Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Let the craziness begin!


My baby turns 4 this weekend!  Hard to believe how quickly the time has gone.  A small part of me is sad that he really isn't a baby anymore, but a little kid.  However, a greater part of me is so excited we are officially moving into another phase of parenting.  It's exciting watching them grown and learn and become little people!  I look forward to many new milestones with the same excitement as I had when he first rolled over, took his first steps, or called my name!  

So, as usual, we are throwing a small party and the party prep is fully underway.  Not to mention it's a fairly busy week around here, too.  I think that Sunday, we will all take naps!  I'm working my way through Gilmore Girls and catching up on my NCIS shows while I am working on projects.  It really is good times around here!  

Going to go tackle my to-do list now. . . 


Friday, January 23, 2015

Flashback Friday: Carrot Raisin Muffins

Last week, I was walking around one of my favorite shopping places in town and as I walked by Mimi's, I had to fight every urge not to run in and by just one carrot raisin muffin. So, because of that. .  it's time for a flashback to one of my all time favorite recipes!  They are such a favorite that I have plans on making them next week!  My carrots are waiting and so are my taste buds.  

I also realized when I pulled up this post that I am in dire need of redoing some of these pictures, so hopefully I can work on that next week when I make them. . . if I don't eat them all up before hand! I also noticed that I posted this back a few months into this blogs life!  Crazy!  I can't get over it!!!  In fact, TODAY is my blogs birthday!!!  Happy Birthday to my blog!!!!!  6 years old today! 
Click here to find the original post along with the recipe.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cranberry Orange Scones. . . mmmmmm good!

Today I saw the sun for the first time in several days.  It was only out for a bit, but we celebrated!  I kind of miss it!  It's been dreary and cloudy with a little bit of mist but absolutely no rain.  Give me clouds any day, as long as they are filled with rain!  Overcast days make me want to curl up with my new book and drink hot tea curled up in a warm quilt.  Anyone else?

Unfortunately, the boys need my attention and work needs to get done and so I made these guys.  I think Weston ate two one morning!  If the boys eat them, I would say they are a hit!  All taste testers seemed to really enjoy them!  They were so moist and flaky and since I make mine in the food processor, they really aren't' that much work.  And because I have a headache and some cookies that need to get out of the oven, I am going to let these pictures do all the talking! I will warn you, you are really going to want to make these today.  Maybe even for dinner.   Or for a fun breakfast treat in the morning. . . it is Friday afterall!





Orange Cranberry Scones
adapted from Ina Garten

Ingredients:
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 Tbsp orange zest
6 Tbsp butter, cold and diced
2 large eggs
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup whipping cream for brushing the tops
sugar sprinkles*, or just sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp. orange juice

Directions:
Preheat to 375. 

Get your food processor all set up.  Pour in dry ingredients.  Pulse a couple of times to get them all mixed up.  Add cold butter pieces.  Mine stay in the freezer until I am ready to use them. Pulse until butter is cut into flour and the size of peas.  Add eggs, cream, and pulse some more until a soft dough forms.  Add cranberries and pulse until mixed.  

Take dough out onto a floured surface.  Knead into a ball and roll out to about a 3/4 inch circle.  Cut out triangles or use a cookie cutter to cut out simple shaped scones.  Move to stone or silpat lined pan and brush with whipping cream.  Sprinkle with sugar or sprinkles and bake for 20-25 minutes. 

*I get like these sprinkles and try to keep them on hand.  They really add the perfect touch to scones, muffins, and cookies.  They are pretty inexpensive on amazon, but even cheaper with a Michael's or JoAnns coupon.  

**The original recipe was for twice as much and used a basic egg wash.  So, feel free to double the batch if you want a lot. . . I didn't.  One batch made enough to feed my family for a couple days of breakfasts.  

Friday, January 16, 2015

Just a little About me.

I have seen a few bloggers this year right about some random thoughts about themselves for this new year.  I really liked the idea and since we are coming up on the 6th anniversary of this blog, I thought. . . I am totally going to copy that.  So, here we go:

My name is Jolie Klassen.  I am 35 years old and am getting ready to celebrate my 10th anniversary with my love, Jon.  We have 2 rambunctious boys, 6 and almost 4.   We keep pretty busy.

