My Site Has Moved!

I made the jump!!  I got myself a domain name and now I am running on a self hosted wordpress site.  I manned the switch from the free version of wordpress (wordpress.com) to the self hosted version (wordpress.org) myself so please be patient as I figure out all the quirks!

While I fully figure out a few more things can you all do be a big favor and update your google reader subscription and/or feedburner subscription to my new site??? Almost all who subscribed via email should have gotten a “Activate Your Subscription” email already from FeedBurner. If not, you just need to re-enter your email in the “Email Subscription” box in my sidebar and you should be good to go! You can add my new site to your favorite reader using that cute Orange RSS beaker in my sidebar.  I’d appreciate the help!  I want to make sure you are all getting my updates and posts!!

My new site is:   www.thatswhatchesaid.net  You should be there now if you look in your address bar!  Links to my old site will redirect here for a year but please update your subscriptions now because after this post everything will come from my new domain!

Even though I have changed sites, not much will change for you once you update.  What this means for me is more flexibility, features, and options for my blog!  I am excited.

I appreciate you all stopping over to read my ramblings each day.  I love your comments and emails and the new friends I have made on Facebook and Twitter!  You all make my day!  I thank you very much for taking some time of your day to read my posts!

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Witch Hats

Are you sick of my Halloween posts yet?  I hope not, because this one is super cute and I also have a plan to reuse parts of it for future projects! I love multi-tasking!  Let me show you how to make these happy little witch hats for your Halloween decorations!

To make your own Witches Hats you will need:

  • Styrofoam Cones
  • Fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Felt
  • scissors
  • hot glue or other tacky glue
  • sewing chalk pencil

To start I chose two different sizes of cones and I found these handkerchiefs/bandanas at Hobby Lobby for $0.99!  Can’t beat that price and they are the perfect size!

 

I first positioned the large cone along the hemmed edge of the bandana and then rolled it up to see my pattern.  I used my white sewing pencil to mark out my pattern and then I cut it out.

Next I measured the bottom of the cone and cut a circle that was 2 inches larger on each side out of felt!  (I found this great sparkly glittery felt that I love!!)  I then turned the felt circle over and on the back I traced the outline of my cone.  I then cut a circle that was 1/2 inch SMALLER than that outline.  I then cut out v notches along that circle up to the outline I traced so you are left with a piece like this:

This is the brim on the witches hat.  I then carefully slid the brim down the cone to the bottom so it looks like this.

Next I took the hat piece we cut previously and I used hot glue to glue the hat pice to the notches of the brim.  Why not just glue to the cone you say?  Well I have plans to use these cones again so I am creating a “slip cover” of sorts!  Continue to glue all the way around the cone.

Next run a strip of glue up the seam of the hat and glue the seam all the way to the tip. (top right photo)  I was careful to make sure to keep the already hemmed edge of the bandana on the outside so that it looks like I took the time to sew it.  (below)

Next I tied a ribbon around the bottom to hide the seam and add some color and fun!

For the smaller cone I repeated the steps for the hat and brim but this time I used the black bandana and orange felt.

Once they were assembled I wrapped the cone with some glittery ribbon  and attached it with hot glue.  I had to cut v notches in the ribbon along the back to get it to lay flat.  Then I cut a buckle out of felt in place of the bow and ribbon!

Wah-Lah…really cute witches hats!  There are several steps to this project but it only took me about half an hour to make both while taking pictures and making notes to myself.  So you can easily do this project!

Now it might be time for me to go make myself some witches brew…and work on my next post explaining to you all why my photos aways suck and are so “orange”.  Not in honor of Halloween!!

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Rootbeer Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Stay with me!  I promise I have not gone completely mad!  This recipe is delicious!!

Items Needed:

  • Pork Shoulder (3 lbs)
  • 1 cup of rootbeer
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thickly sliced, separated
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt/pepper
  • Barbeque sauce of choice

I started out by placing one of those slow cooker bags in my slow cooker.  (more on it’s awesomeness later!)

Next I lined the bottom of the slow cooker with half the onion slices.  I left all the fat on the pork but coated the outside with salt and pepper.  I placed the shoulder on top of the onions.  I added the rootbeer.  I roughly chopped the garlic cloves and added to the rootbeer.  I covered the shoulder with the remaining onions and placed on low heat for 6 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 160°F.

Once cooked, I pulled out the pork and let rest on a cutting board for about 10 minutes.  I shredded the pork with two forks, and at this time I removed the fat from the pork and discarded the fat.  I did also roughly chop the onions and garlic pieces and mix those in with the pulled pork.  No need to waste that great flavor!

I like to keep the pork “naked” as each of our family members has a separate preference of BBQ sauce and it also makes it easier to repurpose this meat for leftover dishes.  You can certainly mix the whole batch with your favorite sauce though!

Add to some hamburger buns and you are set!  The rootbeer, I found adds a distinct flavor to the pork that is sweet but still has that little kick that makes your taste buds wonder “what’s that flavor?”.

This main dish would be awesome paired with my Apple Cole Slaw!  Yum!

Enjoy!

