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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.

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Adorable Personalized Owls August 28, 2013

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!

 

A’s Baby Shower May 1, 2013

Hello all,

After a lot of preparation and hard work, A’s baby shower was said and done. We (my mother and I) set it up about three and half hours earlier just so we would have enough time to cook and get the little things like ice. So first the photos. P.S. Don’t mind the dates. My camera reset and the dates ended up wrong. The day of was actually April 27th 2013.

The Main Table Cake Table Close up The Baby Cake Topper Oreo Truffle Pops Cake Pops and Oreo Truffles Candy Coated Oreos and Cupcakes Homemade Meringues Table with Baby in Crib figures The rest of the table 100_0827

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The Main Table:

Homemade Meringues Candy Coated Oreos and Cupcakes Cake Pops and Oreo Truffles Cake Table Close up The Baby Cake Topper Oreo Truffle Pops Table with Baby in Crib figures on the rest of the table.

The Main Table in detail: On this table I set up the homemade desserts and general party stuff. The first thing you see is that the table is symmetrical. This was done on purpose to draw the eye to the center then slowly out. The cake is Lemon Butter Cream with White Cake and Lemon Curd filling. Then beside it (on each side) is a Chocolate Cake Pop Bouquet. In front of the Cake pop bouquets there are mini Oreo Truffle and Cake Pop bouquets. The Stars are Oreo truffles. In front of the cake (between the bouquets) there are Chocolate spoons. At the end of table there are Pink Lemonade Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream. The top tier has Candy Covered Oreos in pink and yellow. It is a little hard to see but in the back there are Yellow Star shaped Oreo truffles with a vanilla candy coating (instead of the usual chocolate). The Homemade Meringues in the back ended up on the Candy Buffet Table. More on that later.

The Food:

For the party we decided to have a late lunch. We ate Arroz con Gandules (Rice and Pigeon Peas), Baked Chicken and Asian Salad. We set it up buffet style. It was definitely easier than sitting down to a formal lunch. I also liked it better because no one was shy about getting second and even third helpings. That was one of the best parts because everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and the company as we all sat in the living room eating and exchanging baby stories.

The Party:

The party was very laid back and we took our time going from eating to games to opening presents and eating cake. By the end of it, the Mom to be (A) was sitting back listening to baby stories and enjoying a shoulder rub. ^_^

The Candy Buffet:

We used Lemonheads, Jujubees, Marshmallows, Sixlets, Gumballs, Homemade Meringue Cookies, Twizzlers, Pixie Stix and Crayon shaped Gum. All of the jars were homemade or bought at the dollar store and dressed up. The 3 large goldfish bowl like jars were bought at yard sales and thrift stores. All in all the containers for the Candy Buffet cost about $25. The candy was a variety of color, except for the gumballs and sixlets, which were pink, yellow and purple. The diaper cakes were also on this table along with a bedtime rhymes book. And just for fun we spread a bunch of crayon shaped pieces of gum all over the table. We added serving utensils and some baggies for everyone to take some home.

The Favors:

The favors were a combination of things. First the figurines, then the candy buffet and some mini bottles of sixlets as an added bonus.

On a side note, the wish cards and advice cards were a hit. Everyone filled one out for mom and baby. When they were done, I placed them in the baby’s room with a few framed printouts or bunnies and sheep as an additional surprise.

All in all, I think it went really well. The mom to be had great time and her guests enjoyed their visit with her. Some came as far as Maryland to come to the party so I am glad we went the direction that we did. I am also glad that people felt happy and welcome. For me, having that familiar feeling of family and long time friends, even among people who had just met was wonderful. The party was great and I am glad I was able to do it. It really was something special for a close friend, who is like a sister to me.

Lastly, I want to thank my mom for her support and assistance. Without her, it would have been really crazy. I also want to thank my husband and my son for their patience. I was busy most of the week and it was hard on them but they supported me anyway. Thanks. I love you all.

