My parents just arrived in town for the Thanksgiving holiday! My mom surprised me with THE best gift I think I have ever received....
This is a Christmas ornament she made with pieces of my wedding bouquet...all tied up with the satin ribbon that was used on my wedding day! Isn't it just gorgeous!?
I thought this could even be a great gift to give to your maid of honor (maybe even entire bridal party??)so that she would always have a token to remember her special day as your 'go to gal' as well!? Regardless, I am just in love with this and will no doubt cherish it forever....thank you Mom :)
Ok, so with Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, my twin's birthdays and my husband's birthday all happening in the next 8 weeks I can literally count on gaining at LEAST 15 lbs during this eight week stretch every year.....so, rather than fighting fact, I have learned to embrace the pudge, cook/bake my little heart out knowing that I will be in foodie heaven and suffer through the consequences of trying to lose said pudge for the next 10 months :)
Anyhow, I have been firing up the oven a lot these last few days, prepping for the marathon of sweets, savories and everything in between that is about to commence in T-minus 6 days....and I would LOVE to share with you two AMAZING recipes!
The first: Cheddar Chive Biscuits have been a staple in my house for at least 10 years. I found this recipe one night shortly after my husband and I got married and have used it in every Thanksgiving meal I have prepared. But, it's not just for Thanksgiving -- these biscuits come together quickly and can be made any day of the year!
Cheddar & Chive Biscuits:
3 cups Flour
1/4 cup Grated Parmesean Cheese
1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1/4 cup Sugar
2 Tbs Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 cup Chilled Unsalted Butter (cut into cubes)
1/4 cup Chopped Green Onions/Chives
1 cup Milk (at least 2%)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and black pepper.
Next add the butter -- using your hands squeeze the cubes of butter into the flour mixture until all of the butter has been broken up into the mixture. The idea is to not have any cubes of butter left -- it should all be blended into the flour after you squeeze and squeeze :).
Next, add the cheeses and green onions, stir to incorporate.
Gradually add milk, tossing the mix with a fork. *Remember, biscuit dough DOES NOT like to be handled! The fewer times you can toss/stir as the milk is being added, the better your biscuits will be. You want the dough to come together, but it does not need to be totally formed, like a bread or cookie dough -- crumbly is ok!*
After adding milk, flour a flat surface and dump the biscuit dough onto the surface. Gently press the dough out with your hands to form about a 1-2 inch thick dough....again, DON"T overwork the dough!
Next, using a floured biscuit cutter (or small glass, cup or bowl) cut out biscuits from the dough and place on a greased cookie sheet. Form scraps of dough into a new dough form and cut remaining biscuits.
Bake in oven for about 15 min until golden -- enjoy!
Now this next recipe is a brand new one for me -- I found it on pinterest and adapted a few things to fit my patience level and taste :) The final product was a-mazing! Really, really, really, really. amazing. Remember my post on the Orange Cranberry Muffins? Well, I used the remaining bag of cranberries I had for that recipe to make these......and I think it will go down in my record as the best use of leftover ingredients, ever. Yes, please try this recipe!
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted From: Keep It Sweet Desserts
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened
1/4 cup Sugar
2/3 cup Brown Sugar
1 X-Large Egg, room temperature
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 cup Chocolate Chips (or chunks)
1 cup FRESH Cranberries, washed and dried
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Place butter and sugars in a large bowl. Mix on high speed with a hand or stand mixer until fluffy.
Add egg and vanilla, mix well to incorporate.
Next add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed to incorporate. Your dough will be thick, once it comes together in a ball stop mixing.
Now here's the tricky part: finally, you will want to add the chocolate chips and cranberries....but I am sure you will read this while looking at the dough and say to yourself 'uhhhh, there's no way....the dough is too thick.....' Well, that's what I thought too! But, put down the mixer and pull out those two hands and gently knead the chocolate chips and cranberries into the dough....yeah, when was the last time you kneaded cookie dough, right!? It will feel silly, but it works. Just use your hands to fold in the chips and berries so that they are fairly even throughout.
Next, using a scoop or a large spoon, place cookies onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 17 minutes until golden -- enjoy!
It's been a while, but I finally have a quilt available in my store! After a crazy few months, I think that I am starting to get back into my sewing groove....just in time for the holidays! Click the picture below to check-out my new listing!
Now off to put the finishing touches on the next quilt waiting in the wings! Have a great day!
