Recipes

Mini Pumpkin Pies

Today is our Thanksgiving fellowship at church and we wanted to try something new. Something that was going to be fun and traditional, but at the same time unique. So I hit up Pinterest and found these little guys! Now it’s always risky trying a new recipe to feed a bunch of people but I was feeling adventurous…and boy am I glad I was!! These things are beyond amazing! We of course had to sample them for ourselves…just to be sure! My husband said they were definitely a keeper and that the cookie crust was the perfect combination of chewy and crisp! My daughter said and I quote “These are absolutely amazing! Best cookies ever mama!” So if you are looking for something new this holiday season, these will definitely be a crowd pleaser. They are simple and delicious!

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix

1 egg

1 stick of butter

Filling:

1 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

1 cup (8 oz) cream cheese

2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

1/2 cup sugar

Topping:

Betty Crocker Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Directions:

Heat oven to 350 F ( about 177 C). Spray 36 regular sized muffin cups with cooking spray. Make cookie dough as directed on the package. Shape cookie dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Press dough evenly into bottoms of each muffin cup and slightly up sides.

In a medium bowl, stir pumpkin filling ingredients with a whisk until blended. Spoon a rounded teaspoonful of mixture into each dough filled muffin cup. Spread slightly.

Bake 8-12 minutes or until edges are light Golden brown and filling appears set. ( the cookies and the filling will be soft). Cool 10 minutes in pan; carefully remove to cooling rack.

Fill a piping bag or a baggie with one corner cut off, with Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting. Put a little swirl on top.

Enjoy!!!

Original pin:

https://pin.it/spfwpvsl6szwya

*Note*

I doubled the pie filling from the original recipe to fill 36 cupcake tins.

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Oreo Truffles

Today I have an extremely easy, no bake, delicious treat for you! This is one of our favorite potluck/fellowship recipes, because every time I bring it people comment on how good they are…but also because they are super simple!

With Halloween coming up a lot of us have parties we will be attending or if you’re like us you will have a harvest party at your church. These are perfect for those occasions! This is also something you can decorate for any season (they don’t have to be just pumpkins)!

Ingredients:

  • One package double stuff oreos (any flavor but I prefer original)
  • One package cream cheese
  • 1-2 bags of candy melts (any color you would like)
  • Green frosting for your pumpkin stems

Directions:

In a food processor crush up the entire package of Oreos.

Combine crushed Oreos and the entire package of room temperature cream cheese. Having the cream cheese at room temperature will make it much easier to combine.

Stir completely until all the Oreos and cream cheese are combined.

Refrigerate the Oreos mixture for about 1-1 1/2 hours (or freeze for about 30 minutes). You want the mixture to be stiff so that while you are rolling it into balls it stays together and doesn’t melt.

Roll into bite sized balls and place on to wax paper.

Refrigerate rolled balls for another 20-30 minutes.

Follow the instructions on your package of candy melts to melt them.

Place the Oreo balls into your melted candy melts and use a toothpick to move it around and completely coat it. Place it back onto your wax paper and remove the toothpick.

To decorate, use green icing to make stems.

For serving I used crushed Oreos for the dirt and arranged the pumpkins to look like a pumpkin patch!

Enjoy!

*note you will want to keep them cool until you are ready to serve them. When I take them to a potluck or fellowship I keep them in the freezer ready to go, until we are ready to leave the house.

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Apple Fritter Bread

This recipe is our families take on other recipes I’ve seen floating around. We are big Dutch apple pie fans and thought a crumble topping would take this to another level and oh man, Did it ever! It is simple, fun, and irresistible (and tastes amazing along side a cup of coffee)! Definitely a new family favorite.I found these cute little mini loaf pans at Lifeway (http://m.lifeway.com/Product/give-thanks-mini-loaf-pan-P006169314) and absolutely love them! I’m thinking of using these as Christmas gifts for friends and family and include one of our favorite breads as well as the recipe for them to make for themselves. It would be a unique and inexpensive gift that I’m sure everyone would appreciate!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2/3 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter softened

2 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

2 apples (any kind) peeled and chopped, then mixed with 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crumble topping:

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter-melted

Mix together brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 1 tablespoon melted butter. Mixture will be somewhat clumpy.

Old fashioned glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

2-3 Tablespoons milk or cream (depending on desired thickness)

Directions:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees (about 176 Celsius), grease a 9X5 loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans.

Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.

In another medium sized bowl, beat white sugar and butter until smooth and creamy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended in. Add in vanilla extract.

Combine flour and baking soda and then add into creamed butter mixture until well blended. Then add in milk and stir until smooth.

Pour some of your batter into prepared pan(s) (half of the batter for 9X5 pan or about 1/3 full in your mini loaf pans) add half of the apples and half of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture-lightly pat the apples in and swirl brown sugar mixture through apples using a knife.

Pour remaining batter in and add remaining apples and brown sugar mixture- repeating patting and swirling.

Bake in a preheated oven for about 30 minutes then add your crumble topping and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Make your old fashioned glaze by combining powdered sugar and cream until smooth

Let your bread cool for about 20 minutes the drizzle with glaze.

Serve and enjoy!

