Monday, November 30, 2009

Baby Pound Cakes with Pumpkin Glaze

This sounded too good to pass up. Enjoy!
~Andrea

Baby Pound Cakes with Pumpkin Glaze | Megans Munchies
Baby Pound Cakes with Pumpkin Glaze
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions:

1. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer about 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating well, 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until yellow disappears.
2. Combine flour and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended; stir in vanilla and almond flavorings.
3. Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin cups, filling three-fourths full.
4. Bake at 350° for 16 to 18 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
5. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lots of free photos to be printed here!

Enjoy 1200 free prints & 3-8"x8" photo books & other great photo gifts! Click here to go to ArtsCow : http://bit.ly/KzvUt

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Virtual Cookie Exchange

from Little Birdie Secrets...awesome recipes here. follow the link: Little Birdie Secrets: virtual cookie exchange


Christmas Countdown Blocks from Little Birdie Secrets

I can't believe November is almost over! My kids have been asking every day how many days until Christmas. They've been asking since Halloween, so I made some countdown blocks to stop all those questions! These are easy and fun to make, and would make a great gift!


Little Birdie Secrets: christmas countdown blocks


5 Ways to Add Warmth to Your Home

Winter chill is here, and many of us may be trying to find ways to add warmth to our home.  Sure we can turn up the thermostat {if you don't mind a huge heating bill} but for many that is just not in the budget.

5 ways to add Warmth to your Home | Blissfully Domestic


How to Establish a Permanent Toiletries Kit

You know what you need to take when you travel. Most often, you take the same things for each trip, especially when it comes to toiletries. If you travel often, it's better to plan them once and pack them once, so you can grab them and go at a moment's notice, and never forget stuff again.

How to Establish a Permanent Toiletries Kit - wikiHow


Turkey Safety Primer

Planning on doing the big turkey thing this week? Cooks Illustrated, a prime source of heavily-tested recipes and tips, offers a quick (1:38) video primer on safely cooking your bird. You don't even have to skip the stuffing—just heat it in a microwave to a prep temperature of 120-130 degrees before putting it inside the bird, just before cooking. [Cooks Illustrated]

Safety Primer for Cooking that Turkey

Turkey Safety Primer

Planning on doing the big turkey thing this week? Cooks Illustrated, a prime source of heavily-tested recipes and tips, offers a quick (1:38) video primer on safely cooking your bird. You don't even have to skip the stuffing—just heat it in a microwave to a prep temperature of 120-130 degrees before putting it inside the bird, just before cooking. [Cooks Illustrated]

Safety Primer for Cooking that Turkey

Recipes for Brining a Better Thanksgiving Turkey

 
 

Sent to you by Andrea via Google Reader:

 
 

via Lifehacker by Kevin Purdy on 11/24/09

We've previously posted the "why" of brining your Thanksgiving turkey, with delicious scientific evidence. Looking for the "how"? Serious Eats offers up food science savant Alton Brown's brining recipe. Slashfood has also posted a choose your own spices brine mix, and L.A. Times food writer Russ Parsons previously shared a dry turkey brining technique that he claims gives the final result a less "sponge-y" texture than traditional salt solutions. Feel free to drop your own brine mixture in the comments, of course.




 
 

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Holiday Host Emergency Kit

Prepared hosts make happy hosts at the Holidays!

Thanksgiving is just days away. I figure at least 1/5 of the families who celebrate Thanksgiving in this country also play host -- that's a lot of stressed out folks wondering if they have forgotten an ingredient... or Grandma's gravy boat.

Holiday Host Emergency Kit - On The Level Home Improvement Blog | BobVila.com

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Do you know about Instructables?

I love this site! There are hundreds, if not thousands, of WONDERFUL tips and tricks here. You can find tips for Art, Crafts, Food, Games, Green, Home, Kids, Life, Music, Offbeat, Outdoors, Pets, Photo, Ride, Science and Tech. . .ENJOY!
~Andrea

Instructables - Make, How To, and DIY


Waffled Pizza Pockets

These crescent roll pizza pockets take only about 5 minutes to make, and they are so yummy.  These can also be made many different ways, using different fillings. Ham and cheese is also great, and I imagine peanut butter and jelly wouldn't be horrible.

Waffled Pizza Pockets


Make Cookies in 90 Seconds with Your Waffle Iron

Baking cookies in your oven is fine and all, but if you want to turn out some tasty cookies in a very short time, consider turning to your trusty waffle iron. Turns out you're only 90 seconds away from crispy, chewy, cookie-goodness.

