Toasted Reese’s Fruit Skewers

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There is a new spread out called Reese’s Spreads! It’s my new go to for snacking in my house. My daughter is the biggest snacker in our house. Due to color guard practice she burns out all her energy telling me she is always hungry! She said food is her boyfriend, her bae. Yes, she obviously gets it from me :) We made these Toasted Reese’s Fruit Skewers.

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While we were shopping at Walmart she was like LOOK mom they have Reese’s Spreads. Of course, we chowed down on the apples they paired it with for the demo. I knew right away what I would make with the Reese’s Spreads. They are brand new but the ideas just started to flow the minute I saw them. I went with a snack here though as I wanted something simple and fun that you make as a snack or appetizer year round or for the holidays. 

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Reese’s Spreads is a perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter flavors in spreadable form. From toast to waffles, apples and bananas to pretzels and vanilla wafers, the new spread brings endless opportunities to enjoy the distinct taste that only Reese’s provides. Enjoy an authentic Reese’s experience in a new and enticing way. Based on the iconic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, new Reese’s Spreads will make snacking even more delicious by adding the unique, one-of-a-kind combination of chocolate and peanut butter flavors to any food, anytime, anywhere. 

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Can you imagine the possibilities with this peanut butter and chocolate spread? I know I can. Simple snacks like celery or these Toasted Reese’s Fruit Skewers. What would you make with it? I would love to know :) Just tell me in the comments. I enjoy new recipes! #AnySnackPerfect

Toasted Reese's Fruit Skewers
Yields 6
Fruit skewers with banana's, oranges, and cranberries with Reese's Spreads and toast.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 min
Total Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 bananas; sliced in thirds
  2. 1 orange; peeled
  3. 6 cranberries
  4. 2 pieces of white bread toast
  5. 2 tablespoons Reese's Spreads
  6. Skewers
Instructions
  1. Toast two sliced of bread and cut diagonally and cut again the same to make four small pieces. Spread on the Reese's Spreads.
  2. Peel the orange and separate the slices. Peel banana and cut into thirds. Wash the cranberries.
  3. Slide bananas, oranges, and then slices of toast on the ends. Serve with cranberries decorated around the plate.
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Tex Mex Tostada

This shop has been compensated by Massive Sway and its advertiser Wolf® Brand Chili. All opinions are mine alone.

My teenagers love Wolf® Brand Chili and so does my hubby. It is what I have to keep on hand for those times when I don’t want to cook but they do. The love to make recipes like chili mac, Tex Mex Tostadas, and of course chili cheese dogs. It is a pantry staple in our house. I buy them in bulk otherwise I would be at store every few days while they insist I buy some. 

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They will usually just tell me not to worry about dinner so they can make their own chili mac. I am always trying to invent new ways to utilize Wolf® Brand Chili. We’ve used it in quesadilla’s also. Makes for a perfect week night dinner. They also great by the pool in the summer. Summer is over here though. We are all glad for that!

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Tonight we are watching our daughter competition for state championships. In between the breaks I ran to the kitchen and whipped up these Tex Mex Tostadas. Don’t they look amazing?

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We topped them with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. You can also add sour cream, cheese, and/or avocado. We just kept it simple tonight. As Texas’ #1 chili, Wolf® Brand Chili has a bold and flavorful reputation throughout the great state of Texas. Share your bold and flavorful recipes and images with them on their Facebook page. Wolf® Brand Chili is a delicious addition to your down-home favorites like Corn Chip Pie, Frito Pie, and even Taco Pizza.

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Tex Mex Tostada
Serves 4
Tostada topped with Wolf® Brand Chili, lettuce, tomato, and red onions.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb ground beef
  2. 1 can Wolf® Brand Chili No Beans
  3. 1 can diced red and green chilies
  4. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  5. 8 corn tortillas
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  8. 1/2 red onion; diced
  9. 1 hot house tomato; diced
  10. 1/3 head of lettuce; chopped
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, add ground beef, olive oil, and garlic. Fry until ground beef is browned. Add in can of diced chilies. Stir well and turn to low heat. Add in Wolf® Brand Chili and stir well.
  2. Dice tomato, red onion, and lettuce. Set aside.
  3. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet on medium heat. Fry tortillas for about 1 minute each until crispy. Put on plate to cool and drain.
  4. Top tortilla with meat mixture, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Serve.
Notes
  1. You may add sour cream, fresh avocado, or cheese to the top.
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Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein

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I just love simple dinners don’t you? Something not completely loaded down with meat but spicy enough to clear your nose from the allergies in the air. This Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein will do just that.

