Nov 24, 2014

Treasure Box Tuesday 47

Welcome to Treasure Box Tuesday!


Nov 19, 2014

Eggnog Pumpkin Pie


When I ran across this recipe, I was immediately interested. I'm not quite sure why. I like eggnog just fine, but I'm not a huge fan; entire years can go by without my having a taste of it at all. 


Regardless of why I tried it, I'm very glad I did. Eggnog Pumpkin Pie is creamy and sweet with a delicious balance of spices. The eggnog flavor is there, but in a perfect balance with the pumpkin; complimentary and enhancing without being overpowering. It's not so heavy or rich that you feel as though you need a nap after having a slice, but rich enough that you know you've had a nice dessert. It's a special, seasonal finish to a Thanksgiving or Christmas meal.


I expected to like it...but I didn't expect to love it (I do!), and I definitely didn't expect to decide that this is my new favorite pumpkin pie (I did!). It's that good.



Eggnog Pumpkin Pie  

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Ingredients:

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 and 1/4 cups commercial eggnog
2/3 cup sugar
1 and 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 deep dish pie crust, frozen or homemade


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together everything but the pie crust until smooth and well blended. Pour mixture into crust.

Bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until filling puffs up around the edges and center is set but not puffed. Cool pie completely on wire rack. Refrigerate until ready to serve or up to one day. Garnish with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice if desired. Refrigerate leftovers.



Recipe slightly adapted from Good Housekeeping



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Nov 15, 2014

Pies!


I love pie any time of year, but it seems that Thanksgiving is "prime pie time"! With that in mind, we have gathered some of the loveliest, most delicious pies that have been shared at Treasure Box Tuesday lately- hope you enjoy!


Apple Hand Pies by Cooking on the Front Burner:







Chocolate Chip Pie by Gloriously Made via Memories by the Mile:



Mini Pumpkin Pies by Luv a Bargain:



Pecan Pie by Platter Talk:




No Bake Pumpkin Pecan Ice Cream Pie by Meatloaf and Melodrama:




Mississippi Pecan Pie by Life With Lorelai:



Great-Grandma's Butterscotch Pie by Memories by the Mile:


Apple Pie Baked in a Bag by What's On The List?:



Pecan Pie Bites by Pickle Bee:



This lovely Milk Tart by De Oude Huize reminds me of my Grandmother's Custard Pie:



Chocolate Tartlets by Lemon & Lime Thyme:



Apple Cranberry Walnut Pie by Learn From Yesterday:




Pumpkin Pecan Hand Pies by The Love Nerds:




Chocolate Cream Pie by Saving With Shellie:




Blackberry Crisp by The Rebel Chick:



We hope you enjoyed these delicious pies from Treasure Box Tuesday! 



Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving! ♥




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Nov 14, 2014

Celebrate Thankfulness: Decoration Ideas


Are you familiar with Hometalk? It's a website dedicated to all things home improvement, indoors and out. Need any kind of inspiration or how-to for refinishing, building, creating, decorating or gardening? Check Hometalk first. Find the ideas you love and clip them to save them to your boards.

One of my favorite aspects of Hometalk is the interaction. You don't just look, you can also ask and interact with the folks who are sharing their projects!

I recently clipped some Hometalk ideas for Thanksgiving decoration ideas. You can see them here, or just click the photo, above. The "grateful" part of Thanksgiving is important to me, so that's what I focused on. I hope you enjoy some of the things I found, and I hope you'll explore and find some things that you love, too.





I am thankful for you! :)




Nov 9, 2014

Mason Jar Gift Bags Tutorial


Do you like to give gifts in mason jars? There are so many ideas for what to put inside-candy, jams, cookie mixes, candles, even sewing kits. Here's how to wrap them up so the contents are a surprise: cute fabric drawstring bags!

I recently made a drawstring bag using this tutorial by the very talented sewist, Pam from Threading My Way. She created a lovely, fully lined bag. I made a few changes to the process, then created several sizes to accommodate mason jars in all sizes from 4 oz. to quart! Now the lucky recipient gets two gifts- the contents of the jar, and a pretty fabric bag. You could even make the bag from non-seasonal fabric so they could use it year-round.

Now go raid your fabric stash! :)




You'll need:
  • fabrics of your choice (amounts vary depending on what sizes you make; fat quarters work well for most sizes)
  • coordinating thread
  • coordinating 3/8" ribbon (grosgrain works best for not raveling) or cording

Here are the jar sizes and fabric needed:
  • 4 oz: 6.25" X 7" (cut 2 of outer, 2 of lining); 2 lengths of ribbon, 20" each
  • 1/2 pint: 6.25" X 8.75"  (cut 2 of outer, 2 of lining); 2 lengths of ribbon, 20" each
  • pint (short): 8" X 9.5"  (cut 2 of outer, 2 of lining); 2 lengths of ribbon, 25" each 
  • pint (regular mouth and wide mouth): 7.25" X 10"  (cut 2 of outer, 2 of lining); 2 lengths of ribbon, 23" each
  • quart (regular mouth and wide mouth): 8" X 13.75"  (cut 2 of outer, 2 of lining); 2 lengths of ribbon, 25" each



 
Directions  Print

All seam allowances are 1/4", unless otherwise noted.
Pictures show the largest bag (quart size) being made.

1. Find the size jar you are using in the chart, above. Cut two rectangles of fabric for outer bag, and two rectangles of lining fabric.

2. Right sides together, stitch around sides and bottom of outer bag. Right sides together, stitch around both sides of lining. Stitch across bottom, leaving a 2" section open for turning the bags right side out later.




3. Press side seams open (makes threading the ribbon through later much easier), trim corners. Turn outer bag right side out.

4. Tuck outer bag inside lining, right sides together.




5. Match the top upper edges and side seams. Pin.




6. Stitch tops together, then turn both bags right side out through opening in lining. Tuck lining into outer bag. Press top edge of bag. Slip stitch opening in lining closed.




7. Mark two stitching lines, one 2" down from top of bag, and one 2 and 5/8" down from top of bag. Mark with chalk or air-soluble marker. OR, you can mark these distances on a piece of tape on the plate of your sewing machine. Stitch all around bag on both sets of lines, backstitching a few stitches across each seam. 




Important note: this largest bag is the only one to have a 2" space at the top. All the rest of the bags have a 1" space at the top. For all the other size bags, measure down 1" from the top of bag for the first row of stitching, then 1 and 5/8" down from the top of bag for the second row of stitching. 




8. Using a seam ripper, open stitches at seam between rows of stitching on outer bag side only (do not open stitches on lining). Do this on both sides of bag. This is why you did the backstitching/double stitching in step 7. It keeps that one little opening from unraveling further.




9. Using a large safety pin or bodkin, thread a length of ribbon through one side of casing, bring it back out through the same side and knot the ends. Cut the ends at a 45 degree angle to prevent fraying. Repeat with second length of ribbon on other side. 

      
Enjoy wrapping up some goodies!







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