This weekend my friends and I got together for a spooky Halloween tradition; Pumpkin Carving!
I made a big crock pot of Zuppa Toscana Soup, a huge batch of Chex Mix and two fantastic pumpkin pies!
I was going to share the soup recipe here but, unfortunately, it did not turn out as delicious as planned so it's being rewritten and should be posted up here as a November recipe. The Chex Mix turned out marvelous though, I used this recipe from Half Baked Harvest and it was buttery and delicious and my guests couldn't get enough of it.
My Pumpkin Pies turned out great! I used this recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction (the woman is a genius) and doubled it, made two fantastic pies, my friends were fat and happy by the time they left.
We made some felt face masks before we carved our pumpkins. These ones are mine. Alex is The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and I'm a Peacock!
Jess made herself a Luna Cat mask, from Sailor Moon.
Hannah and her boyfriend Alex worked together to create a mask for Perchik, her beloved stuffed animal. Here he is in his Victoria Secret Angel costume.
And here he is in his festive Halloween mask.
After all that hard work a few us finally got around to carving the Pumpkins! I made my annual kitty cat Pumpkin, it's tradition!
My Alex made a Mike Wazowski Pumpkin.
And Jess made a Corey Hart Pumpkin. He wears his sunglasses at night.
Hannah and her Alex supervised. They were too cool to carve.
Our Punkin's turned out super cute!
After carving and crafting and eating everyone slipped into food comas. We watched Halloweentown II, Eerie Indiana and Goosebumps. I like to keep my Halloween shows rated G.
It was a successful night of good, clean Halloween fun. Everyone went home with extra soup and Pumpkin Pie!
I hope you are carving your Pumpkins in preparation for the big day! Thanks for reading about our Holiday adventures. Happy Halloween!
Just a quick post for y'all today!
I thought I'd share a couple of the cute hats I've been making lately. This is a fun, simple pattern that's well written and easy to use. You should make one, you never know when a Viking Helmet could come in handy!
This one is the newborn size.
This guy is the adult size.
The pattern is called Lael Viking Helmet by Mamachee on Ravelry and is not free BUT it comes in many sizes so you're likely to use it over and over. Like I have.
I used Lions Brand Wool Ease for mine and it turned out nice and soft and wonderful. It's 80% Acrylic 20% Wool, and you can toss it in the washer and dryer. Magic. Though for this project, with the polyester stuffing in the horns, I'd suggest not tossing this hat in the dryer, the fluff might get lumpy! Nobody wants lumpy fluff.
Give this pattern a try, it whips up in no time and the hardest part is figuring out which directions you want your horns to face.
Now go forth and make yourself a silly hat! Have a great weekend! I'm gonna be Pumpkin carving with the girls, I'll take lots of pictures to show off our Pumpkin artwork next week!
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Pie Season is here! It's time for Pumpkin Pies and Apple Pies and Pot Pies! I couldn't be more thrilled! I thought I'd share with you today one of my favorite Fall dishes; biscuit pot pie. Yum! It's buttery and starchy and full of tasty veggies, herbs and spices. You've gotta try this.
My recipe is loosely modified from this recipe from Annie's Eats (which is also delicious.) If you desperately need this pie but don't have any buttermilk on hand you can always use this invaluable trick that Ree Drummond taught me and add about a 1/4 tsp of vinegar to your (pre-measured) regular milk and turn it into buttermilk. Easy peasy.
I love biscuit pot pies because they're just as buttery and flaky as your average pot pie but you don't have to go to the trouble of making pie crust, just throw together some buttermilk biscuits at the end. And if you don't have ramekins you can always pour your veggie/gravy mix into a casserole dish and cover with lots of little biscuits, which will be just as adorable.
First you'll want to saute your veggies until they're nice and tender, (take your time, you'll want them pretty soft) then add the garlic and flour and mix it right it. Then add the veggie broth, herbs and spices until they form a heavenly gravy. Don't forget to add the peas!
Then ladle your gravy/veg into some ramekins or a pie dish...
Then cover with homemade biscuits and brush them with extra buttermilk! Cook for 20 min at 400° and you're done!
