 

 Step 2: Take each circle and using scissors 'rough' up the edges.  The more imperfect the better.


Step 3: Very carefully cut a small slit in the center of each circle.  The slit needs to be big enough for the back of a brad to fit through.  

 I used an unpicker to help make sure the hole was the perfect size.
 Step 4: Starting with the smallest circle slide the brad into the small hole, then add the next circle (small to largest).  Once the brad is through all the circles flatten out the back to secure.
 Here's what it should look like.
 Step 5: Add one part Elmer's glue to 3 parts water and mix.
 Step 6: Place the entire flower into the water and use your hands to rub the glue mixture into the fabric.  Coat well.  Take it out and use a napkin to wipe off access liquid and glue.  Then with your fingers fold up edges to create the desired look.  Let dry overnight or for at least 6 hours.
 Step 7:  Add a alligator clip to the back and ENJOY!

Thanks for visiting and I'd love to hear comments!
~Bobbi
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