what i made for monday--pretzel/peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies (or bars)

OH MY GARSH.  I am in love with what I made for Doug to take to work today.  They will be made again...(and again and again and again).   I LOVE a good sweet and salty combo and these were a sweet and salty lovers dream come true.  

They are basically a chocolate chip cookie (or bar) that you add some peanut butter chips and broken pretzels to...next time I will be adding even more than the 1 1/2cups of pretzels and a little more sea salt. 

They were amazing.  I may have had one for breakfast.   Protein?  Eggs?  Done. 
To make these I basically adapted my long favorite PERFECT chocolate chip cookie recipe and here's you do it... 

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies 
(adapted to make pretzel/peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies)
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mini semisweet
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips 
  • 1 1/2 cups broken pretzels
  • sea salt

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter with both sugars; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add the salt, vanilla, and eggs. Beat until well mixed, about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in the chips and pretzels.
  2. Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets (or make them into bars by baking them in a 9 by 14 pan).  Sprinkle with sea salt. 
  3. Bake until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes (if doing bars baking will take 25-30 minutes). Remove from oven, and let cool on baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 1 week.
And I got the print thing figured out.  You can buy one over at my shop.

And I JUST finished my last custom costume order for the year.  (I kinda hope).  I feel so blessed to do what I do...and I am so thankful for each and every one of my LOVELY customers who push me and beg me and believe in me to do things. 

I can't help but think of an email I got in Sept of last year asking me to make a Halloween costume for them...in the nicest way possible I told them that costume making was WAY over my skill set.  And this year I made dozens.  God is good.  My customers are good.  Life is good.  I can't wait to see where I am next year.

And just a PSA...I will be cutting off custom orders for the rest of the year starting early November.  So if you have one for me...please get it to me so I don't have to say no to later. :)

Thanks again for being lovely!
xo
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custom order sunday.

This isn't really a custom order...but it IS my favorite thing that I created this week.  
I am getting nice and settled into my new studio and it's spurring some new creations. :) 
I am hoping to have prints of the art above but I keep hitting snags...if any of you fancy artists can help me out with how to make that happen...well I would love you for a long time. :)  
And these aren't a custom order either...just pretty.  I've added some bulk listings of these tissue cozies to the shop since it seems that every year I am asked to make some. :)

Hope your day is a lovely one. :) 
xo
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dirty Christian words.

Our kids go trick or treating.  And we love Jesus. 

There, I said it.  It's out there. 

It's a very controversial thing among us Christians.  And as a parent, to little sinners who you are trying to lead the way for, you have to decide which stance your family will take on it.  Either it's harmless fun or you are taking your kids door to door to sell their souls for fun size snickers.  At least that is how it's been told to me.  I DO think there is a right answer and I will share that at the end of this post.  Just hang in there. 

Last year was our first year trick or treating with the boys.  Before that they weren't really old enough to warrant buying them a costume to go around and collect candy that we wouldn't let them eat anyway.  Last year, we took them, they had a few pieces, forgot that the candy existed and we, as parents, hoarded the rest. :) Good deal right?

Here's hoping it goes that way again. 

But you know how we, as Christians, decided whether or not to even participate?  Because really we had A LOT of input from everyone we know.  We researched it.  We got to the root of what it means and it's history and decided whether or not it conflicted with what we, as lovers of Jesus believe.  And you know what...it really doesn't.  It origins have nothing to do with evil or ghouls or witches.  It stems from a tradition in European countries where the poor would go house to house begging for food and drink in exchange for praying for loved ones who had died. 

And my kids wear their costumes year round.

And I like fun size snickers.

All these things equal harmless fun in my book. 

Has Halloween in general been distorted by society?  YES...oh my goodness yes.  I hate that I can't go anywhere with my kids from August through October because of all the scary stuff in EVERY store.  Moses will literally walk through a store with his hands over his eyes.  We made and make an effort to shield our children from all of that mess.  And that is what we decided is best for us. 

But at the end of the day, you know what the RIGHT answer is?  The one that you pray about, learn about, research and are convicted about.  Decide all that for yourself and then mind your own business.
Because come judgment day...none of us will be hearing "You were so right on about....(well anything)"...we will be answering for the choices WE made.  

I don't spend time trying to convert people to trick or treating.  If they ask me why I think it's ok, I share with them. 

