S’more Bites-Fall Cookie Series

Well here’s where we start! You voted and I listened The Fall baking series will be fabulous fall cookies! There are some quintessential flavors that come with the Fall like pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon, and featured this week S’mores! I think you’ll find this sweet and easy cookie quickly becomes a favorite!

It features a graham cracker cookie with a marshmallow and Candy topping. It’s quite versatile as you can use a number of different kinds of candy I used Hershey Kisses, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, and Rolos. Be sure to give your favorite flavor a try here is what you’ll need.

2c flour

2.5c graham cracker crumbs

1/2tsp baking powder

1/2tsp baking soda

1/2tsp salt

1c granulated sugar

1c. Packed light brown sugar

1c. Butter

2 eggs

1tsp vanilla

Large marshmallows cut in half

Candy of choice

Blend together wet ingredients and slowly incorporate dry ingredients. Drop into a greased mini muffin pan. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes until soft but cooked through check with a toothpick. Remove from the oven and top with half of a marshmallow Place back in the oven for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and Press candy into the top of the softened marshmallow and allow to cool. Enjoy!

Fantastic Fall Cookies for the WIN!

So after polling my various social media outlets, email subscribers, and getting some feedback right here on WordPress.com, it looks like this fall I will be hosting a blog series on Fabulous Fall Cookies!

Fall cookies

I’ve already started to compile a list of favorites, and can’t wait to get in the kitchen and get things started! I will include a couple of sugar free options as well, so stay tuned! I promise there will be a little something for every taste… Happy Fall Baking Y’all!

 

In a Fall Mood

I have a serious case of Autumn-itis. I am itching to get to the cooler weather, crock pot food, bonfires, and all of the wonderful fall desserts!

I made a nice family dinner tonight and decided to top it off with a Buttercream glazed Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake A la mode.

My house smells so good right now!! Pumpkin spice anything is a quintessential fall flavor. And it didn’t disappoint this recipe was delicious!

The warm spice cake combined with a creamy vanilla ice cream was perfection.

Here is the recipe, enjoy!

1 1/4 cup butter

2 eggs

1 c. Packed town sugar

1 1/4 c. Granulated sugar

1 can pumpkin puree

3 c. Flour

2 tap baking soda

1tsp cinnamon

Allspice, nutmeg, and ginger to taste.

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through.

For the glaze

1/4 c. Butter

2 c. Powdered sugar

1tsp vanilla

Water to get proper consistency

Pour over warm cake

Fall Blog Series

Morning Everyone! I need some help deciding on a Fall Blog series! I have been tossing around a few ideas but I would like your feedback please! I am trying to choose between a few themes they are…. drum-roll please…. Fall cookie series,  Homemade Holiday, or Cozy Breakfasts

The fall cookie series would be just what it sounds like. A baking series with several different cookies that are great for fall entertaining and maybe just a yummy treat around the house.

Fall cookies

The Homemade Holiday series would be a grouping of side dishes made from scratch that you could incorporate into your holiday menu. Things like Perfect Parker House rolls, Candied yams from scratch (no canned yams people!), Pies, green bean casserole with homemade cream of mushroom soup. I think you get the picture here….

Holiday Feast

And finally one of my faves the cozy breakfast series. I could eat breakfast all the time. This series would focus on warm wonderful breakfast foods for a quick morning, or a big family breakfast feast!

Cozy Breakfast

So those are the options! Let me know what your thoughts are. I can’t wait to see what we’ll be cooking up this fall!

Another one in the books

Well, another beautiful pageant season has come and gone for our now 16 year old beauty Brianna. This year was so full of growth for her, and I know I’ve said it before, but I am so PROUD of her.

The Jackson County Teen USA pageant is held annually in August, the girls work for months in advance to sell ads, make appearance, raise funds for various charities, and prepare themselves for an opportunity to earn thousands of dollars in educational scholarships. Only ten girls make it to the stage, and work their tales off to win that crown!

