Friday, January 18, 2019

Inspirational Friday


Be whatever ~you~ want to be, and...
Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Barbie Baby Bassinet from Recycled Shampoo Bottle

Does a Barbie in your child's life have a baby or babysit? This Barbie Baby Bassinet is anther super fast recycled shampoo bottle craft. All that's required are sturdy scissors and some scrap fabric for a blanket (looks like we have a future Eagles fan here:@) Decorating the outside is optional, but it sure can be fun! Oh and, that ~um~ hair doo? Yep, looks about right for a woman with a newborn!

Barbie Baby Bassinet:
1. Cut bottom off of shampoo bottle. Give yourself a piece about 2" high to work with and trim down.
2. Remove labels from shampoo bottle.
3. Wash well and dry.
4. Cut with sturdy scissors into a 'sleigh' shape, making one side higher with sloped sides.

5. Add a little batting for a mattress or a blanket and maybe a pillow.

6. Embellish outside as desired. Hot glue a ruffle, ribbon, pom-poms, rick-rack, etc around the outside edge if you want to make it fancy. Or let the girls color it with Sharpies, add stickers, glitter, etc. Note: My ruffle is 1" from top to the bottom of the scalloped edge.
7. Lay baby in bassinet and smile:@)

The scissors I used:

These Barbie babies are about $3 at Walmart and make a cute little gift.

Ha-ha, lovin' it!

Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

Monday, January 14, 2019

Date and Nut Bread -And Broadway Basketeers Dried Fruit and Nut Gift Tray Review

A few years ago I started a label called 'new food to me' for things I've never had before. Believe it or not, dates were on that list. But I can cross them off now that Broadway Basketeers sent me a generous dried fruit and nut tray for review. I used the dates to make Bloggy Buddy Kitty's Date and Nut Bread. It's a hearty and moist loaf cake that's perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. And it freezes beautifully, so even if you have a smaller household, you can cover it with plastic wrap and enjoy a slice as desired. Don't hesitate to give this quick bread a try folks, I think you'll like it!

While I'd be thrilled to receive one of these beautiful Dried Fruit and Nut Gift Trays any time of year, I think they are especially nice during winter, and there's a lot of winter left folks... Dried fruit and nuts are perfect for nibbling (how about a healthier treat for the next big game:@) They can also be used in baking and dried apricots are great for making an easy jam. I also like that they aren't quickly perishable, simply store in an air tight container and these goodies will stay fresh for months.

What to do with all that yummy fruit? Besides munching of course... 
I'm here to help ya folks!
  1. It would all be good in oatmeal, especially the apples and peaches. 
  2. Dried Apricot Jam
  3. Brie Dip with Apricot Topping
  4. Bread Machine Panettone-I used this recipe with the dried peaches-boy that's good!
  5. Date and Nut Bread/Cake
  6. Oatmeal Cookies, exchange the Raisinettes for chopped apple, apricot, prunes, peaches or cranberries
  7. Bread Pudding
  8. Bacon Wrapped Apricots Appetizer
  9. White Chocolate and Apple Popcorn
Date and Nut Bread-from Kitty's Kozy Kitchen
~printable version~
3/4 C chopped nuts, either walnuts or pecans-I used walnuts
8 oz pitted, whole dates, chopped-mine were roughly chopped
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C shortening-can sub butter, Kitty uses butter flavored shortening, I used regular shortening
3/4 C boiling water
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 C sugar
1 1/2 C A/P flour, sifted
  1. Combine nuts, dates, baking soda and salt to mixing bowl. 
  2. Add shortening and boiling water, let sit for 15 minutes, stir.
  3. In separate bowl, beat eggs slightly and stir in vanilla. Stir in sugar and flour.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry, stir to combine but don't over mix.
  5. Pour batter into greased 9x5 loaf pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean. 
  7. Cool in pan for 15 minutes before removing from baking dish onto rack.
I would like to thank Kitty for sharing a favorite family recipe and Broadway Basketeers for gifting me this dried fruit and nut tray.
My honest opinion is, it's a thoughtful gift, and a very tasty one too:@)
So why not pour a cuppa and stop by their site HERE to see the great variety of items offered,
everything from gift towers to fresh fruit to wine

