ic Kathe With an E: March 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

HAPPY EASTER DEAR FRIENDS!
May your day be spent with those you love.
May your table be filled with laughter and memories.
May your heart be full of the forgiveness this day promises.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bloglovin Blog Hop!


It's blog hopping time!  We are so happy to be joining together to bring you this  Bloglovin Blog Hop to help grow our blogs.   
The recent news of saying goodbye to the Google Reader leaves us all wondering will Good Friend Connects be next?  It's always a great idea to have many ways for friends to follow to your blog. 
We were so excited to host our first Bloglovin Hop last week! Each week we will also rotate one other social media to follow.  
This week we are featuring Facebook along with Bloglovin!

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us last week.  We hope you made some new friends!
Please follow each hostess, and leave us a comment so we can return the follow!
We would love to feature a co-host each week, so please send one of us an email if you would like to be a co-host.  

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That's a great way for us to all gain new friends. 
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sour Cream Raisin Pie Recipe

As I've said before, Mr. B is a pie guy.
Luckily, I like pie too, or rather, I like making pies.
There's something about making the crust, getting the water just right so that it's neither to dry nor too wet, and then rolling it out
into a perfect round, that I thoroughly enjoy.

So, when a couple of weekends ago, during another snowstorm
(are we done yet??), 
Mr. B asked if I could make a pie for dessert, I happily agreed.

This recipe is another from his Grandmother. 
Kathe With An E~Sour Cream Raisin Pie
It is an ooey gooey combination of brown sugar, egg yolks,
sour cream and raisins.
All topped off with a rich meringue.

Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Fully bake a 9" pie crust.  Just use your favorite crust recipe or you can use my favorite, found here.

2 egg yolks (keep the whites for the meringue)
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup raisins

Soak the raisins in some warm water for a bit to soften them.
Place all of the ingredients, except the raisins, in a saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, on medium heat until the frothiness disappears. 
Kathe With An E~Sour Cream Raisin Pie
You'll know it when you see it, trust me.
Kathe With An E~Sour Cream Raisin Pie
Drain and add the raisins and pour into the prepared pie shell.
Allow to cool completely before topping with the meringue.
Kathe With An E~Sour Cream Raisin Pie
 Meringue
2 egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon cream of tarter
Beat the egg whites until frothy. Gradually add the sugar and cream of tarter. Continue beating until stiff peaks occur.  Top the pie with the meringue.
Place in the oven at 425 degrees for about 4 minutes or until the top is just brown.  (Really watch it!  It happens quicker than you'd think, just sayin').
Or, if you have one, use a kitchen torch.
Kathe With An E~Sour Cream Raisin Pie
 Let cool and serve.
Kathe With An E~Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Kathe With An E~Sour Cream Raisin Pie
I promise, just one slice of this pie and,
you will be licking the fork and plate clean!

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Monday, March 25, 2013

You're Gonna Love It - Week 47

Happy new week all!

I hope this finds you well and preparing for Easter.
I think we are keeping it low keyed this year.
A ham with all of the fixin's is on the menu.
Mr. B & I are beyond the coloring of eggs but,
we will have some deviled eggs on the table.

I think we are both just ready for Spring and warmer temperatures to get here!

I KNOW I am ready to party!! 
So let's get it started shall we?

~The links were lower last week and I'm not sure why.
I'm hoping I am keeping this party fun each week? 
I'll just blame it on everyone being busy?
I have been thinking of moving the party to Friday nights. 
Which way do you like it, keep it the way it is or is Friday better?
This is your party, so please let me know in the comments below.~

The most viewed link last week came from sweet Carolynn from
Chenille Cottage

Carolynn shared the most precious cottage guest bedroom filled with
vintage goodness and, of course, chenille!  I think I'd have just the sweetest dreams if I got to be a guest at Carolynn's house! Grab and I've Been Featured button from above Carolynn. I love it!!

After you link up, be sure to go here to enter a fabulous
Giveaway for one Lucky Blogger!

Now, it's time to show off your special posts this week.
Feel free to link up anything you have created.
Recipes, decor, crafts, written or photographed.
Anything you are so proud of
you just gotta share it with others.
I will reserve the option of deleting
any post that I do not feel fits the
theme of my blog. 
Please limit your link ups to
just 2 or 3. 
I am back to spotlighting
some of my favorites on my
be sure to follow me over there too!

As always, you don't have to
be a follower
in order to link up.
 I want you to follow
Kathe With An E
because you want to.
Not because it is required.

