Remember the first recipe I ever posted on here? The chocolate muffins with pumpkin puree? Well I decided to try making them again with a different flavor of cake mix... Spice cake. And holy cow they were AMAZING.
Seriously, I almost ate ALL of them! Oops. Although they are kind of not that bad for you I'm sure when you eat all of them, thats not good.
Especially when some of them are topped with the pumpkin spice butter glaze that I made... That kind of turned out not the way I had planned because I got distracted and let the glaze set up before I got it onto the muffins.
By the way, I have officially made up for my lack of pumpkin eating through out the years... I have never been a big fan of pumpkin. But this year ever since "Fall" started I'm like OMG I NEED PUMPKIN! And I have Fall in quotations because like I have mentioned in previous posts, here in Florida, Fall likes to forget about us... So it is kind of non-existent.
Speaking of our non-existent Fall, it has been cold this weekend! And it is supposed to be cold this week too! That means it is time for that Ugg boots and jean shorts trend that I have never gotten into. But thats ok, because in 2 weeks it will probably be beach weather again!
Anyway, these muffins were a huge hit with Brody... He had two of them after I made them.
Don't judge him.
Pumpkin Spice Cake Muffins
Yields 15 muffins
1 box spice cake mix
1 can pumpkin puree
1/4 cup water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together until combined. Batter will be very thick. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Fill liners 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 25 minutes.
These were awesome on their own. But I wanted to try more of a cupcake option so I made my own glaze, with my favorite pumpkin spice butter.
Pumpkin Spice Butter Glaze
3 tbsp confectioners sugar
1/2 tbsp pumpkin spice butter, softened
1 tsp milk
Whisk ingredients together until combined, you can add more milk for a thinner consistency. Pour over cooled muffins, about a 1-2 teaspoons should cover at least half of them.
And again, don't get distracted and let the glaze set up so that you have to spread it out on the muffins super carefully, which is not an easy task and doesn't make them very pretty.
I have a really bad habit. Sometimes I will start making a new recipe without even reading the directions... I just assume I'm supposed to do this then this and add these things together etc.
Like this one time, we had a party for work at our boss' house where we all decided to bring desserts that we found on pinterest... One of my recipes were brownies with peanut butter cheesecake. So the morning of the party I start making the cheesecake... Halfway through I read "Let cheesecake set in the refrigerator overnight..." I had to be there in 3 hours. Crap. Although it was still good, I'm sure it would have been better had I read the directions before starting.
Anyway, have you guys seen the new macaroni and cheese Betty Crocker makes? It's in a red box. We are usually a Kraft "blue box" kinda family. But we saw this new stuff in the store and decided to try the cheese pizza version...
This one isn't ours, obvi. But I forgot to take a picture before I threw it away so I had to resort to my BFF Google.
There is like a universal way of making macaroni and cheese that everyone knows, right? You cook the pasta, drain, add sauce, milk, and butter if necessary. Super simple and college kids practically live off of that and those ramen noodle cups because of the simplicity. Oh, and because it is cheap.
So I assumed that this new macaroni and cheese was supposed to be made the same way until I drained the pasta and went to add the milk and butter and saw that sure enough, you were supposed to cook it all together or something crazy like that. After starting to read the directions I said oops and just threw the box away. No one else was a fan of it, I thought it was ok but it probably would have been better if I had, once again, read the directions before I started...
Moral of the story... Y'all read the directions before you make something new. Even though I'm sure everyone already does this and I am the only dork that does not read what I am supposed to do before I do it...
And don't cheat on the blue box, stick to what you know.
Oh and can someone inform Betty Crocker how we make mac and cheese these days? I guess she didn't get the memo.
Last weekend, we went to the pumpkin patch at one of our local church's with Brody's girlfriend and one of my best friends. We have yet to carve the pumpkin that we got so the pumpkin carving pictures will be posted later.
Brody was obsessed over this one pumpkin... Anytime we would go into the area that it was he would always run up to this same one and carry it around for a minute or so then put it back!
The church always has a cute barn set up for photo-ops!
He played with this wagon for what seemed like forever...
Snack time before heading home!
We only bought one medium sized pumpkin. That night after we got home Brody said "little pumpkin??" And was very upset to find out that we didn't get a little one... So Ben had to go to Walmart for something and he picked him up a little one. We also had a family photo taken but Ben said it didn't turn out very good. Sad face.
P.S. It is supposed to be cold this week! Yay for finally having Fall weather in Florida!
