Southwest Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers

Easy southwest crockpot stuffed peppers

Everything about this easy crock pot recipe screams “comfort food!”  And I like it. 

Southwest crock pot stuffed peppers!

This is a post on behalf of Wolf® Brand Chili.  All opinions are my own.  [Like I could keep them back if I tried.]

I feel like we haven’t chatted in away.  I’ve been away for far too long and I have so much to tell you.  Well, really not too much but a few things have changed since last month.  We are still in Corpus.  Our house we had in Austin fell through.  [womp womp.] 

I took the kids to get their flu shots last month and the pediatrician did a double take.  “I thought yall moved?”  he said.  I said “We haven’t been able to find a house yet.”  He looked at me real serious and said “Aren’t you a real estate agent?” 

I laughed and said “You’d think that would help, right?!” 

stuffed peppers

The kids have been out of school and are driving each other crazy.  I signed Ryley back up for dance and will sign Avery up for karate or something soon.  They need “kid friends” as Ryley told me recently.  Apparently momma isn’t cool enough already. 

My momma had thyroid surgery last month too.  It happened to work out that my in laws were in town during that time which was a HUGE blessing.  I was able to help my mom while GG and Pa got to spend tons of time with the kids.  [Probably more then expected but they loved it.] 

Easy southwest crockpot stuffed peppers

And me?  Well, I’m doing ok.  I miss blogging so much.  I miss being able to write and take pictures and talk to people.  One day I had a bit of energy and completely re-did my blog.  Like all of it.  [I still have a few kinks to work out.]  And I loved it so much. 

Hi, my name is Kelley and I’m a big blog nerd. 

southwest crockpot stuffed pepper recipe

And then yesterday I got to make a new recipe using Wolf® Brand Chili and use my camera again.  My camera has been sitting on my dresser for about a month just staring at me.  I know its thinking “Hey, remember me?  Yea, let’s get back together.”  

And the recipe?  Ohmygerd yall.  First, its so so so easy to make.  Second, its a crock pot meal.  Third.. SO good! 

Southwest crock pot stuffed peppers

I’ve made stuffed peppers before but this time I used Wolf® Brand Chili instead of hamburger or turkey burger.  DELISH.  Seriously so good.  And it cut the prep time in half.  [And hello, Wolf® Brand Chili started in Texas so of course this Texas girl is a fan!] 

Ok so quick recap – still in Corpus, my kids are driving me nuts, my camera is giving me funny looks and you have to try this recipe asap.  Yup, that about sums up my month.  How about yours?

Southwest Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 bells peppers
  2. 1 can Wolf® Brand Chili
  3. 1 1/2 cup rice (not instant)
  4. 1 oz can of southwest corn
  5. 1-2 cups water
  6. 1/2 cup of cheese
  7. cilantro for topping
Instructions
  1. Cut the tops and de-seed the bell peppers.
  2. Mix together the can of Wolf® Brand Chili, the rice and the corn.
  3. Scoop the mixture into the peppers.
  4. Place the peppers in the crock pot and add the water.
  5. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for about 3 hours.
  6. Cover with cheese the last 5 minutes.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!
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Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Take a bit out of these pumpkin pie cookies!

Make pumpkin pie portable with these pumpkin pie cookies!

Cookies that looke like pumpkin pie!

I have been having dreams for the past few nights that are super weird and that I remember vividly when I wake up. I normally wake up and they just kind of fade away but lately, they stick with me. [Like this dream about the Kardashians.]  
 
I feel like if I shared them all with you that you might think I’m absolutely nuts. But I’m going to anyways, because, well, I probably am.
 
 
The most recent dream I remember was at our house in corpus. We live on almost 2 acres and have neighbors behind us, but not next to us. The people behind us all have dogs and our dogs like to bark at them to say hello. [At least that’s what I think they are saying.]  
 
So I’m hanging out in my house and a man walks through the back garage door and into our kitchen. I was scared, but once he saw me he took off running. Of course I follow him and he runs back to his backyard behind our house. The fence has been torn down and his dogs are roaming our yard.
 
I panic because you never know how dogs are going to react together. So I frantically call my dogs and get them in the house before looking at what the man did to our shared fence. It was a hot mess and half of it was missing with boards scattered around my yard. 
 
