Sunday, December 18, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I don' t know about you but I have found myself throwing away the left over pumpkin puree that my recipe didn't call for. This time I was determined to use it all up. I made 3 different recipes from one 15 oz can of pumpkin puree!! I was pretty excited...just ask my husband.
Neely's Whoopie Pumpkin Pies (from the FoodNetwork)
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Pinch salt
- 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Using a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar and beat together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, then the buttermilk and the vanilla. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Add the dry ingredients in increments to the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
Drop heaping tablespoons of the batter onto parchment lined sheet trays, leaving a 2-inch space between each cookie. Put in the oven and bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool on rack.
Beat together the cream cheese and butter, in a small bowl, until smooth. Slowly add in the confectioner’s sugar. Once smooth, add the pumpkin puree, the cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Beat until smooth and well mixed.
To assemble the cookie, spread a heaping tablespoon of the filling to the flat side of a cookie and sandwich with another. Repeat with the remaining cookies. Transfer to a serving platter and serve.
I would highly recommend putting these together just before serving as indicated. I however made them and left them at room temp. for about 3 hours. The cookie became too soft, but we had one the next day after it was refrigerated and it was way better!!
I got this recipe from a Krusteaz coupon, but I had bisquick at home so I just made the pancake recipe and added the brown sugar, spices, and pumpkin...it came out amazing!!!!
2 cups Krusteaz Buttermilk pancake mix
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
Mix together and make the BEST pancakes you have ever had!!! I'm making these for Christmas morning this year for sure!
Also it suggests Maple Whipping Cream..yum I didn't have any heavy whipping cream at the time but I will next time:)
Maple Whipping Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp maple syrup
On this last one I didn't actually measure the pumpkin but it looked like a cup was left and they came out amazing!!!! I added some chocolate chips and I used dried cranberries instead, also I didn't have an orange so no zest (I wish I had cause I love orange zest in recipes).
Pumpkin Cranberry Cookies
1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cranberries
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp orange zest
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 375. Grease cookie sheets (I used parchment paper)
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla, egg and pumpkin. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon; stir into mixture until well blended. Cut the cranberries in half and stir into mixture along with the orange zest and walnuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Sunday, September 4, 2011
If you know me you know I'm in love with this color. I love the shell on the upper ledge (you can see it in the before picture). The clear knobs are my favorite. The original table only had one knob and the hole for it was huge. So Jordan's dad filled it in with wood putty and drilled 2 holes. Then I used metallic spray paint to refinish the door hinges so they would match the knobs. This has been such a fun and rewarding project. It's so fun having a furniture piece with some history too. I love the Queen Anne legs in the front. Decorating the table took some real thought and I had left it blank for about a week before deciding. I was nervous about it being too cluttered, thankfully my friend Maddie helped me to perfect it.
Also, below are some of my recent thrifting finds
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I love to cook as you all know, but I am usually one to follow recipes fairly to the "T". Tonight I went out on a limb and am quite pleased with the results. Last night I went looking through my recipe stash for this weeks meals. I pulled out a Campbell's recipe for chicken enchiladas. As I looked it over I realized I was short several ingredients. So I started formulating a new recipe in my head...quite fun I must say. Throughout the day today at work I caught myself thinking of the different options I had to make this unique.
Below is what I came up with.
Enchilada Pot Pie
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 red pepper
- 1 sweet onion
- 1/2 cup diced grape tomatoes
- 1/2 cup of salsa
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 can cream of celery soup
- 1/4 tsp chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar
- 1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
- tortilla chips
Preheat oven to 425. Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Saute onion and pepper till tender about 4 minutes. Add diced chicken, chili powder and salt/pepper. Stir in salsa, sour cream, cream of celery soup. Heat through. Take four ramekins or one 9x9 pan. Put down a layer of tortilla chips then spoon in chicken mixture. Put another layer of tortilla chips and top with cheese and diced tomatoes. Bake for 15 min or until golden brown.
And here we are on a hike in White Oak Canyon with our friends Aaron and Maddie for Memorial day. This hike is awesome full of swimming holes and waterfalls. In the picture at the top I was looking at all the little fishes nibbling at me...in case you were wondering :)
Monday, February 14, 2011
Then I came home to some sweet gifts from my hubby. When I woke up the next day Jordan had the whole day planned special for me. We spent the day in Alexandria, VA. My boss told me that it is known to be one of the most romantic cities. It was so perfect...good choice Jordan. We arrived and went to this wonderful brunch spot and enjoyed a delicious egg dish followed by a delectable peach filled crepe, all while sipping on some yummy coffee. Then we ventured down to the water where we found a walking path which ended up being super long not sure how long it goes for but we were on in for about 3 hours. It was beautiful and sunny. The best day ever.
We ended the evening at a Spanish Tapas Restaurant. It was so tasty and fun to try new things!!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
I like to make little jello snacks for lunches every once and awhile and last time I was making jello I noticed this "magic mousse" recipe on the side of the box and thought to myself that I should try that. So yesterday I did and today I ate one at lunch and it didn't disappoint. I LOVED it! All you do is mix in a tub of cool whip into the jello liquid and it sets as if you spent a bunch of time making the layers but really all you did was mix it and you get to enjoy fun tasty layers of jello.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Now back to working on the quilt for my parents...which I started in fall of 2009!! What a sweet success that will be when I complete it :)
Thursday, January 27, 2011
All you need is:
Whole Wheat Pita (I used the pocketless kind)
Thursday, January 20, 2011
The recipe I want to share is Nona Luna's Rice. It is so amazing I even made it for my parents when we were visiting and they love it too. Give it a try! It is a very tasty and satisfying dish. Also Jordan bought a special drink called "Christmas Soda" it was fun, kind of a spicy drink.
Also...thanks to my Family and Friends our kitchen has become more equipped with fun things. So thank you!! Here are some pictures of our wonderful new kitchen goodies.
I am cooking up a storm with all these new additions!!