Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Free Printable ~ Vintage Halloween Candy Advertisement ....Curtiss Candy Bars, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger

Today's Free Printable is a fabulous Vintage Halloween Candy Ad.
For those of you who love Antique and Vintage Halloween Collectibles this is a fun piece. ..
Just Right Click on any of the images below and save to your pictures.
(there is a black and white option) just visit our Free Printables Page to grab it.



Monday, August 25, 2014

~ N ~ the Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm ... Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies ...

Hey Gals well we tried a new cookie recipe this week ..
Of course we saw the yummy picture of these on Pinterest and just had to try them out ..
So we thought we would share our bake day with you all .
It's been well over a year since we last had a
~ N ~ the Kitchen with Sweet Magnolias Farm Post .. and we hope to have them more often once again ..

*** Pumpkin Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies ***


Well gals We followed the recipe as it is written which you will find below ..

After digging through the spice cupboard we found that we did not have the Ginger or Nutmeg that we seemed to think we had or else it would have been on the grocery list .. but  since we had already planned the bake day we decided that we would make them anyhow .. just without the 2 spices.

Even without the two spices they Baked Beautifully and tasted good right out of the oven warm...

I'm not sure about you all but when we think of a cookie we think of a somewhat thin cookie like choc chip. snickerdoodles or typical oatmeal etc .. that are soft yet fairly firm .. We would say these though referred to as cookies really are like little mini "Cakuffins" (yes that was my best made up word to describe them ) .. the texture is a real cross to us between being cakey and like a muffin but definitely not a cookie. A girlfriend of ours many years ago made us some Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins and these very much reminded me of those in taste and texture with a little bit of a cross of the cakiness and moisture of pumpkin bars. ..  I ate 2 of them right out of the oven and that was more than enough to fill my tummy ( the pumpkin and oats really fill you up quick on these)... yet usually I'm the one going back for number 3 and 4 maybe 5 and 6 ...LOL !

The other thing we would like to note about these  is ... when we eat regular everyday oatmeal cookies "we love the recipe right on the oats canister" .. the oats are definitely noticeable when chewing and tasting your cookie . These cookies don't have that same texture at all .. in fact we could taste the oat flavor but didn't get the oat texture ... so we added more oats to the remainder of our batch to  firm up the cookies and to see if we could get a little oat texture .. We did achieve a small amount of texture and the cookies did firm up which we preferred simply a matter of  personal taste... .. we put approx. ... 1 cup of extra oats ...

The cookies as I said tasted good right out of the oven. That evening after they had time to sit and cool we put them in one of our containers to keep them fresh and from drying out as we live in an extremely dry climate. Fast Forward to the next day and about mid morning I thought I would try another one of these .. and I was shocked to find they were super moist. So much so that the nice semi crusty out layer that was on them out of the oven ..was completely gone and they were just super soft and super moist ( even after adding an extra cup of oats) .. Now this isn't necessarily a bad thing but most definitely not how any cookies we have ever baked turn out .. usually we are fighting to keep them moist in our dry climate. So as a cookie they were not our personal favorite .. .. However there are always two sides to a story ...

This Recipe does yield a good amount of cookies .. there was no way we were going to eat them all so the family that lives next door to us got a nice large plate full ...  I talked to our neighbor today ..in fear we may have sent a confusing plate of cookies to them and gosh what did they think about them the next day being so moist .. Well .. They loved them .. however the first thing they mentioned without me saying a word was how good they were and they would love to have more but they tasted more like a muffin .. So my "Cakuffins" .. was a correct assessment on our part ..

As far as being over the moon about them... we weren't but the neighbors were .. so this is one of those recipes like many that just boils down to personal taste ..

Have any of you made these before ? and If you make these let us know what you think ...

TIP : ****** We recommend waiting to pre-heat your oven... As this recipe calls for your dough to rest 5- 10 minutes before scooping onto your baking sheets ...we found this was the perfect time to pre-heat the oven ************

Pumpkin-Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Yield: Nearly 4 dozen
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for 30 seconds, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy (occasionally stop and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl throughout entire mixing process). Blend in egg then blend in vanilla extract and pumpkin puree. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and pecans (if you want some chocolate to show through set some aside to press into tops before baking). Let batter rest 5 - 10 minutes (this just gives the oats some time to absorb the liquids so batter isn't so sticky and cookies don't spread so much).
  • Scoop dough out 2 Tbsp at a time (I used a 1 1/2-inch cookie scoop, which I recommend using for evenly shaped cookies and fill it heaping), and drop onto Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 12 - 14 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Sunday, August 24, 2014

~ WINNERS ~ of the Jarden Home Brands & Sweet Magnolias Farm Ball Jar Giveaway Are .....

