Friday, November 28, 2014

Cocoa Pumpkin Bread with Dried Cranberries & Chocolate Glaze

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Pumpkin Cocoa Bread with Dried Cranberries & Chocolate Glaze
This is another winning flavor combination: pumpkin, chocolate & cranberries!
A few weeks ago I shared with you my favorite pumpkin varieties:
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I baked those pumpkins and then any leftover I froze to use later - below left is the pie pumpkin and the right is the fairy tale pumpkin variety.
(for this recipe you may use canned unsweetened pumpkin puree if you prefer)


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Printable Recipe
Bread
1/2 cup pumpkin (already baked/cooked & pureed)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
Melt the butter & cool until lukewarm.  In a large mixing bowl mix the eggs, melted butter, vanilla extract & sugar until the sugar dissolves.  Now add the pumpkin puree & stir until combined.  Then add the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, & salt - stir until combined.  Finally add the cranberries & stir.  Spray or butter a loaf pan and pour the batter into the pan.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool on a cooling rack & take a knife & gently run along the edges to release the bread from the pan.  Wait for 15 minutes before inverting the bread & removing it from the pan.  While the bread is cooling - make the glaze.

Glaze
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 tablespoons water
Melt butter, add cocoa & water - stir until thickens but DO NOT BOIL (this can be ruined in a matter of seconds).  Remove from the heat and stir in other ingredients until combined & smooth.
I waited until the bread was completely cooled before adding the "glaze" because I like that fudging consistency.  I would wait until you invert the bread before beginning to make this glaze & then spread the top of the bread with this glaze.





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Serve & ENJOY!!




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365 Days of Being THANKFUL- DAY#2

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A few weeks ago I decided that I would start a new series on this blog called: "365 Days of Being THANKFUL".  The more I thought about it the more I felt led by God but then at the same time I started wondering if I would be able to do this for a whole year!  One month of being thankful is measurable let alone hundreds of days!
So, today is the second day of my challenge - I must be able to find something each day that I am thankful for since I am so blessed.

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DAY#2 - Today I am thankful for leftover turkey with which I will be able to create meals that will last through the weekend and even into early next week.


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

365 Days of Being THANKFUL - DAY#1

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A few weeks ago I decided that I would start a new series on this blog called: "365 Days of Being THANKFUL".  The more I thought about it the more I felt led by God but then at the same time I started wondering if I would be able to do this for a whole year!  One month of being thankful is measurable let alone hundreds of days!
So, today begins my challenge - I must be able to find something each day that I am thankful for since I am so blessed.

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DAY#1 - Today I am thankful for my God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - without my Lord I would have no reason to be thankful for anything.
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DAY#4 - Daily Meal Planning for the Holidays

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DAY#4 - Daily Meal Planning for the Holidays

Whether we're talking about Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years - the "Holidays" bring company and the opportunity to be creative in the kitchen!  I wanted to help take the stress out of daily meal planning by providing an entire day of recipes.  There will be 8 days total.  These "daily meals" are not the big celebration meals for Christmas, New Years or Thanksgiving, rather these are for the in-between days.
I will even include some beverage recipes on certain days.
Feel free to click on each title below to see more detailed instructions.

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Click HERE to print up the entire day of Recipes
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Cranberry Walnut Smoothie



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Chicken Corn Chowder

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Thanksgiving-Style Brownies

I'm really excited about this Thanksgiving twist on brownies! Gooey chocolate, crunchy walnuts, and guess what? Dried cranberries! It makes a luscious treat for Thanksgiving or any time of the year!



Sweet & Simple Projects: 

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Ornament

Easy to make pipe cleaner Christmas tree ornament. So cute and a great kids activity!
You can make your own pipe cleaner tree ornament using a just a few simple materials, and the end result is a sweet little tree ready to hang on your real Christmas tree. This is a great craft to do with kids!



Hot & Cold Rice Bag Tutorial

                             Creative Pink Butterfly
                                          
    A rice bag is probably one of the smartest things one can have lying around  your house (in their designated area). It is also super-easy to make! You can even make any size or shape you want. You can make hand warmers, like A Bee In My Bonnet or a foot warmer like V and Co. Today I am going to show you how I create a shoulder bag. The great thing about this design is that it sits comfortably around your shoulders. You can of course use it for other body parts such as backs, stomaches, feet, etc. It is 40 x 15 cm and is divided into four sections. This prevents the rice from going to one side only


Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts

Whether you are looking for the perfect seasonal side dish, or just love green beans, this dish is for you. They are coated in delicious butter and garlic, and then topped with cranberries and walnuts for a dash of sweetness and a bit of crunch. The key to keeping these green beans vibrant and bright is making sure to plunge them in an ice bath (see directions), and completely cool them down before continuing the cooking process.



