Friday, September 17, 2021

Inspirational Friday

Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Pumpkin Spice Ice Pops & Leftover Pumpkin Recipe Round-Up

Even though we're in mid-September the weather is still warm here in Philly, and I know it is in a lot of other areas too. So I thought these four ingredient Pumpkin Spice Ice Pops would be a nice nod to fall while still helping cool us down a bit. Seriously super simple and quite creamy, I also love that if you make the recipe as is, you'll have about 2/3 cup of pumpkin leftover to make another treat too:@) A full batch would fill approximately six pops using my thrift store Tupperware set, please keep in mind all molds are different sizes. This mixture really didn't rise much as it froze, so go ahead and fill it pretty close to the tops of the molds.

Oh and, if you're so inclined... 
I'm thinking subbing a shot or two of alcohol might make a nice adult treat
for tailgating or a fall bonfire too... Just sayin'.
I used the little shot glass solo cups below.
Tip: Freeze tiny appy spoons in the cups for handles.
That way, if someone happens to pull the handle out, they still have a spoon:@)

What to do with some leftover pumpkin?

Pumpkin Spice Ice Pops-from Food Network Magazine
1 C pumpkin puree
1/2 C sweetened condensed milk
1/2 C half and half
1 tsp pumpkin spice
~Mix well with whisk, pour into popsicle molds, add something for a handle, freeze until set. Warm with hands to unmold and eat.

Enjoy a sweet treat and have a happy day:@)

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Free Barbie House to Makeover... And Fireplace Update

I wanted to share a post showcasing the great Barbie House Ma found for free. It's been fun trying to make changes so it looks a little more grown-up and true to life. This is an ongoing project (far from complete), and to date, I've basically just worked on whatever room I wanted to use for pictures. The plan is to create a home for the dolls, furnish it, and just use that for future diorama posts. All while decorating for the seasons and holidays of course:@)

The original doll house:
This is a Kid Craft Supermodel House, 47" tall and 30" wide. 
The floors are about 11" deep. 
14 1/2" floor to ceiling on the first two levels, up to 17" on the top floor with the tilted roof. 

The first thing I wanted to work on was the... um... color scheme:@)
My first attempt at changing the livingroom:
Remove staircase, add brick scrapbook paper wall, white poster board main wall, and placemat rug.

A before and after pic:

And the most important room in the house...
The kitchen!
A very basic beginning:
Contact paper on the floor, a Gloria 3D kitchenette, and some white paper to cover half of the wall.
Once everything is in place I'll permanently hang the window.

The before and after:

As for today's contribution, it's the fireplace.
I bought a Gloria fireplace set on Ebay and it is spectacular, but ~huge~, 
more for a Barbie mansion, not a doll house:@)
Last year I used the insert for my Christmas pic, but did promise a mantle for future posts...

Well, thanks to my son's help here it is,
smaller and more to scale for this doll house:@)
We used a wooden picture frame for the mantle and he cut the plastic insert to fit inside.
As time goes on I'll build it into it's permanent spot in the livingroom,
add some floor bricks for the hearth,
and some charred background bricks for seasons when we don't need a fire.

This house renovation is -s-l-o-w- going, but I'll pop in with periodic updates.
Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Peach & Pumpkin Spice Meatballs -Slow Cooker Appetizer (Little Dipper or Larger)

These Peach and Pumpkin Spice Meatballs disappeared very quickly folks! (Ha, ha, I even saw my son looking into the Crock Pot for more:@) Sweet, fruity, and the warm fall spices will play nicely right through the holiday season. They can be made with either peach or apricot jam, whichever you have on-hand, I used peach this time. If you're looking for something a little different for your next gathering or game day snack, this is a nice four ingredient slow cooker appy that comes together in no time and basically cooks itself. 
This is a very crowd friendly recipe, no hot sauce or garlic, just jam and spices:@)
I'll list what I did for my Little Dipper Crock Pot, 
recipe easily increased.

Peach and Pumpkin Spice Meatballs
7 oz of frozen cooked meatballs
3/4 C peach or apricot jam or preserves
1 tsp pumpkin spice
1 tsp cornstarch
  1. Place meatballs in slow cooker.
  2. Mix everything else, pour over meatballs.
  3. Place paper towels under lid, cook on low, at 2 hours stir well, cook for about 3 hours total or until heated through. 
  4. Stir and serve with fun food picks.
Snack well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday Thoughts: On Blogging & A New Season!

