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Heavenly Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting

28 Nov

Wow!  I was just checking out my blog, when I saw this post – not posted!  It is called Mommy Alzheimers.  I purposely put this off to take a picture of these after I baked them and guess what…I don’t think I took the picture.  Oh well, here is the recipe – my kids loved these.

When I was young I would walk into the house after school and smell the wonderful creations my mom had baked for us earlier that day.  It was always fun to go home, sometimes we would get cake, others cookies – two of my favorites to this day are snickerdoodles and the chocolate cookies she would bake.  Our house always smelled tremendous!  At least that is how I remember it.  Now that I am a stay-at-home mom, I would like to give my children the same memories.  Today I found a recipe for pumpkin muffins, they smell amazing!  Here is the recipe, it is actually from Libby’s, though I added a little vanilla.

Heavenly Pumpkin Muffins

  • 3 – cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 – tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 – cups granulated sugar
  • 1 – 15 ounce can Libby’s Pure Pumpkin
  • 4 – large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Paper-line or grease 30 muffin cups.

COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, oil, vanilla and juice in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture; stir just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 3/4 full.

BAKE for 25 to 30 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store muffins in covered container.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 – 8 oz. pkg cream cheese (softened)
  • 2 sticks of butter (softened)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low-speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract.

Refrigerator Caramel French Toast

11 Aug

This is what’s for breakfast tomorrow.  I know all the sugar isn’t necessarily healthy, but the weekend before school starts I think my kids deserve a treat.

Ingredients:                               

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 12 slices Texas Toast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Bring brown sugar, butter and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat in small saucepan, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Pour into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish.  Top with six slices of bread.  Combine sugar and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon; sprinkle half over the bread.  Place the remaining bread on top, sprinkle with remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture, set aside.  In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, vanilla and remaining cinnamon.  Pour over bread.  Cover and chill 8 hours or overnight.  Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Cover and bake an additional 5 minutes.

 

Super Easy Fruit Dip!

9 Aug
A strawberry

A strawberry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is a simple recipe for fruit dip.  I am sure most of you have made this, but I realized not everyone has heard of it.  I had a friend over this past weekend, and made this for the kids, she had never had it.  I usually serve it with fresh strawberries and pineapple.  It is so easy there are only two ingredients!

Fruit Dip

  • 1 – 8 oz. block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (any brand will do)

  • about half of a large jar of Marshmallow cream

    You pull out a large bowl, make sure you have softened the cream cheese.  You put the cream cheese and about half the jar of marshmallow cream in the bowl.  Mix with a mixer until creamy.  Enjoy!

    You can add more or less of the marshmallow cream, just play around until you find what you like.  Kids will devour this, in fact I usually have to ration it, or they will just eat the dip and no fruit.  Who can blame them, when they aren’t looking I do the same thing.

Healthier Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin

2 Oct

Healthier Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin

2 Oct

What kid doesn’t like chocolate cake?  Ok, there are a few exceptions.  This is a cake you can make them and not feel as guilty.  It is so easy, just two ingredients.  Yes! You heard right just two ingredients and here is the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box any flavor chocolate cake mix
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin – I actually use two cans and a 2-cup liquid measuring cup and scoop out 16 oz.

All you do is mix the cake mix and the pumpkin together, spread mix into a greased and floured cake pan, follow the directions on the cake mix for oven temperature and bake time.  I like to use Pam for baking, much easier and  I don’t have to get my hands all greasy.

This cake is very moist, it doesn’t raise as high as a regular cake but my kids love it.  It is also low fat and has all the added benefits of pure pumpkin.  1 can Libby’s Pumpkin is as follows.

  • Vitamin A: 300%
  • Vitamin C: 2%
  • Calcium: 2%
  • Iron 4%

I followed this last time with cream cheese frosting, but you don’t even really need frosting.  My kids will eat it either way.  The best part is it doesn’t taste like it is low-fat!

Puppy Chow

27 Mar

I know this is not a new recipe, or necessarily a healthy one, but most kids will love this. The first time I made this, my husband had never heard of it. My mother-in-law makes kind of an opposite version of this called “White Trash”, and it is also very good. I will have to get that recipe from her and post it.

Pour cereal into large bowl.  Set aside.  Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter in microwave.  Stir until smooth.  Stir in vanilla.  Pour chocolate mixture over cereal, stirring until all pieces are evenly coated.  Pour mixture into a large resealable bag with powdered sugar.  Seal securely and shake until all pieces are well coated.

 

This makes a great party mix.

Applesauce

23 Jan
Fuji apples

Image via Wikipedia

We all love applesauce, so here is a recipe I found on Allrecipes.com.  I have 3 kids who love applesauce, so I am going to make this and see what they think.  Home-made is always better, yet, I have a daughter who loves Tuna Helper (I don’t know why).  I decided I would make homemade Tuna Casserole, she hated it.  I am hoping since applesauce is sweet, I will have better results.  I have adjusted the recipe to make 8 servings.

Ingredients

  • 8 apples – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.
Nutritional Information
Applesauce

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 121

  • Total Fat: 0.2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 3mg
  • Total Carbs: 31.8g
  • Dietary Fiber: 3.5g
  • Protein: 0.4g