Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Butterscotch Bundt Cake

Your family will never believe that this cake uses a mix! Add in pumpkin puree, butterscotch pudding, and butterscotch chips and this beautiful fall dessert will be gone in minutes!




I recently had a friend come over and she had her Bible with her. I had mine sitting on the table next to me and my coffee (of course!) and as she pulled hers out, I was embarrassed. Why?

Hers was so worn. Clearly from years of turning the pages and opening and closing the covers. And mine? So NOT worn. 

Paul reminded me after she left, and I voiced my embarrassment to him, that our reading the Bible might not show as an actual physical Bible with bent pages and highlighted marks. After all, a lot of people use their computer or iPad to read daily. He does!

While I know he's right, I also know I don't read my Bible. It's not worn because I don't open it. That simple. 

That was exactly one week ago, October 14th. Later that afternoon I picked up my One Year Bible that Paul gave me at least 4 years ago for Christmas, and I'm SO PROUD to say that I have been daily in the word each day since then. If you're not familiar, the One Year Bible splits up the entire Bible into readings. Each daily selection includes one reading from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. If you're curious, this is the one I have (*affiliate link) - of course mine has lovely sharpie marks on the front care of Silas when he was 2. 

So I guess it is already a bit worn, isn't it. :)

Well, I'm about to settle in for my daily reading today with my cup of coffee and a slice of this Pumpkin Butterscotch Bundt Cake! My boys aren't really huge into cakes without frosting smothered all over it (haha), but this cake was seriously GONE in two days. They all declared it their favorite cake I've made this season - it's incredibly moist, really easy, and the butterscotch chips throughout just put it over the top!


Pumpkin Butterscotch Bundt Cake
adapted from Taste of Home

15 oz box yellow cake mix
3.4 oz box instant butterscotch pudding mix
4 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup water
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips


In a large bowl, blend cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, oil, water, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth. Stir in butterscotch chips. Pour into a greased bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 50 - 55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely before serving.




I'll close today with my favorite verse from my readings so far this week: 

"I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with loving-kindness." Jeremiah 31:3


Here are some more of my favorite bundt cake recipes:


Pistachio Pudding Cake




Cake Mix Caramel Apple Cake




Cherry Chocolate Cake




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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Spiderweb Cupcakes

Orange frosting, black decorator icing, and a toothpick are all it takes to decorate these adorable cupcakes perfect for Halloween!




Oh man does it ever feel like October today, brr!! I'm sitting here with my hot coffee in a hoodie and fuzzy socks and I'm still chilly - and I LOVE it! After a few days straight of soaking rain, including a cancelled soccer practice, the boys are spending their time playing OUTSIDE today enjoying this beautiful fall weather. 

I pretty much love every aspect of fall - the colors, the cooler weather, breaking out the long sleeves, boots, and jackets. I even love all the activities we get to experience together.

My favorite all time activity in October?

Trick or treating with my two crazies, hands down. I have such fond memories trick or treating as a kid in our neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia. We wouldn't stop until we were chilled to the bone and our entire goodie bag was so full it was digging into our hands! I'm SO excited that I get to experience all those fun memories with my two boys. Last year Wesley was still just a toddler, but the difference in him this year... sigh. He's just not a baby anymore! 

These cupcakes are just an adorable way to celebrate Halloween with the little ghosts and goblins in your life. Mine went absolutely crazy for these fun spiderweb decorated cupcakes! Lucky for you, they're REALLY easy to put together!


Spiderweb Cupcakes

24 cupcakes, baked and cooled
orange frosting (you could get away with white also)
black decorator icing (the kind that comes in a tube at the grocery store)
skewer or toothpick
24 black plastic spiders





Frost the cupcakes as you would usually. A great tip is to plop about a tablespoon in the center and then hold the knife still, and turn the cupcake instead. That makes it finish a bit smoother on the top.





Snip off the end of the decorator icing tube and make a dot in the center and three circles surrounding it, like a bullseye.





Take the skewer or toothpick and drag straight lines out of the center dot. Repeat this for 5 or 6 straight lines coming out of the center dot, sort of like the spokes of a wheel.





Finish these adorable cupcakes with a spooky plastic spider on top! Those little plastic spider rings would also be cute as a party favor on top. Of course the ones I picked up had to include about one billion in a bag, so the boys have been leaving them all over the house trying to scare me. Unfortunately, it works. :/


Here are some more of my favorite cupcake recipes:


Candy Apple Cupcakes




Lemon Pudding Cupcakes




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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate

Pantry staple ingredients and REAL pumpkin simmer on the stove for this deliciously thick and decadent fall drink - set it on warm in a slow cooker for a party!





Ok, let's talk kids' Halloween costumes. Are you a "DIY-er" or a "buyer"? I SO want to be a DIY-er. I sit on Pinterest and just scroll through adorable homemade costume after adorable homemade costume and swoon. Sigh.

We originally wanted Silas to be Charlie Brown for his first Halloween because he was BALD on top! It would have been cute, but I found an adorable pirate costume from Old Navy that I just couldn't pass up. Turns out it was a good investment because my nephew wound up wearing it for his first Halloween!

So I guess since I bought the first costume, there was no hope from then on - haha! In my defense, now that I'm blogging a lot more, fall is a HUGE time for me spent in the kitchen, so there's no way I'd be able to get it together to actually make the boys' costumes.

I suppose it's a good thing too since they can't ever seem to make up their minds! This was what they put me through:

Silas:
    Original choice - Ghostbuster
    Changed to - Doctor Who
    Changed again to - Power Rangers (specifically Super Megaforce Red Ranger) 

Wesley:
    Original choice - Transformers Bumble Bee (already had)
    Changed to - Doctor Who
    Changed again to - Thomas the Tank Engine (found at a thrift shop)
    Changed a THIRD time to - Spiderman (specifically the one with muscles at Target)


I suppose if they had settled on Doctor Who that would have been technically a DIY costume, but really just a matter of finding tweed jackets, suspenders, and bowties. And of course buying the sonic screwdrivers. 

That would have been adorable, don't you think?

But what the heck do I know, I'm just mom. It's a good thing these boys love dress up as much as they do - at least these costumes will get used!

This Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate would be the perfect treat to welcome home your little ghosts and goblins as they come home from trick or treating around the neighborhood! Let it simmer on low on the stove top, or transfer it to a small crockpot set to "Keep Warm" so it's ready when you are! Don't forget to top it with some real whipped cream!


Pumpkin White Hot Chocolate
from Gooseberry Patch Hometown Harvest cookbook (affiliate link)

15 oz can pumpkin puree
14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
whipped cream and cinnamon sticks for garnish


In a stock pot whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, regular milk, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until smooth. Heat over medium heat until simmering, being careful not to boil. Stir in white chocolate chips and stir until melted. Serve hot in mugs topped with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks, and an extra sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.





As a side note, they BETTER come home with some of those fun sized bags of Reese's and Kit Kat minis or I'm sending them back out the front door! Mommy tax. ;)


Here are some more fun treats to serve on Halloween night:


Spooky Cinnamon Sugar Biscuits




Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies




Crockpot Apple Pie




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