Chicky Stew!

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Friday is our normal day to spotlight another blog or person.  However, we also know  things happen.  What happened this Friday?  Well our featured blogger has been ill for the last week and was unable to be spotlighted today.  So instead we offer this recipe for some nutritious soup that’s bound to make anyone feel at least a little better.

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One of my favourite fall/winter meals is Chicken stew! I will use leftover turkey or even just cut up the chicken breast into small pieces for this meal. It is fairly quick and so hearty!  As per How I like things here is THE recipe, my own, made up after many trials and errors to get it how I like it!

Jenn’s Chicky Stew:

  • Chicken, Leftover turkey or chopped up breast.
  • A celery stick or two
  • A good amount of mushroom (if you like them, I love them)
  • half a butternut squash
  • half a sweet potato
  • 3 med size potatos
  • onion

Sauce:

  • a cup ish of water mixed with OXO (chicken flavour)
  • 2Tbsp brown sugar (or a touch more if you like to taste the sweet a little more)
  • Basil. I do a good teaspoon worth.
  •  Cornstarch mixed with some water for thickening.

First I want you to peel all those squash and spuds, cube and get into seperate pot. The potato cooks slowest so get those in water first and then the butternut squash and then the sweet potato. Let them boil until done.

Once you have that done, move onto the chicken and other veg.

Put your chicken (if using raw boob) in the pan and fry it up. When close to done, add the onions, celery, and the basil.  When the celery and onion are close to done add the mushrooms.

When your veg is cooked, add 2Tbsp of brown sugar and a teaspoon of oil and let it cook for a few minutes, stirring often.

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Then add in your chicken oxo into the pot and heat to just below a boil.

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Add a bit of cornstarch to water. I usually do a 1/8 cup water to 2 Tbsp of cornstarch. (ish)
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Thicken up that sauce and once it is thickened, gravy thick ish NOT pudding thick.  Add in the potato and squash.

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Give it a gentle stir until mixed and everything is nicely coated in sauce.

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And there you have it, a pretty and delicious chicken stew! Perfect for using up that leftover thanksgiving turkey you have! Enjoy! And if you make this please feel free to comment and let me know how you feel about my stew recipe 🙂

Jenn

What is your go-to fall meal?

Recipe: Campfire Cone Crunchy Munchies

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I don’t go on many road trips.  In fact, I hate road trips.  I get car sick, my kids scream the whole time, my butt hurts and all I end up doing is stuffing my face with food I don’t really like just to pass the time.  With that said, we’re headed on a nice 12 hour road trip soon.  Yay!  Woo Hoo! and FART!  I am not looking forward to it.  I will get sick, my butt will hurt and there’s NOTHING I can do about the kids.  They just hate the car THAT much.  It seems the only thing I am able to change is what I stuff into my face as we drive with the music of the tantrums filling our ears.  I was looking through my cupboard at all of the junk food we don’t have in there and started dreaming.  This is what I came up with:

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I call it “Campfire Cone Crunchy Munchies”.  Have you ever had a campfire cone?  I haven’t, but I’ve been drooling over this post forever. I decided to go for it and make something super tasty that could make me happy and possibly make the kids quiet down for a bit too.   Here’s the how to:

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups of Chocolate Cheerios

12 Ice Cream Sugar Cones

1 Cup of Reeses Pieces

1 Cup of Jet Puffed Mallow Bites

1 Cup of Dried Banana Chips

*Optional 1 Cup of Milk chocolate chips

NOTE: Chocolate should never be optional.  If you’re serving this at a party it’s actually NOT optional; you must include it.  However, if you’re on a road trip and don’t want to have to question later if that’s poop or chocolate on the seat of your car, omit the chocolate chips.

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: Put the sugar cones and banana chips into separate plastic bags and crush into bite size pieces using your hands.  You don’t want to use a rolling pin or food processor because you don’t want to be left with a bunch of crumbs. Besides, we’re not fancy here.  No need for crazy gadgets.  I crush the banana chips because I don’t like to have a giant overpowering chunk of banana in the mix (I’m seriously avoiding dirty jokes right here).  You can leave them whole if you wish

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Step 2: Make like a Food Network chef and put all of your ingredients into pretty bowls.  This step is very important.

