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Pumpkin Pie in Two Great Ways October 7, 2013

Filed under: Cake,DIY,Family,Food,recipe,Uncategorized — Yaya @ 1:55 PM
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Today was great. I made pumpkin pie and pumpkin pie pops for dessert. They taste awesome.  ^_^

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For the pumpkin pie I used canned pumpkin and a homemade pie crust. The reason I am excited is because I made the crust from scratch and it is awesome. I usually buy the crust because pumpkin pie is the only pie I bake but today has changed that.

I got the pie crust recipe from  http://www.chow.com/recipes/10746-basic-pie-dough.

Here’s the recipe for homemade pie crust:

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
1 1/2 Cups of all purpose flour
1 Teaspoon of sugar
1/4 Teaspoon of salt(fine not sea salt)
1 Stick of butter
4-5 Tablespoons of water

WHAT TO DO:
1. Mix the dry ingredients.
2. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to flour. Cut the butter into the flour mix until it is yellowish and pea sized.
3. Add 4 tablespoons of water.* Combine to form a dough ball. Note: * If it is too dry to hold it’s shape add last tablespoon of water.
4. Flatten ball of dough into a disk. Wrap in seran wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins or more.
5. Roll out dough and place in pie pan. Then fill with whatever filling you prefer and bake as directed.

For the pumpkin, I followed the recipe on the can.

Using the same recipe, some cookie cutters, and lollipop sticks you can make pumpkin pie pops.

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For pie pops:
1. Preheat oven to 375 deggrees. Roll out the dough.
2. Cut your mini pie rounds with cookie cutters.
3. Lay out the single pieces leaving room on the cookie sheet for the sticks.
4. Lay lollipop sick on dough and press down lightly. Add a dollop of pie filling.
5. Top with another piece of pie dough and use a lollipop stick to crimp shut. Top with egg wash and pop into oven.
6. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 12 to 15 mins.

It was fun, easy, and delicious. Best part is that anyone can do it. It is kid friendly fun. ^_^ And did I mention it is fun to eat.

 

D’s 3rd Birthday October 2, 2013

Filed under: Birthday,Cake,Candy,DIY,Family,Party,Updates — Yaya @ 11:50 AM
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Hello.
Just realized that I totally forgot to post about my son’s 3rd birthday. I spaced and I apologize. Lol.

D’s 3rd birthday was a bbq. We had been bbq all summer and it seemed like the best way to go. We were totally right, btw.  Anyway, our theme was loosely Curious George, which was fun. A bright yellow and red party with extras.

Here are some pics:

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My son and I getting ready to take a bunch ofb photos. As you can see we have some rainbow lunchbags as party favors, red and yellow star balloons, and candy jars.

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We had candy jars with Curious George gummies, m n m’s, animal crackers and mixed chocolates like Hershey bars and twix. We also had silly string for the kids to play with.

We had pin the tail on the donkey and pin the butterfly on the log (Curious George version of pin the tail on the donkey). We also had bubbles for the kids.

In each favor bag there was an activity book, washable crayons, a glow stick, candy, a bouncy ball, a notepad, and a slinky. The kids had fun and the grown ups did too.

The adults enjoyed music and cocktails as we bbq. It was lots of fun.

A few more photos for fun.

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Thanks for reading!

 

Summer is Over… September 18, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,Cake,Candy,DIY,Drinks,Family,Food,Holiday,Party — Yaya @ 1:42 PM
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It has been a great Summer, filled with wonderful memories. Now, it’s over. That means outdoor parties (other than tailgating) are over.😦

But I have a solution for passing time inbetween fall holidays: a tea party.

They are simple, fun, and delicious. I hosted a tea party for five recently and we had a great time. We had some tea and a chance to chit chat and catch up. We also played a quick mystery game. It was great seeing friends and enjoying mini sandwhiches.
Here are the pics from the party stuff.

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We had cucumber sandwiches, mini blt’s, pumpkin spice cookies, tea cookies, pear jam, thin mints, lemonade cookies, and dark chocolate ganache to spread on the tea cookies. It was yummy and easy.

