Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely LOVE the holidays. From the family feasts and gatherings, to getting gifts for my loved ones, to all the beautiful lights and fun music – it’s all fabulous and puts me in such great spirits! Another reason I enjoy them so much is all the delicious food (I can imagine practically all of you nodding in agreement here). While trying new recipes before deciding what to take to Thanksgiving dinner this year, I tried this Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Pies. Oh. My. Goodness! These turned out so tasty and full of great pumpkin (and chocolate) flavor – they’re sure to be a big hit with the whole gathering at your next holiday get-together!
One important thing to know about these is that they’re a FROZEN dessert recipe – but they thaw quickly to become a super creamy, amazing treat in every bite. Since you need to put them in the freezer at least 5 hours total, be sure to plan ahead so it fits into your serving schedule 🙂
Another perk of these chocolate pumpkin mini pies is that they’re smaller (thus the MINI), being made in muffin tins – and you can adjust the size really easy, depending on how you want to serve it! This makes no cutting slices necessary, just take out each muffin cup and pass it out – particularly convenient for serving the kiddos their dessert!
- 5 Graham Cracker Sheets
- 3 tbsp. Butter, melted
- 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar
- Dash of Ground Cinnamon
Pumpkin Pie Filling
- 1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 2 tsp. Vanilla
- 1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
- 1/2-1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 4 oz. Semisweet Chocolate Chips or Chunks
- 1/2 cup Pumpkin Pie Spice Coffee Creamer
Topping Options: nuts, chocolate chips, etc.
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Spray or line a 12-cup muffin tin, set aside.
- In a blender, blend the 3 crust ingredients until well-ground. Divide into the 12 muffins cups, then press down so it’s flat. Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until starting to turn golden brown. Set aside to cool.
- Whip the cream cheese and pumpkin puree until smooth. Mix in the powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt until well-mixed and creamy. Set aside.
- Whip the heavy cream until firm peaks form. Gently fold into the pumpkin filling mix until combined. Scoop into 12 muffin cups over cooled crust. Smooth tops. Place in freezer for about 1 hour.
- Put the semisweet chocolate and coffee creamer into a microwave-safe bowl and heat at 50% power, stirring at 30 second intervals until fully melted and smooth. Remove and allow to partially cool, stirring occasionally so it doesn’t get too firm. Spread or drizzle over pumpkin filled cups. Sprinkle tops with nuts or chocolate chips, as desired. Place back in freezer at least 4 hours, or overnight.
Be sure to serve these almost immediately after removing from the freezer, as they’ll start to soften very quickly and then can be a bit messy (especially with kids!). These were an absolute HIT with the whole crew – from my pumpkin-obsessed hubby who isn’t too fond of chocolate, to my kids who love almost any type of dessert. It’s like the best of all worlds!
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Remember when you were a kid, and anytime you got a hamburger or cheeseburger was wonderful – regardless if it was super plain and boring? I loved having burgers for dinner, but now as an adult I sure do expect more FLAVOR and ‘personality’ to it. Gone are the days of bland, typical burgers now that you can whip up this Gourmet-Style Garlic Jalapeno Burger and Fry Sauce easily at home! It’s bursting with incredible flavor, and is a truly special sauce that takes your burger from ‘eh’ to WOW!
Don’t worry, y’all know how much I try to avoid complex dishes or meals that take too long – even though this Garlic Jalapeno Burger may SOUND difficult or time-consuming, it’s not at all! Just grab all of your ingredients during your next Walmart shopping trip – including the ‘secret ingredient’ that makes this sauce finger-licking good….NEW McCormick Garlic Jalapeño Seasoning. It’s one of the NEW McCormick Garlic Seasoning Blends now available at Walmart, and boy does it give such an amazing flavor to so many dishes – I had to stock up on several so we can try it out on more new things.
You can find it in the spice aisle, along with McCormick Garlic Ranch Seasoning. You can use either of these tasty seasonings anywhere you’d normally use Garlic Powder – add it in before, during or after cooking for an extra boost of flavor. They really bring garlic to the next level of flavor, and help take the guesswork out of recipe free cooking – because who wants to stick exactly to a recipe all the time?! I love using McCormick seasonings because they inspire a love of home cooking and help empower all cooks (even those still learning, like us) through flavor!
Seriously, this sauce takes these burgers far away from the regular ‘ol bland stuff and gives them a boost of flavor that really goes well with the burgers and toppings – plus it works amazingly as a fry sauce, so you get two uses from one sauce!
