Monday, October 25, 2010

Pecan Pumpkin Butter Dessert Squares

I love Bakerella.  I love William Sonoma.  So when the two came together in Pecan Pumpkin Butter Dessert Squares and I just happened to be passing through to buy a wedding gift this weekend, I decided that I had to try them.

Below is the recipe, along with my narration for why I'm the nerdy-ist baker ever.

Pecan Pumpkin Butter Dessert Squares

1 Package yellow cake mix, set aside one cup
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 jar of Muirhead Pecan Pumpkin Butter from William Sonoma
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick

Place all but one cup of the cake mix in a mixing bowl.  Stir in the melted butter and one egg until combined.

Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan It barely covers the bottom of the pan...I must have the pan measurement wrong?  Nope.  I must not have bought enough cake mix?  Nope.  Hmmm...ok...I'll keep going.

Now, mix the pumpkin butter (which will smell so delicious you may just want to eat it with a spoon) with two eggs and milk until combined.

Spread pumpkin mixture over pressed cake mix.  Still not covering everything.  Ok, I must be doing this wrong.  These things are not going to work.  If this is a total failure, I am not posting this on my blog... 
Stir the extra cup of cake mix with the flour, sugar, and cinnamon.  Then add the softened butter and mix together until crumblySh*t I mixed it too much and now it's sticking together.  And I don't have enough to cover the top.  I should really just quit while I'm ahead.  If I hadn't spent $10 on this package of pumpkin butter, I would throw the whole thing away right now...

Sprinkle over the top of the pumpkin layer.  There's definitely not enough of this to cover the whole thing...

Bake for about 35 minutes or until golden brown.  Mmmmm it's starting to smell good.  And they're starting to rise.  Ooh and the crumble on top is spreading. Maybe I don't suck at baking...?

Cool and cut into 2 ” squares.  Success!!  These things are frickin delicious!  My coworkers have been raving about them!

See?  Even a total struggling baker can make these delicious fall treats!  Try them and let me know if you felt like as much of a nerd as I did.
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Potato Casserole

Did I mention that my mother in law kind of rocks in the cooking department?  Hands down, my favorite her these recipes is Potato Casserole.  It's easy, it's quick, it's horribly bad for you, and it's absolutely delicious.  Wanna try? 

Potato Casserole
2 lbs. pkg. frozen hash browns (cubed.), defrosted
(I've learned that pretty much any kind of frozen potato cubes, hash browns, or tater tots works fine too)
1/2 c. butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pint sour cream
10 oz can of cream of chicken soup
10 ozs. grated cheddar cheese
2 cups crushed cornflakes
3 tablespoons butter

Mix everything except the last two ingredients together and place in a greased 9 x 13 pan. 

Use a bigger bowl than I did
to avoid having your hands look like this...

Melt butter and crush cornflakes (Do this in a Ziploc bag so clean-up is easier)

Mix together and place on top of potato casserole.

Bake at 350 for 1 hour and then dig in to the crunchy golden brown top and gooey goodness inside!

Yep.  It's that easy.  And it's soooooo goood!  Try it! Pin It

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Hubby and I have been together for six years today.  They have been the happiest six years of my life. 

And although fall has asserted itself with rain and cold weather, and although I have to work late tonight, I was woken by a kiss from my man and greeted by a rainbow at work.  At the risk of jinxing myself, I'm going to say it.  Today is going to be a good day. Pin It

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Coach

I am a Bruin.  I bleed blue and gold.  And I have gotten the opportunity, over the last year or so, to learn more and more about the late Coach John Wooden

To say that he was a great man is an understatement.  In addition to being the best UCLA basketball coach in history, he was an educator and a mentor to everyone who knew him and many who did not.  His pyramid of success has lead many, not only to greater achievements, but also to continued happiness and peace of mind

"Success is the peace of mind which is a direct result of self satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you are capable"
- Coach Wooden

There is so much that I can say and so many quotes that I can relay, but all of it seems a little too wordy for a man who always knew the right thing to say.  So I dedicate this entry to Coach today, on the day that would have been his 100th birthday.  He was and is an inspiration to all of us.

