Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cereal Treat Sunday-Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treat

A little twist can make a big, big, difference! These are like no rice krispie treats you have ever tasted. So add a little spice to your life and give them a whirl!



Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • 4 cups Rice Krispies
  • 2 cups Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Candy corns optional


1. In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on high stirring once a minute, until smooth. Stir in Pumpkin Pie spice.

2. Add Rice Krispies and Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula evenly press mixture into 13x9x2 pan coated with cooking spray. Cool.

4. Cut out with pumpkin cookie cutter and add candy corn faces if desired.




I think these are our favorite rice krispie treats yet! Our pan was half gone within the first two hours! Just leave the faces off and they would be great to have around for a Thanksgiving snack!

If you have a favorite cereal treat, please leave a link in the comments or send the recipe to me by email (tipsyblog@gmail.com) and maybe you will get featured.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

Feature Friday-Blog Swap with All Thingz Related

Howdy, A Little Tipsy readers! My name is Rebekah and I am half of the sister-in-law duo over at All Thingz Related! A big thank you to Michelle, for blog swapping with us today!




A little about myself:
  • I’m a Kentucky girl…lived here all my life. I {might} have a little bit of an accent.
  • I’ve been a SAHM for 10 years! I have a 10 yr old daughter, 7 yr old son, & a 3 yr old son.
  • I’m married to a preacher’s son ;)
  • I’m an assistant Sunday School teacher to a group of 2, 3 & 4 yr olds!
  • I LOVE Dr. Pepper! It gets me through my day! I call it “liquid sanity”!
  • And of course, I LOVE to make things!

Spool of Thread Bookends using fruit cans



Simple Felt Roses on a ink-stamped, fabric covered, foam wreath



Magnetic Frame using Dollar Tree metal



Fall Pom-Pom Wreath made from coffee filters


Michelle wanted to know a few more things about me:

What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon?

I have a lot of favorites but you might be surprised to know that the item that I cannot live without are my little, old embroidery scissors! I found them at the thrift store for 50 cents! I use them for everything! They are super sharp and cut paper, material, plastics…And I’m the only one allowed to use them!!

If you could trade places with one person for the day with no restrictions who would it be and why?

Well, I love food almost as much as I love crafts. With that being said, I would be Rachael Ray for a day! She is on a show (can’t remember the name right now) where she travels the world, sampling all kinds of food! I would LOVE to be in her shoes for a day!

What is your costume for Halloween?

I am probably the only mother in the country who doesn’t dress up for Halloween. We don’t even take our children Trick or Treating, traditionally speaking. Instead, our church has a “Harvest Party”, with games, prizes, food & candy. The kids still dress up, just not as witches, zombies or vampires. This year, my kids will be an Indian Princess, Flash the Super Hero & Scooby Doo! They have tons of fun and don’t know any different!

It’s been fun, here at A Little Tipsy! We invite you to hop over and visit us at All Thingz Related! We’d be glad to have you!







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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Freezer Meals and Plentiful Pantry Giveaway

I am in full nesting mode. I spent the last two weeks preparing freezer meals to have for after the baby comes. I have just made double batches of everything I make for dinner and freeze half of it. It is so easy. Why have I not been doing this all along?! So far I have a whole shelf full of freezer meals. I have a side by side fridge and freezer so the shelves are small, but hey it makes me feel good to have something ready. Someday my freezer will look like this...

http://img4.southernliving.com/i/2003/08/freezer-meals/freezer-m.jpg?300:300

Here are a few of the recipes I used to freeze:

Picky Palate's Baked Ziti
Pumpkin Soup
Simply Lasagna
Beef Stroganoff (from Betty Crocker Red Cookbook, sorry could not find a link and was too lazy to type the recipe in)

Taco Soup
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can corn
1 can black or kidney beans
1 package taco seasoning
1/4 chopped onion
1 lb. ground beef

Brown ground beef with onion. Do not drain the cans. Add all ingredients to large pan. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes.

I put the soups in freezer bags and laid flat to freeze so I could store them like files and the ziti and lasagna in to those disposable foil baking dishes.

I was also contacted by Plentiful Pantry to review some of their items. Their products are great because you can store them on a shelf and grab them when you need something quick. You just have to add a few ingredients to each.

First, we tried the Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars. Is that not the cutest packaging ever?! I could not bear to throw it away! These were so easy, just add hot water, cream cheese and butter and chill. We added caramel sauce and whipped cream the first night and it made them really sweet! We actually liked them better the second day after they had set up more and the flavors had more time to mingle. The box says it makes 16 bars, but I would say more like 12. We like dessert. ;)



Next, we tried the Chicken and Dumplings. I was totally skeptical about this one because I did not request it and I do not like anything soggy. Also, it called for canned chicken which I am not a huge fan of. I have to tell you though, I am converted. I broke the chicken up and it was just like shredded chicken and the dumplings were like little biscuits, completely cooked and non-gooey inside. I was amazed. I thought for sure bread cooked in soup would be a ball of yuck, but it wasn't at all.



