Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies

 Posted by on September 24, 2015  9 Responses »
Sep 242015
 

Pumpkin!  Pumpkin!  Are you tired of pumpkin yet??  Not me!  That’s why I’m sharing yet another pumpkin recipe with you today.  This recipe is for Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies, and let me tell you, they are AMAZING! 

Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies

These cookies are actually shaped like cute little pumpkins, and they are so soft and delicious, and then sandwiched between two of them is my Pumpkin Spice Frosting, which is seriously to die for.  These cookies and frosting are totally a match made in heaven!  I hope you will make these and enjoy them just as much as I did!

Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies

To make the cookie part of these Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies, I followed the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cutout Cookies from Glorious Treats.  Her recipe is absolutely perfect, and I did not change a thing! 

After making the dough and allowing it to chill, I used this cute little pumpkin cookie cutter from a set I purchased from Amazon.  I love the size of it, not too small, and not too big.  It’s juuuust right!  Plus, you get all those other cute Halloween cookie cutters, too!

I cut out all of my cookies, then I used the top of a small plastic spoon to press 3 little indents on each to make them look like a real pumpkin.  You’ll want to flip half of your cookies over before pressing the indents in them, so that when you put your sandwiches together, the indents will show on the outer side for each cookie in the sandwich.

Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies

Next, I rubbed just a tiny bit of cocoa powder on the stem part of the cookie to make it look like a real pumpkin stem.  Cocoa powder is bitter tasting on its own, but this uses so little of it that you really do not taste it while eating the cookie.

Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies

Next, I popped the cookies into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to firm back up a little bit.  If you skip this step, your indents may not show up as well on the cookies after they have baked, as they will spread more in the oven.

Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes, then transfer them to a cookie rack to cool. 

After your cookies have cooled, spread a bit of Pumpkin Spice Frosting on half of the cookies (not on the side with the indents), then place a second cookie on top (with the indented side facing out).

And there you have your perfect little Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies!  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookies

Sep 232015
 

Looking for the best fall soup recipes? I’ve gathered up a list of 20 from some of my favorite bloggers! Check them out below.

One thing I love about fall is all the delicious soup, stew and chili recipes that get made this time of year. They’re great for serving up at your tailgate, after picking apples, or just for curling up on a cool fall day.

These 20 Best Fall Soup Recipes are packed with flavors that are sure to tempt your taste buds! This post contains affiliate links, and I will receive compensation if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

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Blend your fall soups with ease!

Some of these soups require blending. An immersion blender is a great investment as it makes blending soups quick and easy, with very little clean up!

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Creamy Pumpkin Soup – Oh My! Creative
Sausage & Pumpkin Chili – Thrifty Northwestern Mom
Creamy Sweet Potato & Apple Soup – A Cedar Spoon
Roasted Root Vegetable & Apple Soup – Momma Lew
Pumpkin Soup with Toasted Pine Nuts – Mama Likes to Cook
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Soup – Amanda’s Cookin’
Butternut Squash Soup – Moms and Crafters
Green Chile Pumpkin Soup – Just Us Four
Loaded Baked Potato Soup – Pink When
Sausage, Mushroom & Wild Rice Soup – Amanda’s Cookin’
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili – Kalyn’s Kitchen
Pumpkin Lamb Chili – The Rebel Chick
Pumpkin Corn Cheddar Soup – Homemaking Hacks
Hearty Veggie Bean Chili – Strength and Sunshine
Potato Soup – Our Small Hours
Pumpkin Black Bean Chili – Tastes Better From Scratch
Old Fashioned Beef Stew – The Bright Side of Reality
White Chicken Bacon Chili – The Farm Girl Gabs
Thai Butternut Squash Soup – Just Us Four
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili Mexicana – All Four Burners

Which of these best fall soup recipes will you make for your family?

Serve up the best fall soup recipes in this gorgeous Pumpkin Soup Tureen from Martha Stewart!

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Looking for more soup recipes?

For more great soup recipes, follow my Soups, Chowders & Stews board on Pinterest, where I have more than 200 amazing soup, chowder and stew recipes pinned!


Sep 172015
 

You’ll just love these delicious pumpkin cake and pumpkin cheesecake recipes!

I just love pumpkin flavored everything, don’t you? One of my favorite ways to enjoy pumpkin in the fall months is as cake or cheesecake.  Is there anything better than fixing yourself a cup of coffee, hot cocoa or tea, and settling down on the couch with a good movie and a big slice of pumpkin cake or cheesecake?  I think not!

