Saturday, November 21, 2020

To My First Child

Oh, my perfect child, how I love you

Around your finger is where I am curled

You have completely changed my point of view

From the first day you came into my world

I have been so happy since you got here

When you smile the room lights up so bright

You have to know that I am always near

And that I will forever hold you tight

I loved carrying you for 9 long months

Even with the morning sickness and pain

And sometimes I felt like a complete dunce

But I knew life with you would never be plain

My dear you are so beyond beautiful

Your place in my heart is unmovable

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Yummy Sloppy Joes

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I love sloppy joes. Always have since I was a kid. When we had it, which was probably once every few months or so, I was always super excited. Now that I'm an adult and I cook dinner I get to pick what we eat. Now sure, you can go buy some canned sloppy joes sauce if you want, but this is so much better. It tastes so much better. Now we never have to worry about having the cans, especially since the ingredients are stuff we already have at the house. If you've never really paid attention to the flavor profile of sloppy joes I won't be surprised. It's basically sweeter ketchup with some other seasonings added in. It definitely isn't the healthiest of meals, but it's a little healthier since it isn't out of a can, at least the whole sauce isn't.

The recipe is a simple one, and it's easy to take and add what you want. I add green peppers because while I'm not a fan of them, they work well here, and then it has a veggie in it, so you know, health. Of course, if you don't eat meat you could always replace the ground beef with any meat substitute you use. If you do make this at home make sure to share it and tag me!

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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Deep Fried Apple Rings

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Apples are a fruit that tends to be in our house, and
we often get multiple bags for free. So I end up with the task of figuring out what to do with them. Well, while I was thinking about what to do with one of our many bags I started pondering over different ways to cook things and I came to an idea; I can deep fry them. The deep fry batter is pretty much a basic batter with some cinnamon and allspice added. The apples' sweetness and the batter complement each other flawlessly, though a topping never hurt. I chose to top mine with powdered sugar but I imagine that chocolate syrup or caramel sauce would go really well with it; I just didn't have either on hand at the time.

Now, for my recipe I used red delicious apples,
because that's what I had on hand, but you could really use any type of apples you want. To remove the core of the apple I used a pumpkin carving tool and just poked it through to cut it out. It took a bit of time, but I didn't think to use my frosting tips until after I was done. If you make these make sure to share it on social media and tag me with what type of apples you used! 

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Saturday, October 31, 2020

Pumpkin Seeds 2 Ways

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It will be Samhain the day I publish this post and one of the best ways to celebrate the sabbat is by eating food associated with it. This includes pumpkin seeds. If you carve a pumpkin then you are going to have a lot of pumpkin seeds anyways, so why not make a yummy snack with them? My favorite way to make my pumpkin seed is with cinnamon sugar, though salt and pepper is really good too.

I have to admit that these aren't recipes that I tend to measure, but I kind of have ratios for everything. These both are also household favorites. Once we are done carving we will chill out on the couch and watch some movies while snacking on the seeds. The great thing about pumpkin seeds is that they have such a light flavor that you can flavor them with almost anything! If you make these make sure to share them and tag me!!

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Saturday, October 24, 2020

What I Learned While Baking Cheesecake

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This past week happened to hold my birthday and I decided I wanted a cheesecake for my birthday
cake. Not a no-bake cheesecake, but a true New York-style cheesecake. This was also my first attempt. Sadly it didn't work out quite as well as I would have liked, but that means it was a learning experience. As expressed in the extremely underrated Disney movie Meet the Robinsons "From failure, you learn. From success...  Not so much." I also figured that I could share what I learned with you so that maybe you can avoid making the same mistakes. Knowledge is an invaluable tool. Even if you have made multiple cheesecakes, maybe there is something you didn't think of. Also if you have more tips then leave them in the comments below or tweet them at me at @AWitchyMama2020.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

My Top 10 Family-Friendly Spooky Movies for Samhain

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If you are anything like me then you probably love to get your family together on the couch, cuddle up, and watch a movie together; and when it's the holidays I tend to put on a seasonal movie. I compiled a list of my top 10 movies to watch during the Samhain season, and I wanted to share them with you. Not all of these movies are directly related to Samhain sure, but they still hold the spirit of creepiness within them. I would also like to add that these aren't really in any particular order, except for the last 3.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

My Pumpkin Cake Recipe

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I love anything and everything pumpkin and pumpkin spice (except for pumpkin spice lattes ironically).
I also love to make cakes. So I figured that I should mix the two together and made some pumpkin cake. I took a basic pumpkin bread recipe and tweaked it to make it slightly more like a cake. The recipe can make a two-layer cake that is 9 inches across or a three-layer cake that is 8 inches across. I chose to frost mine with cream cheese frosting, and it was delicious, though I'm sure a buttercream could be just as good. It is a rather dense cake, but I still think it has a nice texture, quite rich. It also has a nice pumpkin flavor, with the spices complementing it well and not overpowering it. I know cakes normally ask for oil, but I just prefer the texture that butter gives cakes over the oily texture. Plus it's a little healthier... I think... probably not.

This recipe is also important to me as it is my first recipe. Obviously, I'm still learning how to best type
them up but I think it came out pretty good. I'm also still learning how to come up with my own recipes, but it is something I have loved to do since I was little. They tended to be hit or miss. One day I'll use recipe cards, but today is not that day. One thing I see a lot in recipes that drive me crazy is when it says it is a 4 step recipe, but each step has like 4 steps in it. I have decided that would not be a thing with my recipes. I will separate each step so that you get a better estimate of how much work a recipe will be. Plus it helps me keep track of what I have and haven't done easier. Another big thing for me is measurements. When I bake I measure every ingredient to make sure that there is no room for error. Any time I have tried to just throw stuff together it ends in sadness.

If you bake this cake share it, along with what frosting you paired with it, and tag me!