Friday, November 28, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

We are still in our food comas and hope you are too.  Whether partaking in all day shopping or being lazy with family and leftovers, we hope you enjoy every second of it!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Recipe Rave Review: Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats

If we haven't made it abundantly clear that we love all things Pumpkin Spice, then we only hope this recipe seals the deal.  My Magical Aunt B has been kind enough to make all sorts of delicious dipped Rice Krispie treats for me and it is as if each one is better than the last. When her latest treat included pumpkin spice baking chocolate, I nearly died. I knew I had to whip up this easy, classic go-to recipe and quick!

Of course all you need for this recipe is... 
  • 3 tbs butter or margarine
  • 5-1/2 cups of  Rice Krispies cereal
  • 6 cups of marshmallows
  • 2 cups pumpkin spice flavored chocolate
Per my MAB's suggestion, I located the Wilton Brand candy melts in Pumpkin Spice, found at Wal-Mart.  Trust, they are amazing.

Since the treats take only minutes, I was pleased I didn't need to set aside a ton of time. I grabbed my butter and in a large bowl, microwaved it for 45 seconds until it was melted. 

Then I tossed my marshmallows with the butter and stirred it up coating each mallow.  Once mixed, I put the bowl back in the microwave and heated for 45 seconds, stirred, then heated an additional 45 seconds until the marshmallows were all melted.

With the marshmallow mix nice and creamy, in went the Rice Krispies.  I stirred and stirred making sure it was well mixed.

Once each little Krispie was covered, I grabbed my greased 9x13 Pyrex, dumped and pressed nice and tight.  I set it aside to cool while I started to prep my dipping station.

I laid down some wax paper for a work space, cut my fresh Krispies into squares and grabbed my chocolate.

I tossed the pumpkin spice amazing-ness into the microwave for 30 seconds, took out and stirred. Once mixed, I put it in for another 30 seconds and stirred again.

When melted evenly it was time to get dippin!

I stuck a fork in a Krispie and dipped half into the chocolate.  I made sure to get it on the front, back and all sides as I wanted it to be perfect.  Once coated, I set on the wax paper and waited for the chocolate to cool.

I continued to dip and was so excited when I finally was done so I could lick the bowl. I am not usually a fan of flavored chocolate but  WHOA, this Wilton Brand is SPOT ON!  As soon as that chocolate was hard (ok, I'm lying, I didn't wait) I tried them...just as good as my MAB's version...whew!

I look forward to sharing these with friends and family this Thanksgiving season as they are beyond easy to make and such a perfect pumpkin spice addition to any gathering!

Do you have any fun ways to sass up a Rice Krispie treat?

Monday, November 24, 2014

Make Your Mondays - November 24th

Em spent the weekend getting her house in order for a new lighting project taking place this week and dragging the Christmas decorations down from the attic. She is excited to be taking on a new business venture and has been knocking out crafts for her upcoming trunk shows left and right...all the while wearing a baby (or two)! Nic worked tirelessly all weekend as her company prepares for a building move...she is REALLY looking forward to Thanksgiving and spending time with her family and that sweet BK!

We are faced with problems big and small every day, but what do we do about those problems? Do we perseverate on them going over and over the issue in our heads? Or, do we identify the problem, understand it and then make a plan to solve it?  That should be an easy answer, solve it. There is nothing to be gained by focusing on the problem...move on.  Figure out a solution, make a plan and execute it.  Take action to solve what is going wrong in your life and refocus on what you want and make choose to make your thoughts positive. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Pie Not?! Classic Apple

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, this easy Apple Pie recipe is the perfect dessert to bring to your family gathering.

All you need is:

1 package refrigerated pie crust (come in two)
6 cups sliced and peeled apples of your choice (about 6 medium)
1/2 c. sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 tbsp. whipping cream (optional)
Sprinkle of brown sugar (optional)

Let crusts stand for 15 minutes while you preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use one crust to line 9-in pie pan and set the other one aside.

Peel and cut apples and place in a bowl.

Next up, get your fresh lemon juice and other spices ready to mix.

Take your bowl of apples and combine sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, nutmeg and cloves in a large bowl.

Once you have mixed it all together, simply dump it into the bottom crust.

Place second crust over apples and crimp at the edges to seal. Cut four slits into the top of the crust and brush with cream, OR instead, sprinkle with brown sugar like I did.

Bake 40 minutes or until crust is golden brown. As your house fills with the smell of delicious cinnamon-y appley goodness you know it is ready to come out.  Once out of the oven, let cool on wire rack.

Once cooled, grab some vanilla ice cream and enjoy with family a la mode!

Do you have any easy go to recipes to use this Thanksgiving?

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