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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Welcome to Day #4 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

***Disclaimer: This giveaway is being provided by Swissmar. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

Pumpkin Chiffon PieI am quite literally the Queen of Procrastination.

Here is my list of things to do before Robb returns from his business trip:

Clean the house.
Do the laundry.
Pay the bills.
Make dessert.

Well, one out of four ain’t bad, right?

Truth is, the only reason I got the dessert made is that it is no bake, and uses a pre-made graham cracker crust, so I threw the whole thing together in about 5 minutes.

No exaggeration.  FIVE MINUTES.  A 6-year old could make this recipe.

It’s definitely going on my list of fastest and easiest dessert recipes EVER.

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Since it’s Christmas Week and all,  there are a couple things you should know.

First, there are lots of fantastic Christmas recipes being shared for this event.  The recipes for today are listed at the very bottom of this post.  Go visit them all, and you’ll find some fantastic holiday treats!

Second, there are giveaways every day for this event!  For example, on Monday we opened a giveaway for a Magimix food processor giveaway.  You can enter to win that prize by clicking here.

And today’s giveaway is a Swissmar Roaster!

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie from Jen's Favorite Cookies

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Pumpkin Chiffon Pie for #ChristmasWeek
 
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A no bake light and fluffy pumpkin pie in a graham cracker crust.
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Recipe type: Pie
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6-8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz) vanilla or lemon pudding mix
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 graham cracker crust
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients except crust together until smooth and fluffy.
  2. Pour into a graham cracker crust, and chill for 30 minutes or longer before serving.

More Christmas Week recipes:

12 Easy Halloween Treats

Halloween Easy Treats;  For this Halloween, easy treats are the way to go!

12-easy-halloween-treatsLet’s just say you wanted to put together a fun Halloween party for your kids.  Or your friends.  Or your kids friends.  Or your friends kids.  Whatever.

And let’s just say you didn’t want to spend a day and a half baking fancy treats and making complicated crafty decorations.  You might like some fun Halloween ideas like those I’ve collected for you today.

Personally, I’m not in love with Halloween.  Maybe you remember?

I looked around the wide wide wide web, and asked my friends, and their friends, and found a few treats that fit my very narrow criteria.

1) They must be Halloween.  Not just fall, not just candy corn, but actual Halloween.
2) They must be easy.  Crazy-easy.  Your-five-year-old-could-make-it easy.
3) They must be fast.  If they take more than about 10 minutes of my personal hands-on time, they’re not going to be worth it for this party.  (*Disclaimer: a couple of these recipes might take more than 10 minutes total, but not much more.  Seriously.)

So here we go:

12 Easy Halloween Treats

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Spider Bites
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Ghosts
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Pretzel Sticks
Tootsie Pop Ghosts 1Tootsie Pop
Ghosts
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Cookie
Witch-Hats-2Witch Hat
Bread Sticks
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Pumpkin Treats
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Cookies
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Pumpkins
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Bars
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Bones
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Tortilla Chips

 

I love all these ideas, and I can totally see myself making all of them.

I should tell you that this is not the end of my Halloween plans for this year.  Coming up next week:  another Halloween party, where all my friends contribute their amazing holiday creations with you!

You won’t want to miss that one.

Have a great Halloween season!  And check out these other Halloween treat ideas!

More Halloween easy treats!

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Halloween easy treats

Brownie Mix Cookies

Brownie Cookies from mix; These easy chocolate cookies are made with a boxed brownie mix.  These brownie cookies from mix are delicious and so easy!

brownie-mix-cookiesI never really did get nauseous when I was pregnant.  What I got was massive headaches.

I still get massive headaches.

I’ve learned over the years to avoid them by keeping a consistent sleep schedule, limiting my caffeine intake, and keeping myself hydrated, and I’ve learned a few tricks to help me manage the pain a little better, but these things are not a cure.  Not by a long shot.

This morning, for no good reason at all, I woke up with a doozey.  It was bad enough that I begged Robb to handle the morning routine without me so I could stay in bed.

When I finally emerged hours later, I was headache-free, but had a strong strong chocolate craving.

