DIY Pumpkins

I found out there is such a thing as fake pumpkins that you can carve!! I went to Michael’s and Jo-anns and waited until these pumpkins were 70 % off. I felt so much pressure trying to decide what to carve them into, since it was permanent. Then  I thought if I just added simple things to them, I could change them every year!!

Martha’s stewart stuff was all 70% off which is amazing because her stuff is WAY overpriced. I bought what I could call a “pumpkin sock” in a pack of three. I Squeezed one over the big orange pumpkin, I am not sure if I am happy about how it came out, but I like it for now.

She also had bedazzled letters on sale, which I purchased an S for my last name. Placed that on a big white pumpkin.

For the small white pumpkin I created it myself. I created a chevron print, using a ruler I measured squares, then drew diagonal lines. I filled the lines with glue and then sprinkled it in glitter. Together the pumpkins even though all very different look pretty good! Next year If I get sick of the patterns I can take them off and carve them! OR re decorate!

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

These bars are so good! and so tasty! Super moist cake that only gets more moist as days pass. So greasy although, and def not good for you!! Thanks Breadmans Wife! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg *
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 and 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 can (15oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

Frosting:

  • 1 8oz. package of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp milk

Instructions:

Directions:
  1. Sift dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt & soda) and set aside. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients, gradually. Mix well.
  2. Spread batter in a greased 15x10x1 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely.
  3. Cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.  Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  Mix on high speed until smooth creamy.

Pumpkin Monkey Bread

My aunt had invited my cousin and myself over for a lesson in Kale soup, when I quickly realized she had nothing planned for dessert. I took inventory of her cabinets and whipped this up. However I was a little bit disappointed because the monkey bread didn’t have that strong of a pumpkin flavor. Over all though it was great tasting and I couldn’t get enough. Thanks Pillsbury!

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
4 cans Pillsbury® Grands!® Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

Steps

1.Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 6-cup (9-inch) fluted tube cake pan or angel food (tube) cake pan with cooking spray.
2.In large food-storage plastic bag, mix granulated sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Separate each can of dough into 8 biscuits; cut each biscuit into quarters. Place 6 to 8 biscuit pieces in sugar-spice mixture; shake well. Continue to add more biscuit pieces to sugar-spice mixture until all are completely coated. Place biscuit pieces in pan.
3.In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar and pumpkin over medium heat. When mixture begins to boil, cook and stir 1 minute. Pour over biscuits in pan.
4. Bake 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Place plate upside down over pan; turn plate and pan over. Remove pan. Serve warm.

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Pumpkin Rolls

I am trying to make a pumpkin treat once every weekend in october! Here is this weekends’: Thanks Girl who ate everything

Ingredients

    • 3 eggs
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 2/3 cup pumpkin
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • ¾ cup flour
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon ginger
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • powdered sugar for sprinkling
Filling:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs on high speed for 5 minutes. Slowly add the white sugar, pumpkin, and lemon juice and mix well. Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, ginger, and nutmeg and mix until combined.
  3. Grease and flour cookie sheet. Pour batter into a rectangular shape (don’t fill the sheet), leaving space on the sides for the batter to expand while cooking. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle ¼ cup powdered sugar on terrycloth towel.(I used papertowels)  I would put more just to ensure that your roll doesn’t stick to your cloth. Loosen roll with spatula and flip onto the towel. Gently roll with the towel rolled up inside it as well and let it cool in the fridge. This step is to get the pumpkin roll in the correct shape while cooling.
  5. While roll is cooling, prepare filling by mixing cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. When roll has cooled in the fridge, unroll it, remove the towel, and spread the filling evenly inside. Roll it back up and refrigerate. It’s really hard to not crack the dough when rolling but if it does don’t stress because the cracks fix themselves when it refrigerates. Also, slightly dampening the cloth helps. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Cut into 1 inch slices to serve.

I overcooked mine so it came out not perfect circular but tasted fantastic!!! Success!

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Thanks Martha for another recipe. I’ve been using more of Martha’s recipes. From online of course, I would never actually purchase one of her books, but, her recipes are usually well thought out but too complicated. This one was on the simpler side. To celebrate October, I decided to make a pumpkin dessert.

Here it is:

FOR THE CREAM-CHEESE FILLING

  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened ( I used salted oops kill me)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

FOR THE PUMPKIN WHOOPIE COOKIES

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground cloves ( had to ground my own whole ones and it came out chunky and crunchy)
  • 2 cups firmly packed dark-brown sugar ( I used light, sue me )
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups pumpkin puree, chilled ( this was a pain because I had two cans = about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. STEP 1

    Make the cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves; set aside. In another large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and oil until well combined. Add pumpkin puree and whisk until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Sprinkle flour mixture over pumpkin mixture and whisk until fully incorporated.

