Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Good News

The good news is that I made a few pairs of leg warmers today.

They are one size fits most, from babies to little girls.

Perfect for pictures with Santa.

or stealing the show at a Christmas program.

They are in my Etsy store and ready to go. 

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Pie Baked into a Cupcake

Oh wow these are SO good!!!  Get ready to drool!

You are looking at a mini pumpkin pie baked into a cupcake with whipped cream cheese frosting.  

Here's how you do it:

First make your pie crust.  You can make it from scratch or just get the already rolled out kind. 

Pie Crust:  1 cup flour
                 1/2 teaspoon salt
                 1/3 cup shortening
                 2 or 3 tablespoons water
Combine flour and salt.  Cut in shortening.  sprinkle in water until flour is moistened and mixture cleans the side of the bowl.  Gather into a ball and roll out on a floured surface.

No matter what kind of crust you are using, roll out the dough a little extra thin.

I used an ikea cup to stamp put little crusts and placed them in a lightly greased mini cupcake pan.

Next make you pie filling.  I used the extra filling from the pumpkin pie filling I made for the Chocpumple.  But just about any pie you bake would work for this.

Next you bake your cute little pies.  These are super cute!  Your could just stop here, give them out to your neighbors, serve them at a party, whatever they are just cute little pies.

But if you want to keep going, make some cake mix, pour a little in the bottom of a cupcake liner, stick a pie in there, pour a little batter on top, and bake them like you normally would.

Once they are cooled frost them and enjoy!

Black Friday Craziness... or should I say Thursday!!!

I have to say I was disappointed and annoyed with all the stores  (like Michaels and Toys R Us) who were open on Thanksgiving.  Like anyone needs to go to Michaels on Thanksgiving.  It seems like a slippery slope to me.  In a few years "Black Friday"  will start on Thursday morning and Thanksgiving will be just another day.  Come on retailers is nothing sacred anymore.  Are they going to start having a huge crazy sale on Christmas morning???

That said I was at Walmart for the midnight madness.  Normally I try to avoid Walmart, but the allure of $25 Leapster 2s had me willing to check it out plus I am less annoyed with places that started thier sales at midnight... that is at least technically Friday. I had dreams of getting Emma and Alan Leapster 2s, but when I got there one hour before the sale started all 24 leapsters when already "claimed" by the women surrounding the pallet and oh you should have seen the looks I was getting for even daring to ask about or stand near them.  So fearing for my life I chose to go stand by the moon dough and Zhu Zhu pets.  At midnight everything went crazy and someone in the front dumped a ton of Zhu Zhus into her cart and the started throwing them back. I was luckly enough to catch 3 of them as they flew by.  Later when I was standing completely stuck near the video games, I started talking to the lady next to me.  She had come for a Zhu Zhu pet and didn't get one.  So I gave her one of mine.  After what seemed like a life time I made it across the store to the frozen food section.  There I found the craziest thing I have ever seen.  I guess there where DVDs there.  I say guess because there was no way I was getting close enough to see them.   There were just mounds of people and every so often you would hear "Dragons" and DVDs of How to Train Your Dragon would go flying into the air and people would grab for them like they were solid gold.  Then came the waiting game.  The lines were insanity.

Right here is were I would put a picture of my haul, but I already wrapped them up so the kids don't find them.

I was pleased with my haul when I got home.  Even though the kids won't be getting Leapsters:(, Emma will get a littlest pet shop and a Liv girl, Alan and Logan will get the Imaginex Batman cave they have been wanting for years, and then each got an Iron man, and lets not forget the Zhu Zhus and moon dough.  All that for less than $100.  Not to bad considering the batman thing is usually $89.99 and Liv girls are $18.  Those two alone would have been as much as I spent on everything.

The best black Friday ever was last year when I went out with two of my Aunts (well they are more like friends).  All three of us were pregnant (one of them with twins).  It was crazy, but people were all really nice to us.  Maybe if I had been really pregnant this year I would have been able to get a Leapster.  But probably not.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

The Awesomeness that is the Chocpumple!

I decided to give the crazy Cherpumple a try, only I don't really like cherry pie so I made a Chocpumple.  It was a HUGE hit at our Thanksgiving dinner and could also be pretty awesome at a Christmas party.  And the pie/cake possibilities are endless.