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Step 3: Mix it all up in a big bowl.

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Step 4: Eat some

Step 5:  Realize that it would be awesome on ice cream and then eat way too much

Step 6: Take a walk, son.  You just consumed like 2,000 calories at dessert.

I hope you enjoy this mix at your next party, car trip, or PMS binge.

-Crystal-

Fall is here: Perfect reason for new clothing

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Fall is finally here!  Which means it’s time to break out our hoodies, long sleeved shirts, and pants.  Though being in S. California some would say we are still having lovely “summer” weather; however, there is just enough nip in the air in the mornings that I feel the need to bundle my kiddos up a little more and sip hot tea or hot coco.

In any case, S needed some new shirts to brighten his wardrobe in some of his favorite colors, blue and green.  I chose to do a short sleeved option since we layer with baby legs for arm warmers or just throw on a light jacket.  Long sleeves seem to be an issue for him with hand washing for as soon as the sleeves get wet he wants the shirt OFF!

For his shirt, I used Figgy’s Tee for Two, a pattern I have returned to time and time again.  S loves the softness of knit and I love how quickly these sew up.  I think I’ve now made 4 or 5 of them and eventually will do the dress option for V (not that she’s hurting in the dress department, I’ve yet again run out of hangers for her!).  Next for these shirts will be a bit of stenciling, I think, but that will have to be a mommy/son project for another day, after he decides exactly what it is he wants on his shirt!

Figgy's Tee for Two-- That's What She Crafted

S was also in need of a new fun pair of pants.  The kid definitely had a growth spurt over the summer as his pants he wore in the spring are now just the right length instead of dragging along on the floor.  I turned to Blank Slate’s Coastal Cargos as I made a pair in a clothing swap I participated in and loved how they came out for the other child so naturally I needed to make my own child a pair too!

Blank Slate Coastal Cargos, pant length-- That's What She Crafted

Now what does every 3.5 year old boy NEED in his wardrobe?  Pants WITH pockets.  S loves pockets and these cargos do not fail.  Scared of pockets and don’t have a highly opinionated preschooler?  Leave the pockets off!  I love the detailed instructions for getting a great look for the front pockets, back welt pockets, and side cargo pockets.  All are definitely kid sized and will fit those very needed items of trains, cars, and nature’s treasures (eh hem, rocks or bits of tree bark).  My only qualm with the pattern is that the pieces do not have the grainline direction included on them and the pattern instructions do not have a diagram assisting with the layout for cutting out the pieces.  However, this pattern is rated for an intermediate sewer so perhaps those skills are assumed to be had to be able to figure it out yourself, which I did pretty easily even with my “beginner” sewing status.

With this pair, I did all the lining with a bit of left over Hungry Caterpillar Dots that I had laying around still from another project.  S loves all the colors and loves the story too so it’s a win for him as well to know he has a touch of color in his pockets and along his inner waistband.  For the pants, I just bought “bottom weight” cotton material from Joann’s when it was on sale in a khaki coloring that acceptable for S’s school uniform (they are required to wear a polo top but for shorts/ pants they just request navy or khaki coloring).  Dark brown for the bias tape which makes these pants look oh so nicely finished!

I did include the roll up option mostly because we live relatively close to the beach.  S HATES when his clothing gets wet and insists on taking it all off if it does so these roll up to the perfect height to stay dry while allowing him to play in the waves as they roll up to his ankles.

Little boys always seem to get the shaft when it comes to cute patterns so I’m so happy to give my little guy something he loves: a bit of color and comfort.  And now I shall go set the tea kettle on, I think I need another cup of tea.

-Viever

Pattern Anthology

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I was somehow able to test not 1, not 2, but 5 of the patterns from Pattern Anthology’s new Winter Wonderland release.  I think it was a stroke of luck, because I really love these patterns!

We’ll start off with the Johnny B Good Hoodie

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The first one I made was with a hood lined with knit.  I love the hood option. It’s such a fun twist! The second one, I made with the shoulder patches.

I did both in short sleeve and with the snow falling on the ground, you may be thinking that I’ve lost my marbles. I layer a lot, so I love that they are short sleeved and that way can still be worn when summer comes. I have found with my oldest that I can usually get almost 2 years out of a button up shirt, so I almost always make them short sleeved!