Follow my blog with Bloglovin
 I would also love it if you would link back
in some way so that others come and party with us.
Either grab the party button
or add my blog link
to your post or on your

  blog party page.
But again, it's not required. 
 

I ask that you please 
DO NOT link up
giveaways, Etsy shops or anything for sale.
Save those for the first Tuesday of each month when, 
Anything Goes!
Please remember, this is a party
so, after you link up,
mingle around 
and visit some of the other party guests.

*By linking up your post, you are giving Kathe With An E permission to use your pictures as a feature on this blog and other social media outlets.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Office/ Craft Room Update

I have a small update to share with you today.
You may remember a few months ago I created a craft/ office space for myself.
Kathe With An E~Home Office/ Craft Room
(Keeping it real here, that coleus plant on my desk? 
Yeah, it died...as did that laptop...)
Well in the past few weeks I've made a few changes to the room.
Kathe With An E~Home Office/ Craft Room
I found an awesome large picture frame on clearance at Hobby Lobby.
How it was originally priced at $190.00 is beyond my comprehension
but, at $19.00, it was just what I was looking for at a price I liked much better!
Kathe With An E~Home Office Craft Room
I had a very small window of opportunity in the weather to spray paint it white.
Kathe With An E~Home Office/ Craft Room
Mr. B added a picture hanging hook on the back and I placed it over my desk.
Kathe With An E~Home Office/ Craft Room
I used a dry erase board I had, a spice rack from World Market and
a cork board from WalMart (4 for under $6.00 and I still have 3 left!)
to fill inside the frame.
I just used 3M Velcro Command Strips to hold them in place.
Well, except for the spice rack, that got screwed in.
I even used a level (patting myself on the back).
Kathe With An E~Home Office/ Craft Room
Isn't this spice rack perfect for some of my craft paints??
Kathe With An E~Home Office/ Craft Room
I'm still thinking about what I will add to the upper left side. 
I may use my Silhouette Cameo and put a quote there. 
Something to do with creativity?  Thoughts?  Suggestions?
Kathe With An E~Home Office/ Craft Room
And lastly, check out my new chair!  Ikea to the rescue again! 
I love how it fits my back perfectly.  It's so so comfy! 
And, it doesn't look like a traditional office chair which is what I was looking for.
The white?  Perfect too!
Kathe With An E~Home Office/ Craft Room
So, just a few changes but, ones I had been wanting to do
since I put the room together.
I just love spending time in my little creative space!

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Hittin' The Road

Happy Weekend Friends! 

Today you can find me guest posting over at 
where I'm filling in for Jamie!  
It would be great if you'd come on over!

Be sure to give Jamie a big hug too!
She's moving from one side of the country to the other.
With 5 kids. 
2 are under the age of 5.
That's one brave woman right there!

See you soon!

Friday, March 22, 2013

One Lucky Blogger Giveaway



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Every once in a while it is nice to throw together a group giveaway to show another fellow bloggers a little love and support.  As bloggers, we appreciate ALL of our readers.  But we also know that many of our biggest supporters and most loyal readers are other fellow bloggers. :)  

March is known for the luck of the Irish, and leprechauns, and pots of gold at the ends of rainbows.  And this month could also be a VERY lucky one for one fortunate blogger out there.   My buddy Carrie over at The Frugal Foodie Mama is having a HUGE giveaway for ONE lucky blogger. And, being someone that likes to be a part of a fun party, like a giveaway, I am just one of the many sponsors of this HUGE opportunity:

~$25 Etsy Gift Card~
A blogger can find everything they need on etsy from web design services to cute note cards to send with swap packages.
~$25 Target Gift Card~
What blogger doesn't love Target?? ;)
~$20 Starbucks Gift Card~
To fuel all of those marathon blogging sessions
+
~A custom photo watermark from Hummingbird's View~
12 ad spots on 12 different blogs!!
The right exposure & promotion is blogger gold!

There is just one mandatory entry for the giveaway- you do have to be a blogger to win the One Lucky Blogger Giveaway, so the first mandatory entry is to prove that you do indeed have a blog. :) Easy, peasy.  After that, all other entries are optional.

