Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

When I was in elementary school a friend's mom made these muffins for snacktime and she called them "Heaven on Earth Muffins." I believed her and decided that my favorite kind of muffin was "heaven on earth." It took me a few years to realized what heaven on earth actually was...

Pumpkin
Chocolate chips
Spices!

And boy do these muffins taste heavenly. There's a tricky thing about them, though. They smell incredible, they taste amazing... but they're actually best on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th day, after the flavors have had a chance to really sit. Why is this a problem. Because the chances of these muffins lasting for even 24 hours after backing are slim slim slim. So triple the recipe? Your call!


1 1/2 cups  flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup  unsalted butter, soft
 2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup  pumpkin puree
1 cup  chocolate chips
Mix together the flour, soda, spices and salt. In another bowl beat together the softened butter, sugar, then add the eggs and vanilla. Now, combine these two and add the pumpkin and chocolate chips! See? Super easy! Bake at 350 F until your kitchen smells amazing (20min for minis, 30+ for regular sized muffins). Taste one right away with butter!

 
 
I doubled the recipe and it made a mountain of minis. Most of these were for a Coffee Hour at my grandmother's church. A bag of them was for my college-bound brother. And the rest? Well... they disappeared. Not sure where...

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: ONE CENT SALE!



We are back for another "Thrifty Thursday" with an incredible deal for you all this week! Do you remember the precious "Poppy" and "Summer Joy" pillowcase dresses? This week, we are running a crazy "Just Pay Shipping!" deal, and you can order your own…for just ONE cent...and just pay the shipping price! Our new product line has arrived, so help us clear out the inventory so we can make way for the new!!


Aren't they absolutely adorable? Hurry…this deal will only last until next Wednesday at midnight! Just pay the $5.00 flat rate shipping price, and choose which dress (or several!)* you would like for the little girls in your life!

We have also marked down several items in the shop by 15%! Check out the the "Fierce" and "Free" t-shirts for your wee ones, and the "Priscilla" apron for yourself! Happy shopping!




*just one $0.01 dress per shipping order.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

(almost) Wordless Wednesday: Fierce



Amelia is looking fierce in her Scarlet Threads Chin Collection clothing today! 

Doesn't every little girl need a Fierce tee in her closet? I think so! 








Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tasty Tuesday: Tomato Basil Chicken Stew



Can you believe that it's already the end of September?! Insane! INSANE!!! I'm happy though, as this means that cooler temperatures are here to stay! Fingers crossed, that is. Of course, I love soups so much that I make them all year long. Weirdo, I know. Lately, I've been making a big pot of soup, and then putting it into containers for the freezer, so I can pull them out for lunches. I'm home during the day with my baby, which is the best thing ever, and sometimes, it's easier to warm up some soup when she's napping than try to make a sandwich or something more complicated  ;)

I saw this recipe on pinterest recently, and thought it sounded too good not to try. Turns out, I was right! It was amazing, and I'm glad there are two more bowls of it in the freezer!


Tomato Basil Chicken Stew. 

Doesn't that just sound like music to your ears?  


First found here, at a blog called Gimme Some Oven. Cute name, eh?  

This is the original recipe:


Tomato Basil Chicken Stew

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: About 4-6 servings

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 small white onion, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and diced

2 stalks of celery, diced

4 cloves garlic

2 (28 oz.) cans whole tomatoes (with their juices)

1 (14 oz.) can cannelinni beans

3 cups shredded cooked chicken

2 handfuls baby spinach

¼ cup roughly chopped fresh basil

1 tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

Method

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery. Saute for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute or two until fragrant.
Add in remaining ingredients, and stir to combine. Use a long spoon to crush the tomatoes. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer partially-covered for 10 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
Serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.
**Or, you can add all ingredients except the cheese to a slow cooker, stir to combine, cook on high for 3-4 hours (or low for 6-8), then serve with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese.**










My edits:


I forgot to buy fresh basil. Of course. One of the key ingredients and I forgot it! I had some dried basil in a jar, so I used extra there, but I imagine that had I used fresh, as the recipe called for, the flavor would have been far more bold!

I didn't use onion. I never buy onions, as I don't like them, except in soup, but then I never remember to buy them, since I rarely use them. Figures. Ha! I also forgot the celery. Oooops. Next time. 

My chicken was more chopped into small pieces than shredded. Still worked. 



Overall, this recipe was amazing! Lots of spices and flavor, and super filling. If you're a soup person, like I am, I highly suggest making this soon!


Do you love soups in the fall? What is your favorite soup recipe?







Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: New Apron Bundle

We have a new apron bundle for you this week! I know we haven't updated your choices recently, but never fear. We have you covered.

As always the bundle is on super sale - $39 for three of our favorite aprons. At $13 each, that is a seriously great deal. Just a tiny bit better than 50% off.

In this round,  you'll receive the Suzy, the Nora, and the Vivian... that's one of each of our types of aprons, ready for you to wrap up and give as Christmas gifts with extra meaning.  The total retail value of this package is $79.  Be sure to click through all the pictures to see the products you'll get in your bundle.

Vivian

Nora

Suzy