Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese

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Nothing says Autumn more to me than pumpkin (well, apples may be a close second).  And pumpkin and cream cheese is a wonderful combination as shown in this photo.  I also sometimes add chocolate chips to the batter – yum!

Recipe and Photos Courtesy of All Recipes.

Easy Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

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As a subscriber to Family Circle Magazine I received 2 bonus mini mags that were bursting with terrific dessert recipes like this easy ice cream cake that uses ice cream sandwiches for a snazzy presentation and taste!

Photo & Recipe courtesy of Family Circle

Easy Lemon Meringue Pie

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When I read the rave reviews of this easy lemon meringue pie recipe by Trish Yearwood in my Food Network magazine, I knew I had to give it a try. And it did not disappoint!  Next time I might double the filling recipe – it was that good!

Recipe and photo courtesy of the Food Network Magazine.com

 

 

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Eggs

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I picked up a book called “Best Church Recipes” when our library had a booksale and I darn neared drooled over these chocolate peanut butter eggs.  They were super easy to make too!

 

 

Homemade Salted Caramel – So Good!

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My friend Danielle over at Hugs&KissXOXO blog is an *amazing* dessert maker/creator.  And she has shared her never-fail method of how to make salted caramel.  As most of you probably know, salted caramel is very in now.  VERY.  And now you can get in on the trend; this liquid gold is delicious over ice cream, brownies, apple pie, spice cake – you name it!

Oreo Cookie Brownies – YUMMY!

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I’m always on the look out for recipes using oreo cookies.  Or sometimes I’ll create one!  Such was the case for these Oreo cookie brownies.  Using a boxed brownie mix makes these especially easy to make!

I used one cup each of chocolate and white chocolate chips, however, you can use 2 cups of the same type if you’d prefer.

Best Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies (IMHO)

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Today I have another fabulous recipe from my favorite cookie cookbook* for you.  We will start off with the bakery’s base cookie dough, which in my opinion is the best peanut butter cookie recipe I’ve come across.  One that you will use over and over again.  And to it we we’ll add chopped salted peanuts and chocolate chips.  And we’ll put a Dove chocolate candy right in the middle!

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* Milk & Cookies: 89 Heirloom recipes from New York’s Milk & Cookies Bakery.  I purchased my copy from Amazon.

Grandparents Day Gift Ideas

Grandparent’s Day is coming up soon.. September 8th.  I’ve done a little research, and found some fun ideas for gifts and honoring the grandparents in your life!

From the Bowdabra blog, a DIY photo tutorial on how to make a photo cube bouquet gift:

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Get a super cute Grandparents Day printable from Crissy’s Crafts.  One is dated for 2011, but the other one is timeless with “I Love My Grandparents” message:

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From eighteen25 blog, a DIY tutorial WITH free printable, for making a grandkids photo album:

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And from Positively Splendid, another photograph gift idea – DIY photo tiles!  A little bit of work, but priceless!!

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Fab Balloon Decorations

I found a INCREDIBLE blog post the other day with the most INCREDIBLE backdrop for a party… using balloons!  The post inspired me to look for more ways to use balloons as affordable, fun, and FAB decor!  Here is what I found!

The post that inspired me, from Party Tales… check out the (did I say INCREDIBLE) use of balloons for this under the sea party!

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From In The Corner, I found a step-by-step how-to make a balloon arch.

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Party City has some great balloon tutorials such as this how to make balloon flowers tutorial:

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A how-to on making a balloon backdrop with balloons and streamers, from event lucky:

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And from pinterest (sorry, couldn’t find original source), a last little bit of inspiration… I think you could use the skills acquired from the tutorial from Party City to re-create some of this:

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Homemade Pretty Cakes!

It’s time for another edition of DIY Pretty Cakes!  There are such fabulous tutorials out there, and I can’t wait for you to see what I’ve found today!

From Polka Dot Bride, a DIY Rustic Ombre cake!  These are REALLY popular right now, and there’s an entire post telling you how to make a pretty cake!

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From I am Baker, a post chock-full of help – video tutorials, images, and links to MORE tutorials!  Check out this AMAZING Neapolitan Rose Cake!!

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From the Hungry Housewife, how to make an ombre cake… LOVE the look of this one!  Video and step-by-step can be found on her site!  This is way easier than you would think!

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And these are cupcakes, but they are so pretty, I had to share!  From Life Is Sweets, a tutorial for making Flower Bouquet Cupcakes:

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