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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

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)

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.