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(Shirt & Shoes – Gift, Jeans – Maurices, Earrings & Bracelet –  Claires)

I don’t think I’ve worn this shirt in about a year.  In fact I had completely forgotten about it until I was organizing the shelves in my sewing room and saw it there in a pile with a few (or more) other garments that needed to have a blemish fixed.  I fixed it immediately so that I could get it settled back into my closet.  Yeah, it only took me about two minutes to fix the bottom seam that was coming unstitched.  Why it took me so long to get to I have no idea.  Procrastination may be one of my not so good traits.

This shirt is so comfortable and it took all of a day after being fixed for me to pair it with some comfy jeans, my 5″ heels, throw my hair into a big up do, and bring a little boldness to the look with some bright red lipstick.  So there you have my title, big hair and heels, black top, shoes and accessories and bright red lips!  Welcome back black shirt, I missed you more than I knew!

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My hubby and I decided that we are going to try a new appetizer, hor devours or snack each Sunday during football.  We love trying new things and football games are a great excuse to have those fun little snacks you may not normally have.

Wonton Chips With Rangoon Dip

My hubby and I LOVE Chinese food!  LOVE IT!  Our idea of a perfect date is to get Chinese and bring it back home to watch tv (Seriously love the Lilly Allen Chinese song just because of that line!).  Our favorite Chinese food is rangoon wontons so when I saw this recipe for rangoon dip with wonton chips I thought, “Oh my gosh I must eat that now!”  Well, I didn’t exactly whip it up that moment, but we did make it yesterday for this weeks football snack and we loved it!  As is usual I tweaked the recipe a bit because there was a rangoon recipe on the wonton package also and I kind of picked things from each recipe that looked good and combined them to make what you see above.  If you like rangoon wontons you’ve got to try this…it’s delic!

Ingredients:

1 pkg wonton wraps

8 oz of softened cream cheese

1/3 C sour cream

1 garlic clove, minced

2 green onions, minced

4 oz finely chopped crab meat (I used imitation)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp sugar

1 tsp soy sauce

Canola oil for frying

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400° and cut wonton wraps in half.

In medium sized mixing bowl cream together cream cheese and sour cream.  When well blended add garlic clove, onions, crab meat, garlic powder, sugar and soy sauce.  Mix again until throughly blended.  Pour into oven safe dish and bake for 8-10 mins.

While rangoon dip is baking fill frying pan with about 1 inch of canola oil and warm over medium heat frying wonton strips until they reach a nice golden brown.  (You can also fry them in a deep fryer or for a healthy alternative bake on a cookie sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray at 375° for 5-8 mins or until lightly browned and crispy.)  Remove from grease and put on a paper towel lined plate to help remove excess grease, cool and eat with warm rangoon dip.

Football Food: (click images below to link you to the other football foods we’ve tried so far for the 2012-13 season)

Week 1 – Layered Taco Dip

Week 2 – Mini Breakfast Bowl

 

Week 3 – Jalapeno Popper Dip

Week 4 – Philly Cheese Steak Filled Peppers

Week 5 – Buffalo Chicken Bites

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One of my favorite memories of my childhood is of the sweet taste of popcorn balls in the fall.  I not only enjoyed eating these gooey, delicious balls but I loved helping my mom make them.  I would stand on a stool that my grandpa made for me and stir, and stir and stir until my little arms would tire and then my mom would take over and my sister and I would pick out a color to dye them.  Then I would watch my mom as she stirred the goo over the popped kernels and formed them into balls.  When I got older and she knew I could handle forming the hot balls I got to stand alongside her and help form them.  I loved fall popcorn ball days!  Thanks, Mama, for such a wonderful memory.

When my oldest daughter was little I decided that I wanted to carry the popcorn ball tradition into my family so on a cool fall day when my mom was over she, my oldest daughter, who was about two then, and I made some up.  Each fall I make these, at least twice, for my family.  Now it’s my children who help stir until their little arms tire, and they are the ones to choose the color, and like when I was little they ask to help form the balls, but they are still too little to handle the hot gooey kernels so that will have to wait a bit longer.  They don’t really seem to mind though, as long as they get to enjoy the sweet flavor of popcorn balls, like we did the other night when we were gathered around our campfire!

I hope that you can start a fall popcorn evening tradition with your family now too!

Ingredients:

20 C of popped popcorn

3/4 C light corn syrup

1/4 C butter (not margarine)

2 tsp cold water

1 tsp vanilla

2 3/4 C powder sugar

1 C mini marshmallows

Desired food coloring

Directions:

Placed popped popcorn in a very large mixing bowl and set aside, be sure to remove any unpopped kernels.

In a medium saucepan combine corn syrup, butter, water, vanilla, sugar and marshmallows.  Stir constantly over medium heat.  When butter and marshmallows are melted add food coloring.  Continue to stir over medium heat until it just reaches a soft boil stage.  Remove from heat and pour over popcorn and softly toss and stir until each kernel is coated.  Set a small bowl of very cold water beside your popcorn and use this to dip your hands in to keep them cool while you quickly form balls.  Enjoy!

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(Basic Tee,Jeans, Boots (similar) – Maurices, Plaid Shirt – JCPenney, Bracelet – gift, Necklace & Earrings – Claire’s)

I volunteer in my daughter’s and son’s classrooms on Thursdays and was told by my daughter’s teacher to dress casual because we would be carving pumpkins.  So here’s what I look like when I dress casual; a basic tee, layered over a plaid shirt and a ponytail full of my natural wave.  Well this is how I dress casual when I have to leave my home.  Casual at home is my pajamas!  (Unfortunately a pj day rarely happens because as a mother of four I rarely have an entire day at home.)

