Friday, January 2, 2015

My mittens are on Etsy!

I've added my mittens to my Etsy shop. If you are local and wish to purchase a pair, contact me and we won't go through Etsy to avoid shipping costs.


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas! Salted Caramel Apple Slice recipe

Merry Christmas! Yesterday I made this recipe for Christmas at my in-laws. Everyone loved it. It really wasn't too sweet and was great with a dollop of whipped cream. I didn't make the salted caramel but used a store bought ice cream caramel ice cream sauce. Still really good. This recipe is a keeper!

http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2014/07/03/salted-caramel-apple-pie-bars/

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Handmade Mittens from Old Sweaters

My co-worker Connie gave me this idea about making mittens from old wool sweaters. She has been so sweet and has found me many sweaters at resale shops with unique designs. First, the sweater is washed in the hottest temperature and put into the dryer. The sweaters are supposed to shrink so they become felted. They don't become unraveled and they are warmer too. Each mitten is lined with fleece. There are actually 8 parts to this mitten that need to be sewn.  As soon as I get enough made, I will be selling them for $20 per pair. They are wool and fleece lined. My husband says they are very warm as he has already worn his outdoors for a long period of time.#kristensmittens

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kristen's famous Challah recipe!


For the past 15 years, I've been making Challah that all of my friends and family rave about. I got the recipe from a friend but I changed it somewhat. I don't give out the recipe too often because I don't quite have the flour measurement correct. When making the bread, I add additional flour until I feel it is the right dough consistency. I use my Kitchenaid Mixer. I add enough flour that it doesn't stick to the bowl when being kneaded with the bread attachment. Make sense? Hope so!



Kristen's Challah Bread
5 cups flour
2/3 cups sugar
1 t. salt
2 packages of yeast
3 eggs - Put one aside for glaze
1/4 cup real butter
1-1/2 cups boiling water

Put water and butter into a saucepan and bring to boil. 

I use my KitchenAid Mixer. In the mixing bowl, place all dry ingredients PLUS 2 eggs. Turn on mixer to slowest speed and then slowly add boiling water/butter to dry mixture. Kneed for 5 minutes adding more flour if dough looks sticky.


Let rise for 1 hour.  Punch down to release air.
Separate into 2 balls.  Then separate each ball into 3 sections.
Roll each section into approx. 14" strands.
Put strands on greased (cooking spray) cookie sheet
Start in the middle and braid out. Do the same for other side
Let rise another hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat 1 egg an brush on top of each braided loaf
Bake 25-35 minutes or under golden brown. Enjoy! this bread is also good for French Toast!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Awesome Crock Pot Hash Brown Potato Soup

A few weeks ago, I got a chain mail "fall recipe exchange." After forwarding it to 10 friends, I was supposed to expect 36 recipes. I know these things never usually work but it was easy to do and did it anyway.  I got 4 recipes in return. One of them was this recipe from J.O.  I love crock pot recipes and love potato soup, so I made it one evening. My whole family loved it! I was curious about the diced hash browns. After cooking for 8 hours, the hash browns turn a creamy consistency, perfect for potato soup. I've made this 2 times already and this will continue to be a family favorite.
 
Crock Pot Hash Brown Potato Soup
 
1 - 30 oz bag of frozen diced hash browns
 
1 - 32 oz box chicken broth
 
1 - can cream of chicken soup (10oz)
 
1 pkg. cream cheese (8oz not fat free)
 
3 oz. bacon bits
 
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
 
salt and pepper to taste
 
 Put hash brown potatoes in crock pot.  Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits. Add pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on low 8 hrs or until potatoes are tender. An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes.  Place cubes in crock pot. Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving.  Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it's ready to serve.  Top with cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wool Dryer Balls or Dog Toy?!

As a Pinterest addict, I have come across the wool dryer balls in many posts. These balls are put into the dryer with wet clothes and are supposed to reduce drying time and soften clothes. Honestly, I've been using them but really don't notice a difference. My dog Skipper has occasionally started playing with the balls when I am folding laundry. I always take them away, but this time, I let him have one. This is my dog's favorite toy. He even sleeps with it in his mouth. The ball stays pretty intact for a long time. He loves chewing it and rolling it around the floor. Skipper loves balls anyway and I'm sure that's why he likes these so much. So next time he grabs one, it's his. I can't deny his love for these things!
This is Skipper waiting for me to take it from him and throw it! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Handmade Birthday Cupcake Notecards

I found these 3 dimensional stickers at the dollar store and put them on brown notecards. I wouldn't mind receiving one of these cards on my birthday!