Archive for the ‘Food’ Category


“Can we make some cupcakes please?” ABSOLUTELY!! My girl and I making cupcakes….And having a marvelous time!

Of course the recipe is another Pinterest find!!  I’m serious, all the claims on this one are right on!! It was easy, YUMMY, and an awesomely sneaky way to get the veggies in.  Pumpkin Muffins!!!

Ready Mummy…She takes it very seriously.

See the intense concentration?

Ready for the oven.

Almost forgot the most important part….LICKING!!!

And it’s the first time I could let her lick anything with no fear of poisoning her from the raw eggs.

That is officially my favorite picture of us.

Out of the oven in 20 minutes…They are so good.  If you’re not covered in snow like we are today get thyself to the market and start baking.  Thanks to my overly prepared hubby we had everything on hand. 

Now back out to enjoy the snow!!!

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BLT #3 PM Edition….

Sorry it’s a bit late.  How does Friday come around so fast?  I blink and it’s here again.  That’s not a complaint since I”m always happy to do these posts.  So here goes….


This blog fueled my rapidly growing interest in sewing clothes.  I know that is the next and logical step on my journey.  It also had some awesome ideas on blogging and making it all look “pretty” (yet another interest).




All I can say about this is, I CAN’T WAIT FOR SUNDAY MORNING.  Slow Cooker Vanilla Bean & Almond French Toast…can it get any better?  I can smell it already….

Thanks to The Naptime Chef for this amazing recipe.

(picture by The Naptime Chef)


When I saw this quilt on Pinterest I fell in love with it (as I do all things I find on Pinterest) and added it to my long list. 

 I know I’ll get to it eventually.  Then, by chance, as I was browsing around for this week’s tutorial I found this Mini Bookshelf Quilt Tutorial…What luck!

This I can do and sooner rather than later.  Anyone up for a little mini quilt or a big quilt for that matter? 

Have a great weekend everyone!

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It’s the first Friday of the  new year yall and you know what that means…  It’s time for a BLT!!!!

I’m so excited to get back to regular editions of my little series.  I kind of took an unofficial break from it during the holiday season but the holidays are now over and I’m can’t wait to get started.  So enough “chat”…

BLOG:  I discovered the Sewing Novice via Twitter.  I started following her based her name and profile (very scientific) but hadn’t visited her blog until I pinned the Fabric Boxes (my last post).  It’s become a regular haunt for me.  Her blog is clean, fresh and gets right to the point.  It’s full of one excellent tutorial after the other with the perfect balance of craft and personal.    And for you sewing novices out there (like me) it’s an awesome resource.  Clear, concise and best of all easy to follow instructions. 



LOVE IT:  One of my personal resolutions this year is to eat better.  I’m not dieting but I do need to expand my palate a bit.  I also want to eat less processed food.  So we are starting with a simple and sweet thing first.  Kira was recently introduced to hot chocolate.  Now if you know my daughter that means that she also knows that something is missing.  “Where marshmallows mummy?”  So being the dedicated mum that I try very hard to be I dug around and found what sounds like the perfect recipe for homemade marshmallows.  Now this is going to “kill” two birds with one stone.  Kira loves to be in the kitchen “cooking” and “baking” so it’s something we can make together (a great rainy day project, child is engaged and learning) and one less processed food on the list.  And they look so darn good!!!

I found the recipe at Smitten Kitchen.  If you haven’t already checked out this site…please do.  It’s awesome and beautiful!!

(picture by Smitten Kitchen….yum!!)



As I was looking for a great tutorial for this post I was lurking around Pinterest (I want to quit it but I just can’t) and found this.

The Top 100 Tutorials of 2011

I can’t even tell you how excited I was to find it.  And I have to thank Ellen, The Long Thread,  for all the work that went into putting that list together.  Amazing!  Organized and all in one place.  Go have a look…you should be able to find something to keep you busy.  My to-do list just tripled!!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!!  Go do, make, create something that makes your heart happy.

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Haven’t Forgotten

I just wanted to put it out there that I haven’t forgotten about my BLT posts on Friday.  I’m just taking a wee break from them during the holiday season.  There are so many other fun things to talk about, show and share.  But here’s a little something to hold you over.

2 Minute Chocolate and Salted Caramel Mug Cake

I know…try not to hurt yourself as you rush to the kitchen to make one of these…

Happy Holidays my friends.

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B(log)L(ove It)T(tutorial) #12

Ok, let’s get to it…


Is it second or third times a charm?  Doesn’t really matter.  I was charmed after the first time….Go check it out.



Pumpkin Spiced Cream Cheese Breakfast Rolls

Breakfast this sunday….oh yeah!!!  Recipe is here….


See my next post!!! It deserved one of  it’s own….

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

And to all the Veterans…THANK YOU.  I may not have been able to write this post, have this blog, have my life if not for your service and sacrifices.

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BLT #11 Special Addition

I just saw this on Pinterest and HAD TO POST IT!!!


Get your blenders going people!!!!!  Recipe and picture came from here!!!!! Enjoy!!!!!

This one is for my sister…She’s going to trip over her own feet getting to the supermarket to buy the ingredients.

