Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fall recipes + stuff.

It's fall...I love it. Except for the too cold, too fast kind of weather we've been having lately. But nothing gets your mind off it faster than cooking, crafting, sewing + playing. A couple things I have enjoyed lately are pulling out the pumpkin recipes, including the old ones and super fun thing, discovering new ones. I've also dusted off the sewing machine and got a start on this:

It's a peek at my attempt of a COIN QUILT.
I love that it's fast, simple looking, super easy and you can see another example of one here.

Brody and I have been working on his fine motor skills with this fun PK website. One of the fun ideas was to take construction paper and trace/print a simple halloween image and then take a tooth pick (with carpet underneath)and poke holes through the paper all the way around the image, when you're done, hold up to the light on the other side. We tried the bat, he loved it.

The kids + I also made a HUGE bowl of GOO the other night. It was a hit. Constarch and water. Equal parts of both. Can't believe I haven't tried this before - we ALL enjoyed playing with it.

Last night for dinner we made these:

Stuffed Pizza Rolls. Bryan + I had fun rolling them up with several different fillings: cubed ham + pineapple [next time I'm going to try with a pinch of brown sugar], sausage [mild, italian, you only need about one] + chopped pepperoni. You never knew which you were going to get, which was half the fun I'd say! Next time we're going to try their cousins.

Another great main dish I made last week that I would make again was this.

Yesterday I made these:
They were gone a few hours later.
You gotta eat fast to get anything at our house!
Yeah, yeah, I know, we've all made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, but these by FAR are the BEST I've tried

...I'm thinking maybe it's the TABLESPOON of vanilla extract?!
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 c butter
1 egg
2 cups flour
2 t baking powder
2 t ground cinnamon
1/2 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 t milk
1 T vanilla
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional) I added them, so good!
Combine soft butter and sugars. Beat till fluffy. Add in egg. Stir together dry ingredients. Add milk and vanilla to wet. Slowly stir in dry. Fold in cc and walnuts. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. (I thought just over 11 was perfect in my oven)

I have not made these (yet!), but you can here:
drooling yet?!

Carving pumpkins is LOTS of fun! My kids do it at least 10 times a day! Here is the MESS FREE way.

One of the things I love about this time of year - CAndY COrn!!

This Sunday, I have plans of our side dish including this fun idea:
Candy Corn Jello!
And I can hardly race out to Target later today fast enough to grab me SEVERAL bags of these!
Can you stand it?
Candy Corn KISSES?!!

The recipe for these bad boys is here.
About a week a go I made these:
The most incredible, genius idea I've heard in quite a while...
Half snickerdoodle cookie, half pumpkin pie!

But, I also can't forget about these, I'm making them soon, they are one of my all time fav's.
A week or so a go, we made these Pumpkin Milkshakes for movie night at our house. They were gone in two seconds flat if I remember right. The recipe has a permanent place in my keepers!

First you add all this yummy pumpkin pie stuff + ice cream:

Then blend and right before your eyes it turns into a little cup of ice cold creamy pumpkin heaven and just incase that is not enough just go ahead and top with graham cracker crumbs!
We've also been loving this:
Archer Farms (Target brand) DULCE DE LECHE hot cocoa mix.
It's perfect in front of the fire place or as Tay and I like to do, in travel mugs watching Connor score goals in his fall soccer league.


Andrews Family said... are killing in the world do you find time to do all of this?! And, how do you stay so skinny after eating all of this yummy stuff? You have got to share your secret!

Jennie Minor said...

oh how I cannot WAIT to make these! I am going to gain so much weight this fall but it will be totally WORTH it! THANK YOU!!

Me and The Boys said...

YUMM!! Thanks for all the great recipes! Can't wait to try them! First up...those pumpkin cookies with TB vanilla! YUMM!

Lacey said...

So don't know how you can make all these yummy treats and look so awesome!! I want to make one of them right now, but I know I've already made desserts every other day of this week!! I've printed them all out though....I'm holding myself back to not just make them all right now! Thanks!!

brieanne. said...

you are AMAZING! this post makes me depressed because i WISH i could stay home and do all this fun Fall stuff!!! i'm gonna bookmark this post though and the second i get a free minute to do some baking i'm gonna tackle these one by one!! thanks for sharing & inspiring (always!)!!

[BrookeO] said...

I'm doing a post about your post......AMAZING!

510Jen said...

Thanks for all the yummy recipes--I am making the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies asap. You are amazing.

Amanda said...

thanks for all your pumpkin recipes! here's a few of my favs...pumpkin whoopie pies, pumpkin choco chip squares, and pumpkin gingerbread trifle

keep those recipes comin'!

Kristal said...

Whoa, woman! Stay busy much? They all look so fun and and yummy, though :)

Rachel said...

Oh My Heck! Are ya kidd'n me? I just gained 8 pounds looking at all these! I will be trying at least 3 of these recipes! YUM! thanks

Rachel said...

okay....i will be trying ALL of these recipes (plus the blanket) just don't say anything when you see me and i'm 28 lbs overweight! Shoooot!

brandy said...

I just came from Brooke's blog. Thanks for sharing so many fun ideas. Isn't Fall the best? I can't wait to make the pumpkin shakes. That looks so yummy.

Jaime said...

You guys are funny! It's not that bad! I've actually LOST three pounds since eating all this stuff and the trick is....

wait for it...

don't eat the whole batch! Taste it, have one or two and be done with it. I only had about a half a cup of the shake and all the ingredients were low fat. Plus I work out like a mad woman! I dunno...just moderation is key I always say!