Jan 272012

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Today is Lewis Carroll Day!
While Lewis Carroll (whose real name is Charles Lutwidge Dogdson) is probably most famous for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and to a lesser extent, Through The Looking-Glass, he also has a couple of great poems.  One of them, “Jabberwocky”, I first read in elementary school and I still love it.  It’s a perfect poem to read out loud; the nonsense words are fun to say and you get to shout things like Callooh! and Callay!
(A bit of trivia for you: the word chortle was made up by Carroll for use in that poem, and we still use it today to mean a joyful laugh.  Kind of neat for us word nerds.)
In honor of Lewis Carroll, here are some images representing his works.  I pinned them to one of my Pinterest boards for easy access; feel free to re-pin!

Disney’s Original Classic Alice in Wonderland

Disney’s New Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland-Inspired OPI Nail Polishes

Alice-Themed Fondant Cake with Cheshire Cat

Alice-Themed Decorated Cake & Cupcakes

Printable Alice in Wonderland Valentine’s Day Cards From Disney

Jan 262012

Matter of Cents and I are excited to bring you another week of Pin Me! Pinterest Thursdays.

This week I asked those of you who are following me on Facebook for your theme suggestions, as this week is Reader’s Choice. I’ll be saving the other suggestions for some future posts, but I selected the “Crafts/DIY” option for this week. Here are a few of my faves.

Wedding Invitation Ornament
This one is actually one of my own crafts; I made it for my brother and new sis-in-law.
DIY Projects: Ornament Made From a Wedding Invitation - Great Gift for the Couple

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Jan 252012
At least a couple of times per month, we make this corn chowder recipe.  It took us a few times, with multiple tweaks, to get it just right, but now we consider it perfect.  It’s also pretty quick and easy to throw together!  It’s a little lighter in calories than most chowders and you really can’t notice a difference in taste.
Corn Chowder
4-6 strips bacon
1 sm onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 carton (32oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
approx. 3 cups diced potatoes (fresh or canned)
2 cans creamed corn
1 can corn nibblets
2 cups 2% milk
1 packet country gravy mix
8 oz Velveeta, cubed
  1. In a large stock pot, cook bacon until crisp.  Remove; drain on paper towels.
  2. Add onion and celery to the bacon drippings.  Saute over medium heat about five minutes, or until they are translucent.
  3. Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Add the potatoes; return to a boil, then simmer over low heat 15-30 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
  4. In a small bowl (or large measuring cup), whisk the gravy mix into the milk.  Set aside.
  5. Add both the creamed corn and corn nibblets; bring to a boil.  Pour in milk mixture and return to a boil.
  6. Reduce heat to medium; add in the cubed cheese a little at a time, stirring until each addition is completely melted.
Remove from heat.  The longer the soup has to sit before serving, the more the flavors will meld.  We usually try to wait 3-4 hours, but it’s delicious when served immediately, too.  We like ours served with cornbread on the side and topped with crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, and sometimes croutons (if we’re not having cornbread).
What is your favorite soup?
Jan 202012

Pooh Bear Party Ideas

Winnie the Pooh Day Party Ideas

I don’t know how I missed it, but yesterday was Winnie the Pooh Day!  We are big Pooh fans here, including all his friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.  Baby C. adores him, too; she has a stuffed Pooh that she likes to snuggle.  To celebrate his big day, here are a few of my favorite fun Pooh party ideas, foods, and printables.

Pooh Bear & Honey Pot Cake Pops

Winnie the Pooh Day Party Ideas

Image source: spoonful.com

These Bumble Bee Cupcakes are the perfect honey pot compliment.

Winnie the Pooh Day Party Ideas
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Jan 192012

Chinese New Year Ideas From Pinterest

It’s our fourth week of the Pin Me! Thursdays, and this week Matter of Centsand I choose to go with the theme of Chinese New Year.  Chinese New Year kicks off on Monday of next week; this year is the year of the Dragon.  I’ve never had a Chinese New Year’s party, but after finding all these great crafts, recipes and party ideas – that may soon change!

Paper Lanterns to Make Your Party Festive

Good-luck Goldfish

Fortune “Cookies” (Made From Cupcake Wrappers!)

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