Stuffed Mushrooms

I love stuffed mushrooms. I love mushrooms no matter how they’re prepared, but I really really love them stuffed. 

I know some people aren’t really that into mushrooms, but for those that are, good for you! Not only do you have excellent taste in food, you are benefiting from the numerous health benefits of these bad boys.

I love this recipe because it’s so easy to make, it’s tasty, and it satisfies. Serve these up as an appetizer, a side, or with a side of salad.

Stuffed Mushrooms
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Ingredients
  1. 2 packages baby portabella mushrooms (20 mushrooms)
  2. 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  3. 1 medium onion
  4. 1 tsp garlic
  5. 1/2 lb pork sausage
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Remove stems from mushrooms and place in food processor with all the remaining ingredients.
  3. Pulse until combined.
  4. Stuff mushroom cavity with the meat mixture.
  5. Place mushrooms meat side up on a foil-lined cookie sheet.
  6. Cook for 45 minutes.
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Sewing For Kids

This has been a really off week for me, sewing wise. I had grand plans to make all 3 kids outfits but then…well, I have 3 kids so you can guess why I didn’t have time. 

This outfit is a throwback to the 80s with the neons and geometric patterns, but also (I think) modern and sporty.

There is no pattern for this outfit, I just traced around existing leggings and an existing tank top, extending the back into a longer scoop. After I cut out the fabric for the leggings, I grabbed my rotary cutter and cut a triangular chunk from the bottom of the legs, used the pieces to cut out the same shape out of black knit, and sewed them in place.

I think the back ended up being my  favorite on this.

The gray is Dark Heather Gray Hacci Sweater fabric from Girl Charlee and the patterned print is from Wanderlust Fabrics.

 

Easy Spring Decor

Spring is in the air, you guys! I spy little green stuff sneaking out of the ground and tiny buds on my previously bare trees. I’ve been spending the past few days doing projects outside and the weather has been awesome!

I wanted to “Spring” up some areas inside too.

Do you love going to yard sales or thrift stores?

((I do!))

Man-oh-man, do I ever. I’m always on the lookout for little gems that I can use for something. You can easily do this project with things you already have, but I didn’t have anything that would work this time so I found 3 figures for about $1.00 at a thrift store.

I’m sure at some point these figures were fondly displayed on someone’s shelf. They just weren’t really something that appealed to me as-is.  

I always like to look at things like these and imagine the people who owned them previously, the circumstances they were bought, or the things they “saw”. 

I think that’s why I like to buy second hand. There are stories behind every used item. Even if you don’t know them. And this is such a perfect project for Spring–a time a renewal and rebirth..these bunnies get a new life, a fresh start, a new chapter in their story.

The spray paint for both colors was under $8.00 and I did 3 light coats on each bunny. There was plenty of spray paint left for other projects too. And-I’m not usually a big fan of gold, but I have to say, I’m in love with the gold Valspar spraypaint. It is so rad and I might be a little addicted to it.      

What is your favorite Spring project to spruce up your space?

 

April Art Journal Prompts

 

April is here! Aside from warmer temperatures and a whole slew of birthdays (including my own), that means it’s also time for new art journal prompts. Have you been keeping up with your art journal? I honestly have not but that’s the beauty of these art prompts…you don’t need to feel obligated to complete all of them (though kudos if you do!). I decided to do some more challenging ones this month to really get the art vibes going. Enjoy!

Ozeri Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan

Ozeri recently sent me their Green Earth pan to test and review (all opinions in this post are mine and completely honest).

Ozeri’s Green Earth Textured Ceramic Nonstick Frying Pan features 100% PTFE and PFOA free ceramic non-stick coating. Because I frequently cook at home and for my young children, safe cookware is important to me. I really like that there are no harmful fumes (go ceramic!).

Aside from that green color that matches quite a few of things in my kitchen, the first thing I noticed was the texture on the pan. That funny (but cute) looking honeycomb texture kind of scared me at first, to be honest. I could imagine food getting stuck and burning to a crisp in all those little spaces.

Apparently though, the odd-looking texture is a good thing. The honeycomb pockets help distribute heat underneath the food for a nice even cook.

Even the bottom of this pan is attractive. I have a gas stove, but it is induction stove safe.

I usually do all my cooking in a cast-iron skillet, which is really great….except when I cook scrambled eggs. I always, always end up with with a filmy eggy mess. So of course that was the very first thing I decided to task this pan with. 

The eggs cooked, then glided around effortlessly in this pan. I also made omelets with success. Amazing! And cleanup? Super easy. I swirled a little warm soapy water around, a quick rinse, and a wipe. Seriously simple cleaning. You can put it in the dishwasher, but if you’re buying this pan for eco-friendly reasons, why bother?

The bottom line is this is a great little pan (this particular one is 8 inches, but there is also a 10 inch and a 12 inch available). I’ve had it for 2 weeks and I love it. I would definitely consider purchasing the bigger sizes to have a complete set.  

 

Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie. Have you had it? Mmmm. Last week while I was visiting family in Florida, I had a request to try and recreate this favorite dessert of my brother-in-law. While I never tasted the original (and most likely won’t because it was discontinued at the restaurant it was served at), I can say I was happy with the outcome. 

I looked up several recipes online and found they mostly had the same ingredients. Since it was the first one I ever attempted, I followed the recipes. A few days later when I was able to be in my own kitchen (thus be comfortable making a huge mess), I decided to play around with the original recipe a bit.