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From the fragrant ginger to the spicy chili sauce it is packed with a punch of flavor. The sauce for this only takes four ingredients including some De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar

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This is a go to dinner for me. Very simple, healthy, and perfect for movie night. I usually like to eat this when I just want to stay in bed and catch up on all the shows I missed. I always end up getting behind by a few episodes on each. Eventually though I catch up and gab about it online.

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The teens just love this recipe too. Both the spicy and non spicy versions. They always beg me to make this for a lunch on a movie day. I think the Italian vinegar, which is made in Italy, has much more flavor then using a basic rice vinegar. It just adds that something extra to the recipe. I picked it up at Walmart on the aisle with the ketchup. While I was there I grabbed a bag of Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables so I don’t have to do all that cutting. It makes dinner just that much more simple!

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Their favorite part is when I fry up the noodles in the sauce because it helps stick to the pasta. It also takes away any slime texture from boiling the noodles. De Nigris Seasoned White Wine Vinegars have all natural ingredients and are healthy. They have a De Nigris Seasoned Italian Herb White Wine Vinegar that I like to use to dunk my bread into or even pour over a bread salad. #LoveMyVinegar It’s family owned which in my book is pretty darn awesome!

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My son is scarfing this down right now. He is on his iPad, with headphones in, and stuffing his face with a bowl full of this spicy vegetable lo mein. I am no different. I have my bowl next to me with my chop sticks chowing down as I type this post. I guess I should just share the recipe so I can go finish my dinner :)

Spicy Vegetable Lo Mein
Serves 4
Lo mein noodles tossed in a sauce made from De Nigris white wine vinegar, soy sauce, chili sauce, and brown sugar.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 bag of Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables
  2. 1 package lo mein noodles
  3. 1/3 cup De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar
  4. 1/3 cup soy sauce
  5. 1 tablespoon chili sauce (red pepper flakes in it)
  6. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  7. 2 cloves of garlic; minced
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger; minced
  9. 1 tablespoon greek olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a pasta pot, add water and bring to a boil.
  2. In a large saute pan or wok, add in Fresh Frozen Stir Fry Vegetables, ginger, olive oil and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat until the vegetables become tender. Push to one side of the pan.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, chili sauce, De Nigris Seasoned Original White Wine Vinegar, and soy sauce. Pour into the pan. Cook on medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the noodles for 3 minutes and drain. Add noodles to the sauce.
  5. Toss noddles, sauce, and vegetables together. Serve in a bowl with chopsticks.
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Body Part Cupcakes

Halloween is my all time favorite holiday. I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to picking out items to make for Halloween. These Body Part Cupcakes have to be the funniest cupcakes I have created in awhile. They received a few ohh’s and ahh’s but I loved the “Oh my god they are what?” comments. Yes, I said body part cupcakes.

Body Part Cupcakes from Mooshu Jenne. They feature body part gummies with a green whipped topping icing and a yogurt based cupcake.

I wanted to add slime to the center but I think I would have freaked people out even more. Maybe I will do it for the fun of it next year. I do know that I will definitely be making mini versions of these next year for trunk or treat. Might have to make two huge pots of chili too. I think it would be great if I can pair up with someone else while they do chips for mini homemade frito pies. :)

Body Part Cupcakes from Mooshu Jenne. They feature body part gummies with a green whipped topping icing and a yogurt based cupcake.

I didn’t get to do my normal party this year but I do know next year is going to be off the hook! It’s going to be a wedding full of creepy fun. I am just so beyond myself thinking of all the amazing things I get to create. Do you have a favorite Halloween recipe? I would love to see what it is in the comments below. I am creating a menu for the wedding and any help I can get would be fabulous!

Body Part Cupcakes from Mooshu Jenne. They feature body part gummies with a green whipped topping icing and a yogurt based cupcake.

