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.

Easter Bunny Buns

I was going through my mom's older recipes recently and came across this recipe for bunny buns. When I was younger I remember watching my mom in the kitchen, with this recipe sitting on the counter, rolling out the dough to make these bunnies. She would make up some batches and then take them to friends and neighbors. The recipe still has the grease and flour stains from all those years ago.
I decided to make the buns with my kids for a fun activity. I made up the dough and gave each kid a ball to form into bunnies.


I think my kids did pretty good with the instructions. The only thing is, this is all the buns they made. The recipe is suppose to make 2 1/2 dozen. I guess that's why my mom always rolled out the dough instead of us.

After they where done baking I let them frost and decorate the ones they made.



I think they turned out pretty cute. They may not look exactly like the picture, but that's okay. I'm hoping to make these every Easter. Then when my kids get older they can find this recipe and have it bring back memories of their childhood (but maybe next time I'll roll out the dough).


Gotcha

The April fools jokes went pretty much how I thought they would. It took a bit of encouragement to get my kids to try the drinks. I guess they know me to well, they where worried I had put something in them. They where surprised and probably a bit relieved to find out it was only jello.

The Homeschooling gag was pretty funny, at least I thought it was funny. I kept it up for quit awhile and the two older ones went through all the stages of grieving. Denial, anger, sadness they didn't make it to acceptance. My little miss sunshine however was excited about the idea of staying home from school(she has issues with school).

This is the devastated faces of my children. They even threatened that they would go and get on the bus in the morning to go to school, and I couldn't stop them. I know I'm mean, but it really was funny. Next year I'm planning on hanging fake spiders from their ceiling while they are sleeping. I can almost hear the screams now. HAHAHA April Fools a day to mentally screw up your kids.

April Fools

I like April fools day. You can get away with almost anything, in the spirit of the day.
I have my kids April fools jokes ready. I went to Family Fun and decided to do the Gelled Juice. I've also printed out a home school schedule to inform my kids that this is their last week of school. Next week we start homeschooling. So while they are trying to drink jello I will go over our homeschooling routine. This is going to be fun. I wonder what other things I can come up with before the day is over. HAHAHA April Fools!!!

Swiss Chicken


A few years ago I joined a food group with some of my friends. We each picked one day out of the week that we would cook for the others family. It was a lot of fun getting and eating new dishes and it was even more fun not having to cook every night of the week, but still getting a nice homemade meal. Unfortunately like all good things, they have to come to an end. Everyone started to move away and the group disbanded. This recipe is one I received from my friend Kristen. It's so simple to make and it's what I would call a Pantry Dish - a dish you can make from everyday items in your pantry.



3-4 boneless skinless chicken breast
4-5 slices swiss cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1/4 c. milk
1 c. dry stuffing mix
1/3 c. melted butter
Salt and Pepper



Cut chicken into large chunks and place in a greased 8X8 baking dish. Salt and pepper


In a bowl mix soup and milk


Place cheese slices over chicken


Pour soup mixture over chicken

Sprinkle bread crumbs over the top



Drizzle butter over all, cover and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 20 minutes or until stuffing is golden brown and sauce is bubbly.




NotSoPerfect

I thought I would try a new meatloaf recipe the other day, just to change things up a bit. I looked around on the internet and in some cookbooks and came across Paula Deen’s Cheeseburger Meatloaf recipe. It looked really really good, so I gave it a try. I tell ya, I don’t know what I did wrong but, it was not good. The outside looked perfect, all nice and crisp but the inside was an ooey gooey mushy glop. At first I thought it wasn’t cooked all the way, so I threw it back in the oven for another 10minutes, that didn’t help. I seriously don’t know what I did, but it had to be me because the reviews were great on this recipe. I don’t know, maybe I was having an off day, maybe it was because I used old hamburger buns instead of plain bread to sop up the grease, or maybe..maybe, well I quess there is no maybe. I just bombed it and my family had a nice dinner of cold cereal.

Mormon Muffins


The Taste of Home magazine used to have an article entitled "I Wish I Had That Recipe...." in which a reader could write in about a recipe they would like to have from a particular restaurant. This recipe come from The Greenery Restaurant. I've been there a few times and these muffins are really good, but they don't give them away, if you want one you have to buy it and they aren't cheap. So I was glad when I saw this recipe published. Now I can have these at home when ever I get a craving.


5 tsp. baking soda
2 c. boiling water
1 c. shortening (I use butter)
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
5 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 quart buttermilk
4 c. All-Bran cereal
2 c. bran flakes
1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven 350 degrees F


In a bowl, stir baking soda in boiling water until dissolved. Cool.

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening(or butter) and sugar


Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine flour and salt in a separate bowl


Add to the creamed mixture

Alternately with the buttermilk. Mix well.

Beat in the baking soda mixture.

Fold in All- Bran


Bran-flakes and nuts.

Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until muffins tests done.


Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Serve with honey butter. Muffin batter will keep in the fridge for 1 week. Which is really a good thing because this recipe make a lot of batter.