So whenever I was going to make the Pumpkin Spice Butter Snickerdoodles I may or may not have gotten a little excited and bought a few extra tubs of the Pumpkin Spice Butter... I've been trying to figure out what to make with it besides cookies. So when I saw that they have some pumpkin spice marshmallows out I thought that some rice krispy treats would be perfect! These were super yummy!!
And if anyone has any suggestions for what to make with 3 tubs of pumpkin spice butter, they would be greatly appreciated.
Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispy Treats
6 cups of rice krispy cereal
3 tbsp pumpkin spice butter
1 bag of pumpkin spice marshmallows
Melt butter in a dutch oven or a large cooking pan, add marshmallows and stir until marshmallows have melted on low heat. Remove from heat and add the cereal, mix well and let cool just a little. Press mixture into a 13x9 pan. After making this I looked up easy ways to make Rice Krispy Treats and a tip was to use wax paper to help press into pan.
Every year where we live there is a "Mullet Festival." And for those of you not familiar with seafood, it is a fish. We don't devote a whole festival for the hairstyle, people.
During the day there are rides and the yummy greasy fair food such as fried oreos, fried candy bars, funnel cakes, fried gator on a stick, and corn dogs as long as my arm. There are also local businesses selling shirts and crafts etc, then there are local food stands selling mullet and other goodies. And at night there are concerts. This year Colt Ford played Friday night, Jake Owen on Saturday and Sunday was Kellie Pickler. I've never been at night but from what I have heard it can get pretty crazy.
Last year we took Brody and he was still too young for any of the rides, so we ate a ton of food. This year he was only big enough to go on a few of the rides and then we had a fried PB&J and some french fries.
It might not look like much but you know how good a PB&J is? Well this is about 500 times better than that!
We also caught up with my niece and nephew and rode the spinning aliens with them.
Brody was looking up saying "Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!"
This horse riding was a bad idea.. The whole time he was trying to jump off of the poor thing.
His fav, this kid rode the helicopters like 3 times.
We watched some clowns make political jokes with a bunch of kids. And drank some lemonade.
Then we met up with Brody's girlfriend, LaRae and we walked around with them for 2.5 seconds until Brody said "wanna go home!"
So we said our goodbye's and Brody was passed out in the car before we even got a mile away from the festival. We didn't eat as much as I wanted to and I am sure that my body is grateful I didn't stuff it with the fried oreos, corn dogs, fried snickers, and fried PB&J like I did last year. Although I am thinking of frying up some Oreos here at home to make up for not eating any. So I would like to apologize to my heart in advance for the arteries that I'm sure will probably be clogged after that.
Thanks for the memories Mullet! See you next year!
We have been really busy this weekend. We went to the pumpkin patch at a local church and we went to the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival. But more on those two events in another post.
Let's just cut to the chase, shall we? This peanut butter pie is literally the easiest thing I have ever made and it is REALLY good. And it's 4 ingredients. That's it.
I used a graham cracker crust because our store was out of the Oreo ones. But I'm sure it would be just as good or even better with an Oreo crust.
Super Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
1 pie crust, graham cracker or Oreo
1 tub of Cool Whip, thawed
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tub of Philadelphia Indulgence Milk Chocolate, room temp
Spread the whole tub of chocolate cream cheese in an even layer in the bottom of the pie crust. Gently fold the peanut butter into the cool whip. When mixed, spread over the cream cheese. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours. Top with Chocolate syrup or Reese's peanut butter cups.
So I know Friday is almost over but I was browsing the humor page on Pinterest and came across some Bridesmaids quotes. If you haven't seen this movie, go rent it now! You will pee your pants from laughing so hard!
So aside from the fact that I love food and cooking and I have the cutest kid in the whole entire world you probably don't know anything about me... Unless we are BFF's in real life or you hang out with me on a regular basis or we work together, you probably don't know much at all. To celebrate my blog having almost 1100 views I decided to tell you a little bit more about myself. There I go being a party animal again.
I hate coffee. It is gross. I want to be one of those chic people sitting in Starbucks sippin' on an Americano and reading. But coffee is just.. Ew.
The farthest away from home I have ever been was in high school when I went to NYC to play at Carnegie Hall with our school band. Stylemarchers, HOLLA! It was SO much fun!
I met my husband at Walmart... And no we are not the backwoods, pullin' some trucks out of the mud, hardcore country music lovin' people.
I have only been to one concert in my whole life, Lynard Skynard and Hank Williams Jr. It was intense.
I could watch every episode of Gilmore Girls and Teen Mom 500 times and still watch them every time they came on TV.
I don't do computers and technical stuff. I always screw it up anytime I touch it. I'm surprised my Macbook has lasted this long.