It just so happens that hubby had to work from home the day I made these, meaning he was able to taste-test my creation – and absolutely loved it! He even packed a bit of the leftovers for lunch the next day because it was such a hit 🙂 He was sure glad I bought several of the McCormick Garlic Seasoning Blends, since he’s also brainstorming on more things that it can be added to for some really great flavor.
Just look at that sauce dripping on the burger – so much great taste in every bite! Like I said, don’t worry because it’s really easy to make….
Ingredients – Sauce
- 3/4 cup Mayo
- 3 tbsp. Ketchup
- 2 tbsp. BBQ Sauce
- 1 tsp. Yellow Mustard
- 3 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tsp. McCormick Garlic Jalapeño Seasoning
For the entire meal you’ll need:
- Sliced Tomatoes, lettuce, etc.
- Sliced/Diced Onions (I sprinkled some seasoning on these and grilled them – delish!)
- Hamburger Buns
- Ground Beef/Burger Patties
- Cheese of Choice, sliced
- French Fries!
- In a bowl, whip all of your ingredients until well-combined.
- Use as a sauce for your burgers, and a dip for your fries.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
At first I was worried that using the same sauce for the burgers and the fry dip would be ‘too much’ – but goodness no! It was perfect, bringing out great flavor for each thing in a complimentary way. Loved it! Once you fall in love with the taste, you’ll want to sprinkle it on new things to try as well – I even sprinkled some into the actual ground beef patties of our burgers!
You can adjust the amount of seasoning you put in to fit your taste preference – it was still great with just 1 tsp. in the sauce, but for the better flavor we wanted we preferred 2 tsp. in ours.
Mmm….this sauce was almost addictive, it was just so tasty! And yes, it’s so good you’ll be licking your fingers (and maybe even your plate)!
I’m so glad I’m not a kid anymore, happy with a regular, bland burger – I want delicious flavor bursting in every single bite! These gourmet-style Garlic Jalapeno Burgers are just what the doctor ordered, and still were quick to fix up because us busy mommas deserve great taste without spending our valuable time!
What dish would YOU try NEW McCormick Garlic Jalapeño Seasoning in?
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Ya’ll know I’m a HUGE fan of easy weeknight meals that make everybody happy. As busy moms, we don’t have time to spend forever in the kitchen creating new masterpieces! Or do we? By trying noodles in new and unexpected ways, you can create all sorts of amazing dishes that not only peak people’s interest (gotta keep the kiddos happy, right?) but also taste incredible – like these Noodle Stuffed Tomatoes!
I was really wanting to whip up something new, and the other day had a pot boiling water so I could cook up some No Yolks noodles (I love that they always cook up smooth, firm and fluffy, and stay that way after mixing them with your favorite recipes). After brainstorming how I wanted to fix these up to serve for a quick snack or light meal, I decided that including tomatoes would be perfect – but not in the normal diced way!
Instead of putting diced tomatoes mixed into the noodles, why not mix the noodles inside the tomatoes?! I had to give it a try – and it turned out super fresh and delicious, and the perfect size for a great party appetizer, afternoon snack or even a simple lunch!
- Tomatoes, washed
- No Yolks noodles
- Shredded Cheese of Choice
- Basil for topping, if desired
- Cook your No Yolks Noodles according to package directions.
- Cut the tops off the tomatoes (and little off bottoms if you want it to stand flat better) and scoop out the insides.
- Spoon some noodles into each empty tomato. Top with a good sprinkling of cheese.
- If desired, nuke in the microwave 5-10 seconds to melt the cheese. Sprinkle some basil on top, if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
Seriously, you’ve gotta give this new twist on traditional noodles & tomatoes a try because it is da bomb!
Not only are No Yolks noodles the perfect addition for when you need a delicious meal in a hurry, but they’re also a smart choice because they’re a healthy egg noodle alternative, made from egg whites so there’s no cholesterol. Plus they’re low in fat and sodium, so I feel much better about feeding them to my family! You can nab them in Broad, Extra Broad, fine, Kluski, Dumplings and even Stir-Fry.
There’s so many creative ways to incorporate noodles into your busy weeknight meals because they’re incredibly versatile. No Yolks is for way more than just stroganoff or casseroles! Give them a try in soups like Miso and French Onion, or in dishes like Sriracha Cheesy Noodles or Noodles with Kale and Walnut Pesto. So many options for new and unexpected dishes! Take these tasty & fun Pizza Noodle Cups for example – A unique take on a definite family-pleasing dish.