Next, we tried the Apple Bread. It's just like making a cake mix add oil, eggs and water. The smell alone was worth the minimal effort. I wanted to bottle that divine scent. Again love the cute box and how beautiful is that loaf?! I even forgot to use the high altitude directions and it turned out wonderfully. I was expecting it to be sweet when I bit in to it, but it is a bread not a cake. It tastes really yummy, just not super sweet. Don't let the streusel on top fool you.



We still need to try the Pumpkin Cobbler and the Artichoke Dip, but if they are anything like the first three I'm sure they will not disappoint.

Now, Plentiful Pantry wants to give you the chance to try them out and see for yourself. They are giving away a Pumpkin Cobbler to one lucky reader!
Pumpkin Cobbler
To enter: Visit Plentiful Pantry and let us know in a comment on this post what product you would like to try.

Giveaway closes Thurs, Nov 4th.

And don't worry, if you don't win you can still try out Plentiful Pantry on a discount! They are offering 25% off their entire product line for Tipsy readers until November 15th!
Just use code: ALTIP25


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Wordless Wednesday-TRICK or treat



High of 45, Currently 33 degrees

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

YW in Excellence Super Values Skit and Slideshow

You asked for the 8 Super Values skit and here it is. The skit was written by two of our Beehives. If you missed the first post about our Superhero themed YW in Excellence be sure to go back and check it out!

Click images to enlarge

As another little bonus, here is what we did for our program. They were printed on gold and red cardstock and left on the tables. We used the blank shield from the first post and just filled in the YW in Excellence outline. Super simple!



We had the most amazing super hero movie/slideshow that I wish I could share. It had amazing graphics and awesome music put together by a professional composer who also happens to be in our Bishopric and married to our YW President, but it involved lots of pics of the girls and their names so I thought it would be a privacy issue to post it.

Here is the text from it so you can get the idea. Each line is a new "slide"

The World (Pics of darkness and lightning)
Dark
Dangerous
Deceptive
Many search for hope
for light
in a world of darkness
Are there heroes in our day?
Do you know where your cape is? (pic of cape)
It's time to put it on
Be strong and of a good courage; (pics of heavens)
Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed:
For the Lord thy God is with thee...
withersoever thou goest
Joshua 1:9
These are the heroes
(pics of the girls from the last year, ending with each of those who got their young womanhood recognition)
(a few pics of a big city)
The hero is within you (pic of red telephone booth & superman theme playing)
Your cape is waiting
Rise above
Now is the time
Be strong and of a good courage
for the Lord thy God is with thee
withersoever thou goest
(showed each of the girls names one at a time)
(a few pics of Christ's life)
Heroes needed
One size fits all (pic of a bunch of homemade capes that looked like ours)

Funny that I googled to find the image and it came from my friend Vanessa's blog.

This in no way does the movie justice, but I had to share something from it. It added so much to the evening!

Wish I had pics to share, but of course I forgot my camera. What kind of a blogger am I?! Let me know if you use this theme or come up with additions of your own. I would love to hear your ideas!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Fresh Produce Clothing Review

Yep, it's that time. The time when the weather takes a turn and fall fashion is at it's peak. When Fresh Produce contacted me to review their women's clothing I was excited especially because I have two weeks left until due date and then I can fit into real clothes. I was excited to have something fun and new to wear after all these months of maternity clothes!



I chose the Malibu Maxie Dress and Shorefront Cardigan. One because they are super cute and two because I thought they would be great transition pieces for the fall season and my soon to be changing size.



I wish I could wear the dress all carefree and on the beach, but thus that will have to wait. Here it is raining with a high of 50 degrees so I combined the two pieces. Yes, I braved the non-maternity clothes and pulled them off quite nicely. I tied the cardigan in front to emphasize that there is a narrow part to me still. ;)



I love the gray dress! I seem to choose a signature neutral each year and gray has definitely been the go to lately! I actually already own a gray maxie dress from Target, but I love the hand dyed Fresh Produce color so much more (the Target one is heather gray). My Target dress has also begun to pill which is not great. The fabric on the Fresh Produce dress seems to be much higher quality, softer, and more durable.

I combined the maxie dress with a fun scarf to add warmth and color. The dress is so comfortable, though you will notice that there is quite a length difference from the model's picture. She is not a 5'6" 8 1/2 mo. pregnant girl in boots with heels.



So, what should we wake up to this morning but SNOW!!



I pulled out my cardigan and paired it with a T-shirt and jeans. Perfect for my trip to the dr. office this afternoon. Warm enough for snow with the long sleeves, but light and cool enough to sit in the waiting room with my internal oven. The cardigan is much lighter than I expected. I thought it would be jersey, but it is really lightweight and almost sheer.



I love that Fresh Produce combines style with comfort. At this point in my life, I have a big need for comfort, but don't want to be running around in a sweatsuit. These pieces help me look cute while feeling relaxed. A big thanks to Fresh Produce for these fun items!

