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Caramel Caramel Corn

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I decorated 1 of my Chocolate Chocolate cupcakes. I figured it could be the teachers cupcake at the party.
It has been a busy morning in my kitchen. I got the kids off on the bus and then got busy. I needed to make a double batch of Caramel Popcorn and 2 dozen cupcakes this morning. I also need to get to the gym and to the school to help with the book Fair by 11:00. This is my favorite recipe for Caramel Corn. It is simple and and always turns out great. Caramel Peanut Popcorn 1 cup butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 bags butter flavoured popcorn
Place popcorn in a very large bowl.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil without stirring 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in soda and vanilla. Pour in a thin stream over popcorn, stirring to coat.
Place in two large shallow baking dishes and bake in preheated oven, stirrin…

Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes

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All ready to go to the school for Halloween Party! I batch down 1 more to go.
The great cupcakes unfrosted!

I love cupcakes. They are the perfect portion control piece of cake. You can also do so many different things with them! They usually always turn out great and all you have to frost is the top. I always have great intentions when making full size cakes but they never turn out very pretty. I even failed cake decorating 101 that I took several years ago. Clara of I Heart Food For Thought chose this recipe for Chocolate Chocolate Cupcakes. This was a very simple cake batter with the addition of melted chocolate and buttermilk. I also added 1 T of cooled coffee to my batter. I sampled some of the cake batter. It was wonderful and tasted almost like fluffy frosting. I am taking these to my sons class for a Halloween party. The finished product picture will come after the kids decorate them. I did not fill these with nutella or fluff but left them plain. Next time I will be more cr…

Relaxing Sunday Afternoon

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My Fall Decorations

My little paper Pumpkins!

A Variety of Cards I made today.

I made tags too. I am going to make Caramel Corn bags and put the tags on it for Friday!

Today was one of those relaxing Sundays. We did all of our normal Sunday things. We got up, went to the gym, then off to church. Jonathan had a Cub Scout bike path clean-up this afternoon. Mark took the kids and the dog to it this afternoon. It gave me 2 hours to do exactly what I wanted. MAKE CARDS! I haven't got to do this much since we moved. There are so many other things to get done that it seems like such a luxury to sit down and create cards or work on my scrapbooks. I enjoyed my 2 hours so much. It is a lovely Fall Day and I sat in front of our windows in the dining room. My time went very quickly but it was so relaxing for me. What a lovely way to spend my afternoon. Apple Crisp
6 apple - peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup water
1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 …

TWD Pumpkin Muffins

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Kelly of Sounding My Barbaric Gulp picked Pumpkin Muffins for this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. I loved these muffins. They turned out so great and were wonderful with coffee. I did make a couple small changes. I added crystallized ginger that I found at Traders Joes and I also swapped dried cranberries for the raisins. I made a double batch of these for Bible Study this morning. I loved the pumpkin and cinnamon flavours along with chunks of ginger and cranberries. I did omit the nuts completely. I didn't have any and we aren't big on nuts in muffins. Thanks Kelly for choosing a great recipe. Next week we are making Chocolate Chocolate cupcakes. These will be great for the Neighborhood Halloween Party this weekend!

The newest member of the Friesen Family

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We have been searching for the last couple of months for a puppy for the kids. Our yard is very small and so it limits the size of dog that we can get. I started looking into rescue dogs in our area. I found Jack a purebread Cocker Spaniel from a link on that site. He is 7 months old and such a sweetie. He loves to follow the kids all over the house. He is very sad that the kids are in school right now. He has been going to the front door and whining for them. He has a great temperment and is very calm. We are so happy to have found him. Anna and Jonathan are having a great time teaching him to walk on a leash and play catch.

Butternut Squash Risotto tastes even better then it sounds!

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I had to thin it with extra chicken stock at the end.

