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Halloween/Fall 2018

This year was different because my son broke his collarbone.

That meant no running away from zombies like other years...

Instead, I drove myself crazy baking for my husband’s office Halloween party.

He had asked me to bake pumpkin cupcakes on a weeknight (the horror!).

I got home really late from work and started baking.

This was a new recipe, and sadly only made a dozen cupcakes.

Pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

My husband said that wouldn’t be enough, so I started making vanilla cupcakes, too.

But I only had enough cream cheese frosting for the pumpkin cupcakes, and I realized there was not one bit of powdered sugar in the house.

How does this happen??

Too late to run to the store, so I used a regular batch of buttercream I had made–instead of the cinnamon one I wanted to make.

In the meantime, my oven was acting crazy and stressing me out.

I kept running over to get lunches ready for the next day…

Eat a quick dinner in between baking…

Help kids with homework…

And so on…

Then I colored the buttercream frosting orange, piped the cupcakes, and by then I was about to run away screaming because I was so tired.

And that’s when it happened…

My husband told me his office wasn’t actually having a party at work after all– it was just people bringing in candy for Halloween.

So I threw the cupcakes at him.

OK, I didn’t really– but I wanted to!

But that’s ok, his office enjoyed the cupcakes.  🙂

The rest of Halloween was pretty hectic, but I got to bake some fall brownie bites for my son’s school party:

Brownie bites with fondant leaves.

We had spider personal pizzas and mummy hot dogs:

I also made pumpkin pancakes for the first time, and they were a hit!!

And of course, my kids’ pumpkins– didn’t they do a great job?

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Thanksgiving 2016

Another stressful Thanksgiving.

Why, you ask?

Because I didn’t get to make my low fat Butterscotch Bars with Thanksgiving M&Ms.

It all started well because I prepped most of the dinner the night before.

But then things got out of control.

I did make a Pumpkin Cake and Caramel Apple Cookies:

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Not too pretty, but tasty!

 

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Apparently there was no time for prettiness this Thanksgiving…

And my husband helped out and made 2 pumpkin pies (it was a taste test) and a pecan pie:

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One regular pumpkin pie, and one pumpkin pie with mascarpone cheese.

But before I knew it, we had eaten such a big meal that I was exhausted and just couldn’t make the Butterscotch Bars.

We had stuffed mushrooms, homemade olive tapenade, spinach artichoke dip, turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, asparagus, glazed carrots, rolls, corn pudding, and cranberry sauce.  Along with the desserts I mentioned above.

I know, it just doesn’t seem right without the Butterscotch Bars…

I was quite disappointed with myself, but what can I do?

Well, I can start baking for Christmas!  

Suddenly, I feel much better.  See you soon!  🙂

 

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies

Guess what?? I have a recipe for you!!!

So I’ve never been a fan of pumpkin pie…

I think it was mostly because it was hard to accept that a dessert incorporated a vegetable.

Because of that, I never felt the urge to jump on the pumpkin-flavored bandwagon.

But then my husband came home one day last week with Pumpkin Spice Morsels (or as I call them, pumpkin flavored chocolate chips).

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Look at those pumpkin spice chocolate chips!

I couldn’t just ignore them, so I ate a few…

I was hooked.

I used them to make these cookies and they were a hit!

In fact, my husband came over to me and said, “I can’t believe I’m eating ANOTHER cookie!”

And no one was forcing him.

That says a lot for a guy who doesn’t like desserts with flour in them (his words)…

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Fall plate, fall tablecloth, fall cookies…  🙂

I had already made pumpkin cakes for Halloween, just because I needed something simple to bake.

But it was the morsels that changed my life forever.

OK, I’m exaggerating a little, but… I’m all about vegetables in my desserts now!!

Well, not like broccoli or peppers or anything like that.

Alright, maybe just pumpkin.

So I also plan on making low fat pumpkin bread– and of course I will happily make pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

Am I on the bandwagon or what?!?!  🙂

 

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies (adapted from NESTLÉ)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup NESTLÉ® Pumpkin Spice Morsels (or you can use more if you prefer!)

Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet liners.

Mix flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium bowl.

Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until combined.

Add pureed pumpkin.

Gradually beat in flour mixture.

Stir in morsels.

Drop by rounded tablespoons 2 inches apart onto prepared baking sheets.

Bake at 350° F for 12 to 13 minutes or until light golden brown.

Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

Welcome to pumpkin bliss!!

 

Thanksgiving Desserts 2013

Thanksgiving at my house was definitely not your average Thanksgiving this year.

Here is the crazy timeline (with pictures of the desserts I made):

Friday (before Thanksgiving)- we closed on our new house, ran to Thanksgiving lunches at our kids’ school, and moved some stuff into the house. We made a few more trips Saturday through Monday, while we kept packing.

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The pumpkin pie was a hit. My 4-year-old ate more than anyone else!

Tuesday- the moving company spent 14 hours moving only our furniture in (my husband had already moved all the boxes himself).  Yes, 5 guys and 14 hours. No, we don’t have THAT much furniture.  Yeah, I was shocked too.

By 11pm, I nearly passed out from exhaustion, and I wasn’t even lifting anything!

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Pecan pie– my favorite!

Wednesday- cleaned up the rental house.  Ran around unpacking stuff at the new house.  We found the turkey pan!!  Had to run out to buy Corningware to cook Thanksgiving dinner because we couldn’t find it in the boxes.

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Mini Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting

Thanksgiving day!!!- We didn’t have all the right baking dishes, no china, no good glasses, no serving plates, no good silverware, etc. We also had a new convection oven we had to figure out how to use…  

No, we couldn’t go out to eat– and I definitely couldn’t buy the desserts.

That would’ve been way too easy.

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Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

And somehow we managed to cook a full Thanksgiving dinner.

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No, this wasn’t Thanksgiving dinner. It was a little snack plate so my kids
would stop saying that they were staaaaarving while we cooked.

Dinner consisted of turkey, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, stuffing, asparagus, mashed potatoes, corn, bulgur wheat with cranberries, cornbread, rolls, and cranberry sauce.  And the 4 desserts pictured above.

I guess that wasn’t too bad considering the circumstances!  🙂