Check out this collection of 25 yummy pumpkin cake and pumpkin cheesecake recipes and try your favorites!

You may also like –    Pumpkin Spice Banana Oatmeal, Pumpkin Marshmallow M&M BlondiesPumpkin Spice Sandwich CookiesPumpkin Spice Frosting Recipe

25 Pumpkin Cake and Pumpkin Cheesecake RecipesDisplay your pumpkin cake or cheesecake on this fun Pumpkin Patch Halloween Musical Cake Stand! It spins, lights up and plays scary music! 

 Boston Warehouse Pumpkin Patch Halloween Musical Cake Stand

Pumpkin Magic Doctored Cake MixAmanda’s Cookin’
Pumpkin Cheesecake BitesJust Us Four
Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon ButtercreamSarah’s Bake Studio
Pumpkin CakeCreative Green Living
Pumpkin Cheesecake BarsPassion for Savings (pictured)
Pumpkin Cheesecake (Less Sugar)Kalyn’s Kitchen (pictured)
Pumpkin Pie CupcakesLiving Sweet Moments
Gingerbread Pumpkin CheesecakeHealthy Seasonal Recipes (pictured)
Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Cinnamon Cream Cheese FrostingTastes Better From Scratch
Pumpkin Dump CakeMadame Deals
Pumpkin Pudding Poke CakeAmanda’s Cookin’
Pumpkin Cheesecake BallsMommy’s Playbook
Pumpkin Cupcakes w/ Whipped Cinnamon ToppingBless This Mess Please
Pumpkin Spice Latte CupcakesBaking Beauty
Pumpkin & Spice CakeThe Crafting Chicks
Spiced Pumpkin Cake TrufflesPassion for Savings
Pumpkin Pie CupcakesThe Rebel Chick (pictured)
Mini Ghost Pumpkin CakesAshlee Marie
3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice CakeSavvy Saving Couple
Pumpkin Cake w/ Pumpkin CandiesCake Whiz (pictured)
Pumpkin Gooey Butter CakeKitchen Meets Girl
Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Maple GlazePinch of Yum
Pumpkin Spice Cake BallsBack to Her Roots
Double Pumpkin Poke Cake – Beyond Frosting
Pumpkin Magic Custard CakeThe Gunny Sack

Which of these pumpkin cake or pumpkin cheesecake recipes do you want to try the most?  I can’t decide.  I want them ALL!


Sep 172015
 

One of the biggest challenges I faced as a new Mom of two, was bringing both of my kids shopping, by myself.  Shopping with a toddler and an infant was something I really dreaded, and I put it off for months.  As I do about pretty much everything in life, I feared the worst.  I thought they would be just awful, and I would come home feeling worn out and completely embarrassed.

One day, I finally decided that I was tired of being stuck inside the house.  I am an introvert, so most days this does not usually bother me, but there are some days when I just need to get out of the house.

I have to plan everything I do out ahead of time, and shopping with a toddler and an infant was no different.  I knew there were certain things I could do to prepare for our trip to the store, that would hopefully make it a little less stressful for everyone, and sure enough, it worked!  Our shopping trips have been pretty uneventful so far, and I owe it all to these great tips that I use every time.

