Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Snapshots of Thanksgiving Weekend

A few snapshots of our Thanksgiving table...



Before the food came out
And the puppy almost got the turkey.
Yes.
That happened.

And my pink fondant {peanut butter chocolate} birthday cake care of my awesome little bro


As well as some of our annual decking of the halls in my mom's house over the long weekend...


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

*Slow Cooker Scrumptiousness* Curried Pumpkin Apple Soup

Me and my slow cooker are BFFs
So when I find a recipe that isn't supposed to work for her
I do what I can to make it happen

That's what I did with this delicious pinned recipe
And it was just perfect



*Slow Cooker* Curried Pumpkin Apple Soup

Ingredients
1 onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 apple
2 tspns curry powder
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1/4 tspn salt
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup heavy cream
3-4 tblspns honey
Garnish: sour cream {optional}

*Note: you could easily make this a healthy recipe by cutting the heavy cream.  I didn't do it, but I tasted it before I added the cream and it was still totally delish!*

First you must chop.
If you're like me, do it the night before.
Chop up the onion, celery and apple into large chunks
{you'll be blending them eventually so don't worry about getting little pieces}

Add the onion, celery and apple into the pot.


Then add the pumpkin on top.


Followed by the curry powder, salt and bay leaf.


And then dump the chicken broth over it and mix it all up.


Put your slow cooker on low and cook for 7-9 hours.


Come back, stick your immersion blender in there and blend it all up.


About 10 minutes before serving, add the heavy cream and honey and stir it all up.


 Top with a plop of sour cream and enjoy!



Printable Version:

*Slow Cooker* Curried Pumpkin Apple Soup

Ingredients
1 onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 apple
2 tspns curry powder
3 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
1/4 tspn salt
1 bay leaf
1/3 cup heavy cream
3-4 tblspns honey
Garnish: sour cream {optional}

Chop up onion, celery and apple into large chunks.  Add all of these into the pot.  Then add the pumpkin on top, followed by the curry powder, salt and bay leaf.  Pour the chicken broth on top and mix.

Put your slow cooker on low and cook for 7-9 hours.  

Blend the soup using an immersion blender, or transfer to a regular blender.  About 10 minutes before serving, add the heavy cream and honey and stir. 
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving {And a Black Friday Discount!}

All of the below featured items {and more!} can be found at the My Happily Ever After etsy shop!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
In honor of Thanksgiving
{And the lovely post Thanksgiving tradition of Black Friday}
I'm running a sale at my shop!


We have some lovely fall items in yellows, browns and oranges
And of course
Pumpkins
That are on sale now!



And of course, we're getting started with the Christmas season
With the little wine cork Christmas trees,
Santa hats,
And candy canes
And so much more to come!



And if you're looking for something special to give to a friend or loved one
Finish your holiday shopping early with our most popular item
The personalized gift of a wine cork monogram or heart



Through the end of this weekend, I'm offering a special 20% off all items in the shop
With the code GIVETHANKS
So stop by the shop and pick up a little something for your home
Or to give to a friend
For this holiday season!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I'm Blank Because

One of my favie fav blogs of all time
Little Miss Momma
Had this fun and simple post last week that inspired me to join in the game
{I'm also going to blatantly copy her by using some camera phone pics...mostly of the dog...for this post}




I’m weird because…
I love McDonalds.  And Carls Jr.  And pretty much all junk food.
French fries are my favorite food.  Chicken fingers follow closely behind.  With ranch.  Lots of ranch.
I listen to Christmas music all year round.  Mostly when no one's around or in my car so no one can hear.
I sleep hugging a squishy pillow and with ear plugs. 
I despise doing laundry.  And ironing.  Oh and vacuuming too.  Our puppy still barks when we pull out the vacuum or the ironing board because she's not sure what they are {that's embarrassing}
I love doing the dishes.  There's nothing like hot soapy water to warm up your insides after a good meal. 
I seriously dislike those toilet seat covers in public bathrooms.  I prefer to layer the seat with toilet paper.  I've never told anyone that before.  Is that awkward? 
I don't really like movies.  I'd rather watch tv any day.
I still call my mom *mommy*
I don't just sing when I'm in the car.  I belt it out.  And dance a little too.  I've gotten more than a few stares, but I'm ok with it, because it's a pretty great stress relief.
My puppy loves to sleep on our pillows and blankets.  And I let her.  But I guess that makes her weird and not me.  
Shopping is another one of my big stress relievers.  I completely understand the phrase *retail therapy* 
I snore.  So does the dog.  Hubby describes it as *perfect harmony*  And that's why I'm married to him
I make faces in the mirrors of the elevator of my building.
I am not a shoe person.  I actually prefer to be barefoot.
I'm ridiculously a touch obsessed with reality television.  Like I refer to the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills by nicknames like they're my bffs.

