Sunday, October 30, 2011

Domestic Bitch Whenever I Feel Like It.

Yeah, I know. I'm late with this, but better late than never, right? I have lots of fun stuff to share with you and have been pretty effing productive this week.

As a reminder though, I have two giveaways ending soon so check those out if you haven't yet. First is the Iced Spike Ring giveaway and then the book Holy Ghost Girl. Get on it folks. Now on with the post!

Yeah, it's plural, bitch. I've been so productive this week. First up, I cleaned out all of Olivia's closet. This is HUGE because not only is it a big closet, it becomes the catch all for everything. Literally, you could no longer see the floor and it was waist high with toys, too small clothes, blankets, etc. I didn't take a picture because I was that ashamed of it. But never fear- with the kids gone all day yesterday at my inlaws I cleaned it out. It's a whole new place. I divided all of the toys nobody plays with into a sell and a donate pile, went through every piece of bedding in this house, put all of the game pieces back in their correct boxes and produced two bags of garbage out of there. Of course the kids were in panic mode thinking I got rid of the stuff they still play with but were thrilled when they realized they could find everything again. Mom WIN.

My other project was to make the Halloween treat bags for Olivia's class. She has 26 (yes, you read that right- 26 kids) in her class so this ended up being a bigger project than I an anticipated. But I did just treat bags with mini bags of popcorn, a pencil, a kaleidoscope, some candy and some erasers tied together with a ribbon and a cute monster tag. Olivia signed her name on the back of all of the tags like a trooper. So yay.. I get to carry these babies to school for her tomorrow.
I actually made two recipes this week that were both really good. The first was a new recipe for a pot roast that I obviously found on Pinterest. It was pretty damn easy too- just mix one packet of Italian dressing seasoning, one packet of Ranch dressing seasoning, and one packet of brown gravy with one cup of water. Pour that into your Crock Pot, put your roast in and done. So easy but it smelled heavenly and tasted even better. I added some onions, potatoes and carrots to it so I wouldn't have to deal with anything later on and it was delicious.

The other recipe I made was Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes from the blog Glorious Treats. I took her advice and topped them with a vanilla cream cheese frosting and that was to die for. I may or may not have eaten all of the extra frosting and counted it as my milk serving for the day. But the recipe is SUPER easy.

In one bowl whisk 1 cup of flour, 1 tsp of baking powder, 1/2 tsp of baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp all spice, 1/4 tsp nutmeg. In another bowl mix 1 cup of canned pumpkin, 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 large eggs and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Your bowls should look like this:
 Then add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture and stir until completely combined. Stir in chopped pecans (optional- I didn't stir mine in. Instead, I used them to top my cupcakes later.).

Bake in a preheated 35o degree oven for 22-24 minutes.
 I don't care for pumpkin but Matt assures me they were fantastic as did Jackson's toddler class. It was our turn to bring snack so this was it and I came home with none. It only makes 12 cupcakes if you fill the cups about half full.

Another thing I've been working on is holiday stuff for my Etsy shop. I have some glitter ornaments made but not yet listed and I have another set of cards made but not yet listed, and another set of cards in the works. I have some cute stuff churning in my head so it's just a matter of getting it done. But this set WAS listed and you can buy them HERE.
What have YOU been doing this week?


middle child said...

I am glad you're eating healthy (that serving of milk.) You really ARE creative!

Ruth said...

I made cupcakes last week and ate the extra frosting. I was not proud of myself for that.
Yay for ornaments!

Cathy said...

I didn't know you had an Etsy shop. I'll be buying cards tonight. No lie. Also I'll be sending you an email about what I'm going to do with said cards. Now you're intrigued.