Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Show & Share Wednesday #98

You guys, seriously - my mouth is watering from all the yummy ideas that were shared last week! I'm truly humbled to check back at the party and see how many of you come and share with me each week, thank you!! 

Let's take a look at the awesome features from last week's party:

Roasted Squash and Bacon Pasta - Amy's Cooking Adventures

Crockpot Beef, Vegetable, and Rice Soup - Joyful Homemaking

Apple Spice Punch - Annie's Noms

Caramel Apple Cider Donuts - Say Not Sweet Anne

Show & Share link party rules:

  • Link up your newest recipe, diy project, kid activity, anything you are proud of and want to share. Please, no more than THREE links per blog.
  • While I love Etsy shops and giveaways, they are not in the spirit of this party.
  • I reserve the right to remove any link that is not family friendly.
  • Grab a button below to display on your post or provide a text link back either in the post or on your link party page.
  • Some link-ups will be featured on Mostly Homemade Mom's Facebook and Twitter, so make sure you follow both. Check back next week to see who gets featured!

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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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