Here is my Chocpumple.  It is a chocolate French Silk pie "baked" into a white cake, a pumpkin pie baked into a yellow cake, and an apple pie baked into a spice cake. All the layers are stacked up and covered in whipped cream cheese frosting.

Since making one of these is so much work I decided to take a few short cuts and use box cake mix, pre-made pie crust, and a frozen apple pie.

This first layer I decided to tackle was the French Silk white cake layer.   This one was a little tricky since you don't bake French silk pie.  First I baked the pie crust according to the directions on the box and then I made my cake batter, poured a little in a 9 inch cake pan, pushed the baked pie crust in and  tada....

it didn't work.  There wasn't enough weight in the crust so it just rose to the top at the cake baked and then it completely fell apart when I tried to take it out.   SO take two....

I pulled out my trusty 10 inch silicone cake pan, poured a little batter in the bottom, placed then extra pie crust I had baked because I have a feeling I would be needing it, and this time I put a bowl and mug in there to weigh it down.  This worked perfectly!  I also baked just a very thin 10 inch cake to be the top part over the pie.  Since I used silicone and I knew I would be able to easily get the cake out later, I just stuck the cake and crust in the freezer while I made the French silk filling.

Chocolate French Silk Pie

1/4 cup softened butter
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chilled whipping heavy cream

Prepare and bake one 9 inch pie shell; cool.  Heat butter and chocolate in a 2-quart saucepan on low heat until melted.  Remove from heat.  Mix sugar and cornstarch then stir it into the chocolate mixture.  Let it sit while you beat the eggs on medium until thick and stir it into the chocolate mixture.  Cook mixture over medium heat for 5 minutes, stiring constantly, until thick and glossy.  Don't skimp on this step!  at least 5 minutes if you don't you filling will not set up as well.  I got a little distracted by this..

and this time my filling didn't set up at well as it has before.

Once your 5 mins are up, stir in the vanilla and let it cool for 10 mins, stirring occasionally.  While it is cooling beat whipping cream in a chilled bowl.  Fold it into the mixture and pour into pie shell.  Cover and freeze about 4 hours.  After about 2 hours I put the little cake I made on top of the pie/cake.

I forgot to take a picture, but this is what the pie should look like, just imagine in a cake.

So next to made a pumpkin pie according to the directions on the pumpkin can.   Once the pie was cooked and cooled a little I put a little yellow cake mix in the bottom of the cake pan, placed the pie in there, and then poured cake mix on top and around the cake. Then I baked it like normal.  I forgot to take pictures, but I know you can do it with out them.
I used my silicone pan again so once it was out and cooled I put it in the freezer to freeze while the apple pie was baking.  I repeated the same process again with the apple pie and spice cake.

Once all the layers were in the freezer I made the whipped cream cheese frosting.  For enough frosting to frost this monster cake you will want about a cup of heavy whipping cream, two 8 oz things of softened cream cheese, and about 3 lbs of powder sugar.  I made this recipe up and I didn't pay to close of attention of exact amounts.  First I whipped the cream.  Funny story it was the night before Thanksgiving and about 10 o'clock at night and I was just whipping cream and my stupid little hand mixer DIED!!!  I was like "NOOOOOOOO!"   I have never had the joy of owning a nice mixer and I tend to kill them often.  I think it is because I do a lot of baking and always buy the cheapest mixer possible.  I have dreams of owning a nice mixer, but so far in my life that has always been a dream.  Anyway here I was the night before Thanksgiving.  Tons to do that I needed a mixer for and I had no mixer.  So I made my hubby go borrow a mixer from his mom and a little while later I was back in business.

So whip the cream until stiff, add the softened cream cheese, beat them together, and slowly add the sugar until you get a consistency and taste that you want.  It will be at least 2 lbs of powder sugar.

It is easier to work with the cake when it is frozen, but you don't want it frozen when it is served to plan accordingly.

Take your three layers and stack them up.

Then frost the whole thing.  I put the Chocolate French silk layer on bottom.  I would suggest not doing that.  

This really opened me up to a whole new world of possibilities.  Like a strawberry rhubarb pie baked into a white cake covered in whipped vanilla frosting.  YUM.

I discovered you can also do this with cupcakes and it is really good and fun.  I have a post coming with more on that.

Here is one more look at the awesomeness.



Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Black Friday SALE

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I the spirit of Black Friday I am having a sale in my etsy store.  Just enter the code blackfriday2010 at check out and get 20% off your entire order.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Are You sick of Christmas skirts yet

I still think they are CUTE, but I am now burned out on making Christmas skirts.  I am SO ready to move onto Christmas PJs for the kids, Christmas Decorating, and of course Christmas  baking.  Not to mention all the other baking I will be doing this week.  I am still trying to decide what kind of pie to make for Thankgiving.  I usually do French Silk Chocolate pie, but some one else signed up to bring Chocolate pie.  My husband has got it in his head that we need to bring a Cherpumple....

(I got this picture from seriouseats.com)

If you don't know what you are looking at, a Cherpumple is a cherry pie baked in a white cake, an apple pie baked in a spice cake, and a pumpkin pie baked in a yellow cake all stacked up and frosted in cream cheese frosting.  What do you think???  Does that sound good or gross?   I kinda want to do it but substitute the cherry pie for the before mentioned French silk, but you don't bake French silk so it would be a little harder to figure out.

Ok enough on that.  I have a lot of yummy Thanksgiving recipes.  Would anyone like me to share those next week?  

Alright and now to the original reason from this post.  I made a few more Christmas skirts.  

These are in my store and ready go.  :)

Winter Pillowcases or at least that is what I am calling them because my husband was giving me a hard time about putting out Christmas stuff before Thanksgiving.

That is kinda a long title.  But true.  My husband has only been giving me little bit of a hard time about all my Christmas decorating so when I showed him my newest creations I claimed they were winter pillow cases.  Yeah, I didn't fool him.

Any who, since I was doing a mountain of laundry today, including all the bedding, I decided it was time for Christmas pillowcases.  Pillowcases are super easy, and the kids LOVE them.

For the boys room I went with a flannel that matched the color theme.  I didn't have quite enough flannel to make them long enough so I added a band of extra Christmas fabric a had.  

To make these all you have to do is take a pillowcases you already have and use it to how much fabric you need.  In my case the flannel I had on hand was just a little shorter than I wanted so I cut a 9.5 inch wide band the same length as the flannel.  Sewed the ends, folded it over, ironed it flat, and serged it to case.

Easy peasy lemon squeezey

Oh Cute...


Friday, November 19, 2010

My Little Ballerina

I love doing my daughter's hair.  I do it every morning and although I am a hair enthusiast I have tried to keep hair out of my blog.  After all there are life blogs, there are craft blogs, there are cooking blogs, and there are hair blogs.  I figure I should at least try keep some focus on this blog.  That said, I took Emma to the Nutcracker last night and I just have to share how cute her hair turned out.

I will apologize in advance for the poor picture quality.

 She is such a poser and yes I have gotten out my Christmas stuff.

I started by putting her hair in curlers the night before.  She just wore it down and curly to school that day.

Then I did a braid on each side that curved around.

 Then I braided up the back and pinned some curls in place.  Add a little hair spray and you are done.  She actually slept in it and it was still cute when she went to school today.

On a side note this was our first year going to The Nutcracker.  I have been wanting to take her for years, but wasn't sure she was ready for it, but this year was perfect.  On the drive to the theater I told her the story so it would be fresh in her mind and she would know what was going on.  She was so excited she just sat there in a trance the whole first half.  Then I bought her a nutcracker during intermission.  She held it close the whole second half.

I love having a little girl to do girly things with!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Awesome Giveaway at Tatertots and Jello

Heidi at Honeybear Lane is giving away a Hard Candy Quilt!

It is just so plush!  I really hope I win it!  It would be so nice to wrap Baby Bryce up in it on a cozy winter evening in front of his first Christmas tree.

  I also love this quilt from her Etsy store.  

The Amy Butler fabric also looks great with Bryce's Baby Life quilt, plus Brycey LOVES to crawl up cuddle puffy things.

Do you want to see more of ziggy?  (yes I am on a first name basis with a quilt now) Well go here and just stare at it.  You may also want to check out this cupcake tower.  I think I need to make one of these too.

Friday, November 12, 2010

More Merry and Bright Skirts

These skirts were so much fun to make.  

This one is a baby skirt.  I am thinking I need to make a red tulle/organza, ruffle bum onesie to go with it.

This skirt is a toddler sized and very full and twirly.

I actually thought I was out of the cute tree and Santa fabrics, but then I found a hidden fabric stash with a few more bits I could put to use.