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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

12 Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Holiday Recipes

12 Pumpkin and Butternut Squash Holiday Recipes
I hope everyone has a happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving.  I'll leave you with this list of recipes in case you are still looking for some desserts to make on the big day.  I have two big turkey dinners to attend with family.  Then I will have to not eat anything till Christmas.  Yeah, right.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Peppermint Cheesecake Rice Krispie Treats

Peppermint Cheesecake Rice Krispie Treats by The Sweet Chick
After my first Rice Krispie recipe failed, I went back to the pantry to see what else I could find to make Rice Krispie treats.  I went looking through all the goodies I found at World Market, Walmart, and Target.  I had some Jet-Puffed Peppermint Mallows, a box of cheesecake flavored Jell-O Pudding, a bag of Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips, and a bottle of Peppermint Pigsy Dust.  Well, now that got the creative juices flowing.  I never had peppermint cheesecake before, but it does exist.  So why not try it as Rice Krispies.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Chewy Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Chewy Dark Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies by The Sweet Chick
 Today it's a beautiful, sunny day with a temperature of 80ºF.  Not the kind of weather I think about when we are only a few weeks away from Christmas.  Nonetheless, I am trying to put myself in the mood by making some gingerbread cookies.  Last year, I made some Chocolate Ginger Cookies that were the bomb, so this recipe is based off of those.  I only had Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa in the pantry, and I wanted to incorporate the Gingerbread M&M's I had found.  If you haven't found these M&Ms yet, check Walmart or Target.  The kids and I loved them.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

No Bake Butternut Squash Cheesecakes

No Bake Butternut Squash Cheesecakes by The Sweet Chick
Well, after two recipe fails in two weeks, it feels good when one works out. Ok, so it almost didn't, but I saved it. Thank goodness because it really is dreamy.  I am still on a butternut squash kick.  I just really like the taste of it.  I did try spaghetti squash for the first time this week, but I was not a fan and neither was the rest of the family.  I think I will stick to butternut squash.  I like seeing how many different flavors I could pair it with.  This time I pair it with Gingerbread Twix.  Yep, those are them crushed at the bottom of this dessert.  Have I intrigued you yet?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Puffs

Pumpkin Spice Marshmallow Puffs by The Sweet Chick
 I was watching the Pillsbury Bake-off Contest 2013 all weekend via Instagram.  There were a lot of my favorite bloggers in attendance.  The whole event looked a lot of fun from their media perspective, but I couldn't imagine how much pressure the contestants were feeling trying to win $1 million dollars.  That's just crazy.  I don't think I could perform under that kind of pressure.  But I would love to know how it feels to win.  Perhaps someday I will enter.  In the meantime, I was inspired to whip up these little treats for the family this weekend.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Biscoff Butternut Squash Oatmeal Cookies

Biscoff Butternut Squash Oatmeal Cookies by The Sweet Chick
So I signed up for a neighborhood cookie exchange.  I gotta say, I am really liking this new neighborhood.  There's a monthly get together of mom's where I learned how to play Bunco.  At Halloween everyone was sending out Boo-Baskets.  Now we are exchanging cookies.  It's a very friendly atmosphere.  I am currently testing out new cookie recipes for the exchange.  Since I have been on a butternut squash trend, I thought I'd start there.  I wanted to see what other flavors I could mix with the squash.  I found some Biscoff, dark chocolate chips, and some quick oats in the pantry.  I am always up for something new.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Maple Butternut Squash Donuts

Maple Butternut Squash Donuts by The Sweet Chick
Since my Maple Butternut Squash Bread was a success, I went out to buy more squash to see what else I could make.  I haven't made donuts in a while.  It seemed like a logical choice.  Who can resist a donut?  And we can pretend it's healthy because it has a vegetable in it.  But don't let the vegetable part scare you away.  This is still a sweet treat.  Don't tell anyone, but I think I may like this more that Krispy Kreme's pumpkin spice donut. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Maple Pumpkin Fudge

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I hope everyone had a nice Halloween.  I know my kids had a blast.  It was very warm here, so that meant we didn't have to bundled up the kids under and over their costumes.  In fact they were in short and t-shirts.  And the houses in our new neighborhood are so much closer together that we were able to visit a lot more.  This year my little 3 year old son was really into it.  He carried his own bucket of candy and we even got him to say "Trick or Treat".  He actually lasted a lot longer than I expected.  When he got tired, he simply sat in the wagon and watched as I continued trick-or-treating with his sister.  Not one complaint.
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