Easy Pumpkin Mug Cake Recipe

This Pumpkin Mug Cake recipe is dangerously easy to make! You are only 60 seconds away from warm, delicious cake!

60 Second Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I attended my first Tupperware party before I was even married. One of the women I worked with had a party and invited everyone from work. I was quite impressed with all of the products, but the thing I remember most from the party was the host telling us how we could use a soup mug to make a cupcake for one in the microwave.  I bought one of the soup mugs, but didn’t have the recipe written down (this was way back before the internet, if you can image such a thing) and ended up using my mug for soup. About 10 years later, I was reintroduced to the idea of cake in a mug using cake mix and water. The second time around I was sure to write the recipe down.

Mug cakes have become my go to treat when I am craving sweets and need something with my coffee in the evening. I use two tablespoons of sugar free chocolate cake mix and one tablespoon of water. Mix it together in a greased cup or small ramekin and microwave for one minute.

Since it is autumn, I decided to try making a 60 second microwave pumpkin mug cake version with only 4 ingredients and I had to share it with you!

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #80

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Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

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Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes Recipe

Happy Monday everyone! So much has happened since I last posted. One of my sisters had a baby and another got engaged! One of my friends had a baby too, and I brought another friend in to have surgery on her knee. And my mom put the feelers out to see if I would be interested in making my sister’s wedding cake! Whew! I’m not so sure about making the cake, but I figured I had better do some practicing just in case. So, if you have any tips for me, please share!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite buttercream frosting recipes. I love this recipe because it includes marshmallow cream to make it lighter and fluffier. I put the orange frosting on top of cupcakes so that it looks like a pumpkin! These pumpkin cupcakes are perfect for fall.

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Bloomin’ Baked Apples Recipe

I made these Bloomin’ Baked Apples as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce

Bloomin Baked Apples

Ever year we wait for the fall and apple season to come around! Growing up, we had an apple tree in our backyard. I remember my grandmother coming over to help my mom freeze apples. We had an apple peeler/corer that was a big help. My mom froze the apples for pie filling. All winter long we would have delicious, homemade apple desserts. This year, we are already enjoying the apple season. The bottom drawer of our fridge is full of apples. Vanessa is excited because she got her braces off and can easily eat apples this fall! I used some of our apples to make these delicious Bloomin’ Baked Apples. This was my first time making baked apples and I am so excited not only about how tasty they were but also about how easy they were to make.

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Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Spread Recipe

Last night when we got home, we parked in the driveway because Brian was using the garage. Zack jumped out of the car and was delighted to discover a salamander on the driveway! He quickly scooped it up and brought it into the garage so he could see it better in the light. I, on the other hand, got the heebie-jeebies and felt my skin crawling so I went inside. Christine went out to look at the salamander with Zack. All three of my kids love animals and will pick up frogs, snakes and now salamanders. It certainly isn’t something they inherited from me, but it is something that I’ve always encouraged in the (even when my skin is crawling). This is the first salamander they’ve seen “in the wild”. I remember when Zack was 4, he wanted to find one so bad and was always on the lookout. Well, it only took 8 years, but he finally found one!

Moving onto something much more pleasant, I made Pepperoni Pizza Dip that I wanted to share with you. I’m a dip kind of gal. I’ve been known to order warm dip as my entree at restaurants and this cheesy dip was delicious!

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #79

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
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The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
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Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

Let’s see what your hosts have been up to this week:

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Triple Grape Fruit Pizza from The Gunny Sack
Salted Caramel Oreo Ice Box Cake from Inside BruCrew Life
Baked Buffalo Ranch Chicken Taquitos from The Recipe Critic
Beef and Bacon Baked Beans from Love Grows Wild

Here are the fabulous features from last week’s party chosen by Tonia:

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Witchy Caramel Apples from Bitz & Giggles

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Chocolate Harvest Cake from A Dash Of Sanity

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Golden Harvest Wreath from Made In A Day

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DIY Herringbone Canvas Art from Kristi’s Paintbrush

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Apple Cinnamon Rolls from The Simple Sweet Life

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Caramel Apple Milkshake from Belle of the Kitchen

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Mini Salted Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecakes from Flavor The Moments

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Pumpkin Cookies with Coconut Cream by Food, Faith and Fitness

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Pumpkin Spice Brulee Crullers by Deliciously Yum

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Skinny Pumpkin Snickers Poke Cake by Call Me PMC

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Now let’s party! It’s Time to Sparkle!


Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Blondies

Snickerdoodle Bars Recipe

It’s Monday again and already the fourth week of school for my kids! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and were able to spend some time enjoying the beautiful fall weather. We spent the weekend at our friend’s house in South Dakota. It was so relaxing and the weekend went way too fast! We were able to visit with lots of friends, we had a barbecue and bonfire and enjoyed our coffee while sitting on the front porch.

Speaking of going way too fast, there weren’t any of these Brown Butter Snickerdoodle Blondies left to bring on our road trip, after sharing them with my nieces and nephews. But I wanted to share the recipe with you today because these bars are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

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Triple Grape Fruit Pizza Recipe

I made this Triple Grape Fruit Pizza as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars. All opinions are my own. #WalmartProduce

Fruit Pizza with Grapes #walmartproduce

Although grapes are one of my families favorite fruits and probably the fruit we buy most often, I’ve never made a dessert showcasing grapes and that had to change! We typically just eat grapes just as they are. Vanessa loves putting them in the freezer and eating them that way. I’ve used grapes in several different salads, in chicken lettuce wraps and I’ve put them on fruit pizza before. So, when trying to figure out a dessert recipe using grapes, fruit pizza came to mind, but I want the grapes to be the star of the show. That’s when I decided to make a triple grape fruit pizza using three kinds of grapes, each with a different color to really make the dessert eye-catching.