And then I woke up. That was it. Just a creepy guy in my house and a destroyed fence dream. Of course I check the backyard after I wake up to make sure it wasn’t real.  [Because, well, ya know.. I’m that person.]  My fence is fine.  No creepy guy poking his head out from behind it. 
 
 
I’m pretty sure that dream has stemmed from my dogs barking like maniacs at the back fence lately.  They say hello to the other dogs [or so I think] and then go on there happy way most days.  But for the past few days that have been going to the side of the fence with no dogs and just bark bark barking.  Besides driving me nuts, I’m sure my neighbors don’t appreciate it.
 
One afternoon I went to see what the heck they were getting crazy about.  And there was a momma cat and her kittens holed up on the fence line.  I wanted to scoop them up and bring them all inside the house with me. 
 
 
I’m pretty sure its a stray which makes me want to scoop it up even more.  [Side note – I might be a crazy cat lady in disguise.]  The kittens don’t even have their eyes open yet and they just meow so cute.  I gave mama some food and now I make sure the dogs leave them alone. 
 
So that’s been my life the past few days.  Odd dreams and kittens.  Oh and pumpkin pie cookies.  Because, well, delicious!  I used my friend Kirsten’s cookie recipe and tweaked it a bit.  I also used her royal icing recipe because its pretty amazing. 
 
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Cook Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
For the cookies
  1. 2 sticks butter, softened
  2. 2/3 cup sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 tsp almond extract
  6. 2 1/2 cups flour
  7. 1/8 tsp salt
  8. 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
For the icing
  1. 2 pound (1 bag) confectioners sugar
  2. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  3. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  4. 1 1/2 T meringue powder
  5. 1/2 cup plus 2 tbs water
  6. orange food coloring
Instructions
  1. Cream the butter and the sugar together.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extracts. Mix well.
  3. Mix in the flour, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
  4. Set in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 350.
  6. Remove when chilled, roll out on a floured surface about 1/4 inch thick.
  7. Using a pizza cutter, cut a circle and then divide it into 8 pieces.
  8. Place on a silicone baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until you see the edges slightly browning.
  9. Remove and let cool completely before frosting.
  10. In a stand mixer or with a handheld mixer, pour the powdered sugar in and slowly add all the ingredients except the water.
  11. Beat the ingredients together and SLOWLY add the water. You want the icing to be thick but a little wet.
  12. Add more water if needed.
  13. Scoop out 1/4 cup of the white icing and set it aside.
  14. Add 5-8 drops of orange food coloring and continue to mix.
  15. Remove 1/2 cup of the light orange frosting and set it aside.
  16. Add 10 more drops of orange food coloring and mix, place the rest of the icing in a piping bag.
Decorating
  1. Using the light orange frosting, make the crust of the pie by going back forth with the piping bag. Allow it to dry.
  2. Using the dark orange frosting, make an outline starting from the crust all around the triangle. Allow to dry before flooding it with frosting and smoothing out.
  3. When the dark orange is dry, add a dollop of the white to resemble cool whip.
  4. Allow to dry and enjoy!
Notes
  1. I used this meringue powder - http://amzn.to/1BSUHCK
  2. This all natural food coloring - http://amzn.to/1uBbGKB
  3. And these silicone baking sheets - http://amzn.to/1vWEHNK
Adapted from Kirsten Oliphant
Adapted from Kirsten Oliphant
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Apple Chai Latte

apple chai latte

Nothing says fall like a warm apple chai latte that you can make in the crock pot.  Or is that just me?

Apple chai latte.

I try and spend at least one day a week creating new recipes that have been floating around my head.  Sunday was that day this week.  Sunday was also the day that I had a horrible headache, the kids were extra needy and I needed to clean the house.  So I needed easy recipes.  Like set it and forget it recipes. 

And thats what I did with this apple chai latte.  I set it up in the crock pot and went about my day.  [Which was cleaning.. bleh!  Side note – I currently have a massive pile of clean clothes in my bedroom that are just waiting to be put away.  I’m hoping the cleaning fairy stops by this week to take care of that.]

