Green Chile, Corn, and Potato Chowder

 My lovely friend Kendra made a request a few days ago for some soups or stews. I had been craving a warm, comforting soup so I decided on a chowder.  This can be made with or without the green chile. I know many of you do not have access to it. Also, this recipe will serve 10-15 people. I always make things in bulk and freeze for later so half this recipe if you want just enough for dinner plus one day of leftovers.
Ingredients:
1/2  package of bacon
7 potatoes, cleaned, peeled and diced
fresh corn kernnels from 7 ears of corn
1 1/2 onions diced
4 toes of garlic minced
4 cups of New Mexico green chile, roasted, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup cream
4-6 cups milk
2-4 cups chicken stock

Recipe:
In a large soup pot, cook bacon on medium heat until crispy. Remove and set aside for later. Add potatoes to bacon drippings and cook on medium until tender (about 15 min.) Now add garlic and onion to potatoes and cook another 10 min. Now add the flour and begin adding  the liquids slowly, stirring as you go. Keep adding slowly until you get the desired thickness. Now you can add the corn. Bring this all to to a boil and reduce to simmer for about 20 minuets. You can add more milk or stock as needed to adjust thinckness. Now chop the bacon into bits for a garnish and enjoy.  


Please go take *PEEK* at my gorgeous, handmade GIVEAWAYS. You will not be disappointed. I promise!

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Sponsor Welcome


I am so pleased to introduce you all to my newest sponsor, The Puzzled One. This is a store that offers all handmade wooden toys and puzzles. All these wooden goodies are beautifully handcrafted and will last for years to come. You know me, I love the idea to give anything handmade to a child but these are also great because they are educational as well. These would make a great Christmas or birthday gift for a wide age range. Here is glimpse of some of the beautiful wooden goodies you can find over at The Puzzled One.

The Puzzled One offers beautifully crafted, personalized name puzzles, personalized photo puzzles and I love the paint your own puzzle kits. The Puzzled One even offers free shipping on orders $100 or more.

Please help me show The Puzzled One a warm bouffe e bambini welcome and go browse around their lovely handmade shop and pick up something early from your Christmas list.

Behind the Scenes look at Little M's Party

So just in case any of you were interested in knowing a little more about what went into the planning of Little Milton's first birthday party I thought I would do a behind the scenes look. 
All the paper rosettes I made myself after seeing this post from the wonderful blog Little Sooti. I love her ideas.  Here is the how to guide on making these lovely rosettes. Happy crafting!!!


Here was the photo that actually inspired what I did for my party and here's how mine actually turned out. Not quiet as spectacular but close enough.


Now, for the baking...........I made these chocolate cupcakes. This is my sister in laws family recipe which I LOVE. It calls for one sup of strong coffee which I think makes it. I also decided to fill these cupcakes with homemade whip cream and it turned out wonderful. I definitely recommend trying it. Plus it makes them so much more spectacular and isn't difficult. After the cupcakes have cooled just whip up some sugar and cream and then pipe a little into the center of each cupcake using a pasty bag and piping tip. EASY PEASY!


I also made these red velvet cupcakes.It's Paula Dean's recipe. I compared hers and Martha Stewart's and they were practically identical. They turned out nice also.



The cupcake toppers I ordered from The Paper Kindom and I thought they came out great. 

Now that Milton's birthday is over I am on to planning a baby shower for Ginger. I am thinking pale, pale pinks, white and maybe yellow. I am going to look into making giant taffeta pom poms as decorations. I'll let you know how the progress is coming once I get started. 


Oh, and I almost forgot I got these gorgeous paper straws at little shop I love called Sweet Lulu



Please take moment to have *peek* at my handmade GIVEAWAYS. I am so happy to be able to share my love of handmade with all my lovely readers. 
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B:MOD DESIGNS Handmade Leg Warmers GIVEAWAY

So, if you all remember last week I had the pleasure of introducing you to B:MOD DESIGNS and the A*D*O*R*A*B*L*E handmade leg warmers that shop owner Sandra features.  Well, I was fortunate enough to be able to review a pair of her adorable leg warmers and lets just say I am over the moon for these little darlings . I am already planning outfits for Ginger who hasn't even arrived yet. I'm thinking I could use at least 10 more pairs. 
Look how C*U*T*E these leg warmers are that she sent me. I am in love, love, love with these. They are extremely soft and stretchy. I can see that they will be very versatile and will fit for years.  I love the bold, funky color scheme and I adore that these reference Paris!!! I've only been to Paris once but that was enough. I'm hooked. 
S*W*O*O*N


I love these for so many reasons but just to name a few, they make diaper changing a breeze, they keep little legs warm, they protect little knees when crawling, and they fit baby all the way up to teen. How awesome is that!! Plus their CUTE, FUNKY, HIP!!! They make the P*E*R*F*E*C*T stocking stuffer!!! Your little one is sure to be the life of the party with these little lovelies.
So the best news is that one of you, my lovely, lucky readers is getting a chance to win a pair of your very own. In fact A*N*Y pair in her whole shop!!!! That's right, Sandra has been generous enough to offer this amazing giveaway!! WOO HOO!!! 
Just take a quick *peek* at some of your adorable choices. I want every single one..........



