Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Are you tired of all things pumpkin yet?  I’m not!  It is still October after all.  The thing is though, I also really like chocolate so I can never decide which dessert to go with.  So, why not both?  I decided to whip together these Pumpkin Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins and boy was it easy!

It takes just 3 ingredients!

 

I used just a box of chocolate cake mix, canned pumpkin and chocolate chips.  Yep, not kidding.  That is it!

Mix the three ingredients together, the mixture will be creamy, but thick.  Spoon into muffin or cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  The mixture, again will be very thick, so if you are looking for a pretty muffin, you will need to smooth out the tops of the muffins before baking.  Me personally, I don’t care what my cupcakes look like, I just want them yummy!

Here’s what you need:

  • A box of chocolate cake mix
  • One can of pumpkin
  • Chocolate Chips (I used half a bag, but feel free to use the whole thing…go hog wild!)

As you can see, I enjoyed my muffin right away and it was delicious!  Full of ooey, gooey, chocolatey goodness!

Easy 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

I  am so ready to start baking again!  Now that Fall has arrived and it is acceptable to turn on my oven again, I am ready to start baking!  Plus, the holidays are coming soon, so I like doing test runs on my recipes.

I have made a couple of tweaks to once of my favorite easy Fall baking recipes!

DELICIOUS 2 INGREDIENT PUMPKIN MUFFINS!

Here’s what you need:

  • A box of white cake mix
  • One can of pumpkin

Mix the two ingredients together, mixture will be creamy, but thick.  Spoon into muffin or cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Because of the thickness of the mixture, you may have to smooth out the tops of the muffins before baking, but this is based on preference.

The muffins came out super moist and tasting very similar to pumpkin pie!  Yummy!

BONES & BLOOD (A Freaky Halloween Treat)

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Are you looking for a great treat for your Halloween party?  How about serving up some bones and blood?  Sounds gross right?  Oh, but it is not!  It’s so yummy!

Check out this step by step on how to create this Freaky Halloween Treat:

What you need:

How I did it:

I stuck a mini marshmallow at each end of the pretzel sticks and rolled them in marshmallow creme (to make them more sticky) and then dipped them into the melted white chocolate to create the “bones”.  Place all of your bones on wax paper covered cookie sheet and place in the freezer for the chocolate to harden.

Serve with “blood” for dipping (strawberry jam in this case).

 

Chocolate Energy Bites

Hungry?  If you want to keep your kids eating healthy snacks this Summer, make sure you have plenty of snacks on hand.  These chocolate energy bites are a favorite around our house!

Chocolate Energy Bites

ingredients:

  1. 1 Jar Peanut Butter (16 oz)
  2. 3 Cups Oatmeal
  3. 1/4 cup of chocolate chips
  4. 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder (we use Orgain Chocolate Protein)
  5. 1 cup of raw unfiltered honey (I bought local honey at a nearby Farmer’s Market)
  6. 1/4 cup of chia seeds (We use Food to Live)

Mix ingredients well, forming into balls once mixed.

What’s For Dinner? Lettuce Wrapped Turkey Burgers

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We are a family that is trying to get healthy!  Several years ago, I lost almost 40 pounds and while I kept it off for a while, I did have another baby and life happened.  Now I am back to working on getting the weight back off.  When I lost weight before, one major change I made was reducing the amount of complex carbs (breads, sugars, etc) that I eat.

Here is one of my favorite recipes that was a staple for the first time around and will be again!

Lettuce Wrapped Turkey Burgers

I mix the following ingredients to create my turkey burgers:

  • Ground Turkey – 16 ounce package
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Tapatio sauce (yep..I like my burgers spicy)

Mix ingredients together and cook over medium heat.  Wrap in a leaf of Romaine Lettuce and serve with your favorite toppings.

*My burgers are topped with a thin slice of cheddar, tomatoes, peppercinis, mustard and occasionally ketchup.

 

 

20 Sweet Easter Desserts

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Don’t you just love all of the sweet treats that come along with the holidays?  If you are looking for some new dessert recipes to try out this Easter, look no further than this awesome list of 20 Sweet Easter Desserts!

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Easter Eggs
  2. Easter Cookie Pops
  3. Spring Butterfly Cupcakes Recipe
  4. Carrot Cake Pops
  5. Jellybean Fudge
  6. Easter Candy Macadamia Bark Recipe
  7. Easter Rice Krispies Treat Cookies
  8. No-Bake Easter Nests
  9. Easter Gooey Butter
  10. Easter Candy Cupcakes
  11. Bird Nest Dirt Cake Cups
  12. DIY Candy Buttons
  13. Easy Coconut Macaroon Birds Nest Cookies
  14. Carrot Patch Brownie Bowls
  15. Copycat Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs
  16. Springtime Filled Cake Cookies Recipe
  17. Cookie Butter Eggs
  18. Milano Cookie Easter Eggs
  19. Homemade Cadbury Eggs
  20. Easter Krispie Bars

20 Delicious Easter Recipes!

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This year (2017) Easter will fall on April 16th.  My daughter and I each have April birthdays and we have each had Easter birthdays, so Easter is always extra special for us when it comes to preparing and celebrating. That’s why I like to plan ahead and this year I am all about the food!

