Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Pinterest Challenge # 7

Well, guess what?  I still have Internet HA!  We aren't sure if they just had to do like a "code" switch so we didn't lose it or if they are behind and we'll lose it tomorrow or something for a day.  Who knows!  The good news for all of my faithful readers is I get to post this today after all!

I have three things to post - two thanksgiving "crafts" and one recipe. 

The first idea I found on Pinterest is a recipe from Kraft Recipes for Pumpkin Pillows.  They are super easy and soooo good!!
Don't those look yummy??  They are!  Here is what mine looked like:

See, they are so easy I even made them look almost like the photo!  And Of course, I will share the recipe!
12 KRAFT Caramels
1 tsp. water
1/2 cupBREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
1 tsp. ground cinnamon, divided
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
1 Tbsp.brown sugar
1 tsp. flour
1/4 zest
20 won ton wrappers
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 cups oil
1 Tbsp.powdered sugar

Make It

MICROWAVE caramels and water in medium microwaveable bowl on HIGH 30 sec.; stir until caramels are completely melted. Cool 2 min. Stir in sour cream and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Refrigerate until ready to use.
WHISK cream cheese, pumpkin, brown sugar, flour, zest and remaining cinnamon until well blended. Spoon about 2 tsp. onto center of each won ton wrapper. Moisten edges with egg white; fold diagonally in half. Pinch edges together tightly to seal.
HEAT oil in large saucepan on medium-high heat to 350ºF. Add won tons, in batches; cook 2 to 3 min. or until evenly browned. Drain. Cool slightly or to room temperature. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve with caramel sauce

Now, here are my little "lessons learned" - I was a little concerned about the Caramel sauce when I first made it because it did not mix well - the sour cream and caramels separated.  But, after sitting in the fridge for several hours, it mixed up perfectly.  I think the sour cream helped to soften up the caramels more.  Also, these are best served cool.  The pumpkin filling stays HOT for a long time and it really isn't great to eat (not to mention you will burn your mouth, trust me).  I made them in the afternoon and we had them as a snack that night and they were perfect so you could easily make these in the morning and serve them as an afternoon snack.  I plan on making them Thanksgiving morning and serving them as one of our "snacks" late morning/early afternoon. 

The next two items are easy, peasy crafts.

The first idea is for this adorable little Turkey Shirt.  I had wanted to get my kids a Thanksgiving themed shirt but just couldn't justify the money - these were too cute and looked easy.
I managed to do this project for free - each of the boys happened to have a plain shirt that they, honestly, didn't wear because they went to other outfits and didn't really fit with anything they have now.  Then, my mom had loaned me a container of fabric to use for another project so I just went through that stash and found what I needed.  There even happened to be "plain" fabric in there for the turkey body.  Here is my finished product:
I think they are perfect and will be fun for the boys to wear on Thursday.  I'm already thinking of what shirts I can make for Christmas instead of ordering from Etsy - I love Etsy, don't get me wrong, but if I can make both shirts for under $10.00 instead of spending $50.00 . . .well .. . what would you do?

My second craft are Placecards for the table.  Now, there are only 4 adults so it isn't like there will be a big guessing game on who is sitting where nor do I set an elaborate table because, well, my table is hardly big enough for the food, let along decor (unless I get creative before then!) but I still thought these were too cute  to not make.
They were super easy - I just used scrapbook paper I had on hand, kitchen twine, and printed the names on cardstock to cut out for the tags.  The hardest part?  Cutting the fringe because it was time consuming LOL
Aren't they cute??  I think so!

Did you make anything fun for Thanksgiving?  I have one or two other ideas I'm hoping to use on Thursday but I have to wait to see if it actually happens :-)

Enjoy your day!