Thanks for reading!

 

Diaper Cake DIY August 28, 2013

Do It Yourself Diaper Cake

What You Will Need:

1. A box of diapers (any brand is fine).
2. Rubber bands at least 6 large ones.
3. Clean round bowls or cake pans in different sizes.
4. Twine or curling ribbon.
5. Decorative ribbon and goodies for baby.
6. Dowel rod.

What To Do:

1. Put the diapers in a spiral and form a circle as shown. Use the cake pan to help you keep the shape.
2. Tie with two to three large rubber bands.
3. Repeat with second and third tiers.
4. Tie with curling ribbon.
5. Stack and place dowel rod in the middle.
6. Decorate with wide colorful ribbons and toys, hair accessories and baby goodies.

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Adorable Personalized Owls

Filed under: DIY,Opinion,Updates — Yaya @ 7:38 PM
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This is one of my homemade owls. I usually personalize the colors and the symbol on the chest like the heart. Lol I also try to add a little style with funky lashes. I sent this one to a good friend of mine and she enjoyed it. What do you think?

 

Pear Jam and Stuff August 21, 2013

Filed under: DIY,Food,Party,recipe — Yaya @ 2:02 PM
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Hello All,

It’s been a while. Thanks for dropping by. First let me just say – I made Pear Jam but I am not a fan of pears. So why did I make Jam, you ask? Because when we bought our house we happened to have a pear tree in the backyard. Most people would say, oh well you don’t have to eat them if you don’t want to. But seeing all the pears on the tree, just sitting there waiting is like watching strawberries rot: Plain messed up.

Even though I am not a fan, I have plenty of friends who are. So every year during August and September I harass them until they come over and pick some off the tree. LOL. Now that sounds like it would be enough but it isn’t. There are always a ton of pears left on the tree, that even the birds and squirrels and occasionally our dog can’t or won’t eat.

Last Year, I made a few different pear treats and had a mini pear party. Everyone had fun and liked the treats, except me. I had fun. I enjoyed getting together for the heck of it. I just found no pleasure in the overwhelming pearness of a pear party. Lol. The only thing I truly liked and enjoyed eating was Pear Jam with toast and cheese. I also liked it on waffles and pancakes the next day.

Another Pear season has rolled around and I said to hell with coming up with pear desserts, this year is all about the jams. *_*

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Yaya’s Homemade Jam

(with Pear Bits)

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • 8 Cups of peeled, cored and well chopped pears
  • 3 Cups of Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup of Sugar (regular white sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp. of Cinnamon
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. of Nutmeg
  • 1/4 of a Cup of Spiced Rum (Optional)

**Yields 6 half pint jars.**

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Chop the pears and place in a large pot or bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup of white sugar and 1 cup of brown sugar. Mix well, until it starts to become syrupy.
  3. Cover and let it sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  4. Place pears and syrup in a large pot (if not already in one) and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  5. Bring pears to a simmer on medium heat. Lower slightly and let simmer for 90 to 120 minutes (1 1/2 – 2 hours). NOTE: On my stove medium heat is like cranking the heat to five out of nine. To lower slightly would be 3 or 4. I usually cook them on 4 for 90 minutes and switch to 3 if it needs a little more time.
  6. Place pears in warm jars and slap on a lids. Once that is done, tighten the lids and boil enough water to cover about 3/4 of the jar.
  7. Let it boil for 10 – 12 minutes and remove from water.
  8. Set aside and allow to cool before storing in a cool dark place.

NOTE: Make sure to double check the seals before long term storage.

Hope this recipe helps a few more people figure out what to do with their ton of pears this summer. Have a wonderful day!!

Thanks for reading!

 

City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri July 14, 2013

Filed under: Family,Holiday,Opinion,Review,Updates — Yaya @ 10:21 AM
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City Museum was great. We went a few days ago and had a blast. There is so much to do and plenty to see. The fun ranges from slides to caves to a Ferris wheel on the roof. Here are some of the photos we took during our mini staycation.

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