Apple chai latte recipe

The kids were in rare form though.  Running around like monsters, refusing to nap and just generally driving both of us crazy.  Ryon at one point said “I now understand why my mom would kick us all outside when we were younger!”  I thought about it for a hot second but its still warm down here and we are having a mosquito invasion.  They attack by the dozens and the kids are already covered in bites. 

Around 4 o’clock I took the apple chai tea out of the crock pot and let it cool for a bit.  [My house smelled ahhhh-mazing by the way!  No candles needed with this stuff in a crock pot.]  I took some pictures, drank some, loaded the kids in the car and headed to my parents for Sunday dinner. 

apple chai latte

We are not even out of the driveway and Avery is already snoring.  SNORING!  And I fight the internal mom battle that happens this late in the day – let him sleep or wake his butt up.  I decide to let him sleep.  It was the first time all day that it was quiet so I let the little turkey saw logs.  We transferred him to my parents bed and he slept for almost 3 hours. 

Of course when we got home he was wild again and ready to play.  I ended up promising him he could watch cartoons in the morning and a trip to the aquarium if he went to bed.  [I know.. I know.]  He eventually went to sleep and I drifted off to my house still smelling like apple chai latte.  [Maybe it was a good day after all.]

Apple Chai Latte
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Ingredients
  1. 6 cups water
  2. 6 chai tea bags
  3. 1 large apple, chopped
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. whipped cream, optional
Instructions
  1. Add the water, tea bags and apple to your crock pot.
  2. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  3. Allow to cool before transferring to cups or pitcher.
  4. Add your milk and whipped cream.
  5. Enjoy!
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Apple Pie Overnight Oats

How to make apple pie overnight oats

One of the easiest breakfast you will ever make.  And one of the tastiest!  [Coincidence?  I think not!]

Easy apple pie overnight oatmeal recipe

I have another confession to make.  And this one is.. well.. sad.  Promise me we can still be friends after?  Deep breath. 

I love celebrity gossip magazines. 

Isn’t that just sad??  I’m not sure why I’m drawn to them, but I am!  I would say I just look at the pictures, but sometimes I read the articles.  [WHY is Leah losing her twins to her ex?!  Must read!] 

The plus side of this sad confession?  I don’t buy them.  My mom does.  I just read them at her house.  [Not sure that’s better really.]

How to make apple pie overnight oats

So one night last week when I was visiting my momma, I browsed through one of the rag mags.  [Anyone else call them that?!]  I honestly did not think much of it and just looked through the magazine real quick.  We left, got home and everyone went to bed.

Then I had the weirdest dream ever.  And I don’t normally remember my dreams, but I remember this one so clearly.

I was in a house with Bobbie and one of her daughters and Kris Jenner.  [You know, Kim Kardashian’s mom.]  Bobbie was getting mad that one of Kris’s kids had sold something to her daughter for $100.  I was wondering were she got the $100, but Bobbie was just yelling at Kris. 

apple pie overnight oatmeal recipe

She yelled and yelled and yelled.  And finally Kris snapped her fingers and sent some mafia guys after us so we started to run.  I grabbed my kids [who just appeared out of no where but I knew I had to protect them] and off we went.  We ran from one house to the next trying to escape these guys in black suits. 

We ended up at a Costco.  Bobbie stole a bike and I stole one of those mobilized shopping carts, but the cart was fast.  I tossed the kids in the front basket and grabbed some blankets as I buzzed out of the store.  Bobbie had her back tire shot out by one of the guys in black and that was the last time I saw her. 

Overnight apple pie oatmeal

Then I headed to a magazine company to tell them about the evil Kardashians and their plot to kill anyone who disagrees with them.  [It was very much like the ending of the book Firestarter that I read, oh, 15 years ago.]  I tell our story and then the kids and I head home.  And home is a tiny house in the middle of a field somewhere. 

Then I woke up.  And I remembered the whole weird dream.  [Gah, it was so weird.]  Evil Kardashians getting into my head like that.  Just plain rude. 

Anyone else have super weird dreams that they remember?  Any of them because you read celebrity gossip magazines?  Yes?  Bueller?  

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Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup rolled oats
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 2 tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/2 apple, diced
  5. 2 tbs cinnamon sugar
  6. 2 tbs butter
Instructions
  1. Add the rolled oats, milk and cinnamon to a mason jar.
  2. Shake to combine and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. In the morning, saute the apples in the butter and cinnamon sugar.
  4. Place on top of the overnight oats and enjoy!
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Mummy Rice Krispie Pops

easy mummy rice krispie treat pops!

