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Paula.....I don't know how you do it! 2 very ACTIVE little boys and a newborn!!!! YOU are my hero my dear!!!!
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I *think* I am caught up again. I'm going to have to keep up really well since I am leaving with the kids to fly to my parents' on 11/2. That means packing 11/1 so I'm going to have to book it to get all the challenges done through the 31st... nothing like a little pressure!
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Y'all crack me up. I was in pjs until 3pm, the only housework I've done all week is dishes and laundry, and my cards may bring new meaning to 'simple' so don't start a fan club just yet.
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I made chicken faijtas tonight...and we are waiting for the boys to finish up the yard work so we can carve pumpkins. And, then....it'll be time to cook up the pumpkin seeds!!
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I made chicken faijtas tonight...and we are waiting for the boys to finish up the yard work so we can carve pumpkins. And, then....it'll be time to cook up the pumpkin seeds!!
I have never cooked the pumpkin seeds - how do you do it? How do you separate the seeds from the slime? And are they tasty? I may have to try it this year...
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I made a pretty tasty cake yesterday for my son's TWENTY-THIRD birthday!! I can't believe that child is that old and I'm still not my pre-pregnancy weight!

About 2 hours before the boy was due home for his birthday dinner, I realized that I didn't have a cake for him! I don't know what I was thinking -- totally forgot! So I quickly googled bundt cakes as clearly I didn't have time to make frosting... and found the naptimechef.com and her recipe for this FANTASTIC cake -- try it if you like fudgy moist chocolate cakes with a luscious ribbon of peanut butter. It wasn't hard to make either...

Peanut Butter Swirl Bundt Cake

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cups all-purpose flour
cups dutch process cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
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1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup sour milk (1 cup whole milk with 1 teaspoon white vinegar stirred in)
1 cup freshly brewed strong black coffee
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1. Preheat oven to 350. Butter a bundt pan and dust the inside with cocoa powder, set aside.
2. Sift together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.
3. In a mixer on low add the milk, coffee, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla one at a time. mix until everything is incorporated. Then, with the mixer still on low speed, slowly add in the dry ingredients. Once all of the flour mixture is added, mix the batter for a full four minutes on medium speed.
4. Meanwhile, make the peanut butter swirl by beating together the melted butter, sugar, peanut butter, salt and vanilla extract until completely smooth.
5. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and drizzle the peanut butter swirl into the batter. It will slowly disappear into the cake. Drag a knife through the batter a few times to help the swirl ribbon through the batter.
6. Bake the cake for 45 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow it to cool to room temperature on a wire rack.
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OH Alison???!!!! I've got Victoria's Brown Sugar cuppies baking away to bring down for tomorrow!!!!
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I made those yesterday for the party today. But I did chocolate buttercream frosting this time. And I made about 8 dozen sugar cookies too. I frosted some with buttercream and the kids can frost some today too.
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Hi hi all
Vicki roasting pumpkin seeds is SO worth it. Google around. THe best "recipe" I found said to soak the seeds in salted water. Best flavor.

Today is wacky kid party
We have bubbling witches brew punch (available with some poison for the parents)
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Halloween sugar cookies with buttercream frosting and all kinds of sprinkles for the kids to go crazy frosting and eating.
brown sugar pound cupcakes with chocolate buttercream frosting

necklace making with colored macaroni
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Sounds like a blast Victoria!! Have fun and then take a LONG NAP!

Oh my hubby walked in from cutting down trees and splitting firewood and said, "It smells soooo good in here!" Yep....even with his cholesterol issue I think he earned a cupcake!
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Hi girls! Oh that peanut butter cake sounds awesome! Never thought to soak my seeds, will have to try that.
Whew, I'm all caught up on my cards, and got them in baggies and a large package is ready to go out tomorrow.
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Ya'll are eating yummy stuff and I have to go play a dead person. Shoot!
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OK, I've looked and looked and I'm not seeing the Brown Sugar Cupcakes recipe that I know I've seen mentioned. Can anyone help me?
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Wait! What am I missing???? What's tomorrow???
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Wow, Victoria your kids party sounds like you are going to have a bunch of very happy kids! They will have a ball!
I just made some of my caramel popcorn. Since I posted the recipe I have been thinking about it and I just couldn't stand it any more; so I made a batch today. It makes a lot of popcorn so I will definitely be taking some of this around the neighborhood. If I kept all of it and ate it myself I would be so sick. It is hard to stop eating it once you start though.
Was caught up but didn't get yesterday's card made so now I have yesterday and today to make up. This has been so much fun - I haven't had much going on except work though so it has been pretty easy to keep up.

