This and that: October 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Just a little nutty over here at Foodie Friends Friday #foodiefriendsfriday

I hope everyone that celebrates Halloween had a great day and kids where able to get out to do some Trick and Treating....   We had a foggy, rainy day and I have my very own haunted house across the street.



This week on Foodie Friends Friday we are going a little nutty...  November is Georgia Pecan Month.. So bring over all you nutty foods.

Last Week's Highlights
Host Favorites
Last week we had a great Halloween Party and I hope it gave you some inspirations for your own Halloween party.. Each week all the Foodie Friends Friday host pick their favorite link and then it is featured over at the Daily Dish Magazine.  To be featured you must have a link back to either Foodie Friends Friday or the host blog that you link up with.  Next week you link just might be here.

My Host Favorite
I love fudge and pumpkin and put them together it is heaven.  So when I saw this Pumpkin Spice Cream Candy  from Seasons of Sweets I fell in love.  This candy was a hit on Foodie Friends Friday as I wasn't the only host that picked it...  I was planning on making it before today but ran out of time.. Maybe it will be my goal for tomorrow.  I do know that I will be adding it to my candy trays that I make for Christmas.. 
Pumpkin Spice Cream Candy
photo credit: Seasons of Sweets
Recipes with the Most Clicks
Cobweb Cookies ~ This and That
Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs ~ In the Kitchen with Jenny
Halloween Bark ~ The Big Giant Food Basket

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

31 days of .......................... Cookies

Where has October gone?  It is already the end and I don't think I even saw the beginning.. Does it feel the same for you?  October is a great food month.  Not only is it National Pizza Month, it is National Caramel Month, Dessert Month and Cookies Month.  Who in the right mind doesn't like October.

 g C is for Cookies that is good enough for me... C is for Cookies that is good enough for me.... Cookies, Cookies Cookies n.... I love Cookie Monster and Cookies..  So this month is perfect for me... the best month ever.

One of my favorite all time cookies in Peanut Butter Blossoms but because of a peanut sensitivity in the house I try to stay away from making anything with peanut butter so have had to come up with a new alternative.  I think I have come up with the perfect one.... This cookie is full of flavour and goodness.


Biscoff Chai Blossoms

adapted from Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cup flour (I use 1/2 cup whole wheat and 1 1/4 cup white flour)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp chai tea instant powder
1/2 cup  sugar ~ I use Morena Pure Cane Sugar 
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter  
1 egg
1/2 cup biscoff
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
48 chocolate Hershey Kisses (I only got 36 cookies and used chocolate and pumpkin spice kisses)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
In medium mixing bowl combine flour, soda, salt and chai tea.  Set aside.
In mixing bowl cream together both sugars and butter.
Add egg and mix well.
Add biscoff, milk and vanilla, blend on low speed until mixes
Slowly add dry ingredients and blend on low speed until stiff dough forms.
Shape in 1 inch balls.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
Immediately after removing from oven press candy kiss into top of each cookie.  Press firmly so cookies crack around the edges.
Cool and enjoy.



I did say 31 days of cookies so here are some more great cookies for you to enjoy.....


Scandinavian Spice Cookies
Cobweb Cookies AKA Lace Cookies
Lemon Lime Sugar Cookies
Lemon Myers Shortbread Cookies
Peanut butter Cookies



Triple Chocolate Biscoff Cookies
Caramel Apple Oatmeal Cookies
Craisin White Chocolate Marshmallow Oatmeal Cookies
Pumpkin Biscoff Cookies
Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies 

 I belong to a Fill the Cookie Jar Group and each month we are given a theme and make cookies.. Here are a few from there.  There are no pictures as I didn't get permission from the bloggers so will just leave you the links.  To find all the cookies that have been linked up to this group and more great cookie recipes head over to the Fill the Cookie Jar Pinterest Board.


From Calculus to Cupcakes ~ Soft Ginger Cookies
Hungry Little Girl ~ M&M Microwave Cookie for One
Six Feet Under Blog ~ Bacon Molasses Cookies
Spatulas on Parade ~ Orange Crinkle Cookies
Winelady Cooks ~ Witches Hat Sugar Cookies 
Yesterfood ~ Dark Chocolate Chews
Edesia's Notebook ~ Orange Creamsicle Cookies

I also want to share with you a couple of recipes from a great friend Isabelle of Isabelle at Home.  She is always making cookies and I get alot of my inspirations from her.

