My sister just called and told me that she had received the gift I sent her for her birthday. She loved it, so now I can blog about it without ruining the surprise! There are so many adorable Fall printables out here on Pinterest, that I want to print them all. My printer ink is bleeding like it cut an artery. Look at the picture above and you can see what I mean. I decided that it would be really nice to have a frame with choices of prints for each season. So that is what I did!
Let me show you some of the cute prints and sources I found!
These are a couple of examples from thetripletfarm. If you sign up on her site, you get monthly member printables for free!
I loved this winter scene from yellowblissroad. It would work great for Christmas or just for Winter.
Remember to measure under the glass of your frame so it will look right when you frame it. See how I am getting ready to trace around this print from thetripletfarm I believe, although I looked all over and can't find it now. So, I hope I have given the proper credit here.
Here are a few more sites that have printables I love:
ishouldbemoppingthefloor has so many great prints. That is where I found this one:
I love this Fall Bucket List Printable from My Love For Words.
The Red Painted Cottage has an adorable blue pumpkin.
And let's not forget a little Christmas plaid from madincrafts.com.
Okay, I can't resist showing you one more Autumn one by lilluna:
This is just a smattering of the cute stuff made available by talented people. I put a couple of prints to go with each season in the frame for my sister. I printed them on regular nice paper, but also put in a piece of white card stock to back them with to keep the ones behind from showing through. I think it will be fun to change them out for each season. I may have to make one for myself! The hard part is deciding on your favorite prints!
Now, before I sign off, I just want to share a couple of cute fall things that I got at Walmart just for the fun of it!
Isn't Fall fun? Oriental Trading has some super cute glittery pumpkin tealight holders I may have to get to go with this tureen. Hmmm... I Have to go because my husband is reminding me it is time to make my next batch of Oatmeal Raisin Cookies! He is really enjoying this quest! (P.S. If you don't want a white pumpkin, look at the link below.)
When I was a kid, my mother had an electric skillet that we used a lot! I mean, we made eggs and bacon in it, we cooked pancakes in it, and on Sunday, my mom would cook a roast with potatoes and carrots. Early in my marriage, I also had an electric skillet that I would use quite often. But as time evolved, somehow I got away from using it. The skillet that I had broke and just a few years ago my husband bought me an inexpensive one, like this, to use for a class that I was teaching. Since that class, I haven't used it much. Until, that is, last Sunday. On Sunday, before leaving for church, I often put a roast in the crock pot to cook for dinner. Last Sunday, I had the roast in the refrigerator, but I forgot to put it in the crock pot. I came home from church and realized my folly and that there was no time for a crock pot roast. I wondered to myself, "Self, what would your mom have done?" That is when I thought of the electric skillet! I pulled it out, dusted it off and here is what I did.
First, I seasoned my roast with seasoned salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder, and whatever sounds good. Then I seared it, at about 400 degrees on both sides in olive oil. Give it a good browning. Next, I added chopped onion, sliced potatoes and sliced carrots to the skillet and about 2 T. of Worcestershire Sauce over the meat and 3/4 c. of water all around over the veggies. I also salt and peppered the veggies. It had been a long time since I had done a roast this way, so I was kind of faking it. Now I was ready to turn the pan down to 300 degrees and put the lid on. I just left it alone for about 1 hour I think. I checked to make sure there was a little liquid during the process so things wouldn't burn and stick to the pan.
One thing about cooking a roast this way, the meat doesn't fall apart like it does from the crock pot. You have to slice it and use the pan juices on it, or make a sauce or gravy. One thing I did forget though is how delicious the carmalization on the vegetables is when you pull them out of the pan. There is just a depth of flavor in them that I had forgotten about after all of these year.
I can't believe I didn't think about using the electric skillet during the summer. It made a great meal without heating up the house at all. On Sunday it was nice to be able to give my family a nice meal even though I forgot to do the prep in the morning. A few days later, I made chicken and rice in the skillet as well. It was nice to cook the chicken with a sauce and rice all in the same pan. The clean up is easy, too!. I may be going back to using the electric skillet more often.
Do you have any recipes that you love to do in your electric skillet? Let me know, I may try them out. Here is a larger skillet for those of you with larger families. We are getting closer to being empty nesters and would only need this big size occasionally.
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Before I swore off turning on the oven this past summer, I shared with you the recipe for Cream Puffs (or eclairs) on this post. I promised then to share with you the filling that I usually make from scratch. I have been giving it some thought, then this happened:
My dear friend Tracy's son is getting married this weekend and she threw a Bridal Shower for her soon to be Daughter-in-law. There were so many great ideas there that I took bunches of pictures to include in the eBook I am working on about doing weddings on a budget. (Voice of Experience here!) As you can see by the cute sign above, she had a sweet and salty theme. When I heard that, BINGO, the idea for Salted Caramel Eclairs came to me.
I used the same recipe that I gave you before. Here it is in a shorter written form. You can follow the visuals on the other post.
Set oven to 400°
Put ½ c. water and ¼ c. butter in a sauce pan. While it comes to a boil, sift
1.2 c. flour and 1/8 tsp. salt. When the water boils, add the flour & salt all at once. Cook and stir vigorously over low heat, until mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball of dough.
