Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Decor

With Halloween right around the corner I thought that there is no better time then to show my Halloween Decor off! On top of that Wayfair is having a Halloween Photo Contest that runs until October 31st. So head on over there and vote for your favorite Halloween Decor! Or you can submit your own Halloween decor pictures here for a chance to win $500 Wayfair Giftcard! And now onto the tour of my house decorated for Halloween. Also check out my other posts for Halloween food ideas and Halloween Adult Costume Ideas! 
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Hope you enjoyed my Halloween decor pictures! Stayed tuned for pictures of my Halloween party for more great food, decoration, and costume ideas! And don't forget to head over and vote! 
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

It is always a fun surprise when you show up to your mom house and she has made something yummy! That is exactly what happened with this recipe. I showed up and she had been making these yummy pumpkin cream cheese loaves and I knew that I had to share it with you all! So here it is!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread

1 (8z) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour

1 2/3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped pecans (toasted for 6 mins at 400 degrees F)

Cinnamon glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/4 Tablespoons half & half
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped pecans (toasted for 6 mins at 400 degrees F)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 8x4x3 inch loaf pans. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, flour, and vanilla and beat until smooth and creamy. Set aside. In a large bowl start making the bread by blending 1 2/3 cup flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg; set aside. In another medium bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, canola oil, eggs and sugar; beat well. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture just until combined. Fold in the chopped toasted pecans.

Pour half of the pumpkin puree batter evenly into the two prepared loaf pans. Spoon cream cheese mixture on top of the pumpkin batter layers in each loaf pan and then spoon and pour the remaining pumpkin batter (if you don't have enough pumpkin batter to cover the cream cheese layer entirely, that's okay, because you will be swirling them together anyway). Take a knife and stick it straight down into the top pumpkin batter and middle cream cheese layer; swirl the knife around in these two layers, creating a marble effect; this will give the cream cheese filling a nice swirly shape as it bakes.

Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool bread in pans for 10 minutes; remove from pans to a cooling rack to cool completely. While waiting for the bread to cool, mix your cinnamon glaze: combine the powdered sugar, and half and half and blend well. Then add in the cinnamon and mix until smooth and creamy. Drizzle over completely cooled bread loaves and then sprinkle with chopped toasted pecans for garnish. Put in the fridge until you are ready to slice it.

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored blog post for Foodie. However recipe and thoughts are my own.*

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Garlic Asparagus

Garlic Asparagus

1 bunch of asparagus, ends cut off and trimmed
1 heaping Tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons butter melted
salt and pepper

Place a frying pan on your stove and heat up. Add your asparagus over medium heat. Then add your garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Add the water. Continue to look over the asparagus and stir them. Making sure that all sides and asparagus are being cooked. Add the butter. Continue to stir and cook. The asparagus will start to turn a deeper green and soften and the garlic with start to brown. Once it gets to that point grab one out and taste it. See if it is how you like them cooked. Soft but still have a crunch is how i like them! Serve immediately. 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ninja Turtle Party

Throwing parties has been in my blood since I was a young girl! I loved having parities, helping my mom throw parties, or throwing parties for my friends. And as I have become a mother I have enjoyed putting extra effort into my kids parties. The themes chosen have mostly been their own choices (which is not always my favorite) but I have made it what they want it to be! 

After I went to IFBC in Seattle last month I have been deciding what direction I want to take the blog. I have been wanting to expand my horizon and incorporate more things on the blog. So I have decided on Fridays to add party and party food ideas along with great food to eat while traveling. 

I have some other things up my sleeve but aren't quite ready to present yet. So for now I will just stick to adding the parties and traveling sections to the blog. So I hope you all enjoy them!

In August my son Remington picked Ninja Turtles as his birthday theme. With all the rage about Ninja Turtles lately I was able to find some pretty fun stuff. I bought some stuff from etsy to have the perfect printables and invitations and extra fun stuff. Unfortunately creating printables isn't my forte so thank goodness for etsy.

Here is the shops that I used:

I also had a bounce house, snow cone machine, cotton candy machine, and a ninja turtle pinta.

invitation envelopes 

party prep begins...

fabric cut into strips with eyes cut out

dollar store tins, sprayed with dark and light green spray paint and tied with brown ribbon

green goodie bags from the dollar store with the printable above

funfetti cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting with fondant cupcake toppers

cake ordered from local grocery store (per sons request haha)

Used green butcher paper and a projector and projected image onto the paper and then traced it and cut it out

chocolate pudding and crushed up oreos

lime green jello

cakepops ordered from a local AZ girl (email me if you want her info)

Birthday Boy enjoying the cotton candy machine

our favorite candles are the sparkler candles from Party City

glued these on the back of the goodie bags

I also did Toxic Ooze and Mutant Animals that I found on that website! Containers and "growing animals" were found at the dollar store 

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