Archive | October, 2012

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

30 Oct

Is October really almost over? This time of year always seems to fly by. For the past few weeks, I have been brainstorming what special treat to make my friend, Grace, for her birthday. Since she shares my obsession with pumpkin, I decided that these cupcakes would be the perfect!

Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yields 18 Cupcakes

Ingredients:

BROWN BUTTER PUMPKIN CUPCAKES

3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs

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Chicken Rolls

29 Oct

Chicken rolls have always been one of my favorite meals. Every year on my birthday, this is the meal I would ask my mom to make me. It’s just that good.

Chicken Rolls

Yields 16 rolls

Ingredients

CHICKEN MIXTURE

8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened

2 T Butter, room temperature

4 cups cooked chicken, diced

2 tsp green onion, chopped

4 tsp milk

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 pepper

2 cans crescent rolls

GRAVY

1 can cream of chicken soup

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No-Rise Pizza Crust

26 Oct

Pizza has always been one of my favorite foods.  I am convinced I could eat it for dinner every night and not get sick of it. This no-rise pizza crust is easy and delicious!

No-Rise Pizza Crust

Yields four 9″ pizzas; Recipe from TheFauxMartha

Ingredients:

1 cup water, heated to 110 degrees

1 tbsp. olive oil

1 tbsp. sugar

1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp.) rapid-rise or instant yeast

1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour

1 c. whole wheat flour

1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp. sea salt

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Weekly Fruit

25 Oct

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

After reading The Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom instantly became one of my heroes. Corrie was greatly involved with the Jewish underground, which eventually was found out by the Nazi’s and she was thrown into a concentration camp. In the camp, she experienced immense suffering.

Corrie was an effective minister because of the joy and thankfulness that overflowed from her heart. While Corrie was in the concentration camp she experienced a lot of pain and hardship. However, she continuously thanked God. She even was able to thank God for the fleas that infested her bed. Corrie exclaims, “Give thanks in all circumstances. It doesn’t say ‘in pleasant circumstances.’ Fleas are part of this place where God has put me”. Corrie’s extreme joy and thankfulness allowed her to have high spirits, a positive attitude and an ability to encourage others, even in a concentration camp. Corrie Ten Boom’s deep faith in Jesus Christ is inspiring and motivating.

Wes and Rebecca

23 Oct

A few weeks ago Wes and Rebecca got married! Rebecca and I used to work together and I was delighted when she asked me to do hair for her wedding.

She was such a joy to work with, as was her entire bridal party. This simple style really matched her laid back personality! Continue reading

Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes

22 Oct

This past weekend I was feeling under the weather and seriously craving a milkshake.  This pumpkin pie milkshake totally did the trick!

Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Makes 2 mini shakes

1/3 C pumpkin, canned
1/4 C milk
1/4 t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon
pinch of cloves
pinch of nutmeg
2 T brown sugar
2 C vanilla ice cream
1-2 graham crackers

  1. In a blender mix the pumpkin, vanilla, sugar and spices.
  2. Add ice cream and slowly add milk as needed.
  3. Sprinkle with crushed graham cracker crumbs before serving.

 

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

19 Oct

Last Monday, I made cinnamon pumpkin pancakes for my husband’s birthday. Since I still had pumpkin leftover, I thought these cookies would be perfect to make for my brother and sister-in-law’s “moving party”.  The cookies were quickly devoured and big success!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yields 16 large cookies; recipe adapted from Mybakingaddiction

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon (I also added 1 teaspoon nutmeg)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

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