The Bacon Lover’s Cupcake

Chocolate, bacon and maple buttercream frosting… what else could you want?!!DSC_9302Here is a cupcake that’s sure to impress! I made these a few years back for a shower and they were devoured! (Welcome Baby Kiera)

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A Pocket Full Of Sunshine

I will always believe that home made gifts are the very best. You know that the person that made it for you took the time to really think about what is special to you and trust me, you can’t go to a store and get the same results.

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Broccoli Slaw Remix

I brought home a bag of broccoli slaw determined to come up with something interesting with it. My Daughter Allie suggested we use it in place of the broccoli florets in a favorite salad we’ve made forever. I whipped it up and it was DEVOURED- really delicious!- Nice job Aller <3

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Balela

I fell in love with this salad when perusing the refrigerator isle at Trader Joes. But lately, there was no sign of it. Desperately wanting more, I found and adapted this recipe from No Bite Left Behind who also fell in love with this Middle Eastern Salad. So fresh and good for you!

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Taco Dip

The thought of showing up at a party with just a bag of chips have you running scared?


Bring this taco dip & impress your friends- it’s simple and delicious. You can make this using many short cuts or go all out – shred your own cheese, use fresh romaine & add some thinly sliced scallions to really show it off. Don’t own a 16” platter? Go foil and throw it when the parties over. This taco dip has been devoured by many little goblins at my house and you’ll be howlin’ at the moon with all the compliments!

P.S. Don’t forget the chips

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“T Bird” and the Pink Ladies

Guess what happens when you take a bunch of adorable kids, add some material, candy cigarettes and a little sewing magic? Memories and pictures to last a life time!

Circa 1999, a classic costume theme of the “T birds and the Pink Ladies” from Grease.
I went like a bat out of H. E. double tooth picks and measured and cut jackets, scarves and treat bags times 6!!!

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Sharing My Passions

Today I am CELEBRATING! It’s my 2 year anniversary of Mama Carp & company and I have had a wonderful time here with you!
Thank you for spending some time with me and cheers to another year of creative solutions and inspiring ideas!
So no doubt I’ve been a little busy as always…August I entered my Mistral quilt into my first ever quilting competition. I became a finalist in the MQX Quilt Festival and Wednesday September 24th I found out I took second place in the Custom Heirloom Show category! My quilter, Norma Riehm & I were beyond thrilled!!! I can now check off National award winning quilter from my bucket list- YAY!! Our marks were awesome and the whole experience was incredible! A huge thank you to Janet-Lee Santeusanio for encouraging me- I definitely caught the competition bug…. Not bad for Mistrals first ride! My family and I celebrated with champagne & dinner at Acqua one of my favorite restaurants <3

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It’s That Time Of Year Again!

I LOVE this time of year – Minnesota at its finest! Falling leaves, crisp autumn air & lots of crackling bonfires with your favorite friend’s. Be sure to whip up several batches of my Northwoods Apple Cider, its great hot or cold! Also keep it on hand for my favorite fall cocktail Jameson Cidertini’s. This cider recipe is also used in my turkey brine for Thanksgiving- Apple-Brined Grilled Turkey Recipe        -Cheers!!!DSC_4318Northwoods Apple Cider

4 cups water
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons whole cloves
2 teaspoons whole all spice
½ teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon nutmeg
4-6 cinnamon sticks
128 oz. apple cider
Combine everything but the apple cider in a 2 quart sauce pan.Heat to boiling, reduce heat. Simmer with cover about 20 minutes. Strain twice. Add to apple cider in large pot- heat through.