I have a very exciting announcement to make: TheSpottedLamb key fobs are going retail!! A wonderful friend has jumped head-long into making her own dreams a reality by opening her very own boutique called Patina Home and Garden! She is a fellow mom, wife, military spouse and lover of all things creative -- I am so excited to have the opportunity to showcase my fobs in her store, and will keep my fingers crossed that they are a hit!? If you are ever in the Fairfield, CA area (just outside of Napa) head on over and visit Patina Home and Garden -- if nothing else, you will leave with a hug, a smile and the feeling of joy after meeting the shop's owner :). And if your travels don't take you that way, don't fret! You can check out Patina Home and Garden's website and follow all of her happenings by liking her Facebook Page!!
Here is a look at the samples I will be mailing to Patina Home and Garden this week...
sell well my little fobs! :)
And because it's November and I am feeling excited and extremely thankful for this opportunity, I have decided to host a give-away!!! Up for grabs are two fobs from the sample selection: one for you and one to give to someone in thanks!! Please visit my Facebook page to see how to win!
Folks...this 'recipe' is going to knock your socks off!!!
Basically it goes a little something like this....wanting to endulge the kids even more tonight for our big night of Trick or Treating, I decided to whip together some homemade hot chocolate mix that we will gleefully sip as we race from house to house on this crisp autumn night...but thankfully the creativity did not stop there...oh no. It kept going. And low and behold, before I knew it, I was mixing my freshly made hot chocolate mix into my afternoon coffee...and what resulted was absolutely heaven!! Added a couple of marshmallows for nostalgia's sake, and by golly I was as giddy as a ghost on Halloween!!!
Here's my recipe:
Hot Chocolate Mix:
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Coco Powder
1 cup Powdered Milk
1 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Corn Starch
Mix all ingredients well. I mix mine in the food processor to break down the sugar a little more. To make drink: add 1/4 cup mix to 1 cup hot milk -- top with marshmallows!
Now....for the Hot Mocha Joe:
Add 2 Tbs Hot Chocolate Mix to your hot coffee (add creamer as usual if you use) stir together and top with Marshmallows...Sit back, relax and let the spirit Booooooo you :)
Here's a fabulous recipe for the fall season! These lovely delights burst with refreshing orange flavor and the tart zing of cranberries -- all folded into the sweet cakey goodness of a muffin.....mmmmm!
Orange Cranberry Muffins
Makes About 14
Adapted From Branny Boils Over
2 Cups Flour
3/4 Cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
2/3 Cup Buttermilk (or 2/3 Cup of Milk + 1 Tbs Vinegar combined)
6 Tbs unsalted Butter, melted
1/3 Cup Orange Juice
1 Large Egg
1 Tbs Grated Orange Zest
1 1/2 Cups Fresh Cranberries
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda together in a large bowl.
In a medium bowl, whisk buttermilk, melted butter, orange juice, egg and zest.
Gently fold the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture to combine, do not over mix.
Next, add cranberries to batter and fold to incorporate -- again, do not over mix.
Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray. Add batter to tins.
Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!
*TheSpottedLamb Tip: Save your used orange rind! Once muffins go into the oven, place your orange rind in a medium pot. Add water, some cloves and cinnamon. Place on stovetop and simmer throughout the day to enjoy the warm scents of fall! Be sure to check the pot often and add water as needed*
Would you believe me if I told you that I made this adorable Halloween TShirt for $6 and only 20 minutes? ....Well, I did!
I cannot take complete credit for the idea behind this creative ensemble -- one of the VERY first things I ever pinned on Pinterest was a picture of an orange baby onesie with a cream doily and a felt spider -- perhaps you've seen it on Pinterest too!?
Knowing that my 6 year old was a little too big to sport a onesie :) I decided to translate the idea to a TShirt -- using some simple and inexpensive items I found at Michaels -- it was just too cute of an idea to pass up!
As I mentioned, I found EVERYTHING I needed at Michaels for only $6 TOTAL! Here is what you will need to create your own spiderweb Tshirt:
An inexpensive cotton TShirt -- make sure you wash it before you begin this project -- this TShirt was on clearance at Michaels for $1.99
You could do a solid, a stripe, polkadot...whatever is on sale and fits into a Halloween color scheme! :)
A cloth doily -- I found this one in the $1 bin at Michaels -- color of your choice, but keep in mind that you want the doily to stand out from the TShirt, so if you choose a dark colored shirt, try picking a light colored doily (white or cream) so that it will really stand out.