I nearly drove to the nearest fast food restaurant in the pouring rain for a chocolate milkshake, that’s how strong it was.  In fact the only thing that kept me from doing just that was the knowledge that there was a brownie mix in my pantry.

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Making cookies from a brownie mix on a heavy headache day is a double bonus.  Bonus number one, the obvious one, is the chocolate.

But bonus number two is equally as important.  Because you’re making cookies from a brownie mix, they are fast and easy to mix up, and you can do it all in one large bowl with a wooden spoon.

brownie-cookies

Last time the massive-headache-chocolate-craving-blues hit me hard, I made these gorgeous Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies.  Those got the job done, let me tell you.

I was kind of excited also to use a new product I found.  The people at Star Fine Foods offered to let me try their new Butter Flavored Olive Oil, and I tried it in these cookies.  I’ve never really been one to bake with olive oil, but the butter flavored oil gives a nice buttery flavor, with the soft consistency of oil.

Best of both worlds.  Thanks, Star.

(P.S. You can’t get this product everywhere, but I’m almost positive it’s available at WalMart.)

 

More brownie-like cookies you might enjoy:

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4.3 from 4 reviews
Brownie Mix Cookies
 
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A soft chocolate cookie made from a boxed brownie mix.
Author:
Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter flavored olive oil (or use vegetable or canola oil)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 brownie mix (I used Duncan Hines 18 oz. box)
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Lightly beat eggs, and combine with oil and water.
  2. With a wooden spoon, mix in brownie mix and flour, stirring until well combined.
  3. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  4. Drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet and bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes.

 If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies from Six Sisters Stuff
Favorite Cake Mix Cookies from Something Swanky
White Chocolate Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies from The Kitchen is my Playground

Oreo Popcorn

Oreo Popcorn recipe;  This white chocolate popcorn has chunks of Oreo cookies in it.  Simple and delicious popcorn recipe.

popcorn-recipeEven with the 100-ish cookie recipes on this site, good old-fashioned packaged Oreos are still Robb’s favorite.

He has rules for his Oreos, too.  No double stuffed, no flavored, and certainly no Golden Oreos.  The only acceptable variety is the plain, regular, original kind.

I don’t really blame him, Oreos are fantastic, although we differ on the details.  I think the different flavors are all wonderful, (variety is the spice of life, and all that) although I kind of agree about the Golden Oreos.  I can’t bring myself to spend money on them.

No matter.  I can compromise with the best of them.  I bought a package of plain original Oreos, and used half the package on this yummy Oreo White Chocolate Popcorn, and left the other half of the package for Robb to eat plain.

It’s a win-win.

Oreo Popcorn from @JenSto2t Jen's Favorite Cookies

The Hippie Chick absolutely adores white chocolate, especially when it’s mixed with Oreos.  She actually prefers white chocolate to regular chocolate, leading me to believe she was switched at birth.

Although, to be fair, I had a hard time keeping my hands out of this popcorn, too.  I really have a weakness for white chocolate popcorn.

You know what else?  Those pretzels covered in white chocolate.  Lawd have mercy, that stuff is like crack.

Oreo Popcorn from @JenSto2t Jen's Favorite Cookies

Let me dive in here with some details.  First, for a recipe like this, I really prefer the almond bark or candy melts.  They melt nicely, and set up well with a few minutes in the fridge.  White chocolate chips get all wonky and gross when you melt them, so please don’t use that.  Regular old white chocolate like this stuff is fine, too, although in my experience the candy coating sets up a little better.

And about the popcorn… I used an air popper {I’m sort of racist against microwave popcorn.} but use whatever method you prefer.  You’ll probably be happiest with the plain white unflavored variety, but if you happen to have only buttered microwave popcorn in your pantry, don’t let that stop you.  I used 1/2 cup of unpopped kernels, and I’m guessing here, but I think that’s pretty close to two regular microwave bags.

I used about a sleeve and a half of the regular Oreos, but next time I’m totally trying this with Mint Oreos.

Robb can just suffer.

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Peanut Butter Bars (No Bake!)