 Sleepy puppy
 

I’m sad because…
I let myself get too stressed out.
I always have to look forward to the future instead of being satisfied in today.  I want a big house with lots of kids and a great career, but I have issues with being patient.
I don't feel like I have enough time in the day to make everyone happy and spend time with everyone I should.
I've had some major craft and recipe fails.  Maybe not so much sad as disappointing.  Although they can occasionally be hilarious as well.
College football season is almost over {what? it makes me sad! not as bad as the others, but still...go bruins!}

Go Bruins!  This is apparently my football player face...
You can put that in the *weird* category

I’m happy because…
Hubby gave me my bday present early and it's a Silhouette!! 
It's almost time for Christmas music to be acceptably played.  Everywhere.  And for my boxes and boxes of holiday decorations to be unpacked.  And for our annual trip to the Christmas tree lot.  And the subsequent delicious smell of pine to permeate my home.
Thanksgiving {and my bday} is so.close.  And I get all of my and Hubby's family together in one house for it.
I have one more event this weekend and then I'm pretty well done for the season {cue sigh of relief}
I have a wonderful husband and a perfect puppy in a fabulous little apartment that I can't wait to go home to tonight {and every night}

Yessss new toy!!  Thanks Hubby!

I’m excited for…
The holdiays {obviously}
New recipes on the meal plan
More time to relax and enjoy life
Thanksgiving dinner
Tons of craft projects on the docket
Updating my etsy shop with new holiday items
My two week *winter break* from work
My birthday dinner with Hubby
Teaching myself to sew during my time off


So that's me.
{with smear-y eye makeup above}
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cowboy Casserole {Recipe}

So I was on Pinterest the other day
{don't all of my stories start this way?}
And I saw this casserole
With tatertots on top
And I decided instantly that I had to try it

I clicked through to find the recipe over at The Cutting Edge of Ordinary
And Lisa is right
It does look like dog food
But it tastes like heaven.


Cowboy Casserole

Ingredients
1 1/4 pounds ground beef
1 onion
3 cloves garlic {or the pre-minced equivalent}
1 can corn
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 cups shredded cheddar chees
1/2 cup milk
4 tblspns sour cream
1 - 30 oz bag frozen tatertots

Let's do this thang.


First things first.  Take those tatertots out of the freezer and let them defrost.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
And dice up your onion


Pop the onion into a pan and cook it for 3-5 minutes



Add your garlic and cook for another minute


Add the beef and cook it until there's no pink left


Drain this and put it aside in a bigger bowl for the moment
Grab another bowl and wisk up the soup, milk and sour cream.  


Pour this over the bowl with the beef mixture and stir it up


Then add the corn and a cup of the cheese and mix everything together



Grab a 9" x 13" pyrex and spray it with some Pam.  Put a little more than half of the tatertots in the bottom, so that they pretty much cover it.


Add your beef mixture on top of that.


And then dot the top with tatertots {you can also save more tatertots for the top if you're into that}



And add the rest of the cheese on top


Bake at 350 for 30 - 40 minutes


Pop it out of the oven,
Scoop it up
And enjoy
{with your stomach, not your eyes
like it said, it's not the prettiest thing I ever made}


A perfect cool fall evening meal!


Printable recipe:
Cowboy Casserole

Ingredients
1 1/4 pounds ground beef
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
{or the pre-minced equivalent}
1 can corn
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
2 cups shredded cheddar chees
1/2 cup milk
4 tblspns sour cream
1 - 30 oz bag frozen tatertots

Take those tatertots out of the freezer and let them defrost.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Dice your onion.


Put the onion into a pan and cook it for 3-5 minutes.  Add your garlic and cook for another minute.  Add the beef and cook it until entirely brown.  Drain the mixture and put it aside in a bigger bowl for the moment.

Grab another bowl and wisk up the soup, milk and sour cream.   Pour this over the beef mixture and stir.  Add the corn and a cup of the cheese and mix.



Take a 9" x 13" pyrex and spray it with some Pam.  Put a little more than half of the tatertots in the bottom.  Add your beef mixture on top, then dot with tatertots.  Add the rest of the cheese on top. 

Bake at 350 for 30 - 40 minutes
Remove from the oven, serve and enjoy!
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