These mummy rice krispie pops are easy to make and everyone will love them!  [Adults included!]

Mummy Rice Krispie Pops!  Perfect for Halloween!

I feel like I should tell you – that I’m “one of those moms”.  The let’s eat organic, no soda, no food coloring type of mom. 

Well, before you look at these rice krispie pops and say “yea right”, I try to be that mom.  Food coloring is my arch nemesis.  And my kids just love it.  It’s everywhere and in everything.  I cringe every time they pick up a brightly colored cereal.  You can’t really explain to a 3 or 4 year old that the cereal with a funny cartoon character on it, isn’t as good for them as they think. 

Well you can.  They just choose not to listen. 

easy mummy rice krispie treat pops!

And I’m not trying to preach to anyone or tell you whats right and wrong for your family.  For us, artificial colors and dyes just isn’t for us.  It wasn’t always like that.  The kids picked any cereal they wanted and drank the brightly colored drinks.  And after they did, I was able to immediately see a change in their behavior. 

They would run around like wild banshees after eating anything that contained artificial food color.  Followed by a crash period where they were inconsolable and kind of mean.  I didn’t like it. 

So we started reading ingredient labels and anything with Red no. 40 or yellow no. 6 was put back on the shelf. 

mummy rice kripie pops!  perfect little halloween treats!

And at first I felt bad.  I wanted the kids to be able to have the food they wanted.  I wondered if I would ever be able to make them a fun colored birthday cake without artificial food coloring.  I sort of looked into natural food coloring but then let it slide. 

I ran into Sprouts one afternoon and stumbled upon this Color Garden natural food coloring.  I was ecstatic!  Seriously, Ryon was wondering why I was so excited about food coloring.  But I was! 

I scooped it up and have had it in the pantry for a few months, waiting to be used.  I pulled it out to make the eyes on the mummy rice krispie pops. 

Can I just say that it was torture to make these pops while the kids were home?  They wanted to grab at them every five seconds.  (One also has a bite mark on the corner from a certain 3 year old turkey.)  I kept telling the kids they could have one after I took pictures.  Because you know, I’m one of those moms. 

Mummy Rice Krispie Pops
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Ingredients
  1. 4-5 Rice Krispie Treats, unwrapped
  2. 4 bars of chocolate bark (approx. 5 oz each)
  3. 4 bars of white chocolate bark
  4. few drops of red food coloring
  5. cake pop sticks
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate bark in the microwave or in a double boiler. If using the microwave, cook for 30 seconds, stir, cook for another 30 seconds and stir. Continue until the chocolate is smooth.
  2. Dip a cake pop stick into the chocolate and insert in the bottom of a rice krispie treat. Allow to cool.
  3. Then cover the entire rice krispie treat in chocolate, set aside and allow to cool.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the while chocolate.
  5. You can either place it in a frosting bag, plain plastic baggie or drizzle with a spoon. I placed mine in a plastic baggie and cut off the tip.
  6. Drizzle the white chocolate all over the chocolate covered rice krispie treat.
  7. While the white chocolate is still wet, mix a little red coloring with some leftover white chocolate. (I used a little chocolate left in my bowl and it was starting to harden so it was perfect.)
  8. Roll into balls and place them on as eyes.
  9. Allow to cool and enjoy!
Notes
  1. All natural plant based food coloring - http://amzn.to/ZreZaI
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Cinnamon Apple Crumb Cake

Cinnamon apple crumb cake

Sauteed cinnamon apples are folded into this cinnamon apple crumb cake.  Then some more are put on top for good measure.

Cinnamon apple crumb cake!  Delicious cake that would be perfect for breakfast or dessert!

I normally post recipes on Mondays and Tuesdays.  I try to.  I like to keep a schedule and even I get thrown off when it gets messed up.  So this cinnamon apple crumb cake post was suppose to happen yesterday. 

But lately, I’ve been off. 

My head is going 1000 miles an hour and I feel like I’m getting no where. 

We should be moving to Austin soon.  “Should” being the key word. 

