fun. food.

Crazy time warp. how has it been so long?
Why do i have the feeling that it will be Christmas before we know it?
Hmm.
For now...we had MOPS today. :) fun and food. always.
Today was our tables turn to bring breakfast...and i always like to have a treat for the girls at my table...so i made these yummy cake pops.
much easier than you think.
You can find the step by step HERE.
But basically...you bake a cake...mush it up with an almost whole can of frosting...
Shape into ping-pong sized balls...insert a lollipop stick and dip into that candy mold chocolate...then i dipped mine into fall themed sprinkles.
they are actually pretty tasty.
and much easier than i thought they would be.
next...
I made pumpkin pie bars. yum.
If you like pumpkin anything...you will love these...
here is the recipe:

Pumpkin Pie Bars

1-1/3 cups flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) cold butter or margarine
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats, uncooked
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons bourbon (optional)
a handful of butterscotch or chocolate chips for sprinkling on top (optional)

HEAT oven to 350°F. Line 13×9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides; grease foil. Mix flour, 1/4 granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts.

RESERVE 1 cup oat mixture; press remaining onto bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 min. Beat cream cheese, remaining sugar, eggs, vanilla, bourbon, pumpkin and spice with mixer until well blended. Pour over crust; sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture and a handful of butterscotch or chocolate chips (if desired).

BAKE 25 min.; cool 10 min. Use foil to transfer dessert from pan to wire rack; cool completely.

And lastly I made this...streusel, cream cheese coffee cake.
dream in a pie pan. :)
You can go HERE for the recipe.
~*~
Today's MOPS was a great one...
Each table has a mentoring mom...a mom who generally has grown children...
Today was the mentoring moms panel...where we got to asked these more experienced moms questions about whatever we were curious about.
They always have great advice to share...but today made all of us laugh out loud more than once...
One mom shared the following advice..."spend "special time"(edited because my in-laws read this---hi there!) with your husband every three days or so...even if it means saying "honey, just pull my gown down when you're done". :) "
How is that for advice?
:)
And this is me. Holding myself accountable to the hundreds of you who are reading this. :)
Inspired by Julie...I bought this dress pattern. And. I will. Learn. To. Use. A. Pattern.
If it kills me.

So there is that.

:)
Now go make something yummy.
They are all completely fat free and good for you.

xo
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7 comments:

Lauren said...

ha! glad you didn't include the other comment. I still have hives...

Kristi said...

You can do it, you can follow the pattern. Take a deep breath. I'll be rooting for you!

Leah31 said...

Oh my gosh Crystal! Those treats ALL look amazing! How the hey do you bake like that all the time and still stay so THIN?!

i love plum said...

I've made your cream cheese cake/pie thingy...twice...and we LOVE it! The cake pops look like a fun treat too!

Nancy said...

It is 5:25 am here and now i have a sudden need to go in my kitchen and bake. YUMMMMMM! Can't wait to whip the pumpkin bars this weekend. My family thanks you ahead of time! :)

Alea said...

Maybe it's just my computer, but when I click on the link to make the Cream Cheese Coffee cake it just takes me back to that page again. Hmmmm....

Alea said...

Oh geez...never mind! If I would have scrolled all the way down, I would have found it...oops!

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