Check out my new post on MeLouThingsWeDo! http://www.melouthingswedo.com/2014/10/20/baked-pumpkin-seeds/Baked Pumpkin SeedsNow that it’s pumpkin carving season, remember to save those seeds – they are a tasty salty snack for later! They are easy to make and the mess in minimal (especially since your kitchen has already been covered in pumpkin guts from the carving). So don’t skip this step in the tradition of pumpkin carving or you will be missing out!

Easy to make pumpkin seeds
carve a pumpkin
rinse off the seeds then let them soak in water for about an hour
melt butter in a bowl, mix in some salt, then cover the seeds in butter
place on a cookie sheet
bake in oven at 300 degrees for about 20 min. or until golden brown

Check out my new post on MeLouThingsWeDo! http://www.melouthingswedo.com/2014/10/20/baked-pumpkin-seeds/

Baked Pumpkin Seeds

Now that it’s pumpkin carving season, remember to save those seeds – they are a tasty salty snack for later! They are easy to make and the mess in minimal (especially since your kitchen has already been covered in pumpkin guts from the carving). So don’t skip this step in the tradition of pumpkin carving or you will be missing out!

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Easy to make pumpkin seeds

  1. carve a pumpkin
  2. rinse off the seeds then let them soak in water for about an hour
  3. melt butter in a bowl, mix in some salt, then cover the seeds in butter
  4. place on a cookie sheet
  5. bake in oven at 300 degrees for about 20 min. or until golden brown

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Check out my new post on MeLouThingsWeDo! http://www.melouthingswedo.com/2014/10/14/our-fall-halloween-decorations/Our Fall & Halloween decorations. Me & Lou just LOVE decorating for Fall and Halloween! Gathering gourds and mini pumpkins, scary decorations, and fall colors is so much fun. We thought we would share some of our decorations with all of you!

  Living Room table, the little skeletons are too cute
  This candelabra lights up with flickering “candle” light. It looks awesome at night along with some DIY which hats I made
  I have had this crow for about 2 years, I named him Alfred. Hes creepy but kinda cute at the same time.
  Sometimes these 3D bats startle me when I walk into the dark kitchen
  The bookshelf in my kitchen, I love the mini which hat on the pumpkin!
  This little ghost hangs on our patio door, his eyes light up and change color!

Check out my new post on MeLouThingsWeDo! http://www.melouthingswedo.com/2014/10/14/our-fall-halloween-decorations/

Our Fall & Halloween decorations.

Me & Lou just LOVE decorating for Fall and Halloween! Gathering gourds and mini pumpkins, scary decorations, and fall colors is so much fun. We thought we would share some of our decorations with all of you!

http://www.melouthingswedo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/living-room-table.jpg Living Room table, the little skeletons are too cute

http://www.melouthingswedo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/IMG_6530.jpg This candelabra lights up with flickering “candle” light. It looks awesome at night along with some DIY which hats I made

http://www.melouthingswedo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/crow.jpg I have had this crow for about 2 years, I named him Alfred. Hes creepy but kinda cute at the same time.

http://www.melouthingswedo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/bats.jpg Sometimes these 3D bats startle me when I walk into the dark kitchen

http://www.melouthingswedo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/bookshelf-kitchen.jpg The bookshelf in my kitchen, I love the mini which hat on the pumpkin!

http://www.melouthingswedo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/IMG_6548.jpg This little ghost hangs on our patio door, his eyes light up and change color!

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August Birchbox! This Derma Hydrating Mist is cool.  Spritz it on your face to set make up or add moisture for dehydrated skin. Super refreshing in the summer.  This hello. Breath spray is nifty too, nice and refreshing and easy to throw in your purse. Mine was a grapefruit mint flavor. Have not tried the ModelCo bronzer yet.

August Birchbox! This Derma Hydrating Mist is cool. Spritz it on your face to set make up or add moisture for dehydrated skin. Super refreshing in the summer. This hello. Breath spray is nifty too, nice and refreshing and easy to throw in your purse. Mine was a grapefruit mint flavor. Have not tried the ModelCo bronzer yet.

