Pumpkin Cake

This cake is perfect if you are looking for something a little different then pumpkin pie. I especially love it the next morning for breakfast.

2/3c. veg oil
1/2 c. applesauce
3 eggs
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (libby's is best)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. granulated sugar
2 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

In a large bowl add oil, applesauce, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla. Beat until creamy

In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Add to pumpkin mixture and stir until just combined.

Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan

Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn out onto plate. Serve with whipping cream.

What Is That?

For the past few weeks I’ve been walking the girls to school with some of their friends. I don’t know why they think this is so much fun, personally I would rather take the bus, but its good exercise and they enjoy it. Well now that Halloween is over and people have started putting out their Thanksgiving decorations we have walked by a few homes with these large inflatable turkeys. A few days ago my littlest one says to me

“What’s that on the chicken’s nose? Is that a worm?”

Not remembering what that hanging things was called, I just said

“No, it’s just a thing and it’s not a chicken, it’s a turkey.”

Now apparently she didn’t think my explanation of the snood (and yes I had to look that up) was very good because a few days later when we walked past it again she looks up at me with her hand over her mouth, a horrified look on her face and says between dry heaves

“Is that a booger?”

The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I've had many pumpkin chocolate chip cookies over the years and none compare to my mom's recipe. These are nice and moist with just enough cinnamon. Other cookies I've tried always seem to dry and with way to much spice and I've decided milk chocolate chips really are the best way to go. The recipe below is my mom's original (I think she got this from a friend when we lived in Maine). I double this recipe and some time triple it, between my family and their friends these never last long.

1c. cooked pumpkin(libby's works best)
1c. sugar
1/2c. veg oil.
1 egg
2c. flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp milk
1c. milk chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven 370 degrees F.

Combine pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs. Mix well.

In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Add to the pumpkin mixture.

In a small cup dissolve the baking soda in the milk. Add Baking soda mix and vanilla to pumpkin mixture.
Mix in chocolate chips

Drop by large spoon full on a lightly greased cookies sheet. Bake for 10-12 mins

And here you have it The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. Trust me, you try these and you will never go back to store bought again.

It's That Time Of Year Again - Football

Football started last month for our family. My sports nut is having a blast this year. This is his 4th year playing football and it's been lots of fun watching him grow in the sport. There was quit a shake up in his division this year and he is playing for a new couch. I was a little hesitant at first, but I love his new couch. He has really aloud the sports nut to explore and develop his talent in other positions "GO BLUE" This is from his first game, he got the tackle
This was an awesome play, he was able to strip the ball from the QB.
I just thought this was kind of funny, I love the look on the other kids face as he's being push out of the way.
Next weekend girls soccer begins

Butter Baked Chicken

Well I've just spent 30minutes trying to come up with a cute and fun paragraph about this chicken, and nothing is coming to mind except it's good and easy. So that's all you get for today.

1 sleeve ritz crackers or any butter flavored cracker
1-1 1/2 tsp house seasoning
3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts(cut into strips)
2 eggs beaten
1/4 c. milk
1/2c. butter, cut into pieces

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

crush your ritz crackers- I do this in a zip lock bag

to the crackers, add the house seasoning - you can place this mixture into a bowl and dip the chicken in individually. I just like to do it this way because I get less of a mess.

In a bowl mix your eggs and milk, dip your chicken pieces into the egg mixture to coat.

place chicken into the ziplock bag with the cracker mixture, zip closed and shake.

Place coated chicken in a 9X13 baking dish and place butter pieces around the chicken. Bake for 40 minutes. My kids like this served with Ranch Dressing on the side. Quick easy and yummy.

This is My Favorite Commercial

I can't stop singing this song.

It really is the most wonderful time of the year :)

What I've been up to.

I realized today that it has been awhile since I've blogged anything. So I thought I would go through a few things I've been up to lately. Baseball- He is really getting good at this game.
Soccer-She loves to play goalie

Soccer- you know what's sad about this pictures? I took it in our front yard, I realized that I hadn't taken any pictures of her playing soccer this year. So I made her put her uniform on and run around the front yard so I would have some pictures. What kind of mother am I, seriously that's pathetic.

Trying to train a naughty puppy to be a good big dog.

And my newest obsession... COUPONS... believe it or not I got all this stuff for about $42.00, yes that's right $42 smackaroos (would have cost me $150 before I became a coupon nut). There's : 20 canister of kool-aid, 6 boxes of graham crackers, 6 packs of candy bars, 6 marshmallow, 3 yogurt drinks, 8 hot dogs, 11 shaving creams, 5 BBQ sauces, 6 salad dressing, 6 rice cakes and 4 mustard. Sooooo Cooool.
My dad's been in Turkey(yes the country) so I've been helping my mom take care of my grandmas. I've also been trying to get ready to open up a store on Etsy with my girls. They are going to sell hair bows (I'll try to post more about that later). And we made it through a layoff at my hubby's company. So that's been my life in a nut shell or nut house. Hopefully I get some more recipes posted soon, I have a really good one for a peanut butter rice-crispy chocolaty roll-up. It is so ooey gooey good.