Gahhhh it has been so long! I have so many photos to upload and ideas for blog posts, but my Master’s class and my job are eating up all of my time! Thus, this will be a pretty full post!
We recently had Paul’s Fellowship party to celebrate his FSA designation. Not only was it great to celebrate this huge accomplishment, but it meant that I could try out some new Pinterest recipes to justify the amount of time I spend procrastinating by using Pinterest! Here’s a look at the party spread and a few pretty vintage dishes! (Again, I have a blog entry planned devoted to dish collection! Stay tuned!)
One of my favourite treats, antipasto.
Cream cheese with sweet chili jelly.
Boursin Herb and Garlic cheese spread with cranberry and date crisps from Costco. SUCH a good flavour combination!
A Pinterest find – autumn caramel corn mix!
These things are amazing! Malted Pumpkin Pie bites from Bulk Barn!
Okay, so this photo does not do it justice, but this dip is A-MAZ-ING and SO easy to make! Who remembers Dunkaroos? If you’re a child of the 90’s, I’m sure you do. This IS homemade Dunkaroos! I found the recipe online, but I cut it in half because it made a huge portion. Buy a confetti cake mix. Mix 2 cups of the dry cake mix with 1 cup of plain yogurt (I made it a bit healthier by using fat-free) and 1/2 cup Cool Whip (again, I used reduced calorie and it worked perfectly). Make it 4-5 hours ahead of time and chill. The recipe called for animal crackers, but I found teddy bears at Bulk Barn so it was more “Dunkaroosish”. This was seriously the hit of the party!
These were the other hit. I always make these, and they are the perfect combination of sweet and salty!
Unwrap your Hersheys Hugs. This is tedious work. You can employ your mom to help haha. (Thanks, Mom!)
Place the hugs on top of the pretzels, OCD style if you’re as anal as I am.
Place in the oven at 350 degrees for three minutes, BUT NO LONGER! Quickly place a candy corn (or Reese’s Pieces, M&M, Smarty, etc.) onto each hug. Let cool for about 20 minutes, then place in the freezer to set. These are VERY ADDICTING!
Another amazing Pinterest find – Nutella fruit dip! It takes like fondue, without heating the chocolate! Again, super simple, and somewhat healthy.
Veggies and homemade dip using Epicure spices.
We are hummus experts around here, and Sabre has the best spicy hummus. Behind that is PC brand Mango Salsa, Onion Epicure dip, and Asiago and Artichoke PC Brand dip.
The drink table, minus the booze.
Lucy, also ready for a night of being spoiled by the guests! It was such a fun night!
A couple more nom noms…
These pumpkin muffins are amazing. This is my mom’s family recipe, and it ALWAYS works!
(Makes a large batch of 3 – 3 1/2 dozen)
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups oil
1 14 oz. can (1 3/4 cups) pumpkin (I used a can of pumpkin pie filling and these were even better!)
3 cups flour
3 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 cups raisins (optional)
In a large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Mix together dry ingredients, add to mixture and blend until smooth. Fold in raisins. Fill greased muffin pans 2/3 full. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes.
I took them to share with my students. We had a class breakfast for Thanksgiving, and everyone brought cut up fruit to contribute to our fruit salad. It was amazing! Plus, some very awesome parents and grandparents sent homemade baking as well! There was so much food that we also had it for lunch!
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Happy Autumn, everyone!