Make Cookies in 90 Seconds with Your Waffle Iron - Food Hacks - Lifehacker


Holiday TV Schedule: 2009

 

It's time once again for The Classic TV Database's annual posting of this year's Holiday and Christmas television and movie schedule. This is list of shows, specials and movies we know will be airing this year. Check this list twice and keep it handy so you don't miss your favorites this year. We will continue to update this page throughout the holiday season so stay tuned for more updates!

NOVEMBER 2009

Special/Show/Movie

Channel

Time

Touched by an Angel - The Christmas Gift

HALMRK

Nov 11, 1:00pm

Santa Jr.

ABCFAM

Nov 11, 8:00pm

Touched by an Angel - The Christmas Gift

HALMRK

Nov 11, 9:00pm

Snowglobe

ABCFAM

Nov 11, 10:00pm

Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas

ENC

Nov 14, 10:20am

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

ENC

Nov 15, 4:15pm

Eloise at Christmastime

ABCFAM

Nov 16, 6:00pm

A Dennis the Menace Christmas

ABCFAM

Nov 16, 8:00pm

Richie Rich's Christmas Wish

ABCFAM

Nov 17, 6:00pm

Merry Madagascar

NBC

Nov 17, 8:00pm

Gotta Catch Santa Claus

ABCFAM

Nov 18, 7:00pm

Christmas Caper

ABCFAM

Nov 19, 7:00pm

Santa Who?

ABCFAM

Nov 20, 7:00pm

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

ABCFAM

Nov 20, 9:00pm

Ernest Saves Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 21, 12:00pm

Most Wonderful Time of the Year

HALMRK

Nov 21, 2:00pm

A Grandpa for Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 21, 4:00pm

The Christmas Wish

ABCFAM

Nov 21, 6:00pm

Moonlight & Mistletoe

HALMRK

Nov 21, 6:00pm

Once Upon a Christmas

ABCFAM

Nov 21, 8:00pm

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

TBS

Nov 21, 8:00pm

Twice Upon A Christmas

ABCFAM

Nov 21, 10:00pm

A Smoky Mountain Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 22, 2:00pm

Mr. St. Nick

HALMRK

Nov 22, 4:00pm

Santa Baby

ABCFAM

Nov 22, 6:00pm

Holiday in Handcuffs

ABCFAM

Nov 22, 8:00pm

Meet the Santas

HALMRK

Nov 22, 8:00pm

Snowglobe

ABCFAM

Nov 22, 10:00pm

A Smoky Mountain Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 23, 12:00pm