Here's the Recipe;
Vegetarian Biscuit Pot Pies
3 Tbsp Butter
1/2 Yellow Onion
2 Peeled Carrots
4 Baby Yukon Potatoes
2 Stalks Celery
3/4 Cup Peas
2 Cloves Garlic
6 Tbsp Flour
2 Cups Vegetable Broth
1/4 Cup Water
1/8 tsp dried Sage
1/8 tsp dried Thyme
1/8 tsp dried, crushed Rosemary
Shake of Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper
1&1/2 Cups Flour
1&1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper
6 Tbsp Cold, Unsalted Butter
1/2 plus 1-2 Tbsp Buttermilk
Preheat oven to 400° lightly grease 4 small ramekins or a small casserole or pie dish.
Chop onion, celery, carrots, potatoes and garlic. Melt butter on medium heat in a large saucepan or dutch oven, toss in all veggies but the garlic and saute until quite tender. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes, let cook for about a minute, toss in 6 Tbsp of flour and stir to coat veggies. Slowly mix in veggie broth, add herbs and salt and pepper. Cook until gravy is thick and bubbly, add extra 1/4 cup of water IF the gravy is too thick. Remove from heat and add peas. Pour your filling into your prepared container(s) and throw together some biscuits.
For the biscuits; whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Cut in 6 Tbsp of cold butter w/forks, knives, pastry cutter or your food processor. Slowly stir in milk until it comes together into a soft dough. Roll out onto floured surface with rolling pin to approximately 3/4" thick, cut out your biscuits to fit your ramekins. You will need to roll out the dough twice to get all the biscuits cut, try not to overwork it! I got about 7 biscuits out of this dough, if you have extras just bake them next to your pies on some parchment paper.
Place your biscuits on top of your pie filling and brush the tops with any leftover buttermilk. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before eating. Enjoy!
Here's the printable version;
These are amazing! The gravy is top notch and will make your house smell like magical herbs and buttery garlic and all that is good in the world. I recommend sauteing your veggies until they're super tender, these little pies only bake for 20 minutes and it's not quite long enough to do any damage on those veggies if they're too crisp going into the oven.
Try them! I've made these twice this month already. It's Fall, I need pie!
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Let's make a Bat Mobile! Not to be confused with a Batmobile. That's a different thing entirely.
This fun little project will make your home sparkle with Halloween cheer! It's quick, inexpensive and super fun. Here's what you'll need;
White Colored Pencil or Crayon
(I used a twisted wire hanger but if you want to be classy you should try a wood frame one from Etsy. You can always paint it black to match your Batty Bats)
First, print your Bat Template! Or you can cut out your own unique bats!
Let's get started!
1) If you're using a wood frame, grab some black paint and use a few coats to cover your frame before getting started. Make sure to give it a few hours to dry! If using a wire hanger, bust out some beading tools or pliers and twist that guy into a loose spiral, making sure to connect the loose end (not hook part) into a circle to make a stable frame.
2.) Cover your work space with newspaper or parchment paper. Glitter and glue will be happening and it will get messy!
3.) Use the Bat template to cut out a variety of different sized paper Bats. Place the paper Bat on your stiffened felt and trace around it with your white colored pencil or crayon. Cut out felt Bats.
4.) Use your sponge brush to coat some of the Bats in a thin layer of Mod Podge, sprinkle them liberally with glitter.
3.) While your Bats dry, measure out various lengths of black hemp cord to string them onto your mobile with. Make sure to give allowance for the knots; make the cords a little longer than you need.
4.) Once Bats are dry, use your Elmers Glue to glue Rhinestone eyes on all your bats. I think the red ones look particularly scary but you can use any color you like.
5.) Use your tapestry needle to poke a hole into the Bat noggins and secure the cord with a double knot. Then knot the opposite end of the cord to the mobile frame. Arrange them at various heights and you're done!
Now display your mobile proudly! I like to use a screw hook to hang my mobiles. You can put this guy in your front window or hang it over your Halloween mantle display.
This is a super fun project to do with a group. You can help each other make bats for one big mobile, or make a bunch of mobiles so everyone has a fun decoration to take home!
Now go forth and have some spooky Halloween crafting fun!
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I've been keeping busy! After finishing my Amigurumi Baby Birds and a few crocheted hats for lots of babies I've moved on to some exciting, new knitting projects. First and foremost, I'm knitting a fantastic Cardigan for my Aunt. I've never done a project like this one before; it's like a hybrid sweater, half blanket, half sweater (slanket?)