Check out these delicious Easter recipes I found…I might just have to start trying them out early.  You know, to make sure that they are good and all. 😉

 

  1. Easter Chicks Deviled Eggs
  2. Torta Pasqualina
  3. DIY Easter Bunny Bread
  4. Carrot Cake Waffles
  5. Broccoli and Sweet Potato Frittata
  6. Easter Nests Cupcakes
  7. 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cheesecake Balls
  8. Easter Ice Cream Cake
  9. Easter Candy Macadamia Bark Recipe
  10. Spring Butterfly Cupcakes Recipe
  11. PEEPS S’mores Easter Treats
  12. White Chocolate Popcorn
  13. Easter Egg Brittle
  14. Glazed Lemon Cookies
  15. No Bake Chocolate Birds Nest
  16. Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin with Bacon
  17. Quick and Easy Easter Bunny Cupcakes
  18. Carrot Cake Cheesecake
  19. Edible Easter Nest
  20. Cadbury Egg Brownies

 

Do you have any favorite Easter recipes?  I would love it if you would share!

10 Quick Dinner Recipes!

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Do you find yourself short on time in the evenings?  Check out this great roundup of 10 super quick dinner recipes and have a home cooked meal tonight!

Cacio E Pepe Pasta

Only 5 ingredients are needed to get this Cacio E Pepe Pasta, from Living Sweet Moments, on your dinner table.

Pizza Casserole

The entire family will love this Pizza Casserole from Beauty Through Imperfection.

Baked Curry Chicken Drumsticks

Protein packed and delicious, these Baked Curry Chicken Drumsticks come to us from Dinner with the Rollos.

Skinny Cajun-Style Shrimp and Grits

These Skinny Cajun-Style Shrimp and Grits from The Foodie and The Fix are perfect for your 21 Day Fix meal plan.

Easy French Dip Sandwiches

The Cincy Shopper’s Easy French Dip Sandwiches look delish.

Salmon and Tuna Sushi Bowls

The Professional Mom Project shows us how to make Super Simple Salmon and Tuna Sushi Bowls.

Margherita Naan Pizza

This Margherita Naan Pizza from Eat, Thrive, Glow can be done in as little as 20 minutes.

Cowboy Casserole

This Cowboy Casserole from Thrifty T’s Treasures will be a big hit for the meat and potatoes crowd.

Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

If you like your food with a little kick, check out this Bacon Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese from Baking Beauty.

One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta

If you have a pressure cooker, you must try out this One Pot Pressure Cooker Penne Rigate Pasta from Pressure Cooker Recipes.

Berry Filled Pan-CAKES

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We are lucky enough to be surrounded with Blackberry bushes, so during late summer and early fall the kids and I pick berries and fill the freezer!  But what to do with all of these berries?!

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I saw a similar recipe floating around FB so I decided to make a coupe little changes to the recipe to suit our family’s taste.  I made these for our Saturday morning breakfast a couple weeks ago and they were a huge hit!

I used my typical homemade pancake recipe and instead of putting them on a griddle, I made them in a cupcake pan.

Pancakes:

  • 2 cups flour (we use non-bleached)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk

Mix the dry ingredients first, then add the rest.  Fill cupcake tins  half full with pancake mixture.   Cook 7-10 minutes.

As they bake the centers will fall creating a “crater.”

Fill crater with fresh fruit of your choice and return to the oven for 5 minutes, sprinkle with sugar (powdered or granulated). Serve.

We used the blackberries and they were delicious!

*the next time I make these I will get some better pics for ya!

 

 

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes – Perfect Party Dessert!


Are you planning a birthday party any time soon?  These gorgeous cone cupcakes would make a great addition!  They are both yummy and delicious! For the longest time, my daughter has been quite the tomboy, but her tastes seem to be changing to the girlier side of things.  She wants pretty stuff around her all the time.  These cupcakes are definitely pretty and I think they are going to be awesome for her birthday! cone-cupcakes3

Ingredient List:
 
  • 2 cups of flour 
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt 
  • 1 stick of butter (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening  
  • 2 Eggs 
  • 3/4 cup of milk 
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract  
  • 1 pack of Ice cream cones

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start by sifting together the flour and baking powder.  Next, add in your salt.  Follow by mixing in the butter and vegetable shortening.  Add one egg at a time, followed by the milk and vanilla.  Mix together until everything is well combined.

Next, depending on whether you want the cake over the cone or not, you can either fill the cone a little less then half way or to the half way point.  Use roughly 1-2 tablespoons per cone.  Place cones into your cupcake pan and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes until the top looks golden brown (use the toothpick test to be sure they are done).

Let your cakes cool down completely before icing.   The icing is purely a matter of preference.  If you want to, you can simply spread it on, use a can ready to squirt on top, or you can use an icing bag to frost and decorate as you choose.  Cover in sprinkles and voila’ they are ready to be served at your party!

I am excited to try these with holiday themes for Halloween and Christmas!