No-bake easy peanut butter bars; These chocolate peanut butter bars are very popular and can be made very quickly.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.comPeriodically, I like to re-share some of my favorite recipes from past posts.  It’s a win-win situation, when you think about it.

Or win-win-win, for you fellow fans of The Office.  (If you haven’t seen it, there’s no way to describe it.  Just watch this one-minute video clip for yourself!)

You win, for being reminded of one of this site’s most popular (and most awesome) posts ever.
My kids win, for getting to eat one of their favorite treats again.
I win, for not having to worry if my next recipe will turn out decent.  I already know this one is solid.

It took the family no time at all to devour it.

I was actually worried they would devour it before I had a chance to photograph it, because I left the house for several hours, while the Hippie Chick and I attended a bridal shower.  You never know what will happen to those unattended treats.

Peanut Butter Bars from JensFavoriteCookies  -  Just 5 ingredients and NO BAKING!  You're going to love this one!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the simplest treats are the best.  The original version of this post has thousands of pins.  (That’s conclusive proof… right?!)

Plus, it has the trifecta: peanut butter, chocolate, and NO BAKING.  And only 5 ingredients.  That’s not a trifecta, what do you call that?  A quadrafecta?  Is that even a word?  At any rate, it’s weekend treat perfection.

May I now urge you to check out the original post?  That’s where the recipe will be.

Easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  Just 5 ingredients and NO baking!  It's an instant family favorite.

As long as we’re all here, I’ll throw in a couple things I have learned about this recipe.

First, keep it in the fridge.  Especially if it is the least bit warm in your house.  The texture is better when it’s cold, and you’re less likely to get chocolate all over your favorite shirt.  Not that I know anything about that.

Second, buy the boxed graham cracker crumbs.  Because what good does it do you to throw together a brilliant 5- minute dessert if you have to spend 10 minutes chopping up graham crackers and another 10 minutes cleaning the food processor?

Third, you can totally use cookie cutters to make these babies double cute.  Use the egg-shaped cutter for Easter, and the tree-shaped cutter for Christmas, and the star for the 4th of July.  It might reduce your urge to buy Reese’s candies at those holidays.

But I make no guarantees.

For the recipe and instructions, click through to the original post on No Bake Peanut Butter Bars.

 

Want more?  Try these delicious peanut butter treats!

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Almond Buttermilk Cake

This cake recipe uses buttermilk and almonds.  Similar to Swedish visiting cake, this almond cake recipe is quick, simple, and unfrosted.

almond cakeI was given a bag of sugar from the Zulka company to test and review.

Ever since I bought this baking book by Dorie Greenspan, I’ve been dreaming of the Swedish Visiting Cake.

Honestly, it’s a testament to how simply perfect it is, because generally I’m one for super-sweet, super-chocolatey, completely decadent, over-the-top desserts.  This cake is the exact opposite.  Simple, not too sweet, unassuming, unfrosted, and gorgeous.

The book says it’s called a visiting cake because you can see your neighbors coming up the road, and throw this cake together before they get to the front door.  It’s just about right, too.

This recipe isn’t exactly like Dorie’s, mainly because I really wanted to make a buttermilk cake.  Oh, buttermilk, the love of my culinary life.  So I merged Dorie’s visiting cake with a blueberry buttermilk cake I found here, to create this deliciously simple almond buttermilk cake.

It was raining when I made it, too, which somehow seemed rather apropos.  This thing was easy like Sunday morning.  (I may or may not be listening to Lionel Richie while writing this.)

Did I just date myself?

cake recipe

Speaking of simple and uncluttered, I recently discovered this sugar called Zulka.  This stuff is unrefined and less processed than the regular stuff, not to mention it catches the light and looks really cool and sparkly.

The awesome people at Zulka sent me a bag to try, and somehow this cake seemed the perfect fit for the unrefined sugar.

My opinion?  Well, the stuff is easy to find (I found it at Walmart), the difference between Zulka and regular sugar is pretty small, and the price difference is very small too.  So, if you’re the health-conscious, worried-about-genetically-modified-foods type, you’ll love Zulka.  I am decidedly not worried about genetically modified foods, but I do like how pretty and sparkly this sugar is.

