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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