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So this may make us ‘basic’, but we absolutely LOVE pumpkin – hubby in particular. When it hits fall, he takes that as an ‘all-clear’ to buy and make all sorts of pumpkin recipes, from ice creams to pancakes. Today we were looking through the pantry and noticed a lot of sweet crackers and cookies that would go great with a dip, so of course we had to whip up this delicious Pumpkin Pie Dip!
We’ve shared plenty of our pumpkin creations before – like our Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie or this Pumpkin Better-Than-Disneyland Pie – and we’re positive this dessert dip will be a new favorite! All it takes is 6 common ingredients and a few minutes time, then you have a party-worthy pumpkin pie dip that’s perfect for the fall or holiday season.
- 1 cup Powdered Sugar
- 1 cup Canned Pumpkin
- 1 cup Whipped Topping
- 1 tsp. Ground Ginger
- 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- Whip the powdered sugar, canned pumpkin and whipped topping until creamy.
- Add in the remaining spices and whip until well-combined.
- Serve and enjoy!
Be sure to store any leftovers in the fridge, of course!
I bet this dip would also be perfect as an actual PIE – just pour some into a prepared pie crust and chill in the fridge for a bit. Mmmm…just thinking about a slice of creamy pumpkin goodness is making me hungry!
I love dessert dips because they’re so flexible – you can serve it as a side or snack, or pull it out for dessert! It’s great to take along for meals or parties, or put some in a cute container and gift it for the holidays! Whatever way you serve it up, I’m sure you’ll love this easy-to-make, super tasty pumpkin pie dip as much as we do! High-five to all my fellow pumpkin lovers!
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Growing up, we never made slow cooker desserts. That was for making roast or soups and such, not for more ‘unique’ things. It was a HUGE eye-opener when someone first told me they made brownies in theirs – I was totally on board for trying new things in my own! Since then I’ve tried various deliciousness, but one of my favorites (maybe because it still seems so cool to me) is making treats. If you’re up for cooking something new, try one of these 25+ Slow Cooker Desserts (and pastries) for yourself!
With the weather finally starting to cool down, maybe you’ll try a rich hot chocolate. Or perhaps a s’mores cake or fruit cobbler are more your preference. Whatever you choose, it’s super fun being able to whip up a tasty dessert in your slow cooker with hardly any effort at all!
What’s YOUR favorite slow cooker dessert recipe?
It never fails, every Halloween my kids end up with a TON of candy, and somehow we also have a huge bucket full left after the trick-or-treating at our house has ended. Luckily there’s plenty of delicious, fun things we can do to solve this little ‘problem’ – just turn to this list of 20 Ways to Use Up Leftover Halloween Candy!
Cookies or bars, brownies or popcorn, there’s a bit of something for any type of leftover Halloween candy you may have, or whatever you prefer to change it in to! The hard part is choosing which one you want to try first 🙂
How Sweet Eats – Candy Bar Caramel Corn
Crazy For Crust – Candy Bar Pie
Averie Cooks – Candy Corn Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites
Two Peas and Their Pod – Crispy Butterfinger Cookies
Like Mother Like Daughter – Candy Bar Cookie Bars
I Heart Naptime – Candy Bar Brownies
Baking Bites – Halloween Candy Lava Cakes
Sally’s Baking Addiction – Candy Bar Blondies
Oh My Creative – Leftover Halloween Candy Pretzel Bites
Spaceships and Laser Beams – Leftover Halloween CandyCookie Cups
Brown-Eyed Baker – Leftover Halloween Candy Bark
Crazy For Crust – Gooey Candy Filled Brownie Cake
Lil Luna – Candy Bar Trifle
The Cookie Writer – Vanilla Halloween Candy Ice Cream
Handle the Heat – Leftover Halloween Candy Cheesecake
Sugars Spun Run – Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tastefully Frugal – Tootsie Roll Brownies
Frugal Coupon Living – Leftover Halloween Candy Pizza Cookie
Two Peas and Their Pod – Twix Caramel Brownies
The Gold Lining Girl – Snickers Monkey Bread
What’s YOUR favorite Halloween candy?
If you want a delicious breakfast but don’t have a lot of time, give one of these 17 Crock Pot Breakfast Casseroles a try! Whether you’re a fan of eggs or french toast, there’s a bit of something for everyone in this tasty list.