Is that shallow?  Probably.

cake recipe

I guess it’s that time of day, now.  Time for me to fight the urge to eat cake for dinner.

And it’s time for you to enter this awesome giveaway.  You could win your own bag of sparkly unrefined Zulka sugar!

{Giveaway now closed.}

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Disclaimer: I was given a free sample of Zulka sugar to review, but all my opinions are my own.
There are affiliate links included in this post, which I may earn money from.  I promise not to spend it all in one place.

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Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Krispie treats plus popcorn, plus peppermint marshmallows, plus chocolate.  This recipe for chocolate peppermint popcorn krispie treat bark is no-bake, fast, easy, and tasty!

krispie treatsHaving blogging friends is the best.  They’re super friendly and helpful, and I have learned a mega-ton from my blogging friends.

One of the single most useful things I have done is join a Facebook group for food bloggers.  We talk about pretty much everything food-blogging-related.  I’ve made friends in this group, discovered amazing blogs with even more amazing recipes, and learned lots of technical stuff.  There’s no self-promotion allowed, so the discussions are always on topic.

I always know that if I’m up against a wall, I can go to this group for help.  If they don’t know the answer, they can usually help me figure out where else to look.

Since it is the first anniversary of this particular awesome-sauce facebook group, we’re celebrating with shoutouts.  Well, and food, of course.  So, this is the part where I give a big fat shoutout to Jessica at Oh Cake for organizing and administrating this group.  It’s probably one of the coolest things she has ever done.

Since I’m addicted to the Food Bloggers Network, and I’m addicted to popcorn, this recipe was a natural leap.  And I’m not joking about the popcorn part.  We literally eat popcorn at least twice a week.  It probably the largest source of fiber in my family’s diet.

TMI?  Maybe.

chocolate peppermint

I did learn something interesting making this treat, something I totally should have seen coming but totally didn’t.  Did you know that dry popcorn is really staticky?  I was worried that whole popcorn might be too chunky for this treat, so I decided to give it a rough chop with a knife.

Then tiny pieces of dry popcorn went everywhere and stuck to everything.  I couldn’t even scoop them into the garbage can, because they stuck to the cutting board, the knife, and my hand.

Perhaps, if the humidity level inside my house was higher than 2-and-a-half percent, the result would have been different.

In retrospect, I’m not sure the rough chop step was actually necessary, I’ll just leave that decision up to you.

krispie treats

At the risk of tooting my own horn even more than usual, let me tell you that this might be my most brilliant concoction ever.  I seriously could not stop eating it.  It was at least as bad as the Cream Cheese Mints I made a couple weeks ago.  The popcorn actually gave the treats a little bit of a marshmallow-like texture, which I know sounds weird, considering there are actual marshmallows in it, too.

I’ll be surprised if this lasts more than a day at your house.  It lasted only about half a day at mine!

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Easy Cheesecake {Guest Post}

This easy no bake cheesecake recipe is quick and easy to make, with only 4 ingredients! This is one of the best cheesecake recipes I have found.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!Parenting is such a bear sometimes, isn’t it?  I mean, you just never know what kind of problem you’ll be dealing with until it slaps you in the face.

Then, just as soon as you start getting the hang of how to deal with some of these common issues, the kids up and grow, and bring you a whole new batch of issues.  And here I am, pining away for the diaper days.

I remember when my son was 4 years old, and one of our “big” issues was his proclivity for nudity, which always came in unexpected moments.  I would leave him for 5 minutes, and come back to find him naked.  I solved this problem by having a quick and quiet little chat about how great nudity is, and how it’s only appropriate in certain places, namely the bathroom and the bedroom.  With the door closed.

I then game him a little alone time in his bedroom, and he decided to stay naked for over THREE HOURS.

The payoff was well worth the investment.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!

Having teenagers is far more complicated.  Now we’re getting them prepared for driving (yikes!) and dealing with teachers and grades, and working on financial responsibility, and self-discipline around video games, just to name a few.  Every day is a new challenge, and one I frequently feel unprepared for.

I hate feeling unprepared.  I much prefer to plan ahead.

