Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mini Pecan Pies

Mini Pecan Pies
Yield: 16 mini pie shells


16 individual pie shells

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup melted butter
3 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


1. Bake your empty mini pie shells at 350 F for 18 minutes.
2. Chop your pecans and set aside.
3. Mix together the sugars, corn syrup, salt, cinnamon, eggs, and vanilla. 
4. Slowly beat in your melted butter.
5. Pour your mixture over the chopped pecans. Make sure not to over fill.

6. Bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes. 

7. Enjoy! :)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I will post pictures of the feast I am prepping tomorrow! So far I have baked a cheesecake, a pumpkin pie, and these babies. I will be cooking a turkey for my very first time tomorrow. I am terrified! Wish me luck and good luck to you all too!!! :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Outfits

 Very-Girly Thanksgiving Turkey on a dress I made for Chloe.

The dress is a long sleeved brown polka dot with a big pink bow to match the pink ribbon turkey I sewed at the bottom. Part of me thinks it is too over the top and the other part of me is thinking..who cares she is going to wear it once, right? :)
The dress took me about three hours to make. If you would like a tutorial on how to make the ribbon turkey, just let me know!

Here is the shirt I made for Cooper. I had planned on their turkeys matching, but as you can tell I changed my mind. I still think the little goobers turned out good. What do you all think? 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from a Pirate and a Parrot!

I used about 20 yards of tulle to make this tutu-dress costume! I debated back and forth about adding wings, but decided to leave it as it was and let it just be a tutu-dress versus and more accurate rendition of a parrot.

I think she looks so stink'n cute! :)

The back of the dress with all the fun parrot colors! 

My Pirate wasn't into his picture being taken.

He finally looked up and you can see a little more detail on his costume. :)

Both costumes took me a few hours/nights to make. I worked on them after the kids went to bed for about two weeks. Chloe's was just tedious from the endless cutting and tying of the tulle and Cooper's was much more detail oriented with sewing the coat and trimming out the edging with gold and lots of buttons. I sewed his pants and made his boots as well. I bought the hat and the white button up and decided to leave out a sword or an eye patch because who wants their kids waving a sword around and I knew the eye-patch would just turn into a fight not worth having. The weather was HOT on Halloween this year and it ended up being 80 degrees out when we were walking around. My son was sweating by the end of the night from all his layers.
We went trick or treating in our neighborhood and the kids made out like bandits. My house is still loaded down with candy that I am wishing would magically disappear before my husband and I eat it all. I hope everyone had a great Halloween and let me know what you thought of the costumes!