We found a house, we are just waiting.  Always waiting. 

I’m also trying to get things organized with the kids while I go to Blog Elevated this weekend.  [Thank goodness for grandmas!]

And I’m pretty sure my Crohns is flaring up.  From stress. 

Cinnamon Apple Coffee Cake

When my stomach hurts, I don’t want to eat.  I don’t want to make new recipes.  I honestly want to stay as far away from the kitchen as possible. 

I want to curl up in bed and snuggle.  All day.  I have no energy [probably since I don’t want to eat]. 

That’s how I’ve been feeling lately and it stinks.  I want to do things productive.  I want to get things done.  And I just can’t.

Cinnamon apple crumb cake

I also hate whining about not feeling good.  I just wanted to let yall know I’m not perfect [duh] and I have off days.  Way off days. 

But look.. crumb cake!  Oh sweet, delicious, crumbly cake! 

I made this cake late one afternoon with Ryley.  And the turkey.  He helped too. 

Then I ate it for dessert and breakfast the next day. 

I realized that sometimes good things happen later in the day.  Like said apple cinnamon crumb cake.

Apple crumb cake recipe

I really love creating new recipes.  Love love love.  I love food in general but creating new recipes to share is the best. 

I’m still trying to manage my love of food and my Crohns disease. 

Its a process that I have to take one day at a time.

Today – I choose cinnamon apple crumb cake.  And cuddles.  Lots and lots of cuddles.

Cinnamon apple crumb cake
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup flour
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 3/4 tsp salt
  4. 2 sticks of butter, softened
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 2 tsp vanilla
  9. 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  10. 4 medium apples, diced
  11. 2 tablespoons of butter, for the apples
  12. 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
  13. 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a large skillet, add 2 tablespoon of butter, the cinnamon and the chopped apples. Cook until soft.
  3. Cream the butter and the sugars.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time, beating in between.
  5. Add the vanilla and mix in.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and oats together.
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix well.
  8. Toss in the apples, reserving some for the top.
  9. Coat the bottom of a baking dish with the additional 2 tablespoons of butter.
  10. Add the batter to the dish and top with the additional apples.
  11. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean in the center.
  12. Let cool, slice and enjoy!
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Sweet Rolls

Pumpkin cheesecake sweet rolls

Enjoy a little piece of heaven with these pumpkin cheesecake sweet rolls!

Pumpkin Cheesecake Sweet Rolls!  Perfect fall breakfast

This past Saturday one of my friends got married in Austin.  Which worked out great since we were already in Austin house hunting. 

It was warm on Friday so I went out and bought Avery a short sleeved shirt.  I had only brought up a long sleeve one.  [Not sure what I was thinking but whatevs.]

Friday night a cold front comes through and the temperatures drop.  Like a cray cray drop 20-30 degree drop.  It was 50 and rainy Saturday morning.

I folded the short sleeve shirt and put it away.  So much for that. 

Pumpkin cheesecake sweet rolls

I would have been upset, but it was a Goodwill find.  I love me some Goodwill. 

Hello, my name is Kelley and I’m addicted to good deals. 

I very rarely buy things that aren’t on sale or clearance. 

I’m the crazy lady that goes straight to the back of the store where the clearance racks are before browsing the whole store.

No shame here. 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Sweet Rolls!

That little green plate up there?  Its Paula Deen yall!  Absolutely adorable.  Totally on clearance. 

I have one in baby blue and dark blue too. [I’m sure you’ve seen them around the blog before.] 

And I thought about buying more because they are just so precious.  And way discounted! 

That’s just how I roll. 

No shame in my money saving game!  [Hollla!] 

Delicious pumpkin cheesecake sweet rolls

And speaking about rolls.. how about some pumpkin cheesecake sweet rolls?! 

These bad boys are loaded with cheesecake filling and covered in frosting. 

Its basically heaven on a clearance Paula Deen plate, yall! 