You will also need a spider! ....I really hit the jackpot with my spider find, not only was it glittery and inexpensive ($1.99 at Michaels) but it also came with an attached alligator clip!!!!
The attached alligator clip makes my life so much easier!! ....All I have to do is clip the spider to the doily on the Tshirt when my daughter is ready to wear it -- no sewing involved! Which means, that the spider is also removable and can be taken off for washes -- perfect! If you cannot find a spider with a clip, you can easily purchase a clip and hot glue it to the back of your spider.
Alright! Now that you have your supplies, it's time to start!
First: Unwrap your doily and place it on the front of the TShirt in whichever way you desire -- I decided to off-center mine slightly to give it more visual interest. Once you find the right spot, go ahead and stick a pin in it! You should only need one pin, right in the middle of the doily....just make sure you are only pinning through the top layer of the TShirt...do not catch the backside too!
Next: Take your pinned doily shirt to you sewing machine and, USING A THREAD THAT MATCHES YOUR DOILY, stitch around the entire circumference of the doily -- stitching as close to the edge as you can without exposing too many stitches. *Again, BE SURE you are only stitching the doily to the FRONT of the Tshirt! DO NOT stitch all the way through to the back of the TShirt!* Repeat the stitching, this time moving closer to the center of the doily. When you are done, the inside of the TShirt will look something like this....
Notice that the stitching is ugly, wobbly and uneven....that is OK!! The greatest thing about this project is that the sewing doesn't have to be neat....in fact it won't be neat....but it will still look great!! *NOTE: You can see here that I used a lighter colored bobbin thread and a dark colored top thread....you can use the same colored bobbin thread as your top thread rather than mixing the two....I am just particular that way :)*
Finally: Clip on the spider and watch your little gal go ga-ga over your creation!! That's it...
SUPER simple right!?
Perhaps this is another 'captain obvious' post -- but wanted to share with you my fall spin on the classic rice crispy treat...which my kids affectionately call 'gooey cakes' :)
1 (10OZ) Package of Miniature Marshmallows
5 Tbs Butter
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 Box Rice Crispy Cereal (adjust this amount according to your 'gooey' taste)
9X12 Glass Baking Dish Sprayed With Non-Stick Cooking Spray
In a large glass or ceramic mixing bowl, add marshmallows, spices, and butter. Microwave on high power for 2 min. Stir quickly to incorporate -- if marshmallows are not completely melted, return to the microwave and cook in 30 sec increments until melted.
Quickly add the rice crispy cereal to the melted marshmallows and stir to coat evenly. Once coated, dump cereal mixture into a 9X12 glass baking dish -- gently spray your hands with cooking spray, or use a piece of waxed paper, and press the cereal evenly into the dish. Allow to cool completely before cutting -- enjoy!
I'm sure you all know of Bob Ross and his famous quote 'There are no mistakes, just happy little accidents.'
Well, this dress that I made for my daughter is riddled with 'happy accidents' :)
I always have a vision of what my finished sewing project is supposed to look like....and this was NOT it. But, mistake....I mean, happy accident and after happy accident....I just decided to let the dress tell me what it wanted to look like :) I channeled my inner Bob Ross and made the mistakes work in my favor.
For example....these shoulder ruffles? Totally not supposed to be there. What happened? Well after stitching the bodice lining to the wrong side of the fabric THREE times in a row, when I finally got it right and tried it on my daughter I realized that the shoulders were WAY too short!! (Channeling Mr. Ross....) 'Oh that's ok....let's add some shoulder ruffles!?' .....Oh, and the neck hole was WAY too small....
This adorable little heart button?? Yep, my happy accident solution :)
In the end, all of the happy little accidents added up to create one darn cute dress!? And....we know it will definitely be one of a kind ;) So, the next time your project is not going as planned, step back. Take a deep breath, channel your inner Bob Ross and turn those mistakes into happy accidents! :)
Good Morning! I am so excited to share with you some exciting news -- The Spotted Lamb's Slim Potato Casserole has made its debut on YouTube! Thanks to Norman Paper, and his artistic flare, you can now
watch how the recipe will progress before you give it a try! Please check out his video for my Slim Potato Casserole -- and be sure to check out his other video creations...I just love his style!
I am still floored by the response my Slim Potato Casserole has received on the web! If you haven't yet tried it, please watch the video and give it a go! It really is as easy as NormanPaper makes it look ;)