Easy No-Bake Cheesecake from JensFavoriteCookies.com - All you need is 10 minutes, 3 ingredients, and a graham cracker crust!

I learned a lesson from this cheesecake.  If I keep a few items on hand, I can always have a quick and easy dessert, no matter how unprepared I feel.  Having just a little foresight can save you a ton of worry and stress.

I try to keep just THREE ingredients plus a graham cracker crust on hand, and I can literally mix this up and have it ready to eat in 15 minutes.

Because when you are using every bit of your energy and emotion to get your kids through high school Biology, a no-fuss dessert is a Godsend.

And speaking of parenting, I’m guest posting on Parent Palace today!  I’ve posted the recipe here and also on their site, so feel free to click over there and check out what they have going!

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9 Minute Chocolate Microwave Cake

This chocolate cake recipe is fast, easy, and made in the microwave.  Who knew microwave cake could be so delicious?

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Packing my kids’ lunches in not my favorite chore ever.

Our oldest kid, The Lizard, is easy to please, and since their school has a couple microwaves, it’s even easy to pack leftovers.

The Fruitarian is another matter entirely.  Once, I put some chili in a thermos for him (I make a mean batch of turkey chili!), but he didn’t eat it because it didn’t stay hot enough.  The next time, I put chili in a container so he could heat it up at school.  It came home with not a single bite taken, because he didn’t want to stand in line for the microwave.

“So you didn’t eat your lunch at all?  Not even a bite?”
“No.  I’m hungry, is there an after school snack?”

I wanted to strangle him that day.

microwave cake

I assume the kids get tired of sandwiches, so sometimes I pack a pasta salad.  Fruitarian brings that home untouched, too.

“It tastes weird.”  (by “weird,” he means he may have spotted something green in it.) {pause}  “I’m hungry.”

On top of all that, his years of orthodontia have made him unable to eat a whole apple, corn on the cob, or anything sticky.  Fruit must always be cut up for him.

And he is Always. Hungry.  And he always wants my fresh fruit.

Thank goodness for fast and easy recipes.  When the inevitable herd of teenage boys tramples through the house at 3:00 today, I’ll be ready for them with the fastest chocolate cake in the west.

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**IMPORTANT NOTE Number One** about baking in the microwave:  It’s all about the pan.  It needs to be a silicone bundt pan for this to work right.  Because, obviously, metal pans do not belong in the microwave, and if there is not a hole in the middle, the middle will never be cooked through.

**IMPORTANT NOTE Number Two** about this recipe: {because I know you’re going to ask} YES.  You do put the frosting on BEFORE cooking.  I know you’re worried about it, I know it sounds strange, baking frosting, but trust me.  It’s Okay.  What happens is that the frosting melts down through the cake mix while it bakes, making it all moist and delicious, and when you turn the bundt pan over, there is all this gorgeous melty frosting on the bottom, which is now the top, and it runs beautifully and temptingly all over the cake.

**IMPORTANT NOTE Number Three** about the frosting: If you are using a can of store bought frosting, you can use the entire can, if you want.  (This is what I normally do.)  If you find it to be too moist and delicious for you, feel free to back that down to about half a can.  For the cake pictured in this post, I used homemade frosting, in an amount that would be close to about half a can of the store bought stuff.  I do like it more frosting-y, but this is one of those recipes that is, shall we say, open to interpretation.

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Spicy Sweet Pecans

Spicy nuts with sugar; This recipe for sweet and spicy pecans is a simple and tasty holiday snack.

sweet pecansThese nuts are a metaphor for my life.

I don’t know if you know this about me, but I have kind of a strong personality.  I prefer to see myself as sweet, gentle, kind, and thoughtful.  In recent years, I have realized that some people disagree.

For example, here are some things I have {mistakenly} been called:
Opinionated.
Assertive.
Pushy.
The meanest woman in the church congregation.
Controlling.

Well, that last one might be true.

Even my parents have said that, as a baby, I would scream inconsolably for hours every night, and that I would utterly refuse to sleep if there was anything at all going on in the house.
candied nuts

I like to think that it’s my fiery personality that explains my love of spicy foods.  I actually really really enjoy when the food is so spicy, it burns your lips and the inside of your mouth and throat.  Mmmmm… It’s one of my favorite things.