I’m a HUGE believer in having a good, quality breakfast in the morning – especially before school or work. Nobody can do well if you get hungry an hour later! That’s why I love having a list of reliable, great tasting breakfast recipes on-hand that I can turn to. It’s even better that these are crock pot breakfast recipes, since heaven knows we don’t have much time in the mornings!
1. Spicy Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole
2. Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
3. Delicious Breakfast Casserole
4. Easy Breakfast Casserole
5. Breakfast Casserole For Large Family
6. French Toast Casserole
7. Breakfast Cobbler Casserole
8. Italian Breakfast Casserole
9. Egg Brunch Casserole
10. Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread Casserole
11. Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
12. Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole
13. 3 Meat Breakfast Casserole
14. Overnight Breakfast Casserole
15. Healthy Breakfast Casserole
16. Greek Breakfast Casserole
17. Weight Watchers Breakfast Casserole
What’s YOUR favorite crock pot breakfast recipe?
I didn’t use to like caramel apples – they were just too hard and sticky for my taste. Since trying one at Disneyland a couple years ago, though I’ve learned that as long as they’re made right, they can be absolutely DELICIOUS and not too bad on your teeth 🙂 Since it’s fall, which seems to be the perfect time to enjoy this tasty treat, here’s a list of 16 Fun Candy Apples for Fall for you to bite into!
Personally, I can’t wait to try the apple pie or chocolate dipped ones – but maybe you’re more excited for the candy corn or Frozen themed ones. Whatever your choice, there’s a huge variety so you’re sure to find something for everyone among these amazing candy apples!
Red Hot Candy Apples | Nerdy Mamma
Mini Chocolate Apple Pops | 2 Boys + 1 Girl = One Crazy Mom
Decadently Dark Candy Apples | Parenting Chaos
Mini Caramel Apple Pops | The Happier Homemaker
Candy Corn Caramel Apple | The Classy Chapter
Copycat Disney Apple Pie Caramel Apples | Food, Folks and Fun
Chocolate Peppermint Apple with Melted Candy Corn | The Country Chic Cottage
S’Mores Caramel Apple | You Brew My Tea
Sliced Caramel Apple Pops | Busy Mommy Media
The Perfect Caramel Apple | Simply Kierste Design
Chocolate Caramel Apple | Refresh Restyle
Frozen Themed Caramel Apple | Midget Momma
Easy Homemade Caramel Apples | Thrifty Jinxy
Granola Coated Caramel Apple | Premeditated Leftovers
Oreo Caramel Apple | The Spring Mount 6 Pack
The Best Chocolate Dipped Spiced Caramel Apples | How Was Your Day?
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You know, I always think that life is crazy and just couldn’t get busier – then it proves me wrong and our schedules get even more insane. Luckily there’s some delicious, go-to foods I can rely on for those nights I don’t have a ton of time (like most nights!). If you’re in a rush for mealtime like me, you can whip up a ton of amazing, Easy Meals with Noodles and have a little more time to tackle that to-do list!
So why noodles, you may ask? I love that they’re so versatile – while people may think only of stroganoff or casseroles, they can be used to whip up so many more varieties of meals. I grabbed a bunch of No Yolks noodles at the store so I’d have plenty on-hand for the busy fall we have ahead, and can’t wait to try them in tasty dishes like Sriracha Cheesy Noodles, or even Noodles with Kale and Walnut Pesto. You can even nab a coupon for $0.50 off when stocking up on our own No Yolks Noodles!
I love that No Yolks is a healthy egg noodle alternative – it’s made from eggs whites so has no cholesterol. They’re low in fat AND sodium, and always cook up smooth, firm and fluffy because they’re high-quality. With all their varieties – like Broad, Extra Broad, Fine, Kluski, Dumplings and even Stir-Fry – you can use them in all sorts of unique, simple and easy-to-make meals. Give them a try in your favorite soup, like Miso or French Onion even!
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Stock up on your favorite type of No Yolks noodles the next time you’re at the store (don’t forget your coupon for $0.50 off!) and you’ll be all set for those busy nights when you want a delicious, amazing meal to feed your family but don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen. You’ll be surprised at how many different dishes you can whip up with noodles, so don’t be afraid to try something new!
What’s YOUR favorite noodle dish?
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Guys, it’s FINALLY cooling down here in Texas and I’m thrilled because that means we can go outside more – without melting, at least. This means more picnics, barbecues, and get-togethers….and all of those mean tasty food! One great dish to whip up for a fun gathering outside is this delicious Habanero Cheesy Bread – super easy to make, and full of incredible flavor, it’s sure to be a huge hit for any occasion!
