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CMYK Inspired Baby Shower, part 4 {Tidy it Thursday: yarn wrapped mason jars}

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For part 1,2, and 3 of the CMYK baby shower, head here:

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CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: Yarn Wrapped mason jars

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: Yarn Wrapped mason jars

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: Food table, yum!

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: Yarn Wrapped mason jars

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: baby book gifts and a onesie clothesline

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: homemade tzatziki and ranch dip with greek yogurt

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: food table!

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: food table!

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: yarn wrapped mason jars!

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: food table 🙂

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: yarn wrapped mason jars

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: yarn wrapped mason jars with homemade place cards

CMYK Inspired Baby Shower: yarn wrapped mason jars

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

• Project: CMYK Inspired Baby Shower, part 4 {Tidy it Thursday: yarn wrapped mason jars}
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
• Time: 30 minutes, but we had many of us working on them!
• Would I do it again? yes! I love using mason jars for storage, so it was such a simple way to incorporate the colors of Meg‘s CMYk shower theme.
• What I would do differently: do it again with different colors for other parties
• Items used: mason jars, yarn in a yellow/mustard gold, teal, and magenta, onesies, children’s books, greek yogurt ranch dip recipe idea from: Mommy Savers CMKY yarn wrapped idea from: Inspired by This

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Taste it Tuesday: Summer time outdoor party with Strawberry Shortcake on a stick and Cucumber & Mint Infused water!

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Strawberry Shortcake on a stick! Yummy!

Cucumber, Lemon & Mint-infused water.

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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• Project: Taste it Tuesday: Summer time outdoor party with Strawberry Shortcake on a stick and Cucumber & Mint Infused water!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2 for the water and 3 for the shortcake (took a bit of time to layer each stick 😉
• Time: about 5 minutes for the water and 20 minutes for the shortcakes 🙂
• Would I do it again? yes and I have already done the cucumber water again!
• What I would do differently: get a smaller cookie cutter for the shortcakes 🙂
• Items used: cucumber water: water cucumbers, mint, lime and recipe from kimbercrafts.wordpress.com , strawberry shortcakes: strawberries, Grands Biscuits, cool whip, and recipe from  ladybehindthecurtain.com

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Karie J

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day 129: cooking it up/ so simple, but so cute Easter or Spring “Chicky Cheese Ball” appetizer

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Project: day 29: cooking it up/ so simple, but so cute Easter or Spring “Chicky Cheese Ball” appetizer
Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1, this one was super easy!
• Would I do it again? yes! It was a huge hit today at our Easter party not just for it’s cute looks, but for the taste as well!
• What I would do differently: I actually might change up the decorations on it and try it for other holidays!
• Items used: cream cheese, shredded cheese, herb seasoning packet (just a bit to taste), salt and pepper, carrots and pepercorns, for the full recipe and adorable idea go to: http://jacyeats.blogspot.com/2011/04/chickie-cheeseball.html 

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Karie J 🙂

day 67: cooking it up/ easy super bowl appetizer/ jalapeno popper dip, SO good!

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Project: day 67: cooking it up/ easy super bowl appetizer/ jalapeno popper dip, SO good!
Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
• Would I do it again? yes, if you like/love jalapeno poppers like I do, then this is a definite keeper!
• What I would do differently: if you’re afraid of spice, lessen the jalapenos, if you like the heat, add more. Which is what we did, we added 3 whole jalapenos, oh yes, we’re from Arizona!
• Items used: recipe from: http://www.bigredkitchen.com/2008/10/jalapeo-popper-dip.html

Jalapeño Popper Dip
2- 8 ounce packages cream cheese, room temp
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1- 4 ounce can chopped green chilies
1- 4 ounce can sliced jalapeños- double if you like heat (we added 3 whole jalapenos, chopped)

1 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 stick butter, melted

In a food processor add the first 6 ingredients and process until smooth. You do not need to drain either can of peppers. Spread the dip into a greased 2 quart casserole. In a bowl mix bread crumbs and the other 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese. Pour melted butter over top crumb mixture and mix well. Sprinkle crumb mixture evenly over the dip and bake in a 375° oven for about 20 minutes. You want the top to get browned and the dip to be heated through and bubble gently on the edges. Do not over heat this dish or the mayonnaise with separate and you will have a grease puddle in your dip. Serve with Buttery crackers or a sliced French baguette. Serves 8-10.

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Karie J 🙂

day 64: baking away/ chocolate and caramel zebra pretzels for our Minnie Mouse birthday, Valentine’s day, or any day!! Plus easy diy place cards for your dessert table

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Project: day 64: baking away/ chocolate and caramel zebra pretzels for our Minnie Mouse birthday, Valentine’s day, or any day!! Plus easy diy place cards for your dessert table
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): Pretzels: 2 (thanks to my mom and Aunt Cindy for helping me with this, it went really fast!). Place cards: 1
• Would I do it again? yes, they were a huge hit, and the caramel recipe is to die for. I will definitely be making these again.
• What I would do differently: change it up each holiday! Do red and green for Christmas, pink and white for valentines, orange and black for halloween, you name it! The mix of sweet and salty is too good to miss 🙂
• Items used:

Zebra Caramel Pretzels from: http://pattycakesbakery.blogspot.com/2010/10/minnie-mouse-birthday-party.html

First take some of the homemade caramel, roll it out into ropes, and wrap it around your pretzels (I like the Snyders of Hanover pretzels).

