Saturday, December 3, 2022

ReView: Cranberry Apple Jam & Barbie Outerwear Christmas Gifts-DIY

Leftover cranberries in the freezer? How about whipping up some Cranberry Apple Jam, I've provided a recipe that can be scaled down or up depending upon how much you'd like to make. And since cranberries have natural pectin, no store bought pectin is required! Just fruit and sugar, nice and easy... Add some warm spices and this would be a perfect Christmas gift:@) Good on toast or over cream cheese as an appetizer with crackers.

And as we're gathering gift ideas for the little Barbie enthusiasts in our life,
here are some cute DIY outerwear ideas that come together pretty quickly.
Mattel doesn't offer much cold weather gear...

Vary the type of yarn used for different looks.

Happy Holiday PlanningπŸŽ…

Friday, December 2, 2022

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Christmas prep, the tree...

I wanted to pop in to say things have been a little slow in the Pig In Mud kitchen recently, but we should be back soon! I've been taking some time to get ready for Christmas... Yep, yet another new tree this year, I just wasn't happy with last year's. This is a 3' Valerie Parr Hill tree from QVC, still a little wonky, but a better size for me now. Even though small, I can still load it up with ornaments, and that's important to me:@) New, vintage, thrift store and flea market finds, gifted treasures, sale items, just gotta have its, and... My G-Mom-B's extra large ornaments from Germany. This tree makes me smile!
The little fisherman Santa actually reels in the fish!
His arm goes around in a circle as the fish lowers and gets reeled in:@)
He's at least 30 years old from Strawbridge's.

I hope you are enjoying early holiday prep tooπŸŽ…
Have a happy day!

Monday, November 28, 2022

Bread Machine Pound Cake & Pound Cake Recipe Round-Up

These Bread Machine Pound Cakes are a nice quick, set it and forget it kind of treat. Especially on a busy day:@) While maybe not a traditional pound cake in the truest form, it is still a sweet dense cake, and a very nice snack with a cup of coffee or tea. And the slices do freeze nicely too. Recipe below is for my one pound Zo bread machine, simply increase for larger machines. And yes folks, as Christmas approaches, even after all these years (bought in 2015), my Mini Zojirushi bread machine still gets a good workout!
Looking for a few other pound cake ideas?

Bread Machine Pound Cake
for 1 lb cake:
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 C milk-I use half and half
2/3 stick butter, melted, just estimate
3/4 tsp vanilla
2/3 C sugar
1 1/3 C A/P flour, sifted
2 tsp baking powder, sifted with the flour above
  1. Add all to bread machine in order given.
  2. Choose cake setting, let er' rip.
Have a sticky sweet happy day:@)

Friday, November 25, 2022

Inspirational Friday

 Don't forget this is the day The Elf returns...

Have a great Thanksgiving Weekend:@)

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Strawberry Jello Mold with Cranberry, OJ & Pineapple

I changed up the flavors in this year's holiday Jello mold a bit and have to say, this is a very nice flavor combination. Strawberry Jello Mold with Cranberry, OJ and Pineapple will be great with Thanksgiving dinner, but I think would work even better for Christmas because of the pineapple. And of course, the color is just amazing. While the molds add a little fun to the festivities, please don't let not having one stop you from making a Jello salad folks, simply use a bowl, baking dish, bundt pan, etc, anything goes... And it's sure to add a little chatter to the dinner table:@) Please note: The color is off in the pics, it's a very deep ruby red.

Recipe below makes approximately 5 C.
Tip: Don't worry about using a smaller mold 
(I'm thinking about the iconic Tupperware 4 C mold).
Simply pour any extra Jello into another bowl or cup,
think of it as the cook's treat:@)
Here I used a 3 C bundt pan and 2 1/2 C mold.
Came up a little short on the mold, but it still worked out!
Some folks will eat this as a side dish, some as dessert.
Having a little whipped cream on-hand is never a bad idea...
Just sayin'.

Strawberry Jello Mold with Cranberry, OJ & Pineapple
2 (3 oz, four serving size) strawberry Jello-regular or I used sugar free this time
1 C boiling water
15 oz can whole cranberry sauce
8 oz crushed pineapple, undrained
1 C orange juice
  1. In large bowl, dissolve Jello in boiling water.
  2. Stir in cranberry sauce until dissolved, add pineapple and orange juice, mix well.
  3. Pour into 5 cup mold sprayed with cooking spray (or two smaller bowls/molds).
  4. **Note: I poured mine into the molds right after mixing, the fruit settled a bit and is concentrated more towards the top (in the pictures). If you'd like your fruit to be more evenly distributed throughout the whole mold, allow mixture to partially set in fridge, about 30-40 minutes, give a good stir and then spoon into the mold.
  5. Cover and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours, overnight is always best.
  6. Dip mold in warm water, dry outside of mold, put plate on top, turn upside down to unmold.
  7. Cover and store in refrigerator until serving.
Make something just for fun this holiday season,
and have a happy day:@)πŸ¦ƒπŸŽ…

Monday, November 21, 2022

Honey BBQ Kielbasa Bites-Little Dipper Crock Pot, Oven, Stove, Grill or Microwave Appetizer

When it comes to party appetizers, it doesn't get much easier than these Honey BBQ Kielbasa Bites folks. Simply, slice, mix, heat, and eat:@) The beauty of it is, you can heat them any way you'd like. Toss it into a slow cooker-great. Toss it into the microwave-faster and easier. Tailgating-heat on the grill. Or use a more traditional oven or stovetop. As for the sauce, use your favorite brand and as a general rule of thumb, the bar-b-que sauce to honey ration is about 2:1. But I suggest you taste it, and adjust the sweetness, you know your crowd... 

Honey BBQ Kielbasa Bites
  • Little Dipper Crock Pot-Approx 1/2 rope smoked sausage. 1/4 C BBQ sauce, 2 Tblsp honey. Add paper towel under lid, cook for 3 hours.
  • Stove top: Brown sausage, add BBQ sauce and honey, mix well, heat through and serve.
  • Oven: Mix all, add to baking dish. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until heated through.
  • Microwave: Mix all, add to microwave safe bowl. Microwave at 1-2 minutes increments until heated through.
  • Grill: Mix all, add to disposable pan. Place pan over indirect heat, stir occasionally until heated through.
Enjoy a snack and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, November 19, 2022

ReView: Holiday Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole-Slow Cooker or Oven & Barbie Aprons

This Holiday Creamy Mixed Vegetable Casserole is a nice variation of a green bean casserole. And the beauty of it is, it can be made in the oven, or with a slow cooker, freeing up valuable oven real estate. The biggest flavor twist? A little thyme, good stuff folks:@) My Christmas and Thanksgiving Food Pinterest Board can be found here. It's has lots of ideas from PIM over the years.

And as we're into the biggest cooking and baking season of the year...
How about making a couple cute Aprons for Barbie.
And don't forget Elf on the Shelf, he comes the day after Thanksgiving-it fits him too.
This is a quick no-sew project that comes together in no time!
We like that kind of craft at DIY Barbie Blog:@)
You can find all of my Barbie Thanksgiving posts HERE.

I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving Week!

Friday, November 18, 2022

Inspirational Friday


Have a happy weekend:@)


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