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...]

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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Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cupcakes

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Dear News Crew,

Thank you so much for deciding to visit my house for an interview on neighborhood crime today.  I am so glad that I did not shower, was sporting a pony tail and decided to wear barely any makeup.  That should be a pretty sight on the evening news tonight.  At least I wasn’t in pajamas or sweats:-)
Love,
The Vain Lady Who Hopes No One Recognizes Her

Dear Ankle,
It’s time you suck it up and stop hurting.  I have given you 4 weeks of rest.  In return, you have allowed the brownies and cupcakes to take up residence in places I don’t like.  I have decided to make you go back to the gym, so don’t even try to start hurting again because I’m not listening.

Love,
The Exercise Deprived Lady with Cupcake Buns

Dear Elliptical,
Why do you always cause me to think about cookies and cupcakes when I visit you?  Next time I am there, please make sure to fill my head with visions of salad instead. Thank you for helping me out with this weakness of mine.

Love,
The Lady with Cupcake Visions

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Pumpkin Nutella Muffins and a Welcome Home Brands Giveaway

There are certain days that I just want to forget…

…last week I had a few of those.
It seemed like everything that I baked just didn’t go right.
One cookie recipe I tried twice, and both times it flopped.
I’m really bummed because it sounds good, but I haven’t gotten the consistency right yet.

Then on Wednesday morning I was driving the kids to school,
and apparently I was in my own little world.
I looked ahead, saw that the light was green and no one was coming either direction.
Then I was distracted by the red flashing lights at the new gas station.
I even pointed it out to the kids and said something
about someone must have been speeding and got pulled over bright and early.

All of a sudden my son asked me why I wasn’t stopping.
The green light that I had seen, turned yellow, and then red,
all while I was gawking at the flashing lights.

At that point it was slam on the brakes and slide through the intersection…
or just keep on going and blow through the red light.
No one was coming, so I opted for the second choice.
The first thing my son said was, “I’m going to tell Dad.”
He couldn’t believe I ran a red light.
Not the thing I want him to see when he is just a few years away from a license himself!!!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Scones

Every couple of months my husband asks for scones.
Now usually he is very specific and wants “non candy” scones.
Apparently I can’t bake with out adding cookies or candies to things…
it’s kind of an obsession of mine.

And he know’s that if he doesn’t specify how he wants them…
there will be crunchy things or chocolatey things added.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Spider Donuts

 A couple years ago I decided that I was going to boycott dusting.

I was putting out my Halloween decorations…things like skeleton bones, spiders, and gravestones.
They kind of looked out of place on nice bright clean shelves.
Last year I added some rats.

Let’s face it…bones and rats look much better with a layer of dust surrounding them.

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Pumpkin Raisinets Muffin Tops

I think it is safe to say that I like to bake…
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One of the things that I enjoy baking the most are different breakfast items.
Lots of muffins, donuts, and scones get cranked out pretty regularly here.
My kids love to have this kind of breakfast instead of eating dry cereal,
and I am happy to make them these yummy baked goods.

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Have you seen the 2 ingredient muffins?

The ones with a cake mix and a can of pumpkin???

I have to say how much I love these muffins…so fast and easy to whip up.
The last time I made them they were just a little to heavy for m,
so this time I added a little water and some spices.
And then drizzled 2 kinds of chocolate on top…because I happen to like chocolate on everything.Oh, and I baked them in a whoopie pie pan
and I added some dark chocolate Raisinets…it was one of my better ideas:-)

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Raisinets just launched their Enlightened Enjoyment Sweepstakes and
I started to think about all the things I do with my family that gives me JOY.

Now of course baking makes me really happy, and I love that my kids
have been asking to help out in the kitchen A LOT lately.
I really think they like to “clean” out the bowls and spatulas more than help me:-)

baking collage

Other things that we do as a family that brings me joy is playing games, pizza & movie night,

taking walks, reading books, playing video games, and “date” days.

Just the other day my girl and I had one of these fun “dates”.
We think it is important for some one on one quality time for each of our kids.
Coffee is always a must on these days.
Then on to the mall for some fun finds like spikey earrings and candles.

date day

Now something that brings me even more JOY is to tell you about the
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Pumpkin Raisinets Muffin Tops

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 17 minutes

Yield: 18 muffin tops

Pumpkin Raisinets Muffin Tops

Cake mix and pumpkin puree makes a great muffin top.

Ingredients

1 box white cake mix
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4 cups dark chocolate Raisinets
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1 teaspoon shortening, divided

Instructions

  1. n a mixing bowl, stir together the cake mix, water, spice and pumpkin until blended. Stir in the Raisinets. Spoon a tablespoon of batter into a muffin top pan and bake at 350* for 17 minutes. Let cool 2-3 minutes in the pan before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  2. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl with 1/2 tsp. shortening. Heat for 20 seconds and stir. Repeat until melted and smooth. Spoon into a plastic bag and cut a corner off. Drizzle over the muffin tops. Repeat with the white chips and remaining shortening. Store in a loose fitting container.

