Thursday, October 27, 2011

Homemade Sweet Potato Pie

(This picture does not do this pie any justice!)

As a child my mother and great grandmother made sweet potato pie around the holidays. This is one of my favorite deserts that I have mastered. Once I learned how to bake, I was on a mission to learn how to make this desert like my family. After several tries, I had it! This is my go to pie. Especially since I am the only one making this pie in the Spring and Summer time (in my immediate family). My step daughter and I even share the same love for this pie ( I am in the process now of giving her the basics of baking). This is my go to pie when I want something fast and simple. I make this pie so much that I no longer have to measure the ingredients :) and it usually comes out so good that the pie only last my family a day or so. I'm still on a mission to learn how to make my great grandmothers homemade peach cobbler. But for now, I’m happy with my pie.

Sweet Potato Pie

Ingredients:
  • 4 ounces butter, softened
  • 2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups granulated sugar (sweeten to taste)
  • 1 small can (5 ounces, about 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 prepared pie shells, unbaked

Preparation:

Mix butter, potatoes, sugar and evaporated milk until well blended. Add vanilla, eggs, and cinnamon; mix well. Pour into the prepared pie shells. Bake in a 350° oven for about 1 hour, until set.
Makes 2 pies.


Do you have a go to desert?

~Mrs. Delightful

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

It is not enough to take steps which may some day lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

~ Mrs. Delightful


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

...Halloween


…Halloween is right around the corner. As a child I remember waiting at home until it was dark outside. I remember the joy of going to my neighbor’s home and saying “Trick or Treat” waiting to see what delicious treat I was going to get. It is sad to say the joy of going “Trick or Treating” has gone out the window as a parent. I remember saying to my sister one year “can I just buy some candy for the boys”? I know… don’t get me wrong as previously stated as a child I loved Halloween. The joy of dressing up was just was amazing to me. Usually every year I try to take my son trick or treating. If weather permits, we live in New England and it is usually cold on Halloween.
Which can be a good or bad thing…
Bad due to the fact you can barely see the children’s Halloween custom.
Good because my sons custom does not have to be above and beyond unless we are attending a Halloween party.
Now back to the purpose of this post, with Halloween this year on Monday this…

Will your family celebrate Halloween over the weekend or on Monday?

~Mrs. Delightful

Monday, October 24, 2011

Me, Myself and I

Over the weekend I decided to go to the craft stores to purchase the items needed for some of my projects. I started off my shopping at Michael's of course I had to do a walk a through to insure I was not missing anything…I came across these lovely items...



At first I stopped, thought about it and kept it moving. All I could think about was my almost two year old nephew getting a hold of one of those glass items and me passing out from him attempting to touch it. Well, I did not purchase anything off of this shelf or....

... this shelf. Oh Well, I love the candle holder near the reindeer though and, I will keep my eye out on them. Like most stores, I believe Michaels is the in the middle of adding all of their Christmas items. (I do not believe I saw these items the last time I was at Michael's). Anywho, I picked up a couple of items and kept it moving!


Did you go to any craft stores over the weekend?

~Mrs. Delightful

Friday, October 21, 2011

My First Try!

Happy Friday!

Over the weekend, I went to Joann's a few times. To purchase fabric for drapes for my Tween's room. Guess what? He actually went with me I think he just wanted to go to Toys R US after, I explained to him that we might be in the store for a couple of hours minutes and he was actually fine with that. YAY! So off we went to the home fabric section at Joann's. Prior to going to the store I actually received an email from Joann's stating that they were having 50% off sale on home fabrics. Then I received another email for an additional 20% off sale items! Trust me; I was a happy camper :).  (Sorry, no pictures of any contenders) our son actually picked out the fabric for his him. This was my first time sewing drapes (I am a self-taught sewer). I was actually inspired by the drapes Mrs. Chic did at Chic Little House.


(Disclaimer: I will show better pictures of the drapes when I do his room reveal)

Are you working on any sewing projects?


~Mrs. Delightful

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Happy Thursday!