Cookie Dough Cupcakes | Tackling Life
I knew before even making these that the guys would love them! How can you not like raw cookie dough? And dough without egg makes it safe to eat. Which meant I snuck a little bit while making them


The Reality of Getting Ready With a Child

                                      Winks and Eyerolls

Oh the carefree mornings...back when I was able to walking around as I pleased, take my time to make sure my makeup looked nice and the perfect outfit was picked out. This all seems like a distant dream. Those mornings aren't around anymore and that's ok. As a working mom (who is not a morning person), I'm going to tell you about my realities of getting ready with a child.


Mama’s Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding

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Since it has turned all fall-like and cozy-feeling I’ve been making this {raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free} chia pudding concoction with pumpkin for breakfast and snacks…anything to add more pumpkin to the season! Our visit to the pumpkin patch was just perfect for that crisp autumnal day!



Cocktail: Texas Lemon Drop Martini

If you have an upcoming holiday party or bachelorette party, these Lemon Drop Sugar Cubes are the perfect on-the-go mixer to make this simple Texas Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail. What makes this a Texas Lemon Drop Martini?? The Dripping Springs Texas Vodka of course. This vodka is pure and smooth…making it the perfect pairing in this cocktail.



Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

The Holiday season is almost upon us. To this day, side dishes play just as an important role as the entrée in our house. Here are twenty-five feast worthy side dishes. 



This is such an easy and inexpensive DIY project. You can make your own Chevron Tray on the cheap…or you can choose a different pattern if chevron is not your thing.I was able to use a 40% Off a Single Item coupon at my local craft store…so the tray cost me around $5. The scrapbook paper was under a $1. I had the Mod Podge (decoupage) on hand…but if you don’t you can grab a bottle for $5- $10 depending on the size. I also sealed the wood with poly (optional).



November Beauty Favorites

   Unfading Beauty

My Bare Minerals Ready foundation was running out and was on the search for a paraben free and natural foundation. I loved my Bare Minerals but i was looking for something with a more natural look and not too heavy.

In the beginning i had a love hate relationship with the Tarte airbrush foundation ,the coverage wasn't so good compared to Bare Minerals Ready  and it didn't cover much of the redness in my face.


BLUEBERRY CREAM CHEESE PIE

My husband loves blueberry cream cheese pie and every year at Christmas, it’s his one request.
Of course, the boys also have favorites for Christmas, but though their so-called favorites may vary a bit, my husband’s request is always the same.

DIY snowflake necklace - Perfect gift for your girl friend

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Today I am sharing my first post for Christmas this year. It is about making a beautiful snowflake necklace for your sister, friend or your wife /girl friend (If you are a guy reading this post ;)) to gift this holiday season or may be one for yourself. It is so easy to make and you will be surprised "How gorgeous" it looks. If you can't afford for real diamonds then this is something you should make to impress your girl. I am sure it has more value than the real diamonds if it is handmade jewelry by you.(Don't you agree ? :))Lets start making!!



Coffee Filter Trees

If you have been following my blog a little, I think you can tell that I like to recycle, up cycle and use materials in new ways.
One of my favorite materials to use is coffee filters.
They are inexpensive and very versatile. 
I have used them for many projects.
With Christmas around the corner, I wanted to share an easy project today.
Coffee Filter Trees!





The other day I decided to use some of the fun fabrics I have to make some Christmas throw pillows for the living room.  I have had this Christmas Tree pillow on my Christmas Pinterest board for a long time so I was ready to give it a go.   I got my inspiration from this Christmas Tree Pillow Tutorial I followed on Inspired Honey Bee.  She actually got her inspiration from a tree pillow on Style Me Pretty.  I didn't follow the tutorial exactly but I do love how they turned out! 




10 tips to make sending Christmas cards easy

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Sending Christmas cards should not feel like a chore
Whether you are planning your USA Thanksgiving or not, Christmas comes faster than Rudolph can blink his nose, and if you send out Christmas cards (See one of my most popular posts on this very topic) there is no time to waste.
Last year I shared a few tips on how to make sending out Christmas cards easy instead of a chore that we dread, or worse, that we feel obligated to do. Here’s my updated list:
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