Friday, October 26, 2018

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing || Recipe Share || Fall Food!

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Icing
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
4 eggs
1 and 2/3 cups sugar
1 cup oil
1 can (15oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
Mix dry ingredients and set aside. In a large bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients, gradually. Mix well.
Spread batter in a greased 15x10x1 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 – 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely.
8oz. package of cream cheese 1/3 cup softened butter
4 cups powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp milk
Cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth and fluffy.  

Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Mix on high speed until smooth creamy.

* I use self-rising flour
(If you choose to, omit baking powder, soda, & salt)

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This is a recipe that could not be any more FALL!
Hope you all are enjoying the season.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Honey Bun Cake || Cook with Me || Fall Dessert

Hello everyone!
If you are looking for a dessert that will give you all the cozy, fall feelings,


And while I love all things pumpkin, I know not everyone does.
If you are that person, here's a recipe that screams fall without pumpkin.

This is a classic Betty Crocker recipe with all the nostalgia to go along with it.

If you give this one a try, I'm pretty positive there'll be no disappointment.
Hope you are enjoying the chill in the air that has finally arrived.


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Friday, October 5, 2018

Chili Mac Supreme

Hello friends!

I'm back with another delicious recipe that I think you will love!
Doesn't everyone get a pot of chili simmering on the stove as soon as the weather cools down?
I think that's just a fall necessity.
Ranks right up there with pumpkin spice & everything nice ... can I get an AMEN?!

This is my version of a dish that my hubs enjoys at Steak 'n Shake.
We haven't been there in years,  honestly, but this one was James' fave when we used to go there.

The star of the chili is the CHILI SAUCE!
It's tangy & gives the chili the 'wang' that it needs to make your taste buds perk up & say whhhaaa?!
This is not your ordinary chili.

This handy dandy gadget is from Pampered Chef (called a twist & chop, I think) & it's excellent
for getting your ground beef broken into fine pieces when frying!
You can find this at Big Lots & Walmart, as well.

Does anything smell better than onion & garlic?!
I think not!

Here's the chili portion of the chili Mac recipe!
We dived into our food so quick that I completely forgot to take a picture of it all plated up!
Youtube & blog fail!

After you've cooked up & drained your pasta, put a big ladle of this over it & then top with shredded cheese, diced onion, & sour cream!
It's amazing.
That's about the best way to describe it!

If fall is settling in your neck of the woods & the cooler air is feeling crisp, get a pot of this simmering on the stove!

See ya next time,


Monday, October 1, 2018


Here is a fun recipe for ya!

Every.single.time I make these, I get asked for the recipe.
Never fails.
It'll probably happen to you too, so keep the recipe in your hip pocket ;)

This one is a yummy appetizer & it's also great to serve alongside chili on game day!
Just a few simple ingredients & steps ... & you've got yourself a winner!

I promise.

Texas Tortillas

1 8 ounce block of cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup of sour cream
1 4.5 ounce can green chilis, chopped
2 Tbsp. black olives, chopped
3-4 green onion, chopped
8-10 flour tortillas, room temperature

Mix all these ingredients together & put about 2 Tbsp. onto each tortilla.
Spread evenly to the edges.
Repeat until mixture is finished.
Roll up each tortilla & place back into empty tortilla bag, ziploc bag, or snap top container.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (can be made up to 24 hours ahead).
Slice into approx. 1 inch pinwheels & serve.

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Hellllooooo, long lost friends =)

Boy, it's been a minute!
Hello to all of you & hope life has been treating you well.
We have been busy with a hundred activities since I last posted ... way too many to try & catch up on.
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My channel will be a lifestyle channel, featuring recipes, cook with me videos, grocery / home decor hauls, house tours, & a bit about our life down here at the brick house!
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Reformation Day 2017 - 500th Year Celebration!

This year (October 31, 2017) marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on the door of the Catholic church, sparking the revolution that resulted in the Protestant Reformation.
I am so grateful, wrapped in the knowledge that God's grace covers me every day of my life.
It's through scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, & to the glory of God alone!
It's through Christ I am redeemed & the glory belongs only to Him!

  1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.
  2. Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
  3. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
  4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.
  5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.

We celebrate this momentous event in church history by having a big fall party each year!
Every celebration is filled with fun & lots of memory making.
This year was no exception!
We actually hosted this year for the first time, at our new home out in the country.
(And yes, this blog is so neglected that I don't think I've even mentioned that we sold our home, bought a new one, & a 1000 other things in between.  Lots of catching up to do.)

We worked for a whole year preparing our property to host this event (that's a whole other story about this excited new adventure that we are living out here in the country!) & it was all very worth it.
It seemed to be the perfect day!

The swinging bridge reflecting in the creek ... much fun to be had crossing this later in the day.

The tent has been set up ... just waiting on the crowd.

Can't have a reformation celebration without a bouncy house.
The children would revolt ... & with as many as we have at our church, that could get dangerous ;)

There's always a hearty bounty of soups, stews, casseroles, & the like.
Everyone's bellies are full when the day end.

I covered the tables in brown paper & labeled each dish ~ made it easy to know what was what.

The fire gets started early in the morning & lasts well into the night.

And I'm absolutely sure this is thee nicest outdoor restroom in the history 
of portable outdoor restrooms!

This rope swing was a hit!  
There was a constant line of adults & kids alike waiting to swing out over the creek!

Now time for a guided trek across the swinging bridge!

Pastor James (Pops) & our sweet grandson, Henry <3 & his beloved puppy.

The weather was perfect ... high 70s.
Perfect time to just sit around, relax, & visit.

Another fun event is the log saw!
All the guys, little & big, like to try their hand at sawing!

Special games were set up for the little guys too & they loved playing together.

The children are the apple of our eye at FLA.

And the challenge that everyone looks forward to:  the straw jump!
I didn't get any pictures of the adults jumping.
That's when we are all praying that no one breaks a leg!

The obstacle course provided lots of fun challenges.

Corn hole competitions going strong!

Ring on a string was a fun, new addition ... how many times til you land the ring on the hook!

The ladies always show their strength with the skillet toss, but I didn't get any pictures of that.

Hope you've enjoyed another year's reformation celebration.
We thank God for a great day.
The weather was wonderful, everyone stayed safe & had fun.

A BIG thank you to every single person who worked to make this come together!
There were countless hours of preparing & planning, but it all paid off.
To hear the laughter, seeing all the smiling faces, & to hear the children begging to stay just a little longer, makes it all worthwhile.
                              We are already planning & looking forward to next year!