On the other hand, I’m also known to have something of a sweet tooth.  I mix the Kool-Aid kind of heavy on the sugar, and I like to frost the brownies.  And, well let’s face it, I have a dessert blog.  All this is because I am so sweet and friendly and thoughtful.  I’ve also been called “kind” on occasion.

Look, I’m working on the sweet side of my personality.  I’ve become a hopeless optimist, I work hard not to speak ill of others {it’s a work in progress!}, and love finding ways to be a better friend.  I deserve a little sugar on my nuts.

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And thus, when I was deciding exactly how to make these magical metaphorical pecans, there was really only one choice.

Spicy AND Sweet.

And toasted, of course, because toasted nuts are obviously the very high-end best.

These pecans turned out basically just like me… sugar and spice and everything nice.  I can almost guarantee that the strong-personality types out there will love these.  And the gentle personality types?  Well, they’ll love these too.

Because I said so.

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Sandies

 

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Bites

peanut butter pretzelMy teenagers are into having “late nights” with their friends.  Which means their friends hang out until very late, but they don’t actually stay until morning.

Which is really fine with me.  Except for the part where p.m. turns into a.m. and I have to start physically forcing people out the door.

Besides that, it’s really very entertaining.  I mean, just tonight I walked in to the kitchen to find five teenage boys momentarily distracted from their card game by Taylor Swift.  Yes, they were literally singing, at the top of their lungs, the song “We Are Never Getting Back Together.”

I’m not joking.

I wish I had video of it.  I didn’t think about that until after the moment had passed.  Then I kicked myself and tried to convince them to start it over {to no avail}.

After that, they googled some youtube videos of the Gangnam Style dance.  I was hoping a good video opportunity would present itself there, but it just never materialized.  Oh well.

PB pretzel recipe

These nights made me wonder whatever happened to the old me?  I mean, the young me?  The me that used to stay up until 2 am every night and dance and sing a lot.  Nowadays, I’m all old and boring, and I’m asleep before 11 and I’m up at the crack of dawn.

The old gang tries to remember our youth by spending New Years Eve together every year.  The problem is, we don’t go out drinking and partying, we stay in and play board games with our kids, and watch the ball drop, and drink sparkling cider.  Then we drag our sorry selves home at 12:15.

This does not make me feel young.  Not at all.

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On the bright side, the snacks will be infinitesimally better than they used to be.  Because old me just opened a bag of chips, but new me will take time to make these pretzel bites.

And by “time,” I mean like 15 minutes.  Seriously, it’s barely worth noting, it’s that fast.  And it’s SO worth it, because, honestly? These are going to be gone within 3 minutes.

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Pumpkin No Bake Cookies

These easy no bake cookies are made with pumpkin. Non bake cookies are a quick and easy solution!

Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.comWhen I say I’m getting a new oven, what I mean is, I’m taking the oven that’s been in my brother’s garage for 2 years.

I mean, some people like to go to the store, compare features, pick their favorite appliance, and purchase it new.  But not me.

Our dining set used to belong to my parents.  Our bed was a wedding gift.  Our dresser used to belong to my parents.  Our hide-a-bed couch used to belong to Robb’s parents.  Our piano used to belong to my grandparents.  Our car was 11 years old when we bought it.  Even our television was a gift.  I’m not so sure the kids were ours originally.

Strike that.  Yes I am.  I have fond memories of pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum recovery.

Fond.

I just want to be sure you are not deceived when you see me writing about my “new oven” on my Facebook page, or pinning tips about cleaning glasstop stoves.

Pumpkin No-Bake Cookies from JensFavoriteCookies.com

While I’m waiting to get my old oven out and my new oven in, I’m making stovetop cookies.  Easy, fast, delicious, no-bake, stovetop cookies.  With pumpkin for fall. Continue reading “Pumpkin No Bake Cookies” »

Biscoff Granola Bars guest post

Biscoff barsIt’s the middle of the month, and I am already over budget on the groceries.  I can’t help myself.  Sometimes I see something fabulous like mini-bell peppers or blood orange Chobani greek yogurt, or heaven help me, Biscoff spread, and I just have to buy it.