  3. STEP 3

    Using a small ice cream scoop with a release mechanism, drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 1 inch apart. Transfer to oven and bake until cookies are just starting to crack on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cookie comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely on pan.

  4. STEP 4

    Make the filling: Sift confectioner’ sugar into a medium bowl; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and beat until well combined. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla, beat just until smooth. (Filling can be made up to a day in advance. Cover and refrigerate; let stand at room temperature to soften before using.)

  5. STEP 5

    Assemble the whoopie pies: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Transfer filling to a disposable pastry bag and snip the end. When cookies have cooled completely, pipe a large dollop of filling on the flat side of half of the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, pressing down slightly so that the filling spreads to the edge of the cookies. Transfer to prepared baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate cookies at least 30 minutes before serving and up to 3 days.

Over all I think they taste pretty good, I love the frosting, and the pumpkin part is pretty tasty, will probably be better in a few days, when it gets all moist and soaks in. Would  I make these again? Probably not, I hate baking cookie style things so I don’t know how I always end up doing it, and I feel there are much better pumpkin desserts out there :)

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Pumpkin Rice Krispie’s

So I found these somewhere; and of course now I can’t find the recipe. But I can remember- sorry I can’t give proper credit.

3 Tablespoons of butter

One bag of Mini Marshmallows plus one cup

1/4 of Pumpkin Puree

Dash of Nutmeg

Dash of All spice

1/4 Tsp of Cinnamon

6 cups of the snap crackle pop cereal ( Rice Krispie’s)

SO This was another treat I wanted to add to my fall party dessert lay out. I had most of the ingredients so its what I picked!

What you do is you melt the butter over the stove on low-medium. Add in the pumpkin as soon as its done, and throw in the spices. Add the entire bag of Mini Marshmallows and stir until those are melted. Take off heat. Then you have to wait 10 minutes to add in the extra cup of marshmallows. Once that cup is added WAIT longer. About half n hour. Then you can go ahead and add in the Kripies. They say that if you dont do this the treats will become soggy. So I didn’t mess around with it.

Pour into any size pan, depends on if you want tall treats or not I opted for the 9X13. Let it set for half n hour and then cut and serve! Simple! No bake! OHH YEAH

I didn’t try these because I am not a fan of rice krispie treats. weird I know. but I heard they were excellent!

 

Success!

Pumpkin Blankets

So If you remember , I made these before, and they were BOMB.

Apples in a Blanket

So simple so Easy, But as I said I wanted to try pumpkin.. so I saw something on pinterest that wasn’t an actual recipe that said mix pumpkin and cream cheese.

So I grabbed my four year old cousin and we began baking. I mixed One can of pumpkin, and 3/4 bar of cream cheese. I also had two cans of pillsbury rolls.

Right off the bat I could tell it was too much filling. Just like the apple ones, so you could really double the tubes of  crescent rolls and buy 4.

It also…didn’t taste good. So I had some brown sugar, some white sugar, some cinnamon, some nutmeg.. was not improving, then  I added more brown sugar. I realized, it was as good as it was going to get, began putting a spoonful on each roll, rolled them, then handed them to my cousin who rolled them in cinnamon and sugar. She was making them quick “for all her customers.”

I baked them and when they came out they looked tasty. Now, they were alright. And there were none left over after the party, but they just weren’t GREAT. Like the apples. I decided that next time skip the cream cheese. It would taste much better. My aunt said she would like them for breakfast. They were tasty but not pumpkiny tasty. So although they passed family inspection ( I was even asked for the recipe) By my standards it was a …

FAIL.

Two Ingredient Muffins-thats right I said two.

Okay, so when I read this I did not believe it. This cant be true. TWO ingredients.

Any cake Mix you want, Ive tried Spice Cake and Carrot Cake, and I think I liked the Carrot more.

Then you take 15 oz. which is the smaller can of pumpkin puree. Mix this and the cake mix together and pour into muffin tin.

I cook for about 18 minutes ( I think) Until the muffins look set.

They are so good, and nobody can believe that they are two ingredients, even after two days they keep their moist, moist texture. ohh and the kids LOVE THEM. We are them for breakfast and dinner!!!

 

Two thumbs up and a SUCCESS