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.
Dear News Crew,
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.
The Exercise Deprived Lady with Cupcake Buns
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.
The Lady with Cupcake Visions
Every single time that happens, my heart drops into my stomach,
and I instantly look at my speedometer to make sure I’m not speeding.
I hadn’t gone through a red light…that day,
and I wasn’t trying to text and drive.
So why do I get so jumpy?
I did the same thing another day when we went past the park,
and sure enough in the turn around was a cop car.
My eyes dropped right to my speed.
This time I was going about 10 over…
I thought for sure I was going to be busted.
My stomach was full of butterflies and I felt all jittery!
And of course the kids were in the van with me.
Thank goodness, no red lights and sirens came after me.
…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!!!
And he know’s that if he doesn’t specify how he wants them…
there will be crunchy things or chocolatey things added.
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.
and I added some dark chocolate Raisinets…it was one of my better ideas:-)
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:-)
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.
Raisinets is giving away $1,000 in prizes.
To enter all you have to do is follow Raisinets on Pinterest and pin some images.
Here is my pin board for inspiration.
Follow these Links:
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Want to know another thing that brings me JOY?
Raisinets is letting me make one BruCrew reader a big winner.
How does a
$50 VISA giftcard and coupons for free product
sound to you??? (the official rules are HERE)
They are really tasty…full of lots of JOY;-)
- 1 box white cake mix
- 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
- 1/2 c. water
- 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1/4 c. dark chocolate Raisinets
- 1/4 c. chocolate chips
- 1/4 c. white chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. shortening, divided
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!
- 2 c. fat free milk
- 4 Tbsp. canned pumpkin
- 2 Tbsp. caramel ice cream topping
- 2 Tbsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1 c. strong coffee
- 1/2 c. cool whip
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
I did it!
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???
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:-)
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!!!!
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. [Read more...]