Saturday, November 28, 2009

Crib Skirt

Finally a picture of {A}'s crib skirt which I finished a while back. I think it is sufficiently gender neutral so if I have a boy next I can just put on a blue or orange fitted sheet.
The pillow under one end of the mattress is to raise it to help with reflux... Shoulda taken it out for the picture, but oh well.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Recipe Share: Sweet Potato Casserole/Pie

With Thanksgiving upon us, I thought I'd share a deliciously appropriate recipe. Although in my family this is always served with dinner, it's practically a dessert. I definitely prefer this over yams and marshmallows. First thing you need to know is that sweet potatoes are not the same as yams (a common misconception). Yams are orange. Sweet potatoes are yellow. There is a difference in flavor and texture, so be sure to get the sweet potatoes for this one.

Sweet Potato Casserole

3 c cooked yellow sweet potatoes, mashed
1 c sugar
2 eggs
1/2 c butter (1 stick)
1 c canned evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all of the above and put in 9x13* pan and sprinkle with topping.

1 c brown sugar
1/2 c butter
1/2 c self rising flour**

Mix and sprinkle (drop in clumps) on top of potato mixture. Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes until crisp and golden on top.

* I think it looks just a little thin in a 9x13 so maybe try an 8x11 pan and cook it a little longer?
** to substitute self-rising flour, add 3/4 t baking powder and 1/8 t salt to 1/2 c of flour. Pin It

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

DIY idea

I think I'll have to try making this little number myself--for little {A}, I mean. This one is from the Stella McCartney collection at Gap and retails for $58, but I think it's totally make-able. Pin It

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Nursing Cover & Cloth

Between Ryan's family and mine, we've got 9 pregnancies right now. Correction- 8 pregnancies, since baby Abigail was born this week. So that means a lot of baby showers. This week's gift was a nursing cover and matching burp cloth. Pin It

Monday, November 9, 2009

Another Halloween Winner

I know Halloween is over, but I'm still catching up on cool costumes. As a designer, I love this idea! A low-resolution costume, found on Craftzine. So clever!And here's another one from Craftzine. I don't think it's the greatest execution, but the idea is great and could be done in a more 3-D version.And if I had dressed up baby {A} this year, I would have considered something like this:
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Another seasonal recipe for you, courtesy of Libby's. I really like this bread, and pumpkin and cranberries are both really good for you. 3 cups of sugar isn't though...Pumpkin Cranberry Bread

3 cups all-purpose flour
5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups granulated sugar
1 (15 ounce) can LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
4 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans. Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, vegetable oil and orange juice in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
One additional insider tip: A grocery store employee told me last week that canned pumpkin is in short supply this year--they didn't grow enough. He said there should be enough for Thankgiving but it will be gone by Christmas. So if you want any Christmas pumpkin, better go buy it now.
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