Housewarming Party and Mini Pies

This is one of those times where I wish I had taken WAY more pictures.

Our housewarming party was this past weekend and while the house is no where near done or decorated, it was great to have all our family and friends over to enjoy it with us.  We had a great time and are so thankful for everything.
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For food we made:

  • Chili with cornbread and all the toppings.  (Sour cream and cheese are missing from the trays in the above picture).
  • Garlic artichoke dip
  • Veggie Tray
  • Chips and dip (also missing from the above picture)
  • Mini Blueberry and Cherry pies (How to below!)
  • Homemade pumpkin bars
  • and Caramel apple wedges

IMG_2482For the apple wedges:

I bought caramel in a container from the produce section next to the apples.  Melted it as directed, and dipped the apples. Super easy and a big hit.

For the mini pies:

  1. I bought pie filling (blueberry and cherry) and pie crust mix
  2. Prepare as directed
  3. Roll out the dough and using a cookie cutter, cut out an even number of crust pieces.
  4. Add a little bit of filling onto one piece and then add another piece of crust to the top.
  5. Using a fork, go around the edges to seal in the filling.
  6. If you fill the pieces to full, you will have a huge mess when using the fork.
  7. Bake.  Mine took about 15 minutes.  They were golden brown around the edges
  8. I stored them in a covered bowl over night and they were still nice and soft the next night for the party!

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IMG_2481-1It is always great to catch up with old friends and it was a perfect night. Great weather, great food, and great people.

Again, the one thing I regret is only getting these few pictures.  Next time, I will force people to take pictures :)FullSizeRender-7

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Switching Out the Doorknobs | From Brass to ORB

The first real house project is done!  It was not any big building or demo project, but it is one that made a big difference in each room.  Painting the doorknobs was a cheap and easy way to get rid of all the ugly brass knobs in the house.  I looked around on pinterest to see the best way to do this and I came up with the following process:

  1. Remove all hardware off the doors
  2. Sand them down.  I originally used ultra fine steel wool, but that did not do a great job and took more work then it was worth.  The paint chipped right off with this method.  So, Bobby got me some Scotchbrite, which was so much quicker and I barely had to apply pressure to rough up the surface.
  3. Make sure the hardware is free of dust and lay on a surface you can spray paint. I used a cardboard box.
  4. Spray paint the hardware. I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze with built in Primer.  They were $6.97 each and I used about three and a half cans on 10 doors.  This was with 2-3 coats.  I also coated both sides of the hinges so brass did not show on any side.
  5. After the last coat, I let them dry overnight.

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IMG_2023Taking the doors down only took one person, but putting them back up is MUCH easier with two.  I was only able to get one door back on by myself.  The rest took two people, one holding the door up and another attaching the door.

The end results are exactly what I wanted.  These are downstairs.  I forget a before picture :)IMG_2222

I never got a picture of them in the sunlight  but the color is so pretty.

Here’s a picture of the upstairs before:IMG_2245

The panaroma makes for weird looking angles, but I wanted to get all the doors in one picture.

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Have you guys ever ORB’d anything? How did you like it?

House and a Puppy | the last month

Everything happened so quick. Once we decided to get serious about looking for a house, we found one and were under contract in a week! The market here is CRAZY, and good houses are going so fast. So I felt very lucky that it all went so smoothly.

Here it is…

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I can’t wait to show you all what we do with our first home!  There are so many plans.  Bobby cannot wait to do stuff to the garage, and I have so many ideas for the yard and inside.

We are also getting our first puppy.  She was born 9-8-14, and is a red doberman.  We went to see the litter when she was three weeks, and they were SO little still and could barely walk.  We are both so excited for all the changes.  The pictures below are her at three and four weeks old. We are naming her Bora.

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Keep coming back for more house and puppy updates! :)

Paleo Banana Raspberry Swirl Muffins

Bobby saw this recipe on Instagram a while back and I wanted to tweak it a bit to use raspberries instead of strawberries.

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Ingredients:

  •  1/4 C. Almond Milk
  • 1/2 C. Raspberries (replaced the jam)
  • 1 Small Banana
  • 2/3 C. Almond Flour (replaced the pancake mix)
  • 3 T. Carton Egg Whites or 1 Egg White
  • 2 Packets Stevia
  • 1 t. Cocount Oil, melted

I followed the directions according to the original recipe here:

Note: my recipe took much longer to cook. About 20-25 minutes

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They were not the prettiest things ever, and they took forever to cook because they were pretty moist,  but they were YUMMY!

