Sunday, November 23, 2014

Holiday Recipe: No Bake Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

I am looking so forward to Thanksgiving and I can't wait to see all our family and friends. I can hardly believe that Thanksgiving is only 4 days away! Not only am I looking forward to seeing family, but I can't wait to dig into all my favorite holiday foods. 

Thanksgiving is a big deal in our house. It doesn't matter who is hosting the big event everyone in attendance contributes a few dishes to make our meal complete. This year I am bringing, sweet and sour green beans, ma maw's cornbread dressing, cranberry orange sauce, a cookie tray, and a apple pecan streusel pie.    

I planned on baking two pies, but my time is very limited. If I do make a second pie it will need to be a quick and easy recipe. I searched around online and came across this Double Layer Pumpkin Pie on Walmart's Baking Center  page. This easy pie has two delicious layers, a creamy cheesecake bottom, and a top layer of pumpkin spice filling. 

I have to say if you're looking for a last minute holiday dessert I highly recommend this pie. I was torn between two recipes on the baking center page, this double layer pumpkin pie, and a Warm Caramel Apple Cake. In the end the pie was the winner, because it was an easy no bake recipes. 

I actually made two of these double layer pies, one to test out, and one to take, so I can vouch for its deliciousness. I prepared this recipe ahead of time and stored it in the freezer to save some time on Thanksgiving day. I purchased everything I needed to make this recipe as well as the cute little turkey paper plates at my local Walmart.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crock Pot Cowboy Soup & A Easy Greasy Giveaway!!!

Today I have a recipe and a giveaway for y'all!!! Fall has definitely arrived here in North Texas, but with polar vortex coming through it feels a lot more like winter than fall. I always tell people that Texas has two speeds hot and cold! I hate that we only get a small taste of spring and fall around here.

When the cold rolls in I immediately turn to all my favorite fall comfort foods. Soups and stews are always at the top of my list and are big crowd-pleasers. Today's recipe for Crock Pot Cowboy Soup is a pantry staple soup that calls for basic ingredients that you usually have on hand.  I made this recipe recently when I had the chance to review a new product that I just love.   

Have you heard of Easy - Greasy? Easy Greasy is a kitchen tool that makes draining hot grease a snap. One of the worst things you can do it pour hot grease down your kitchen drain. 

I personally do not do this because I know the damage that can be done. I usually drain any grease I have from cooking into a empty can or jar, but that can be challenging at times.  

When Michelle a mom from Baton Rouge, La and the inventor of Easy-Greasy contacted me I knew this was something I needed.

I don't always have an empty can or jar on hands to drain grease especially if my recipe does not call for a canned or jarred item. I am then left wondering what do with all that grease?  

If I don't have a jar or can on hand I usually make a bowl out of foil and drain the grease into that. Once it hardens then I toss it in the trash. I was glad to see that someone finally invented an easier, safer, and hands free way of disposing unwanted grease.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Summer is over and fall has officially arrived here in North Texas! Down in the south our seasons tend to change a bit later than most parts. When we're enjoying fall weather most states already have snow on the ground. It doesn't seem to last very long, so I enjoy each and every cool day that comes our way.

Fall and winter are definitely my two favorite baking seasons. I usually head into the kitchen around Halloween and don't come out until New Years. This time of year goes by quickly, so I try and savor every moment. I can't believe that in just 9 short days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving.  

Hopefully everyone has their holiday menu all worked out. It can get crazy this time of year, so having a plan is a must. During the holidays I always prepare a special breakfast for my family. It's never too fancy since my time is limited, but it's always something warm and festive. In the past I've made an Overnight French Toast Casserole or an easy breakfast egg casserole.  

Most times I plan an overnight casserole since all the prep work is done the night before. This year I plan on making these festive Pumpkin Pie Cinnamon Rolls pictured above. November is my scheduled guest post on Rhodes Bake-N-Serv Blog, so I wanted to make something for an easy Thanksgiving breakfast.