If you’re a big fan of regular cheesy bread like I am, you’re going to be thrilled to give this recipe a try because the El Yucateco® sauce enhances the flavor, making it a definite winner in the tasty food category. For this batch, I used their El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero sauce because I love the green chile flavor mixed with the cheesiness of the bread. Pure deliciousness!
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El Yucateco®’s ingredients come from Field to Bottle. It includes no artificial colors, but the same great taste that makes it the King of Flavor since 1968. I grabbed a few from Target – so be sure to stock up next time you’re there running errands. This cheesy bread recipe would be great to try the different flavors with, so don’t be scared to mix it up a bit to see how each kind accents the flavoring in a unique way.
The different flavors they have are:
- El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero
- El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero
- El Yucateco® XXX Hot Kutbil-ik
- El Yucateco® Caribbean Habanero
- El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve
- El Yucateco® Chipotle
- El Yucateco® Jalapeno
Maybe I’m dorky, but I love the bottles they come in – they’re so convenient, and you can easily throw it in your purse for on-the-go to your next outing!
Note: makes 1 bread loaf
- 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tbsp. Baking Powder
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 2 tbsp. Sugar
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese, softened
- 2 tbsp. El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 tbsp. Vegetable Oil
- For cheese topping: 1-2 cups Shredded Cheese, 1/4 cup Butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Spray or line a bread pan, set aside.
- Combine the first 8 ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cream cheese, milk, vegetable oil & El Yucateco® sauce) and mix until well-combined and a dough forms. If too sticky, add a little more flour until it’s a nice, doughy consistency.
- Scrape dough into bread pan and bake about 40-50 minutes, or until cooked through. Remove and CAREFULLY (will be very hot) cut a checkered pattern on the top.
- Mix the cheese and butter (you can add a little El Yucateco® sauce if desired), then stuff all over the top of the bread and into the cut parts. Cover with foil and bake about 15 more minutes, or until cheese is melted.
- Allow to cool, then enjoy on your next adventure!
I’m eager to try this with other flavors to see how the taste changes, and to find out which is my favorite!
Check out all that cheesy goodness!
Another perk to this cheesy bread recipe is that you don’t need to let it rise forever (or at all) like some breads – I’m all for quick and easy baking 🙂
Be sure to grab some El Yucateco® sauce the next time you’re at Target so you can whip up this amazing Habanero Cheesy Bread for your next outdoor party or gathering.
What flavor El Yucateco® sauce would YOU use in this recipe?
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I love whoopie pies. Seriously, when I went off to college, it was the recipe I called home the most for! Eventually I DID write it down so I could stop hassling my family to repeat it to me, and I’m so glad because I love whipping up a batch super quick. This week I decided to try a different version and flavor of them – since I’ve been enjoying my Marshmallow Mateys cereal so much, why not make fun Marshmallow Whoopie Pies?!
It doesn’t even take a TON of ingredients, so you can grab them all at Walmart the next time you’re there – along with a bag or two of Marshmallow Mateys, of course 🙂 You can keep the marshmallow whoopie pies traditional and plain….
…or stick some of the marshmallows from the cereal into the frosting!
Whatever way you choose to enjoy these snacks, they’re really fast and easy to make, plus taste AMAZING! I’ll admit, I had a hard time not eating more than one – and may have had more of the batter than I should have. But that’s my reward for making my family cookies, right? 😉
- 1/2 cup Butter, softened
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 cup Milk
- 1/4 cup Warm Water
- 2 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp. Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1-2 tsp. Marshmallow Extract
- Frosting or Marshmallow Fluff for middle
- Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F. Spray or line 2 baking sheets, set aside.
- Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy – about 3 minutes. Add in the egg, vanilla, water, milk and marshmallow extract and whip until smooth.
- Mix in the baking soda and salt, then carefully add in a bit of flour at time until it’s all in and well-combined.
- Drop into spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, then bake for 6-8 minutes or until barely starting to brown on the edges. Remove from oven and cool about 5 minutes, then move to rack to finish cooling off.
Once they’re cooled off, put a good helping of frosting or marshmallow cream in the middle of two to finish off your whoopie pies. If you’re feeling adventurous and extra ‘marshmallowy’, add some of the marshmallows from the cereal inside the middle or along the edges of the frosting. So good!
These didn’t last long at my house, and I’m sure we’ll be making them again soon!