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Friday, November 29, 2013

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Happy Holidays, everyone!

November Wrap Up

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
Is it just me or did November fly by? I think this every month, though.
Now that Thanksgiving is over I'm off to celebrate Christmas (although it is no secret that I've been celebrating Christmas since far before Thanksgiving day and calling it "the Holidays").

Here is a little summary of what happened on Sew Much 2 Say this month:



I also changed my blog logo to Sew Much 2 Say and now have an official website!
I'm excited for these changes around here and hope you are, too.
I also started Recipe Writers monthly link up..more on that tomorrow!

What did you accomplish this month?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cornish Game Hen

I live with my boyfriend. It is just the two of us. We can't eat a whole turkey.
What a better way to practice cooking a bird than making a cornish game hen?
I might be crazy.
It seemed like a great idea at the time, though.
Plus this little bird was pretty cute and looked mighty tasty when he came out of the oven.
And I got girlfriend points when Alec came home to a fully roasted bird and a mini Thanksgiving feast.
Did I mention this is my first time ever cooking a whole bird?

First I washed the bird and patted him dry with paper towels. 

Then I massaged the bird with oil and a mix of spices.
I think I used garlic powder, black pepper, oregano, basil and a little bit of salt.
Then I popped him into my oven and baked him at 350 for about 40 minutes. I turned him a few times and even flipped him upside down to get the breast nice and crispy.

I sauteed some vegetables while I waited.

When Alec got home we "carved" the bird, and stuffed our bellies full with chicken, stuffing and vegetables.
It was a proud moment in my homemaking history. The little things make me so happy.

What was a proud moment in your dinner-making history?

Don't forget to link up your Holiday recipes this week with Thanksgiving Recipe Writers!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Reversible Fall Table Runner

I am excited to share this tutorial because it is so damn easy.
First of all, it is simply a large quilt block which makes a pretty centerpiece for your table.
Second of all, there a few tricks to making it so quickly that avoid sewing a bunch of little triangles. 
Third, it is reversible!
This center piece has Thanksgiving and general autumn fabric on one side and all Halloween fabric on the other.
Halloween is one of those holidays that I typically do not decorate for because It seems to come and go so quickly. By making this reversible, you can participate in Halloween decorations and easily flip to general fall fabrics on the other side, with no need for storing a Halloween table runner by itself.
Enough jabbering, here is how to do it:

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pumpkin Maple Coffee Cake Cupcakes

Happy Monday, everyone! 
Pumpkin, maple AND coffee cake? You probably all think I'm pushing it. Well, maybe I am.
I'm sure by now we are all sick of pumpkin recipes floating around on pinterest and blog land. Maybe you don't even like pumpkin to begin with. Maybe pumpkin is your favorite and you'll eat it any chance you get through the fall season. Who knows.
 To me, pumpkin is okay. I like pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin seeds.
If you are not a huge pie fan, I'm with you. The crust seems so dry to me and I'd rather have a brownie.
So, for all of you pumpkin lovers or pie haters, here is a little fall recipe to try this season.
I also encourage you to bake with your friends and family. I made these cupcakes with my brother's girlfriend and we had a great time baking together. 'Tis the season, right?

I started with a recipe (as usual) and I ended up changing the recipe and going by own rules (as usual). So here is what you will need for my version:

Pumpkin Maple Coffee Cake Cupcakes:

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp. vinegar + 2/3 c. skim milk
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. low fat maple syrup
2 eggs

Coffee Cake Crumble:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp+ maple syrup

powdered sugar
skim milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

-preheat oven to 350 degrees F-

Mix all of your cupcake ingredients until combined.

Then, scoop 1-2 Tablespoons of the batter into each cupcake liner.
Mix your crumble mixture and sprinkle it into each cup, using only 1/2 of the mixture.

Then, cover with remaining batter and top with another layer of crumble.

Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let your cupcakes cool while you make the glaze.
I just combine about 2 cups of powdered sugar with a splash of milk and vanilla and mix it until it is a glaze consistency. Keep adding milk a tiny bit at a time and mixing until it looks right.
Stick your glaze in a resealable bag and clip the corner to use as a piping bag ( If you don't have a piping bag, that is).

Finally, add your glaze and enjoy!
We should have waited a bit longer to glaze these because they were not cool enough, but we couldn't wait to try them!

Don't forget to link up your favorite Thanksgiving Recipes with Recipe Writers this month!


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ghost Quilt Block

Hello, everyone.
I've been doing a lot of sewing this month. I know it doesn't seem like it because almost all of my posts are recipe based, but I have been sewing my tush off.
This is the first month I've been able to create the block of the month for my quilt guild. Each month we are given a BOTM and everyone who wants to participate goes home and makes two before the next meeting.
Half of the blocks are made into a quilt by a volunteer to donate. The other half are raffled off to one of the members who participated. 
I thought this little guy was too cute to pass up.
This would make such a great October wall hanging or even a set of pot holders to use for the Halloween season. 
I know, I know, Halloween was so last month. Unfortunately, October was the busiest month of school I've had yet and I was working on more than one project. Anyway, this block is great for Halloween so go ahead and pin it so you can make some pot holders next Fall.
Here is how to make it:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Recipe Writers: Thanksgiving Favorites

Hello, everyone!
I am excited to introduce my new website to everyone. I am moving forward with my blog and online business so an official website seemed like a great start. During this process I have also switched my blog name from "Sew Much to Say" to "Sew Much 2 Say." This new name appears on my new blog header and all of my social media networks. 
The first new segment of this blog is going to be a monthly recipe writers link up. Recipe Writers was inspired by Martha and I sending recipes to each other through the mail. It was so exciting to check my mail and have a new recipe to try. I wanted to expand this by creating a place for all of us to share our recipes and possibly find new favorites.
On the first of every month we will introduce a new theme depending on the month and all share our recipes here. The link party will open on the first of every month and close on the last day. This way you will have time to share a recipe before the holiday (if there is one)  so others can try it, check out other recipes to try yourself or even have time to post one after the actual holiday. For example, This month we are having Thanksgiving favorites and next month will be Christmas related. 
I'm excited to get started and try out everyone else's recipes!

Well, first of all let's introduce the co-hosts!

Amanda Rose from Sew Much 2 Say

Use this icon in your post or on your blog:

Remember, this link up is open until the end of the month and we will have a new one next month (I'll give you a hint, next month's theme is cookie-related!) starting on the 1st of the month.
So what are you waiting for? 
Make your favorite Thanksgiving recipe, blog about it and share your favorite holiday recipes with us!

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Hello, everyone!
I have a project that I've been working on all month (yes, all month long) that I am excited to share with you. It is a sewing project...because this is Sew Much To Say (despite my frequent focus on recipes)!
Until I finish said project, I will continue to post what yummy things I've been cooking up in my kitchen as of late.
Pot roast is ..well, post roast is everything. 
When you smell post roast simmering all day long your mouth is watering for hours before dinner. When you lift up the lid off of your crock pot the smell of tender vegetables and beef just comforts your entire being. When you finally get to eat this delicious meal you will feel so fulfilled and be thankful that this crisp season is upon us..so we may eat as many hearty, warm meals as our little hearts (and bellies) desire. 
Is your mouth watering? Mine is.
Want to make it right now? Me too. 
As always my recipes are inexpensive and easy.
Well, what are we waiting for?
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