BTW - Just want to thank you guys for the comments on my cards. It is so nice to know that someone looks at them and likes them. sometimes they have to grow on me for a while before I like them a lot. I know I look at lots of cards but never leave comments, so I have been trying to be better at leaving comments because I know how much I enjoy them. So THANKS YA'LL!
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Gail....Victoria has them on her blog right here: Got My Craft On: Brown Sugar Bonanza

Although I made a Nutmeg Buttercream Frosting. Mine were a bit heavier, like in between a muffin and cuppie....I didn't do any high altitude adjustments though..so I'll have to try that. They sure are tasty however!

Michelle.............Alison is taking a mental health day off work and coming over to the apt to stamp with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hi everyone. We just had a yummilicious supper...


Italian Crock Pot Chicken

1 to 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 tbsp. butter, melted
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1 can cream of chicken soup

Put chicken in bottom of crock pot. Pour melted butter over chicken. Sprinkle dry dressing mix over chicken and butter. Cook on low for 4 hours. Blend cream cheese and cream of chicken soup, and stir into crock pot. Cook an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Serve over rice or pasta.


I cut the chicken into bite-size pieces before putting it in the crock pot. I use neufchatel cheese and the low-fat, low sodium version of cream of chicken soup to make it a little healthier. It smells sooooooo good while it's cooking!
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I've been out of town and missed the challenges for the whole middle of October. I hope to catch a few of them this coming week, but you know how it is after awhile out of town - it takes a long time to catch up on errands, obligations, etc. The trip to west Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah was great though.

I wanted to comment on the photos of the piles of cards that Lyda posted. That looks so impressive! I haven't sent the ones I made earlier in the month and will just wait to send a big batch at the end. Wouldn't it be fun just to go through all those cards and "ooh and aah" over them?! Good work everyone!
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Oh my that crock pot chicken sounds yummy! Gonna have to try that one! Chicken breasts aren't my favorite thing but these sound great.

Lydia - LOVE the picture of all the card! I've sent to envelopes in so far and hope to get another envelope mailed sometime this week.

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I want a mental health day to stamp with Lee! *pouts* Actually, I am rotten at stamping with people. I always end up chatting and not stamping at all. I want to go to Victoria's party, too! I am excellent at eating cupcakes with people.

Made the Smitten Kitchen Blondies today. Almost all gone.

Going to upload the few cards I have so far here in a sec. Hoping to stamp tonight, but my sweet husband has had the boys ALL DAY and he goes back to work tomorrow so I want to try to give him a break when he gets back from the store. Can't wait to get cleared to drive Tuesday!
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Paula I want to snuggle the baby!!!! You come visit anytime!!!
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All of your recipes sound fabulous, however, I opted for sushi at my favorite restaurant. Yeah, not such a cook here I can share some drink recipes or recommend some take out, but no actual food coming from here.
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This sounds really good! I look forward to trying this - thanks for sharing the recipe!!

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1 to 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
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1 can cream of chicken soup

Put chicken in bottom of crock pot. Pour melted butter over chicken. Sprinkle dry dressing mix over chicken and butter. Cook on low for 4 hours. Blend cream cheese and cream of chicken soup, and stir into crock pot. Cook an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Serve over rice or pasta.


I cut the chicken into bite-size pieces before putting it in the crock pot. I use neufchatel cheese and the low-fat, low sodium version of cream of chicken soup to make it a little healthier. It smells sooooooo good while it's cooking!
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Thanks so much. I ended up taking my daughter's bf to DQ for a birthday treat instead of baking. I'll have to give these a try later though. No stamping today just a good time of worship, family and small group time! guess I'll buzz in tomorrow!
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and I'm spent

Kids all had a blast and parents all got giggly. Good times had by all

Tomorrow I'll give myself some time to clean up the little bit of mess there is and then stamp.
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Oh my that crock pot chicken sounds yummy! Gonna have to try that one! Chicken breasts aren't my favorite thing but these sound great.

Lydia - LOVE the picture of all the card! I've sent to envelopes in so far and hope to get another envelope mailed sometime this week.

I hope everyone's having as much fun with these challenges as I am!

Lynn -- I am having such a good time with the challenges! My first time ever doing any challenges and it's is such a creativity-booster. Great fun!

And thanks to all who have left such nice comments. I, too, have been trying to leave more comments because I now realize how exciting it is to get comments on your cards!
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Kids all had a blast and parents all got giggly. Good times had by all

Tomorrow I'll give myself some time to clean up the little bit of mess there is and then stamp.
Victoria -- glad it went well - your plans sounded fabulous!
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Italian Crock Pot Chicken

1 to 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 tbsp. butter, melted
1 envelope Italian dressing mix
1 8-oz. package cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup

Put chicken in bottom of crock pot. Pour melted butter over chicken. Sprinkle dry dressing mix over chicken and butter. Cook on low for 4 hours. Blend cream cheese and cream of chicken soup, and stir into crock pot. Cook an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Serve over rice or pasta.


