Letting you know that I am going to be missing in action for a little while. I know you have probably been wondering why on Earth I started blogging and decorating so soon for Christmas.
I do not ever decorate until the week-end after Thanksgiving but as luck has it I will be undergoing surgery on Thursday Morning. Nothing serious! Will be having my appendix, ovaries and some possible scar tissue removed. Just getting old folks What you gonna do?
Now, knowing myself like I do, I suspect I'll be blogging just as soon as I return home from the hospital only I'm guesssing it's probably not going to make much sense if you know what I mean . So bear with me. I'd rather blog with typos and politcally incorrect nonsense than not blog at all. Please feel free to send me any neat ideas or interesting recipes you may run across. I'll add them to my blog while I am recouping. There is an area at the end of each blog to make comments. Just follow the decorations. You peeps have a really good week and we will hook back up in a few days. Remember "THE TO DO LIST" Don't let me down. "GET ER DONE"
TIPS: Rumor has it HOBBY LOBBY is over flowing with Holiday merchandise and Michael's has some great coupons on the loose. Take advantage.
HOLIDAY RECIPE FOR THE DAY:
If you love peanut butter and jelly you will love these. I made a batch of them for an impromptu Football party to watch our Saints yesterday. WOW! We are some proud folks around here. Anyway. here you go. My taste testers who like P and J gave them a big thumbs up but let me just tell you those same taste testers had just about emptied out an ice chest. AND NO THEY WERE NOT DRINKING MILK.
P and J CUPCAKES (SERIOUSLY?)
Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcakes
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole milk
Peanut Butter Frosting:
1 cup powdered sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter
½ stick unsalted butter, room temperature
4 tablespoons whipping cream
1 white chocolate bar, shaved into curls using a vegetable peeler
Preheat oven to 350º. Line muffin tin with 18 paper or foil muffin cups. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. In a different bowl, beat together peanut butter, butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until blended, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and alternately add the flour mixture and milk, half at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Fill each of the lined muffin cups about two-thirds full and bake for 20 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Turn cupcakes out on to rack and cool. Cut a 1½-inch-wide by 1-inch-deep hole in the center of each cupcake, reserving cutouts. Spoon grape jelly into each cupcake. Remove the bottom half of the cutouts and insert the tops back into the cupcakes.
Beat sugar, peanut butter and butter in medium bowl until smooth. Add whipping cream 1 tablespoon at a time and beat until incorporated. Spread frosting on cupcakes and sprinkle with white chocolate shavings.
This is what it looks like after you put the jelly inside.
HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEA FOR THE DAY:
I decided to show you a little work in progress in my formal living room. I really enjoy the cuteness of Christmas but I find myself wanting something "Christmas Pretty" as I call it. Our home includes a formal living room that I decorated in all cream colors. Of course no one ever goes in there but never the less it is there.What a perfect palette for my "Pretty Mood". I'm just getting started but take a look anyway. Trying to find the perfect ribbon to polish it off.
As I'm sure you will notice there are no little lights on my mantel. Why?
What the heck happens to Christmas lights once you put them in storage? I mean they just sit there for one year doing nothing and then they just stop working. I really think the manufacturers put some kind of timer inside of them. The first string I took out and plugged in were dead. Not off to a very good start. My favorite little pearl lights bit the dust. On a mad search to replace them. So if anyone runs into some thing of the sorts let me know.
Holiday Gift Ideas For Women and Men of all ages.
Gotta love Old Navy
I REALLY DO WANT ABOUT 10 JACKETS AT OLD NAVY AND AT THE PRICE THEY ARE OFFERING THEM FOR YOU CAN JUST ABOUT HAVE ONE OF EACH.
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And last but not least-A really fun web site with some neat ideas. Check it out!
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