Friday, September 28, 2012

Dinner!

Making this for dinner tonight...Crock Pot Chicken and Stuffing!
Will let everyone know how it tastes! I also found some spiders for my creepy wreath- will update photos soon!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My Favorite Pumpkin Bread!

I mean really, is there anything better than warm pumpkin bread slathered in butter- at any time of the day? I think not. I have been making this recipe for years, and it always turns out great. In my opinion, it's got the perfect amount of spice and sweetness, it's utterly delicious.

So here goes: In a mixing bowl you cream butter and sugar.


It'll get nice and fluffy. Go ahead, taste it. There's probably nothing worse for you than butter and sugar creamed together...but it's soooooooooooo good.

Then you're going to add in your eggs. Mix that well.

Then in a separate bowl, add your dry ingredients. I went ahead and sifted the flower so it would be nice and silky.

Then add your vanilla to your wet mixture, and all of the spices and baking soda/powder to the dry mixture.
Stir the dry mix into the wet mix, just until moistened. I go ahead and do this 1/2 at a time so it's easier to mix together. It should look like this when you're done.
Then go ahead and stir in your pumpkin.
Next, pour into 2 greased loaf pans, I go ahead and flour the pans as well, so the bread is easier to pop out.
Then to make things easier, I put the pans on an old cookie sheet, so the bread pans are easier to get in and out of the oven.
I used one silicone pan, and one metal. Just wanted to see the difference, and if the bake times would be the same- they were by the way. Just the shape of the bread was a little different.

Next, put loaves in a preheated 350 degree oven, and check after an hour. Mine usually takes about an hour and 15 minutes, but some ovens vary, so make sure to check at the hour mark.

Then, out will come your delicious, yummy, bread!

Go ahead and have a slice while it's warm, just be careful cutting it. Use a knife with a serrated blade. And a word of caution...it's addicting.
Here's the full recipe:

1 cup butter
3cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon of allspice
1 (16oz) can solid pack pumpkin (I used 15oz)

Directions: In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and mix well. Add in vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. (Go ahead and sift if you feel you should do so). Stir the dry ingredients in the creamed mixture, half at a time to make the mixing easier. Stir just until moistened. Add in the pumpkin. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans and bake at 350- checking at an hour. Stick a toothpick in the loaves to check for doneness.

Hope you enjoy this recipe. I made them last night, and almost a whole loaf is already gone. YUMMY!



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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A few Fall crafts!


I haven't had a ton of time to do a lot of crafting- a 7 month old keeps me pretty busy, but I don't mind because he's adorable. But here's a few crafty things I have been up to this past week...
 I found this cute little sign in the 50 cent section at Wally World. It didn't have the embellishment, so I thought I'd cute it up a little bit...
 I got a bag of leaves at the $ Tree, strung them together with some thread and hot glued them in place. I had some fabric yo-yo's laying around, so I stuck one in the middle and put on a little diamond- who doesn't love a little bling?! Overall a VERY inexpensive, yet cute craft for my little hallway console table area.

Ignore the mail, it's outta control!
 And did you notice that cute little cream colored pumpkin I found at the $ Tree- again, seriously my fave store!
I also threw together a weird little Halloweenish ribbon wreath.
I got the green wreath form at the $ Tree and wrapped black, orange, and cream colored ribbon around it. Then I took some black ribbon and wrapper it all around so it looks like a spider web. All I need now is to find a little furry spider to clip on there- I'll post some pics when I find one!

I also just started knitting myself a fall colored scarf, it's not very far along, but here's a sneak peek...
I also found some cute cupcake cups in the 50 cent area at Wal Mart, and practiced making some cute flowers out of them, maybe for a later project...

And then I raided the paint chip sections at Wal Mart and Lowe's to find the perfect orange to paint my kitchen- yes, soon I'm going to paint it orange.GASP! I know....look for more posts about that in the future. Maybe I can find some fall craftiness to do with all of these paint chips!
Other than that, just adding little fall touches around the house and trying to find more pumpkin flavored things to consume before fall is over!

(See how boring the walls in my kitchen are? That's why I want to paint them!)

Here's the 2 colors I'm thinking about doing...the lighter color in most of the kitchen, and the darker on the back wall as an accent.

Except those look WAY different in person! lol Oh well, you can see it when I paint it! ;-)



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Yah- I'd eat that!

Since I'm holed up in my house with some sort of cold, me and the little man have just been hanging out in our pj's. Which has been giving me plenty of time to surf Pinterest. Since I have been trying out pumpkin recipes like crazy, I'd like to show off some that I've found on there, but probably won't get the chance to make. I mean, there are so many pumpkin recipes out there, I would have to make 20 a day- and who has that kind of time. So here's a little segment I'd like to call- "Yah, I'd eat that- Pumpkin" lol I'll link them to the original post underneath the pics...

Pumpkin Twinkies
Better than...cake  
Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts
Drinkable Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Poppers 
Pumpkin Dump Cake
Pumpkin Cream Sauce
I mean, seriously, there are hundreds...if only I could make pumpkin recipes all day long...I would be in heaven. I would love if anyone out there would like to share some of their favorite pumpkin recipes with me, I mean I know there are more that aren't on pinterest! Haha...until next time!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

More Tasty Pumpkin Treats

So this weekend I decided to go ahead and try some more pinterest pumpkin recipes, and since we're the youth group leaders at our church, I tested them on the kids! Ha-ha-ha! The two recipes I decided to try were 2 ingredient pumpkin muffins, and pumpkin puppy chow. First the muffin recipe: the original site it came from was here. You basically add a cake mix and canned pumpkin together.
 Stir it real good, and put it in some cute muffin cups- I found some really cute ones at the $ tree! Have I ever mentioned my love for that store?!


 Next you bake them at 350 for 20-25 minutes, mine took the longer end of the spectrum.
Then, you let them cool and sprinkle them with powdered sugar.

They're not too bad. A little short on pumpkiny flavor, but moist and cake like. I definitely tasted more of the cake mix than the pumpkin. If I make these again, I will definitely add some pumpkin pie spice, which you can find the recipe for in that earlier post. I also would smooth them out a little, because once I put them in the muffin cups, they pretty much stayed whatever shape they were in. Overall, not bad, but just needs a little something extra.

The second recipe I tried out this weekend was Pumpkin Puppy Chow, that's the original recipe post. Let me just say- YUM O! It's also really simple to make. You buy some of these:
You melt them over a double boiler (or have your hubby do it so you can take some pics)



And then you dump that melted goodness over 9 cups of chex mix...
Then you dump in some powdered sugar and shake, shake, shake!

And out comes this super yummy, powdered sugary, goodness. We LOVED it. In fact, while I was grocery shopping yesterday, my hubby called and said, "can you buy some more stuff to make that puppy chow when we run out?". I'm glad I married a pumpkin fanatic like myself!

I got the very last bag of pumpkin hershey kisses, and the last 2 cans of pumpkin at wal mart yesterday, by the way. There must be other people out there going pumpkin crazy and reading Pinterest like me. Go ahead and be on the lookout later this week for some more pumpkin recipes, including one of my own, and my very yummy stewed apple recipe!

On a side note, in the $ section at Target (which I love just like the $ Tree) I found these adorable disposable coffee cups, that I just had to bring home with me!


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