Monday, October 28, 2013

Baked Potato Bar

Once again Longaberger Products made my Baked Potato Bar
a fun 'n easy spread for our monthly gathering.  Love entertaining with products that 
serve multi uses as well as look awesome from prep to table.  

First up Baked Potatoes
Preheat oven to 400
I used BIG russet potatoes.
Covered with olive oil and roll in coarse salt. 
For "crispy" skins do not wrap in foil.
Prick with a fork ALL over.
Put on the rack of your oven with a 
pan underneath to catch any drips.
Bake for 50 - 60 minutes or until
 easily pierced with a knife.
After baking, I put them in the Cake Insulated Cooler that kept them nice and hot while serving.  Made to fit into the Cake Basket for carrying.  The maple baskets also help retain the temperature of what it holds.
 Assorted toppings to choose from:
Sour Cream 
Cooking with the new Flameware the healthiest cookware on the planet!
9 x 13 Lid/Tray with Toppings
The retired Appetizer Plates were perfect size for the potatoes.
Always use a dash bowl for butter.
Weaving Friendship peeps. An awesome night.  Must do Baked Potatoes again soon.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

It's all about the Boys!

Lincoln attends kindergarten in our neighborhood and a trip to the 
park is often on our afternoon agenda.  The big discussion on picking him 
up from school, "Will we go before or after Hendrix's nap?" 
Today it is after.
Lincoln was trying his hardest to make a funny face. 
Hendrix just wanted to say "cheese."
We're all going to be so sad when our "real" fall arrives.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fans for my Fans

Crafting with my friend Marilyn of Marilyn Gossett Designs is always a delight.  I learn so much from her and she is blessed with a creative talent that just needs to be bottled up and sold.  Last week we got together and made these cute fans for my "fans" of Longaberger.  Shared them at Weaving Friendships last night and everyone went home with one.  You can find these and more at  stuffandthingsandco, Marilyn's Etsy Shop.

Made of fall card stock paper.  Can't wait to make some for Christmas!

This was our center piece last night. 

Pumpkin "Vase"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Apple Cider Syrup

Who loves breakfast for dinner?  This recipe shared by a friend is super on Belgain Waffles, French Toast or Pancakes.  So yummy for fall.

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup apple cider or apple juice
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tbs butter or margarine
In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon. Then stir in the apple cider or juice and lemon juice. Cook and stir the mixture over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Then cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the butter or margarine until melted. Makes 1 1/3 cups.