Happy Sunday Y'all ...
Well it's been a Fun Filled week watching everyone's entries add up for the Giveaway...
Thank You to everyone who participated in entering the giveaway ..
I know we and Jarden Home Brands are both grateful to all of you who pinned and spread the word about their generous Grand Prize giveaway and participated in the August 16th Can it Forward Day ..
We Hope Jarden comes up with another Great Giveaway Next Year and we can team up with them once again ! I'm sure you all do too !
Be sure and stop by their "Fresh Preserving" Store to stock up on all your Canning Supplies ..
So on to the Winners
Grand Prize Winner : Sandy

1st Place Winner : Lauren

2nd Place Winner: Donna

3rd Place Winner: NANCY

All Winners have been notified 3 have responded and we are giving a little more time to our 4th entrant to respond if we don't hear back from them by Monday we will be picking a replacement winner.
Thanks to everyone once again .. we had a blast and we hope you did too !

Friday, August 22, 2014

Last Day to Enter our Ball Canning Jar Giveaway.....Ends at Midnight Tonight ...

Hey Y'all ...
Well .. I just wanted to let you all know today is the last day to enter our Ball Jar Giveaway ...
At Midnight Tonight the Entries will end ..
If you haven't seen the Prizes ..Here they are
Grand Prize From Jarden Home Brands
 (Plus 2 items not pictd)

1st Prize

 2nd Prize

3rd Prize
Enter...  HERE

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Just a quick update to let you all know that Fall has arrived at Sweet Magnolias Farm

Hey did you know it's just about Fall Y'all !
We've had gals writing and asking us when we would be releasing our fall offerings ..so we hopped to and ...
Well we have made a big start this week ..
All of our Fall Flour Sack Towels are now available .. Along with some new Vintage items
AND ...
For the first time we are offering online our One of a Kind "Farmhouse Pumpkins" . I just listed the first Two ..
Here's a few sneek peeks..

Did you know that any of our Flour Sack Towel Designs can be made into our pillows, aprons, hotpads, and gift bags ... Just convo. us in our shop and let us know what you want.
You can find all of these fun offerings in our shop HERE

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Thanksgiving Free Printable Clip Art Turkey

Well  I can't believe we are only a little over a month away from the first day of Fall ... (Setpt. 22nd)
Boy has this year passed so quickly to me ...
It seems everyone is already ready for fall .. On pinterest people are pinning away fall images and fall creations .. and the shops and stores are already filling their shelves with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Fall décor .. So I thought we'd get a bit of an early start ourselves and start you all off with this fun Vintage Turkey,

This is the Original Card ...

And Here it is for your pleasure in old fashioned sepia ..
Please Check out our "Free Printables" Page HERE for a few other renditions of this turkey ..
These would be fabulous Place Cards for your Thanksgiving Dinner Table ... which you could get an early start on making now .. And add your families names in the signage.
Or they would make lovely tags for gifts ..
And I'm sure there are dozens of other ideas too ..
Enjoy ...
And Don't forget to enter our Free Giveaway going on Now August 15th - 23rd 2014
Click  HERE to enter


Friday, August 15, 2014

Join Sweet Magnolias Farm for Ball Caninng "International Can it Forward Day + Giveaway with a Bonanaza of Farm Fresh Ball Products ....

Hey Y'all ... we are super excited to announce that we have been asked once again to team up with Ball Canning for  another Fabulous Ball Jar Giveaway  by Jarden Home Brands...  The place to find fabulous canning supplies.
This Year we are celebrating "International Can It Forward Day "
 Click Here for the Schedule of Events 

Click Here to Join the Live Webcast Saturday August 16th ..

