Thursday, December 24, 2015

Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Mmm!  Hot cocktails are perfect for this time of year, aren't they?  I love my mulled wine and hot toddy, but this year, I discovered the magical wonderfulness of the hot buttered rum.  So, naturally, I had to share a recipe with you guys!  It tastes just like a butterscotch or toffee, so if those aren't your favorite flavors, you may want to skip out on this one.  Also, while most recipes I've seen use cinnamon, I used the Cinna-Cream Sprinkles from Watkins.  It's very similar to other hot buttered rums, but does have that extra little creamy taste to it that I personally find lovely.  One last thing - though it may be tempting, I would not recommend taking a mug as big as the one pictured below.  It's kind of strong. ;)


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinna-cream sprinkles
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup dark rum


Bring everything but the rum to a boil in a medium sized saucepan.  Then, reduce the heat, and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine together.  Finally, remove from heat and stir in the rum.  We used Sailor Jerry's rum, since that's one of Joe's favorites, but it didn't make the photo above, because we found out that there are pictures underneath the label late one night, and let's just say the bottle doesn't look as nice anymore.


Just because I think that whole event was really quite amusing, I have to explain what happened there.  We were lying in bed, looking at Reddit, which is something we do pretty much every night, when we came across that tidbit of information.  So, we'd been in bed for a little while at least and had to get up from our bed, run into the kitchen, and examine this bottle, then proceed to text a couple of our friends about what was behind the label.  It's really sad how excited we get when we learn something new.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Panna Cotta Recipe

I may not be much of a baker, but I will say I really love custard desserts, and panna cotta is one of my favorites!  It tastes just like vanilla ice cream, but is easy to make yourself like Jello, while at the same time being a classy looking dessert depending on how you present it.  My personal favorite method of presentation is to use stemless wine glasses and top the panna cotta with raspberries or frozen strawberries - essentially any red fruit. :) Apparently Joe really likes it, too, as his is already partly gone after I prepared it yesterday afternoon...


Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 (.25 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatine
  • 2 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Pour the milk into a small bowl and stir in the gelatine.  Set to the side.


In a saucepan, stir together the the cream and sugar over medium heat.  Allow the mixture to come to allow the mixture to come to a full boil, watching it carefully.  The mixture has a tendency to bubble up quickly.  Add in the milk and gelatine mixture from before, and cook for an additional minute, stirring constantly.  Then, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.


Separate the mixture into ramekins, or in our case, stemless wine glasses.  This recipe does make six servings, so if you do this like we do, know that there are three servings in each glass.  Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature before covering with plastic wrap and refrigerating for at least 4 hours.


Then, serve cold with fruit, caramel, or your choice of toppings!  Although we definitely prefer our red fruits, I would imagine blackberries, blueberries, etc. would also taste absolutely amazing!

Original recipe from All Recipes.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

DIY Monogrammed Mug

So, this project idea was a combination of a couple different things.  First, a while back, I picked up a couple initial mugs from Target (you may have seen them on Instagram a time or two!), and to this day they are still probably our most used mugs.  I don't know what it is, but Joe and I really like having personalized things - that may be part of our obsession with making things ourselves.  Anyway, as for the second thing, back in October, we were out for breakfast with some friends, and I received my coffee in a glass mug.  I thought it was the coolest thing, and immediately thought about doing a bit of glass etching to monogram my own.  However, I just now got around to making some, since I thought it would make a good little stocking stuffer for Joe!  These were much easier than I was expecting, and really didn't take much time, so they really would make the perfect gift!


You'll Need:

  • A vinyl sticker with the initial of your choosing
  • A glass mug
  • Rubber gloves
  • Immediate access to a water source
  • Armour Etch
  • Paintbrush
Starting with a clean mug, apply your vinyl sticker.  I actually cut mine out with our Silhouette Cameo cutter, but you can certainly use a knife or whatever may be available to you.  Basically, you just want to have something that will tightly stick to your surface.



Then, liberally apply the Armour etch on top of the space you want to etch.  You really want a thick coat here so that you can't see through the cream.  Let it sit for one minute only.


Once the cream has set for a minute, rinse it off, and remove the vinyl sticker.  Dry your mug, and you're finished!


Honestly, I was so worried about this project taking a long time and being incredibly difficult, but it really wasn't, and I think the result is pretty amazing!  At least to me, it looks very classy, and is a nice, subtle way to put your mark on things.  Plus, they're perfect for these cold winter nights, whether you're filling them with coffee, hot chocolate, hot toddy, any of those warm beverages!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Gingerbread Men Recipe

There's just something about the holiday season that makes me crave gingerbread men.  I'm not even really sure why, because the only "gingerbread" I remember having around when I was growing up were cinnamon ornaments shaped like gingerbread men that we were not supposed to eat.  To be honest, I probably shouldn't have tried eating them, because I'm quite certain looking back, they were not edible.  Anyway, I thought that this would be the perfect time of the year to share with you a nice and easy gingerbread recipe!


