Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Foolproof Pie Crust

My husband came home to find me baking in the kitchen with an open bottle of chilled, cheap vodka. He was a little worried until he tried a bite of my apple pie. The result was  a flaky, tender, delicious pie crust.
 So, what is the science behind this super flaky pie crust? Half of the pie dough's moisture comes from vodka. From what I have read the alcohol in the vodka doesn't promote gluten formation, so it helps the crust stay flakier. I have tried the vodka in two different pie crusts recipes. One of the recipes was part of an amazing apple pie recipe from Erica Marie's Catering and the other was from Cook's Illustrated. Both recipes were a success!
Here is a link to a Foolproof Pie Dough recipe. At the bottom of the page it has the Cook's Illustrated pie recipe which uses the food processor to make the dough. The food processor in my opinion is the way to go. Don't forget to read our Tips and Tricks Tuesday about rolling pin covers. You will love them for rolling out your pie dough.
 We would love to hear if you try using vodka in your pie dough this Thanksgiving and what you thought!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Saving Your Paint Brushes

Over the years, I have become a master of starting projects in the middle of the night. Often my projects involve paint. I have developed some habits and shortcuts to help me get the job done faster or lets be honest to help me avoid massive clean up in the middle of the night. One of my favorite tips is to avoid having to wash all my paint brushes or tossing the black foam brushes. I simply throw  my brushes in a Ziplock sandwich bag and throw it in the refrigerator. If you have ever been to my house and opened my fridge, chances are you have spotted a brush or two.
What are the benefits?
    - A little bit more sleep time
    - I can pick up on my project quickly the next day
    - Saving water - Not cleaning brushes nightly sounds like it is great for our drought
    - Saving money - I love those black foam brushes. They are great when they have the 20 for  $1 sale. Of course I run out of them when they are not on sale. It kills me when I have to pay a dollar for ONE! I like to make that one brush stretch. I have found it stays nice and wet for a little over a week in the fridge.

There you have it. It's not new or amazing, but sometimes simple is best. What are some of your tips? We would love to hear them.

Dollar Store Pumpkin Transformation

If you were like me you were probably so ready to take down your Halloween decorations and break out the Fall decor. The only problem is that my gray, beige, and duck egg living room really don't mix well with pumpkin orange. I was on a mission to try and incorporate some pumpkins in the room. I spied these bright orange pumpkins at the dollar store and thought to myself I could do something with them! I broke out my Old White Anne Sloan Chalk Paint and after two coats they were already looking better. My other pumpkin I ended up covering with strips of paper from an old book and coated it with some Mod Podge to seal it. I decided to break off the stems and wrapped some jute twine around the painted pumpkin. A little moss and a stick from my backyard and TADA... pumpkins that fit in perfectly with my living room.

Tips and Tricks Tuesday - Rolling Pin Cover

Here is super quick tip and trick that involves my new favorite baking item the Rolling Pin Cover.  I just learned about rolling pin covers  last week and they have saved my pie crusts and work amazing for my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I don't know how I have never heard of these until last week?!?! My pie crusts always tear and stick to my rolling pin and I hate adding more and more flour. The rolling pin cover worked like a charm to roll out the dough with out it sticking to the pin.  I tested it out this weekend on my pie crust and today I tried it on my sugar cookies with much success! Erica Marie Catering for introducing me to rolling pin covers.  They have forever changed my rolling out cookies and pie crusts.
I found a two pack of covers on Amazon and they were Prime which meant I had them on my porch in two days. Thanks Amazon! I have to give a shout out to the amazing Erica Serface @

Have S'MORE Fun This Halloween

I thought I would do a quick post in between finishing up Halloween costumes and craft faire projects. Yikes! I am feeling a long night ahead of me. We like to make some extra special treats for our friends. We are big fans of s'mores and when I spotted the fun orange pumpkin marshmallows I knew I needed to do something with them. A few years ago we made Spooky S'mores and I thought I would update it with a fun monster topper to go with the orange marshmallow. To download the toppers click here.

To make the Monster S'more Treats you need:
 - Monster Bag Topper
- miniature Hershey Bars
- Large Marshmallow or a fun Holiday Peep
-Graham crackers
-clear craft bags
Hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!

Witches Brew

It's Halloween week, and while the warm temperatures might make it a little harder to get into the fall spirit, we decided to celebrate the season with a little science project.  Auntie Erin invited us over to mix up some witches brew and everyone, including my little dude loved it.  My little dude loved it so much, he was licking the vinegar right off the spoon...whatever floats your boat.  I am always game for a project that is organized by another mama at her house, it doesn't get much easier than that! There wasn't any real measuring to the activity, we just gave each kiddo a bowl and let them have at it.


Mixing bowls
plastic creepy crawlers- we used spiders
food coloring
wooden spoons or spatulas to mix with
baking soda

We counted out our creepy crawlers, dropped them into our bowls, sprinkled (actually more like dumped) a few heaping tablespoons of baking soda on top and, added a few drops of food coloring, and then poured in the vinegar.  The kiddos loved watching it bubble and when the bubbling stopped, they mixed it up and added more baking soda.  It was a perfect way to spend a very un"fall"ishly warm day just a few days before Halloween!

Blog MakeOver

We hope you're loving our blog makeover as much as we do!  We worked with the fabulous team over at Smitten Blog Designs and they helped us figure out exactly what we wanted and then made it come to life on the web.  If you are looking to revamp your blog, we highly recommend you check them out!  Be sure to let us know about your blog, we'd love to follow along!