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Garlic Rosemary Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Garlic rosemary pork tenderloin

I was visiting with a friend recently about food, which is one of my favorite conversation topics as you can imagine, and discovered that both she and her husband tried to focus their meals around protein. Since her husband works full-time and she was going to school for her nursing degree, they don’t have a lot of leisure time to prepare meals. I asked her what some of her favorite meals were. She told me that they use their crockpot a lot, especially in the colder months. During grilling season, one of their go-to meals is pork tenderloin. My friend said that they cut the pork tenderloin into slices (as know as pork medallions) before grilling it. That way, they only take a couple of minutes to cook!

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Time To Sparkle Link party #78

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars with Butterscotch Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars Recipe

Last week, I realized that my blog is seriously lacking butterscotch recipes! I’m not really sure why, since I love butterscotch. My earliest memory of butterscotch is when older brother used to make cook-and-serve butterscotch pudding for the two of us. It was delicious, warm comfort food! So, I knew I had to make something with butterscotch in it and wondered if pumpkin would go well with butterscotch. I decided to give it try and made these outstanding Pumpkin Butterscotch Bars with Butterscotch Cream Cheese Frosting!

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream

Peanut Butter Cookie Cups

I like to have some sort of after school snack for my kids. Some days it’s popcorn, other days it’s cheese crackers and sometimes it’s a sweet treat. They are often my taste testers. My kids and two of their cousins walk to my parent’s house after school. I meet them there, give them rides home and share my desserts.

Earlier this week, I realized that it was almost time to go get the kids. I looked in my cupboards to see if there was anything I could bring them for a snack, but realized that most of the snacks had already been taken in school lunches.

So, I looked in my freezer and found a container of frozen peanut butter cup cookies! Bingo! I just needed a topping for the cookies so I quickly whipped up some peanut butter buttercream. I sprinkled them with some mini chocolate chips to make them look cute and headed out the door.

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Crispy Italian Breadsticks Recipe

Puff Pastry Breadsticks Recipe

Yesterday I shared my recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup and promised that I would share the recipe for the Crispy Italian Breadsticks also. When I made the soup, I knew that it wasn’t going to have a crust like traditional chicken pot pie, but I wanted to serve some sort of bread with it. I though about making pie crust crackers or biscuits before settling on breadsticks made from puff pastry.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Last spring, Christine and I met with one of my friends at a soup restaurant for dinner. One of the soups that they had on the menu was chicken pot pie soup. I had never heard of it, but since we love chicken pot pie, we decided to try the soupand were disappointed. We all agreed that a homemade version would be much better. With the cooler temps we’ve been having, it was the perfect time to try making it. The slow cooker chicken pot pie soup turned out great and I served it with thin, crispy puff pastry Italian breadsticks.

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #77

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Pecan Pie Bars Recipe

Pecan Pie Bars

My very favorite holiday pie is pecan pie! When I was a kid, my cousin convinced me to try a bite of the pecan pie that her mom had brought to the Thanksgiving dinner. Since she loved it so much, that I tried a bite and I’ve loved it ever since. Once I got married, I asked my aunt for her recipe and found that it is actually her mom’s recipe. Now, my husband and kids love it when I make pecan pie and our families request it for holiday meals. So, I decided to try making some pecan pie bars to share with you.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs Recipe

Barbecue Beef Ribs Recipe

Last week, my sister’s friend brought 12 dozen ears of sweet corn back from South Dakota! He dropped it all off at my mom and dad’s house and my mom decided to host an impromptu corn roast. The main food was the fresh sweet corn, of course but everyone brought other foods to go along with it. My mom told me about the corn roast in the morning, so I put some boneless ribs in my Crock Pot and they were ready by the time I left for her house. These slow cooker barbecue ribs are very easy to make and the result is fork tender, delicious BBQ ribs!

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Butterfinger Ooey Gooey Bars Recipe

Butterfinger brownie bars recipe

Today is the first day of school for my kids and even though it was definitely time for them to go back, once they are gone I’m always a little sad. My baby started middle school and that is so strange to me. He will do great though and he has his big sister there to look out for him. It’s the kind of day where everyone deserves a big treat like these Butterfinger Ooey Gooey Bars! They have a brownie crust, Butterfinger Rice Krispies Treats on top and marshmallow cream sandwiched between.

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Time To Sparkle Link Party #76

The hosts of Time to Sparkle Link Party!

 

Welcome to Time to Sparkle Tuesday Link Party, where you can find all the newest creative ideas from around the web! Stop by every Tuesday, link up your posts, and check out what others are sharing! You’ll discover some amazing new blogs and find inspiration for projects, recipes, and more! This party is hosted by four lovely ladies, so your projects will be shared on ALL FOUR blogs!

Inside BruCrew Life | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Gunny Sack | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
The Recipe Critic | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest
Love Grows Wild | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

Each week we will pick our favorite links as features and share them, so make sure to follow the Time to Sparkle Pinterest Board!

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Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Disclosure: I have been compensated for this sponsored post by MIRACLE WHIP, as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

 Labor Day marks the end of summer and the start of the school year here in Minnesota. With Labor Day falling on the first day of September, it feels like summer has been cut a little short! My kids have their schedules and the back-to-school shopping is done. Now, we can relax and enjoy one, last weekend. There is a weekend long event at our church, so we will be spending a lot of our time there. In between our time at church, we will be with family and friends and whenever that happens, delicious food is involved! I recently tried a new recipe for MIRACLE WHIP Creamy Spinach & Artichoke Dip that I wanted to share with you because it is perfect for bringing to parties and family gatherings!

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