For reals. 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Sweet Rolls
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Ingredients
  1. Rolls
  2. 1/2 cup warm water
  3. 1 (1/4 oz) pkg active dry yeast
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar
  5. 1/2 cup butter, melted
  6. 3/4 cup warm milk
  7. 3/4 cup sugar
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
  10. 4- 5 cups flour
  11. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  12. Filling
  13. 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  14. 1 8oz package cream cheese
  15. 1/2 cup sugar
  16. Icing
  17. 1/2 cup salted butter
  18. 2 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  19. 1 tablespoon milk
Instructions
  1. Place your yeast and sugar in the warm water and set aside for about 10 minutes.
  2. Mix together the sugar, butter, milk, egg, pumpkin puree and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Pour the yeast mixture into the sugar mix and stir until combined.
  4. Add 2 cups of flour and mix with a wooden spoon.
  5. Keep adding the flour a little at a time until you form a soft dough. It should be slightly sticky but manageable. (If too sticky, add more flour)
  6. Place in a bowl, cover and let rise for one hour.
  7. To make your filling - mix everything together in a food processor.
  8. After it has risen, place on a lightly floured surface and punch down.
  9. Roll it out to form a large rectangle.
  10. Spread your pumpkin cream cheese filling onto the rectangle.
  11. Roll up the dough up to make a log.
  12. Cut the rolls into about 1 inch thick spirals using floss.
  13. Place the spirals on a greased baking dish and allow to rise for another hour or until they have doubled in size.
  14. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 or until the tops are golden brown.
  15. While they are baking, mix the frosting ingredients together.
  16. Cover with the frosting once they are cooled.
  17. Enjoy!
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Pumpkin Cheesecake Skillet Brownies

pumpkin skillet

An easy skillet brownie that will knock your socks off.  [Not really, but it might.  Its good yall!]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Skillet Brownies

Something super excited happened at the Grant house last week. 

No, I’m not pregnant. 

My littlest one, stopped using his paci! 

And yes, that is super exciting.  I thought the kid was going to take them to college.  [Yes, them.  He would carry 3 or more at one time.] 

pumpkin skillet

I really was worried that the turkey would put up a huge fight about letting go of his beloved pacis.  So much so, that I sorta kinda maybe ignored the paci problem. 

Mom of the year.  I know. 

Its tough to take away things you know they love and provides comfort. 

But they had to go and it was time. 

So I just stopped worrying about pacis.  I stopped looking for them, collecting them, making sure he had one at nap time and bed time. 

I told him I wasn’t going to take care of his pacis.  And I guess he wasn’t up for taking care of them either. 

So he quit.  Cold turkey. 

my brownie assistants

We haven’t mentioned them and I haven’t worried about them.  Its been good too.  He’s only asked for a paci once in the past week and a half.

I’m sure there are still pacis hidden around the house.  He had a ton of them.  So we aren’t completely out of the woods yet.

But we are close and he seems to be doing fine. 

And by fine I mean he’s tormenting his sister, making huge messes, taking his time cleaning up and generally being the turkey he is. 

So normal.  Just minus a paci or three. 

easy pumpkin cheesecake skillet brownie

And yes, we call him turkey.  And yes, it fits him perfectly. 

I want to make a shirt for thanksgiving that says “the turkiest turkey” on it.  Because, well, he is. 

Need more evidence?  Scroll down a bit and check out him stealing my pumpkin cheesecake brownie right out of the skillet.

He went and grabbed his own fork and dug right in. 

And wasn’t even ashamed.  Look at that smile!  Good brownies

I can’t fault him though.  The brownies really were that good. 

The skillet crisps up the edges just perfectly and leaves the center soft and chewy.

Droool. 

So good. 

Ps.. drizzle some pumpkin sauce on your pumpkin cheesecake skillet brownies.  Heaven!

Trust me, these brownies are turkey approved! 

Pumpkin Cheesecake Skillet Brownies
Serves 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup flour
  2. 2 cups sugar
  3. 3/4 cocoa powder or melted chocolate chips
  4. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  7. 2 large eggs
  8. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  9. 1 8oz package of cream cheese, softened
  10. 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  11. 1/2 cup of sugar
  12. 2 tablespoons of butter for the skillet
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Put the butter in the skillet and put in the oven.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl - flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients in a separate bowl - pumpkin puree eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix until blended.
  5. Take out the skillet and swirl around the butter to cover the whole skillet and the sides a bit. (caution - very hot!)
  6. Pour the batter in the skillet.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Mix together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla.
  9. Remove the brownies from the oven and add spoonfuls of cream cheese mix to the it.
  10. Spread around with a butter knife.
  11. Return to the oven for another 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  12. Remove, let cool and enjoy!
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Cinnamon Apple Puffs

Cinnamon apple puffs

Perfect for a crowd, these cinnamon apple puffs are easy to make and easy to enjoy!