Ingredients
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla


Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl.  Beat together butter and brown sugar in a separate bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the molasses, egg, and vanilla, mixing well.  Gradually beat in the flour mixture on low speed until well mixed.  Press the dough into a thick, flat disk.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured work surface.  Cut into shapes with cookie cutter and place 1" apart on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake cookies for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown.  Cool on baking sheets for 1 to 2 minutes then remove to wire racks.  Cool completely.  Store cookies in airtight containers for up to 5 days.


Original recipe from All Recipes.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cabled Floppy Hat


I'm so excited to share this hat pattern with you guys!  After making my Fingerless Mitts last week, I fell in love with the cable pattern, and knew I had to make a hat to go along with it.  So, I came up with this floppy hat pattern.  I think it would make a wonderful Christmas gift or stocking stuffer, and I hope you guys like it as much as I do!  As always, if you make this hat yourself, please let me know how it turned out by sharing a picture with me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!


Materials

  • 1 Skein Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Flannel
  • Size 7 knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Cable needle
  • Faux fur Pom pom

Stitch Glossary
CB4: sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back, k2, then k2 from cn.
CF4: sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k2, then k2 from cn.


Hat

Cast on 98 sts.
Rows 1-10: Work k2, p2 ribbing across.
Row 11: knit across, increasing 22 sts evenly.
Row 12 (and all rem even rows): purl across.
Row 13: (CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4) 5 times.
Row 15: (CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4) 5 times.
Row 17: (CB4, k8, CF4) 5 times.
Row 19: (CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4) 5 times.
Row 21: (CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4) 5 times.
Row 23: (CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4) 5 times.
Row 25: (CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4) 5 times.
Row 27: (CF4, k8, CB4) 5 times.
Row 29: (CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4) 5 times.
Row 31: (CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4) 5 times.

Crown

Row 1: k10, k2tog across.
Row 3: k9, k2tog across.
Row 5: k8, k2tog across.
Row 7: k7, k2tog across.
Row 9: k6, k2tog across.
Row 11: k5, k2tog across.
Row 13: k4, k2tog across.
Row 15: k3, k2tog across.
Row 17: k2, k2tog across.
Row 19: k1, k2tog across.
Row 21: k2tog across.
Cut yarn and thread tail through remaining sts.


Finishing
Seam side of floppy hat, and attach pom pom to top.

Friday, December 4, 2015

How To Knit | Fingerless Mitts

This really is the perfect season for knitting!  Today, I am bringing you guys another requested video and pattern: a pair of fingerless mittens!  I think these are so pretty, and I love the cabled design on them.  Plus, they're so handy to slip on whenever and wherever you are for a little added warmth while still maintaining full use of your fingers!  Not going to lie, I definitely had them on this morning while I was doing some computer work while waking up from a winter's nap. :)  I hope you love them as much as I do, and always, if you make these yourself, please share your pictures with me!


Materials

  • 1 Skein Baby Bee Sweet Delight in Flannel
  • Size 7 knitting needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Cable needle

Stitch Glossary
CB4: sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back, k2, then k2 from cn.
CF4: sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k2, then k2 from cn.

Right Mitt (Shown in video)

Cast on 48 sts.
Rows 1-10: Work k2, p2 ribbing across.
Row 11: knit across.
Row 12 (and all rem even rows): purl across.
Row 13: k22, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, k2.
Row 15: k24, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4.
Row 17: k26, CB4, k8, CF4, k6.
Row 19: k24, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4.
Row 21: k22, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, k2.
Row 23: k22, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, k2.
Row 25: k24, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4.
Row 27: k26, CF4, k8, CB4, k6.
Row 29: k24, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4.
Row 31: k22, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, k2.
Repeat Rows 11-19 once more, Then work 5 rows k2, p2 ribbing.  Bind off in rib.

Left Mitt

Cast on 48 sts.
Rows 1-10: Work k2, p2 ribbing across.
Row 11: knit across.
Row 12 (and all rem even rows): purl across.
Row 13: k2, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, k to end.
Row 15: k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k to end.
Row 17: k6, CB4, k8, CF4, k to end.
Row 19: k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k to end.
Row 21: k2, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, k to end.
Row 23: k2, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, k to end.
Row 25: k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k to end.
Row 27: k6, CF4, k8, CB4, k to end.
Row 29: k4, CB4, CF4, k4, CB4, CF4, k to end.
Row 31: k2, CB4, k4, CF4, CB4, k4, CF4, k to end.
Repeat Rows 11-19 once more, Then work 5 rows k2, p2 ribbing.  Bind off in rib.


To finish, Seam top ribbing, leave 1.5"-2" space for thumb, and seam remaining side of mitt.