BUY IT.................Head on over to B:MOD now and snatch some up for yourself. 
WIN IT........ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY........RULES TO ENTER:

THE PRIZE:  Your choice of ANY pair of leg warmers in her shop. Giveaway open USA and CANADA ONLY!!

 MANDATORY ENTRYGo visit B:MOD DESIGNS and tell me which pair is your FAVORITE!!! (good for one entry. leave one comment)

WANT MORE CHANCES TO WIN? for addition entries:
1. Become a follower of B:MOD's  blog and leave a comment there telling her bouffe e bambini sent you (good for one entry. leave one comment)
2. Become a fan of bouffe e bambini on facebook (good for one entery, leave one comment)
3. Tweet this post:  Enter to win ADORABLE handmade leg warmers http://bouffeebambini.blogspot.com/2010/11/bmod-designs-handmade-leg-warmers.html(one entry, leave one comment)
4.Post this link to your blog or facebook page Enter to win ADORABLE handmade leg warmers http://bouffeebambini.blogspot.com/2010/11/bmod-designs-handmade-leg-warmers.html(one entry, leave one comment)
5. Enter one of my other GIVEAWAYS and leave a comment here telling me which one.

You MUST be 18 years or older to enter
Giveaway OPEN USA and CANADA ONLY
You MUST leave separate comments for each entry and please leave don't forget to leave your email address
Giveaway will be open until Monday November 15th at midnight
One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by me via email
GOOD LUCK!!!!!


If you like this giveaway....PLEASE come check out my others.......ALL my GIVEAWAYS are handmade and gorgeous!!!!!

please, please................DO NOT comment here if your NOT entering the giveaway. THANK YOU:)
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Little Milton's First Birthday Party

Yesterday was little M's first birthday party. I had been really looking forward to it. I figuered it might be my only chance since I am soon to have two babies under two. We had a wonderful time. Little M was overwhelmed at times but enjoyed playing outside in his new play area and seeing all the lovely people who joined us. Here's a glimpse into the party........




I am going to post a "behind the scenes" look into the party also where I will feature the recipes I used for the cupcakes and where some of the decorations came from. All the hanging rosettes and birthday banner I made.

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Bully Design GIVEAWAY

Look what I got in the mail today..........This A*D*O*R*A*B*L*E Angel onesie from Deanne over at Bully Design. It's 100% cotton and SOFT, SOFT, SOFT.............It's comparable to one of my designer onesies that I have little Milton. I am in love with the "Angel" silk screen print on the front and of course the wings on the back!!! It's even adorned with little tiny rhinestones. PERFECT for any little angel. I can't wait to put mine in this.

Everything at Bully Design is hand screened and made to order on super soft 100% cotton garments. Bully Design offers tons of adorable onesies and shirts for adults too. I love the variety..............some are funny, some are cute and others beautiful. These would make the perfect baby shower gift or baby's birthday present. 

THE BEST PART?? Bully Design has so generously offered to give one of you the chance to win your choice of ANY $14 dollar onesie in the shop. Just take a peek at some of the adorable onesies you'll find over there...... 


BUY IT..................go to the Bully Design and shop. 

WIN IT........ENTER TO WIN THIS GIVEAWAY........RULES TO ENTER:

THE PRIZE: Your choice of any $14 dollar onesie in the shop. GIVEAWAY OPEN WORLDWIDE

 MANDATORY ENTRYGo visit Bully Design and tell me what your favorite onesie is (good for one entry. leave one comment)

WANT MORE CHANCES TO WIN? for addition entries:
1. Become a fan of Bully Design on facebook and leave a comment on their wall telling them bouffe e bambini sent you.
2. Enter one of my other GIVEAWAYS and comment here telling me which one.
3. Tweet this post:  Enter to win an adorable hand screened onesie  (one entry, leave one comment)
4.Post this link to your blog or facebook page Enter to win an adorable hand screened onesie (one entry, leave one comment)
5. Become a fan of bouffe e bambini on facebook

You MUST be 18 years or older to enter
Giveaway OPEN WORLDWIDE
You MUST leave separate comments for each entry and please leave don't forget to leave your email address
Giveaway will be open until Sunday November 14th at midnight!
One winner will be chosen at random and contacted by me via email
GOOD LUCK!!!!!

If you like this giveaway....PLEASE come check out my others.......ALL my GIVEAWAYS are handmade and gorgeous!!!!!

please, please................DO NOT comment here if your NOT entering the giveaway. THANK YOU:)




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