Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Does Santa Exist In Your House?

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I Hope everyone is having a Fabulous Wednesday!!!!

I wanted to know if Santa exists in your house. First I would like to give you a little background of my childhood...

Growing up, my parents always told us Santa was real. I believe a part of me wanted to believe that he was. Imagine, someone bringing you all the gifts on your Christmas list just for being good? Oh yeah, in my eyes he was real. Every year we put out cookies sometimes we bake them, sometimes they were store brought. I remember going to sleep extra early the night before Christmas and waking up even earlier in the morning the day of Christmas and running down the stairs to see what gifts Santa brought us. Every year I would watch as many Christmas movies as possible one that comes to mind is “A Christmas Story" this movie would come on every year before and after Christmas and at the time it was really entertaining to me, a child putting his tongue on a frozen pole in the winter time???? Priceless... My parents usually never put any gifts under the tree before Christmas day. The joy of waking up the morning of Christmas and believing the gifts magically appeared was a great childhood memory it was just something magical about that feeling. As prior stated my parents always told us Santa exist, they never tried to take the credit.

Now for our house...

I always wanted my son to believe in Santa. Until one year my nephew told him he was not real and he has reminded him that he is not real every year since. Prior to meeting my wonderful husband (even though my nephew already told him) I would still try to give my son the magical experience I had as a child. Once I meet my husband he explained that he does not believe in Santa and his children do not believe in Santa. So yesterday was the big test. I asked our tween if he believes in Santa. He looked at me really puzzled…No, I do not believe in Santa because Mr. Delightful told me that he is not real and then he also told me that gifts are already under the tree (with a really sarcastic smirk). I had an “aha moment” oh no, it was me all along. It was not my nephew or my hubby it was me. I never realized that putting gifts under the tree would take that magical moment away from our son’s childhood.

I forgot to mention that I found out Santa was not real from kids at school. I ignored them the first hundred times they tried to tell me. I just wanted him to exist.

Does Santa exist in your house? Will he exist if you have children? Do you put gifts under the tree before Christmas?




Monday, November 28, 2011

Red Velvet Cupcakes

 

I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving!


For the first time yesterday I made some yummy red velvet cupcakes. I planned on making the actual cake for Thanksgiving however, I decided last minute to save this delightful treat for Sunday and make cupcakes instead.

Recipe via

Directions

For the cake:

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
2 ounces red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the frosting:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 pound box confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
For the Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl or on a piece of waxed paper, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk. Beat in food coloring and vinegar, then add vanilla.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Turn out onto a rack to cool.

For the Frosting:
In a large bowl, combine the cream cheese and butter. Beat in confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla.  Use frosting to fill and ice cake.



How was your Thanksgiving?


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What's Your Favorite Holiday Recipe?


{Image via: Bobby Flay}

The holidays are fast approaching... My favorite desserts to make during the holidays is Red Velvet cake. As a child I never tried red velvet cake. I actually found out about this desert as an adult. People in my family raved about how delicious this dessert is...well one year I decided to look for the recipe and give it a try. The first time I tried the recipe below it was gone before I could even get it out the oven. Everyone at my Thanksgiving dinner had a slice reserved and there was actually a waiting list for the next time I made the cake! Now with Thanksgiving a couple of days away. I would love to know your favorite dessert to eat or bake?
Ingredients
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
2 teaspoons Dutch process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
2 ounces red food coloring
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla



For the Frosting:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 pound box confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) cake pans. In a medium bowl or on a piece of waxed paper, sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt; set aside. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter. Beat in eggs one at a time. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk. Beat in food coloring and vinegar, then add vanilla. Spread the batter evenly in the pans. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Turn out onto a rack to cool.

For the frosting: In a large bowl, cream the cream cheese and butter. Beat in confectioners' sugar until fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Stir in pecans. Use frosting to fill and ice cake. Slice and serve on individual plates.



What is your favorite dessert to eat or bake?



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Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving- Happy Monday


Happy Monday

I hope you had a wonderful weekend...

Can you believe it? Thanksgiving is three days away!!!!!! I am so excited :). Can you tell? I am really looking forward to all that Thanksgiving brings. We are still undecided with our actual plans for the day. We have so many family members having Thanksgiving at their home and with the word out this year that are not having dinner at our home. I am sure I will have an ear full on Thanksgiving Day. I have noticed that I am starting to miss the coordination that goes with planning a Thanksgiving dinner. The invites, food prep and the joy of family... We also decided not to purchase a turkey deep fryer. We just do not have any room for another large kitchen electronic in our home or garage. (Maybe next year) okay, with all the rambling I'm doing right now...



What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Any traveling out of state? Are you cooking?


~Mrs. Delightful

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Friday!

This weekend...

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My family and I are really looking forward to this weekend. No parties or any get together. Just pure love and family time! I would love to get some of our wood projects sanded, primed and painted. I would also love to complete our tweens roomJ. I may just give a sneak peak next week! However, our weekend plans included many games of scrabble with the hubby and WII or Xbox Connect with our Tween (I love the blowing and Tennis game on the WII). Trying some yummy recipes, crafts and watching football on SundayJ.

I hope you guys had a wonderful week and I hope your weekend will be even better!



Do you have any plans this weekend?


~Mrs. Delightful


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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Price Matching!?

Hello!