After all it is going to be on Halloween night and I now have less then a year to plan. Yikes! The only thing I dread is wedding dress shopping. I am not the hugest fan of shopping stores like that. I like dress shopping for my daughter but definitely not for myself. Can you feel my pain? We picked a new theme so it’s back to the drawing board with the dress and everything. Oh how fun! I am going to go enjoy some dinner now. I hope you enjoy these Body Part Cupcakes :)

Body Part Cupcakes
Yields 12
Cupcakes topped with green whipped topping and body part gummies.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
42 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
42 min
For Cupcakes
  1. 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  4. ½ teaspoon table salt
  5. 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), room temperature
  6. ½ cup Greek yogurt (I prefer Fage)
  7. 3 eggs; room temperature
  8. 1 tablespoon vanilla (or flavoring of choice)
For Whipped Frosting
  1. 1 - 32 oz container heavy whipping
  2. 1 Americolor electric green food coloring
  3. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1 package body part gummies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line standard muffin/cupcake tin with paper or foil liners.
  2. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of standing mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add butter, Greek yogurt, egg and vanilla; beat at medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl with rubber spatula and mix for another 10 seconds.
  3. Divide batter evenly among cups of prepared cupcake tin using a small ice cream scoop. Bake until cupcake tops are a pale gold; about 22 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from tin and transfer to wire rack; cool cupcakes to room temperature before frosting.
  4. In a stand mixer, add in heavy whipping cream and shift in powdered sugar over top. Turn mixer on 2 and run for about 2 minutes until cream thickens a little. Move the speed up to a 4. Add in food coloring to desired color. Run on 4 until the cream thickens more. Move to a 6 and as it thickens move it up until your at the highest speed. The cream should thicken to resemble cool whip.
  5. Put in fridge for a few minutes, pipe into your pastry bag, and decorate your cupcakes. Add body part gummies to top.
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Bacon Fettuccine with Fried Okra

Today, the other half and I trickled on down to the justice of the peace to get married. We decided it would be fun to have our marriage certificate to have October 31st on it as we plan to do a ceremony for everyone next year on that date. We married on Halloween, YES! For lunch today I decided to make one of his favorite meals I make. It’s a Bacon Fettuccine with a side of southern as I call it; fried okra. 

Bacon Fettuccine with fried okra from Mooshu Jenne #lovemyvinegar #shop

After making lunch we decided to watch Halloween H20 for some spooky fun! What do you like to watch on Halloween? I am always watching something. I know next year we won’t be because we will have our ceremony then! Very exciting. Just about as exciting as this Bacon Fettuccine my new Hubby is ecstatic over. We picked a theme now we just have to find a way to execute the idea correctly. I think it is going to be something very different and not a wedding that is over done like say Venetian or now the 1920’s. I am sure I will share the DIY projects we do for it here with you and of course plenty of pictures!

Bacon Fettuccine with fried okra from Mooshu Jenne #lovemyvinegar #shop

For dinner I think we might go on the quicker and lighter side with some Panzanella Toscana. I can use the De Nigris seasoned white wine vinegar over the panzanella toscana (bread salad) for tons of flavor. Make Halloween night on the run between Trunk or Treat and off to state it can be a real push to get a healthy dinner in. I will just be glad to be settle for the night watching some Ghost Adventures. What are your holiday plans? I would love to hear about them below. Now for the Hubby’s favorite recipe.

Bacon Fettuccine
Serves 4
Bacon fettuccine made with heavy cream, bacon, garlic, lemon juice and more.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 - 15 oz heavy whipping cream
  2. 1/2 stick butter
  3. 1 lemon; deseeded and juice squeezed
  4. 3 cloves of garlic; minced
  5. 4 strips of bacon; diced
  6. 3 leaves of basil; chopped
  7. 1 package fettuccine
  8. 1 tablespoon salt
  9. 1/2 tablespoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring water with salt to a boil.
  2. In a saute pan, add in bacon and garlic. Cook until bacon is done. Add in 1/2 stick of butter and juice from lemon. Add in heavy whipping cream and cook on medium until sauce starts to thicken. Toss in chopped basil. Stirring frequently, cook until mixture is thick.
  3. Add pasta to water and cook as directed on package. Drain.
  4. Add parmesan cheese to sauce, salt and pepper; stir well. Plate pasta and top with sauce and fresh basil. Serve!
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Supernatural Sliders

This post is sponsored by Sverve and Farm Rich but all content and opinions, including the Supernatural Sliders are mine. #SmokehouseBBQ

For this year’s Halloween Bash Spooktacular I am making these Supernatural Sliders. They simple because FarmRich has Beef Brisket available int he freezer section that you can heat up in the oven or microwave not long before trick or treating or right before the party starts. We named them after Dean from Supernatural TV series since he eat crazy food like this. Our Halloween Bash is based on Supernatural this year.