10 Tips for Successfully Shopping with a Toddler and an Infant

  1.  Make sure both kids have napped.  Toddlers and infants get very cranky when they haven’t napped, and they are more likely to become fussy in the store.  Making sure both kids are well rested before you head out to the store is an absolute must.  They will be less likely to act out if they have had a nap.
  2. Make sure both kids have been fed.  Feeding your kids right before you leave the house is just as important as making sure they have taken a nap.  Kids get “hangry” very easily, and if you are going to a store that’s full of yummy food, they will want everything in sight if they haven’t eaten recently.  That will surely lead to some major melt-downs, and embarrassing moments for you.
  3. Babywear.  Wearing your infant in a carrier (I love my Boba 4-G!) while shopping has a couple of advantages.  First, your baby will feel more calm and comfortable while out in public, if they are close to you, and second, you will have more room in your cart for your purchases.  Another advantage, is that you will also have your hands free to take care of your toddler when necessary.  Your toddler should be placed securely in the front seat of the cart.  Now is not the time to let them test out their independence by letting them walk with you.  You will likely end up chasing them around the store the whole time if you do that.
  4. Make an organized list and stick to it.  Shopping with a toddler and an infant will be a lot easier if you have a list of things you need to get.  I group items on my list together by department – dairy, meat, produce, canned goods, etc.  This way, I can get everything I need quickly from each department, and not have to walk back and forth all over the store trying to get everything on my list.
  5. Shop at all-in-one stores like Super Walmart or Target.  If you need to get more than just groceries, try to shop at one store that has everything you need.  Taking the kids out to multiple stores in one trip is just asking for a disaster.
  6. Avoid “Eye-Candy” Stores.  Try to avoid stores that have an overwhelming amount of eye-catching goodies all in once place, like party stores or dollar stores.  The one time (and only!) time I took Kayleigh into a dollar store, she wanted EVERYTHING she saw.  I now save those trips for when I am alone.  I can take my time trying to find what I need, without a toddler trying to grab everything in the store.
  7. Keep your toddler distracted/entertained.  If your toddler is bored, they are more likely to act out while shopping.  Keep them entertained by asking them to recite the alphabet, numbers, sing a song, etc.  You can also ask them to point out different colors or items they see in the store.  For example, “Kayleigh, what do you see that’s red?” “What kind of vegetable is this, Kayleigh?”
  8.  Avoid Trigger Aisles.  Try to avoid aisles that will excite your toddler, such as candy aisles or cookie aisles.  Save those purchases for another time if you can.  If you absolutely must have something from those aisles, try to walk through them as quickly as you possibly can, before you toddler has a chance to throw a tantrum over something that catches their eye.
  9. Avoid Checkouts with Candy.  If you go through a checkout line with candy in it, your little one is going to want candy.  There is absolutely no doubt about it.  Try to go through the lines with something boring, like magazines, that they won’t have any interest in.
  10. Shop During Slow Hours.  Weekends, and 5-7pm during the week are not the best times to take your kids shopping.  Those hours are the busiest hours for stores, from what I have seen.  When I take my kids out to the store, I like to do it first thing in the morning, when most people are at work.  I find the stores are usually a lot slower during this time, and my kids are more relaxed.

BONUS TIP!

Park as close to a cart corral as you can. This will allow you to quickly and easily move your toddler from car to cart and back!

With these shopping tips, I hope you will be able to master successfully shopping with a toddler and an infant!  If you have any tips that you find helpful, please feel free to share them in the comments below!

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Pumpkin Spice Frosting Recipe

 Posted by on September 16, 2015  12 Responses »
Sep 162015
 

You’ll absolutely love this Pumpkin Spice Frosting Recipe!

There are two types of people – those who adore pumpkin flavored everything in the fall, and those that can’t stand it.  Lucky for me, I happen to be one of those people that simply cannot get enough pumpkin flavored things. This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking a link in this post. 

Fall doesn’t seem to want to make its way to Maine just yet, as we are still getting temps in the 80’s these days, but that has not stopped me from baking my heart out.  I most recently made Pumpkin Spice Banana Oatmeal, Pumpkin Marshmallow M&M Blondies, Pumpkin Spice Sandwich Cookiesand this delicious Pumpkin Spice Frosting Recipe for the filling.

Pumpkin Spice Frosting Recipe

This frosting is so rich in pumpkin spice flavor, and it would taste amazing on just about anything.  What I love most about it, is that I whipped it up in just a couple of minutes, and using only 5 ingredients that I always have on hand.  There is just something so satisfying about making things at home instead of buying them at the store, isn’t there?  I think homemade things always taste fresher, and better.

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I hope you enjoy this Pumpkin Spice Frosting Recipe as much as I do!  I let my 2 year old daughter Kayleigh lick the whisk after I was done whipping this frosting up.  She eagerly licked every last bit of it, and kept saying “It tastes so good!”  I think this recipe is a winner!

Pumpkin Spice Frosting Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cream the butter and pumpkin puree together until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and Pumpkin Pie Spice and mix until well combined.
  3. Slowly add in the Powdered Sugar, until you reach a desired consistency.

Enjoy this delicious pumpkin spice frosting recipe on cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or anything your little heart desires! 


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9 Ways to Cook Eggs

 Posted by on September 15, 2015  No Responses »
Sep 152015
 

Eggs are one of my favorite foods.  I love that there are so many different ways to cook eggs. You can prepare them in whatever way you wish, depending on what kind of mood you’re in.  I like eggs in any way, shape and form, and lately I’ve been really trying to perfect my egg-making skills. 

There are a lot of great tips out there on how to perfectly cook eggs, whether you want them scrambled, fried, boiled, poached, in an omelet, etc.  They say that the true test of a great chef is whether or not you can perfectly cook an egg.  Since it’s one of my lifelong dreams to be a chef, or at least an at-home chef, I’ll definitely be practicing with the great tips I found below.