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Scotched Eggs

As a lot of you know I often make breakfasts that are quick and easy to grab and go. Kenny works really early and leaves the house by 5:00AM every morning. This means he needs something he can eat while on his way to work, that will give him energy, and will give him enough to keep him full. He also likes variety. So I asked him yesterday what he would like for the next few days and he chose Scotched Eggs.

A friend of his from work actually introduced us to Scotched Eggs a couple of years ago. We had never heard of them, and honestly, were a little scared to try them! But they are seriously AMAZING! You can use any kind of sausage and spices you want, make them more savory for a dinner or appetizer dish, or like we did today for breakfast! It is quick and easy to make, delicious tasting, and something that is easily reheated in the morning for Kenny’s breakfast! I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Ingredients:

  • Eggs, hard boiled
  • Sausage (we chose maple flavored because we are using them for breakfast and YUM!)
  • Bread crumbs (again you can use plain bread crumbs or seasoned bread crumbs depending on what you are making them for)

Directions:

Boil your eggs for about 11-12 minutes.

Rinse them and let them cool completely. If they are still warm the sausage won’t stick properly.

Peel your eggs

Make a thin patty with your sausage.

Place an egg on top of the sausage patty,

Wrap the sausage around the egg and form a “snow ball”, making sure the sausage is secure and free of holes.

Roll in bread crumbs.

Place coated eggs on to a cookie sheet. I covered my cookie sheet in foil for easy clean up.

Bake at 400 degrees (204 degrees Celsius) for about 30-35 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!!

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Cheese Rolls


We are headed to a friends house tonight for a lasagna dinner. I decided to bring one of our favorite sides and thought I would share it with you guys too!

This recipe is actually one of my mother-in-laws. Kenny begged me to figure out how to make them for him. In fact, all of our holiday gatherings  have to include these rolls, otherwise the holiday is just not complete! So I talked with his mom and she came over and gave me a lesson on the proper cheese roll technique. Give them a try and let us know what you think of them!

Dough Ingredients:

3/4 cups + 3 Tbsp water

3 cups bread flour

2 tablespoons dry milk

3 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons softened butter

2 teaspoons (one packet) rapid rise yeast

Other Ingredients:

Butter, softened

Garlic powder

Onion powder

Italian seasoning

About 2 cups shredded cheese

Directions:

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Once completely mixed together, cover, set aside and let rise for about 45 minutes at warm room temperature.


Now for the rolls!

Take your dough


And roll it out.


Spread a thin layer of softened butter all over your rolled out dough. Then sprinkle with garlic powder, onion powder, and Italian seasoning.


Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups of shredded cheese.


Roll it up tight


Once rolled pinch the loose end closed


Cut into 1 1/2 to 2 inch sections.


Place into a greased pan.


Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes.


They should puff up quite a bit


After rising,  bake in a preheated, 325 degree  (162 degrees Celsius) oven for about 25 minutes. Or golden brown and when tapped the rolls sound hollow.

Serve warm with butter and enjoy!!!


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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers


I hope you all are having a blessed day! We did a little grilling tonight and I thought I would share the recipe with you guys. They were seriously delicious! If you don’t want to grill them you can also bake them in the oven, but the grill gave them a great flavor! Let us know what you think of them!

To watch our tutorial video click here:

Bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers
Ingredient:

  • Jalapeño peppers (or mini bell peppers or if you don’t like the spice!)
  • Bacon slices
  • Lil’ smokies 
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated monterey jack
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 2 shallots, minced

Instructions:

Slice the jalapenos (or mini bell pepper) lengthwise. Use a spoon to remove the seeds and membrane.

Mix the cream cheese, monterey jack, chipotle powder and minced shallot. Spoon mixture into the peppers.

Place a lil’ smokie on top of the cream cheese mixture. Wrap a slice of bacon around each pepper. If the bacon is not staying tightly wrapped, you can us a tooth pick or a skewer to hold it in place.

If grilling you will cook it on medium, indirect heat, until the pepper and bacon are cooked. 

If you are using your oven you will preheat your oven to 425 and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Let them cool, serve and enjoy! 

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The Best Banana Bread Recipe

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This time of year I always tend to get in the baking mood. I love the smell of fresh baked foods in my house. And even though the temperatures here in the Pacific Northwest are still in the 90’s, I am ready for fall. My most favorite time of the year. The smells, the trees changing colors, sweatshirts, fires in our wood stove, coffee, BAKING…all of it. I just love fall!

Banana bread is one of our families favorites, and we always seem to have a supply of extremely ripe bananas so it’s a win win! Even my son, the pickiest eater in the world and who claims to hate bananas, loves this banana bread. I like to make it in either a pie plate or a cake pan, but you can make it in a bread pan or even into cupcakes. No matter the shape, the taste will still be amazing! The crumble on top takes it to a completely new level. Check out the recipe below, give it a try, and let us know what you think!

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

3 bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup white sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup butter, melted

Topping:

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon butter

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease your pan.
  2. In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, brown sugar, nutmeg, egg, vanilla, and melted butter. Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture and stir until smooth. Pour final mixture into your prepared pan.
  4. For your topping mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Cut in 1 tablespoon soft-melted butter. Mixture will be somewhat clumpy. Sprinkle on top of your banana mixture and evenly distribute.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Let cool, serve, and ENJOY!

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