I know a lot of people may be intimidated by button up shirts, but they shouldn’t be. These were pretty easy to put together and the time part is more of ironing interfacing onto a few pieces. They really do look a lot harder then they are!

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The next pattern I tested was the Sweet Bonnie Top.

I really like the vintage feel this one has. It has a zipper closure in the back , peter pan collar and gathered sleeves at the cuffs. I did make 2 of these and have a third almost finished…..

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The next pattern I tested was the Berkshire Blazer. I haven’t figured out the right fabric for Judes yet, but that kid is getting one for sure. Melly does an awesome job with her tutorials and again, this is one that looks a lot more complicated then it really is.

I also tested the Holly Trousers (the pink pants paired with the blazer) and I know I didn’t get a great picture of them, but they are adorable! I am just itching to make the girls the shorts version. They have tons of cute tights and I love shorts with tights in the winter.

 I am also almost finished with the other Sweet Bonnie Top that is going to match this outfit and I can’t wait to get it done! It’s going to be gorgeous!!

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Then the last pattern I got to test was the Tree Climber Trousers. I hate picking favorites, but these are them. The pockets, the construction, I just love everything about them. I love the fit and three piece front with the reinforced knees….LOVE! I didn’t find any fabric that inspired me in the store, so I bought this heavier white canvas material (which is actually super soft) to dye afterwards, but I can’t for the life of me decide on a color. I kind of like the white too and can slightly get away with it with him being this age. I’m not saying you can do that with every 16 month old, but with Judes personality right now, it’s doable!

Is this collection worth it?? Oh Yes. I know I will for sure be making more of each of these patterns

Now, this collection is only offered as a whole at a discount for a couple of weeks so go here to purchase the whole collection.

Only have a little girl to sew for? You can get the Wonderland Collection here. The Amaryllis Dress and Juliet Capelet are part of the girls patterns and I didn’t get to test them, but you should check them out cause they are super cute.

Opposite and only have boys?  You can buy the Winter Collection here.  That collection sports an Aviator and Trapper hat Pattern I didn’t test as well, and I WANT.

Thank you so much Andrea, Shauna and Melly for letting me test your patterns!!

– Karly

Small FRY-Day Spotlight: Gramma Lollie’s Broccoli Casserole

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Hey everyone!  This month’s Small FRY-day theme is “Family Favorites” although I’m still partial to “Thanksgiving Noms”.  Anyway…what better way to start off that by posting a recipe from MY family?  My wonderful mother-in-law is a fantastic cook and always makes me gain like 15 lbs when she comes to stay with us.  I can not help but eat all of everything that she makes.  It’s a sickness caused by witchcraft, I tell you.  Please enjoy this recipe by one of my favorite Culinary Queens.
-Crystal-

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Hello!  My name is Laura but the grandkids call me Gramma Lollie.    I’m so happy to share my recipe with you.  My daughter-in-law can tell you that when I cook,  I mostly just throw it all together and pay no attention to measurements.  This is one of the few recipes that I can actually tell you exactly what’s in it and  pretty closely estimate how much of each ingredient you’ll need.  My broccoli casserole was always a favorite of my kids when they were growing up.  It was devoured VERY quickly once it hit the table.  My daughter even likes to eat the leftovers chilled the next day.  I hope you love it as much as my kids do!

Ingredients:

2- 14 oz packages of Frozen Broccoli

1- Cup Mayonnaise

1- Egg

2 -Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese

1 -Can Cream of Mushroom Soup

1 – Yellow Onion GRATED (not chopped or diced) (1/2 onion if you’re not a huge onion lover)

Bread crumbs for topping (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 350. Cook broccoli florets according to the package’s instructions and drain.  In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients.  Add broccoli, stir and transfer to an oven safe 9×13 dish. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs if desired.

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Cook for 30 minutes or until the casserole starts bubbling.  Remove, let cool for 5 minutes and eat!  Easy and delicious!  I hope you love it!