This outfit didn’t stay clean for 5 minutes after being in my daughter’s classroom.  When you are surrounded by a group of 8 year-olds who’ve been digging in pumpkins it’s very likely you will be covered in pumpkin goo.  And since I volunteer in her class before heading to my son’s class I was pumpkin goo smothered for his class too, but I loved every part of it!  I feel so blessed to be able to be in their classrooms with them each week. I was thankful for the heads up though considering I wore this hand wash blouse the previous week.

Speaking of pumpkin carving I think we’re going to be carving our pumpkins this weekend.  Has anyone carved their pumpkins yet?  What did you do with them?

I’ll have to post our pumpkin art next week for you all to see.  Don’t expect anything special, although my hubby did carve this one last year.  I am not as artistically talented as he is though so…well, nuf said.

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My hubby and I decided that we are going to try a new appetizer, hor devours or snack each Sunday during football.  We love trying new things and football games are a great excuse to have those fun little snacks you may not normally have.

Buffalo Chicken Bites

I love spicy food!  I found this recipe here but didn’t follow it exactly.  Actually I changed a lot but it has the same basic idea…delicious little bread balls full of spicy chicken and cheese!  This is probably my second favorite of all the recipes we’ve tried so far this football season.  Yes, my favorite is still the Jalapeno Popper Dip, but this was really good too!  Pair these deliciously spicy little bites with a side of ranch dressing and you’ve scored yourself a tasty little football appetizer!

Ingredients:

1 loaf of white bread dough (You can use frozen or homemade.  Here’s my favorite white bread recipe.)

1 C finely diced cooked chicken breast

1/2 C mozzarella  cheese

2 TBSP shredded cheddar cheese

1/4 C Tabasco Sauce

4 TBSP melted butter

Ranch Dressing

Directions:

Prepare bread dough and allow to rise for about 1-1 1/2 hrs.  (Will be longer if you are using frozen bread dough and it’s still frozen.)

In a medium bowl, stir together the chicken, cheeses, butter and hot sauce; set aside.

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in the middle of the oven.

Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut into 4 equal pieces. Lightly dust your hands with flour, then gently roll and stretch 1 piece of dough to form a 12-inch-long rope. Flatten dough and arrange so a long side is nearest you, then roll out to a roughly 12- by 4-inch rectangle with a lightly floured rolling pin. Gently press one-fourth of buffalo chicken mixture into lower half of rectangle, leaving a 1/2-inch border along bottom edge.

Stretch bottom edge of dough up over filling and press tightly to seal, then roll up as tightly as possible to form a rope. Cut rope into 12 pieces and transfer to a sheet pan. Make 3 more ropes with remaining dough, filling and cut into pieces, transferring to sheet pans. Let rest at room temperature, uncovered, 30 minutes (dough will rise slightly).

Bake buffalo chicken bites in the preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned. Remove from oven (some cheese may have melted out.) and brush tops with melted butter before serving (optional).

Football Food: (click images below to link you to the other football foods we’ve tried so far for the 2012-13 season)

Week 1 – Layered Taco Dip             Week 2 – Mini Breakfast Bowl

                  

Week 3 – Jalapeno Popper Dip    Week 4 – Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers

                         

Week 6 – Wonton Chips & Dip

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I’m about to share with all of you one of my very favorite and most popular recipes…my Basic White Bread recipe.  My family loves homemade bread and this time of year I’m making at least one loaf of it a week for my family of six.  I’ve tried many recipes over the years but about 6 years ago I found this one and it continues to be my favorite!

Ingredients:

2 tsp rapid rise yeast

3/4 C water

1/2 C milk

2 TBSP canola oil

3 1/2 C flour

2 TBSP sugar

1 tsp salt

Directions:

In a small bowl measure out yeast and set aside to allow to reach room temperature, if not already.

In a medium sized mixing bowl (I use my KitchenAid to knead my dough so use the bowl that came with that.) add all your ingredients starting with water and going down the list in the order I have above ending with salt.  Create a small bowl in dry ingredients, do not reach moist ingredients) and pour in yeast.  Knead for about 10-12 minutes.  Place in greased pan and allow to rise for 1-1 1/2 hours.

Knead again for about 5 minutes shape into bread form and place in greased bread pan and allow to rise for about 2 hrs or until about double in size.  Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes.  Remove from oven and take out of pan.  Butter outside of bread to keep it soft and allow bread to cool then enjoy!

It’s best when it’s still warm!

*We use this dough as our pizza crust and if you add 2 more TBSP of sugar to the recipe it makes a great dough for cinnamon rolls!

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(Blouse (similar), Necklace – Francesca’s, Skinnies – KohlsBoots – Maurices, Jewelry – Claires)

Yes, this is the second post in a row that I’m wearing mustard in but I’m pretty sure I mentioned my fondness for it this fall, so I feel I’m excused to post a little “mustard” overload.

I’ve worn this necklace so many times this fall that some people may think it’s the only piece of jewelry I own.  It’s the only teardrop/waterfall necklace I own.  I’ve started my Dear Santa letter though and these have all made it on it…

P.S. These are all from Francesca’s.  You’ve gotta check out all the fantabulous necklaces they have right now.  Here’s the link!

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