Have a great day and Thank you for reading!

– Yaya

 

How to Deliver Advice March 1, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,DIY,Party,Updates — Yaya @ 7:00 AM
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This is by far my favorite idea for A’s baby shower. But before I share it with you, let me fill you in on my overall idea. You know, the theme of sorts of this soiree.

Imagine a quick fanfare, then me moshing like a dork before stating the obvious: Babies and …

Just kidding.

I wanted something cute and playful, so I decided to make the theme “Ruffles and Lace”.

Vague. I know. I heard that from my mom already but I think I can pull this frilly, cute, colorful and semi artsy idea off. The theme comes from a conversation I had with A. We were talking about the things we liked and wished we had or could do growing up.

I got to do a lot of the things I wanted growing up, so my list was short and mostly related to age restrictions.  A’s, on the other hand, dealt with the awkwardness of high school with just a dash of wishful thinking. In high school she wanted to wear the cute girly clothes and be trendy. Instead, she had her regular clothes and not much wiggle room for clothing related creativity.

Now, I know I am going on and on with what may seem pointless but I just want to make sure A knows that we love her, trendy or not, and that this party is all about her and her little muffin.

I want to create a cute and fun atmosphere with a Shabby Chic attitude. I think I am on the road to creating some awesome bits and pieces to make it memorable and fun. I am also going to use a mix of pink, yellow and purple for the main decorations.

Getting back to the title:  “How to Deliver Advice”

The idea popped into my head around Valentine’s Day when I saw the cute mailbox tins for Valentines. I thought, wouldn’t that be cute for A’s baby shower.  A keepsake full of wisdom that’s fun to play with *wink wink*.

I snatched up a mini mailbox and got to work on what to do with it. Since most people like to give the mom to be advice to live by, I figured she would enjoy something cute to put all those little cards in. I was against making a large display that would later be inconvenient and awkward so this was perfect for A.

She could keep it just about anywhere, close it or open it easily and it will be a constant reminder that we love her and her little muffin too.

Below, I added several pictures of the decorated mailbox. All I used was the mini Valentine’s Day tin mailbox, leftover ribbon and a glue gun. Keep in mind, that not only does adding ribbon or whatever else make it customizable, it also covers up any Valentine’s Day messages or characters.

You can find these in plain solid colors online. The only difference is that they will be pricey. Not so much the mailbox as the shipping.  I leave it to you to decide what to do on that one. LOL.

Part of the fun is decorating it anyway. LOL. With all the mini projects I am working on, I fell behind on this one but I think I finally made up for it by getting it done. ^_^

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This is the fully decked out mailbox. I placed it on this tub for the photos so don’t mind the tub.

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On this one, I added a load of ribbon to the open lid for fun. The mailbox itself only has ribbon on the outside.

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Here is a better picture of the mailbox without the ribbon.

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This last photo is an extreme close-up people like me who enjoy seeing the small details in everything.

Thank you for Reading!!

I hope this post brightens your day as much as it did mine. I also hope this post and my blog inspire you to have fun, be creative and enjoy life whenever you can. Have a Wonderful Day!

 

Homemade Headbands with Button Flowers February 24, 2013

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Homemade Headbands with Button Flowers

These headbands a super cute and very simple to make. You can customize them with your favorite colors or add some cute details like mini leaves to give them a pop of color and personality. For the ones pictured here all you need are a few simple and low priced materials.

What You Will Need:

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  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Ribbon (in any color(s) you like)*
  • Craft Buttons in two or more colors and sizes**
  • Ruler
  • A package of Clothing Elastic (I will try to include a photo)
  • Toothpick or small object to remove excess glue if  needed
  • Scissors

Note: * The size of the ribbon is 5/8 of an inch. You can use a wider ribbon in you like but I prefer a middle of the road option.

Note: ** The buttons can also be all the same for the flower petals and different in the center. It is based on your preferences.