Meet The Santas

HALMRK

Nov 23, 4:00pm

A Holiday to Remember

ABCFAM

Nov 23, 7:00pm

The Christmas Choir

HALMRK

Nov 23, 8:00pm

Unlikely Angel

ABCFAM

Nov 23, 9:00pm

Silent Night

HALMRK

Nov 23, 10:00pm

A Christmas Memory

HALMRK

Nov 24, 12:00pm

The Christmas Gift

HALMRK

Nov 24, 2:00pm

The Note

HALMRK

Nov 24, 4:00pm

Taking a Chance on Love

HALMRK

Nov 24, 12:00pm

Holly and Hal Moose: Our Uplifting Christmas Adventure

ABCFAM

Nov 24, 7:00pm

All I Want For Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 24, 8:00pm

A Christmas Visitor

HALMRK

Nov 24, 10:00pm

Timepiece

HALMRK

Nov 25, 2:00pm

A Christmas Visitor

HALMRK

Nov 25, 4:00pm

A Season For Miracles

HALMRK

Nov 25, 6:00pm

Sons of Mistletoe

ABCFAM

Nov 25, 7:00pm

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

HALMRK

Nov 25, 8:00pm

Silver Bells

HALMRK

Nov 25, 10:00pm

The Christmas List

ABCFAM

Nov 25, 9:00pm

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

NBC

Nov 26, 9:00am

A Season for Miracles

HALMRK

Nov 26, 12:00pm

Silver Bells

HALMRK

Nov 26, 2:00pm

Finding John Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 26, 4:00pm

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

ABCFAM

Nov 26, 6:00pm

When Angels Come to Town

HALMRK

Nov 26, 6:00pm

An Old Fashioned Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 26, 8:00pm

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

ABC

Nov 26, 8:00pm

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

ABCFAM

Nov 26, 8:00pm

Our First Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 26, 10:00pm

Ernest Saves Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 27, 2:00pm

Mr. St. Nick

HALMRK

Nov 27, 4:00pm

Meet The Santas

HALMRK

Nov 27, 6:00pm

I'll Be Home For Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 27, 8:00pm

Moonlight & Mistletoe

HALMRK

Nov 27, 10:00pm

Meet The Santas

HALMRK

Nov 28, 10:00am

Holiday Wishes

Lifetime

Nov 28, 11:00am

Mr. St. Nick

HALMRK

Nov 28, 12:00pm

Eve's Christmas

Lifetime

Nov 28, 1:00pm

I'll Be Home For Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 28, 2:00pm

Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Clause

Lifetime

Nov 28, 3:00pm

All I Want For Christmas

HALMRK

Nov 28, 4:00pm

The Road to Christmas

Lifetime

Nov 28, 5:00pm

The Christmas Card

HALMRK

Nov 28, 6:00pm

Secret Santa

Lifetime

Nov 28, 7:00pm

Merry Madagascar

NBC

Nov 28, 8:00pm

The National Tree

HALMRK

Nov 28, 8:00pm

Comfort and Joy

Lifetime

Nov 28, 9:00pm

The National Tree

HALMRK

Nov 28, 10:00pm

Comfort and Joy

Lifetime

Nov 28, 11:00pm

One Special Night

Lifetime

Nov 29, 11:00am

Christmas Child

Lifetime

Nov 29, 1:00pm

Noel

Lifetime

Nov 29, 3:00pm

Home for the Holidays

Lifetime

Nov 29, 5:00pm

A Town Without Christmas

Lifetime

Nov 29, 7:00pm

The Dog Who Saved Christmas

ABCFAM

Nov 29, 8:00pm

A Dog Named Christmas

CBS

Nov 29, 9:00pm

Home By Christmas

Lifetime

Nov 29, 11:00pm

The Dog Who Saved Christmas

ABCFAM

Nov 30, 6:00pm

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas

ABC

Nov 30, 8:00pm

Naughty or Nice

ABCFAM

Nov 30, 8:00pm

Shrek The Halls

ABC

Nov 30, 8:30pm


DECEMBER 2009

Special/Show/Movie

Channel

Time

A Charlie Brown Christmas

ABC

Dec 1, 8:00pm

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

CBS

Dec 1, 10:00pm

Christmas In Rockefeller Center

NBC

Dec 2, 7:00pm

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

CBS

Dec 2, 8:00pm

The Polar Express

ABCFAM

Dec 3, 6:00pm

The Polar Express

ABCFAM

Dec 3, 8:30pm

Frosty's Winter Wonderland

ABCFAM

Dec 4, 7:00pm

A Different Kind of Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 5, 11:00am

Deck the Halls

Lifetime

Dec 5, 1:00pm

Recipe for a Perfect Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 5, 3:00pm

A Boyfriend for Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 5, 5:00pm

Undercover Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 5, 7:00pm

12 Men of Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 5, 9:00pm

12 Men of Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 5, 11:00pm

All She Wants for Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 6, 11:00am

His & Her Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 6, 1:00pm

Under the Mistletoe

Lifetime

Dec 6, 5:00pm

A Christmas Proposal

Lifetime

Dec 6, 7:00pm

12 Men of Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 6, 9:00pm

12 Men of Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 6, 11:00pm

Twas The Night Before Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 7, 7:00pm

Cranberry Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 7, 7:30pm

Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special

FOX

Dec 7, 8:00pm

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

ABC

Dec 7, 8:00pm

Jack Frost

ABCFAM

Dec 7, 10:00pm

Mickey's Christmas Carol

ABCFAM

Dec 8, 7:00pm

Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too

ABCFAM

Dec 8, 7:30pm

The Year Without A Santa Claus

ABCFAM

Dec 8, 8:00pm

A Miser Brothers' Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 8, 9:00pm

Rudolph's Shiny New Year

ABCFAM

Dec 8, 10:00pm

A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa

NBC

Dec 11, 8:00pm

Yes, Virginia

CBS

Dec 11, 8:00pm

Holiday in Your Heart

Lifetime

Dec 12, 11:00am

Cranberry Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 12, 11:30am

Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas In July

ABCFAM

Dec 12, 12:00pm

Together Again for the First Time

Lifetime

Dec 12, 1:00pm

Rudolph's Shiny New Year

ABCFAM

Dec 12, 2:00pm

The Year Without A Santa Claus

ABCFAM

Dec 12, 3:00pm

Home By Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 12, 3:00pm

A Miser Brothers' Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 12, 4:00pm