Click here to learn more about Coach Wooden's life and lessons.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

This Is Why I'm Fat

I decided to be good and order a salad for lunch.  The special was a *taco salad* with fish.  Doesn't sound that bad right?


It ended up being more like a plate of nachos with a little lettuce underneath.  It was so over the top that I felt the need to photograph and blog it.  Not that I'm complaining about anything other than the fact that my pants no longer fit and I'll be at the gym for an extra hour tonight.

Enoying this lovely *salad* reminded me of one of my favorite blogs.  This is Why You're Fat.  A blog all about the most unhealthy foods that they can find.  Some of it borders on disgusting.  But, I'm not going to lie, some of it looks delicious this all bacon sandwich from a recent entry...

To those of you with healthy food blogs, don't get me wrong, I love healthy food too.  I don't discriminate.  And some of the foods on this blog are so over the top ridiculous that you can't help but laugh.  Or drool

Check it out.  And write me back if you really can't find anything on there that looks delicious to you. Pin It

Monday, October 11, 2010

Movin' and Shakin'

Have I mentioned that I'm a bit of a control freak?  I like to have everything organized and everything in it's place.  So I hate moving.

The current view from the couch..

Although Hubby and I are very similar in many ways, we're complete opposites when it comes to moving styles.  He likes to pack and move everything an then unpack once it's all over at the new place.  This drives me nuts.  How am I going to find space for all of our stuff without putting anything away?  And how am I going to keep myself from twitching when I know exactly which box my silverware is in and where it goes, can't open it yet?

The new bedroom

Suffice to say, it wasn't the most relaxing weekend, but we got everything moved and enough packed to let me go to work today without freaking out every time I think of the mess that awaits me. 

My new *walk in* closet!

But this new place is great.  Other than having a little less kitchen space than before, we're loving it.  Some of the high points?  Two parking spaces.  Walk in closet (for me!).  Central air and heating.  Spacious balcony.  Laundry across the hallway.  And, possibly most important, pet friendly.  The countdown to puppy has officially begun.
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Russian Chicken

Have I ever mentioned that my mother in law is one of the best cooks that I know?  That lady can cook with the best of them.  But some of her best recipes are the simple favorites that I've learned how to quickly whip up for Hubby.

Warning: This recipe is not impressive.  It's not pretty.  And it's probably not very original.  But it's fast.  And it's good.  And it only has three ingredients.  And sometimes when you realize that you decided to move on the worst weekend possible and you have nothing left in your pantry that's just what you need.
Russian Chicken
2 chicken breasts
1 small bottle of Russian salad dressing
1 package of Lipton onion soup dry mix
White rice (optional)

Ok, I know this is going to be tough for you guys, so I took pictures.  First, you cut up the chicken into cubes and put them in a pyrex.

Then you cover it with the Russian salad dressing and onion soup dry mix and mix the whole thing up.

Then you put it in the oven at 350 for 20 - 25 minutes.  Make some rice while it's cooking.

Put rice on plate.  Put chicken on rice.  Eat.  Yum. 

I challenge you to find something easier and more delicious for my lazy ass to cook.  No seriously.  If you can think of something, please let me know.

**Update:  After a wildly successful *Slow Cooker Satisfaction* week, I decided to try this one in the crock pot.  Throw everything in the pot and let it cook for 6-8 hours.  It's even better than the original!** Pin It

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I Suck At Life (or blogging at least)

The combination of mostly work and life has made me a horrible blogger over the last few days.  I spent the last four days planning for a last minute event that didn't end up happening and have been up since the ungodly hour of 4:30 a.m. making phone calls and running around in the rain to cancel it. 

So, I haven't been posting, crafting, or baking.  I did cook, and I even took some pictures of a great recipe while I was making dinner the other night, but they're still stuck on my phone.  So what have I been doing?


I got this really attractive sunburn line from
my capris for an outdoor event on Saturday...


My whole apartment looks like this.

The end.

And the most annoying thing is that all of my fav crafty blogs are posting all of these adorable fall/Halloween ideas and I am most certainly not going to finish with my working and unpacking madness until November!

Oh well.  I see holiday crafting and baking and happiness in the future

But for now it's just working.  And packingThe end. Pin It

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