Quick 4 Item Chicken Noodle

I have been in bed sleeping all day, sick and with a migraine. It’s 1am and I have not eaten all day. All I want is some chicken noodle so I can go back to bed. All I have in the pantry is a can of Lentil soup. I don’t even have any Ramen noodles. So I just threw this together to satisfy my hunger! It turned out pretty good, so I thought I would share it.

4 Items: Noodles, Bouillon cube, Frozen Veggies and Water

Cook up some spaghetti noodles. Break them into tiny pieces so they won’t slip off your spoon while your attempting to eat them. Strain the noodles and set aside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heat two cups of water to a boil. Throw in a bouillon cube and some frozen veggies. I had broccoli and carrots in the freezer. When the veggies soften and the cube is dissolved toss in the noodles and heat. Sprinkle on whatever seasonings you want now.Just remember the bouillon cube salted and seasoned already. Plus most people use salt when cooking noodles. You can always add more salt later, but you can’t take it out so go easy on the seasonings!

Simmer about ten minutes so the frozen veggies have time to heat up and ENJOY!!

 

 

New Years to Do List

Major Items to Happen in the New Year:
Get Married
Finish Associates Degree
Start on Bachelors Degree

Possible Things:
New Car
Braces
Nose Job

Projects that need to be done:
Knit Sweater
Knit Sweater Dress
Buy Sewing Machine
Sew Cape
Sew Dress
Alter Cardigan
Organize and Cull Bathroom Cupboards
Make Cork Pin Board
Plan Freezer Meals
Organize Closet under the Stairs
Organize Studio
Setup Guest Room
Set up Workout Room, get TV
Organize Boat Items

And if everything works out the way I plan it to, perhaps I’ll be turning my studio into a nursery……. Maybe!

Spiced Brewed Coffee

This is heaven in a cup. Like having chai in your coffee. Which is doable at Starbucks by the way! But isn’t anything and everything possible there?!

First of all I am in love with my coffee machine! It grinds and brews in the same basket and is so easy to clean! Water goes in on the right, Whole Bean coffee (thats the best part) goes in on the left. The whole top left part comes off and goes into the dishwasher! Which can be taken off even before all the coffee is gone! Which is nice now that you have energy from your coffee!

This is so easy.  When you put your beans or grounds into the brew basket you can add spices!

8  cups water
4-5 scoops of coffee or whatever you coffee maker calls for (most manuals say how much water to how much grounds/beans)
1 – 1,1/2  tsp ground cinnamon
3  whole cloves and a dash of ground cloves (or you could just throw in another clove if you love it extra spicy)

For 8 cups of coffee (you can see the water line is at 8) I put 1 tsp of Cinnamon, a dash of ground clove and 3 whole cloves into the basket on top of the beans. You can mix these ingredients with your grounds in a separate bowl before putting it into the basket. But since my machine grinds the beans for me it also mix all the ingredients too! d that to be a bit much)

2 spoonfuls (unpacked) brown sugar and Milk

I put a half cup of milk in a mug and stirred in the brown sugar and microwaved it for about 20 seconds to dissolve the sugar. This brown sugar and milk combination is so amazing. Feel free to taste it at this point before even adding the coffee. You will not be disappointing! This would also be really really good with soy milk or almond milk!!

When the coffee is done brewing pour it into your brown sugar milk mixture and ENJOY! You can add more cinnamon or milk at this point if you feel it needs it. Though don’t add to much or you’ll have sludge in your cup! If you feel it needs more just add more spices to the basket before brewing next time!!

For your second cup put another spoonful of brown sugar in your mug and pour in the coffee and don’t forget your milk!

You will notice that the spices get stronger as the coffee sits, just like the coffee gets stronger as it get older. So if you first mug just tastes like coffee maybe you didn’t let your coffee finish its brewing! The fastest way to ruin a pot of coffee is to get impatient and take some brew early. A pot of coffee only tastes good when it is a whole pot!

Candy Cane Christmas Wrapping

This is really easy to do. It only adds a few minutes to your wrapping time. And the result. . .  people will be chattering more about the wrapping then what is actually in the box. Want to be remembered for your amazing Christmas wrapping? Need beautiful presents under that tree?

Try these easy ideas!

First decide on a theme. As you can see I went with a candy cane look this year. After I stumbled apon this beautiful red and white paper!! But you can acheive this same look with red paper and white ribbon or red ribbon and white paper! Tie on a candy cane and voila!

Another easy thing to do is to print out letters instead of name tags. Although with four ‘B’s and three ‘J’s it was a little confusing for everyone else. But none of the shapes were similar so I didn’t get them mixed up. You can write their name in small letters on the bottom or back if you’re afraid you’ll get them mixed up. I printed out the letters then cut them out and glued them to the present, using a glue stick.

All you gifts are going to match in theme. So try and make each one look as different as possible. I used two different red ribbons a think one and a fringe and three different white ribbons, a sheer, a thick one and a small curling one. I held the ribbon between my thumb and the open edge of the scissors. When you move the scissor edge across the ribbon it causes it to curl.

You can also use already made bows, those fuzzy pipe cleaners, feathers, glitter or paint pens to achieve the desired look for your presents. I try to stick to one theme. I love the monochromatic look and everyone knows who the gifts are from on Christmas morning!

One year I wrapped small kids soccer balls like a snowman! Whatever you decide to do. Be Proud to show it off!