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

ABCFAM

Dec 12, 5:00pm

Comfort and Joy

Lifetime

Dec 12, 5:00pm

Santa Clause 2

ABCFAM

Dec 12, 6:00pm

Holiday Affair

Lifetime

Dec 12, 7:00pm

It's a Wonderful Life

NBC

Dec 12, 8:00pm

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

CBS

Dec 12, 8:00pm

Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

ABCFAM

Dec 12, 8:00pm

The Flight Before Christmas

CBS

Dec 12, 9:00pm

Holiday Switch

Lifetime

Dec 12, 9:00pm

Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

ABCFAM

Dec 12, 10:00pm

Holiday Switch

Lifetime

Dec 12, 11:00pm

Snow

ABCFAM

Dec 13, 10:00am

A Very Married Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 13, 11:00am

Snow 2 Brain Freeze

ABCFAM

Dec 13, 12:00pm

A Christmas Wedding

Lifetime

Dec 13, 1:00pm

A Carol Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 13, 2:00pm

Christmas in Paradise

Lifetime

Dec 13, 3:00pm

Holiday In Handcuffs

ABCFAM

Dec 13, 4:00pm

Will You Merry Me?

Lifetime

Dec 13, 5:00pm

Santa Baby

ABCFAM

Dec 13, 6:00pm

An Accidental Christmas

Lifetime

Dec 13, 7:00pm

Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe

ABCFAM

Dec 13, 8:00pm

A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride

Lifetime

Dec 13, 9:00pm

Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe

ABCFAM

Dec 13, 10:00pm

A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride

Lifetime

Dec 13, 11:00pm

Eloise At Christmastime

ABCFAM

Dec 14, 5:00pm

Shrek The Halls

ABC

Dec 14, 8:00pm

Gotta Catch Santa Claus

ABCFAM

Dec 15, 6:00pm

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys

ABCFAM

Dec 15, 7:00pm

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

ABCFAM

Dec 15, 8:30pm

Pinocchio's Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 16, 6:00pm

Mickey's Christmas Carol

ABCFAM

Dec 16, 7:00pm

Winnie The Pooh & Christmas Too

ABCFAM

Dec 16, 7:30pm

Frosty's Winter Wonderland

ABCFAM

Dec 16, 10:30pm

The Story Of The First Christmas Snow

ABCFAM

Dec 17, 6:00pm

Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey

ABCFAM

Dec 17, 6:30pm

Jack Frost

ABCFAM

Dec 17, 7:00pm

Jack Frost

ABCFAM

Dec 17, 8:00pm

Saturday Night Live Christmas 2009

NBC

Dec 17, 8:00pm

Christmas in Connecticut

TCM

Dec 17, 8:00pm

Jingle All The Way

ABCFAM

Dec 17, 10:00pm

Frosty The Snowman

CBS

Dec 18, 8:00pm

Frosty Returns

CBS

Dec 18, 8:30pm

A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa

NBC

Dec 19, 8:00pm

Sons Of Mistletoe

ABCFAM

Dec 21, 11:00am

The Christmas List

ABCFAM

Dec 21, 1:00pm

Unlikely Angel

ABCFAM

Dec 21, 3:00pm

A Carol Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 21, 5:00pm

Santa Baby

ABCFAM

Dec 21, 7:00pm

Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe

ABCFAM

Dec 21, 9:00pm

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

ABCFAM

Dec 22, 11:00am

A Very Brady Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 22, 1:00pm

Once Upon A Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 22, 3:00pm

Twice Upon A Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 22, 5:00pm

Snowglobe

ABCFAM

Dec 23, 11:00am

Holiday In Handcuffs

ABCFAM

Dec 23, 1:00pm

Santa Baby

ABCFAM

Dec 23, 3:00pm

Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe

ABCFAM

Dec 23, 5:00pm

Miracle On 34th Street

ABCFAM

Dec 23, 7:30pm

The Polar Express

ABCFAM

Dec 23, 10:00pm

The 11th Annual A Home For The Holidays

CBS

Dec 23, 8:30pm

Mickey's Christmas Carol

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 11:00am

Winnie The Pooh & Christmas Too

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 11:30am

Pinocchio's Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 12:00pm

Twas The Night Before Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 1:00pm

Rudolph & Frosty's Christmas In July

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 1:30pm

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer And The Island Of Misfit Toys

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 3:30pm

Jack Frost

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 5:00pm

Frosty's Winter Wonderland

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 6:00pm

Twas The Night Before Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 6:30pm

Rudolph's Shiny New Year

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 7:00pm

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 8:00pm

It's a Wonderful Life

NBC

Dec 24, 8:00pm

A Christmas Story Marathon

TBS

Dec 24, 8:00pm

The Year Without A Santa Claus

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 9:00pm

A Miser Brothers' Christmas

ABCFAM

Dec 24, 10:00pm

Jingle All The Way

ABCFAM

Dec 25, 11:00am

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

ABCFAM

Dec 25, 1:00pm

Miracle on 34th Street

ABCFAM

Dec 25, 3:30 pm

 


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