My Life of Travels and Adventures: October 2013

Garlic & Butter Mushrooms

30 October 2013



Ingredients:
1 lb Mushrooms
1 Tbsp Oil
2 Tbsp Water
4 Tbsp Butter
4 Tbsp Garlic Cloves
1 Tbsp Thyme


Directions:
1. Heat skillet over medium heat.  
2. Add oil and wait 30 seconds.
3. Add water and mushrooms. 
4.  Cook 8-12 minutes.  Stirring only 2-3 times throughout.  The mushrooms should turn  golden brown on the edges when done. 
5. Remove from heat.  
6. Stir in butter, garlic and thyme.  
7.  Serve immediately. 




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Painted Pumpkins

29 October 2013

Last week, when Neil was away I picked up 2 pie pumpkins at the grocery store for Reid and I to decorate.  
I wasn't really sure how this was going to turn out but I had plans to paint them.  

Once we were home, I decided to tape our initials in the pumpkins...
R for Reid 
M for Mommy... Or McGarvey (if Neil asks). 

While I was taping, Reid was lining up our paint. 
I have never tried real paint with Reid.  We have always painted with edible paint or yogurt... So I figured this would be a disastrous project complete with eating paint.  
Surprisingly, it went really well. 
Reid actually painted with a paint brush 
And didn't eat any of the paint. 
Of course there was the one meltdown when I thought we were done and tried to take the paint away
  Once we were really done, I let the pumpkins dry overnight. 
I removed the tape and then spray them with clear coat. 
Tada.  

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Garlic Knots

24 October 2013

I found this recipe on Pinterest.  They were soooo good.  

Ingredients:
1 ½ C warm water
1 Tbsp Maple Syrup or Honey
1 envelope (2 ¼ tsp.) active dry yeast
2 Tbsp olive oil
About 4 C flour
1 Tsp salt
Garlic Butter
2 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp minced garlic cloves
1 Tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 Tsp garlic powder
3 Tbsp Parmesan Cheese 


  1. Combine the water, maple syrup and yeast. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the oil then, stir in flour and salt. Add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together, if needed.
  3. Knead dough for 5 minutes.
  4. Place dough in a large, greased bowl. Turn to coat dough. Cover the bowl with greased plastic wrap, and let it rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  6. Divide dough into 16 equal pieces.
  7. Roll each piece into a dough rope/snake that is about 9-10 inches long and about 1/2-inch thick.
  8. Shape into a knot (fold one end of dough over the other so that it looks like an awareness ribbon. Twist dough at the place where the two sides overlap. Fold ends back, and tuck under). You can also just tie the dough into a knot and leave the ends out.
  9. Place knots on a baking sheet. 
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until light golden brown.
  11. To make the garlic butter, melt butter in a small saucepan.
  12. When the butter has melted, stir in the garlic, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and parmesan cheese.
  13. Toss knots in the garlic butter. 
  14. Enjoy!


Are you a garlic bread eater?  Or a butter roll eater?  Or both, like me?

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Bottle Cap Spiders

22 October 2013

Umm... Are they not the cutest things ever?  And that is coming from a spider hater!

I am not sure where I saw this idea... Probably pinterest... but I thought they would make for a quick Halloween decoration.  

Materials:
Bottle Caps
Black Pipe Cleaners
Black Paint
Small Googly Eyes
Hot Glue

Directions:

  1. Paint the bottle caps black and let dry. 
  2. Cut each pipe cleaner in half.  
  3. Using hot glue attached 4 halves to the underside of the bottle cap. 
  4. Hot Glue the eyes in place
  5. Bend the pipe cleaners to make the legs. 
  6. Admire. 


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Kitchen Helper - Toddler Step Stool

21 October 2013


I love pinterest.  I mean, who doesnt?  My husband.  

Let me set the scene:  

Un beknownst to Neil: Krystal, while browsing pinterest one evening finds an awesome projects and needs it.
Neil makes a shopping list for lumber at lowes.  Krystal adds to that list. 
One afternoon, Neil starts cutting lumber for his projects. 
Krystal asks for a few cuts also. 
Neil cuts and assembles Krystal’s project. 

See, I love pinterest.  Neil not so much. 

Lots of ramblings up there.  What this post is really about is a kitchen helper.  Yeah, I had no idea either until that evil pinterest and that fateful night. 

It is basically, a big, adjustable, enclosed step stool for toddlers and preschoolers.

Think… no more standing on the chair at the kitchen counter for your kids.  

See what I needed one. 

Did I sell you yet?  If you look around the interwebz for one… well they are expensive. 

So to make one yourself you only need:

Shopping List
  • Wood
    • 1 – 1×8, 8 feet long
    • 4 – 1×2, 8 feet long
    • 1 – 1×3, 8 feet long
  • 1 1/4" Screws
  • Paint
  • Wood Glue
  • Sandpaper
They are quite easy to make.  But the instructions look complicated.  
We made a couple changes...

We did not cut the arches for the top, but instead have straight support bars.  
We also added one additional rung so that the platform can be raised higher for my little guy.  
Neil cut and assembled the everything for me. 
I sanded it quickly and painted it glassy white. 
It works perfectly.  We put chair sliders on the bottom so that Reid can slide this around the kitchen. 
Reid loves being at the counter and helping with dinner, dishes, etc...
I love that he is safe.  
I don't have to worry about him falling off a step stool or tipping over.  

Of course the kitchen helper comes with added benefits...

like holes...
And being a fort...
This was definitely a worth while project for us.  We all love it!


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Maple Apple Crisp

18 October 2013


It's fall.  I think you all know that.  With fall comes apples.  Lots and lots of apples in the McGarvey household.  

Most are consumed by me but this year Reid is giving me a run for my money.  The kid loves them! 

Neil is more of an apple in a recipe type apple eater.  

So this recipe is yet again for Neil. 

Maple Apple Crisp

Ingredients:
1 C flour
1 C oats
1.5 C Granulated Maple Sugar (or Brown Sugar)
1/2 C walnuts
1 C butter
8 Apples, peeled and diced
1 Tbsp vanilla

Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, oats and 1 C Granulated Maple Sugar.  
  3. Add 1/2 C (1 stick) of soft diced butter to the flour mixture and mix by hand.  
  4. Peel and dice the apples
  5. In a large bowl, mix the apples with 1/2 C Granulated Maple Sugar and 1/2 C of the flour mixture.  
  6. Melt the remaining 1/2C butter over medium heat.  Add vanilla and let simmer for a few minutes. 
  7. Pour butter over the apples and stir. 
  8. Add the apple mixture to 16 muffin cups.  
  9. Top with the remaining flour mixture.  
  10. Bake for 45 minutes. 
  11. Let cool for 5 minutes. 
  12. Enjoy!


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