9 Ways to Cook Eggs

  1. The Genius Tip for Perfect Scrambled Eggs from self.com
  2. How to Make the Perfect Omelet from Favorite Family Recipes
  3. 7 Simple Tips for Perfectly Poached Eggs Every Time from PopSugar
  4. How to Make the Perfect Boiled Egg, Every Time, Every Way from Greatist
  5. How to Fry Eggs – Sunny Side Up or Over Easy from Food Network
  6. How to Bake Eggs in the Oven from The Kitchn
  7. How to Make Steam Basted Eggs from safeeggs.com
  8. Eggs Benedict from Sally’s Baking Addiction
  9. How to Make a Perfect Frittata: Rules to Follow and Mistakes to Avoid from bon appetit

With so many different ways to cook eggs, which is your favorite?

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Gummy Worm Freezer Pops

 Posted by on September 5, 2015  1 Response »
Sep 052015
 

Halloween is coming right up, and I am so excited!  This is the first year that my 2 year old daughter, Kayleigh, is really old enough to grasp the concept of Halloween, for the most part anyway.  Whenever I talk about Halloween with her, her eyes light right up and she shows a great interest in trick-or-treating and dressing up.  She says she wants to be a “green dinosaur” this year.  She’s just like me, always very specific in what she wants! This post contains affiliate links and I may earn a commission if you make a purchase after clicking on a link in this post. 

I’ve been trying to do some fun Halloween activities with her to get her excited for next month.  She absolutely loves freezer pops, so I decided to make some gummy worm freezer pops at home.  They’re a little on the spooky side to get in touch with the Halloween season, but not too spooky for a toddler.  I didn’t want to gross her out completely with eyeballs or anything like that, but if your kids are older, you could certainly add those to your own freezer pops!  Kayleigh thought the gummy worms were a great surprise!

Making these gummy worm freezer pops was so simple.  I recently bought this awesome freezer pop mold on Amazon, and I adore it!  We’ll certainly be making our own freezer pops for many years to come!

Gummy Worm Freezer Pops

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/3 Cup of Your Favorite Juice (I used Welch’s Orange/Pineapple/Apple)
  • 18 Gummy Worms

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place 3 gummy worms in each freezer pop mold.
  2. Fill each mold with juice.
  3. Insert freezer pop stick.
  4. Freeze for at least 8 hours.

This is what the freezer pops look like as you’re eating them – gummy worms spilling out.  Spooky, right?  :)

Gummy Worm Freezer Pops

What spooky treats will you add to your own freezer pops for the Halloween season?

Sep 032015
 

I participated in a Blog Blast Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Grapes from Mexico. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

My 2 year old daughter, Kayleigh, is a really picky eater.  Trying to get her to eat healthy is kind of a chore most of the time, but there is one healthy snack that she absolutely loves, and that is grapes.  We buy grapes pretty much every time we hit up the grocery store, because she eats them up so fast. 

Grapes from Mexico

Grapes are a snack that I can also enjoy with her, as they are less than 100 calories per serving!  I’ve been trying to watch my weight since having my son in March, so a healthy, low-calorie snack is a must for me.

We love to buy Grapes from Mexico.  They are 100% farm packed and on their way to stores the day after they are picked, so you know they will still be super fresh when you take them home. 

 

Grapes from MexicoI love snacking on grapes because they are very filling, and there are really a lot of things you can do with them.  They are great just as is, but they are also delicious when frozen, tossed in a salad, covered with yogurt, etc.  They are also super easy to travel with.  Just pack a bunch of grapes in a baggy or a sealed container, and you’re good to go.  It’s a no fuss snack!

If you’re a grape lover like I am, you should visit GrapesfromMexico.com to enter their Snack On! Sweepstakes through Sunday, September 27, 2015.  All you have to do to enter is visit their website or Facebook page, and you’ll be entered to win a $100 grocery gift card (awarded weekly), a deluxe picnic basket with cooler, and/or Bluetooth Speaker.  You can enter every day until September 27th for a daily chance to win!  For a chance to win additional prizes, you can take a fun “Snack On” quiz and survey that shows how Grapes from Mexico stack up against other snack options.  Good luck!  :)

How do you like to eat your grapes?  I’d love to hear some of your fun and creative ideas!

 

No Churn Chocolate M&M Ice Cream

 Posted by on September 2, 2015  4 Responses »
Sep 022015
 

I love ice cream.  It’s so rich and creamy, cold and delicious.  It’s a perfect treat for any time of the day.  One of the things I love most about it, though, is that it is so versatile.  You can put just about anything you want in it, and create something absolutely extraordinary. 