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Everyone is coming in costume based on characters from the show. I knew I had to make food that Sam and Dean would eat. These Supernatural Sliders just happened to fit perfectly. We plan to have these with cherry pie and drinks. Of course, a bit of pumpkin treats and candy galore! What’s Halloween without good food and candy?

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Geez, I have to tell you how awesome these were with the onion rolls. The family is begging for more and now cannot wait until Halloween. This so gets me out of cooking that full scale dinner.

Supernatural Sliders via Mooshu Jenne - Made with FarmRich Beef brisket, coleslaw, and beans on a onion roll.

The Farm Rich Smokehouse is a new line in the multi-serve meal category at Walmart. Their line features all natural meat:

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  • Pulled Beef Brisket in Sweet & Smoky BBQ Sauce
  • Pulled Pork BBQ
  • Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Pork
  • Double Rubbed Dry Smoked Chicken

If you too are looking for a hassle free Halloween dinner or party appetizer then grab a coupon, head out to your local Walmart, and check out the Farm Rich Smokehouse line! The dry rub products are a high protein and have no preservatives. A frozen item you can feel good about keeping on hand to put in any meal to feed your family. These un-sauced items are perfect to have on hand to throw into a favorite recipe (pizza, casserole, tacos, etc). They are fully cooked and already shredded, making Halloween family dinners that much easier!

Supernatural Sliders
Yields 12
Supernatural sliders are beans, cole slaw, and brisket topped on a onion roll.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box of FarmRich Beef Brisket
  2. 1 package of cole slaw; dry
  3. 1/2 cup whipped dressing
  4. 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  5. 1/3 cup sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1 can pork and beans
  9. 1 package of 12 onion rolls
Instructions
  1. Heat FarmRich beef brisket as directed on package. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix in dry cole slaw, whipped dressing, apple cider vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, add in beans and microwave as directed on can.
  4. Open rolls and place beef brisket on roll, top with beans, and top with cole slaw. Place top bun on. Serve on platter with napkins.
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Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds

It’s still time for Friday night football games with cooler weather. I think that is why I love these Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds so much. This is a snack that I like to make to put in a plastic baggie and take with me to games, competitions, or just to sit outside with friends. Super duper healthy and simple!
 
Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds by Mooshu Jenne

My daughter loves for me to bake the seeds. In the past we have done different versions from paprika seeds to season salt seeds and now salt and pepper seeds. I would love to try and do a cinnamon sugar seed but they all say it would be gross. They are not that big on sweets in my house. It’s all about the savory in my house. Heck if I could do bacon and pumpkin seeds I would find a way to do and eat it daily. 

Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds by Mooshu Jenne

I put them up in a jar like this from the Dollar Tree. I probably shop there way too much. Oh they have this adorable full Halloween village. I need to get it but I keep putting it off. I don’t know if I would know where to set it up at. What do you decorate with? I did spider jars and this weekend I am working on spider web and more. Then it will be a trip to see Annabelle in theaters with a trip to the pumpkin patch. Must have spooky or cute pictures at the pumpkin patch even if they are teenagers! I know I refuse to let them grow up. Especially when it comes to Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday what can I say! OH! It’s also 7 days until Halloween. I have something major in the works. I simply cannot wait to tell all of you. How fun it is. A new tradition along with a our old. You’ll have to come back on Halloween to find out what it is!

Salt and Pepper Pumpkin Seeds
Serves 3
Salt and pepper pumpkin seeds made with olive oil, salt and pepper.
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Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
24 hr 15 min
Prep Time
24 hr
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
24 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 sheets parchment paper
  2. 1 pumpkin; seeds removed
  3. 1 tablespoon salt
  4. 1 tablespoon pepper
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Remove seeds from pumpkin. Put into a bowl. Fill with water and remove all strings. Lay seeds out on top of parchment paper to dry over night. Make sure to flip.
  2. Once dry, toss seeds in a bowl with olive oil. Layer over parchment paper and toss salt and pepper over the tops of the seeds.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 15 minutes or until light browned. Let cool and serve. Store in a jar for up to a week.
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Gooey Pumpkin Blondies

Today is the 9th day in the countdown until Halloween! Halloween is only one of my favorite holidays :) Today, I am sharing with you a recipe for Gooey Pumpkin Blondies. These bars have that gooey texture that some people love and others hate. So find that soft cookie/brownie eater and package these up to share with them. 