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-Gramma Lollie-

Pattern Review Halloween Style: My Little Plumcake- Cordelia

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Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday.  I love dressing up and getting my kids dressed up and begging for candy.  I’ve always made our costumes, but since learning how to sew, things have gotten much more epic.  Aurelia and Obren’s main costumes this year are the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit, respectively and can be seen here.  Well, she has a school parade and gets to wear a costume to school.  Here’s the deal; I don’t want her messing up her pretty dress.  She’s crazy.  She is so crazy wild that I’ve already had to replace her new shirts that I bought at the beginning of the school year at the end of August.  She only goes to school 4 days a week and only  2 hours a day, so it takes some massive skill to ruin things that quickly.  I needed her to be able to be involved in the festivities, while still being in a costume that would allow her to be a crazy kid.  This is what I came up with:

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She’s a Strawberry!  Thank baby Jesus that My Little Plumcake released this awesome pattern just in time.  It’s called the Cordelia Sweetheart Peplum Top.  It comes in sizes 12 months through size 8 (including an 18 month size). The moment I saw it, I was inspired.  This pattern is a sleeveless sweetheart top with a gathered peplum  bottom and a scalloped peter pan collar.  The closure on the back is a sweet little keyhole with a ribbon loop and a button.    The bodice is lined and instructions for lace overlay are given to add a little femininity to the design.  Of course you don’t HAVE to use lace, but I think it’s very lovely. The collar is an option and looks just as fabulous without!

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I would rate this pattern for a confident beginner.  It takes a few hours to put together and there is a bit of hand sewing.  Also you will be sewing bias binding, which is not hard at all and you’re given the steps you’ll need to pull it all together.  Take your time and it will come out beautifully. The designer walks you through everything from materials, to piecing and cutting your pattern, to sewing it all up.  And if you have questions, she’s just an e-mail away or you can join The My Little Plumcake Pattern Group on FaceBook.

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I was going to do a tutorial for the hat I made, but my son slept a grand total of 3 hours last night and refused his nap this afternoon.  Suffice it to say that I’m miserable and not in the mood to teach you anything today.  Consider this “movie day” in class.  I’m rolling out the TV cart and falling asleep at my desk.  I will definitely try to get this up ASAP as you never know when you’ll need a strawberry hat!  But for  now, you must try to forgive me and my horrid son.

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-Crystal-

Yabba Dabba Doo!

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Flintstones!  Meet the Flintstones… well just Pebbles and Bam Bamm.  Mr. Viever was a party pooper this year and said he didn’t want to dress up so no Fred and Wilma.  This is also the first year that I have made the kids’ costumes so I wanted to do something relatively simple, fun, and themed!

Pebbles and Bam Bamm-- That's What She Crafted

Bam Bamm
Bam Bamm--That's What She Crafted

 I sent out an SOS to my sewing mama friends.  I needed a shorts pattern as I have none.  Sure enough they came through for me and pointed me towards Create Kids Couture’s Aidan’s Appliqued Shorts Pattern.  I followed the pattern as adding a fleece sash by sewing one edge down as I made the channel for the elastic.  The sash I cut based on the measurement from my son’s waistband over his shoulder and back to the waistband for length and then had it about 2.5 inches wide.  The bone I free handed out of felt cut two small slashes into the fleece sash and inserted the bone; I left the bone end of the sash unattached.  I also chose not to hem the shorts and just cut out ragged triangles instead. Rough and tumble kid is supposed to be from the stone age no hem required! I then stitched on several of the fleece triangles I had cut out to finish off the Bam Bamm look.  After he put on the shorts I then safety pinned the bone end of the sash to the shorts.  Gave him the club (directions on how I made it below) and we have ourselves Bam Bamm!!

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I used a tried and true pattern for me: ModKid’s Baby Hannah.  This is the fourth set I’ve made for my daughter.  Perfect outfit for California summers.  It’s fall now but during the day it’s warm enough to wear and in the evenings I’ll pair it with a long sleeved shirt and leggings. I did learn something from doing Bam Bamm’s costume first.  This time I STARTED by sewing on the fleece triangles to the fabric THEN I sewed up the pattern.  So much easier then doing it the other way around!  To finish of Pebbles look I cut out a felt bone and attached to an alligator hair clip.

Bam Bamm’s Club Tutorial

I knew Bam Bamm needed to have his club but didn’t want to go buy a plastic one that would gather dust.  So I grabbed a small baseball bat that S got last year for Christmas and decided I would wrap it!  When S saw it this morning, he asked me what it was.  I told him it was a club for his Bam Bamm costume.  He then asked me if he could open it.  I guess my gift wrapping skill could use some work but for club making they are just fine!

