Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Bucket List

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Pinterest is full of Christmas Bucket Lists or Advent Activities--so here is my version.  I've created a check list style, which is great if you just want to pick something and do it as you feel like it.  I also created some labels, which would be great to stick on cardstock or scrapbook paper and put in a jar to randomly pull out (or slip into an advent calendar).  Since I live in Salt Lake, I added a few local things to my list, but for my friends and family in Idaho I tweaked one for them too.  I've actually already checked several of these off already (including a picture with Santa at Disneyland :)

I decided to keep mine pretty simple, just black and white- so feel free to print it off on colored paper to make it more festive.  I've uploaded the Word version, just in case you want to use it as a template for your own list. 

I thought it might be a nice gift for neighbors; the activities are family-centered and pretty inexpensive.

Click on one of the links to get the PDF of the item. 

SLC Label style (print on Avery 5160 size labels)
SLC List style
Idaho Falls Label style (print on Avery 5160 size labels)
Idaho Falls List style

Microsoft Word version (if you don't have the same fonts as me, you'll have to make some changes).

Example:  Salt Lake lists include the "ZCMI Candy windows" which are now City Creek Candy Windows and Gardner Village.

Idaho Falls lists-includes Winder Dairy and Candy Cane Lane!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pumpkin Pie

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Picture from McCormick.com

I've been a bit busy lately, so the projects have fallen behind, but with Thanksgiving tomorrow, I know I needed to get my assignments done for the family dinner.  I'm in charge of pies and yams...both things I really love.  I did the apple pie using some of my freezer pie filling, so that was a snap.  The pumpkin pie is SUPER easy--why buy it (even from Costco) when it takes about 5 minutes to mix up and about an hour to bake.

I used the recipe from McCormick's Pumpkin Pie Spice mix, found here.  You'll need
1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
2 eggs
1 Tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice mix
1 unbaked pie shell.

I par-baked my pie shell for 5 minutes before I started mixing up the filling.  Mix the pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs and spices with a mixer until nice and smooth.  Pour into the shell.  Wrap foil around the edges of the shell so it doesn't get too brown during baking.

Bake for 15 minutes at 425, then turn the oven down to 350 and keep on baking for another 40 minutes.  My foil was wrapped a bit too close to the filling, so when the filling puffed up during baking, some of it got stuck on the foil.  Oh well.  I'll be covering it with whip cream anyway.