The Pattern is Chloe Cardigan by Jo Storie, I've already knitted about 4" and it seems to be a pretty simple, yet time consuming project due to the Mistake Rib stitches for the entire back portion. I have a feeling I'm going to be watching a lot of Halloween movies to knit through this big ol' project.
I'm using Knit Picks CotLin as my yarn for this project. It is 70% Cotton and 30% Linen. I've never used this yarn before but it seems to be knitting up well with a nice sheen to it. It's definitely going to be a Spring and Fall sweater, the cotton is light and breathable and very easy to work with. It also shows off the stitch definition really well which I think will translate nicely to future cable work.
My other October project is this fantastic Cowl I'm making, just for me! It is called Superb Infinity Scarf and it's by Anne G.
It is a super simple brioche stitch (which I've never done before, I had no idea it was so easy!) And it's whipping together really quick because it's done on huge needles. I'm knitting mine on size 13's.
Also, I'm in love with the yarn I'm using. I want to knit an entire bedspread out of it, it's so soft and warm and magical! It's called Chalet by Classic Elite Yarns, it's 70% baby Alpaca and 30% Bamboo. I'm totally pumped that I discovered it and I definitely plan to invest in some more soon.
Isn't yarn just magical!?
I hope you enjoyed getting caught up on some of my crafty shenanigans, I'll keep you updated on sweater progress and post some pictures of my finished cowl when I get there.
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I love a good Cobb Salad but most recipes call for lots of meat, and that's not my bag. This recipe is simple, delicious and goes together super quickly. You can use any dressing you like, I think a traditional Cobb calls for Blue Cheese dressing but i prefer a Vinaigrette or a Caesar, it's up to you! Find what feels right.
This recipe does call for some veggie "meats." Specifically, MorningStar Bacon Strips and Beyond Meat Chicken Strips, Textured Vegetable Protein, Yum!
Vegetarian Cobb Salad
1 Bag/Head of Lettuce
4 Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes
2 Hard Boiled Eggs
6 Strips Beyond Meat Veggie Chicken Strips
4 Strips MorningStar Veggie Bacon
2 Tbsp Black Olives
2.5 Tbsp Olive oil (divided)
Cracked Black Pepper
Dressing of Choice (I used Balsamic Vinaigrette)
First of all you'll want to boil your eggs and potatoes. Boil potatoes in a small pot for 20 minutes or until fork tender. To hard boil your eggs; put them in a small pot, fill with water, make sure there’s at least an inch of water on top of your eggs. Bring to a boil, immediately remove from heat and set aside, covered for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, remove from water with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl of ice water to cool until ready to peel.
Peel cooled eggs and roughly chop, set aside. Quarter cooked potatoes, toss in a bowl and drizzle with 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, add a sprinkle of kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and garlic powder, stir and season to taste.
To fry up the veggie "meat" I like to heat two small skillets, each with a Tbsp of Olive oil. I like to fry up the Veggie Bacon on the cast iron so it gets extra crispy and delicious and the Veggie Chicken in the non-stick otherwise it sticks like crazy. After the Veggie Chicken is brown and crisp take it out and shred it with two forks. Drain your fried Veggie Bacon on some paper towels then give it a rough chop.
Place bacon, chicken, potatoes, eggs, onto a big bed of lettuce, add olives, croutons, cheese and a drizzle of dressing. Toss and/or chop salad to desired consistency.
You can toss on tomatoes, mushrooms, blue cheese crumbles, avocado whatever floats your boat! Get creative!
This was wonderfully delicious and I wholeheartedly recommend you give it a try! Especially if you haven't tried Beyond Meat Veggie Chicken, you'll be impressed!
Here's the Printable version,
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Fall is finally here! In celebration of colder weather and shorter days I've been planning my Fall wardrobe. I've already busted out my slipper socks and squishy blankets, now it's time for the weather to comply. 82° today? What's that about?
I compiled a little list of my top 10 wardrobe "must haves" for Fall. A lot of this is stuff I've had my eye on all Summer, just waiting for October to roll around so I have an excuse to buy it. I know, terrible. It's all budget friendly and most of the items featured here will easily carry over into the Winter weather.