I love homemade ice cream even more than I love store bought, so a few years ago, I bought myself an ice cream maker on a whim.  It cost me about $45.00, and can you guess how many times I have used it?  THREE.  Three times in 4 years.  Homemade ice cream really is the best, but digging out that huge machine every time I want to make some is super inconvenient.  I also have to keep it stored in my basement because I just don’t have room for it in my tiny kitchen.  Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Well, I recently stumbled upon a super easy way to make ice cream at home, that does not involve an ice cream machine at all.  This ice cream does not even need to be churned!  Can you believe that?  And guess what else!  There are no eggs in this recipe either.  With just a few simple ingredients, you can whip up a batch of your favorite ice cream in no time.

No Churn Chocolate M&M Ice Cream

I decided to start out pretty simple and make one of my favorite ice cream flavors – chocolate ice cream with M&M’s.  Yum.

No Churn Chocolate M&M Ice Cream

Oh, this ice cream was just heavenly.  It came out so creamy and delicious.  I can’t believe I didn’t know about this until now.

I hope you enjoy this super easy method of making ice cream at home just as much as I do. 

No Churn Chocolate M&M Ice Cream

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup M&M’s (I used mini M&M’s, but you can use whatever kind you like!)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix sweetened condensed milk, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and 3/4 cup of the M&M’s together in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  2. Whip cold heavy cream in mixer, or with hand mixer, until it forms stiff peaks.  Be careful not to over whip it.
  3. Fold sweetened condensed milk mixture into whipped cream and pour into a loaf pan.
  4. Top ice cream with remaining M&M’s.
  5. Cover and freeze for at least 6 hours.

OPTIONAL:  To give my ice cream just a little bit of extra chocolate flavor, I poured 1/4 cup of warm hot fudge on the top (just warm enough for it to get loose, but not hot enough to  melt the ice cream) and then swirled it into the ice cream with a knife.

No Churn Chocolate M&M Ice Cream

Isn’t this so easy?!  I can’t wait to experiment with this recipe and make all kinds of different flavors! 

What flavors of homemade no churn ice cream will you make??

Sep 012015
 

I absolutely love fall. I used to think that summer was my favorite season, but the older I get, the more I love fall. I just love everything about it – the pretty leaves changing color, wearing heavy sweaters, wrapping up in a cozy, warm blanket by the fire, sipping on hot cocoa and of course eating anything and everything pumpkin and apple flavored. It’s such a beautiful season, and I wish it could last forever!

As fall starts to settle in it’s time to start thinking about what to do with all the delicious apples the season brings. Of course there are the common apple recipes like apple pie and apple cider, but there are so many more things you could try! Check out this list of 20 Amazing Apple Recipes to tempt your taste buds.

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20 Amazing Apple Recipes

Make quick work of slicing apples with this apple splitter. It cores and slices apples into thin slices, perfect for baking!

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Easy Apple Cider DonutsBaking Beauty (pictured)
Cheesecake-Stuffed ApplesFrugal Mom Eh!
Easy Paleo Apple ButterConfessions of an Over-Worked Mom
Apple Pie CupcakesSpend With Pennies (pictured)
Apple Cinnamon CakeHot Eats and Cool Reads
Cinnamon Apple MuffinsSeasonal Family Fun
Apple Dutch BabyMy Turn For Us
Apple Cinnamon Energy BitesJaMonkey (pictured)
Apple Rice Krispie TreatsSimplee Thrifty
Apple Pie Ice Cream with Salted Honey Caramel SauceHealthy Seasonal Recipes
Homemade Apple CrispTales of a Ranting Ginger
Cranberry Maple Apple Crumb PieHealthy Seasonal Recipes (pictured)
Apple Cider FrittersCarrie’s Experimental Kitchen
Crock Pot Apple ButterTales of a Ranting Ginger
Apple Pie Cinnamon RollsThe Rebel Chick (pictured)
Apple Pie TacosSpend With Pennies
Easy Homemade Apple PieShe Saved
Apple Cinnamon MuffinsSweep Tight
Chocolate-Dipped Spiced Caramel ApplesHow Was Your Day?
Caramel Apple Chocolate Oatmeal BarsMidwest Modern Momma

John and I are taking the kids apple picking this weekend, and I can’t wait to bake some of these delicious apple treats.

Which of these apple recipes will you try this fall?