Notes

*A whoopie pie pan can be used in place of a muffin top pan. You can also spoon it out on a baking sheet like cookies, if you don’t have either pan. *Feel free to use any other chocolate chips in place of the Raisinets.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/09/pumpkin-raisinets-muffin-tops/

Want to know another thing that brings me JOY?

Raisinets is letting me make one BruCrew reader a big winner. (Giveaway is OVER)

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The giveaway ends next Thursday night at 11:59 PM. The winner will be emailed the following day and must claim their prize within 48 hours before a new winner is chosen. I was compensated by Raisinets for this post, all recipes and opinions are my own. No purchase is necessary. Open to US Residents Only. Winner must be over 18.
Be sure to enter the Raisinets Enlightened Enjoyment Sweepstakes HERE.
Now while you are waiting to find out who won, go bake some Raisinets muffin tops!

They are really tasty…full of lots of JOY;-)

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Latte

It’s Monday.
It’s the fourth Monday of the month.
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That only means something to you if you are in the Secret Recipe Club.

The club where you are assigned a random blog to read…or stalk in my case.
My blog assignment this month was Farmgirl Gourmet.
A true farm girl at heart, Heather shares fun and easy recipe from her kitchen.
She also is a big fan of buying local and grows many things in her own garden.
Those are two things that I would like to do more of here.
She was a true inspiration to me as I read through many of her great recipes.

I always have the hardest time narrowing down my SRC choice,
and again this month I had a list to choose from.
A few of my favorites that I wanted to try were Mexican Lasagna,
Cinnamon Yogurt Scones, and Pumpkin Challah Pudding.

But then I saw her most viewed recipe from her blog was the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Just the other day, I opened my first can of pumpkin to make these donuts,
and I had the leftover pumpkin in my fridge just waiting for the right recipe.
Since I am now on a true pumpkin kick,
and I love to have a good cup of coffee by my side in the morning when I do some reading,
I knew this would be the recipe for my reveal.

It was so easy to throw everything into a pan and bring it to a slight boil.
I like that you can use whatever milk you normally drink in this.
We drink fat free, so this is even a slightly skinny drink…
well, it was until I substituted caramel ice cream topping for the sugar:-)
At least I tried to get rid of some calories for you, right?
That has to count somehow!

To froth the milk mixture, you use your blender.  That just made frothing so much easier.
Even fat free milk can get a good froth going on that way.
I divided the mixture into two cups, just like Heather said, and poured the coffee right on top.
(One other thing I slightly changed was how much coffee I added.
I wanted a slightly stronger coffee taste, so I double the amount.)

Since I was putting cool whip and extra caramel on top, I didn’t worry about
messing up my cool frothed milk look by pouring the coffee in.
(yes, I know…I completely destroyed the so called skinny factor of this drink now)

Then I sat outside with my new favorite drink and a few books.
Pumpkin Latte, quiet time, good books to study…
now if only the weather would cooperate and get cool!

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Salted Caramel Pumpkin Latte

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 drinks

Salted Caramel Pumpkin Latte

Milk, pumpkin puree, caramel, and coffee in a delicious fall latte.

Ingredients

2 cups fat free milk
4 Tablespoons canned pumpkin
3 Tablespoons caramel ice cream topping, divided
2 Tablespoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup strong brewed coffee
1/2 cup Cool Whip
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk, pumpkin, 2 Tablespoons caramel, vanilla, and spice. Stir until the mixture comes to a very small boil. Remove from the heat immediately and place into a blender. Pulse for about 2 minutes or until very frothy.
  2. Divide the milk into 2 large mugs. Pour 1/2 c. coffee into each mug. Top with Cool Whip, extra caramel, and sea salt. Makes 2 servings.

Notes

Adapted from Farmgirl Gourmet

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/08/salted-caramel-pumpkin-latte-src/

Pumpkin Oreo Donuts

I did it!

Pumpkin Oreo Donuts - baked pumpkin donuts with lots of Oreo cookie flavor http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I broke out the pumpkin.

Yes, I know it is still August and it has been in the 90′s again this week.

Does that mean I am rushing Fall to get here?
Kind of…you see Fall is my absolute favorite season of all.
The cooler weather, the smells, the bonfires, the jeans, the hoodies,
the leaves…should I keep going???

Pumpkin Oreo Donuts - baked pumpkin donuts with lots of Oreo cookie flavor http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Plus, once the kids go back to school,
it signals the end of summer in my brain.
They are in school, so no more summer sun and fun.
Might as well bring on the best season of all.

I know that there are some who hate to see summer go…
don’t get me wrong.  I love summer too!
But I happen to LOVE Fall quite a bit more:-)

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When we were on vacation a few weeks ago, we had donuts for breakfast.
Dunkin Donuts to be exact.
Oh, how I love their chocolate cream filled powdered donut!
It has been my favorite for many, many years.