"Good design is a great combination of common sense, unusual imagination, clarity of purpose, aesthetic insight and a deep reverence for the love of life." Millard Sheets

~Mrs. Delightful

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Homemade Peanut Brittle (Microwave)




One of my favorite candy treats to make is peanut brittle. This recipe works really great for me. Clean up is a breeze! With the holiday’s right around the corner, this is the perfect homemade treat to make for family and friends.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups peanuts
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark corn syrup

Directions:
  1. In a large glass bowl mix together: peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, vanilla extract and water.
  2. Microwave on high for 14 minutes. (The time may vary depending on your microwave).
  3. Remove  (with oven mitts)from the microwave stir in the butter, and then stir in the baking soda.(the mixture will start to bubble).
  4. Pour onto a greased cookie sheet and allow cooling for a few hours.
  1. Once the mixture has hardened break into smaller pieces.

Helpful tips:
  • Do not allow the mixture to cool down, once out of the microwave.
  • Caution this recipe is really hot coming out of the microwave; no licking the spatula or bowl
  • I would suggest using a microwave safe bowl that could hold at least 6 cups.
  • 14 minutes worked for my microwave, your microwave may be slower or faster. (Keep that in mind)

~Mrs. Delightful

Do you have a favorite candy recipe?








Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Thrifty Finds!

Sunday, I decided to go to my local Goodwill. To be honest I really was not motivated to go to this particular Goodwill. We have two that I frequently visit and the one I went to had nothing the last time I visited.  I went back and forth with myself about going. I decided to call the store to see if they were open. When I called, the young lady I spoke with told me the store hours. I realized the store has been open for an hour now, and all I could think about...did I miss out on any great deals. I rushed to get dress and off to the store I went.

When I first entered the store, I noticed the store was extremely busy. This actually caught me off guard. I have never visited this store on a Sunday (I guess this is their busy day). While heading to the back of the store (this is where they keep most of their larger items) I noticed they had items all over the place. The furniture was stacked on top of each other. I took a couple of trips around the furniture to dig anything that I thought would be something and to make sure I was not messing out on my gems. (Sorry for no pictures of the scenery, it was really busy in the store).

I came across two lovely items...



This item was $ 3.00



This item was $ 2.50

I actually saw the item for $ 2.50 first. I pretty much had to dig for these two items :). It was worth it!  My local Goodwill had 50% off any yellow tag item. Both of these items had yellow tags. They had this chair for $5.00 bucks very similar to the one Kristy Swain did at Hyphen Interiors. I was not sure if the chair would be able to fit the chair into my car. I have to constantly remind myself that I do not own a truck. 

Stay tuned for the reveal!

Did you find any thrifty finds over the weekend?


~Mrs. Delightful


Monday, October 17, 2011

Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies



The perfect fall treat....

Over the weekend, I was trying to figure out the perfect desert to make for my family. I did not want to make anything that required to be placed in the refrigerator overnight and I did not want to make anything that would have to be reheated before eating. Pretty much every recipe I had in mind. I was missing an ingredient for. YIKES! Except for one recipe! I had all of the ingredients for one of my husband’s favorite cookies. This is the perfect cookie for the cold fall/winter nights.

Ingredients: (Adapted from RecipeZaar)
1 cup of butter room temperature (1 cup= two sticks of butter)
2 eggs (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 (heaping) teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups All-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
(Cinnamon sugar mixture)
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Pre- Heat oven to 350ºF
Combine dry ingredients:  flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar
Mix Wet ingredients (except for the vanilla): Sugar, eggs and butter
(Once the wet ingredients are fully combined add the vanilla extract)

Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients
Once all of the ingredients are fully combined, place the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
Mix 2 teaspoons of Cinnamon and ¼ cup of sugar
Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 8-10 minutes, Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

Enjoy!

~Mrs. Delightful

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Friday, October 14, 2011

To buy or not to buy?

So after my son and I returned home for football practice. I decide I was going to make a trip to Target to pick up a few items, of course after I made my delicious ground turkey and sausage spaghetti. I actually had the ran out of spaghetti sauce. Anther wonderful for reason for me to go to Target at least that's what I tell told myself. off to Target I went :). Off course, I decided to browse around the store to make sure I was not missing anything on my list. Okay, so every time I go to Target I check to see if they have this item on clearance.

The reason I stalk check pretty much every time I go to the store. Last year I saw this same mixer on clearance for under $ 200.00 at Target. They actually had two on the shelf. I went back and forth about purchasing this mixer and obviously did not purchase it. My main question I ask myself is this mixer really worth the money? I know a few people who own this mixer and none of them are avid bakers. I really do truly love to bake. The cheapness frugalness in me will not allow me to purchase this item. If there is the same item on the market for a cheaper price that would do the same thing. Every year I tell myself I am going to wait and see how low it will go on sale on Black Friday. But that day comes and, goes and, my purchase is never made...