Yields: 6, Calories- 104 each, Carbs- 7.9 g, Fat- 7.2 g, Protein- 3.8 g

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Key Lime Cupcakes

I have been obsessed with making cupcakes lately.  They are just so fun and easy to make.  We had a key lime cake mix already in the panty, so I decided to make key lime cupcakes.

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I made two variations:

  1. The first had gram cracker crust, then cream cheese icing coated in unsweetened coconut. Topped with a lime slice

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2.    Plain Cupcake with cream cheese icing, sprinkled with gram cracker crumbs.

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Hamburger Cupcakes

I saw these on pinterest and HAD to make them.

These are the fun cupcakes I referred to in this post.

What you will need:

  • Yellow Cake Mix
  • Brownie Mix
  • Sesame Seeds
  • White Icing
  • Yellow, Green, and Red Dye

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They look like little sliders :)  Everyone at the BBQ loved them!  They did comment though on how it messed with their heads–eating something that looked A LOT like a real slider, then tasting a brownie and cake instead.

Directions:

  1. Bake the cupcakes according to the instructions.
  2. Bake the brownies according to the instructions.
  3. Once the desserts have cooled, cut the cupcakes in half and using something round (like a cookie cutter or cup) cut the brownies to fit the cupcakes.
  4. Divide the icing into three bowls and dye each- one yellow, one green, and one red. Mine turned out pink, red dye never comes out red :(
  5. I put the icing into bags and cut the bottom corner off and drizzled the icing around the edges of the brownie to look like the condiments.
  6. Top with the cupcake.  I patted it with water using my finger and sprinkled sesame seeds to make them look like buns.

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I was so happy with the color of the yellow cake.  It looks just like a bun. Also, the brownie was moist and fudgey and perfect.

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Blackberry and Peach Cupcake with Gram-Cracker Crust and Blackberry Icing

A week or so ago, I posted this picture on Instagram.  I had planned on making Peach cupcakes, but then was too lazy :)

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I needed to bring a dessert to a family BBQ and thought this would be a perfect opportunity to make them.  I decided to add blackberries to the mix too.

Bobby’s family has great BBQ’s with lots of yummy food and I always feel so welcome.  It is nice to be around his big family since my extended family is so far away.  It makes me miss them even more.

I thought I would make a fun cupcake– (I will post that one tomorrow, so come back for that and then a fancier cupcake.  So in the end, this cupcake ended up being a peach blackberry cupcake with gram-cracker crust topped with Blackberry cream cheese icing. THEY WERE AMAZING

For the cupcakes:

  • French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 2-3 Peaches, depending on size
  • about 1/2 C. Blackberries
  • Gram-Crackers (I used one package in the box, but that was only enough to use with 15 cupcakes)

1) I prepared the box cake using peach puree instead of oil.  I put 1 large peach in the nutribullet and that gave me more then the 1/2 C. of oil I was replacing.

2) I added the 1/2 C. peach puree into the cake mix, and used only 1/2 C water out of the suggested 1 C, and then the eggs.

3) I blended this all together, and then folded in chopped up blackberries–about 1/2 C, and chopped up peach–I used one.

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4) If you choose to add the gram-cracker, now is the time to crumble them up.  I used plain greek yogurt to make it stick together.  Push into the bottom of the cupcake liners.

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5) Bake according to the box instructions.  350 degrees for 18-20 minutes

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For the Icing:

  • Blackberries
  • 3-4 C. Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 C. Cream Cheese

1) I used a fork to smash about 6-7 blackberries and added them into a bowl with the cream cheese.

2) I blended them together and slowly added powder sugar into it reached the consistency I wanted.  This frosting was on the runny side but it hardened up in the fridge.

3) Decorate how you wish :)

I usually hate frosting, but this one I really liked.  It complemented the cupcakes perfectly.

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You can tell in the picture below how it hardened  once in the fridge.  Also, you can kind of see the gram-cracker crust.

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I kept these in the fridge to keep the fruit on top fresh and the icing from melting off.

Enjoy!