I hope you guys are having a fabulous Wednesday! Can you believe it????? eight days left until Thanksgiving!
Well with holiday shopping fast apporaching... I wanted to know if you guys price match? Over the weekend I price matched my first purchase!!!! (go me!) hip2save posted a wonderful deal on the operation game. I found out about the deal on Monday and actually did not get a chance to go to the store until Saturday. I walked in the store and went to the toy section. They only had one game left on the shelf. I was actually happy with getting one $15.09 toy for a $1.00 (yes, one dollar) I asked the nice person at the store  if he could check and see if they have anymore in stock in the back. The system showed that they had a lot of the operation games in stock... so I waited.... and waited and finally got a couple more. I had the ad with me and at first I went in the regular check out line and then I went to the customer service area. I was so happy going home to show hubby the great deal I scored!


 For those of you that do not know what price matching is... I'll give you my version...


When a store states “We’ll beat any advertised price!” "We guarantee the lowest prices!” “We’ll match any price or give you a discount if you find the same item for less at another store.” This is called price matching, when one retail outlet offers to sell something for the same price you’d purchase it for somewhere else. Walmart is currently offering to match the price of another store. However, putting the difference on a gift card. It varies by store...
Most stores require that you bring a copy of the ad from the news paper (not anything printed) 
Price matching only works for items that are the same For instance, if you’re buying a toy, it has to be exactly the same toy type in order to get the store to price match.
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If someone has a "Just Dance kids" for a lower price and you attempt to match it with a "Just Dance 3", you won’t get a lower price.

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I would love to read your thoughts on price matching... Do you price match? Will you give it a try?


~Mrs. Delightful

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Red Frame- Happy Monday!

I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend!

I spent the weekend doing totally randon stuff. I did not stop at any thrift or craft stores.... Just time with family and friends.
This weekend a relative asked for my help with decoring her party. Early in the week I sent her a long list of menu ideas. Well, on Saturday when it was time for the party. I went in our garage for our fabulous platters. Well, while looking for the platters. I came across this adorable frame that would be perfect for our tween's room.


Okay, so I had this frame in our garage for over two years. I remember purchasing the frame at Target after Valentine's day. (Like many other things the frame just sat in our garage). As soon as I returned home from decorating (Sorry, not pictures). I decide to look for the perfect picture to go in the frame...


Two weeks ago I had a bunch of pictures developed from our tweens first football season. I love the elements of this picture... I decided to place this picture on our tweens desk.
He's my MVP!


Do you ever find anything in your home, garage, attic or basement that you forgot you even had?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Homemade Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick of butter (room temp)
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter loaf pan 

Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the vanilla and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.


~Mrs. Delightful


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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Black Friday Shopping!

15 Days left until Black Friday!

Usually every year, I'll cook Thanksgiving dinner (the entire meal). After the second or third plate. After dinner we sit in the living at our home and go all in look through each ad thoroughly. Well, this year is going to be a little different. We will not be having Thanksgiving dinner at our home and most likely I will traveling around with the newspaper in my car, calling my family asking them "Did you see the deal in **** ad?"  I really would like to know what the deals are going to be this year, so I could plain accordingly... To my surprise Wal-mart sent me an email yesterday stating a sneak peak of the Black Friday ad would be available starting today... One of the first things I did this morning was look through the ad and to my surprise my the Kitchen Aid mixer was not on sale...

Are you going Black Friday shopping this year?

~Mrs. Delightful


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Stuffed Strawberries

Stuffed Strawberries with Caramel Sauce


OK, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet... One of my favorite treats to make is stuffed strawberries. I usually only make them topped with whipped cream. However, over the weekend I had the bright idea to stuff them with caramel sauce yummy.  I went to two different stores and both of them were out of strawberries the nerve well... my wonderful husband called me today and surprised me with  some strawberries...

Ingredients:

Strawberries
Whipped cream (homemade or store brought)
Caramel sauce (homemade or store brought)

Directions:

  1. Cut the tops off of the strawberries and stand upright on the cut side. Make two cuts to the strawberry the shape of an "X"  midway through the strawberry.
  2. Separate the petal of the strawberry with your fingers (enough to add the filling)
  3. Use a spoon and, pour caramel sauce into each strawberry.

Different options:

Chocolate Syrup
Kraft Philadelphia Ready to Eat Cheesecake Filling

Stuffed strawberries make the perfect treat for:
Tea party
Baby shower
Bridal Shower
Holiday Party
Adult Birthday Party
Valentine Day
Girls night


~Mrs. Delightful

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Homemade Yellow Cupcakes with Butter Cream Frosting

( I really need to upgrade my camera)

Saturday night I decided  to prep to bake another homemade sweet-potato pie. Well, Sunday afternoon, I had the bright idea to bake homemade cupcakes. I knew I wanted to give the recipe bakerella.com shared another try. I tweaked the recipe to my liking. I hope you enjoy!

Homemade Yellow Cake/Cupcakes

2 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1 1/2 tablespoons of baking powder
2 cups of sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter (room temperature)
4 eggs (room temperature)
3 cups of sifted allpurpose flour
1 cup of whole milk (room temperature)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Using a mixer, cream butter until fluffy.
  • Add sugar and continue to cream for about 7 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time. Beat well after each egg is added.
  • Mix flour, salt and baking powder
  • Add flour and milk (alternating to creamed mixture), beginning and ending with flour.
  • Add vanilla to mix; until just mixed.
  • Bake for 25 – 30 minutes (depending on your oven) until done.
Buttercream Frosting
Adapted from: wilton.com


  • 1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine softened
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (approximately 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons water, cream or milk

Using a mixer, cream softened butter & shortening and vanilla until smooth.
Add sugar gradually, allowing shortening, butter and sugar to cream together before adding more.



    Do you have a favorite homemade yellow cake recipe?

    ~Mrs. Delightful

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