Eat well, gift generously, and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Snippets-Playoff Weekend! Tiered Tray, Party Supplies, Vintage S&P, Munchies & More

We're ready for some football here at Pig In Mud!!! The Philly Faithful are still believing in St. Nick Foles and we have our fingers crossed for a win tomorrow in Nawlins:@) I put together a quick football centerpiece and my favorite thing about it is the great items I found on clearance! The penalty flags were marked down to 10¢ (and may sit next to me during the game to throw at the TV as needed...).

This pic was from before the Bears game last week. Eagles cocktail napkins were marked down to 10¢ a pack a few years ago. And the battery operated candle was half price after Christmas at Walmart, it's kind of neat the way the 'wick' actually wiggles around creating a flickering effect.

Walmart had an end display of party goods, I saw a lot of similar items at Party City too. 

I found this ~really~ adorable old salt and pepper set (egg holder?) nosing around Etsy HERE.
But alas... It's not for my team.

Need an easy appy for the game? 
These Stovetop Stuffing Meatballs are very good and about as easy as it gets!

Or feel up to the challenge of making something a little more involved?
These Chicken Bombs are still one of my most popular posts on Pinterest and something I need to make again... soon.
There are 87 (and growing) pins at a glance on my Dips, Cheese Balls and Salsa Pinterest Board HERE.

And finally, when jalapenos are this big and beautiful... I'll be stuffing them for lunch for sure!

Have a great weekend everyone, eat well and enjoy the games:@)

Friday, January 11, 2019

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend everyone:@)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Slow Cooker Rice Pudding -Small Batch Little Dipper Crock Pot Recipe (and Full Size Recipe)

Cutting back a little on sweets after the holidays? How about an easy dessert that only makes two servings... This Little Dipper Slow Cooker Rice Pudding leaves no tempting leftovers and offers true portion control:@) This was a very flavorful little pudding, you will know the vanilla and cinnamon are in there! I had some golden raisins on-hand and used them, they are very mild and sweet. Overall review: Don't hesitate to try this folks, and an extra bonus, it's always fun to find another use for the Little Dipper Crock Pot.

My Little Dipper will eventually come to a boil. So I chose to remove the lid and stir every 45 minutes. 
This did a good job of controlling the temperature so that it didn't begin to bubble/boil until the last 15 minutes.
I'll list my small batch recipe, you can click on Slow Cooking Perfected for the larger, regular size recipe.

Rice Pudding, Little Dipper Crock Pot Small Batch-adapted from Slow Cooking Perfected
1/4 C long grain rice
1 1/3 C milk-I used Half and Half
2 Tblsp sugar
1/3 tsp cinnamon-just estimate
1/3 tsp vanilla extract-just estimate
2 tsp butter
handful of raisins, optional-I used golden raisins this time
  1. Rinse rice under running water for a couple minutes, drain.
  2. Add everything to slow cooker and stir.
  3. Cover and cook for approximately 2.5 hours. I set a timer and stirred it everyt 45 minutes. 
  4. Stir and serve.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Monday, January 7, 2019

Team Colors Dyed Pasta Salad -Philadelphia Eagles Version

I decided to cheer on the Eagles with a little Team Colors Dyed Pasta Salad for the Bears game. It seems to have helped, Woo-Hoo! You could make a version of this for whatever team you are still rooting for (or for whatever sport you're watching at the moment). Have to chuckle, in real life the green was darker and did have a that murky blueish under tone... In my photos, it's green:@) This is a fun little project that's sure to be a conversation starter at your next football party!

For the Eagles I used: 17 drops of green and 3 drops of blue.

A few years ago I posted this neat little NFL color chart from McCormick:

Directions:
  1. For each cup of cooking water use 20 drops of food coloring (for a brighter, intense color).
  2. Cook pasta per directions on the package or until desired doneness, drain and run under cold water until the water runs clear.
  3. Make your favorite pasta salad recipe and enjoy!

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