It's Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Christmas...

Actually it's felt like Christmas for a lot of people since November 1st. But the first bad snow storm just hit most of us so I feel like Christmas is in full swing.
And to celebrate I have a few decor tutorials I have found and tested.
First up, the Ornament Garland (pictured below)




I saw this idea and instantly fell in love with it so I tried it out myself.
The instructions are straight forward, get a piece of ribbon and tie one end around an ornament then proceed to slide the rest of the ornaments you have onto the ribbon, they will fall into place on their own and you get a beautiful garland from it.
So here is what I learned, first off, the ribbon didn't work for me. I had to use string due to the fact that the ornaments would budge on the ribbon and some ended up falling off. Luckily they were plastic. 
Other than it worked perfect for me, I think you have to adjust the medium you use (string, ribbon, yarn, etc.) depending on the size and type of ornaments you use.
Below are pictures of my process.



(you can see here that they are really bunching)



(however when you pull it up they start to fall into place)



(coming along nicely)



(i still ended up losing a few ornaments but you can't tell)



(turned out perfectly though)



I will have a couple more posts on how to decorate before the season is over hopefully.
 

Some Things on Pintrest Just Really Don't Work....

So today I realized, I really really suck at blogging.
But considering no one reads this blog, I can suck at blogging.
Unless I suddenly get popular, then I may disappoint a lot of people.
Annywayy...
Today I am sharing a Pintrest recipe that I have seen posted, dozens of times. And even posted on imgur and Facebook. And probably a zillion other places.

You probably know it as Mana From Heaven, but really it's bacon wrapped in cinnamon rolls
Okay I lied
That is totally mana from heaven.
But here's the thing.
It totally doesn't work.
At least not like it shows in the original post (which I will hopefully have linked below)

Oh would you look at that, there it is

Yeah that right there, totally doesn't work.
So here is the basic concept. You get a regular package of bacon and a tube of cinnamon rolls.
You then unroll said cinnamon rolls and the re roll it up with the (raw) bacon in the middle.
And you get something that looks like this:


Yeah I know, it's sexy. Then you cook according to the instructions on the cinnamon roll tube. And you get this:


Except, I did something different. I cooked the bacon a little before rolling it up with the thought that yeah that bacon in the middle of the cinnamon roll is not going to cook all the way.
So I cooked it just enough so that it was safe to eat. And then I rolled it up.

It barely cooked wrapped in the cinnamon roll. If I hadn't cooked it before hand I would've had cinnamon rolls that were filled with slightly less than raw bacon.

Even so the bacon was very chewy and very hard to eat in the cinnamon rolls.




Still the best part



However it was very yummy when you pull everything apart.
I will be trying again and this time fully cooking the bacon. Chopping it up, and then wrapping it in a cinnamon roll and cooking it up.
More work, but more yum. So it totally balances.
 

Baby Food

So shortly after my son was born I decided that there was no way in hell I was going to buy baby food. It's so atrociously expensive and you never really know what is going into it. So I started doing some Googling and found that a lot of mom's have thrown in the towel on buying baby food and are blending up their own.

If you have a little one who is still eating food as mush I highly recommend you do this. You save so much money and it usually only takes me one nap time (if that) to prepare all his food.

Instead of giving you all the recipes I use I'm just going to give you links to the websites I use. The first one not only has recipes but also has information and tips about feeding your little one.
(on a side note; don't start your baby on solid foods until you have spoken with their pediatrician)


Rice(and other)Cereals
1 month of food, 1 hour, $20(pt1)
1 month of food, 1 hour, $20(pt2)

I use both of these sites when starting him on food. A lot will say to use a Vita-mix or other food processor for the rice/oats/barley, but I found that using a coffee grinder (that has been completely cleaned of coffee) get you a much better texture and you also don't have to spring for an expensive blender. For the fruits and veggies and blender/processor will do in my opinion.
 

Cupcakes

So despite a horrible flu that has been trying to keep me down all week, I decided to tryout a new cupcake recipe that I came up with recently.
Apple Pie Cupcakes
(ignore the dirty stove)

They turned out much better than I expected.

Despite the minor burn I got when I figured out that touching boiling sugar is a really bad idea.
Doctor Houston patching me up.

I know I forgot to mention this in my original post but I absolutely adore cupcakes. Yeah I jumped on that fad and rode it all the way to crazy town. And I am happily living there with my dozens of delicious cupcakes. Cupcakes have become somewhat of an obsession for me. I love trying to come up with new a crazy ways make them. Apple Pie is just my latest idea for how to make a cupcake something it's not. I think they turned out damn well. Houston thinks I'm trying to put him into a diabetic coma though.

Apple Pie Cupcake Recipe-
Cake: 
Ingredients:
3 cups cake flour sifted
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups milk

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease pan. Sift together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt; set aside. Cream sugar and butter together until light. Add eggs and vanilla to creamed mixture and beat until thoroughly mixed. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Continue beating one minute. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on rack; remove and cool completely before decorating.

Filling:
Ingredients:
5 cups peeled, chopped apples
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups water

Instructions:
Toss the apples with lemon juice and set aside. Combine the sugars, cornstarch, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a saucepan. Stir in water. Bring mixture to a boil. Boil 2 minutes stirring constantly.
Add the apples and bring to a boil again. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Cool completely. It will set up as it cools. Makes 4 cups of apple pie filling. Keep refrigerated in a sealed container for 4-5 days.
(Filling Recipe found here.) 

Frosting:
Ingredients:
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions:
Bring 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar and the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Wash sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Cook, swirling the pan occasionally, until caramel is dark amber. Immediately remove from heat, and slowly add 1/4 cup cream, salt, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, stirring with a wooden spoon until smooth. Let cool.

Pour heavy whipping cream into a blender and beat until peaks are almost forming. (Just before it turns to whip cream) The add a portion of the caramel mixture to the cream and beat in. Repeat process until it is sweet enough for you.

Topping:
Ingredients:
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:
Combine the flour and sugars in a medium bowl; drizzle with the melted butter and toss with a fork until evenly moistened and the mixture forms many large chunks with pea-sized pieces mixed throughout. Sprinkle the streusel evenly over the pie filling. Set the pie plate on a baking sheet and bake until the streusel topping is deep golden brown, 10 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature and serve.

I know it may look long and complicated and it is one of my more time consuming recipes but believe me it is well worth it! I'm going to be using this recipe to win Houston's family over at Thanksgiving this year!
 

Introducing Me

So I wanted to fancy up this place first, but I realized if I wait for the day where I actually have time to do that I will never post anything.
So let's start with an introduction, my name is Kala. I am the mother of a beautiful little boy, who I will refer to as Dragon, or MLD (My Little Dragon). He's called MLD due to the noises he makes when he gets excited sound exactly like the dragons from Game of Thrones. His daddy, and my boyfriend, is Houston. We are a darling little family that became so much sooner than we imagined. We are taking each day at a time though and making it through fairly well if I do say so myself.
The reason for this blog is I'm a Pintrest junkie. (I don't know if that's a thing, but it should be because I know I'm not the only one totally addicted to that site.) I love to try out new things and all over make life easier with little 'hacks'. So in the interest in sharing my (amazing occasionally limited) knowledge, I decided to start my very own blog to share with everyone(or my mom, Hi mom!).
 
 
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