Thursday, October 8, 2015

~ Pumpkin Trifle ~

I shared this recipe last year, however, I thought perhaps there might be new peeps that might like to try it. Great recipe for a crowd!

This is a dessert that everyone will love!  You must try it and see if you agree.

1 box / bag pumpkin bread mix (such as Pillsbury Pumpkin Bread Mix or Krusteaz Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread Mix)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
½ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 15 oz. can pure Pumpkin
½ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup Grand Marnier
¼ cup water
1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Bake bread as directed in a bread loaf pan.
  2. Let cool completely before slicing into ½” slices.
  3. While bread is baking, beat whipping cream, vanilla and sugar on medium - high speed until it forms peaks.
  4. Add softened cream cheese and mix on low until well blended.
  5. Fold in pumpkin with a large spoon. Refrigerate mixture until ready to assemble trifle.
  6. In a saucepan, combine syrup, Grand Marnier and water over med - high heat and bring to low boil. Turn heat down to medium - low and simmer for 4 - 5 minutes.
  7. To assemble, form a few bread slices around bottom of trifle dish (filling in little holes with bread pieces).
  8. Lightly coat bread slices with sauce using a pastry brush.
  9. Spread pumpkin mixture evenly over bread.
  10. Repeat layers up to three or four times depending on size of trifle dish.
  11. Garnish top of pumpkin trifle with pecan pieces. 
  12. May serve immediately or refrigerate several hours before serving.
There are a few steps to making this but it's absolutely worth it! It feeds a large group, believe me. Just look at the ooey gooey goodness that's layered one on top of the other!  :)

I added pecans to the pumpkin bread mix also...of course, I love pecans!  The directions did not state where to add the cinnamon and my bread was already baking when I realized this. I just added the cinnamon to the Grand Marnier mix! 

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

~ Silent Sunday ~

Luke 12:6-7 (NIV)

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

~ Welcome October!! ~

My favorite month has finally arrived and look at our daily forecast!  :) 

So, so glad you're here!!

I had injections in my back yesterday morning. Kind of a miserable day after the meds wore off.  Love the knock out drugs though!  :)  Looking forward to being able to do more now and getting back to my walking. 

Do you get sick of your summer clothes?  Boy, do I ever!  I'm not a fan of summer attire anyway and I feel like it's washed to death. Putting another bag together to donate...feels so good to let go!

I'm doing laundry and want to get a hair cut today. I think having your hair done feels so wonderful!

Will leave you with a little Texas Halloween decor!  :)

Monday, September 28, 2015

~ Monday Musings ~

I'm still waiting for fall to arrive here!  At least we're in the high 80's today rather than the 90's. I understand next weekend is supposed to be in the 80's also.  If you're having cool air in your area, please send it this way!  :)

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Please excuse me while I vent a bit ~ pop-ups on blogs just drive me crazy!  I realize that's not a popular statement to make but the blogs load very slowly, can't see a full photo without taking time to hide the pop-up and on and on. I know each blogger has their reasons but it causes some major frustrations for visitors.  Well, at least for me ~  :/

Another annoyance is a "no reply blogger".  I am so appreciative when someone takes the time to stop by and leave a comment!! I prefer communicating via email and not by leaving a response on the blog. I don't think anyone has time to go back to a blog and search for a response. Sometimes it's difficult to find an email addy 'cause clicking on the person's name leads to a Google +  profile, not the blog. Then one has to search that profile for a blog link.  I'm certainly not a techie person ~ I often wish for that talent and knowledge! ~ but I understand that many of these glitches are caused by Google + .  I have no way of knowing if that's true, nor do I have any idea how to fix it!  Oh well....

Just so you'll know, that's all my vetching for the day!!  I hope you'll read on...

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I found this devotional journal this weekend that is on sale ~ $6.79 vs $10. Stormie Omartian is a wonderful Christian author ~ just in case you're not familiar with her. If you click on the book title below the photo it will take you to the website.