Supplies: Small bat, 2 paper bags and Scotch Cover-Up Roll

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I used a gift sized paper bag to start and ripped it open along the seams. Then I used that bag to cover the large part of the bat to create more bulk. Secure with scotch cover up roll.

Opening the second full sized paper bag along the seams I then wrapped up the whole bat.
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Starting at the handle of the bat I made small strips and wrapped with the cover up roll.  Make it tight as you can for a good shape!
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Using a square portion of the cover up roll cover up the large end and then use more of the cover up roll to go around the large part of the bat.

Squish, crunch, and “bam bam” a few things for the wrinkles and to make sure your cover up roll is sticking well.  Use additional strips as needed!
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Happy Halloween!

Viever

Small FRY-Day Spotlight: Cautiously Crafty

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It’s small FRY-day and our last of the month! We’ve had some amazing talent showcased and we have one more!  Today we’re featuring Paige  with Cautiously Crafty.  She’s got some awesome inspiration for ya!  Also, at the end of this post, we’re having a linky party!  Everyone link up YOUR favorite homemade Halloween costume…the one you’re most proud of.  This is just for fun and I LOVE costumes, so you can bet I’ll be checking out every.single.one!  Ok, now to Paige!

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Hi everybody!  I guess I should start by introducing myself.  I’m Paige, and I’m the blogger behind Cautiously Crafty, my relatively new craft blog. I’ve got a darling daughter who is 4 years old. Anyway, I’m here today to share with you several costumes I made using the Heidi & Finn Urban Unisex Hoodie.  I’ve used this pattern for costumes for the past two years, for a grand total of 4 different costumes.   My first venture into costume making was two years ago. I made dog and cat costumes.Please excuse the shoddy pictures in this blog post, these were not taken with blogging in mind. I make no claims of being a photographer, but I promise the ones I share are usually at least marginally better than these.

Both are basically the same, just in different colors.

First I sewed up the hoodies following the pattern, except I left off the button closures, and because I made them with fleece, I did not do a lining. The tummy panels are felt from Joann’s that I (sloppily) hand sewed on.

The ears are two layers of felt sewn together, with the the inner ear color attached on top.  I drew them freehand, pointy for the kitty and rounded for the puppy. Unfortunately you can’t tell in this picture, but I folded down the edge of one of puppy ears for that cute floppy look.

Attaching them was a bit tricky. When I drew them, I drew them a bit longer than I wanted, and I did not sew together the bottom 1/2 inch or so.  I cut slits in the top of the hood to insert the ears into, then opened the loose flaps and sewed them down to the hood.  I’m sure there are way better ways to do this, but this way worked for some quickie costumes for my girl and her friend.

(The tails were done the same way as Boots’ tail, detailed below)

Now for Dora and Boots!


I’ll start with Dora.  Super simple.  Made the hoodie in pink fleece, and made some orange pants to go with it. And of course, Dora isn’t Dora without BackPack! I can’t take credit for BackPack though, I followed this tutorial to make her. (I totally just had to google to make sure BackPack was a girl. Surprisingly enough, if you type “Is backpack” into google, one of the suggestions that pops up actually is “Is backpack a girl”, so at least I’m not alone in my wondering.)

Boots was a little more labor intensive, but not hard at all.

Tummy panel was done the same way as the cat and dog, except this time I was brave enough to sew it on using my sewing machine. The boots were originally pink sequined boots that cost $10 at Wal-mart, I just slapped a couple coats of red spray paint on them. The hood was again constructed the same was as the cat and dog hoods, cutting slits in the hood and inserting the ears and waddle.  That’s what I’m calling it, because I haven’t the slightest idea what it actually is or what it should be, and to me it looks like a turkey waddle. The waddle was drawn freehand (and trust me, if I can do it anybody can, I am not in the least bit an artist), and loosely stuffed with random fabric scraps to keep it from flopping.  Nobody likes a floppy waddle.

For the tail, I sewed a tube of fabric and then slipped it over a long piece of thick jewelry wire.  I used the thickest wire available at the craft store, which I think was a 14 gauge. I then cut another slit right where the bottom band attaches to the body of the hoodie, and inserted the tail and hand sewed in. I opted not to use my machine because of the wire. Shape the tail as desired and you’re done!

