Thursday, December 19, 2013

Blogmas Day 6

Holiday Cup Collection

This holiday season has been so crazy and hectic for me, I feel like I've missed out on so many festivities. Because my schedule can get busy, I began my own holiday tradition, there are a few things I do each year to bring the Holidays with me: purchase a unique ornament, find a snow globe and buy a holiday cup/mug. Below are drinking vessels from 2012 and 2013. Also, one of my goals for 2014 is to acquire products from artisans rather than major store chains. That being said, below I shared a few mugs I like, I hope you like, from ETSY artisans.

Happy Holidays
And thank you for reading

Holiday Cup Collection 2012

 Christmas tumbler (Walmart), Wine glass (Sams), Snowman mug (St. Nicks)

Holiday Cup Collection 2013
Jingle Mug (Burlington Coat Factory), Snowman Travel Mug (Khol's)

ETSY MUG PICKS

Personalized Christmas Mug - KatiKatiGoods
Christmas Landscape - ColorfulDecorations
Christmas Owl - Butterflykilns
Christmas Mason Jars - thepapercandyshoppe
Gingerbread cup cozy - SisterCircle

Monday, December 16, 2013

Blogmas Day 5 - Yummy Scents

Scents only add to the Holiday Experience

http://www.pinterest.com/onejdesigns/candles-candles-candles/
Scents of the Season
I burn candles and tarts all year round and I am not ashamed to say...that some of those scents are Holiday scents. I was pleasantly surprise by these fragrances by Better Homes Wax Cubes (Walmart), Yankee Candle (purchased for $1 each) and Candles by Victoria.

My favorite is Apricot Crumb Cake by Candles By Victoria - you do not have to use the whole tart, I cut the tart into 1/4s and the scent lasted for 2 days. Under The Mistletoe would be my second favorite; reminds me of winter in the mountains.

I would purchase all of the scents in the photo.
Thanks for reading.
~ Noami

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Blogmas Day 4 - Chocolate Fest

Chocolate Heaven

Another reason why I love the Holidays so much is being able to go to craft shows/art festivals and support small businesses. This season I had the opportunity to be a part of a festival for the 2nd time, The Holiday Chocolate Festival, to paint live using chocolate syrup as a medium. The Holiday Chocolate Festival has chocolatiers from all over Colorado come and share their delicious creations and compete for Best In Show/People's Choice. If you love wine and/or beer - you will learn about great chocolate pairings.

http://www.holidaychocolatefestival.com/
An array of chocolatiers and other vendors
 
Found this beautiful imagery on Pinterest.
Chocolate syrup behaves like watercolor.
I used Great Value chocolate syrup and Hersey's Carmel Syrup.
Keep adding layers....
Didn't get to finish all of it, it got cold and syrup began to thicken.
Still happy with what I do have
.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Blogmas Day 3

image credit: favicom

Christmas List
1. Make different flavors of Hot Chocolate
2. Go ice skating or sledding
3. Make handmade Christmas cards
4. Give clothes to shelter
5. Visit Christmas lights around the city
6. Watch a marathon of Christmas classics
7. Go see "A Christmas Carol" or "The Nutcracker"
8. Donate toys to a children's charity
9. Bake some Christmas cookies
10. Make a few DIY Christmas gifts to giveaway
11. Cook Christmas Breakfast
12. Go window shopping
13. Create a Christmas savings account for next year
14. No television night but have a board game night
15. Read a few Holiday themed books.

What's on your Christmas List?!
What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Blogmas Day 2

Baking Cinnamon Rolls

I have two guilty pleasures around the Holidays; Krispy Kreme donuts and Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls. This holiday season I decided to try my hand at making home made cinnamon rolls. I will be working to perfect this recipe over the next few months.

FYI - be sure to check out Betty Crocker's 24 days of Cookies.

Ingredients:
    1 pkg. dry yeast
    1 cup milk, warm
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup margarine, softened
    1 tsp. salt
    2 eggs
    4 cups flour

Filling:
    1 cup brown sugar, packed
    2 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
    1/2 cup margarine, melted

Icing:
    8 tbsp. margarine
    1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
    1/4 cup cream cheese
    1/2 tsp. vanilla
    1/4 tsp. salt

Instructions
For the dough:

Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk.
Add sugar, margarine, salt, eggs and flour.
Mix well until a dough is formed.
Knead gently into a large ball on a lightly floured surface.
Put dough in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for one hour or until it has doubled.
Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 21 by 16 inch rectangle, about 1/4 inch thick.

