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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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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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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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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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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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Pecan Bread Pudding

I am excited to report that it finally cooled off for a couple of days! Yesterday I had to grab a sweatshirt when I went to sit on the front porch to drink my morning coffee. It’s the perfect weather for baking. So, I put some bars in the oven and put a dessert in one Crock Pot and ribs in another Crock Pot! Vanessa had friends at our house and I overheard one of them exclaiming how good it smelled every time they walked into the house from outside. First, I’m going to share the pumpkin dessert recipe for slow cooker pumpkin pecan bread pudding that is perfect for fall.

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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

Game_Day_Recipe

Several years ago, while Brian was traveling for work, he had bacon wrapped chicken at a restaurant and has always remembered how good it was. So, last year I made Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites which we really enjoyed. But  I wanted to try another bacon wrapped appetizer and this time I decided to go with meatballs. Before baking the bacon wrapped meatballs, coat them with a mixture of brown sugar and chili powder. As they bake, the bacon gets crispy, the sugar caramelizes and this easy appetizer becomes irresistible!

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Mocha Mint Milkshake #IceCreamWeek

Mocha mint milkshake recipe

The humidity here in Minnesota the last few days has been oppressive! If you are outside, your skin is wet, periodand so is everything else. I’m trying to enjoy the weather though because I know that winter will be here before we know it. Whenever we get this kind of weather, it reminds me of beach vacations in North Carolina. When I did a weather comparison yesterday, it looked like it was hotter and more humid here….without the ocean to cool off in. So, instead we go to the lake, hang out in the air conditioned house and eat ice cream, of course! For my final recipe of ice cream week, I am sharing a recipe for Mocha Mint Milkshakes.

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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Recipe #IceCreamWeek

Pumpkin pie ice cream recipe

Yesterday I went to two parks with my kids, their friends and a friend of mine with her daughter. The kids had fun, but it is hard to realize that this might be our last summer bringing our kids to the park. All of the kids will be in middle school this year and they spent most of their time at the park strolling around or visiting on park benches. Part of that is because of their age and part of that is due to the high heat and humidity! Although it hasn’t cooled off yet, I am starting to look forward to the cooler temps of fall and recipes including pumpkin and apples. So, for the second day of ice cream week, I am sharing a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Pie Crust Bowls!

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Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream Cake + a HUGE #IceCreamWeek Giveaway

Peanut butter crunch ice cream cake recipe

We are a family of peanut butter lovers! We go though more peanut butter in a week than most families use in a month. We have peanut butter in on sandwiches, in desserts, on pancakes and yes, it even gets eaten right by the spoonful at times. The ice cream shop in our town recently did a renovation and we found out that they took Zack’s favorite ice cream sundae with peanut butter topping off the menu! So, I decided to make a peanut butter ice cream. This week I am joining a group of lovely bloggers to celebrate Ice Cream Week! We are all sharing ice cream recipes and there is a HUGE giveaway at the bottom of the post that you don’t want to miss. I will be sharing three ice cream recipes with week, starting with this Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream Cake!

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Orange Chicken 30 Minute Skillet Recipe

Orange chicken over rice

My girls two favorite Chinese take-out dishes are orange chicken and sesame chicken. I recently made Honey Sesame Chicken and since it was such a huge success, I decided to try making Orange Chicken. My plan was to make the orange chicken in the Crockpot like I did the sesame chicken, but I made a 30 minute skillet recipe instead.

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