*This giveaway is open internationally. You MUST be a blogger with an active blog to win. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified, so please make sure you are doing what you are claiming in the Rafflecopter or all your entries will be voided.  No funny business, folks. ;). By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. One winner will be selected. This is a giveaway sponsored as a group buy, which means the bloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you.  Target, etsy, & Starbucks are not sponsors of this giveaway.  Any & all social media outlets used in the Rafflecopter are not sponsors of the giveaway or are responsible for this giveaway in any way.  Gift card prizes will be sent as egifts via Carrie of Frugal Foodie Mama.  Each individual blogger that has provided ad space for the giveaway is responsible for awarding the winner their ad spots in a timely manner.  Protected tweets do not count as an entry method for tweeting. Tweets must come from a public account. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Please see the Rafflecopter widget below for additional Terms & Conditions.  Good luck, all! 

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Now, let's meet the lovely giveaway sponsors...
~Kendra from Adventures of Brad & Kendra~ Ultimate Adventure ad for 30 days
~Julie from This Gal Cooks~
~Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama~ A Pin-t Ad for April
~Julie from White Lights on Wednesday~ 250 x 250 ad for April
~Kendra from The Flower Hazard~ The Big Bang ad (250 x 250) for a month
~Raquel from Organized Island~
~Leanne from Top This by Leanne~ 200 x 100 ad for 30 days
~Aubrey from Homegrown & Healthy~ 200 x 200 ad for a month
~Jaime from Mom's Test Kitchen~ 300 x 100 ad for a month
~Melissa from Melissa's Cuisine~ an ad spot for a month
~Kathe from Kathe With an E~
~Sarah from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes~ an ad spot for a month

~Katie from Clarks Condensed~ an ad spot for one month
~Lisa from Wine & Glue~ custom photo watermark
~Laurie from love, laurie~ 150 x 150 ad spot for two months
~Evelyn from My Turn for Us~ 225 x 225 ad spot for 30 days

*This giveaway is open internationally. You MUST be a blogger with an active blog to win. All entries for the winner will be checked and verified, so please make sure you are doing what you are claiming in the Rafflecopter or all your entries will be voided.  No funny business, folks. ;). By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. One winner will be selected. This is a giveaway sponsored as a group buy, which means the bloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you.  Target, etsy, & Starbucks are not sponsors of this giveaway.  Any & all social media outlets used in the Rafflecopter are not sponsors of the giveaway or are responsible for this giveaway in any way.  Gift card prizes will be sent as egifts via Carrie of Frugal Foodie Mama.  Each individual blogger that has provided ad space for the giveaway is responsible for awarding the winner their ad spots in a timely manner.  Protected tweets do not count as an entry method for tweeting. Tweets must come from a public account. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
Please see the Rafflecopter widget below for additional Terms & Conditions.  Good luck, all! 
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

BlogLovin Blog Hop


It's blog hopping time!  
We are so happy to be joining together to bring you this  Bloglovin Blog Hop to help grow our blogs. 
  
The recent news of saying goodbye to the Google Reader leaves us all wondering, will Google Friend Connect be next?  It's always a great idea to have many ways for friends to follow to your blog. 

We are so excited to host our first Bloglovin Hop!  
Each week we will rotate one other social media outlet to follow.  
This week we are featuring Google+ along with Bloglovin!
Please follow each hostess and leave us a comment so we can return the follow!
We would love to feature a co-host each week, 
so please send one of us an email 
if you would like to be a co-host.  

Please link up your Bloglovin follow link.  
To find your URL, 
just click on your Follow By Bloglovin button.  

Thank you so much for joining us!  
We hope you make many new friends and followers each week.  

Not mandatory, but we would love for you to share our blog hop button.  That's a great way for us to all gain new friends.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Is Here!

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It's spring and I am finally seeing some signs of it around the yard!  I was able to go out the other evening and clean up my back garden a bit.  To my utter delight I saw some tulips breakingthrough the still cold ground! Soon, I will see colors such as these below! There is nothing that brightens the day like cut tulips!
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My very favorite type of gardening is using bulbs.  They are just so easy!  In the fall I just dig a hole, drop in some bulbs, cover it back up and wait for warmer, longer days and there they are!  It's almost like magic! Tulips, daffodils, hyacinth, lilies, the choices and colors are endless really!
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But bulbs aren't only for using the garden. Potted bulbs are the perfect solution if you forgot to plant your flower bulbs in the fall and are kicking yourself now that you see the  daffodils and tulips starting to bloom.  Keep them indoors and just repot in your own favorite pot to to bring Spring indoors.
Using thrift store finds, you could create all kinds of wonderful Spring vignettes. Or, maybe, even give some as gifts. Once again, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination! 
You can even find Ibulb potted plants at grocery stores, garden centers, and flower shops.
Find even more inspiration using bulbs here:http://pinterest.com/digdropdone/
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