Every single time I do laundry, the clean stuff sits in baskets until I find the motivation to fold it and put it away, which is usually about a week or so. Or until it is time to do laundry again. And no I won't let my husband touch it, he folds it wrong.
I believe cookies, chocolate, and macaroni and cheese should have their own food groups and like vegetables, should be recommended at least weekly. The world would be a better place if everyone just enjoyed some good ole' mac and cheese every now and then.
After high school, I got my A.A. degree, then got a vocational certificate in Dental Assisting, and now I am working on my B.S. degree.
I hate blueberries, mint chocolate, and grapefruit. I can do blueberry stuff if it is cooked into something, like muffins or donuts but just plain blueberries? Yuck!
I have had used the same perfume for as long as I can remember. I've tried others and always find myself going back to the same one, Dream Angels: Heavenly by Victoria Secret.
If I could only shop at one place for the rest of my life it would be Express.
When things don't go as planned I get a little stressed.
Christmas time is my absolute favorite season out of the whole year.
Do you remember those Candy Corn M&M's I mentioned a few posts ago? The ones that I couldn't find? Well my sister-in-law found them and brought me a bag the other day. I was SO excited... And then I tried one... Talk about some good stuff major disappointment.
On the plus side, I've come to the conclusion that if you put something into a cookie it will be 20,000 times better. Also, candy corn is meant to be in pure candy corn form.
No changes needed.
Oh, and I am all cookie-ed out. Until next weekend, whenever I will probably make some more cookies.
Candy Corn M&M Cookies yields about 3 dozen cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
3/4 granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 bag White Chocolate Candy Corn M&M's
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl except for the M&M's until combined. Fold in M&M's. Roll about a tablespoon of dough into a ball and place on greased cookie sheet 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
P.S. Is it a requirement for teachers to wait like FOREVER to post grades from important tests? Ok maybe it hasn't been forever but it sure seems like it when you check your grades every half hour.
Anytime I hear "snickerdoodle" I think of the episode of "Good Luck Charlie" when it was Amy's baby shower for the new baby and her neighbor, Debbie Dooley, has that weird accent that I'm not even sure if she really talks like that or if that is just acting. Anyway, she brought snickerdoodles to the shower.
Speaking of "Good Luck Charlie" did anyone see the Disney screw up during the announcement episode for the new baby? No one knew if the baby was a boy or a girl and the first commercial during the new episode they showed Bob holding the baby in a blue blanket, when it wasn't supposed to be announced until later in the episode. Way to go keeping the secret Disney. I was super disappointed, especially since one of the name options for the new baby was Jenni.
By the way, I only watch "Good Luck Charlie" because Brody likes to watch it...
So I told you guys how I am on this pumpkin kick in celebration of Fall. My sister-in-law texted me the other day saying that Country Crock has a pumpkin spice butter. Oh my goodness. Whenever I opened the container last night Ben was like "OH MY GOSH DO YOU SMELL THAT!? THAT SMELLS AMAZING!"
I don't really eat a lot of butter, I think my girl Paula eats enough for everyone within a 400 mile radius, but man oh man do I go through some butter during the holidays with baking.
I knew immediately that I wanted to use the pumpkin spice butter to make some snickerdoodles. Because those cookies are already amazing on their own, lets kick it up a notch with some pumpkin!
Pumpkin Spice Butter Snickerdoodles
yields 2-3 dozen cookies
1/2 cup Crisco
1/2 cup Country Crock Pumpkin Spice Butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
For the cinnamon coating:
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream crisco and pumpkin spice butter, add egg, vanilla, and sugar. Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl and gradually add to the butter and egg mixture until mixed well. Roll about a tablespoon-tablespoon and a half of dough into a ball and coat with the cinnamon and sugar mixture. Place dough on a greased baking sheet about 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
P.S. Brody is going to be Captain America for Halloween! We got his costume yesterday... I don't know who is more excited, me or him?
I promise you guys, I am still alive! This week has been super busy! Brody was sick with strep, I came home on Monday with a headache so bad it made me feel nauseous, my work was moving to a new office, my dad had knee replacement surgery, and I had two midterms. It certainly does not seem like much whenever I type it out but I promise you all of that made for a pretty busy week! I didn't even get to go grocery shopping until this afternoon. And by the way, Walmart on a Saturday afternoon? Please shoot me in the face before I do that again. That was cray (crazy for all you non-hipsters).
And let's not talk about how much we ate out this week because it was easier than cooking. No, let's not talk about that at all.