Brianna has been participating in local pageants since she was just 5 years old. She has won the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, and taken the title of Junior Miss Jackson County when she was just 9 years old. She has always seemed to enjoy the pageantry of the pageants lol.

Last year she performed well, identifying that she needed to work on her interview skills, and adjust her talent section to something she felt more in tune with. She found an amazing gown, and had been participating in off season sports to be ready for the active wear competition (at the teen level they do active wear instead of swimwear). Having made the needed adjustments she went into this years pageant confidently beautiful.

She was able to reach out locally in her platform, the American Cancer Societies Relay for Life, and with the help of another contestant they held a Relay for Life Pageant, with nearly 20 participants it was a fun afternoon which many of her pageant sisters joined her in as volunteers. It always nice to see the girls support one another.

At the end of all Brianna placed as 4th Runner up, and although she felt a little disappointed with her over all placement she was sincerely excited for this years winner Miss Emily Mast. Emily has been a long time participant in the pageant, is getting ready to leave for college, she is an eloquent speaker, and very talented young lady. Not only deserving of the title but has it in her nature to go above and beyond and I’m sure will fulfill the duties of the position with much grace and poise.

As for Brianna, she is already talking about next years pageant. She can not wait to get back on that stage! And this pageant Mom can’t wait either… till next time, here’s to the crown!

Mob Museum, and The Underground Las Vegas – Review

I get a lot of positive feedback on my vacation reviews so I thought I would share another one with you.

The Las Vegas Mob Museum opened several years ago in downtown Las Vegas just a block or two away from Fremont St. It’s easily walkable if your already visiting downtown. The museum occupies the former courthouse house building lending further credibility to its contents as the courthouse was the scene of many Mob related prosecutions in Las Vegas.

The museum itself has added a lot of great interactive attractions since it first opened. It’s a great place to visit for all ages. He have historic memorabilia, video presentations, hands on experiences, and a nice gift shop with unique Mob related swag. Photography is allowed, and it is easily accessible for all ages and talents (meaning handicapped accessible).

Located in the basement level of the museum they have now incorporated a speakeasy bar called The Underground. This is a highlight for sure! They are currently distilling their own brand of moonshine in the basement that they offer free samples of, you travel from there into a very nice bar area with flapper style displays in cases built into the walls, unique art and a full service bar with era specific cocktails that have special presentation twists.

Andy ordered the underground old fashioned. He was presented with a book and glass of ice!

We quickly discovered what a good book this was 😂.

So all in all I’d say this is a Las Vegas must. If you enjoy the culture of the city itself then you’ll truly enjoy this, and the alcohol doesn’t hurt either. Enjoy!

Nectarine Cream Pie!

OK, so every now and then I have a kitchen fail. The first attempt on this recipe was exactly that. Don’t get me wrong it was delicious but oh my word was it ugly lol!!

The topping was too runny and I got impatient and put the topping on before it was cool enough and it made the filling kind of melty and loose lol. I also think I needed more butter in the crust to hold it together better.

So today I reattempted this delicious treat, and I’m happy to report that it came together literally much better the second time around.

The sweet creamy filling is the perfect compliment to the tartness of the fruit compote topping. Below is the recipe, enjoy!

Crust

2.5c. Nilla wafer cookies crushed

4Tbsp butter melted

Mix the cookie crumbs and butter together and press into your pie plate. Set aside

Topping

3 LG nectarines chopped

1/4c granulated sugar

1/4 tap nutmeg

In a saucepan, Cook on medium high heat. Bring it to a boil stir constantly until thick and bubbly. Pour into a bowl and set aside to cool and thicken.

Filling

8oz cream cheese

1 box instant French vanilla pudding

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 c milk

1.5c whipped topping

1 LG nectarine chopped

In a large mixing bowl blend together cream cheese, vanilla, vanilla pudding and milk. Fold in whipped popping and chopped nectarine. Spoon into pie crust and chill 1 hr Add topping, cut and serve. Enjoy!