Sometimes I see on blogs, "I've been doing this for a long time" or "after so many years...". It's true folks, I've been at this for a while. 11 1/2 years, two broken point and shoot cameras, thousands of posts, tons of kitchen toys, some great food, some really bad bloggy bloopers, enough Jello to fill a bathtub, and a partridge in a pear tree, or two... I keep posting because this has proven to be the one hobby that still holds my interest. And I hope, your interest too:@)

I've tried lots of new things, and new blogs, picked a schedule, and attempted themes... And I'll continue to reevaluate and try to create an inspirational spot for you to stop by for a brief visit. One of my favorite reader comments came way back in the early years, she said "you've created a safe space here"... That meant a lot to me, and I took it to heart. I want PIM to be a place you can come to and not have to worry about real life for a couple minutes. And if the kids happen to peek over your shoulder, well, the worst that should happen is they want a cookie:@)

I'm sure you've noticed full Barbie posts are back. Honestly, it was just too much for me to maintain two blogs while working full time. And I do truly enjoy creating things for my little Barbie world. So Pig In Mud's content will go back to being more eclectic, kinda anything goes. Life's too short to not do things that make you happy!

🍁I look forward to the warm flavors and crafts of fall and the holiday season...
And I hope you'll join me!☕

You can follow via Bloglovin HERE or click Blogger on my sidebar.

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, 
it truly makes me smile:@)

Friday, September 10, 2021

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Barbie #1 Fan Foam Finger Free Pattern & 1:6 Scale Crock Pot of Meatballs-DIY

Are you ready for some football??? We sure are here at PIM! The NFL season kicks off this week and to show some support for our team, I made a small, Barbie size foam finger and this ~really cute~ 1:6 scale slow cooker of meatballs:@) The finger is a pretty quick project, the slow cooker was a little more involved, but that was mostly drying time for the glue.

For the fan finger:
I didn't have green, black or white, but did have some pink craft foam leftover from an old project
And if anyone can pull off pink, it's Barbie:@)

What I did:

  1. Trace pattern onto foam, flip pattern over and trace another one.
  2. Cut out, aim for ~outside~ of drawing line (maybe make the wrist a little wider too, got mine on, but it's tight).
  3. Glue two sides together leaving bottom open so you can slip the doll's hand inside (I used hot glue).
  4. Finish drawing fingers and outline, add #1 if desired (I used a regular size Sharpie).
And we all know football requires munchies...
Barbie whipped up a Slow Cooker of Meatballs for the game😎
Are you looking for some fun meatballs for ~your~ football party?

I started with the little container from Play Dough (either that brand or another), 
the smallest ones you sometimes see as party favors, Halloween treats or stocking stuffers.
The lids are perfect because they really look like the vessel.
I chose to keep my lid intact, you could also cut the center out so you could fill the pot with 'food'.
  1. Open container, discard play dough. Cut tab off so the top is round.
  2. Paint tops black, or color of choice. I was hoping for a shiny finish, so I used black nail polish-that didn't quite work out.
  3. I couldn't get the label off of the container cleanly, so I just spray painted silver over it.
  4. Glue 3 or 4 beads to the bottom for feet, one on each side for handles, and one to center lower front for the temperature knob. I thought Aileen's Turbo Tacky Glue might be neater than hot glue, and did spend a lot of time waiting for it to dry.
  5. Add small team logo to front if you have one:@)
  6. Roll small meatballs out of clay that will dry out. Paint them or use markers for color.
  7. Glue meatballs to top.
  8. My 'sauce' is nail polish, again I was aiming for a shiny wet look.

Make something just for fun and have a happy day🏈
Oh and... GO EAGLES!!!

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Monday, September 6, 2021

Bisquick Banana Nut Bread with Granola Topping

I had a couple bananas that were well past their prime and decided to take advantage of the cooler mornings... This Bisquick Banana Nut Bread with Granola Topping is perfect any time of day, and especially nice with a good strong cup of coffee or tea:@) I had some granola to use up and thought it might add a little extra goodness to the top, and nuts are always welcome. Be sure to use all of the banana for the best flavor and moisture. This is one of those quick breads that's better after being covered in plastic wrap after cool and allowed to sit for a few hours. It's a nice recipe to try if you already have Bisquick on-hand.
Want to make this a tad healthier?
Use Heart Healthy Bisquick, a Stevia type sweetener, fat free milk, sub some applesauce for the oil, etc.
I made half of the recipe, that made a very nice 4X8 loaf.

Bisquick Banana Nut Bread with Granola Topping-adapted from Betty Crocker
1 1/3 C mashed banana, approximately 3 large 
2/3 C sugar
1/4 C milk
3 Tblsp vegetable oil
1/2-1 tsp vanilla-I used 1 tsp
3 eggs
2 2/3 C Bisquick
1/2 C chopped nuts of choice-I used walnuts
Granola and extra nuts for topping if desired
  1. Mix everything, pour into sprayed 9X5 loaf pan.
  2. Generously sprinkle top with granola (I used honey/oat) and extra nuts if desired, I desired:@) Very gently press into top of batter.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Half of the recipe in 8x4 pan took about 45 minutes.)
  4. Let cool 10 minutes, loosen sides with knife, remove from pan, allow to cool before slicing. 

Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Inspirational Friday -Labor Day Weekend


Happy Labor Day Weekend-enjoy:@)


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