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These are cute if you cut them smaller chunks and add them to an adorable Halloween themed mason jar. You can easily use some of those leftover Halloween cupcake wrappers. Just flip it upside down and add it between the lid seal and the lid ring. Makes an adorable ruffle with almost no work! Cutting the Gooey Pumpkin Blondies into smaller pieces and adding a Halloween themed paper straw is another way to serve them up at a Halloween party for bite size pieces.

Gooey Pumpkin Blondies by Mooshu Jenne Made with Halloween chocolate chips, fresh pumpkin, and pumpkin spiced marshmallows.

I am so excited for Halloween. Are you? Have you picked out your costume yet? I am still trying to make the tough decision between being a cat, witch, or monster. My teens insist that I go as a witch but the darn hat annoys the crap out of me. I really love those fuzzy leg warmers that make a costume into something adorable. I really want to go as a raccoon but they think I am NUTS. I’d love to hear about what you have planned for the holiday or what you plan to wear. Homemade costumes are especially fun! I saw a Medusa DIY headband just two days ago; completely cute! Come tell me below all the spooktacular costumes you have in mind. Now to plan a trunk or treat idea. Have you ever done a trunk or treat? This is my first time. Usually we have an annual Halloween party but this year we have something a bit more planned. Yes, it’s a surprise. You’ll have to visit the blog on Halloween to find out! Spooky dreams!

Gooey Pumpkin Blondies
Yields 12
Gooey pumpkin blondies stuffed with Halloween chocolate chips and pumpkin spiced marshmallows.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  3. 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  6. 1 cup dark brown sugar
  7. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  8. 1 egg
  9. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  10. 2 cups fresh pumpkin puree (or 15oz can)
  11. 1 cup Halloween chocolate chips
  12. 1 cup pumpkin spiced marshmallows
  13. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  14. 1 sheet of parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Preheat over to 350 degree F.
  2. In a large bowl, add in flour, sugar, spices, and salt. Mix well with whisk.
  3. Add to bowl of a mixer. Add in unsalted butter and vanilla. Mix well. Add in egg and pumpkin puree. Mix until well incorporated. Do not over mix.
  4. Grease a large glass baking dish and layer with parchment paper. Pour one layer of the mixture into the dish. Add in some of the chocolate chips and some of the marshmallows. Add a another layer of mixture and repeat with chocolate chips and marshmallows. Top again with batter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean from the center. Let cool completely before serving.
Notes
  1. If get the thickness in the picture, double the recipe, and cook for an hour and twenty minutes.
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Apples & Pumpkins Galore – Fall Round Up

We are now 10 days to Halloween! Oh, and it’s my best friends birthday today so everyone give her a shout out over here at her new blog Southern Distressed! Her blog is brand new and was a gift from me for her birthday. I will be working with her to add more as it goes. Anyone of these recipes from this Apples & Pumpkins Galore round up I would make for her if she was closer to me. In honor of her birthday though I made Pumpkin Pie Bars. They are simple. They take about an hour to put together and as you see below they come out pretty. Just drizzle a bit of icing, add a candle, and serve!

Pumpkin Pie Bars by Mooshu Jenne - Made with fresh pumpkin  with a sweet streusel topping.

Do you have a go to recipe for birthday’s? Or maybe you have one for this time of year you like to share at a pot luck, Halloween gathering, or an Apples & Pumpkins Galore party like I am having here. If you do I would love to hear about it in the comments below. The more recipes the more I get inspired to create awesome new recipes. 

Pumpkin Pie Bars by Mooshu Jenne - Made with fresh pumpkin  with a sweet streusel topping.