Do you have a Kitchen Aid mixer? Would you purchase one?

~Mrs. Delightful

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

On The Rocks Please!

Lemonade that is...



 Over the weekend while in the process of gathering material, for my weekend projects I decided I was going to make a nice relaxing beverage to quench my thirst while sewing. I immediately went to one of my favorite sites (Chic Little House) to get the ingredients for her Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe. I was at Wal-mart at picking up a couple of items. To my surprise Wal-mart carried the brand of this tea however, did not carry the particular flavor needed for this recipe (NO Problem). I went to my favorite store (Target).  Target actually had a temporary price cut for the tea I purchased two boxes. I gathered the two ingredients I needed to complete this recipe. As soon as I arrived home, I followed the directions Mrs. Chic gave. I allowed the tea to sit over night to chill. And the rest is history! Let’s just say the pitcher of Passion Tea Lemonade is almost gone.
Do you have a favorite beverage recipe?



~Mrs. Delightful

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More Shopping!

Last week while shopping at Target, I decided to look for a couple of items for our tweens room. Around this time Target usually has fabulous deals on comforter sets and pretty much anything college related. I actually come across this piece of artwork (I believe non-college related).

At first I went back a forth about the decision to purchase this item. All types of questions were going through my mind, like does this match his decor them? What about the lime green? Do you remember the Tween room theme I had in mind? So far, I’m we are happy with all of the purchases that were made for our son’s room. Did I mention, I only paid $ 4.98 for the picture and the original price was $ 19.99 (total score!). Stay tuned for our tween room redo reveal!

 Are you currently redoing any rooms in your home?

~Mrs. Delightful


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fabric, Candles and Food- OH MY!

Sunday my sister and I went shopping at Joann’s, Big Lots and Bj’s (the inner foodie in me) actually exactly in that order. I went to Joann’s for the second time in 72 hours to purchase fabric for a couple of items I have on my project list. My almost two year old nephew (his birthday is in November) had different plans for us.
When I usually go to Joann’s I walk around the store and take my time, I get so much inspiration from just walking around the store. Fast forward: Let’s just say we were at Joann’s for less than 15 minutes. Rewind: Upon entering the shopping center I saw lots of signs stating 20% off at Big Lots. I usually only go to Big Lot’s when they have a sale. When Big Lot’s has a sale, I create a mental list of everything that we need for our home. Well, Sunday I was like a kid in a candy store. I knew I had to be mindful of what I was purchasing. (Hubby is really particular about our home décor purchases) I did not purchase anything major just a couple of accent pieces and curtain rods. My sister actually purchased a really nice computer desk (she is not a DIYER or else she would have picked out a solid wood desk at one of our local Thrift Stores).

In Big Lot's I came these lovely accent pieces for our living room
(@ $1.60 each)
(We have built in shelves in our living room these accent pieces fit perfectly in there.)

(I purchased this item at Michael's at couple of weeks ago for under $20.00 for our living room.)


Our living room is really coming together. Stay tuned for our a living room reveal!


Have you purchased anything lately for your home?

~Mrs. Delightful

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Gallery Walls

I came across a wonderful blog today by the name of Charm Home The designer has a great post about the Do's and Do's of gallery walls. I love how there is no wrong way to create a gallery wall. You can use family photos, art pieces or even wall decals to create the perfect gallery wall. I have been thinking a lot lately about creating a gallery wall in our home. We have so many great photos and art pieces and walls decals that would really bring out of the space of the gallery wall.


Here are a couple inspiration photos of my favorite gallery walls.


{Image via: decorchick.com}

 
{Image via: bandkwalsh.blogspot.com}

Spaces on a staircase or near a back wall are excellent locations to show off family photos.
{image via: http://triadhomes.news-record.com}


{Image via: http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com}

Do you have a gallery wall in your home?

~Mrs. Delightful

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Giveaway!



In celebration of Nneka Saran one year anniversary. She is giving away one of her fabulous bags and a forty dollar gift certificate to two lucky winners!


How to enter: visit Nneka Saran

The giveaway ends tonight at 12 midnight!
The winners will be announced on Tues, Oct 4, 2011!