Archives for October 2013

Popsicle Pop-Up Party Round up

I know for some of you summer is over, but here in the South, the heat continues, so it’s never too late to throw a party with Popsicles. Remember my Pop-Up Popsicle Party, filled with cute kids and popsicles? I thought I would share some of the other bloggers who participated in this summers Popsicle […]

DIY Halloween Costume – The Bird’s

Happy Thursday…Katie from Sew Woodsy invited me over to her DIY site  to show you all how to make my super easy Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costume..Tippi Hedren from Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds”. Stop on by and say Hi! Click HERE for the How To. Katie also has a wonderful food blog… Katie’s Cucina

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These.Bars. My BFF made these for an Origami Owl Jewelry Bar and I honestly couldn’t stop eating them. So very addictive. So I obviously had to come home and make them after making a couple of tweeks. I made them for a Halloween party, and my husband conveniently forgot to put them in the car. […]

Do you Meal Plan?

One would think that being a recipe developer and a publisher of a recipe/food blog, I would be super organized and would meal plan every week? Um, nope. I have been a meal planner in the past and honestly it does save a HUGE amount of time and money. Laziness has gotten the best of […]

Split Pea Soup with Ham and Bacon

Quick… What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words… Split Pea Soup? The Exorcist? Yep me too. Poor split pea soup.  It’s long been associated with that horrible movie. I tried watching it through the slits of my fingers that covered my eyes many, many, many times. Never made […]

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Popsicle Pop-Up Party Round up

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I know for some of you summer is over, but here in the South, the heat continues, so it’s never too late to throw a party with Popsicles.

Remember my Pop-Up Popsicle Party, filled with cute kids and popsicles?

I thought I would share some of the other bloggers who participated in this summers Popsicle Pop Up Party promotion..

Mom Start

The Suburban Mom

The Mama Report

Two Boys One Girl and a Crazy Mom

Not So Average Mama

Experimental Mommy

Mamabee

Blessed Beyond Words

Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons

From the Kitchen of Mama Harris

Happily Ever After

Creative Juice

Not Just Mommy

Bloom Design

Party Pinching

Mommy Digger

Mommy Mandy

Mommy of Two Little Monkeys

Dealicious Mom

PheMOMenon

NightOwl Mama

This post was written in connection with my appointment as an ambassador in the Popsicle Blogger Program. Visit www.facebook.com/popsicle to join the conversation. All opinions are 100% mine.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

These.Bars.

My BFF made these for an Origami Owl Jewelry Bar and I honestly couldn’t stop eating them. So very addictive.

So I obviously had to come home and make them after making a couple of tweeks. I made them for a Halloween party, and my husband conveniently forgot to put them in the car.
Uh-huh, so you know what that means? I have had a 9 x 13 pan of these at my house for a week. I have probably eaten 12 of them. I DO NOT exaggerate.

The moral of this story is…if you make them, be sure not to keep them in your house.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
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An addictive Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bar recipe
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ cups Flour
  • ¾ cup White Sugar, divided
  • ½ cup packed Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cup cold Butter, cubed
  • 1 cup Old-Fashioned Oats
  • ½ cup chopped Pecans
  • 1 package (8 oz) Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 can (15oz) Pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • ½ teaspoon Maple Extract
  • 3 Eggs, lightly beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a 9 x 13 pan with non-stick foil.
  3. In a small bowl, mix flour,1/4 cup white sugar, and brown sugar; cut in butter until it is crumbled. Stir in oats and pecans. Save 1 cup for topping.
  4. Firmly press the remaining crumb mixture into the pan. Bake 15 minutes
  5. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, cinnamon,pumpkin pie spice and remaining ½ cup white sugar until smooth. Add in pumpkin, vanilla and maple extract ; beat until smooth.
  6. Add eggs and beat on low speed until just blended.
  7. Pour over warm crust and sprinkle with the reserved 1 cup of crumb mixture.
  8. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the filling is set.
  9. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  10. Cut into squares.
  11. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Notes
Recipe inspired by Taste of Home Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

 

Do you Meal Plan?

One would think that being a recipe developer and a publisher of a recipe/food blog, I would be super organized and would meal plan every week?

Um, nope.

I have been a meal planner in the past and honestly it does save a HUGE amount of time and money.

Laziness has gotten the best of me over the last few months and meal planning seems to have been pushed to the side.

Weeknight dinner consists of whatever I have in the house.

You can call me a slacker…I’m fine with it.

I was turned onto a neat new site from Kraft Foods and Walmart. It’s the Kraft Foods COOKING UP GOOD page where you can explore New and Tasty Kraft Meal solutions and even make your own My Kraft Shopping List to help you stay organized at the store.

Not only are there coupons like this…. (click on the coupon and then click on the slot machine 3 times on the Walmart/Kraft page to get your coupons)

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and this…

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there are so many tasty recipes featuring Kraft Products .

You can even stalk the Kraft Food Trucks to see if they are going to be in your area here. Super Fun

We all know and love Kraft products, so let them help make your life a little bit easier!

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Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Lunchbox. All opinions are my own.

Split Pea Soup with Ham and Bacon

Split Pea Soup with Ham and Bacon

Quick…

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words…

Split Pea Soup?


The Exorcist?

Yep me too.

Poor split pea soup.  It’s long been associated with that horrible movie. I tried watching it through the slits of my fingers that covered my eyes many, many, many times. Never made it through the whole movie.

Really I do feel bad for Split Pea Soup because it is one of my favorite soups of all times and it is ridiculously easy to make.

Nooo, I don’t mean using a can opener and plopping the soup out of a can.

You have to start off with some good dried Split Peas.

My choice has always been and will always be Hurts Beans. Hurst beans is a family owned and operated business that was started way back in 1938 and they have been packaging beans right in downtown Indianapolis since 1947.
I have a soft spot for family owned and operated businesses since we own one ourselves!
Go show them some love on their Facebook page!

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea Soup

 

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Split Pea Soup with Ham and Bacon
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Serves: 6
 
Split Pea Soup with Ham and Bacon
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 4 oz Bacon (about 5 slices), finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Thyme Leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 7 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 cups Cooked Ham, chopped into very small bite sized pieces
  • 1 package Hurst's Ham Peas-Green Split Peas, rinsed, discard flavor packet and keep for later recipe
Instructions
  1. In a large pot (5 or more quarts), heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onion, and bacon. Cook for 10 minutes. (Do not drain bacon fat)
  3. Add thyme and garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds.
  4. Add chicken stock, ham and split peas.
  5. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cook covered for 45-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.

**I was compensated by Hurst’s Bean Company for recipe development, however all opinions are 100% mine.**