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

Chocolate dipped rice krispie treats. Need I say more?! Ok, how about one shaped like a candy corn for a fun Halloween treat. These are so easy, even your littlest hands can help!


Chocolate Dipped Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats

Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • Yellow and red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 teaspoon Crisco
1. In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on high stirring once a minute, until smooth. Add food coloring to die the marshmallow mixture orange (about 4 yellow drops and one red drop).

2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula evenly press mixture into two 9 inch round pans coated with cooking spray. Cool.

4. Cut into 8 triangles. Round the pointed edges to make them look more like candy corns.



5. Melt chocolate chips with 1/2 teaspoon of crisco in microwave on 50 percent power stirring often. Spoon melted chocolate over the big end of the triangle. Place on wax paper.

6. Repeat step 5 with the white chocolate on the small end.


7. Place in fridge to help chocolate set. 



Hope you like these rice krispie treats as much as we did!

If you have a favorite cereal treat, please leave a link in the comments or send the recipe to me by email (tipsyblog@gmail.com) and maybe you will get featured.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Feature Friday-Blog Swap with Oopsey Daisy

I am Alison, the crazy lady behind Oopsey Daisy and I can't wait to get a little tipsy! Thanks for having me here today, Michelle!


Once upon a time, I was a first grade teacher. Now, I am a happy stay-at-home Mommy to my almost-two-year-old Little Man. He is a handful, but he inspires a lot of creativity, too! When he sleeps, I craft. I am always trying new things, pulling out stitches, and laughing at all of my stupid mistakes. There are plenty of "oopseys" in my craft world along with the occasional "daisy", too!

Michelle wanted me to answer a few questions:

What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon? My secret weapon is definitely my seam ripper! I couldn't live without it. I am constantly making mistakes, so I need to rip out my stitches and start over again! Although I have figured out ways to use scissors and even my teeth, the seam ripper is my weapon of choice!

What color are your toenails? Yikes, this is embarrassing! I am in dire need of a pedicure. You see, every time my husband has been out of town for a while, I reward all of my single parenting with a pedicure! The leftover color from my last pedicure is a dark magenta color.

If you were a Halloween character, who would it be and why?
A witch. A good witch... you know, like Samantha from Bewitched. I would love to just wiggle my nose and have things go my way! Especially when it comes to cleaning the bathtubs, emptying the dishwasher, ironing my husbands' shirts, oh yes and washing lettuce! (Just a few of my least favorite chores!) I would love to have more time to craft!


Here is a little peek into my world:

What better way to celebrate Halloween than with a tasty treat?! I recently made these Oreo pumpkins:




I just can't stop filling my tiny apartment with Halloween decor! I made this spider topiary
especially for my Little Man!




These 2 quiet books were my big project for the entire year! I also shared printable templates for 9 pages:




PLUS I recently began a fun "Mommy School" program for my Little Man. I share all my ideas on Saturdays, and I compiled all of my latest ideas into one giant "L is for leaves" packet.



I have been hoarding frozen juice can lids for weeks just so I could make this owl matching game.




Finally, I created this little Sunday ABC Book to keep Little Man occupied during church! Come by and print your own. This would be a great stocking stuffer!




I hope you will come by Oopsey Daisy and say hello! Every day is an adventure! Thanks so much, Michelle, for letting me give a personal tour of my little world!


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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Baby Shower Cupcake Gift

A giant cupcake is sure to please, especially when it is filled with baby essentials! This is a fun baby shower gift idea for those who like to skip the gift bag and be a little more creative with their gift.



I had a baby shower for my good friend, Amanda, who is having her second baby (due on the same day as me), but first girl. I wanted to give her something she needed so luckily I found she had a registry and what did I find on it but two packs of white onesies. Most boring baby shower gift in the history of man I know, but I knew she would do something adorable with them. I knew with such an exciting gift I needed to spice up the wrapping. She also had some receiving blankets on her list and I knew I had a couple I had spiced up with some ribbon, so what to do with 10 white onesies and two blankets but make a cupcake.

1. Fold your receiving blanket until it is the height of the onesies and roll securing with tape or a rubber band. Lucky for me, all the onesies were already rolled, so I just added some tape to secure. Line onesies around the blanket until you have a nice cupcake base. Secure with rubber bands.


2. Fold all the blanket edges in forming a square and place a whole bunch of plastic grocery bags in the center. Fold two of the corners in and then fold them over the bags so it looks like the pic below.



3. Then, take the two points and twist in to the center creating the puckery top. Tuck the pointy ends through the middle of the cupcake base and pulling them through the bottom, securing it on the top. This will take some practice. I had to keep altering it until it looked right.



4. Take a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper and cut it in half. Fold the paper like a fan with about 1/2 inch slats or smaller if you are really patient. Tape the edges of the two paper halves together to form a paper cylinder. Slip the paper over the cupcake base pulling out the top so it is larger than the bottom.



5. Add embellishments like a shiny poof on top and some layered ribbons tied around the paper to secure it.



Happy Birthday baby, a cute and useful baby shower gift!

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