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Friday, September 21, 2012

Upside-Down Bacon Pancake Recipe

It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been working on Sock Monkeys and Socktopus guys both for our upcoming craft fair October 19 &20 at Fall Fair to Remember in West Bend and for Inspired For You where I have been selling on consignment.   I don’t think I mentioned Inspired for you in any earlier posts.  As of August 30, 2012 I have been selling there.  It's a shop in West Bend, Wisconsin that sells all handmade goods from local vendors.  There are over 30 vendors, it is a beautiful store!  Check it out!

Picking up where I left off last Friday, did I get my gorgeous mums at Stein’s over the weekend?  I sure did, and let me say they are gorgeous.  The weekend was busy.  Saturday morning I attended a tiling workshop with my sister, her husband, and my husband.  My sister and her husband are in the process of building their home.  They are trying to move in December.  We will be helping with painting and tiling for the next few weekends.  The workshop was held at “The Tile Shop” in West Allis, WI.  The class was very informative and we found beautiful tile.  I now want to tile everything!  The rest of the weekend consisted of grocery shopping, cleaning, bowling, going to church, etc. 

I tried a new recipe Sunday morning after church.  I found it a few weeks ago on page 15 of the April/May 2012 issue of Taste of Home magazine.  (I really love that magazine!).   It’s called “Upside-Down Bacon Pancake”, submitted by Mindie Hilton from Susanville, California.  It was perfect as a breakfast/brunch dish.  My husband loved it, thought he would finish the whole thing off, but didn’t.  It was filling as well.   I thought I would share the recipe.

Upside-Down Bacon Pancake    Prep/Total Time: 30min
6 bacon strips, coarsely chopped
¼ cup packed brown sugar
2 cups complete buttermilk pancake mix
1 ½ cups water
Maple Syrup and butter, optional

1.     1. In a 12 inch ovenproof skillet, fry bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Place cooked bacon on paper towels.  Pour off drippings from skillet, reserving 2 Tbsp. Chop bacon or crumble into pan with reserved drippings; sprinkle brown sugar over bacon.

2.       2. Combine pancake mix and water in a medium bowl just until moistened.  Pour into pan.

3.       3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes; invert onto a serving plate.  Serve warm with maple syrup and butter if desired. 
Notes:  If you don’t have pancake mix, you can make pancake batter from a recipe that yields 3-3 ½ cups batter and leave out the water as well.
Upside-Down Bacon Pancake - Didn't last long!
Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Acorn Nut

Every morning my daughter and I take a walk through the park down the block.  A few weeks ago we were on our usual route, descending a flight of wood and soil stairs on a hill when we heard rustling in the foliage next to us.  We both stopped to listen and looked down at the ground.  We found the cutest little toad trying to hop up the hill.  He wasn't making much progress and the result was his rustling around sound.  My daughter wanted to pick him up, and I said, "Just leave him alone."  We oooed and awed and commented on how sweet he was, and then we left him to his business of eating as many bugs as he possible could!  On our way home we could not resist finding a suitable name for our sweet bug-eater.  We soon came up with the name "Captain Pickles". Future walks to the park made us wonder if we would see our friend again.

On our walks to the park, I notice all sorts of leaves and debris.  I've even picked up a few pennies.  Lately, my object of affection is acorns.  I once saw a beautiful wreath totally made with acorns.  I love their shape and texture.  On our last three walks, I started to collect a few acorns.  My husband came home from work and was like, "Why are there nuts on the counter?" That was day 1. On day 2 I picked up a few more, and he was like, "More nuts?"  Today was day 3.  Let's just say that we had a little storm yesterday afternoon and there was a bounty of acorns on the ground today!  I felt like a kid in a candy shop!  I picked up nuts, and my daughter is treating me like I am crazy.  I had both hands full of acorns on the
way home!

So, we are just about out of the park, on the path, when I spot two perfect (I mean PERFECT) acorns.  I say to my daughter, "Look, can you pick those two up?  They are perfect!"  She gives me a sassy look and says, "Mom!  You have enough acorns! Besides, I don't want to get some weird disease from those!" So, I laugh and say back to her, "What, you think you will grow some acorn shaped bump on your head?  Do you think you will get acorn herpes?!"  And now I am laughing about acorn herpes! Ha!  She was willing to pick up cute Captain Pickles the toad that could really pass on warts, but not acorns.  Heaven forbid!  No problem.  I will be back tomorrow for more acorns!  I will definitely post a picture if I have an
acorn shaped bump on my head!

Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

I haven't been working on anything for giggleFritz and Company lately.  I've been so busy with my full time job at the spice company and I have returned to work (part-time, seasonal) at the gift shop/garden center 10 hours a week.  I also play softball one night a week.  I took on the part-time work to save extra money to run giggleFritz as my full-time job one day.  It's very difficult to be creative and productive when you are running from job to job and taking care of your family and so on.  So, to help keep my stress level at a minimum I am working on a personal project that I had started a while back.  I've been crocheting a throw in the evenings (usually while watching the Brewer's game!) and it's been great!  It forces me to sit down and relax and I get to work on something beautiful!