In case you’re doubting my claim that these were super easy, I made 4 of them (2 Doras and 2 Boots, one set was sent to my niece and nephew) in less than two weeks, in between going to school full time and chasing my kid around.

So there ya go, 4 different costumes from 1 pattern. I’m breaking the streak this year though, unfortunately I don’t think I can transform the hoodie into Mario, Luigi, or Princess Belle. If you’re interested in seeing my versions of those, hop on over to Cautiously Crafty sometime after Halloween.  In the meantime, feel free to check out my tutorial for making the Urban Unisex hoodie reversible.   I hope you’ve enjoyed the post and have some awesome DIY costumes in your future!

-Paige

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Tricks or Treats? It’s a party!

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Sometimes I’m lazy, sometimes I’m really lazy and sometimes I’m just a little lazy.  When it comes to parties I vow to not be lazy.  I try my hardest to come up with awesome ideas and work hard to make sure everything pans out.  There are those heavenly times, though, that I can mix lazy and not lazy and still seem really cool.  That’s what happened for the husband’s 31st birthday.  Dan’s birthday is exceptionally close to Halloween and Halloween also happens to be his favorite Holiday.  It didn’t take much to summon the lazy bones out of the grave and combine the two occasions.  Then there was the phone call to the spirits of Martha Stewart and Monica Geller to pull it all together.  I decided to have a “Tricks or Treats Halloween Party” and this is what happened

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Here’s the lowdown. I wanted to have food that looked like one thing and COULD be another.  I’m not very good with “treats” though, so I made them all tricks.  Here’s what I made:

There was the Kitty Litter cake.  Not many people were brave enough to eat it, but I did and it was DELISH.  This is where I found the recipe.  It was a treat, but a trick on me since most people were too grossed out to eat any.  It’s just fake poop people.  It was doody-licious.

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Next up was the Meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato frosting.  I’ve seen many variations of this, but the one I used and I thought  was sooooo tasty was from the Every Day with Rachel Ray October 2008 issue. Recipe here. NOM NOM.  I dyed the potatoes, but next time I’d use blue or something less cheesy looking.

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I called the punch “toxic sludge” which is not very creative nor was it fooling anyone, but I needed a drink and this was really freaking delicious, so BAM!

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To me, the creepiest thing I made was this BBQ hot dog mess.  They really look like worms and EW.  Just EW.

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I also made some Meatballs called “Sweet Balls of Fire” (enter giggle here).  instead of a tablespoon of  hot pepper sauce, I added like half a bottle of Chili sauce.  Of course I didn’t tell anyone else that and when they ate them, they hated me with the burning of their tongues.  I’m telling you…AWESOME.

Overall, it was a really fun get together full of eating and games.  I had a blast watching people try to figure out if they were being tricked or treated.  No one should have that much fun scheming.  If you can get a hold of the October 2008 issue of Everyday with Rachel Ray, there are many more fun “Trick” recipes to try.  This would be so fun for the kids for Halloween OR April Fool’s day.

Oh yeah!  And I made all the costumes for us that year. I was still really new to sewing and it was a very risky move.  I looked like Wilma Flintstone who decided on a career in bee keeping but after a few stings and a lot of swelling, had to quit and be a stay at home mom.  In other words, my costume was NOT flattering  But the rest of the Flitstones and the Rubbles looked great!

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Have a spookalicious  trick-or-treating Halloween Bash!!!

-Crystal-

Quick Chicken Pot Pie

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My family loves chicken pot pie.  It’s a winner with both kids, comes together quickly, and we typically have leftovers so we can eat it for two nights so it’s a winner in my book too.  This particular recipe started off in The America’s Test Kichen: Quick Family Cookbook and I’ve adjusted it to be a little more to our liking.  Usually I make up the filling during nap time as shredding the chicken can be a bit of a mess and then pop it into the toaster oven shortly before dinner but even if I have to make it all at once I love that it doesn’t take an hour in the oven after having to cook everything together.  Quick dinner= AWESOME!