Remove from heat. Add two eggs, one at a time and beat after each one until blended and glossy. Put on a greased cookie sheet in the size and shape desired. Bake for 30 min., then reduce the heat to 350° for 10 more min.
Test by removing one from the oven. If it falls, cook 5 min. longer. Let the puffs cool on the cookie sheet and fill as desired.
The last time I made these, they came out huge! This time I piped them onto the parchment paper and made mini eclairs and cream puffs.
Next, I had to come up with a caramel pudding to fill them with. I found a recipe at Baking a Moment that I tweaked slightly to fit our taste buds.
Salted Caramel Pudding
2/3 c. dark brown sugar
2/3 c. water
Place the brown sugar and water in a small pot and cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer registers 215 degrees F. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
2 T. cornstarch
1 1/2 c. milk, divided
3 egg yolks
2 T. butter (I used regular salted since it was supposed to be salted caramel)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
Place the cornstarch in a medium pot and whisk in about 1/2 c. milk. When there are no lumps, pour in the remaining milk. Bring to a bare simmer over medium heat. Watch and stir!
Place the egg yolks in a medium bowl and whisk some of the hot milk in, just a little at a time so you don't cook the eggs. Then add the mixture to the rest of the milk mixture and whisk all together and begin to heat again. Pour in the brown sugar caramel and stir in until thickened. (this takes about 5 min.) Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the butter, the vanilla and salt. Let cool slightly before filling the eclairs. You can put through a strainer if there are any lumps.
Now you are ready to fill the shells. I cut a small slit in each one so that I could put a decorating tip in it to push the pudding through. Then, I put the cooled pudding into a bag with a tip and started filling.
Once they are all filled, you make the ganache.
Milk Chocolate Ganach
6 oz. milk chocolate chips
3/4 c. chocolate milk
Warm the milk in a sauce pan and add the chips to it. Stir until thick and creamy, but thin enough to drip from a spoon. Drizzle over the eclairs. Finally, sprinkle with a little sea salt! Voila!
The soon to be groom showed up at the end of the shower and tasted these. He said, "Wow! The sweet caramel at the beginning and then you get the salt at the end!" Perfect!
These delectable bites do take a few steps to complete, but they will be the hit of any party! Hope you give them a try!
, That beautiful green spinach makes me feel healthy just looking at it. A few posts ago I told you about the recipe I found on Spoonful of Flavor. It is a wonderful Watermelon Berry Salad with a Strawberry Mint dressing. It was so delicious, I decided to experiment with a few other flavor combinations that went with spinach. (I had purchased plenty!)
First of all, I also had some cucumbers and delicious vine ripened tomatoes. I thought about a Greek Salad, but I decided to go with a little Italian twist. Here is what I did, be sure to click on the pictures for the directions.
I am not giving you specific measurements for this salad because depending on the size of salad you need, you can add more or less of everything.
Cucumber Spinach Salad
I eyeballed how much spinach I thought I would need, added 1 big cucumber, 1 bunch of green onions, 2 tomatoes, and probably 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. Then, dressing and Parmesan according to your taste. Super easy and super good!
After enjoying the Watermelon Berry Salad so much with the delicious Strawberry Mint Dressing, I was intrigued by the idea of the fruity dressing. My son called and invited us over for smoked pulled pork at his house and I asked what I could bring. He suggested a fruit salad or something. That got my creative juices flowing and I came up with a new type of fruity salad mixed with spinach and I am so in love with it! Here it is:
To dress the salad I really wanted to pull in some of the flavors I had already used, and being inspired by the Strawberry Mint shared by Spoonful of Flavor, I came up with a Blueberry Maple blend that is perfect for this salad. I can't decide what is more special in this salad, the glazed pecans or the dressing. This time there is a little more of a recipe:
Apple Blueberry Spinach Salad
1 good sized bunch of spinach, washed well. (I always pick the stems off. Is that normal? I just don't like stems.)
1 container blueberries, about 1/2 pint, washed
1 or two apples, depending on their size, thinly sliced
about 1/2 c. reconstituted lemon juice. (Maybe less, whatever will coat the apples to keep them from turning brown.)
1 c. pecans, roughly chopped
1 T. butter
3 T. real maple syrup
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
Put the spinach, blueberries and apple slices, lemon juice and all in a salad bowl together. Next, prepare the pecans.
Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat and add the maple syrup. Add the pecans to the skillet and stir to coat with the syrup and butter mixture. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top and mix to coat. This doesn't take very long, don't burn the pecans or the sugar. Take off the heat when the pecans are coated and let cool briefly before adding to the salad. (I could eat these all up by themselves, and I don't even like nuts that much. There are really good! You could really package them up and give them away as gifts.)
After you add the nuts to the salad, toss in the cheese. Now it is ready to serve with the dressing.
Blueberry Maple Dressing
1 container of blueberries
Juice of one lemon
2 T. real Maple Syrup
Blend all together until smooth. Add more or less maple syrup to taste.
"I can't decide what is more special in this salad, the glazed pecans or the dressing."
I hope you will give these a try! Let me know how you like them. If you know of some other great combos with spinach, let me know!
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!