Dishes used: 1 cookie sheet and 1 silicone baking mat

Apple puffs!  Easy to make and perfect for a quick dessert!

My best friend since high school turned 30 this past weekend.  We had a party at her house to celebrate.  [Complete with cupcakes.] 

We have officially been friends for half our lives now!  That’s crazy to say.  But awesome to think we’ve known each other for the past 15 years.

We met on the first day of freshmen year in high school in gym class. 

We just clicked.  She got my corny jokes and odd sense of humor. 

Easy apple puffs

 We then went to the same college after high school. 

I was a pre-med major [you can laugh, its ok] and she was a business major. 

We were in some of the same organizations and were able to spend a lot of time together. 

She graduated and took a job in town.  I graduated and took a job in Michigan. 

Apple puffs

I flew down for her wedding to her high school sweetheart later that year. 

She flew up to Michigan for ours two months after hers. 

Avery and her daughter are about 6 months apart. 

And our birthdays are actually less then 2 weeks apart. 

Cinnamon apple puffs

We are both Virgos and we are both turning 30 this year.  This month! 

Which is insane.

But I’ve accepted it. 

I’m not going to worry about how old I am.  I’m just going to shop and eat my cares away on my birthday.

Like any normal person. 

So happiest of birthdays to my sweet friend I’ve known for MORE THEN A DECADE

And to more fun years to come! 

Cinnamon Apple Puffs
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package of puff pastry
  2. 2 apples, diced
  3. cinnamon sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and put a silicone baking sheet on a cookie sheet.
  2. Roll on the puff pastry into squares. [There will be two sheets of 3 layers.]
  3. Add your apples to the squares and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
  4. Pinch the edges around the apples.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the edges are brown.
  6. Let cool and enjoy!
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Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer

Pumpkin pie coffee creamer recipe

Two of my favorite things collide in this pumpkin pie coffee creamer!  Coffee and all things pumpkin. 

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer!  Click the picture to get the easy as pie recipe!

I’ve been trying to get the hang of my new camera.  It has so many more buttons then my last one. 

The kids ask if they can use it and I politely tell them “No way.”  [Because I’m an awesome mom like that.]

One of my friends told me to put it in bubble wrap so I don’t break it. [I’m looking at you Carrie!]

One broken camera and all of a sudden your the girl who breaks cameras. 

Pumpkin pie coffee creamer

What better way to break it in then with pumpkin recipes?  Its September now so its game on for pumpkin yall! 

The good part is that I have like a bajillion pumpkin recipes to share this fall season. 

That’s it.  There is no bad part when it comes to pumpkin.

Pumpkin pie coffee creamer recipe

 

I get excited for two food groups – s’mores and pumpkins.  [And yes they are both legit food groups.]

My sister-in-law texts me pinterest recipes for both.  She just gets me. 

I’m pretty sure my friends roll their eyes at me when I start to bring our the pumpkin.  [Looking at you Bobbie!]

But does that stop me? 

Nope.

Pumpkin pie coffee creamer recipe

Pumpkin makes me giddy.  You can toss it in practically anything.  ANYTHING yall!

So I tossed some in my coffee. 

Ahhhhhhh. 

Did you hear that?  Its the angels singing for pumpkin pie coffee creamer. 

Easy pumpkin pie coffee creamer!  Its like fall in a cup!

To make this coffee creamer you need three things – pumpkin sauce, sweetened condensed milk and a mason jar. 

That last one is optional but mason jars make everything better.  [Had to stop my self from saying errrrthing because well, pumpkin does crazy things to me.]

Mix them all together and store in the fridge.  Mine last me a week and I was surprised.  I wanted to drink coffee all day and night just to use the creamer.  [No lie.]

Here’s to pumpkin season yall! 

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer
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Ingredients
  1. 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  2. 1/2 cup of pumpkin sauce
Instructions
  1. Mix the milk and the sauce together.
  2. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.
  3. Enjoy!
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