What To Do:

  1. Measure out 12 inches of ribbon (in either color) and 1 inch of the elastic. Cut it and set it aside. This size is for newborn to three months.
  2. Measure out 14 inches of ribbon and two of elastic. Cut it and set it aside. This will fit most 3+ babies. Depending on how much your child grows it may even last until they are about a year old.
  3. Grab 4 large buttons and make a square. You can use one color or two for this part. These 4 buttons will make up the petals.
  4. Grab 1 large button and place on top of the square. Make sure it is centered. You can use the same color as the other buttons but I think it looks more like a flower if you use a different color for the center. NOTE: I topped mine off with a small button on top of the large one for a bit more color and depth. This is not necessary. It just depends on what you like.
  5. Once you have established the color pattern you like, glue the buttons together. To do this I took my center button and added a circle of glue around its outer edge. You don’t really need glue in the middle since your buttons will not reach that far in. Glue smaller button on (if you are using it). You may need the toothpick to remove any excess glue.
  6. NOTE: Your other option is to glue the petals together by gluing the edges. Then adding the center. (I prefer the first one. ) This method takes a lot of time and experience. You will need to work fast and be able to wipe off a glue as you put the petals together.
  7. Cut 2 pieces of green ribbon. You need about an inch each. Cut the edge at an angle to give it a sharp point.
  8. Grab your ribbon pieces and place on the one you like best. I made two versions of the headbands: One with “leaves” and one without. See which way you prefer it.
  9. Once you are ready, glue the leaves on the ribbon. I made an upside down “V” and used a tiny dab of glue. One thing to keep in mind is the placement of the button flower. I placed mine off to the side.
  10. Then glue your button flower on top of the leaves or straight onto the ribbon. Let it dry. It will do so quickly.
  11. Add a line of glue to the elastic. Stick to the ribbon. Make sure it is centered for the best results. Do the same to the other side to complete the circle. Check the ribbon and make sure it is all facing up.
  12. Let it dry for a 5 minutes. It will dry sooner than that but giving it five minutes will allow you to smooth out any bits of glue and to remove the excess. Now you are ready to go out and show off your headbands!

TIPS:

  • Pick up the headband and hang it upside down before use. If the flower buckles or does not seem to sit still on the ribbon, add a bit of glue to the ribbon to secure the petals.
  • Use your thumb to press down and smooth out the pieces as you glue them on.
  • Pay attention to the amount of glue you are using. A dab will usually be enough. Anymore will cause big globs of excess glue, which you will have to remove. In some cases you even have to start over because it is too much.
  • If you are having too much trouble gluing the buttons, scrape off the glue and start over. You may have used too much glue or not enough.

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Try them and let me know how you like them in the comments section. Enjoy!

Thank you for reading!!

 

It’s A Girl!

Filed under: Baby Shower,DIY,Party — Yaya @ 9:10 PM
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February is the month of love and baby news. So as you can tell from the title, my dear friend A is having a girl. Yes, a little bouncy baby chica. ^_^

Now, I get to do it up in pink, yellow and even purple. The great girlie three, that is according to me of course. Beyond that I am more than glad to go all girlie for a change.

That’s when I had a fun idea: Homemade Headbands. I googled it and off I went with several ideas on how to get it done.

The first was to get several crochet style headbands and clip on bows, which the mom to be could mix and match.

My advice: Get different styles of bows and headbands in different solid colors.

The second thing I did was get small bows and clips. I figured putting those together will be a snap. Then the mother to be will have tons of options. Not just for the baby stage but also toddler and even beyond that.

The great thing is you can use the headbands as a special homemade gift or a baby shower activity.  I am going for the homemade gift type of thing since doing this as a shower activity might complicate my current plans.  The way I see it, everyone should feel free to do use one idea or the other.

You can even do both by making a few things before hand, gathering enough materials and preparing an area with plenty of room for friends and family to do their thing.

Hopefully, I will have time to fully write out the DIY instructions for this project and post them sometime this week. Until then, Thanks for Reading!!