Chex Mix Muddy Buddies

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/chex-muddy-buddies/92e4756c-abc1-452a-9b2c-dd124d858050

9 cups Chex® cereal (or combination)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Microwave Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Butter till melted and stir to blend.
Stir in vanilla and pour over cereal and coat all the pieces.
Put Powdered Sugar in another bowl.
Put a quarter (or less) of the chocolate PB covered cereal into the powdered sugar and once coated move the pieces to a wax paper covered cookie sheet (I used two cookie sheets).
Continue to add small amounts of cereal to the powdered sugar, removing the powder coated pieces before adding more uncoated.
Put the cookies sheets in the fridge to harden the chocolate before putting in a large tupperware containers or individual zip-lock bags for snacks and lunches.

A Knitters Night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all around me was unfinished knitting not under the tree.The stockings weren’t hung by the chimney with care ’cause the heels and toes had not a stitch there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds, but I had not finished the caps for their heads. Dad was asleep; he was no help at all, and the sweater for him was six inches too small.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I put down my needles to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, tripped over my yarn and fell with a crash.

The tangle of yarn that lay deep as the snow reminded me how much I still had to go. Out on my lawn, I heard such a noise, I thought it would wake both Dad and the boys.

And although I was tired, my brain a bit thick, I knew in a moment it must be Saint Nick!What I heard then left me somewhat perplexed-ed, for not a name I heard was what I expected.

“Move Ashford; move Lopi; move Addie & Clover; move Reynolds; move Starmore; and Noro – move over!” “Paton, don’t circle round, stay in the line. Come now, you sheep, you’ll work out just fine! I know this is hard being just your first year, I’d hate to go back to eight tiny reindeer.”

I peered over the sill; what I saw was amazing, eight woolly sheep on my lawn all a’grazing. And then, in a twinkle, I heard at my door Santa’s coming across the porch floor.

I rose from my knees and got back on my feet, and as I turned round, Saint Nick I did meet.

He was dressed all in wool from his head to his toes and his cloths were hand knit from above to below.

A bright Fairisle sweater he wore on his back, and his toys were all stuffed in a aran knit sack. His cap was a wonder of bobbles and lace, a beautiful frame for his rosy red face.

The scarf round his neck could have stretched for a mile, and the socks peeking over his boots were Argyle. The backs of his mittens bore an intricate cable, and suddenly on one I spied a small label.

SC was the duplicate stitch on the cuff, and I asked “Hay Nick, did you knit all this stuff?” He proudly replied “Ho-ho-ho, yes I did. I learned how to knit when I was a kid.”

He was chubby and plump, a quite well-dressed old man, and I laughed to myself for I’d thought of a plan. I flashed him a grin and jumped in the air, the next thing he knew he was tied to a chair.

He spoke not a word, but looked in his lap where I’d laid my needles and yarn for a cap. He quickly began knitting, first one cap then two; for the first time I thought I might really get through.

He put heels on the stockings and toes on some socks while I sat back drinking scotch on the rocks!!

So quickly, like magic his needles they flew, that he was all finished by quarter to two. He sprang for his sleigh when I let him go free, and over his shoulder he looked back at me.

And I heard him exclaim as he sailed past the moon “Next year start your knitting sometime around June!”

– Author Unknown

Pumpkin Pie Spice Syrup for Lattes!

I love Starbucks PSL (pumpkin spice latte) but I wanted to be able to make it at home. So I perused the internet looking for a tried and true recipe. I did find a few good ones!

http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/8295

http://alskamom.wordpress.com/2011/09/19/homemade-pumpkin-spice-latte-syrup/

Both really good recipes, but even when I strained them I still have left over ‘sludge’ in the bottom of my mug. And I think it needed a bit more of something.So here are two different recipes I’ve come up with.

I never ever follow recipes. I just kinda throw things in without measuring and taste as I go. You can do about any variation of these recipes too make them suit your needs!

A jar of coconut milk and a jar of pumpkin pie spice syrup make morning coffee Oh, So, Good!!

 

 

 

Real Pumpkin Pie Syrup

1 cup Water

1/2-3/4 cup Sugar (the sweeter the better for me!)

2 tbs Brown Sugar

2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

2 tbs canned Pumpkin (refrigerate the leftover pumpkin) [NOT in the can]

Simmer in a saucepan till maple syrup consistency. Let cool and strain into mason jar. Use 2-4 spoonfuls in your coffee or latte. I don’t drink milk so I use a lot of soy milk, but for this recipe Coconut Milk is a MUST!! YUMM!

That one still leaves a little sludge in the mug and I found the only way to get away from that is to use less canned pumpkin. So here is just the syrup recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

1 cup Water

3/4 cup Sugar

4 tbs Brown Sugar (not packed)

Bring to boil in sauce pan, dissolve sugar. Reduce heat then add pumpkin and spice.

1 tbs Pumpkin (puree, canned)

2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Over low heat, simmer till syrup consistency, cool and strain into mason jar.

Not having coffee this morning but want that pumpkin taste? Heat up some apple juice or apple cider and add this yummy syrup and a splash of coconut milk. You will be in heaven! Or try these two ideas. . .Enjoy!

White hot chocolate!

http://tidymom.net/2011/pumpkin-spice-white-hot-chocolate/

or a Martini!

http://www.wearenotmartha.com/2010/10/pumpkin-pie-martini/