Next, dip in white chocolate and allow to dry. In the meantime, melt some black chocolate melts (we could only find chocolate since it wasn’t Halloween time) and put in a ziplock bag. Snip a tiny portion of the corner, and drizzle over your pretzels to make look like zebra stripes.

Homemade Caramel Recipe:

This is a recipe adapted from the Licorice Caramel Recipe found in Candymaking by Kendrick and Atkinson
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups corn syrup
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Butter a 9-inch square pan and set aside. In a large saucepan combine the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, butter, sugar, and salt. Plac over medium heat ad stir until well combined.
Clip on candy thermometer, and cook, stirring constantly to a firm ball stage (242F if at sea level, 232F in Salt Lake/Provo area, and 237F in Las Vegas area–if you live somewhere else you’ll have to do the boiling water test to find out the difference between the boiling temperature at your location vs. sea level to adjust). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour into pan and allow to stand at room temp over night.

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Karie J 🙂

day 53: cooking it up/ easy football party appetizer/ chili con queso, yum, yum!

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• Project: day 53: cooking it up/ easy football party appetizer/ chili con queso, yum, yum!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2 (it really was very easy, except for the fact that I didn’t read the recipe thoroughly, and since I’m such a novice at cooking, I jut threw in the cornstarch and milk with everything else. Yes, I know this is a cardinal rule of cooking that you are supposed to follow, but sometimes I just do things like that ;)! I had to call my husband over, whom is a much better cook than I to remedy the situation, which he did, laughing all the way!
• Would I do it again? for a weight watchers diet chili con queso it was pretty good. But honestly I really still like the real thing, that is pretty hard to steer from!
• What I would do differently: go for a full fat version, unless you’re really watching it, then keep it the same!
• Items used:

Recipe from: http://www.laaloosh.com/2011/02/01/chile-con-queso-recipe/

Chile Con Queso Recipe

Ingredients:
– 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
– 1/2 cup diced Anaheim chilies
– 1/2 cup light ale beer
– 1 3/4 cups reduced fat shredded sharp Cheddar
– 1 1/4 cups skim milk
– 1 large onion, chopped
– 3 cloves garlic, minced
– 3 tbsp cornstarch
– 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
– 1/4 cup sliced green onions
– 2 tsp lime juice
– 1 tsp salt
– 1/8 tsp black pepper
– 1 tsp ground cumin
– 1 tsp chili powder

Directions:
Spray a large saucepan with non fat cooking spray and set over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and beginning to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Add beer and cook until reduced slightly, about 1 minute. Add 1 cup milk and bring to a simmer.
Meanwhile, whisk the remaining 1/4 cup milk and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to the pan and cook, stirring vigorously, until bubbling and thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, add cheese and cook, stirring, until melted. Stir in drained tomatoes, chilies, lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, green onions, chili powder and cumin . Serve warm, garnished with a bit of cilantro.

Entire recipe makes 4 cups
Serving size is ¼ cup
Each serving = 1 Points +

PER SERVING: 75 calories; 2 g fat; 3 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 1 g fiber

Read more: http://www.laaloosh.com/2011/02/01/chile-con-queso-recipe/#ixzz1kFZlYhwY
until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 26: cooking it up/ Holiday Gouda Cheese Fondue, New Year’s appetizer

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  • Project: day 26: cooking it up/ Holiday Gouda Cheese Fondue, New Year‘s appetizer
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
  • Would I do it again? yes, it was a big hit, so yummy!
  • What I would do differently: we did not do the herbed crostini, but rather did vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, red bell peppers), salami, and crusty french bread.
  • Items used:

Gouda Cheese Fondu Recipe:

Ingredients

  • Fondue:
  • 1 lb. Gouda, cubed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup white wine
  • ¼ cup cornstarch, enough to coat the cheese
  • Kosher or sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • Grated nutmeg to taste
  • Shot of Tabasco (we used Cholula, our favorite!)
  • 2 tablespoons Kirsch or Sherry
  • Crostini:
  • ½ sourdough baguette
  • ¼ stick butter
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • Fresh herbs of choice (basil, oregano, sage, rosemary)

Preparation

Fondue:

Smash the garlic cloves and rub inside of heavy saucepan; then discard the garlic.

Put saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat and add the white wine, scraping with a wooden spoon to dissolve the garlic residue. Toss the Gouda cubes in a small bowl with cornstarch, add the cheese to the saucepan and melt; stir to prevent scorching. When melted, add the tomato, basil, Kirsch or Sherry, nutmeg and Tabasco. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with crostini.

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Karie J 🙂