Take a look! Get inspired!
#1.) Flannels! Omg, I'm so excited to bust out some Flannel. It's so nostalgic and traditional and I just can't get enough of 'em. Flannel sheets, Flannel shirts, Flannel blankets, I'm a wreck! Ok, Uniqlo binge! These shirts are my favorites right now. This button down is super cute, but I don't think I can pull it off cuz I'm too busty and this guy is really Vintage cute, but my favorite right now is this top, most definitely on my must own list.
#2.) Fleece lined clothing. I know! It's too early in the season, you're gonna roast in fleece lined clothing. But I can't help it. I love what I love. These pants from Uniqlo are definitely on my list. I'm an absolute sucker for ANYTHING polka dot. Also, fleece lined leggings from Amazon.com are in my future, I'm a cold person, I need all the fleece I can get!
#3.) Faux leather jacket. I am super anti Leather, Suede and Fur but I'm all about alternatives. I actually own a very similiar jacket like this one from ModCloth that Alex got me for Valentines day last year and I love it. It's Polyurethane so it's perfect for mid-weather Portland nonsense. It's not too warm and it's completely waterproof which is perfect for the Pacific Northwest.
#4.) Denim. Ok, not gonna lie, I'm really cheap when it comes to jeans. I will order jeans from the most unlikely places if they're inexpensive and come in tiny inseams because I'm super short. I wish I was cool enough to be into the high wasted jeans phase but I seriously just think I'm too short and don't have enough body space to make those puppies look attractive! I'm checking out these light wash skinny jeans from Alloy.com and these distressed skinny jeans, even though they might be a little comically distressed for me.
#5.) Leggings/Jeggings. I've had my eye on these Leggings from H&M for a while but they always seem to sell out of my colors before I get around to ordering them. These Old Navy Leggings are my go to, I have two black pairs and I wear them all Fall and Winter with long shirts and sweaters.
#6.) Cozy Sweaters. I have SUCH a weakness for Cardigans. I would have a million if I could get away with it. I did a huge closet dump this Spring so I'm on the Cardigan rebound and these guys from ModCloth are calling my name. I could knit some stuff in this guy! And this one is just perfect for drinking tea in. As a rule, I never buy something I could knit for less money than I could buy and I judge Sweaters accordingly. Also, fitted is key, there's a fine line between fitted and frumpy and if all you have on is leggings and a long shirt, a big sweater can make you look like a Blow Pop in no time.
#7.) Boots. Wow, this is a long and scary road. Boots are SO tough to shop for. Maybe just for me because I don't do real Suede and I don't do Leather and I don't do "above the knee" and I don't do 5" heels...I'm picky! I want my boots to be reasonable; useful on ice, comfortable, waterproof, and match stuff. These guys from Zappos.com are on my list for Fall. These booties are my bff's, I got them last year and I love 'em like crazy, not super high quality but comfy and fashionable and good quality for the price.
#8.) Pajamas. Who doesn't love Fall PJ's? They're just magical. I've been eyeing a couple on Victoria Secret including these cozy dudes, and these Flannel wonders. That's right, back to Flannel, I'm obsessed!
#9.) Socks. Oh, wow. I could literally write a Sonnet on socks. I'm a knitter, I can't help it. These socks from Uniqlo are calling my name. Also, if you haven't heard of the brand WigWam you're missing out, they make the best, most squishy socks Ever. I know I'm supposed to wear them hiking but I mostly wear them as slippers. They're squishy and fantastic and I can't get enough of them.
#10.) Cowls. This is a touchy spot for me because cowls are So easy and cheap to knit and sew. Why spend money on something that is so easy to make!? But for those who don't have a sewing machine to bust out or the energy/time/money to get a bunch of needles and figure out how to use them, here are my favorites. ModCloth has a bitchin collection including this guy. If you're in the mind for a knitted or crocheted cowl Please get one from Etsy! It's the best way to get something that's handmade and full of love and not a hot mess of acrylic that feels like a scratchy disaster. This Wool one from stickshooksandyarn is affordable and adorable, you could also get something like this from, say, my shop! :D
Anyhow, I hope this list has inspired you to spruce up your wardrobe for Fall. I'm always looking for new, awesome places to shop for clothes online, if you have suggestions or recommendations feel free to drop me a line!
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