Saturday, September 30, 2023

Pumpkin Yeast Dinner Rolls & Fall Football Table Runner with Tiered Tray Tip

Looking for a nice weekend baking project as the weather turns cooler? Or maybe want to perfect that signature side dish before the holidays get here? How about some Homemade 90 Minute Pumpkin Dinner Rolls. The key to these fluffy warm rolls is using rapid rise yeast, also known as bread machine yeast. I dressed mine up a bit with sesame seeds, little pepitas would be a pretty seasonal addition too. Just look at that great color folks:@) Leftover pumpkin? More Pig In Mud ideas here.

And I wanted to share my new Fall Football Table Runner:@) Love the look with my tiered tray on the kitchen table. I've mentioned before, this tiered tray has to be functional (S&P, napkins, candy, food picks, etc...), and I like to add little seasonal touches. My tip for today, you can easily decorate a tier with nothing more than a candle ring. This one is nice and full. I'm a sucker for these retro hard plastic rings and pick them up when I find them in good shape at thrift stores.

Pic from Amazon:
The footballs are 4" long.

🍁Happy early fall,
have a great weekend:@)

Friday, September 29, 2023

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend🎃

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Crescent Roll Apple Pie Danish

I had a few apples to use up and decided to treat myself to these easy little Crescent Roll Apple Pie Danish for breakfast. Store bought rolls, an apple, some cinnamon and sugar... Wa-la, breakfast is served:@) Pillsbury adds some butter and used apple pie spice. I chose to add a little sprinkle of pumpkin spice, and topped them with some sanding sugar. Two suggestions: 1. Add the apple slices to a bowl, cover it and microwave for about 45 seconds, let them cool. This will help the apples soften up a bit more. 2. These danish would be ~wonderful~ with a pretty white confectioners sugar glaze. Next time...
Get the kids involved folks,
they'd love to help with this one:@)

Crescent Roll Apple Pie Danish-from Pillsbury
1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into 8 pieces-I cut mine into 16
*I microwaved my apples for a bit and added 2 slices per danish
3 Tblsp butter, melted-I did not use this
8 Crescent Rolls, separated
1/3 C packed brown sugar
1 tsp apple pie spice
  1. Drizzle 1 Tblsp butter over sliced apples, set aside.
  2. Mix sugar and spice. Spread evenly over the 8 triangles of dough.
  3. Add apple to wide end, roll up.
  4. Place on parchment covered baking sheet.
  5. Brush top with reserved butter. 
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 12-14 minutes. Watch carefully towards end.
  7. Cool.
  8. Optional: Add extra dusting of spice or powdered sugar, or drizzle with glaze. Or turn into a dessert and serve with ice cream as Pillsbury suggests.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Monday, September 25, 2023

Wendy's Chili Copycat

I'll be honest folks, I've never been to Wendy's, even though they are plentiful here north of Philly. ~But~ I am aware that their chili is quite popular. We just had a chilly rainy weekend, so I decided to test out a Copycat Wendy's Chili recipe. It's very good! This is a nice middle of the road, flavorful chili, that will probably be liked by most (which is probably why a restaurant makes it:@) Perfect for crowds, and leftovers are great... Serve with hot sauce on the side for heat lovers. 

I made a half batch,
so only used one can of kidney beans.
The recipe calls for pintos too.
Serve with a ladle to get lot's of broth.
I just spooned mine out for the pic.

Copycat Wendy's Chili-from Taste of Home
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 medium onions, chopped
1/2 C celery, chopped
1 Tblsp oil-I didn't use this
2 lb ground beef, low fat
2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice-petite diced ideally
8 oz can tomato sauce
1 C water
2 Tblsp Worcestershire sauce
1-2 Tblsp chili powder-I used full amount
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
16 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
16 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  1. Sauté peppers, onion, celery and ground beef.
  2. Add everything else, bring to boil, reduce to light simmer. Cook for 1 1/2 hours.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Pennsylvania Pumpkins & Dollar Tree Barbie Witch Hat

I stopped by my local garden center to see what kinds of pumpkins they had, and just happened to take Halloween Enchantment Barbie with me for a little seasonal photo op:@) Lots of assorted colors, pumpkins, squash, and gourds for fall decorating. I love these multi-colored warty ones...

Some vibrant turban types:

Pink! Barbie's favorite:@)

Bright orange, almost blood red orange,
flatter Cinderella types:

Blush tiger stripes:

Warty white...

With an amazing assortment behind them!