Did you know they now have an Oreo donut with cream filling?
Let’s just say it gave the chocolate cream filled one a run for its money.

Yes, I ate two cream filled donuts for breakfast in one day morning…fine about 5 minutes.
I’m thinking the beach running that I did while I was there was a very good thing.

So, as soon as we got home I bought some Oreos and was all set to make a home version…
but then I saw the can of pumpkin in the cupboard just staring at me all sad like,
and the wheels just started spinning!!!

These Pumpkin Oreo Donuts are one of my favorites…right now anyway:-)
Pumpkin goodness mixed with Oreo goodness…match made in heaven!!!!

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Want more Pumpkin-y goodness?
Try one of these recipes:
Pumpkin Oreo Donuts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 26 mini donuts

Pumpkin Oreo Donuts

Pumpkin Donuts with Oreo crumbs and white chocolate topping

Ingredients

For the Donuts
1/4 c. butter, softened
1/3 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. applesauce
1/2 c. canned pumpkin
1/3 c. vanilla yogurt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. flour
1/4 c. chocolate cookie crumbs
For the Topping
4 oz. white chocolate candy coating (CandiQuik)
1 tsp. shortening
1/2 c. chocolate cookie crumbs

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the applesauce, pumpkin, vanilla, and yogurt and mix until creamy. In a bowl, sift together the baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, flour, and cookie crumbs. Stir into the creamed mixture gently.
  2. Place the donut batter in a ziplock bag and cut the tip off. Spray the mini donut pan with non stick spray and fill each cavity at least 3/4 full. Bake at 325* for 10 minutes. Let cool in pan for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, heat the white chocolate coating with the shortening for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat again for 20 seconds and stir. Dip the tops of the donuts into the melted chocolate and sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Makes 26 mini donuts.

Notes

Only dip a few donuts at a time before sprinkling. The chocolate will set up and the crumbs won’t stick if you wait too long.

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2012/08/pumpkin-oreo-donuts/
 

Nutella Marshmallow Pumpkin Bread

Nutella Marshmallow Pumpkin Bread - sweet pumpkin bread with swirls of Nutella and Marshmallow Cream  http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

It is great to be back from Haiti. Our team had an amazing time serving there. It was fun and sad all in one. Fun because we were able to work together and meet some needs…but very sad because there were so many needs that we just could not feasibly meet. Thank you so much for all of you that prayed for our safety as we traveled and ministered for the past week. I will try to get some other pics and things from the trip up later this week.

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Butterscotch Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

I am questioning my pumpkin sanity right about now.
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I know you are probably done and over the orange stuff…
but I’m not and I just can’t stop baking with it!

Butterscotch Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Salted Caramel Butter Cream - 2 cookies are better than one, especially when they are filled with salted caramel frosting http://www.insidebrucrewlife.com

The recipe for these cookies came from a book I found at the library
called Big Fat Cookies!
So many yummy cookies in there,
but this one had my number!

I mean pumpkin and butterscotch…
it was pointless to resist!

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 I baked them up and realized that they would be
the perfect base for the salted caramel butter cream
that I made a few weeks ago.
(I had been looking for a reason to make more anyway:-)

Why can’t I get over the pumpkin treats?
I am thinking it is the warm spicy smell that comes from the oven
while the pumpkin treats bake.

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The perfect fall smell in my home makes me feel relaxed and at peace…
at least until I step on a lego piece buried in the carpet:-)

Butterscotch Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Butterscotch Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin whoopie pies with butterscotch chips and filled with salted caramel butter cream

Ingredients

For the Whoopie Pies
2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 eggs
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. oil
1 c. pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. butterscotch chips
For the Salted Caramel Buttercream
1/2 c. butter
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1/4 c. caramel ice cream topping
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 1/4 c. powdered sugar
1-2 tsp. milk

Instructions

    For the Whoopie Pies
  1. Preheat oven to 350* Stir the first 5 ingredients together and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until it becomes smooth and lighter in color. Mix in the oil, pumpkin, and vanilla. On low speed slowly start adding the flour mixture to the pumpkin batter. Stir in the butterscotch chips by hand.
  3. Scoop spoonfuls of batter onto a baking sheet. Space the batter mounds at least 2 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes or until the tops are firm. Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling. Fill 2 cookies with butter cream.
  4. For the Salted Caramel Buttercream
  5. Stir the sea salt into the caramel topping and set aside. Cream the butter and vanilla for 3-4 minutes. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar. It will be very thick. Pour in the caramel and beat again. Beat in 1-2 tsp. of milk to thin out the frosting if you like.

Notes

(adapted from Big Fat Cookies book)

http://insidebrucrewlife.com/2011/10/butterscotch-pumpkin-whoopie-pies/