And now for my recipe for Pumpkin Pie Bars…

Pumpkin Pie Bars
Yields 12
Pumpkin Pie Bars are made with fresh pumpkin with a sweet streusel topping.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
For Pumpkin Pie center
  1. 2 1/3 cups fresh pumpkin puree (or canned)
  2. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  4. 4 eggs
  5. 1/2 cup sour cream
  6. 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  7. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
For Crust & Bottom
  1. 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
  3. 4 tablespoons margarine
For Icing
  1. 1/2 cup powdered confectioner's sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons water
Instructions
  1. In a medium size bowl, add in 3/4 cup flour. 3/4 cup brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons butter. Sift with a fork until it is mixed well and resembles a streusel topping crumble.
  2. In a glass baking dish, place 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and rub around with a paper towel. Press in mixture to a flat surface. Bake for 15 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, add in pumpkin, sour cream, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla and salt. Whisk well. Add in four eggs and mix well. Stirring slowly add in the brown sugar. Stirring slowly add in the white sugar. Be sure to have no lumps. Pour mixture on top of the cooked crust. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, repeat the crust process above. After the 15 minutes sprinkle the mixture over the pumpkin layer. Bake for 25 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl add in water and powdered sugar. Whisk well until the mixture is a cream thick icing. Use more sugar if the mixture is too runny.
  6. Pull pumpkin pie bars from the oven and let cool for one hour on counter until completely cool. Place in refrigerator for one hour. Once cold pull from refrigerator and top with icing by drizzling it over with a spoon.
Notes
  1. Serve with vanilla ice cream for a perfect fall treat.
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Looking for a good recipe to share this time of year? If so, don’t miss out on the list below. We have savory and sweet apple and pumpkin recipes listed below! Stop by these other blogs for some wonderful seasonal foods to bake or just to inspire you for a good dinner.

Apples & Pumpkins Galore – Fall Round Up

Sweet:

Pumpkin Mousse with Candied Pecans - Not Just Paper and Paint

Fluffy Apple Pie Pancakes – Cookie Named Desire

Apple Crunch – Bakes In Slippers

Apple Crisps – Parenting Chaos

Club Cider Float – Confectionalism

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies – Penney Lane Kitchen
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15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup

The fall weather is here! The windows open, watching movies, slow cooker going, and just relaxing while I work. The only other condition I would change is a bit of rain. My son even said to me “I am going for a walk and enjoy this beautiful day.” He went for a walk in the woods. He is my nature child. He is 19 and about as humble as anyone could be. Last night, I finally got him to try my 15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup. I told him it’s a must over cornbread. He actually liked my beans! He is not a bean eater.

15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup - Mooshu Jenne

About as close to beans as he gets is a bean burrito on very rare occasion. It was an honor to make his mouth tingle with something new. He is just so mellow though. I wish I could have his inner peace. Though, on days like this when it’s pretty outside and you can write by cool air and a good movie like Pompeii on the big screen it gives me a sense of inner peace.

15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup - Mooshu Jenne

The aroma of the soup slow cooking only allows me to be more in tune with that foodie side of me. I am planning plenty of meals at the moment. I don’t know which to start with first. I have the mother load of sugar pumpkins. They are decorating my counter tops at the moment. It looks as if fall rained down in my kitchen. It’s plastered with pumpkins, spooky cupcakes, and candy galore.

15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup - Mooshu Jenne

This 15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup allows me to put this all in the slow cooker extremely fast. Then I get to move on to other goodies without slaving over dinner. That’s the idea behind the slow cooker but flavor is a big detail too. Most slow cooker meals I try don’t have that OMG I want to eat tons of this flavor. I think that is why I want to share a few of my slow cooker recipes with you. Less ingredients and packed with massive flavor. That’s what makes this dish not only delicious but completely budget friendly.

15 Bean Slow Cooker Soup
Serves 5
Made with onions, 15 beans, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno, bacon and spices.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bag 15 beans soup (remove seasoning packet)
  2. 4 strips of bacon; sliced into quarters
  3. 1 small white onion; sliced into rounds
  4. 6 cloves of garlic; diced
  5. 1/3 bundle of cilantro
  6. 1 jalapeno; deseeded and chopped
  7. 1/2 tablespoon salt
  8. 1/4 tablespoon pepper
  9. 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  10. 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  11. 1/4 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  12. Water
Instructions
  1. In a slow cooker, add in washed beans and bacon. Top with onions, garlic, and jalapeno. Add cilantro.
  2. Top with water almost to brim of the slow cooker. Add in salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Put on high until it starts to boil. Turn to low and cook overnight for 8 hours. Put to warm until ready to serve.
Notes
  1. This soup goes perfect over cornbread.
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