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Recipe: Molasses Pumpkin Muffins

Homemade molassas pumpkin muffinsIt's finally fall, and that means it's time to get back into baking!

Here's a yummy muffin recipe I make often in the cooler months.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (about 10 ounces)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup golden raisins

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin

1/3 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup oil

1/4 cup molasses

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons turbinado sugar (aka: raw sugar)

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400º.
  • In a medium sized bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, spices, baking soda, and salt and stir well with a whisk.  Stir in raisins.
  • In another bowl mix together brown sugar, pumpkin, buttermilk, oil, molasses, vanilla extract and eggs.
  • Add the brown sugar mixture to the dry ingredients, stir just until moist.
  • Batter will be thick, spoon it into muffin cups with paper liners.
  • Sprinkle muffins with turbinado sugar.
  • Bake at 400º for 15 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pans immediately, cool on a wire rack.

Makes 12 -18 muffins.

 

Notes:

  • Muffin size - if you fill them completely it makes about 12 muffins.
  • When I made them this time I did not add raisins since my crazy husband isn't a raisin guy, but they are really delicious with the raisins!!

 

Molassas pumpkin muffins

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Patriotic Woven Placemat and Cupcake Toppers

WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper TutorialI have to admit, I like decorating for holidays but sometimes the holiday sneaks up on me and I don't have the things I need to make a cute presentation.  That's when making my own placemat and cupcake toppers is perfect since I can use up patterned papers left over from my scrapbook pages and the photos from the holiday will coordinate perfectly when they are scrapped!

To make this tutorial extra easy for you I've created all the cut files you need and you can download them all HERE for free. Also, don't forget to watch this short video tutorial that will help guide you in making these as well.

 

Supplies Needed:

 

Woven Paper Placemat

Step 1 - Load all of the cut files onto your USB flash drive and then insert it into your ScanNCut. Click on "patterns," "saved data," and then the USB icon. Select the "weave.fcm" file and cut it out on a 12" x 12" piece of patterned paper. This will be you paper loom for your placemat.

WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper Tutorial

 

Step 2 - Cut out the border shape "BO-A006" from the border patterns that are preloaded into every ScanNCut machine. Keep the size at 1.57" x 11.42" and change the number to cut to 6.

WEB Step 2C

Place two 6" x 12" patterned papers onto your mat, insert it into the machine, and then press the scan icon so you can make sure the papers and patterns are lined up correctly, you need 3 shapes per paper...6 total.

*Being able to scan my papers & see them on the screen in relation to my patterns is my FAVORITE feature on the ScanNCut!
WEB Step 2C

 

Step 3 - Next weave the border strips into your paper loom going over the first band, under the second, and so on.
WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper Tutorial

For your next border strip, start by going under, over, under, and so on. Continue alternating the two patterned papers and weaving until all the pieces have been used. Adjust the strips so they are evenly spaced and then glue down the end pieces on the back side of the placemat to keep them in place.
WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper Tutorial
Step 4 - Lastly cut out and glue down the square border "weave_frame.fcm" (also a free cut file) so that it's centered on the placemat.
WEB Step 6

Add faux stitch lines on it with a white pen if desired.
WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper Tutorial

When you're finished your placemat should look similar to this:
WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper Tutorial

 

Cupcake Topper
WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper Tutorial

Step 1 - Load the free cut files onto your USB flash drive and then insert it into your ScanNCut. Click on "patterns," "saved data," and then the USB icon. Select the "patriotic_pinwheel.fcm" file and place a patterned paper that is at least 12" x 2" at the top of the sticky mat, this is for the pinwheel. Beneath it place two papers that are at least 2.5" x 2.5" for the star and the circle.

Press the scan button so you're able to see your papers on the screen and then move your patterns onto the correct papers before cutting them out.
WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper Tutorial

 

Step 2 - Apply adhesive to the circle shape so that it's ready to be glued on after the border piece is folded.

Next accordion fold the border shape using the scallop edge as a folding guide. You want a fold in each valley of the scallop.
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Once it's completely folded, apply adhesive to one of the ends and attach it to the other end to form a circular shape. 
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Press the center down on your table top to flatten it out and then mount it onto the circle that you already put adhesive on.
WEB Step 11

Step 3 - Lastly, glue the star to the top of the pinwheel and glue on a toothpick so it can be inserted into some yummy cupcakes.
WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper Tutorial

-Enjoy those yummy cupcakes!!  I'll have the recipe on my blog later this week for the lemon filled ones I made for this blog post. They are SOOOoooo good!
WEB Patriotic - Woven Placemat and Cupcake Topper Tutorial

 

 

Sponsor: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

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ScanNCut: Father's Day Gift

Father's Day is coming and that means it's time to shower Dad with love. Here's a cute and practical gift idea for him...a personalized mug!

ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - web1

Supplies needed:

 

ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - vinyl1 WEB

Step 1 -  Create your cut file. To do that you have a few different options:

  • Create your artwork (or snag mine HERE), print it and then scan it into your ScanNCut machine.
  • Create your artwork (or snag mine HERE), open up ScanNCutCanvas and use the "Image Tracing" option to upload your .jpg and create a cut file that you can save to your computer or memory stick then transfer it over to your ScanNCut.
  • Or just download the cut file HERE.  -You're welcome!

 

Number_one_dad printable

ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - web1

Step 2 - Once you have your cut file loaded into your ScanNCut change your blade settings to 1 and the cut pressure to 0. Place your vinyl onto the mat and load it into the machine and then press "cut".
ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - web1

Step 3 - Remove the vinyl from the mat and weed out all of the pieces you don't need...in this case, all the black parts of the design.

ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - vinyl WEB

Step 4 - Apply transfer tape to the front of your vinyl design, burnish it well with your thumb, bone folder, or whatever you have on hand and then carefully remove the backing paper from the vinyl/transfer tape. Place your vinyl design onto your glass.
ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - web1

Step 5 - Apply the etching cream as per the manufactures instructions and wait the proper amount of time for your design to be etched into the glass.
ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - web1

Step 6 - Scrape off the etching cream, rinse off the glass, remove the vinyl, and then give your mug a good cleaning.
ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - web1

And just like that you have a finished, and personalized, mug!  
ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - web1

 

Tie a cute little tag onto it like the one I made below and you're ready to give it to Dad!

Supplies needed for the tag:


ScanNCut - Father's Day Mug and Tag - web1

 

Want to see the project in action? Check out this video:

 

 

Sponsor: Brother International

Disclosure: I am a paid consultant for Brother International Corporation and have received a ScanNCut from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own and based on my use of the product. 

ERIN Sig


Scrapbooking the fun stuff!

BLOG Erin Bassett - SS December - Toms

Remember when my girlfriends and I went to the TOMS Shoes event where our shoes got artsy?  Well I saw the photos on my phone a couple of weeks ago and printed them out with my Selphy ...it can do multiple photos on one 4" x 6" piece of photo paper, which I love!  It makes it really easy to just print and scrap without having to tweek the photos in Photoshop first.

So once I saw the Simple Scrapper sketch for this month I knew it would be a great photo to use for it.

I love our shoes.  :)

 

BLOG Erin Bassett - SS December - Toms1

BLOG Erin Bassett - SS December - Toms2Supplies: Patterned Paper - Jenni Bowlin Studio, Sassafras; Chipboard diecuts & journaling block - Pink Paislee; American Craft; Ink - Quick Quotes Powder Puff; Pen - Zig; Sketch - Simple Scrapper

I also did this layout using another Simple Scrapper sketch and photos I took during Thanksgiving when my niece was out here visiting.  She was dying to bake Christmas cookies together...which of course I was totally up for doing!  We hadn't baked cookies together since she was about 2 yrs. old!!  It was fun!

BLOG Erin Bassett - SS December - The Expert Cookie Maker copy

BLOG Erin Bassett - SS December - The Expert Cookie Maker1

Supplies: Patterned Paper - Echo Park; Sticker Letters - Echo Park, American Crafts, Doodlebug; Stickers - Echo Park; Silhouette Cameo diecut - "7 labels"; Ink - Quick Quotes Powder Puff; Pen - Zig, Uniball


I love taking a little bit of time to record great memories, and I'm sure that it will mean even more to me & my family years from now when we look back through our scrapbooks.

 

Sponsor: Simple Scrapper, Kuretake/Zig, Quick Quotes, 

 

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Crafty Book Week Continues!

Crafty Book Week - erinbassettdotcom
Calling all bakers!  Today I'm giving away a fantastic book that features a very trendy item...cake pops!

 

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   Crazy for Cake Pops 


Crazy For Cake Pops

This book made my mouth water the second I opened it! The photos inside it are fantastic! 

It contains all the recipes and step by step instructions for how to create everything from basic round cake pops to whimsical animals and other shaped designs...in fact, there is over 50 different designs included in the book. Marble Pops

Author Molly Bakes says "These recipes show that you don't have to be a brilliant baker or even an experienced cake decorator to make these adorable treats.  All you need is a few simple ingredients, some lollipop sticks, and, or course, your imagination!"