Found this picture on Pinterest
no recipe but loved the picture


My next search took me to Pinterest and I thought I would search Thanksgiving and Christmas Cookies to help you with your holiday baking..  I am giving you the link to the direct bloggers page and not the pinterest page.

Christmas Cookies
Photo credit: Pinterest


There you go 31 days of Cookies.... Now onto to finding caramel and dessert recipes ~ I still have 2 days before this month is over.



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Sunday, October 27, 2013

EZ Cup Review and Giveaway

I love my Keurig... Well I guess it really isn't mine as I bought it for my husband for his last birthday, but I still love it.  It is perfect for us as we don't drink lots of coffee at a time and I really don't like coffee after it has sat in the pot for many hours.   Now we can have a perfect cup of coffee right when we want it.  The biggest problem with the Keurig is the expense of buy all the coffee pods... But it can be cheaper...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

National Pizza Month ~ #pizzaroundup

October is National Pizza Month and I am a big fan of pizza.  I think I could eat it for every meal and there was days when I was single I did... those days are over as I don't get it that often anymore... But when I do watch out.. I eat and eat and eat.  I also love pizza cold, I was the one that the pizza places remembered as I would ask them not to deliver my pizza in their warmers.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Foodie Friends Friday ~ Halloween Party #foodiefriendsfriday

Where did this month of October go?  In one week it will be over and I don't think I say any of it... How about you?  So, are you ready for Halloween... not me, but then I really don't have to do anything for it ~ I usually eat all the treats I buy to hand out so I am thinking I am not going to hand out anything this year.. No treats, no extra weight for me.. Win, Win.

Monday, October 21, 2013

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Pumpkin and Cheesecake... two of my favorite things and what could be better on a Fall day then a Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake ~ nothing right?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Crazy Ingredient Challenge ~ Broccoli and Pumpkin #crazyingredientchallenge


Chicken and Broccoli Pizza has to be my favorite type of pizza so when we got our ingredients for our Crazy Ingredient Challenge ~ Broccoli and Pizza, I just knew what I had to make.  Pizza!  I did some searching and found that I could just put the pumpkin puree into my pizza crust and that is what I did.  The verdict... YUM!  I decided to use turkey instead of chicken as I had some on hand... but it would be perfect with chicken too.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fall Wreath #crafts

Fall Wreath


I have wanted to start a craft section and do at least one craft per week, but that is not happening.  So I will just post as I get some crafts done.
I have been very late this year in getting my Fall decorations up.  I usually get them up before Canadian Thanksgiving but as you can tell that was last weekend and I am still working on it.  I wanted to make a wreath to put on the front door but that failed too.  I couldn't find any bigger grapevine wreaths anyway in the are and I am not sure where I put the extras I had.  Maybe I used them all.
Anyways there are only a few place I can find craft supplies ~ Walmart, Shopko and the Dollar Store.  I started at the Dollar Store and most of the material I found was from there.. So now I have a Dollar Store Craft.

What I used:

1 inch letters "FALL"
small scrap of scrapbooking paper
6 inch wreath
ribbon
leaves (felt) ~ I used 8
couple of plastic flowers
glue- I used Tacky Glue and a Glue Gun.

Directions:
I first glued the letters to the back of the scrapbook paper.  Once dried I cut them out ~ this was the hardest part.  Glue leaves to one side of the wreath.  Arrange flowers and glue to the other side.  Glue 'FALL' close to the top of the wreath.  Make a bow and attach to the bottom... And you are done.
Simple, Easy and Cheap...   This maybe cost about $2.50 total with lots left over to make more and I think it looks wonderful on my fireplace.





