Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sunday Scripture

Hi Everyone,

Instead of posting a scripture verse today, I wanted to share a video with you that was recently posted on Denise in Bloom.  She shares crafty things, delicious recipes, and her faith.  If you're experiencing feelings of insecurity in your life and not sure if you're having any impact with the life you are living, please watch Denise's video - I hope it will be an encouragement to you and give you hope to continue the path God has put you on.

Have a wonderful weekend!!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

This cooler weather has made my baking juices start to flow.  All I want to do is bake, cook, look at recipes, and watch cooking shows. Does anyone else get that way once the weather turns cooler?  This is what I've made so far:
chocolate whoopie pies (I followed the quick & easy whoopie recipe)
and the latest is mini pumpkin bundt cakes

If you've checked out these recipes, you'll see that I visit All Recipes frequently, but I also like Tasty Kitchen - after all Pioneer Woman is one of my faves!  Today I'm going to share pictures of the mini pumpkin bundt cakes.  I will say that instead of light brown sugar, I used a combination of dark brown and white sugar with a small amount of molases mixed in. 

Aren't they so cute?!

Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Ingredients for the cake:
4 whole eggs
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Ingredients for the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons butter, softened

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat eggs thoroughly with an electric mixer. Add brown sugar and beat until fluffy. Beat in oil and pumpkin, mix completely.
2. Whisk together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and combine just until moistened.
3. Pour batter into greased mini bundt pans and bake in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes or until cakes spring back when touched with your finger.
4. Let cool slightly before removing from the pan. Glaze with a simple powdered sugar icing made by mixing the glaze ingredients together.
Note: this can also be baked in a 10″ tube pan for 1 hour.

What kind of fall recipes do you like to make?  Have you tried new ones this year that you would love to share?  I'm linking up to Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday to see what creative ideas have been shared - why don't you take a trip on over and see what everyone has been up to this past week?

Sunday Scripture

The effective, fervent prayer
of a righteous man avails much.

James 5:16

photo courtesy of Fox News

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Making Whoopie Pies

Fall is time for pumpkins and festivals which makes me think of the Covered Bridge Festival.  That festival makes me think of all the places we stop at during our visit to the festival, including some Amish roadside stands.  Amish roadside stands make me think of homebaked goodies.  Homebaked goodies make me think of whoopie pies!  Did you feel like you were reading "If You Give a Moose a Muffin" books or one othe others in that series?  I really wanted to make something special for Carl this was the perfect recipe.  They were very easy to make and didn't last long :) 

Recipe courtesy of

2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups solid pack pumpkin puree
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.
2.  Combine the oil and brown sugar. Mix in the pumpkin and eggs, beating well. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, 1 teaspoon vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Mix well.
3.  Drop dough by heaping teaspoons onto the prepared baking sheets. (I used my fingers to slightly flatten the dough before baking otherwise mine ended up looking like little mountains.)  Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies cool then make sandwiches from two cookies filled with Whoopie Pie Filling.
4.  To Make Whoopie Pie Filling: Beat egg white and mix with the milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 cup of the confectioners' sugar. Mix well then beat in the shortening and the remaining cup of confectioners' sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sunday Scripture

For a while now, I've noticed that a few blogs I read have "Sunday Scripture" posts and I've really enjoyed what they've posted.  Now they have inspired me to post my own Sunday Scripture and let me share this little story with you.  Several years ago I received a calendar that had scripture cards included that you could use to memorize verses.  Even though the alendar is long gone, I've kept the cards and put up a new card every so often on one of my kitchen's changed periodically...I have the boys or Carl pick a new card....I pray that God will have a verse picked that will really speak to me and our family...something that we can think about, remember, and hide in our hearts.  Here is the card that God chose for me, my family, and you to meditate on this week:

For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7

Please check out these blogs that have inspired me to be bold in my faith and share God's word with you...Domestically Speaking and Stone Gable.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pioneer Woman's Marlboro Man Sandwiches

My oldest son recently asked for Pioneer Woman's Marlboro Man sandwiches for dinner and I just had to make them for him.  Speaking of Pioneer Woman, have you seen her new show on the Food Network?  Even though I think most of the recipes she's made so far are from her cookbook, I really enjoy her show.  If you haven't seen it already, check it out - it's a nice change from the usual cooking shows on TV. Anyway, this is what my version of the sandwich looked like, including the bad photography.

This is Pioneer Woman's version of the Marlboro Man sandwich (and she thinks her photography is bad - I'll let you compare the two pictures :)

My picture may not look as good as hers, but based on the smile on my son's face, I think it tasted just as good.  Here's the recipe if you would like to make your own Marlboro Man sandwiches for your son or cowboy.

Marlboro Man Sandwiches

2 whole Medium Onions, Halved And Sliced
1-¼ stick Butter
2 pounds Cube Steak, Cut Into 1/2-inch Strips
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
¼ cups Worcestershire Sauce
5 dashes Tabasco Sauce
4 whole Deli Rolls (crusty), Split
8 slices (thick) Fresh Mozzarella
8 slices (thick) Ripe Tomato
1-½ cup Arugula

  • Season meat with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Melt 1/3 stick of butter in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook onions for several minutes, until golden brown. Remove to a separate plate and set aside.
  • Return skillet to stove and increase heat to high. Add another 1/3 stick of butter. When melted, add meat to pan in a single layer. Do not stir. Allow meat to sit, undisturbed, for a minute in order to brown. With a spatula, flip meat to the other side and allow to brown. Reduce heat to low. Add onions back into pan, then add Worcestershire, Tabasco, and remaining 1/3 stick of butter. Stir and allow to simmer, adding more Worcestershire or Tabasco as desired.
  • Melt 1/2 stick of butter on griddle or in a separate skillet. Place roll halves, cut side down in butter and brown over medium-low heat until golden brown.
  • To serve, spoon meat/onion mixture over bottom half of rolls. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons pan juice over the top. Lay two mozzarella slices on each sandwich, followed by two tomato slices. Top with a generous amount of arugula, then press the top half of the roll on top. Cut in half and serve immediately.
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