Roasted squash

Rachel of Rachel Likes to Cook chose today's recipe for Butternut Squash Risotto. I was very interested in how this recipe was going to work. I was surprised at how easy it was. The stirring the chicken stock into the rice was the biggest part of the recipe. The prefect risotto has always scared me. I tasted awesome risotta on our trips to Italy. I have attempted it a couple times before but never with butternut squash and bacon. I made some chicken stock in the morning to use in the recipe. I par cooked the squash before roasting it. It really helped save on time when I was making this. The butternut squash was awesome. I am going to try my squash roasted next time as a side dish! It was sweet and salty at the same time and had a great caramelized flavour from roasting it in the oven. My husband and I both loved this recipe. We had enough left for leftovers for several days. My husband took it to work the next day…

TWD Caramel Peanut Topped Brownie Cake

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This was such a great weekend off from work and school! We had warm Fall weather and even enjoyed a family hike on Monday. I think Fall is my favorite Season of the year. I love the cool evenings and early mornings. I also love all of the leaves changing colors. It is definitely my favorite time of the year for running outside. This recipe was for last week but I am a little behind so I chose today to write about it. Tammy of Wee Treats by Tammy chose this yummy, caramel and chocolate goodness! I have been wanting to try this recipe. It has all of my favorite things in it: chocolate, and caramel. I was so excited to read the list of recipes that I get to make this month. I made this into a 9 square baking dish since my spring form pan was destroyed in our move. I could easily eat a couple of these at one time and I did. I made these for a BBQ on Sunday! They were a big hit with the neighbors as well. I decided not to do the peanuts at the last minute but sprinkled the top with Grey Sea…

TWD Creme Brulee Disaster

I am a little late in posting my recipe for Creme Brulee. Mari of Mevrouw Cupcake chose this recipe for last week. I was so excited to make this. I love this dessert! It is so simple to make and tastes incredible. It started off fine. I followed the simple directions and stuck it in the oven to bake. I was in a little bit of a time crunch with the baking time. After the 50 minutes it wasn't even close to done. I decided to crank up the oven a little and hurry up the process. It made the pudding curdle into huge chunks. I didn't know if it was savable at this time but decided to use the immersion blender to make it smooth again. It worked but in the meantime I sprayed hot creme brulee over the entire stove and counters... Now I was late for the kids school so I left it and hoped it would be OK when I got home. It set up nicely in the fridge. I thought the my disaster was going to work out. After the kids soccer game, I put the sugar on the top to finish these only to fi…

Pumpkin Time

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This weekend we went on a road trip to Baltimore. Our car had arrived from Germany and was shipped to the port there. We loaded up the kids and drove 8-9 hours to the beautiful city of Baltimore. We have a couple of friends from Germany that just moved there as well. It was a great weekend of catching up with friends and visiting. It was a short weekend trip but our kids had so much fun that they didn't want to come back home. We went to this pumpkin patch with the kids. It was really neat with mazes, pony rides, petting zoo, games, crafts, hay rides and a huge variety of pumpkins to choose from. We enjoyed wonderful dinners at both friends homes. The girls and I even snuck away for a much needed movie date! I made this last weekend and it was wonderful. It was Marks favorite cake ever. I served it with cinnamon whipped cream Caramel Apple Cake
(Cuisine at home, October 2003, Issue 41, p. 38)
Makes: One 2 Layer 9
Total Time: About 1 3/4 Hours + Cooling
For the Buttermilk Cake Layers—
Cr…

Trying something new

I have a hard time trying new things for the first time. I am not sure if I am afraid of failure or scared that something will happen but I always have to really push myself to get out of my comfort zone. This can be anything from trying a new class to running somewhere I normally don't. Last night we had friends over for dinner and the husband was telling me about some great trail running in a town close to us~http://www.metroparks.org/Parks/SugarCreek/Home.aspx
I decided to give it a try this morning. It was a lovely fall day and perfect running weather. I am so glad I tried this running trail. The trail goes through the woods, along streams and up and down hills. It was perfect for me and I had such a enjoyable run. I just wish that my sister had been with me. This is her kind of place and she would have loved it. They still had some fallen trees from the storms and I had to climb over them to continue on the path. It challenged my body in new ways and got me out of a rut t…