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Fall is almost here. So you NEED this PUMPKIN CHEESE CAKE recipe.
It was so delicious and easy to make. I am in LOVE with this cheesecake, soooo good.  You will need a 9 inch spring form pan and an electric mixer.  
Pumpkin cheesecake recipe:
Ingredients
1 1/4 cup gramcracker crubs
1/4 cup finely ground pecans
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted
3 packages (8oz each) of cream cheese,sofened.
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 can (14oz) pumpkin
To Make:
Pre-heat oven to 375*, Combine cracker crumbs, nuts, and cinnamon into medium bowl.  Stir in the butter.  Press mixture into the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of a 9 inch spring-form pan. 
2. Combine creamcheese, sugar, cornstarch and vanilla into bowl of electric mixer.  Beat until fluffy (about 3 min).  Add eggs and yolks  then beat on low speed to combine.  Fold in cream and pumpkin.
3. Pour into crust.  Place on middle rack and bake until the center appears nearly set when shaken (about 50 min).  Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.  
Hint: when baking, to avoid the cheesecake from cracking you will want to place a 9x13 pan with about an inch of water in on the bottom rack  below the cheesecake while it is baking.  This will allow it to stay moist and keep it from cracking.  
Happy Baking, have fun! 

Fall is almost here. So you NEED this PUMPKIN CHEESE CAKE recipe.

It was so delicious and easy to make. I am in LOVE with this cheesecake, soooo good.  You will need a 9 inch spring form pan and an electric mixer.  

Pumpkin cheesecake recipe:

Ingredients

1 1/4 cup gramcracker crubs

1/4 cup finely ground pecans

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted

3 packages (8oz each) of cream cheese,sofened.

1 1/2 cups sugar

2 Tbs cornstarch

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 egg yolks

1/4 cup whipping cream

1 can (14oz) pumpkin

To Make:

Pre-heat oven to 375*, Combine cracker crumbs, nuts, and cinnamon into medium bowl.  Stir in the butter.  Press mixture into the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of a 9 inch spring-form pan. 

2. Combine creamcheese, sugar, cornstarch and vanilla into bowl of electric mixer.  Beat until fluffy (about 3 min).  Add eggs and yolks  then beat on low speed to combine.  Fold in cream and pumpkin.

3. Pour into crust.  Place on middle rack and bake until the center appears nearly set when shaken (about 50 min).  Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.  

Hint: when baking, to avoid the cheesecake from cracking you will want to place a 9x13 pan with about an inch of water in on the bottom rack  below the cheesecake while it is baking.  This will allow it to stay moist and keep it from cracking.  

Happy Baking, have fun! 

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So we have an extra walk in closet that my boyfriend has turned into the “White Sox Museum” which includes all of our autographed stuff, bobble heads, and pictures I have taken throughout the years. Even his framed ticket from Mark Buehrle’s perfect game. My boyfriend  is very proud of his newest edition to the collection, the Frank Thomas hall of fame plaque replica.

So we have an extra walk in closet that my boyfriend has turned into the “White Sox Museum” which includes all of our autographed stuff, bobble heads, and pictures I have taken throughout the years. Even his framed ticket from Mark Buehrle’s perfect game. My boyfriend is very proud of his newest edition to the collection, the Frank Thomas hall of fame plaque replica.

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I have made a lot of recipes with blueberries this week due to my insane overstock.  We went blueberry picking in Michigan and even after freezing a TON of them I had so many left over to bake with since I ran out of space in my freezer.  So here is yet another DELICIOUS blueberry recipe: Blueberry lemon cake. 
INGREDIENTS:
Cake


1 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
zest + juice of 3 medium lemons (about 6 Tbs lemon juice)
1 and 1/2 cups blueberries
1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
Cream cheese frosting
8 ounces full-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 - 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch salt
HOW TO BAKE!




Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray 9x13 cake pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high until creamy - about 1 minute. Add granulated and brown sugars and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until everything is combined, about 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Set aside.
In a large sized bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat on low speed for 5 seconds, then add the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Remove from the mixer and stir lightly until everything is just combined. Toss the blueberries in 1 Tablespoon of flour and fold into the batter. Batter is extremely thick. Do not over-mix.
Spoon batter evenly into pan. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting: Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until no lumps remain, about 3 full minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, 1 Tablespoon cream, vanilla extract, and salt with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes.

I have made a lot of recipes with blueberries this week due to my insane overstock.  We went blueberry picking in Michigan and even after freezing a TON of them I had so many left over to bake with since I ran out of space in my freezer.  So here is yet another DELICIOUS blueberry recipe: Blueberry lemon cake. 

INGREDIENTS:

Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • zest + juice of 3 medium lemons (about 6 Tbs lemon juice)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour

Cream cheese frosting

  • 8 ounces full-fat cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

HOW TO BAKE!

Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray 9x13 cake pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.

Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on high until creamy - about 1 minute. Add granulated and brown sugars and beat on medium-high speed until creamed, about 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until everything is combined, about 2 full minutes. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Set aside.

In a large sized bowl, toss together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat on low speed for 5 seconds, then add the milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Remove from the mixer and stir lightly until everything is just combined. Toss the blueberries in 1 Tablespoon of flour and fold into the batter. Batter is extremely thick. Do not over-mix.

Spoon batter evenly into pan. Bake for about 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting: Using a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter together on medium speed until no lumps remain, about 3 full minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, 1 Tablespoon cream, vanilla extract, and salt with the mixer running on low. Increase to high speed and beat for 3 minutes.

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Too many fresh picked blueberries? Try this!
Blueberry scone cookies
Makes about 25
Ingredients:2 cups all purpose flour1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/4 teaspoon salt1 1/4 cup superfine sugar (granulated works fine)1 1/4 cups Greek yogurt1 egg, lightly beaten1 lemon, zested1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract1 1/4 cup fresh blueberries1/2 cup Swedish pearl sugar
Directions:1. Preheat oven to 375°F.2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together and set aside.3. In another mixing bowl whisk together sugar, yogurt, egg, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla until fully combined. Add the flour mixture to the yogurt mixture and stir until little to no lumps remain. Gently fold in the blueberries.4. Grease two baking sheets with cooking spray and drop 2 tablespoon sized dollops of batter about 1 inch apart.5. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the edges barely begin to brown. Transfer cookies onto a cooling rack.
These are so light and fluffy and taste great.  Great way to use fresh picked berries. 

Too many fresh picked blueberries? Try this!

Blueberry scone cookies

Makes about 25

Ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup superfine sugar (granulated works fine)
1 1/4 cups Greek yogurt
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 lemon, zested
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup Swedish pearl sugar

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together and set aside.
3. In another mixing bowl whisk together sugar, yogurt, egg, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla until fully combined. Add the flour mixture to the yogurt mixture and stir until little to no lumps remain. Gently fold in the blueberries.
4. Grease two baking sheets with cooking spray and drop 2 tablespoon sized dollops of batter about 1 inch apart.
5. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the edges barely begin to brown. Transfer cookies onto a cooling rack.

These are so light and fluffy and taste great.  Great way to use fresh picked berries. 

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Raspberry yogurt cake with lemon icing!
Found this recipe on Kitchentrialanderror.blogspot.com
Ingredients:
CAKE
9 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature1 cup sugar3 eggs, separated2 cups all purpose flour1 tablespoon baking powder1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 cup plain greek yogurt1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen
ICING
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperaturezest & juice of 2 lemons pinch of salt4 cups powdered sugar
HOW TO BAKE
preheat oven to 325, grease 1 bundt pan

cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing after each addition. 
add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and mix until mostly combined. add the yogurt and mix until combined. 
beat the egg whites to medium peaks and fold into the cake batter. fold in the raspberries.
bake 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
to make the butter cream, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. add the lemon zest and juice and salt and mix until combined. slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. mix on medium speed for a couple minutes until light and fluffy.
I had TONS of icing left over, because the original recipe was for a layered cake…so I’m thinking of making some cupcakes or some other treats to use it on! This cake was nice and light, perfect for summer time :)

Raspberry yogurt cake with lemon icing!

Found this recipe on Kitchentrialanderror.blogspot.com

Ingredients:

CAKE

9 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3 eggs, separated
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plain greek yogurt
1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen

ICING

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
zest & juice of 2 lemons 
pinch of salt
4 cups powdered sugar

HOW TO BAKE

preheat oven to 325, grease 1 bundt pan

  1. cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing after each addition. 
  2. add the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda and mix until mostly combined. add the yogurt and mix until combined. 
  3. beat the egg whites to medium peaks and fold into the cake batter. fold in the raspberries.
  4. bake 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. 
  5. let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely before icing.
  6. to make the butter cream, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. add the lemon zest and juice and salt and mix until combined. slowly add the powdered sugar and mix until combined. mix on medium speed for a couple minutes until light and fluffy.

I had TONS of icing left over, because the original recipe was for a layered cake…so I’m thinking of making some cupcakes or some other treats to use it on! This cake was nice and light, perfect for summer time :)

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