I am a stay at home mom and I home school the youngest in preschool.

I used to teach.  I loved it.  I love being home with my family even more.

This blog is where I share my thoughts, what's cooking in our kitchen, and what creative things are happening in my craft room.

I bake, sew, cook, stitch, stamp, and scrapbook.  In between all those I find other things to do, too.  I don't do everything at once.  That's why I am a few years behind in my album making.

I also love to throw parties.  Pinterest helps a lot with this.  This is good, because I am a Pinterest junkie.

My favorite place to be is the beach.  I like the mountains, but the beach is my all time favorite place.
























I love food.  I have a milk allergy that I've had since I was a small  kid.  It went dormant as I grew up, and it slowly started coming back in college and then with each pregnancy, it got worse.  Our youngest also has a milk allergy, so we keep a rice cheese, almond milk, and coconut cream on hand.

My favorite color is blue.

I collect fabric, bowls, and kitchen gadgets.

Fall and Winter are my favorite times of the year.

My favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight."

I LOVE the Proverbs 31 woman.  I want that to be my goal.

My house is most often a mess.  But, that's because life is happening in my house and I wouldn't have it any other way.

I could live in yoga pants and a hoodie.  Although, I really like to dress cute, too.  It's just easier to get things done when I'm cozy.

I am completely in love with Justin's Chocolate PB cups.  They are amazing!  And dairy free, which is a great thing!

I love crime shows with a kick of comedy.  So, usually when I am crafting, I am catching up on NCIS shows, Mysteries of Laura, Castle, and Bones.  I also LOVE Once Upon a Time, but only when I can binge watch the episodes at the end of the summer.








Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015: My first post of the year

It's 2015 guys.

 It's apparently the year that Michael J. Fox travels to the future in.  . . too.  My kids got razors. . . no flying skateboards this year.

The past month has flown by.  I honestly can't believe I didn't blog the whole time.  Vacation kept me very busy.  And by very busy, I mean sleeping in and going to bed late.  We've had lots of family time and a really yucky cold bug that my sweet boys passed on to me.  Really nice of them, I know.

We went on adventures and watched a ton of T.V. It seriously was grand! I didn't even menu plan until Sunday night and I hardly baked at all over break (shocker!).  Yesterday rolled around at 7:00 came so quickly.  I think the my body screamed the whole time, all while doing a happy dance that I could get back to a routine.  It was the strangest day.  But now today is here, reality is quickly being adjusted to, and hopefully the words decide to flow.

I've thought about this post for over a week.  I sat down and the words disappeared.  So, pardon what seems to be my ramblings at this point.

According to social media I've been told that I should make resolutions, goals, or even pick a word.  I have lots of friends that picked words, made cute signs, and I honestly can't think of a word.  I made my usual list of goals for the year with my husband that contains mostly household projects that we want to tackle this year.

Last year, I created, and made, and didn't do everything I set out to do.  My list was always too long and there just weren't enough hours in the day.  That, and I like to sleep.  I hate to go to bed, but I love to sleep!  Not everything made it onto the blog, but I tried to post things on instagram as much as possible.

This year, I want to strive and enjoy.  I want to finish quilts, read more, and challenge myself in new areas.  I have a few new ideas to add to the blog, which I can't wait to share with you.  I also want to write more snail mail, because it's just awesome.  I got a handwritten (and handmade) card in the mail today, and it was seriously one of the best things!  I am trying to think of some way to create a challenge out of it.  If you have any ideas, message me or comment at the bottom.

I want to build community with the readers of this blog and inspire.  I don't know if that's a lofty goal for this year, but I started this blog as an outlet for my creativity after my oldest was born.  Next month, this blog will be 6 years old and I am still writing.  Pinterest and instagram have come and changed things a bit, but I am still blogging and I love it!  I don't blog because I want to brag about what my hands have made, but to inspire someone to reach out and try something.

With that, I am going to go cuddle with my boys and enjoy the quiet that this afternoon has brought.

What's on your mind when you think of 2015????