9780718037819, CU Seven Prayers Devotional Journal, Stormie Omartian

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If you're not familiar with Alexandra Stoddard, you're missing out!  Take a look ~

A Place to Gather, Sustain & Revive: Our living room fireplace is very important to my husband, Peter, and me. We have a love seat and comfortable upholstered chairs on swivels where we come together, alone or with family and friends. In the winter months, a roaring fire creates a focal point of warmth, energy, and the spirit of the moment. We gather there to sustain ourselves. The purple handwoven throw makes us feel cozy. Here, love is generously shared.

Her notable career as an interior designer began in 1963, when Alexandra Stoddard joined the legendary firm McMillen, Inc., going on to design interiors all over the world. She is sought today as a lecturer, author, and philosopher on the art of living.

I discovered her years ago when I purchased this book:
She's written many more ~ just take your choice!  :)  She reminds me of Sarah ban Breathnach and her book, "Simple Abundance".  If you haven't read it, it's a must too! I can't tell you how many times I've read it through the years. She used to be on Oprah quite often in the early 90's and always promoted Gratitude Journals. I agree! I honestly think that if you take a few minutes daily to write down what you're grateful for, it will change your life!  She suggests starting with just 5 items and that's fine but I promise your list will grow!  :)  When I first started these journals, my mother was seriously ill, my job was extremely stressful and a few other things were going on. I remember the first night I wrote "I made it through the day!"  That was HUGE too.

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I recently had my well woman appointment with my Dr.  Most of my numbers via the blood work were not good so some changes have to be made re: diet and exercise. Wanna join me?   My thyroid level was good, however, I'm deficient in Vitamin D. That's happened in the past although it's difficult to grasp due to the hot sun we have here. A friend sent me this article so thought I'd share. 

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I received my catalogue from King Arthur Flour today and I'm starving!  I'd also love to have so many of the items and go in the kitchen and bake until I couldn't!!  :)  Lots of unusual baking ingredients, pans, and more. You can almost smell the apples and cinnamon just by looking at the photos.  :)

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read and I hope, comment. I certainly won't be offended if you happen to disagree with my "annoyances".  Have a wonder*filled week!   

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

~ A Different Apple Pie ~

FORWARD: This is a rerun! ;-)  I apologize in advance for the poor photography!

This is one of the best apple pies ever! It's made a little differently but that adds to the overall flavor. I'm posting the original recipe and noted my changes along the way.

1 recipe pastry for a double crust 9" pie ~ I allowed the frozen crusts to thaw as I mixed the rest.
1/2 c. unsalted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup water 
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
8 Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and sliced ~ I used 6 large apples and you can see it was plenty. I added cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice...more cinnamon than anything! Did not have Apple Pie Spice on hand.

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. (I used a whisk to ensure there were no lumps & continued using it after adding the water & both sugars. Once the mixture was smooth, I stirred with a wooden spoon.) Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer. 

2. Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off. (As you will see, I did not do the lattice work crust.)

3. Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft. I covered the pie in foil after the first 15 min as it was already browning. I also baked it an hour at 350'...apples were still not tender. I then turned the oven off and left the pie inside, covered until the oven cooled. Perhaps I used too many apples?? ;-)

First, the peeling/coring/slicing of the apples ~ 

All peeled and tossed with a small amount of lemon juice to help prevent early browning.

Now, the bottom crust ~

I used Marie Callender's frozen pie crusts ~ 2 in a package. Let me tell you, they are the closest to homemade that you will find....and so much easier! I really stuffed the apples in here ~ :-)

Be SURE and have your pan/cookie sheet lined with foil! Hopefully will avoid spills & running over. Now, pour the liquid ingredients over the apples....and be very careful as it is hot and tends to run every which way. I moved some of the apples around a bit with a fork in this process.

That part is done! Now we add the top crust. I cut 3 apple shapes out of the center of the 2nd pie crust to vent as well as placing the little apple shapes on top as decoration.

I used the tiny cutters I had from Williams-Sonoma.

I brushed milk over the entire top crust and sprinkled with sanding sugar...helps the browning and a prettier crust when baking is complete.

All done and your kitchen will smell like heaven!

Always add the Love ~ 

I am so NOT a photographer so some pics came out larger than others. You can tell those that are blurry didn't publish well. :-(  Just so you know, I don't use that camera anymore!

 I do hope that you will try this! I know you'll find it as delicious as we all did.

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