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Friday, October 18, 2013

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Today is National Chocolate Cupcake Day.  It has to be one of my favorite days... who doesn't like chocolate and cupcakes together.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

#FoodieFriendsFriday is having a Cupcake Party

Everyone likes cupcakes, right?  I know I do and I have seen many of them as I am surfing through facebook, pinterest, the web..  Nothing could be better then your own individual cake ~ A CUPCAKE.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Daily Dish Magazine Turns One and we are having a great giveaway

Can you believe that the Daily Dish Magazine is turning one?
Over the past year the 10 of us under the leadership of Tracy we have grown, both personally and as a group.  We strive to bring you articles about cooking, crafts, DIY, travel, reviews and much, much more.  Each one of us brings something different and unique.   I personally feel that we have learned from each other and have all become great friends through cyber world.   But we would have not grown as much or as quickly if it wasn't for the hard work and  dedication of Tracy, who has spent many hours and answered many questions and works feverishly to bring all of  us to the potential we can be.  I love the diversity that this magazine offers to all of us and to our readers.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Natural Herbal Living E- Magazine ~ Ginger Review and a Giveaway

I love the smell of gingerbread cooking in the oven.  Nothing beats the taste of a fresh ginger cookie.
 Did you know that Ginger has other uses then just for baking? 
The October issue of the Natural Herbal Living Magazine talks all about Ginger.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale and A Review


I have become an affiliate for Harvest your Health and have had an opportunity to read some of the great ebooks that have been offered in this bundle.  I also have been able to make some of the recipes that are in the book.  Today I am going to review two of the recipe books that I like.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Harvest Your Health Bundle #ebundle #harvestyourhealth



Have you ever wanted to buy some e-books about cooking health, personal care and/or fitness but didn't because of the price?  Well now you can because for a week you can buy them all for a low price of $37.00.  The best part of this is that they are e-books, so you can download them to your computer, your phone or your I-pad and you have them available to read whenever and however you want.  I have downloaded a few of the cook books to my dropbox and adobe reader... so that I can even open them on the computer at work if  I have to time to read.  I love that I can open the dropbox on my phone for the recipe books as they are right there.. at my finger tip.  I can look at a recipe when I am grocery shopping, read it home when I am cooking... Perfect for me and could be perfect for you too.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Slow Cooker Recipes for every Occasion.

Slow Cooker recipes can be used for any meal or any occasion.  You can start your meal the night before or the morning and it will be ready for breakfast or dinner.  The worst part about setting your slow cooker the night before is that you keep waking up to those wonderful smells of food.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

It's Chili over at Foodie Friends Friday #foodiefriendsfriday

Fall is coming full force here in the U.P. and what is better when when the temperatures drop but Chili!
It is Chili over here at Foodie Friends Friday.
It also is National Chili week and we are going to celebrate.
What type of chili are you going to bring?

Highlights from last week...

Host Favorite
We at Foodie Friends Friday pick on of our favorite recipes that are linked up to each party.  This isn't an easy job for us as there are so many great recipes.  These recipes are then featured over at the Daily Dish on Monday.  To be featured you must have a link back to either Foodie Friends Friday or the host blog that you link up with.
My Host Favorite
I am a huge cheese fan so picking only one favorite was very hard for me... All recipes made with cheese are a hit with me.  This week I picked Cheese and Onion Swirl Rolls from Cynthia over at Feeding Big.  I loved her combination of cheese and onions.  Another big plus was that she made the rolls from scratch.  I was hoping to make these before today but just ran out of time.

Cheese and Onion Rolls
photo credit:  Feeding Big

Recipes that Got the Most Click

Homemade Mozzarella - In the Kitchen with Jenny
Cheesy Garlic Biscuit ~ Yesterfood
Fiesta Lasagna ~Dizzy Busy and Hungry
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Cobweb Cookies (aka Lace Cookies) #fillthecookiejar




This month I waiting until the very last day to make my cookies... I am not sure what my problem is ~ either I need more hours in the day or I just need to get more organized.  I am thinking that it is the organization part that I need to work on.  But I did get my cookies made and they turned out even though they are quite large~ but cobwebs are large aren't they.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

I love this time of year... love the change of colours and the cool crisp air.  Best of all is that it is pumpkin season.  I know that you could have pumpkins all year round as all you have to do is buy a can of pumpkin puree... but pumpkin is the best when fall is in the air.
I also love pumpkin flavour in my tea and coffee.. Nothing beats a Pumpkin Spice Latte or even a Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte..and I have been even drinking more since I made this Pumpkin  Spice Syrup.Lately I have been coming home from work,  making myself a coffee and adding some pumpkin spice syrup , no wonder I don't sleep.