Cherry Chocolate Chip Dip

There is absolutely nothing wrong with grabbing a bowl of this Cherry Chocolate Chip Dip and going to town on it.  Maraschino cherries and chocolate chips give it such a fun taste and texture.  It is sweet comfort food at its best and perfect for Valentine’s Day snacking!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Dip - this sweet cheese dip will have you wanting to lick the bowl clean www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Today I am sharing a recipe that was actually made 2 years ago.

2 YEARS AGO…and I never shared it!  Can you even believe that I have been keeping this sweet dip from you???  Yeah, me either.

This dip is full of cherries, chocolate chips, and pecans and is absolutely delicious, but my first attempt at pictures was seriously lacking.  You see I tried to make a cheese ball when I made it the first time around.  Let’s just say 2 years ago my cheese ball making skills were very lacking.  Don’t ask me how you can mess up rolling a cheese ball, but…yeah, I did.  Now I wish I had saved those originally pictures, so we could have a good laugh over them ;-)

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Pumpkin Chip French Toast Bake

This Pumpkin Chip French Toast Bake is a great time saver for breakfast.  Make it the night before and reheat each slice in the microwave the next day.

Pumpkin Chip French Toast Bake from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy french toast casserole with pumpkin and chocolate chips

With the busy season quickly descending upon us, it is easy to not take time for breakfast.  Not that I would know about that per say…wink, wink.  Sometimes I just get so busy and distracted that before I know it, it is lunch time.  I know, I know.  Breakfast is the most important meal, and definitely helps keep you going on busy days.  I tell my kids this all the time, so why don’t I listen to myself.

This easy french toast bake is one that you can make up the night before and have in your refrigerator for the next morning.  There is no excuse to not warm up a square of this…it only takes 30 seconds.  Or if you are the morning person type, get up early and serve it fresh from the oven.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Hello friends.  Do I have a delicious holiday recipe for you today?!?!  Chocolate and pumpkin join forces in mini cheesecakes.  Try these Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes this year for a change of pace at your Thanksgiving dessert table.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecakes from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - two layers of cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust

 As we head into one of the busiest seasons of the year, I wanted to just remind us to stop and be thankful for all the things that God has allowed in our lives.  Sometimes it is easy to focus on all the negative and bad that we see happening and not to see all the good that we actually have.

I want to remember to be content with the things that are in my life.  I want to be thankful for the good and the bad.  Does that mean I am joyful and a delight to be around all the time?  No way.  I have my bad moments/days/weeks too.  I have to make it a point daily to be happy in the things God has placed me through.   [Read more...]

Brown Butter Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

This kid and adult approved Brown Butter Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake is the perfect breakfast to wake up to in the fall.  It would also be perfect for Thanksgiving morning.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake - brown butter, pumpkin, and streusel make this coffee cake amazing  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

It feels like fall just got here and then left just as suddenly.  We woke up to a light dusting of snow this morning.  I am so not ready for that season yet.  I want to enjoy the red leaves and the crisp air a little bit longer.  So thank you for visiting winter, but really you can just leave because you are not welcome yet.

To be quite honest, I would be happy to skip winter all together.  Haha!  Don’t tell my kids that!  They live for snow!  Crazy kids!   I can celebrate Christmas in the 60′s just as well as I can in the 20′s, so I think I can live without all the cold and snow.  The problem is that I am in the wrong state for that.  Since moving is kind of out of the question, I just have to keep my self bundled and keep my little space heater with me in every room.  Well, every room except the kitchen.  I keep that room toasty with all the baking that I do.   [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Fudge

This Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Fudge needs a place on your dessert table this fall.  Soft, pumpkin flavored fudge with cookie chunks…yes, please.

Pumpkin Cookies and Cream Fudge - an easy pumpkin pudding fudge filled with chunks of cream filled cookies  www.insidebrucrewlife.com
I have jumped back on the fudge making train.  For a little while I was trying to make a new flavor every month, but I slacked off through the summer.  But recently I got the fudge urge again, and now I can’t stop thinking of fun flavors to make.

I think fudge all year round sounds so much better than fudge at the holidays.  Every single time we visit any fairs or markets, I have to check out the fudge booths.  You never know what fun flavors you might find.     [Read more...]

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Flavored popcorn is a rising food trend right now.  Be a trend setter and try this Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn for your next movie night.

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn - caramel white chocolate covered popcorn with pumpkin spice M and M candies www.insidebrucrewlife.com

A few weeks ago when I was in New Jersey at the Duncan Hines test kitchen, one of our discussions was on food that was trending.   Flavored popcorn was one of these food items on the list.

Can I tell you just how happy that makes me?

I have been doing different kinds ever since I made this Reese’s Popcorn, and I haven’t stopped since.    I like to think I was ahead of this popcorn trend.  Shhhh!  Don’t tell me any different…just let me stay in this happy bubble.   [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Pumpkins

These Peanut Butter Pumpkins look impressive, but they are really so easy to make.  You can make them into any shape or color, making them the perfect treat for every holiday.

