Sunday, February 26, 2017

Funfetti Birthday Cake Spritz Cookies (Spritz Cookies from a Cake Mix)

Continuing with my Monthly Spritz Challenge... As soon as I saw that someone made spritz from a gingerbread cake mix I knew I had to try Funfetti Birthday Cake Spritz Cookies. I used the clover disc for March, they turned out cute and taste just like cake, imagine that:@)

 I'd love to see a disc that makes four circles, just like the big Mirro clover but instead of a stem, another ball. 
That would be a great any-day shape for cookies. 

One cake mix completely filled my old Mirro barrel, you'll probably get two barrels worth in the skinnier newer presses. 
And um, don't get distracted and turn your back on the press... oops.

Spritz from a Funfetti Cake Mix-adapted from Pots n' Pens
14.5-18.5 oz box of funetti cake mix
1 egg
2 Tblsp softened butter
3 Tblsp water, approximately-you may need a little more or a little less
  1. Add mix, egg and butter to large bowl.
  2. Slowly pour in water a tablespoon at a time, mixing between additions until your dough comes together and is the consistency of Play Dough.
  3. Fill press, form on ungreased, cold cookie sheets.
  4. Bake at 375  degress for approximately 8 minutes or until tops begin to brown.
  5. Let sit on baking sheet for a minute or so before removing to cooling rack.
Enjoy a cookie and have a happy day:@)

Friday, February 24, 2017

Sports Theme'd Beaded Suncatchers or Ornaments-For Sale

I decided to try something new and combine a few things I'm passionate about, football, blingy beads and ornaments:@) Actually, they may be for any sport, not just football. Each one is generally between 2" to 2 1/2" and could be used as a suncatcher in the window or hanging from the rear view mirror, or as an ornament on a tree. Materials will be whatever I find in the right colors and could be plastic, acrylic, metal, glass or possibly even crystal. Each ornament is $10 with free shipping  (within the United States) and comes with clear fishing line for hanging. 

Dallas Cowboys - 3" star

Baltimore Ravens - 2 1/2" circle

Carolina Panthers - 2 1/2" circle 

Cleveland Browns - 2" circle

Philadelphia Flyers - 2" circle 

Chicago Cubs - 2" circle 

I've opened an Etsy shop HERE, and I'll be adding things to my For Sale Page (up top) as they become available.
If you're interested in purchasing an ornament please stop by Etsy or email me: itsworthalook ~at~ gmail ~dot~ com.
I accept PayPal. 
As always, I appreciate you taking the time to stop by Pig In Mud!

Go team and have a happy day:@)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

DIY Bead and Safety Pin Basket for Barbie-for St. Patrick's Day or Easter

These retro Bead and Safety Pin Baskets are an easy craft that older girls can make for themselves or they'd be a cute gift for any Barbie lover. I kept mine super simple, but they can be as elaborate as you'd like. You're only limited by the size of your pins and beads in your stash... This little basket in green and gold is perfect for St. Patrick's Day, and this would be a great craft for Easter too (and may just be revisited:@)

I've added the ornament label, larger baskets would really be cute hanging on an Easter tree, 
maybe with a piece of candy or little bunny inside.

I found a really great and very detailed picture tutorial for the basket HERE.
And you can click HERE if you'd like to make this easy dress from a 6" square of fabric.
 Now Barbie's all set for the St. Patty's Day parade!
And totally pinch proof...

Make something just for fun and have a happy day:@)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cajun Deviled Eggs

I thought these Cajun Deviled Eggs sounded like fun for Mardi Gras ~and they were a big hit at Sunday dinner! The only thing I did differently was, instead of mixing the relish into the yolks I piped a little nest in each egg and spooned about 1/4 tsp of my homemade sweet jalapeno relish into the center. The sweet relish makes for a very tasty bite!
If you don't have Cajun seasoning there's a recipe for Emeril's Essence HERE.

Cajun Deviled Eggs-adapted from Kraft
8 hard boiled eggs, cut in half, yolks popped out
1/4 C Miracle Whip-I used mayonnaise
1/4 C cream cheese spread-I used 2 Tblsp cream cheese from the foil pack, softened
1/2 tsp hot sauce
1/4 tsp Cajun seasoning
salt to taste-I used Lawry's Cracked Black Pepper Seasoned Salt
1 Tblsp sweet pickle relish
1/4 tsp fresh thyme, chopped-I didn't have this
  1. Mix yolks and next six ingredients (skip the relish if you decide to add it to the top).
  2. Fill whites and garnish with sprinkling of fresh thyme. Alternately, pipe yolks into whites making an indent in the center, top with 1/4 tsp relish.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mardi Gras Macaroni Salad-Dyed Pasta

So-many-possibilities... The starting point for this Mardi Gras Macaroni Salad is dying the pasta gold, green and purple, from there, what sounds good? Want a simple pasta salad with a little Cajun seasoning-done. Want a Muffaletta Pasta Salad by adding deli meat and cheese and some pickled peppers or giardiniera-done. How about a Cajun Seafood Pasta Salad by adding some shrimp and crab-um, also done:@) Have fun with it and change it up to your liking, you know your crowd.

