Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 inch Bundt pan (or 2 loaf pans)
In a large mixing, combine sugar, oil and eggs; beat until smooth. Add orange juice and beat until well blended. Stir in pumpkin, cranberries and spices.
In medium bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and blend just until all ingredients are mixed. Pour into Bundt pan or divide batter between the 2 prepared pans.
Bake in preheated oven until toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
You can add frosting after they are cooled. You can stick some M&Ms in the cookies while still warm. I've also used the cookies for Snickerdoodles..roll the cookie balls in a sugar/cinnamon mixture and flatten with fingers before baking. The best part is watching the kids munch on cookies that they love!
I find that having all the ingredients, equipment like the spoon and pan prepared makes everything go quickly! You will love the results so much, it won't be long until you have the ingredients memorized! You can switch different kinds of chips or extracts (vanilla, mint, almond, or even coffee)
Ingredients you'll need: 3 cups granulated sugar 3/4 cup butter or margarine (1 1/2 sticks) 2/3 cup evaporated (not condensed) milk 12 oz Dark Chocolate Chips 1 jar Marshmallow Creme 1 tsp Mint Extract 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Directions: Line a 9X9 pan with foil or grease generously with butter.
In medium saucepan and medium heat,
Melt the butter/margarine
Add sugar and evaporated milk
Bring to a boil and boil for 4 minutes or candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees. Stir constantly. (if you don't keep stirring you'll end up with crystallized sugar pieces in your what should be smooth fudge)
Remove from heat and add chocolate chips and marshmallow creme. Mix until smooth.
I LOVE easy recipes. With 2 little boys..I don't get to spend as much time as I'd like in the kitchen preparing a meal. If there is an easier way to pack all the Mama love I can into a meal...I'm all for it!!!
Check it out. I have a fridge full of meals for this week but will be making this soon and will post pictures.
1 lb package of dry white beans cooked according to directions on package
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced finely
1/3 cup molasses
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tspn Liquid smoke
1 1/2 cups hot water (as hot as you can from tap) I added a little chicken bouillon to add a some flavor
4 -6 slices bacon, chopped
Cook beans according to directions.
In crock pot, add all but the last 2 ingredients. I cooked overnight in the crock pot on low. If your crockpot cooks hot...you'll need to add a little more water..or you can cook during the day so you can keep an eye on it and add more water or broth
When finished cooking add 1/3 cup maple syrup and salt and pepper. Don't add the salt until after beans are tender, it keeps them from cooking all the way through.
This is my second jungle season the east coast...time flies...can't believe that I've been a VA girl for almost a year!
For a girl from the cloudy, gray, cool and rainy WA, the heat is something to get used to.
So to keep cool this summer and still have tasty meals, I've been trying out some new salad creations.
First keeping it cool recipe....it's simple! Ready?
1 package couscous cooked according to the directions. (I used chicken broth, curry, Montreal chicken seasoning for the seasoning)
Once cooled I add a vinaigrette dressing of my choice. I don't add much...just enough to make it a little moist. My favorite is a raspberry vinaigrette. Add your choice of yummy items. Last night I used cheese cubes, left over crockpot chicken, strawberries, pine nuts. YUMMY!
I'd love to hear what kinds of things you make while keeping it cool! Have a great summer day!
Not that I've stopped cooking...so I'm cooking more out of necessity rather than fun.
I did pick up a couple of fun things to try out. I bought a couple of mini muffin pans. I LOVE them! With 2 little ones it sure helps to make things like cakes and muffins...miniature.
This afternoon, I'm making some banana mini muffins, some turtle brownies, a red velvet cake and also some s'mores pops. I'll post pictures and recipes for those. No we're not eating all this stuff ourselves...we're going to a memorial day bbq tomorrow so I'm responsible for the desserts.
Tonight we are going to bbq some salmon. We bought some cedar planks a while back and salmon bbq'd on them is AWESOME.
Can't believe that this week we've been in our new home for 10 months! I just got my VA license this week. Partly because mine WA license expires on Wednesday. Yep that means Wednesday is my birthday. For my birthday my husband bought me a new digital camera. Nothing fancy...just an awesome point and click 14.3 megapixel camera. So far I've enjoyed playing with the camera.
So I'll be back later this evening with some photos!
1 box of instant sugar/fat free banana cream pudding (2 cups milk to make)
1 banana, diced into pieces
2 graham crackers
a drizzle of chocolate syrup
Make banana pudding according to directions. While waiting to soft set. start assembling bowls.
In the bottom of each bowl break into small pieces 1 graham cracker, top with 1/2 banana, drizzled lightly some chocolate syrup. Add 1/2 cup of soft set pudding...and ENJOY!
My husband and I have decided to (gulp) diet. More for health reasons than for fun. At first I was very sad...cooking is my outlet. My sanity in a world of chaos. But then I thought...hey why not change my blog to be more healthy and supportive of people who are on the WW points program. So gone are the yummy desserts, creamy soups and hello to more healthy.
We got 10 inches of snow last night so soup sounded like a great thing to have...so I started making creamy chicken and rice soup. The only problem...I didn't have a package of rice to use. The only box resembling rice in my pantry, a box of couscous.
While the taste was awesome, it just wasn't the same. The couscous, which is a pasta, added quite a bit starch and a different texture. Would I make it again...probably not, but it wasn't all bad.
In the oven as we speak. The only thing I did different is toast the walnuts in butter & cinnamon and added some cinnamon to the dough. Smells WONDERFUL!! Will post pictures if they cool enough for me to make the icing and not eat them all!!!
I made the scones. They are delicious!!! They were a little dry for my taste but I am going to wait for them to cool down. I cooked for the full 18 minutes and I think I overcooked them even though the edges were only a little brown. You should try them!!! They taste GREAT!