Friday, December 19, 2014

A Christmas Treat for you {Free printable!}


I'm sitting here enjoying a beautiful overcast sky (praying for rain) and drinking a gingerbread latte (I'm going to miss them!).  I survived another trip to Target (we go there often) and am now soaking in a quiet morning.  I just know that once 1:30 rolls around there is going to be some CRAZY going on.  Ethan was so excited to get to wear his PJ's to school!  Easiest morning of getting ready.ever!  Can they make Pajamas part of the normal dress code?   In fact, I am preparing for 3 weeks of CRAZY!  But, I am prepared!  The Kinetic sand will make an appearance, some new playdough is in the works (thank you Pinterest!), and crafts are getting organized.  We will survive!!!  

This past fall, I have had the most wonderful opportunity to co-lead a table of amazing women though the study of Gideon.  My co-leader has been wonderful and I can't wait to start a new Beth Moore study in January.  Last week, we wrapped up Gideon with a festive table and treats and some really fun games.  I made all the ladies some of this yummy bread and created a fun treat tag go along with it.  This bread is one of my favorite go-to recipes!  I just can't get enough of it!  I even gave some to Ethan's teacher, who also loved it (although, I think she had to keep it away from her son!).  

Mini loaves are awesome, because you can make  one batch of quick bread and get several loaves of bread, depending on the size of your loaf pan.  Several years ago, I was gifted these by my in-laws and seriously they are THE BEST!  I will worn you, William-Sonoma's goldtouch pans are awesome.  I am thinking about putting the cookie sheets on my wishlist.  America's Test Kitchen gives them their highest rating!  I can usually get about 6 mini loaves with this recipe! 

You should make this.  Tonight.  And then give them to your neighbors and friends in the morning.  It'll be fun.  I promise!  

GO  here to get the printable.  

Orange Glazed Poppy Seed Bread

Ingredients:
3 cups flour
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/8 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp poppy seeds
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 tsp imitation butter flavor*

Glaze:
1/4 cup orange juice
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp each of vanilla, almond, and butter flavorings

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Spray your mini pans with Pam. 
Mix together all the ingredients.  Beat for 2 minutes.  
Pour batter into bread pans and bake for 55 minutes (may be less time depending on the size of your pans.  I would set it for 30 and work your way up).

While bread is baking, make the glaze.  Whisk all the ingredients together and set aside.  Glaze evenly over the hot bread  and allow to cool before removing.  The glaze will get hard and add such a wonderful flavor to the bread.

*I found imitation butter flavoring at Michaels in the cake decorating section.  Mine is by Wilton.  



Thursday, December 11, 2014

Chocolate Chip Muffin time!

Right now, I am sitting in bed watching Gilmore Girls (thank you, Netflix!) and writing this post.  I've been waiting all day for some rain.  I got some beautiful clouds and saw some amazing pictures of the craziness to the North of us.  Our rain is starting and I should probably go to bed at some point, but right now. . . it's me, you, and the Gilmore Girls sitting down to a nice warm latte and girl talk (sorry, if you are a guy reading this).  We will also eat these scrumptious muffins, because really, they are amazing. . .and food goes really well with latte's and conversation.  

I've made these muffins several times and they are always a huge hit!  Although, I am pretty sure that anytime I feed the kids chocolate for breakfast, I get the Mom of the Year award.  I think that it's all about the sprinkling of sugar sprinkles on top of any muffin makes them better. . . I'm sure that I'm not the only one?   






Chocolate Chip Muffins
Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction

Ingredients:
3 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla (I always just eyeball it)
1 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.  Line your muffin tin with your favorite liners.  (Right now I am really digging these liners).  

Mix together eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla.  Carefully fold in the dry ingredients.  Be careful not to overmix the batter (a big no-no for muffin making).  Fold in the chocolate chips.  

I like to use a cookie scoop to scoop the batter into the muffin liners.  Fill almost all the way to the top and sprinkle with sprinkles (so that sounded repetitive!).  Bake at 425 for 5 minutes and then lower the temp to 375 and bake for 25 minutes.  I always forget to raise the temp for the second round of muffins, and they seem to bake very nicely at 375 for the whole time.  



LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...