Otherwise I leave it alone.  And steal fun sized snickers from my kids buckets when they aren't looking. 

I will leave you with this quote I stole from my friend Sarah:

"One of the marks of a certain type of bad man is that he cannot give up a thing himself without wanting every one else to give it up. That is not the Christian way. An individual Christian may see fit to give up all sorts of things for special reasons--marriage, or meat, or beer, or the cinema; but the moment he starts saying the things are bad in themselves, or looking down his nose at other people who use them, he has taken the wrong turning."- C.S. Lewis

p.s.  how adorable are my pumpkin scarecrows!!??
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prints or digital.

I've had a wonderful response to my ABC sampler.
You guys make me feel like I know what I am doing. :)
Thank you so much for your kind words and requests.
I wish I could make one for each of you...but I'm not seeing that kind of time come into my life anytime soon.  :)
But what I HAVE done for you is to take a really awesome PHOTO of my sampler.
I am actually kind of stunned by how real the print looks.
In this post are photos of the print...which at a first glance could totally pass as an original sampler. :)
I totally plan on using it as a gift for years to come. 
 See how it looks like it's not a photo?  And this was printed off of my home computer...so I can imagine how nice a REAL photo will be. :)
And for your convenience, I am offering it in two ways:
as a digital file for $12 or as a print for $15 plus shipping. :)

Interested in one?
email me at ricracandpompoms@gmail.com

I'll get them in the shop eventually too. :)

Thanks for being so wonderful and awesome!  I really do appreciate all of you!
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insta catch up.

 Here's life according to instagram (you can find me by searching littlebitfunky).
Birthday waffles complete with candle. :) 
Birthday surprise helper.  It's harder to get a dozen huge balloons in your car with a two year old than you think. :)
 Craft room is coming right along.  I added a skirt to the desk made from a vintage sheet.
New Bible...hoping for some fresh discoveries after years of reading the same Bible in a year for years.
We had a very large bug friend visit us.  I may have screamed while getting him in the jar for the boys to see.  He was HUGE. 
 Trying to make the TV pretty is kind of a vain task. 
 Custom orders are fun.
 It does. 
I got these chairs at goodwill for $1.95 each.  They retail at Land of Nod for $80 each.  There was not a thing wrong with them except that they were covered in paint/glue/glitter...and it all came off with a magic eraser.  I've been wanting little kid chairs forever...win one for patience.

Also, WHO would pay $80 for a kids chair?
 A project in the making...
And since all of my supplies are OUT of this closet...ALL the toys are IN here.  All organized, sorted and purged.  Be still my organization loving heart. 
 Thank you $5 craft from target for keeping my boys quiet for some time. 
 Made these for dinner.  Delish the day of and the day after.
Sometimes I steal a portion of the treats I make for Doug to take to work and send some to Moses' teachers.  Just a little sunshine to brighten up a Monday.
Aaron wore his Buzz lightyear costume all day yesterday.  Including picking Moses up from school.  Everyone calling him buzz = the best day of his little life. 
 Fall is impossible to miss. 
And a finished custom order...a cute little pin cushion nestled in a vintage pyrex cup. :)

Hope your day is a happy one!  Thanks for reading!

xo
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what i made for monday-cream cheese squares.

I have several cream cheese type recipes lined up to make...mostly because I somehow ended up with six blocks of cream cheese in my fridge that I am determined to use up before they expire. 

These cream cheese squares are AMAZING...not to mention quick and easy to make.  I'm thinking I'll be making these again when it's my turn to make something for Bible study.

I will admit...they aren't all that pretty to look at because they look burnt...but I promise that the color comes from cinnamon.  :)
Cream cheese squares (taken from allrecipies.com)
2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll dough
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup margarine, melted
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch pan.
Press one can of the crescent rolls into the bottom of the prepared pan. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Spread over the crescent layer. Unroll the second can of crescent rolls and lay them on top of the cream cheese layer. Do not press down. Pour the melted margarine over the entire pan. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over the top.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is crisp and golden. (I ended up cooking mine for much longer than 30min.  Once I got to the 30 min time, I started setting my timer for 4 minutes and checking it then for doneness.  You want the top to no longer be buttery but kind of crispy.)

Enjoy ONE and then get the rest OUT OF THE HOUSE...which is what I am planning on doing!
Also made this weekend...a new hoho! 