Barbie Witch Hat from Dollar Tree Decorations: Pull stick out of hat and carefully cut a circle out of the felt bottom. Glue on elastic strap if desired to help the hat stay on. This doll's head is soft enough that I could put the hat on without using elastic.

Barbie says,
🍂Happy Early Fall🍁
I hope you enjoyed seeing the pumpkins!
Pictures from Fairless Hills Garden Center,
in case you're in the area.

🎃Have a great weekend:@)

Friday, September 22, 2023

Inspirational Friday


Have a great weekend:@)

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Philadelphia Eagles Charm Bracelet Update

Way back in 2015 I shared that I started creating a Philadelphia Eagles Charm Bracelet, and it didn't take long to fill out... ~But, and here's my deep dark secret~ the first game I wore it was a game where Carson Wentz got hurt. Yep. If you're a sports fan, there's a good chance you're just a tad superstitious, um, yea. So....... It has lived in a zip top bag in a drawer for years. I decided it needed to be exorcised for the demons to be gone. I needed to add something new for good vibes...

 I gave it some thought, what was missing??? 
Considering my world... PINK!
But not just any pink...

Ha-gotta love it:@)

Footballs are pigskin. 
Pigs are good luck.
We like to pig out on game day.

I'm Happier Than A Pig In Mud
to be able to wear my bracelet again:@)

Have a happy day:@)

Monday, September 18, 2023

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies (from mix) with Marshmallow Fluff

I was watching QVC and one of the presenters was retiring. She was a baker by trade and on her last day shared a tip that caught my eye... She said if you add one extra cup of A/P flour to a standard store bought cake mix, portion out dough and bake cookies, you end up with soft whoopie pies! I immediately added that to my list of things to try:@) And since we're well into the season... Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Fluff. You-are-welcome. Good stuff folks!

The fluff is looser than I thought.
So these need to be placed in the fridge,
and will be a gooey mess😃
But in the best way possible...

Using the same size cookie scoop,
one 7 oz jar of Fluff will fill about 12-14 cookies.
Another filling option is icing.

Dollar Tree had small jars of orange:
Actually, you can find
cake mix, spice, and fluff,
all at Dollar Tree too.

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Fluff
*Makes approximately 20 cookies
One box spice cake mix-can use yellow or white, add extra pumpkin spice
All ingredients called for on box
1 C A/P flour
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice
7 oz jar marshmallow fluff 
  1. Mix everything except fluff.
  2. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  3. Using a cookie scoop (mine makes around 3" cookies), drop batter onto parchment.
  4. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are set.
  5. Remove cookies to cooling rack. You will find a lot of crumbs on the bottom of the cookies. After they cool, gently rub cookie bottoms on cooling rack, this will clean the crumbs off.
  6. Use clean cookie scoop to fill with fluff. Gently add second cookie on top. 
  7. *This is a gooey oozy cookie folks, best placed in the fridge, in covered container, when you make them.
Enjoy a cookie and have a happy day:@)

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Dollar Tree Alert! Pop Daddy Flavored Pretzels & Scrollwork Metal Pumpkins

I saw a new (to me) specialty name brand snack at Dollar Tree, Pop Daddy Pretzels, and picked up a bag of garlic and parmesan to try. Immediately hooked! I have to say folks, these are truly some exceptional, highly flavored pretzels and I agree with every word on the label:@) The DT bags are 3 oz, and so far I've seen the Garlic Parmesan, Peppercorn Ranch and Cinnamon Sugar. Looks like there may be a Dill Pickle, Yellow Mustard, and the one I'm on the lookout for... Hot Sauce-yep. A quick Google shows some other flavors as well. As we truly enter into the heart of entertainment season, this is a nice easy snack to serve, and one I'm sure will be well received by your guests. 

Garlic Parm, Cinnamon, Ranch:
No affiliation or kickback, just wanted to share a snack I'm enjoying.

If you watch QVC you probably saw a very nice set of scrollwork pumpkins back in August. I saw something ~similar~ at Dollar Tree, and quite honestly, was impressed by how they looked. These metal pumpkins are about 10" wide by 9" tall, and skinny enough to fit on a shelf or mantle (maybe 2" depth). There is also a creamy white colored one. They have a small light on the inside and are $5. 
I these pumpkins:@) 
The only thing I'd like a little different, wish the light was on a timer, but that's not a biggie. They've been out for a few weeks, and are selling fast, but I wanted to share...

Grab it when you see it, and
Have a Happy Weekend:@)


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