Colorful and festive!

Directions for Dyed Pasta:
  1. For each cup of cooking water use 20 drops of food coloring. (Use a little less blue than red for the purple.)
  2. Cook pasta per directions on the package or until desired doneness, drain and run under cold water until the water runs clear.
  3. Make your favorite pasta salad recipe and enjoy!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Carrot Onion Dill Bread-Bread Machine or Oven

This is such a nice loaf of bread! There's so much flavor with the onion and dill and while I'm not really sure what the carrot is for... Extra sweetness maybe? It does add beautiful color:@) Soup, stew or Sunday dinner, you can't go wrong with this Carrot Onion Dill Bread any time. You will want to look at this dough once it starts mixing, some carrots are wetter than others, you may need to add a little more water or a little more flour. Just make sure it forms a nice ball while the machine is kneading it.

Light and fluffy, great as is or with butter:@)
If you have some poppy seeds, they'd be a great addition.
I halved the recipe for a 1 lb loaf and made it in my Zo bread machine. 
You can visit one of my favorite blogs for good, down home cooking HERE for the larger recipe and oven directions.

Carrot Onion Dill Bread for the bread machine-from The Iowa Housewife
*1 lb recipe
1/2 C + 1 Tblsp water, you may need to add more
1 Tblsp butter
1 1/2 + 1/8 C bread flour, you may need to add more-I used A/P
1 Tblsp dry milk
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 C grated carrot
1/8 tsp dill weed
3/4 Tblsp dried minced onion
1 tsp yeast
1 tsp poppy seeds-optional
~Add everything to the pan in order given, choose 1 lb, light loaf and let er' rip!

I love my little Zo folks! Have a happy day:@)

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies

I first saw these little Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies at Christmas and thought they'd be perfect for Valentine's Day. I loved the bites of cherry! I will say while we all enjoyed these cookies, they did not turn out like the ones on Pinterest. So I have some notes below. And if your first batch happens to flatten out and doesn't resemble a thumbprint cookie at all (as mine did)... Roll with it and call them Cherry Shortbread Cookies, they still taste good:@)

  • The cookies in the link are a beautiful pink color, mine are not. Pink would have been perfect for Valentines's Day. So I recommend that if your cookies stay white after mixing in the cherries, add a drop or two of red food coloring (or better yet, just add it while creaming the butter and sugar). 
  • Be sure to chill your dough. I put the bowl in the fridge while the first batch baked, and then put the baking sheet in the fridge for 5-10 minutes after I rolled the balls. It held a thumbprint shape better.
  • Keep your balls small. Set a Hershey Kiss on the counter, it will help with perspective.
  • Drain your cherries well, I pressed them between a couple paper towels.
  • Chop the cherries. I kept mine a rough dice, maybe cutting each cherry into four pieces. I thought the mixer would break them up more, it didn't. 
  • I rolled them in granulated sugar, they might be prettier rolled in sanding sugar.
  • Last note, these are fairly crisp once they cool off right out of the oven. They soften with time because the cherries have moisture in them. I think these are best eaten the day they're made-but that won't be a problem:@)
Cherry Chocolate Kiss Cookies-from Punkie Pie's Place
1 C butter, softened
1 C powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp maraschino cherry juice
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 1/4 C A/P flour
10 oz jar maraschino cherries, drained reserving 2 tsp juice
granulated sugar for coating the cookies
36 Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
  1. Chop the cherries, set aside. 
  2. Mix butter, sugar and salt until creamy.
  3. Add cherry juice and extract, mix well.
  4. Add flour, mix well. Then mix in the cherries.
  5. Form dough into 1" balls and roll in sugar.
  6. Place on baking sheet 2" apart. Press your thumb into the center of each cookie until it's about 1/2" thick.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, add a Kiss to each cookie, return to oven for 1-2 minutes more (until bottoms are lightly browned).
  8. Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
Enjoy a cookie and have a happy day:@)

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