Peanut Butter Pumpkins - peanut butter truffles dipped in orange candy melts to look like pumpkins www.insidebrucrewlife.com
This weekend I realized that I am getting old.  My youngest turned 10.  Seriously!  How did that happen?

 I feel like I just came home from the hospital with that 5 pound little boy.  My husband and I were laughing that when he was 5 pounds, he was just skin and bones, and here 10 years later he is still just skin and bones.  At 10 years old, he still only weighs like 60 pounds.  That is probably embellishing it some too.   He is my little love bug and I am enjoying every single snuggle and kiss before he becomes that aloof teenager who thinks his mom isn’t cool anymore.  Yup, I’ve got one of those too.   [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread is full of chocolate inside and on top.  It is definitely the way to go when you kick off your pumpkin baking.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread - pumpkin bread with chocolate chips and chocolate glaze is definitely the way to go  http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 I cannot tell you how excited I am that it is now fall.  Now I know the official first day of fall isn’t for a few more weeks, but I can’t wait that long.  So in my mind it is fall…don’t burst my bubble!

This time of year is my absolute favorite time.  I look forward to wearing jeans and sweatshirts, drinking hot chocolate and pumpkin lattes, going to bonfires and corn mazes, feeling the chilly air at night, and of course eating anything and everything pumpkin.    [Read more...]

Reese’s Turkeys

Reese's Turkeys - two Reese's cups and candy corn make these cute turkeys  http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I couldn’t wait any longer to show you these cute little peanut butter turkeys.  Well, ok, I had to wait until today because I finally finished putting everything together this afternoon.  But the idea for them has been rolling around in my head all month long.  I sure hope you have a bag of candy corn and some leftover Reese’s candy from Halloween.  Who am I kidding?  Leftover Reese’s?  That never happens in this house either.  My kids are just as crazy for those candies as I am.  They used to share them with me when they were little…now they hide them, so I can’t find them:-)  So, I just bought more for this fun project.  I can’t wait to make more for us to devour on Thanksgiving Day.

Reese's Turkeys - two Reese's cups and candy corn make these cute turkeys  http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 How cute would these little fry boxes be at each kid’s place setting this Thanksgiving?  I think this fry box die cut is my favorite one from Lifestyle Crafts right now.   It makes the cutest little boxes for small treats. Plus using a die cut sure beats tracing an old McD’s fry box and trying to cut it all out right:-)  I also found the “Keep Calm and ______” stamp at JoAnn’s the other day.  I just filled in the “eat ham” part with some small letter stamps I found at Walmart.  How perfect is this saying for these little boxes filled with turkeys?

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Pumpkin Potato Corn Chowder

Pumpkin Potato Corn Chowder

 I have been wanting to recreate this Pumpkin soup since last November.  Last year my husband and I went on a mission trip to Haiti with a group from our church.  You can read about it HERE and HERE if you want:-)  It was such an awesome and eye opening experience for me.  It is one thing to see the poverty from pictures and TV, but to experience it first hand breaks your heart.  One thing that I came back thinking was how I need to be so much more thankful for the things and people that God has put in my life.  I also realized how much I really can do without.

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Stuffins for a Progressive Dinner Hop

 Now that the sugar rush of Halloween is behind us, it is time to look forward to the holidays.  Do you realize that Thanksgiving is in 21 days?  Three weeks people…that’s all we have to finalize our dinner menus.  Today I have a fun change of pace for you.  I am taking a break from all the sugar that I post and participating in a fun blog progressive dinner.  Join me and 8 other fabulous bloggers as we share our favorite Thanksgiving dinner ideas today…there is even a fun giveaway involved too:-)

Do you have a favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner?  For me, it has always been the stuffing.  I just love my dad’s stuffing fresh baked from the turkey.  It was always the first thing to disappear from the table.  Today I am sharing my stuffing with you, but with a fun twist.  I didn’t have time to bake a whole turkey just yet, so I wanted to share a fun stuffing idea that I saw in a few magazines this year.  Stuffins!!!  That’s right!  Stuffing baked in muffin pans for individual servings.

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Sweet Potato Crumb Cake

Let’s talk about one of the most controversial Thanksgiving dishes.
At least it’s pretty controversial in our house…
and by controversial, I mean everyone else hates it and I love it!
Sweet potatoes covered in brown sugar and marshmallows!!!
I am just curious…do you love or hate this delicious veggie?
And yes, I realize that I just called a dish that is loaded with sugar
and marshmallows a vegetable:-)
You’re right…it should be part of the dessert tray with the amount of sugar that I put in it!!!
Sweet Potato Crumb Cake - sweet potato cake with a crumb topping...perfect for Thanksgiving Day breakfast   #thanksgiving #sweetpotato #cake http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com
Last week I wondered if I could trick my kids into eating sweet potatoes…
and I would have gotten away with it if I had remembered to put away
the list of treats that I was baking for the week.
(that list just keeps getting longer and longer each week:-)