*Oh and the slow cooker bags were AWESOME!  Clean up consisted of me dumping the liquid in the bag down the drain and throwing the bag away!  Love it!

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Kahlua Recipe

Yep, it’s exactly that.  Kahlua.   Like the liquor, and like, I make it myself.    I am mixing up a batch on this beautiful fall day and thought I’d share my recipe with you!  It makes your house smell fabulous!

Items Needed:

  • 4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 tsp. vanilla extract*
  • 1/2 cup instant coffee*
  • 4 cups 80 proof Vodka

*For the Vanilla Extract and Instant Coffee it is important to use good quality products on these!  They are the brilliant flavor!

Start off by mixing the sugar and water in a large stock pot.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Add vanilla and instant coffee.  Reduce heat and simmer on low to medium heat for 2 hours.  Cool to room temperature and then add the vodka.  Mix well.  It is very, very, VERY important to let your coffee mixture cool completely before adding the vodka otherwise your alcohol will burn off!

I have an actual Kahlua bottle that I refill and keep out in our liquor cabinet and I store the rest back in the vodka bottle or other sealable bottle.  Old washed out half-gallon milk jugs are good for this also.  You can store the extra in a pantry and keep refilling the pretty bottles you have :)

You will be seeing some of my favorite drink recipes using this Kahlua soon!  For some reason fall and winter makes me want coffee/Kahlua type drinks!  Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Enjoy!

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Apple Chips

Got Apples?   Yeah, remember we went Apple Picking a few weeks back with my parents in St. Louis?  Well we still had some Honeycrisp apples left and I wanted to give this recipe a try!   The verdict:  DEEEE-LISH-US!!!    I really hope you give this a try!  This will be something I do all year round as we are a family that loves fruit…in all forms!

Items Needed:

  • Apples
  • Parchment Paper
  • Sugar (optional)
  • Cinnamon (optional)

After preheating my oven to 200°F, I started off by using my mandolin and slicing 2 large Honeycrisp apples in thin slices.  I just gave them a wash and left the skins on.  You can use a sharp knife also if you do not have a mandolin.

Next I arranged the slices in a single-ish layer on baking sheets that were lined with parchment paper.   DO NOT skip this step!  I did the first round without parchment paper and we played “scrap the apples from the cookie sheet’ on several of the slices!  Boo!

If you are using apples that aren’t naturally sweet, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.  I used delicious honeycrisp and choose not to add either the sugar or cinnamon.  (Great decision by the way, mine were delicious naked!)

Bake in the upper 1/3 of your oven at 200°F for about 2 hours.  Depending on your slice thickness will depend on your time in the oven.

Let cool and enjoy!

The first batch I made didn’t make it past the cookie sheet, before they were gobbled up (except those few that stuck like GLUE!)  I made several more batches after and I stored them in some gladware once they were completely cool.

Not to mention this is an awesome snack because there is nothing there but apple, also while they are baking, they make your house smell yummy!  This is a great way to use those apples!  I am guessing this winter, when sweet apples (Honeycrisp, Gala, Pink Lady, or Braeburn) are hard to come by, I will try it with the sugar and cinnamon.  I’ll keep you posted on that, however I loved them as is!

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Simple Hat and Glove Organization

I know, I know…it’s only September.  Why talk about hats and gloves and admit that fall, then winter…are coming???  Well to be honest, we moved into our new townhouse at the end of last March and a GIANT box of hats and gloves has been sitting, unopened in our entry way closet and it was DRIVING ME NUTS!  So I finally decided to tackle the feat of unloading it.  I mean, it is September, a whole 6 months after we moved in!!

I say it is a feat because we moved from Minnesota.  So we are equipped with MANY hats, gloves, scarves, glove clips, full face masks, ear warmers, and headbands.  I mean we have waterproof ones, we have light weight ones, we have matching sets, we have mis-matching sets, we have thick ones, thin ones, wool ones, suede ones, oh and all of the above in 3 different colors!  Not to mention snow pants and snow suits.

I first thought bins but then the gloves don’t stay together that way and you can never see what you all have in that bin sitting there in the bottom of the dark closet.  They have to be down low so that the boys can reach their stuff.  If I had a bin for hats and another for gloves/mittens it would never stay that way.  Everything would eventually get dumped in the top bin out of convenience.  Soooooo….enter an over the door shoe organizer!  I had already one that I was not using at the moment so I snagged that out of my closet and this little organization project cost me nada!

I matched the boys’ hats & mitten sets…

…and there is a spot for an Umbrella and Ice Scraper.  Handy to have on hand!  I have headbands/ear warmers together, hats together and gloves.

I love it.  You can see everything you have and more importantly every color so you can always match :)    You *might* find me opening that closet now, just so I can see how nicely organized it is :)

I hung my scarves and the snow pants on one of these, which I also already had on hand in my closet also!

I urge you to get your hats and mittens organized before the weather gets cold and all of a sudden you are needing gloves, can’t find them and your kid has to go to school with two different colored mittens! They are like socks…they always seem to lose their mate!

Happy Organizing!

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