It’s sinfully rich. It’s silky smooth. It’s so so bad (in the best way possible). Don’t bother with the nutritional content of this. It’s too good to turn down just because it might make you gain 83 pounds instantly. Kidding! (sort of)

Bonus: Peanut Butter Pie is the perfect quick and easy recipe to whip up for a BBQ, potluck, or get-together. Everyone will thank you.

Peanut Butter Pie
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Ingredients
  1. 12 oz Crunchy Peanut butter
  2. 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
  3. 1 1/4cup Powdered Sugar
  4. 1/4 cup Nutella
  5. 1 tub Cool Whip, thawed
  6. 1 Tablespoon instant coffee (optional)
  7. 1 pie crust (oreo, graham cracker, or cookie)
Instructions
  1. In stand mixer, combine peanut butter, Nutella, and cream cheese. Add powdered sugar and mix thoroughly. Fold in Cool Whip until well incorporated. Add mixture into pie crust and smooth out the top. Top with drizzled chocolate, cocoa powder, or nuts. Chill for about an hour.
Notes
  1. This dessert can be eaten either refrigerated or frozen. If it's thawed it will have a mousse-like texture and if it's frozen will taste more like an ice cream pie.
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Quick Florida Break

Last week I didn’t post anything because I was visiting with family in sunny Florida. It was a wonderful break from our chilly temperatures. We even managed to get a quick trip to the beach in to get a nice healthy dose of vitamin D!

I  don’t have any recipes because I wasn’t doing a whole lot of experimenting (tune in tomorrow for one thing I did manage to make, then make again!), but I do have a few pictures of some really delicious food that I might have over-indulged in.

First up our friend adapted this butternut squash lasagna recipe. My only problem with it is that I didn’t eat more (soooo…maybe she will come visit and make another batch?). 

We were lucky enough to be visiting our friends on a day that some local food trucks set up in the complex parking lot. There were 3 trucks total but I was concentrating on the cupcake one so much I completely forgot to get pictures of the others (sorry!).

From upper left to right is Salted Caramel (OH EM GEE it was so so so good), S’mores Please, and Chocolate on Chocolate. On the bottom starting at the left is Chocolate on Chocolate (both of the chocolate cupcakes were for the youngest kids in our group), Red Velvet, and Cookies Got Creamed. Not only were the names really cute but the cupcakes were ah-mazing. The pricing was also funny, with names like ‘Lonely One’, ‘Foxy Four’, ‘Sexy Six’, and ‘Titilating Twelve’. If you happen to be in central Florida, go check them out. (And Yum Yum Truck: if you ever want to bring yourself up to Tennessee, call me!)

I wish I would have brought out the camera for some of the other meals we had but we were so busy catching up that we just didn’t think about it. Good times!

Family Sewing

Lately I’ve been on a sewing spree. Sewing for me but especially sewing for the family. Usually, when I make something for the kids (or even myself), I trace clothing they already own and go from there. This past week though, the Bimaa Sweater from LouBeeClothing has stolen my heart. I originally bought it because of the 3 neckline options (hoodie, shawl, and cowl) and the range of sizes (12 months – size 6). I did have to draft a larger size (8) for my oldest but it really wasn’t a big deal. 

The fabrics I chose came from Girl Charlee (referral link) which has amazing quality knits. Armed with the Bimaa pattern and all the cute knits from Girl Charlee, I think I have my go-to kid pattern for the next few years.

The photo above shows the Bimaa Sweater with the cowl collar. Obviously it doesn’t interfere with ones balance.

 

My oldest modeling the hoodie option.

You might recognize the stance of my shawl-neck model as “new walker”.

As I mentioned above, I’ve been sewing for the whole family. Obviously my husband wouldn’t fit into a Bimaa sweater, so I drafted a raglan tee for him from one of his favorite tee-shirts (converting it from a regular tee into a raglan was super easy!).

As for me, I have made 2 Plantain t-shirts (so comfortable!), a pair of self-drafted jeans, and a bias cut cami

What’s your favorite pattern?

Coffee Art

In my house when I was growing up, there was a painting of a squirrel on a canvas, but instead of paint, the squirrel was made of coffee grounds. I have no idea who crafted it, but I used to like rubbing my hand over the rough texture and I remember thinking how completely cool and unconventional it was.

Obviously 20-something years later, I feel the need to recreate it. (If you follow me on Instagram, you already know this!)

We have one of those reusable K-cup things (affiliate link) and we empty it into a container so we can feed our compost. This uses USED coffee grounds (coffee drinkers rejoice!). I mean–you could use brand-spanking new grounds but what a waste.

This is what I used for this project:

  • Mod Podge
  • used coffee grounds
  • wallpaper (my wonderful husband and son scored a wallpaper sample book for me, so I used a page for this project–you could use any really thick paper or canvas)
  • a stencil (you could make this out of contact paper if you wanted) if you don’t want to free-hand it like I did.
  • a frame (I found one without glass for $1 at a local thrift store)

Gather your supplies, put on some music, and send the kids outside (or else you will get “ewww” and “gross” comments while you are crafting).

Make your measurements. I made mine 8 inches square but ended up trimming the final product down quite a bit. 

Add some Mod Podge into a container. No exact art here–just a tablespoon or so.

Then add some grounds (again, not an exact measurement–just add and stir).

When you have something that resembles chewed up Oreo’s (Sorry. I have kids so you know…), you’re ready.

Kind of shlop it on your surface. When I was done, I actually sprinkled a little of the extra dry grounds on top because I was paranoid it wouldn’t be enough. I’m not sure it made a difference.

While you are waiting for it to dry, clean up your mess.

When it is all the way dry, mount it and it’s ready to be admired by all your coffee-drinker guests.

What do you think? Crafty or weird?