Now school is starting, and I have to get to start packing sack lunches, and what is there to pack?  There’s no way the kids will be eating bell peppers, and Robb wants all the Chobani to himself, which means I now have to share my Biscoff spread.  I’m sort of jealous and selfish, and so this idea is not my favorite.

On the other hand, turning a fabulous ingredient like Biscoff spread into something new and delicious and homemade like Biscoff Granola Bars is kind of fun.  Plus, I’m sure the kids will love finding these cute bars in their lunches.

I’ll probably eat mine for breakfast.

Biscoff Granola

Have you met Connie yet?  She has this wonderful blog called Measured By The Heart, where she blogs about all kinds of things from home decor, to cute hair tips, to DIY projects, to recipes.  And, lucky me, I get to guest post on her blog this week!  Aaiiieee!!

Let me bribe you with a few more adjectives before I send you to the recipe.

No Bake.  Very quick.  Super easy.  Chocolate Chips. And, need I say this? BISCOFF. SPREAD.

Get the picture?  To make these fun and crazy simple granola bars for your self school kids, head over to Measured By The Heart today!  You won’t regret it.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola Bars from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Nutella Granola Bars from After Dinner Dance

Biscoff No Bake Cookies from Shugary Sweets

This post linked up at: Tidy Mom; Shabby Nest; Joy in my Kitchen; My Simple Home Life; While He Was Napping; Chic On a Shoestring; My Romantic Home; At the Picket Fence;

Scotcheroos and the Rice Krispies Treat Death Match

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Crispy TreatHave you ever wondered how a person might find themselves embroiled in a serious Rice Krispies Treat Death Match?  Well, let me tell you.

A few months ago, an innocent remark by me about my favorite Rice Krispies treats, namely the Scotcheroos, was met by some serious resistance by my cousin, who lives several states away.  The conversation went something like this:

Me: Scotcheroos are the best.  They’re like eating heaven.
Maren: Blech.  You’re wrong.  Butterscotch is the worst.
Me: What’s wrong with you?  Butterscotch is pretty good, but I’m really talking about peanut butter RK treats, and there is NOTHING wrong with PB.
Maren: PB is great, but butterscotch is not.  I can out rice krispies treat you any day of the week.
Me:  Oh yeah?
Maren:  Yeah.  Let’s do this thing.  You. Me. Family reunion.
Me:  You’re on.  Winner gets bragging rights.
Maren: Winner gets ETERNAL FAME AND GLORY.

Last weekend, the much anticipated contest finally took place.

Scotcheroos

The cousins all got in on the action, and there were several entries.  Each participant was allowed to enter no more than two different recipes.  Judges were the uncles, namely my dad, his three brothers and one brother-in-law.  Except that judge number five was like the French judge during the ice skating… he basically pressured everyone to vote for him.

Oh, and he named his krispie treats after himself.  (“The Rope” because our family name is Roper.)

I know you’re dying to know who won, so let me just cut to the chase.

First place: Allison, with Cinnamon Roll Krispies (basic RKT’s with cinnamon frosting)
Second place: Grandma, with Jammie Krispies (RKT’s sandwiched with jam and cream cheese)
Third place: Bryce, with “The Rope” (made with Fruity Pebbles, chocolate mint marshmallows, and peanut butter.  Yeah, you heard me right)
Honorable Mention: Me, with Scotcheroos

So I didn’t win.  But neither did Maren.  I guess Allison gets all the fame and glory.  THIS TIME.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

There is another possible way to judge this thing, which is to note which pan empties first.  If we judge this way, the winner is:

The Rope.  I just don’t get it.  I mean, it would seriously never occur to me to mix Fruity Pebbles with chocolate mint marshmallows, or with peanut butter, let alone both of them.  It really was a bizarre combination, but honestly?  They were kind of good.  Just don’t tell Bryce I said that.

