Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars

I got the recipe for these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bars from here-> http://tjstestkitchen.blogspot.com/2012/06/pumpkin-cream-cheese-bars.html

A few simple ingredients make a very tasty Fall treat!

In one bowl mix angel food cake mix, a can of pumpkin, 3/4 cup water, and...ha!  as I type this I notice the recipe says 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, I most definitely used a 1/2 tablespoon!  Oh well, if I made it again I would use that much because they turned out great!

In another bowl mix the softened cream cheese with a little bit of water. 

Put 1/2 the pumpkin mix in a sprayed pan, then 1/2 the cream cheese, then the second half of the pumpkin, then the last of the cream cheese.  Make figure eights with a knife to mix it up a bit (makes a pretty pattern too- more so in the link than in mine...).

I had friends over for Fall drinks and to watch Hocus Pocus and made these and everyone liked them!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mini Pizzas

I LOVED doing this because I can have multiple types of pizza in one meal without spending money on different pizzas and having a bunch of leftovers.  It's also great because I can have exactly what I like and not have to compromise with someone else on the toppings and such, each person can make their own.

I bought the refridgerated pizza dough that comes in the cardboard tubes (like Pillsbury, but I used a different brand). Put foil on a pan and spray it (I didn't spray the first time I did this and the pizzas were difficult to get off).  Take a handful of dough and shape into a flat circle.  Add your ingredients and bake at the temp directed on the dough package directions.  If you are putting any meat on the pizza make sure you cook it prior to putting it on the pizza.

I made 3 different types of pizza when I did this.
This first one is mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, avocado, peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, oregano, and basil
 This 2nd one is onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and feta cheese
And my 3rd one is eggplant, goat cheese, tomato, onion, mushrooms, oregano, pepper, and garlic


Monday, October 15, 2012

Muffin Tin Eggs

I remembered seeing an idea for this on pinterest a long time ago and so tried this out the other day.  I sprayed the tin. I had ricotta cheese, goat cheese, mozzarella, and feta, onions, tomatoes, peppers, avocado, mushrooms, eggplant, and artichoke hearts.  In each muffic section I added various combinations of those ingredients.  You could use anything you wanted including already cooked meat.

Then I added one beaten egg to each muffin section.  I broke an egg into my small liquid measuring cup and beat it in there with a fork because then it was very easy and mess free to pour.  I then added seasonings.

(Side Note: Look what happened when I tried to crack this egg!  This has definitely never happened to me before!)

I baked for 10 minutes (until the tops start to turn a little brown).

Then I enjoyed the end results!  These are also freezable if you wanted to make a bunch at once and have easy breakfasts!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mini S'mores

This is fun for indoors!  When you're craving a s'more and the weather isn't good for bonfires or if you're indoor camping.  Mini marshmallow on a toothpick roasted over a candle.

 I used Scooby Snacks for the graham cracker.  You could also just break a regular graham cracker down to size, or use teddy grahams.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Nothing special about this, probably can't even consider it cooking but it's simple and tasty.  Lime chips, avocado, tomato, onion, and peppers with shredded cheddar cheese and cilantro.  Put in oven until cheese is melted and serve with salsa.  Of course could do any combo of things, add chicken, jalapenos, sour cream, etc.