I am finally caught up enough on orders to be able to spend some time on my own projects or new ideas and this is one that bubbled to the surface. :) He's already adopted but I would be happy to make another for you! :)

Thanks for stopping by! 
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custom order sunday.

Last night I dug in and finished up the last three letters on my alphabet sampler from Rosy Little Things. For a while I was pretty good at doing a letter a day...then I got bombarded (in the best way possible) with orders and I have just caught up enough to be able to devote time to my own projects again. :)
I used my own colorway and changed the letters a bit here and there...mostly the "O", which I added a flower to the center of. 
 It is FAR from perfect but I am hoping it is still all together lovely at least. :)
Some things I learned:
Use a thicker material next time.
"Disappearing" ink is a pain in the BUTT.
You are only supposed to use three strands of embroidery floss.  Something I didn't realize until half way through resulting in my sampler being in BOLD.
I hate the satin stitch.
This is a gift for my soon to be born niece.  I hope she loves bright colors. :)

This was a fun project and not something I would have taken on not too long ago but with google I was able to learn all the stitches I needed to know and may even make this again someday. 

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Sunday to you!

xo
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 If your name is on the list please make sure I have your full name and email address!  
You can email me at ricracandpompoms@gmail.com!

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what i made for monday-mini apple pies.

If you've been around a while you know that I like to make some sort of dessert or treat for my husband to take to work with him on Mondays.  Food is my love language.  I am not a diet friendly friend.   
It's just a small way that I feel I can help him with his work day...he and all his coworkers have a super long meeting on Mondays and...well, it's Monday...how can dessert not help that?
It gives me a good excuse to try new recipes and now all of his coworkers expect and look forward to what I will make and send in.
I've been meaning to document what I have tried here...but it's taken weeks for me to start...so we'll just start here.  :)
This week I made mini apple pies for him to take...and I made a large batch so that I could keep some too!
This recipe makes 24 mini pies but you could easily halve it to make 12.
 Start by cutting up eight cups of apples into small 1/2in bits.
Mix the apples with:
12 tablespoons of flour
1 1/2c of sugar
4 heaping teaspoons of cinnamon
1/4-1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (depending on how much you like nutmeg...you could also leave it out)

You will also need:
4 tablespoons of chilled butter cut into 24 equal portions. 
two boxes of pilsbury pie crusts (four chilled NOT frozen crusts)
 Make sure you stir everything around getting the apples nice and coated.
Unroll your first pie crust and cut several circles out.   Continue this until you have enough crusts.
I found that a wide mouth mason jar ring worked perfectly.
Line each cup of your muffin tin with a tiny pie crust.
I found that pinching the edge of the dough around the top edge of the tin and making a hammock of sorts worked really well.  You can then gently fill the crusts with your apple mixture and push the crusts down the rest of the way.
 You should be able to fill until slightly mounded.
 Then take your equally divided butter...
 and put a dab on each pie.
 Cover as desired with left over dough.  Brush with melted butter and bake at 400 for 18 to 22 minutes.  I started checking in on mine at 10 minutes and checked every two until they were perfect.
And YUM!
They are the perfect size and I am looking forward to having the extras with my coffee in the morning.

Yes, for breakfast, there is fruit in there!

Enjoy making these!  It's the perfect excuse to head out to an apply orchard and pick some fresh apples!
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custom order sunday.

I thought I would start using Sundays to showcase my favorite custom order(s) of the week. 
This one by far wins this week.  A customer contacted me to create these super cute Christmas ornaments from drawings that her daughter did of all four of her grandparents. :)
How sweet will it be for that little girl to present these to her grandparents on Christmas day? 
Their own self portrait and name drawn and preserved forever from one of their favorite little ones. :)
These kinds of orders are always fun for me to do because I can just imagine how happy the recipient will be to receive them. :)
And this is my favorite custom order for myself. :)
I think I FINALLY have a true little bit funky logo.  I hope to make this appear on labels and outgoing mail and all sorts of things.
I drew out what I wanted and Meagan from Brown Pigeon did an amazing job of HAND carving my stamp. 
She made my drawing look professional and sharp and the time from ordering to receiving was amazingly fast for how great the end product is.
I just want to sit and look at it, I love it so much!

Happy Sunday to you!  I'm off to bake mini apple pies...or cream cheese bars...or sweet and salty cookies...or mini pumpkin pies...I can't decide. :)
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