Quick Chicken Pot Pie---- That's What She Crafted


To begin wash your mushrooms.  I buy the pre-sliced mushrooms because half the time I can find them on “manager’s special” and because I’m a wee bit lazy.  So if you bought whole mushrooms slice them up post bath and put them on a microwave safe plate lined with 2 layers of coffee filters.  We only have the small ones so I usually use 4-6 total filters depending on how many came out of the box when I grabbed them.  You want the plate to be covered though because the filters soak up a lot of the liquid that the mushrooms will give off as they cook.  Microwave until softened, about 7 minutes.  i forgot a before picture so this after cooking picture will have to do!

Mushrooms-- That's What She Crafted

While the mushrooms are taking their spin, combine shredded chicken, Boursin, broth, cream, cornstarch, salt and pepper to taste in large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until cheese is melted and mixture is thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.  The recipe calls for you to crumble the Boursin when adding it to the pot but honestly, I don’t because I don’t want to waste any of that cheesy goodness by having it stick to my hands so I just stir and mash the clumps.
While you are waiting for the sauce to thicken, if you are like me you’ve forgotten to “thaw” your peas and carrots so throw those into the colander for a bath under some cool water to quick thaw them.
Thawing Peas and Carrots-- That's What She Crafted
After the sauce has thickened stir in microwaved mushrooms and peas and carrots.
Finished Filling-- That's What She Crafted
Transfer to 9-inch deep dish pie plate.  Depending on how much chicken or veggies you may have added extra or maybe you didn’t measure the chicken amount you put in you may not want to put all the filling in the pie dish.  I typically leave out about 1/2 cup to a full cup although when I made it this time I made it I only used 3 chicken thighs and used all of the filling in the pie.  In any case, leave some space so that when the sauce starts bubbling it doesn’t bubble over too much making a mess!
Filling In-- That's What She Crafted
This is the point I stop at as I put together this pie usually during nap time.  Depending on how much time we have until dinner I will cover and refrigerate or I just let it sit on the stove until about half hour to an hour before I want to serve dinner.   The last part is easy enough for me to do with two little ones running underfoot.
Carefully lay pie crust over top.  Tuck overhanging dough underneath itself to be flush with the rim of the pie plate so you don’t end up with burned edges.  Cut three 1-inch steam vents into the top of dough.  Please excuse the not so pretty pie crust.  I realized after I started that I forgot to buy pie crust and had to make it up quick.  Probably should have left it in the freezer a little longer before rolling it out.
Pie Crust On-- That's What She Crafted
I recommend when baking this to put the pie plate on a lined cookie sheet to catch any bubbling over that may occur.  Bake  at 425 degrees until filling is bubbling and crust is browned, about 25 minutes, rotating pie plate halfway through baking. Let cool slightly and serve.

Quick Chicken Pot Pie

SERVES 4 to 6

For connivence use a store bought rotisserie chicken– I find that 3 cups is about both breast pieces and one thigh piece.  If I haven’t picked up a chicken from the store I will also boil 3-4 thigh pieces or 3 breast pieces (I typically have chicken of some cut in the freezer).
Store bought pie crust makes for a quicker pie (unless you already have some made up in your freezer) but if you have the time you can make it as well.

8 ounces white mushrooms, trimmed and quartered (I bought 8 oz sliced and left them as is)
3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1 (5.2 ounce) package Boursin cheese: Garlic and Herbs
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch
salt and pepper
2 cups frozen peas and carrots, thawed
1 refrigerated Pie Crust (Store bought comes with 2 crusts, you only need 1 for this recipe)
 
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees (or hold off on this if you will be making the filling ahead of time).  Microwave mushrooms on plate lined with 2 layers of coffee filters until softened, about 7 minutes.
2.  Meanwhile, combine shredded chicken, Boursin, broth, cream, cornstarch, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until cheese is melted and mixture is thickened, 5 to 7 minutes.
3. Stir in microwaved mushrooms and peas and carrots.  Season with salt and peper to taste.
4. Transfer to 9-inch deep dish pie plate.
5. Carefully lay pie crust over top.  Tuck overhanging dough underneath itself to be flush with the rim of the pie plate.  Cut three 1-inch steam vents into the top of dough.
6. Bake until filling is bubbling and crust is browned, about 25 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve.
Happy Eating!
Viever