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Entries in Recipes (22)

Friday
Nov302012

Best of November

November held some warm fall days, and our first semi-major snow. The whole month feels like a blur to tell you the truth, and when I look back on it I only think about a few things.

Purchased my first major furniture piece. Rediscovered my love for tea. Learned to like wine. Thanksgiving. First craft show. New TV. Winter. Etsy orders. I feel like that sums up my November nicely.

Here are a couple of my favorite posts from November:

I put together a little post about dealing with stress. With craft show number 2 coming up, it's starting to get a little stressful up in here again. Nothing I can't handle though!

I successfully made it through my first craft show selling handmade items! And actually made a little money! As silly as it is, I've wanted to sell handmade stuff for so long and never thought I could do it, never thought anyone would want what I make it. And I'm truly glad I've come this far... Here are some of the things I've learned from craft show numer1.

Baking has very much become a hobby of mine, and I've realized this month that I need to be baking more pies. Super simple, and I love them. More than anything else I bake (I rarely eat cupcakes, except applesauce, yum). And those pumpkin seeds, also easy and satisfying. 

And that's it. That's my November. As much as I dislike the winter cold, I do love Christmastime and with this being the first Christmas that T&I are living together, expect quite a bit of holiday love on this blog. I'm excited to decorate! (Just need to buy/thrift some decorations...)

Wednesday
Nov282012

Recipe Card: Creamy Pumpkin Pie

As I said in my recent apple cranberry pie post, pumpkin pie is my ultimate favorite. Always has been and probably always will. This recipe has always been a hit for me, and though it still has that standard pumpkin pie taste, it offers something a little bit different.

Recently, Emma from ABM posted this same recipe from Paula Deen, but with a different twist. Love her ideas too!

Creamy Pumpkin Pie

Yields 1 deep pie, or 1 pie and 2 mini pies

1 refrigerated pie crust

1 8oz package of cream cheese

2c canned pumpkin 

1/2c sugar

1/2c brown sugar

1/4tsp salt

1 egg, plus 2 egg yolks

1c melted butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1tsp cinnamon

1/2tsp pumpkin pie seasoning

 
1. Fit pie crust to pie dish and fold and crimp the edges. Even though I've done this a bunch, I always have to refer to a YouTube video. I can never remember year to year. Place in freezer for 30 mins to firm up.

2. Cover with aluminum foil and pie weights (I may have used coins, since I didn't have pie weights or dried beans, worked just great.) Bake for 10 mins, remove foil and bake another 10 mins.

3. In a large mixing bowl, whip cream cheese until fluffy. Add pumpkin, combine. Add sugars and salt, combine. Add eggs, half and half, and melted butter, combine. Lastly, add vanilla and spices, combine.

4. Pour filling into crust and bake for 50 mins, or until center is set. Cool to room temperature. Eat.

5. If you have extra filling and mini casserole dishes like I did, place a little crust in the bottem, prebake and fill with pumpkin pie filling. Slightly different consistency, but equally as delicious.

This was my contribution to our Thanksgiving dinner. Topped with some homemade whipped cream, it was rather fantastic.

(Please ignore that gash in my pie, messed it up coming out of the oven...)

Cheers! :)

Wednesday
Nov212012

Recipe Card: Apple Cranberry Pie

I love baking and I really love pie, which is why it's surprising that I've never made an apple pie before. Apple is T's favorite kind of pie and it's probably my second favorite (behind pumpkin). I found a really basic recipe, and then decided to spice it up with some dried cranberries, spices and a lot of crust.

This recipe is based off of the recipe found here, with my a few changes I made.

Apple Cranberry Pie

Yields 1 pie

3 refrigerated pie crusts (my favorite is Pillsbury, always flaky. This sounds like a lot of crust, but I did a lattice top so I needed the extra crust)

1/2c unsalted butter

3 tbsp all-purpose flour

1/2c white sugar

1/2c packed brown sugar

1/4c water

4 Granny Smith apples, 2 sweeter apples like Pink Ladies or another red apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (I know, it's not pumpkin, but it just made sense to me. Same spices)

1/2 dried cranberries

1. In a large bowl, mix apples with spices and dried cranberries to combine. Unroll pie crust and cover 9inch pie pan. Transfer apple into pan.

2. Melt butter in a sauce pan. Stir in flour. Add sugars, and water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Be careful not to burn it! I might have to done this the first time I made it....oops.

3. Roll out the other crust, cut into strips and lay out a lattice work on top of the apples. Cut off any extra and seal around the outside.

4. Place pie on a baking sheet. Carefully pour sugar mixture over the top of the lattice crust. Pour slowly so it doesn't run all over.

5. Bake 15 minutes at 425 degrees, then reduce heat to 350 for 35-40 minutes. Serve warm. Yum.

For me, this was one of those things that you make and then are surprised by how delicious it is! First apple pie I've ever made and will definitely be making this again. All it needed was some homemade whipped cream plopped on top. Enjoy! :)

Thursday
Nov152012

Recipe Card: Pumpkin Seeds

On Saturday night, I looked at my little pumpkin on the kitchen counter and decided that I didn't want to look at it anymore. I've never made pumpkin seeds before, but have this vivid memory of being in elementary school and someone having homemade pumpkin seeds. I think that most have been the first time I ever had them. I digress.

I always felt a little unsure about baking my own pumpkin seeds. Could never find an actual recipe for them (probably because it's so easy to make them delicious) and everything I read just said sprinkle with salt and pepper. I wanted something a bit more than that. So after seeing this blog post by Elsie from A Beautiful Mess, I knew this was super easy, and sounded yummy.

All I did was cut open my pumpkin and remove the seeds. rinse in a strainer and pull out any pumpkin guts. Melt a pat of butter, less than a tablespoon (maybe half a tablespoon?) and after drying the seeds off a bit, add to the butter. Toss and spread out on silpat on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with about 2 teaspoons of Lawry Seasoning Salt and a teaspoon of pepper (I love black pepper). Bake at 350 for 15 mins, checking every five to make sure not to burn. 

I didn't have a very large pumpkin, actually it was pretty small. Depending on the amount of seeds you have, you may need to add more seasoning. But as I've learned by just winging it, pumpkin seeds are pretty hard to mess up.

Pretty delicious stuff right there. Great for when you're not really hungry but want something to munch on...which is all the time for me.

Oh and this happened while I was photographing those seeds...silly ladies.

PS: If you don't follow A Beautiful Mess, I strongly recommend their blog for a great, inspiration read. Her blog is pretty fantastic in the creative department.

Monday
Oct292012

Best of October

Life has been chugging along. October has been filled with ups and downs. Creatively it's been good. I've signed up for two craft shows, been buzzing with creative energy, and updated my Etsy shop to include some of my handmade items. Mentally, I've been bouncing around a lot, trying to figure out what I want out of life and how I can get there. Like I said, ups and downs.

Here are some of my favorite posts from October!

Finally got around to posting one of my favorite projects T & I have completed. Check out the before and after of our kitties' litter box.

A couple lovely DIY projects that I'm pretty much in love with. Making time for getting these projects done with ample light is looking to be the problem of the colder months, we will see.

Chocolate Mint Cupcakes and Snickerdoodles this month in the recipe department. Both are completely delicious (I might have eatten almost that whole batch of snickerdoodles!)

Shop is open and full of handmade wreaths, chalkboard wine glasses, and some washi tape! Pretty excited about this.