The pattern is called "Blue Ridge Throw", a free pattern by Lion Brand Yarn:

It's a simple pattern using double crochet and half double crochet.  The yarn is from the tweed stripes collection and I love it because the hue of the color you are working with is constantly changing.  I love working on it, but I also can't wait to finish it. I've decided to be selfish and keep this one for myself.  The big girl pants are off!  Let's relax and crochet!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

Tomorrow I go back to work. Oh Joy.  It was nice having the house to myself for a little while. Since I had a little time and today it is supposed to be warm (over 80 degrees F) I decided to make Frozen Peanut Butter Pie. My daughter and I love this recipe and my husband likes it too! I found this recipe years ago on the label of a jar of Reese's Peanut Butter. The first time I made it was for Easter and everyone loved it. Here is the recipe:

Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

3/4 cup Peanut Butter
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup milk
8 oz. whipped topping (like Cool Whip), thawed
1 - 9 inch chocolate crumb crust, or graham cracker crust

Beat peanut butter, cream cheese, and vanilla in medium bowl until smooth.  Gradually add powdered sugar and milk, blending until smooth; fold in whipped topping.  Pour into crust, cover; freeze 6 hours.

I like to make my own graham cracker crust.  This is the recipe I use:

Graham Cracker Crust

Mix: 24 crushed graham crackers (12 double crackers)
        1/2 cup sugar
        1/2 cup butter, melted


Monday, August 29, 2011

Making Monkeys

Summer is gone, and I'm not really missing it.  This summer was not one of the best.  It seemed like everything "summer" I tried to do, turned out less than "summery".  My daughter went back to school last Thursday.  This year she is a freshman in high school.  We had a nice summer together, but I am a little bit happy that there is more time for me to focus on giggleFritz and Company, both business-wise and creative-wise.  There is so much to do, and it is difficult to run your business with so many distractions (like the full-time job I still need). 

What have I been doing?  People ask me what I have been up to.  I usually just say, "You know, WORK."  If you look at my sewing area, you would know that cleaning is not something I have been doing.  But, I have been making more sock monkeys.  I sew and crochet a number of different things that I sell in our art/craft fair booth at shows and on the giggleFritz and Co. Web Site:  I love making sock monkeys the most.   
I don't know what I love more when I have finished making a sock monkey.  Either the cute sock monkey face with his round head and ears (and sometimes hat!), or when we are in our booth and I hear, "Look, Mom! Sock Monkeys!"  : )  
That's what I have been up to, and if I have it my way, that's what I'm going to keep doing!
Happy Monday, All!  -Missie

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I am Totally a Snapdragon!

I got a little distracted while working on the computer.  I was trying to identify a flower, when I came across this neat blog.  It had a quiz and I haven't taken any sort of quiz in a long time.  I thought I would give it a try and what do ya know?!  I'm a snapdragon!  If you have a moment, give it a shot.  I would love to hear from people what kind of flower they are!

    I am a

What Flower
Are You?


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Coffee Break Fest

Yesterday we participated in the Coffee Break Fest art/craft fair in Soughton, Wisconsin.  What a day!!  When Sandy and I were deciding at the beginning of the year which art/craft fairs we wanted to attend, we didn't pick this one right away.  One day I was flipping through the Wisconsin Art and Craft Fairs 2011 Directory, and saw the listing.  I thought, "OMG! A festival dedicated to coffee!! What could be better!  I LOVE coffee!"  So we hiked it over to Stoughton and had a great time.

Coffee Break Fest is a festival that celebrates the origin of the coffee break.  There was an auto show, art/craft fair, java jog, activities for kids, and a coffee brew off.  You could sample brewed coffee from area coffee brewers/retailers and then vote on your favorite coffee.  There were seven coffee brewers entered this year.  So, after we unloaded and set up our booth, we walked back over to the booth near the entry way of Mandt Park.  There, they were unpacking these cute two-toned green mugs and t-shirts with the Coffee Break Fest logo on them.
Each mug was $5.00 and you used the mug to sample the many different coffees and teas the brewers were making.  We drank coffee all day-AMAZING coffee! 

At first the weather was fine.  It was cloudy and the forecast said chance of rain.  It rained a bit right before the art/craft fair started at 9AM.  In fact, people were scooting under the craft fair vendor's canopies to escape the rain.  We had our first two sales before the craft fair opened due to the rain!  It would drizzle a bit, then stop, until around 10AM when it poured!  There was lightning and thunder and it poured for 15 minutes.  We were under a canopy, but our stuff got wet.  That was our last outdoor fair of the year.  I will be sure to pick up a surrounding wall for our canopy for the outdoor shows next year.

giggleFritz Sock Monkeys
Jill's counted-cross stitch   

Sandy's hand embroidery

Even though it rained, sales were good.  It was one of our better shows of the year, so far.  The people that came to the show were delightful to talk to.  We were also very happy with the people running the art/craft show.  They knew what they were doing and we had a blast talking with them too!  And of course, we thoroughly enjoyed the vendors/brewers and their Amazing coffee!