I have one of those dry erase calendar boards that I use to plan meals and I make this awesome knock off Olive Garden Five Cheese Ziti that was on the menu for last night but due to my having to go kill a Physical Science midterm, I left Ben in charge of dinner. And yes, I was nervous. Let's not talk about the enchiladas again. Or the fact that when I was working at my previous job, I was close enough that I could go home for lunch and one day I came home to a box of Kraft mac and cheese with a can of cream of mushroom soup and corn. Um, what? It was terrible. Last night he ended up making a hamburger casserole, and it was actually edible. I was so proud!
So tonight we had the Ziti. It is the bomb.com, forreal! I might be a little biased but I think it is better than Olive Garden's dish. And I love me some OG! To celebrate my birthday a few years ago, I went like 4 times, just in one week. Yeah, it's my fav.
I put meatballs in my recipe, Olive Garden definitely does not do this but I think it adds a little something extra. The frozen pre-made meatballs work perfectly in this recipe.
Knock Off Olive Garden Five Cheese Ziti
1 jar of alfredo sauce
1 jar of spaghetti sauce, I used prego
15 oz Ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp italian seasoning
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
16 oz penne pasta
1 bag frozen italian style meatballs, thawed
For the topping:
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook the pasta until al dente. While the pasta is cooking, mix the alfredo and spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, garlic salt, italian seasoning, both cheese's, and meatballs in a large bowl. Mix the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, parsley, and garlic powder in a separate bowl. Add pasta to the sauce and meatball mix and put into a greased 13x9 baking dish. Top with the other mozzarella cheese then sprinkle the bread crumb mixture evenly over the cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden brown.
And now, it is bedtime. I am very much looking forward to tomorrow, a full day of having absolutely nothing that I have to do. Except I'm sure that some laundry will probably have to be done. Yay.
So I officially suck at this blogging during the week thing. By the time we get home from work, eat dinner, get lunches and everything ready for the next day, bath, and watch veggie tales 14 times I can't keep my eyes open. Plus Brody is pretty much always on my computer every night watching youtube videos and he doesn't share very well.
Anyway, yesterday we had another one of those awesome "firsts" except this one wasn't so awesome. I was working and all the sudden "Jenni your daycare is on line 2..." Crap, first "your kid is sick come get him" call from his new daycare. So off I went to pick up Brody who had a fever and was just laying around. I called his doctor on my way home to see if he could get in sometime today for an appointment. They called back 20 minutes later and said "If you can be here in 15 minutes the doctor will see him." Awesome, especially considering we live on the other side of town and it literally takes 15 minutes to get there, probably longer because it was 5:15 and traffic is always worse at that time due to everyone getting off of work. So I turbo-ed to the other side of town to find out that he has strep. Again. Yay (said in the most extreme sarcastic voice). By the way, he officially hates the lab guy that does the strep test. As soon as he saw him he started saying "No!! No!!" Oh and he spanked some old man while we were waiting for his medicine at Publix. The old man's response "Hey at least he's not one of those introverts!" Oh geeze.
So today we are playing with garbage trucks and air planes and watching youtube videos. And I am trying to get in some study time since I have to take a midterm in 2 days. Yay, again.
So far we have watched a red jet ski video 7 times, spiderman 5 times, garbage trucks 4 times, and some boat crash video 2 times.
This weekend we had my nephew's 6th birthday party at the Skating Rink, somewhere I used to go like every Friday night in middle school and haven't been back since. It hasn't changed one bit!
Brody even skated for like 4 minutes, only because he wanted to see the lights on the middle of the floor. And then he pretended to drive the cars for the rest of the party.
So after the party, my grandparents had planned for us to all go out to eat, but you know those kids in restaurants that won't sit still and run around and crawl under tables and stuff? Yeah that would be my kid. So I said that I would make some spaghetti and we would just eat at home. And by 9:00 yesterday morning dinner was already in the crock pot and I didn't have to worry about anything other than cooking the pasta and garlic bread last night after we got home. Piece of cake.
That's why the crock pot is my favorite kitchen utensil. What else will cook dinner all day while you are at work or out of the house, so that when you get home you barely have to do anything? Seriously the inventor of that should get some kind of award. Or probably just the millions that they made off of the invention, that would be just fine with me.
This recipe was more than enough for 8 people and enough for lunch today but if you are cooking for less you could always freeze half of it. Just make sure that you let it cool completely before you put it in the freezer.
And we have a bunch of jarred tomatos from my mother-in-law and my grandmother so I used two quart sized jars, but you could use the canned tomatos from the store.
Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb ground hamburger meat
1 lb ground pork
2 tbsp butter
1 celery stalk, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 tbsp garlic, chopped
1 small bell pepper, chopped
2 quarts jarred tomatos
2 cans tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
2 1/2 tbsp dried italian seasoning
1 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp sugar
Brown the hamburger meat and ground pork and drain the grease. While that is draining, melt butter in skillet and saute the celery, carrots, onion, garlic, and bell pepper until the onions start to become translucent, about 5-10 minutes. While those are cooking, add the tomatos, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and seasonings to the crock pot. Add the sautéed vegetables and browned meat to the crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours. The longer it cooks the better it will be. Serve over your favorite pasta.
Do you guys know what today is? October 6th. What?! 47 days until Thanksgiving. 79 days until Christmas. Oh my goodness. Where has this year gone? I haven't even changed our calendar to the October page yet. Oops!! Oh and I have midterms in 6 days. Awesome.
Anyway, yesterday in my Target adventure I found some other things that I haven't told you about yet. Caramel Apple Milky Way's, Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies, and Caramel Apple Pie cookies. Oh my gosh. I don't know why I'm on this caramel and pumpkin kick lately... It probably has something to do with the fact that it is Fall, duh! I just wish the weather would get the memo instead of continuing to be 85 degrees outside.
On your next trip to the store I need you to get the Caramel Apple Milky Way's and make these cookies. And get those Honeycrisp apples if you still havent gotten any of those. Oh and get the candy corn M&M's and Oreo's if you can find them and let me know how they are because I can't find them ANYWHERE and I'm very kind of sad about that.
By the way, you might want to walk to the store because you are going to want to eat every single one of these cookies. Trust me, they are THAT good. My grandmother was here again this weekend and she was sitting at the kitchen table right by the cookies, she said she had to move to the living room because she couldn't stop eating them.
I used the recipe on the bag of Nestle Chocolate Chips but instead of using chocolate chips I just put in the Milky Way's.
Caramel Apple Milky Way Cookies
Yields about 3 dozen cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
3/4 granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2-3/4 bag of Caramel Apple Milky Way candies, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together all ingredients in a bowl except for the Milky Way's until combined. Fold in candy pieces. Roll about a tablespoon of dough into a ball and place on greased cookie sheet 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 11-12 minutes.
I'm going to go eat some more cookies think about going running because I'm pretty sure I've consumed enough brownies and cookies this weekend for 4 people. And I don't regret a single calorie of it. Ok I lied, maybe just a few of the calories...
Today was a super exciting day. Wanna know why? I needed to get my nephew a birthday present and where better to go than the greatest place on Earth? Disney world! Just kidding, I went to Target! I tried on some Star Wars masks while the hubs helped me look for a present.
Luke, I am your faaaatherrr. Oh and I was smiling, you just can't see it.
So today while we were wandering through Target I stumbled upon the candy aisle, and it just wouldn't have been right if I had kept on walking. I saw some of Ghirardelli's Dark & Sea Salt Caramel squares and I have something to tell you guys... You know that salted caramel trend that has been around for a little bit now? I have yet to have any kind of salted caramel anything until about 1:00 this afternoon. It just never sounded appealing to me. But when you are in Target everything sounds amazing, every. single. thing. And they were on sale, so I bought two. And after I had three one I thought, I bet this would be good in some brownies!
There are two kinds of people in this world. There's people who like the edge of the pan brownies and people who like the middle of the pan brownies. I don't know about you guys but I'm a middle kind of girl myself. Sometimes, I can be super picky about my food and brownies fall into that super picky category. With brownies are cookies, they have to be soft. Who likes a hard cookie? Definitely not me, if I am making them and the directions say to bake for 12 minutes I will bake them for 10 so I can be sure that they are soft. One other thing in my picky category are french fries, they have to be soft as well. Not undercooked but just soft. Hubs makes fun of me when we have fries because I will poke every one of them to find which ones I will eat. I know, I am weird.
Ghirardelli Dark & Sea Salt Caramel Brownies
1 box brownie mix, whatever kind is your favorite
16 Ghirardelli Dark & Sea Salt Caramel squares
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare brownie mix according to the directions on the box. Pour half of the batter into a greased 8x8 pan. Lay the Ghirardelli squares on top of the batter in a single layer, side by side. Pour the rest of the brownie batter on top of the chocolate squares. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool before cutting into the brownies, although I know this will be a hard step.
P.S. I'm sorry that I've been slacking on the posting this week. After going back to work this week, by the time I get home and we all eat and get lunches and everything ready for the next day I'm beyond ready to go to bed. Plus I was kind of busy riding my nephew's dirt bike that he got for his 6th birthday on Thursday...