For the Filling:
Spread the melted butter onto the dough.
Preheated oven to 400 degrees.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon for filling.
Sprinkle evenly over the buttered dough.

From the long end, roll the dough up tightly.
Pinch the seams. Cut into 1 3/4 inch slices.
Place in a lightly greased baking pan.
Let rise for an hour, uncovered.

Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

I had to clean off the entire table to roll out the dough.
Only 10 minutes in the oven.
Always best eaten hot or warm.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Blogmas Day 1

It's Blogmas Time!


It's time to breakout the warm fuzzy socks, heavy sweatshirt and drink salted caramel mocha or peppermint hot chocolate.

I love finding creative ideas on the web with fellow artists, designers and crafters. One on my favorite sights to visit is Craftsy.com. I've been checking out there 12 Days of Craftsy each day and Each day you will find fun surprise you’ll love behind each door.

Happy Blogmas!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

A lot of Thanksgiving

Often times I take a moment to stop and reflect on the blessings in my life, it always gives me a fresh perspective on all things, here are some reasons I am thankful.

Today I am Thankful for
1. God's grace and His mercy and his Liberty
2. Family Time - I enjoy spending time with my family
3. Chalk Festivals - It gives me the opportunity to travel and see the country
4. Flea Markets/Antique shops - Love finding treasures
5. Sleep/Rest
6. Knowledge - It has brought extra income
7. Little things - Nice to know you are thought of.
8. Smiles & Laughter - healing for the soul
9. Laying on the couch drinking chai tea & watching movies
10. Peace, Joy & Love
11. Friends
12. Music - all kinds
13. Being able to see & hear
14. Being able to share
15. The gift of being creative

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

WTF - Warm Apples

Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away!

One of my favorite Fall comfort foods are apples. YES! apples. Cold, warm or hot apples are just yummy. On cool days I love to through a few apples in the crock pot and cook them down to enjoy later with breakfast, lunch, dinner , dessert or a snack. Here's what you do.
(This is great with oatmeal, serve hot with vanilla ice cream or stuff a spoonful in a biscuit and bake.)

I used 6 small gala apples - I have a small crock pot.
2 cups of sugar, sprinkle of cinnamon, apple pie spice & nutmeg.
After 4 hours of cooking on high.
All I need is to top it off with some whip cream.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Into Autumn Canvas Glitzs

Got extra canvases?

For today's "Fall Into Autumn" craft. I wanted to stay with the theme of glitter; keeping the color palette the same as the glitter pumpkin from the Pumpkin Decor post.
What you will need is:
1. Canvas of any size, I'm using a 9x12
2. Glittering glue
3. 3 different color glitters

Glittering glue works well for glitter projects. You can find glue at Michaels
I used a Sharpie to draw in my word.
Place one coat of glittering glue in the area you want the glitter to stick.
Repeat with the 2nd glitter color.
I used a darker glitter color for the lettering.
Final piece makes for great Fall Decor.

Friday, October 4, 2013

WTF - Personalized

Fall Into Autumn's WTF

Where's The Food

Fall is for baking. Most of the time I am baking for myself or a friend, so it's nice to have to small portion recipes that easy to make and ready to bake. Here are two of my personal size recipes.
Upclose image of home made personal pan pizza  
Personal Pan Pizza
ingredients: ready make pizza dough, pasta sauce, chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, 
2 garlic cloves, shredded cheese, turkey pepperoni, turkey sausage, 
chopped jalapeno peppers, mushrooms, and spinach leaves.
spaghetti sauce, colby cheese, turkey breakfast sausage, turkey pepperoni, onion, mushrooms, crushed jalapeno, spinach
 Ingredients I picked up from Albertson's and Target
pizza dough and spaghetti sauce
 I used round cake pan, sprayed with olive oil.
all ingredients on top of pizza dough
 add my favorite ingredients...
personal pan pizza baking in the oven
 follow pizza dough baking instructions.
delicious personal pan pizza
 Delicious homemade pan pizza.

Personal size Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Ingredients that make Pineapple Upside Down Cake - upside down.
  Baking means using new bakeware, love my temp-tations.
I used Crisco to oil the dishes
 Used a box mix this time.
 Filled each dish.
 Had some overflow....be sure each dish is of equal portion.
Personal sized Pineapple Upside Down Cake.