I for one cannot wait to whip some up!  Since she gives instructions on how to make the cake balls dough ahead of time, I'm planning on starting the process later this week so my family can enjoy them this weekend.  -Check back here on my blog to see how they turn out!  I'm sure that even if they don't look at gorgeous as Molly's cake pops they will still be yummy!


And now another giveaway!  

To enter to win one of the books....comment below and I'll randomly pull a winner for this yummy book on Sunday, 12/4/2011 and the winner will be promptly emailed.  An alternate winner will be chosen if the winner does not respond to my email within 48 hours.  Open to USA residents only.

 

This post is now closed...winner announced here.


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Disclaimer: Ulysses Press is providing the prize for this promotion at no cost to me.  Prize fulfillment will be done by Ulysses Press I will provide them with the winners name, postal address, and email address.  I received a review copy of this book from Ulysses Press.

 

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S'more Cookie Bars

Last week we tried a new cookie bar recipe and it was pretty darn good!  It definitely hit my sweet tooth!  I took some pics as I made them and then scrapbooked them with Imaginisce's new "Happy Camper" line that's being released this week.  I also have the recipe down below for you to download.

{click photos to enlarge}

Erin Bassett - Imaginisce - Smores

 

Those marshmallow on a stick die cuts are so cute!  I cut a little slit in them so I could wrap my twine around them and tie it in a bow.
Erin Bassett - Imaginisce - Smores

I used a 3" x 6" shipping tag to print out the recipe on and then distressed the edges with my d-stress tool.  Lastly, I added some faux stitching and a heart doodle.  It can then slip in & out of the pocket on the page.
Erin Bassett - Imaginisce - Smores
Erin Bassett - Imaginisce - Smores

Recipe

 

- If you want to print it out on a 3" x 6" shipping tag download this one.

- If you just want the recipe download this one.

 

Sponsor: Imaginisce

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Handmade Recipe Book

While playing with the Melissa Frances "Heart and Home" collection I decided that it would be great to have a dedicated place to add our favorite family recipes, so I used a Magenta "Jelly Pot" 6" x 6" chipboard album (available at Remember When) to make this recipe book.

Erin Bassett - Recipe Book - Front

Erin Bassett - Recipe Book - Back
The chipboard cover pieces are actually supposed to be reversed...but I'm a rebel and changed it up a bit.  :)  I love the look of naked chipboard, but it needed some glimmer, so I spruced it up with "Sugar Maple" Gimmer Mist.  I also added a mini rolling pin that I've had with my craft supplies for a really long time.  I gave it a coat of "Cowboy" Glimmer Glaze to give it a bit of depth and glimmer.

Of course I did inside pages too...here's a sampling:

Erin Bassett - Recipe Book - Inside1muffin photo by:c(h)ristine     ~   cookie photo by: Betty Crocker Recipes   

Erin Bassett - Recipe Book - Inside1
Supplies used:

 

Sponsors: Remember When, Tattered Angles

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One of my favorite muffin recipes

Erin Bassett - Cricut Expression - Pumpkin Muffin Recipe Card I love muffins.  I used to make them weekly, sometimes even more often if we had company & ran out.  It's been just too long since I've made any, and I don't know if it's just me trying to get back into the swing of things again after CHA or what, but I just had to make them!!

The complete recipe for Pumpkin Muffins is on my post here {plus instructions on how to make the recipe card with your Cricut}.

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Chocolate Cupcakes...compliments of the new Cindi Loo Cricut cartridge {a recipe too}

Erin Bassett - Cricut Expression - Cindi Loo - Cupcake Wrapper copyHappy Tuesday peeps!

I made some delicious chocolate cupcakes for my Mixology Crafts post.  {You can hop on over there to get the free download tutorial on how to make that cute cupcake wrapper & topper made from my new favorite Cricut Cartridge: "Cindy Loo"!!} You can't see it very well from the pic, but I put Glimmer Mist and iRock Hot Rocks on the wrapper and topper because love is in the details! 


The secret to these yummy cupcakes is the frosting...it's "lick the beaters" good!! Here's the recipe {feel free to download it by clicking on it below and then right-clicking the pop-up box to save it}:

Erin Bassett - Chocolate Frosting Recipe
 
 


       DIY Day @ ASPTL

Get Your CRAFT on!

Sponsors: ProvoCraft, Imaginisce, Tattered Angles

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Trader Joe's

Tj One of my most favorite markets to go to just came out with their top items for 2008...you can see it here...surprisingly, I haven't' tried a few of the items on the list! 

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