The pan with the Scotcheroos was the second to disappear, so I guess I had a decent showing there.  Maren’s mistake was combining bacon with dessert.  Her Baconstein Krispies are, I suspect, an acquired taste.  Or maybe I just say that because I’m sort of racist against bacon-flavored desserts.  Everyone agreed that her S’mores Krispies were pretty darn delicious though.  Well, everyone but her 3 year old, who ate the marshmallow tops off of several pieces, and left the actual krispie treats sitting on the ground in a cute little row.

My Thin Mint Krispies had a decent showing, but not good enough to win any prizes.

So here’s the thing.  Next time you inevitably find yourself in a Rice Krispies Treat Death Match, competing for Eternal Fame And Glory, you’re going to want to enter the Scotcheroos.  And pray the judges aren’t biased.

Scotcheroos
 
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A peanut butter rice krispies treat with chocolate-butterscotch frosting.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 7 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips
  • 6 oz. butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. Combine peanut butter, sugar, and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is well combined and loose.
  2. Place cereal in a large mixing bowl. Pour hot peanut butter mixture over cereal, and stir to coat.
  3. Press into a 9x13 pan.
  4. Place chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwave safe bowl, and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until completely melted.
  5. Pour melted chips over cereal mixture, spreading to frost evenly.
  6. Cool completely before serving. (I like to let them chill in the refrigerator.)

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Peanut Butter Bars from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

Reese’s Puffs Crispy Treats from Your Cup of Cake

Chubby Hubby Bars from Cookies and Cups

 

 

Cherry White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cherry cookiesI’m not a big fan of bribing my children, as a general rule.  I much prefer beating them.  (Calm down, I don’t actually beat my children.)  I think kids should behave just because I ask them to, and not because I begged and bribed them.  It gives the kids the impression that they’re the ones in charge.

And we can’t have that, now, can we?

But, let’s just say it’s a Friday, and the kids are supposed to be doing their Friday chores.  And, let’s just say there were fresh hot cookies coming out of the oven, and the whole house smelled like cookies.  And, as long as we’re at it, let’s say it’s lunch time, and no one has eaten lunch yet.  Then I can use one of my favorite parenting stand-by moves:

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Cinnamon Waffle Cookies

Whose idea was it to break my vacuum the same week I got a dog?  Thanks for that, universe.  Good one.

My bedroom has been in a pretty desperate condition, overflowing with useless crap, and dirty clothes, and dust.  I just keep putting new containers on the floor.  My husband has about had it with me and the bedroom mess.  I’d love to tell you that I put it off because my vacuum broke, but honestly, I was putting it off long before that.

Today, I borrowed a vacuum from my neighbor, and tackled the bedroom.  I’m allergic to dust, so I was not really enjoying myself, but I distracted myself from the discomfort with some episodes of What Not to Wear and The Office.

Did I ever tell you how much I love having a DVR?

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Marshmallow Pops

My daughter and I have been participating in a Mother-Daughter book club.  Several of the girls in the neighborhood get together with their moms and discuss a book they’ve read.  This month was our turn to host, which meant it was our turn to pick the book.  Finding time to read the chosen books has not been going so great for us in months past, so we made it easy on everyone by choosing a book that was a fun and quick read.

Very quick.

Perhaps you’ve read the book yourself?  Our selection was Lafcadio, The Lion Who Shot Back by Shel Silverstein.  It’s all about a lion who is being hunted, and decides to turn the tables.  He learns to use a gun, and becomes the hunter.  In the process, he discovers what it is like to live as a human, and experiences the joy of marshmallows, which he comes to love.

I ask you, if you had been eating zebra your whole life, wouldn’t you want to have some marshmallows, too?

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Oreo

A super-easy and quick recipe for homemade Oreos, with customizable frosting to suit your taste.

Source: as with so many of my best recipes, this one came from my Grandmother.

Yield: about 4 dozen unfrosted, or 2 dozen small sandwiched cookies.

What a dilemma I found myself in this week. After my last post,Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies, I was left with a fair amount of peanut butter frosting in my fridge. What to do? What to do? I just couldn’t bring myself to let all that sweet, peanuty loveliness go to waste. The solution? Oreos, of course!!

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