This a Bonanza of Ball Jar Goods You won't want to miss out on !!!
Grand  Prize Winner will get  All of these Amazing Gifts Pictured below from Jarden  Home Brands ..
Grand Prize Winner will Receive ...
1.) Case of Green American Heritage ..Pint Jars
1.) Case of Green American Heritage Quart Jars
1.) 100 Yr Anniversary Edition Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving
1.) Box of Dry Herb Jars (4 jars with shaker caps and removable labels)
1.) Pair of 5-Blade Herb Scissors
1.) Fresh Herb Keeper ( not pictured)
1.) Frozen Herb Starters( not pictured)

(Approx. Retail Value $70-)
Wow that's a lot of fabulous Ball Items for One person to win ... YES one Winner for all of these items ..
But no Worries ..because you know we can't just stand having One Winner ..so Abbey and I have some more fabulous items for a total of  "4 Winners" ...
But first off I want to tell you a little about all these amazing Ball Goods we received in the mail ourselves ..

If you are a home Canner or want to Get started Home Canning .. these products are a great way to get that boost ...
Of course hands down .. these American Heritage Ball jars be they Pint or Quart Size are just charming in their stunning Vintage Green Glass ! And Perfect For Fall and Christmas.. ...Gotta  Love them ..! They are made beautifully and  are just Perfection rather you are a home canner, or you just want to use them to store dry goods , use them as vases or make your kitchen super cute !  Although I would love to say we are home canner's .. we are not .. Owning a full time business just doesn't leave the time for us to do canning at this time in our life .. But Abbey was a home canner when I was a little girl .. And has been a home cook all of her years thus far. So Canning has been part of our home at one time.
The Ball 100 year Anniversary Blue Book Guide to Preserving .. is Chock full of great Recipes from your favorite spread or jam to pickled and brined foods or putting up your favorite fruits and more. It walks you through getting started with the canning process .. and provides some vintage illustrations as well as some fabulous picts of canned foods you want to pull out of the pages and eat  ! 
The Ball 5- Blade Herb Scissors .. are well made .. great comfortable grip handles along with stainless steel blades .. superb for cutting herbs ... so much better than trying to chop them with a dull knife like we unfortunately have had the pleasure of doing here at the farmhouse .. LOL ! Especially getting the cilantro ready for our Homemade Chicken Fajitas Marinade .these would have come in and will come in very handy in the future.  These even come  with a blade cover so it keeps them in good condition but hey lets face it the cover really saves the frustration of the blades entangling with other utensils that are stored in the same drawer .
And we can't forget the Dry Herb Jars ... These hold 4 oz of yummy dry herbs ... fresh from your garden .... the bases are a nice thick heavy weight glass .. ( made well) ... and the lids are plastic with a pop/snap top that opens the center of the lid and reveals the shaker .. Nice open holes ..not to small and not to big just right .. (kind of like Goldilocks finding the right bed).. Perfect for shaking those dry herbs while cooking ...
The Fresh Herb Keeper and the Frozen Herb Starters .. didn't make it to me yet .. so I can't tell you all a lot about them .. other than to say the quality of the items I have received thus far is awesome so going by that these other 2 items I'm sure they will be just as lovely.. I'll do an update as soon as they arrive. Just know that the other 2 items are also part of the Grand Prize...and they are not pictured.
So on to the 2nd half of the giveaway ...

Abbey and I wanted to Add a few extras on for all of our Followers ... Because Hey it's just more fun when there are more winners right !
So First Prize Winner will receive .. Our New Fall "Farm Fresh Apples" Flour Sack Towel and Pot Holder ( which can also be purchased HERE ) along with One American Heritage Green Glass Pint Size Jar ...
2nd Prize ... Wins ... a Pint Size American Heritage Green Glass Ball Jar ..with a Pump Lid .. Perfect for Liquid soap be it in the bath or kitchen ..

3rd Prize ... Wins ...a Pint Size American Heritage Green Glass Ball Jar ..with one of our Chicken Wire Flower Frog Lids ( great for your fresh picked blooms or to hold pens and pencils) ...  

Here's How to Win ....Just sign up using rafflecopter.. there are multiple ways to earn entries .. You can Sign up using your FB account or your E-mail address .. Neither will be used for anything other than picking a winner. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Giveaway Will End FRIDAY 8-22-14 at Midnight..
Winner will be Announced Sunday 8-24-14
Full disclosure: Jarden Home Brands asked me to host the above Grand Prize Ball Package giveaway,and to spread the word about Can-It-Forward Day. I received the  Grand prize package listed above from Jarden Home Brands free of charge for review purposes. I have not received any additional compensation and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.  Please only enter if you are in the contiguous 48 States .. Thank You .