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

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

Bread:
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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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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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Win a Weber Grill and a Year Supply of Krusteaz Flatbread Mixes

A few weeks ago I did a post where I introduced the amazing new line of Krusteaz Flatbread Mixes. One of the many perks of being part of the Baker's Dozen is that I get to experiment with there mixes all the time. It is usually a couple times a week! Before these flatbread mixes hit the shelf in stores I was sent a box full of them! What a fun and great product they have made! Flatbreads seem to be the trend in restaurants everywhere. And with these simple mixes I have been able to create these recipes at home for my family.


Check out recipes here!

Also while I was in Seattle I had the pleasure of meeting the "Hostess with the Mostess." She shared some fun ideas about how to be creative with the new flatbread mixes. She even has a youtube video on "How to make grilled BBQ chicken flatbreads"



Here is some more amazing recipes using the flatbread mixes located on Krusteaz website: 



But what I am excited to share with you today is the AMAZING giveaway that is going on right now!

The Kick Off the Season with a Chance to Win Delicious Flatbread from Krusteaz and a Weber® Grill!




From now through November 6, 2014, register for a chance to win one of three flat-out awesome prizes, including a brand spanking new Weber® Grill!  All you have to do is visit here and “like” for a chance to win. 

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post by Krusteaz. However all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Loaded Berry Crispy Chicken Salad


I love making salads for myself. But I rarely make them for dinner. My kids won't eat salad and I thought that my husband didn't like salads for dinner. But it turns out that I was on a salad kick a few weeks ago and made salads a couple of times and my husband loved them! So I made a few different ones and we absolutely loved this one! The fresh berries with the crunchy chicken and bacon paired with sugared almonds was just so yummy! 

I found this recipe here and made it but with the ingredients that I had at our house. It was pretty dang close to the recipe with just a few subtle changes. So head over and check out her blog. She has so many yummy recipes! Im sure her salad was just as tasty as this one that I made! So compare the two recipes and see which one suites you best! 

Loaded Berry Crispy Chicken Salad

2 chicken breasts
salt
pepper
1/3 cup flour
1 egg, whisked
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
vegetable oil for frying
2 romaine heurts, chopper finely
6-8 strawberries, sliced
1/3 cup blueberries
1/2 container of raspberries
4 strips of crispy bacon, chopped
1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles
1/3 cup candied sliced almonds
raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing 

Grab your chicken breast and trim off any access fat. Then season with salt and pepper. In a frying pan heat up the vegetable oil just enough oil to coat the bottom. like 1/4 inch. Heat up until oil is hot. Grab the chicken breasts and dip into the flour. Then shake off and dip into the eggs and then the panko breadcrumbs. Add the chicken to the hot oil and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until chicken is golden brown. Slice into it to make sure that it is cooked all the way. Once it is slice and set aside. In a large bowl add the romaine lettuce and then add the remaining ingredients sprinkle evenly over the whole salad. The lay the sliced chicken on top. Then you can toss the raspberry vinaigrette dressing in it or you can serve it and then let each person dress the salad how they would like! 




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