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Talk about dropping the ball…I didn’t do a BLT last Friday.  I was headed down to VA to see my best friend May and god-daughter in a play and was so focused on making sure things were ready for Daddy to take the reins.  Anyway…I’m back.  Having arrived just in time for the record snow and full of ideas for this week’s post. 

So let’s make this week’s installment extra special.  As we all know the holiday season is fast approaching.  Some would say it is already upon us.  That in mind…I don’t know about you but my To-Do list for this year is already out of control.  But I’m trying to take it easy and realize, as I said in a post a while back…realistic goals Den, realistic goals.   Only so many hours….


This week’s blogger dances to her own drum and has a great time doing it.  Not only am I inspired but also learning alot.    Go check out the Happy Zombie.  Ya gotta love the name!!!



One thing my best friend and I love to do is eat.  I can’t tell you how many times a week we lament not living near each other (She’s in VA, I’m in NY) but if we did we’d probably weigh about 300 lbs. each.  This is what she had waiting for me when I got off the train.  Butterscotch Bread Pudding…She found it on Pinterest.  I’m very happy to say she now a fellow Pinner and addict.

In case you can’t see them in this picture…

Yes those are butterscotch chips…with caramel.  “Please sir, may I have some more…”

May, kept pushing the whip cream.  Finally I gave in but this is why distance is a good thing.  The only thing growing will be my heart with longing for my friend.   My butt with gratefully stay the same size.  (I hope)


When I stumbled upon this blog I’d finally found what I was looking for.  A quilt blogger who gave me simple instructions to achieve my quilting goals. 

No, it doesn’t have to be perfect

Yes, you can “fake it”…a bit

and have fun!!!

Go check out, A Few Scraps: Free Motion Quilting.   It’s now my go to place.  Let’s see what I can get done this weekend with a little bit of “scrappy” inspiration.

Hope you all gleen some holiday ideas from this post but remember don’t go nuts…

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Ok, back to the fun stuff.  It’s Friday.  1,000 pardons for not having this ready for your morning coffee/tea break.  Daddy and I took Kira to the zoo.  A little family time is always a good thing.

Here we go…..


I started reading this blog before I even owned a sewing machine or rather knew how to use one.  There is so much to see, do, learn and shop for.  You could get lost in there for hours.     For all you sewists/sewers out there who are looking for some holiday inspiration, patterns, etc.  This is the place.  Have fun browsing!



All I have to say is Pinterest.   This may be the best recipe yet!!!!! OH MY GOSH!!!!!! Nobody call me this weekend I’ll be too busy eating one of these…One-Pan Skillet Cookie.  I don’t think yum can cover this one.


A Travel Sewing Kit (aka: a needle book) Its super long but full of all the wonderful details that I always want and have to go to 3 to 5 places to find.  I’ve already started one. (pictures to come).  Hope you give it try.  And if you do please send me some pictures.  I especially love the velcro holder for your thread…so clever.   Who doesn’t love these?

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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This going to be quick and dirty yall.   I’m knitting feverishly on Kira’ s sweater for Rhinebeck tomorrow and have very little time to wax poetic.  So here we go…


This very talented lady was teaching at the Sewing Summit this past weekend.  What I would have given…



I plan on eating as many of these as I can at the Sheep and Wool festival this weekend without throwing up.   My best friend May (who is now a fellow Pinterest addict) found a recipe for these to be baked not fried….That only cuts about 10 calories….


Ann,  the awesome lady I took my first quilting class with, if you’re reading this.  This is what I want to make and why I’m dying for a lesson.  Help…I’m so in love with this quilt….

I hope you are once again as inspired as I am to sew, quilt, bake, create…do whatever makes you happy.  Have a great weekend everyone.

And if you have a moment and you’re a Pinner, go show my friend, May,  some love.  She has an amazing eye for things and has only 1 follower, me…

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For all you east coast knitters out there you know that next weekend is what we wait all year for.  Well this year is no different.  But due to my ongoing honeymoon with “Big B”  I’ve fallen a bit behind in my preparations.  So this week is completely dedicated to knitting and getting ready for the Sheep and Wool Festival In Rhinebeck.  Anyone I know going?  We can meet up.  ok, we’ll talk about that later…

If you need a little inspiration to get the needles clicking here you go…


I have the pleasure of calling the author of this blog my friend.  If you ever need to see an original spin on a classic knit this is the place to visit.  And the pictures of her precious little girl are an added bonus.



As I’m knitting furiously away on a sweater for Kira (yes the one I started weeks ago and said I wanted to finish in a week…).  I thought I’d fuel myself with some of these.  I know, they look a bit sticky but totally worth the breaks to wash my hands.  As always another great Pinterest find…recipe is here…Mangia!!


If any of you knitters are feeling a bit adventurous and want a really cool, I mean cool, cast on for socks or gloves/mittens check this out.  The Yarn Harlot said in one of her books that turning the heel of a sock makes her feel smart.  After this cast on I was feeling a little Einstein-ish…

So what are you knitting this weekend? Or eating? or doing to make yourself happy?  Whatever it is enjoy!

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