I cut the chicken into bite-size pieces before putting it in the crock pot. I use neufchatel cheese and the low-fat, low sodium version of cream of chicken soup to make it a little healthier. It smells sooooooo good while it's cooking!
whoa does this sound good! Now I have a giant sized crockpot because of LEE and her CROCK n CHEESE - do you think this quantity will work in a larger crockpot?
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whoa does this sound good! Now I have a giant sized crockpot because of LEE and her CROCK n CHEESE - do you think this quantity will work in a larger crockpot?
I'm no crock pot expert, but I guess it would work. I usually have enough chicken to cover the bottom of the pot without much overlapping. After the soup and cream cheese mixture is added, the pot is barely 1/4 full.

Mine is actually called a "slow cooker" rather than a "crock pot"... it's 6-quart capacity and looks like this: vintage west bend slow cooker with original glass lid "" | eBay
I can't remember if we got it for a wedding present, or if we bought soon after we got married with some of the money we received as wedding gifts, but it's been working nicely for about 19 years!

One more great thing about this recipe - you can get it started, and then go stamp while it's cooking!
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Aren't those appliances amazing? My mother in law has cooked turkeys in a 60 year old one like this and they are the best turkeys I've ever had.


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My mom has one just like that! Or at least, she had it while I was growing up. I remember that little tray on the bottom that slid out for the cooking time and temperature reference guide! She used to make cabbage rolls in it, and sometimes she cooked hams in it.

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Italian Crock Pot Chicken

1 to 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 tbsp. butter, melted
1 envelope Italian dressing mix
1 8-oz. package cream cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup

Put chicken in bottom of crock pot. Pour melted butter over chicken. Sprinkle dry dressing mix over chicken and butter. Cook on low for 4 hours. Blend cream cheese and cream of chicken soup, and stir into crock pot. Cook an additional 30 to 45 minutes. Serve over rice or pasta.


I cut the chicken into bite-size pieces before putting it in the crock pot. I use neufchatel cheese and the low-fat, low sodium version of cream of chicken soup to make it a little healthier. It smells sooooooo good while it's cooking!

We had this on Friday...it's a great dish to make when you know you are going to be short on time!
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I have never cooked the pumpkin seeds - how do you do it? How do you separate the seeds from the slime? And are they tasty? I may have to try it this year...
Well, I helped out with my dd's class pumpkin experiment. So the 5th graders did most of the "separating from the slime." I took the seed home...cleaned them in a collander. Tossed them with some olive oil...sprinkle with salt. Then I cooked them at 350...and every 8-10 minutes, I stirred them up. (They are cooked in a thin layer on a jelly roll pan.)

They turned out great!

Saturday didn't give us enough time to carve up our own pumpkins. So maybe this week? Or rather..it HAS to be this week!
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Aren't those appliances amazing? My mother in law has cooked turkeys in a 60 year old one like this and they are the best turkeys I've ever had.


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They had roasters just like this at the church I went to as a girl and EVERY church dinner had steamed ham in one, green beans with floating soggy bacon in another, scalloped potatoes in a third and jello salads as side dishes and Jello poke cake with cool whip on top for dessert! So glad that menus have changed for the better over the years!
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I'm heading into the kitchen to throw together one of our favorite crock pot meals
Chutney Chicken
1 jar chutney
1 1/2 T curry powder
1 1/2 tsp garam masala
1 or 2 cans chicken broth (I use more when I add more chicken in)
1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas) drained
1 small onion and 1 red pepper diced
boneless chicken cut into chunks (I vary the amount based on how many kids will be home for supper )
1 can artichoke hearts drained (not necessary if you don't have them...I threw them in one time when I didn't have a pepper and now the family expects it!)
2 T cornstarch mixed with broth or water
1 lb package frozen snow peas or pea pods
Mix the chutney, spices and broth in the bottom of the crock. Throw in the beans, veggies and raw chicken. Cook on high for 4hours or low for 9. Add cornstarch and frozen pea pods then cook for another hour. Serve over rice with the following condiments on the side: coconut, peanuts, raisins and or craisins, sliced bananas and more chutney. This has become a family favorite and any company who has braved it has loved it (some people just aren't adventurous about food that looks different!)
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They had roasters just like this at the church I went to as a girl and EVERY church dinner had steamed ham in one, green beans with floating soggy bacon in another, scalloped potatoes in a third and jello salads as side dishes and Jello poke cake with cool whip on top for dessert! So glad that menus have changed for the better over the years!
What's wrong with Jello poke cake?


Our high school band boosters have a more modern version of this type of roaster. They heat peanuts in it and sell them at the home football games.
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