Giving Thanks.... {For Dessert!}

November 30, 2013

Morning friends....
Another Thanksgiving has come and gone and I hope it was a blessed one for  you and yours...
I want to share my two home made Thanksgiving Day desserts with you. These are kind of "unconventional" but it is what the family requested this year so here it goes! Don't worry we had plenty of pumpkin & apple pie to go around!!
My family is always requesting peanut butter pie so I thought I would "jazz" it up a bit and create a trifle. Trifles are so very easy and you can make thousands of combinations to make it your very own!!
Peanut Butter Pie Trifle
1 cup peanut butter (I used all natural creamy).
1 8oz package cream cheese
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 12oz tub Cool Whip - Plus more for garnishing top of trifle (you can whip up your own whipped cream too)
Large Reece's for decorating the bowl and for chopping up to layer pie filling. (I went through almost 3 bags!!)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1lb package of Golden Oreo's
Reece's Pieces for garnish.
Combine peanut butter, cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl until thoroughly mixed. I used a wooden spoon. You can use a mixer but it is not required. Put aside.
Combine vanilla and 1/4 c granulated sugar into Cool Whip and mix until combined.
Fold Cool Whip mixture into peanut butter mixture. Mix until smooth and creamy.
Crush Oreos until it makes a crumb like texture. I used a mini food processor. You can use a zip lock bag and rolling pin if you don't have a food processor.
Do the same with some of the large Reece's I just chopped mine coarsely with a knife.
Garnish bottom of trifle bowl with Oreo crumbs.
Line large Reece's on sides of trifle dish.
Layer peanut butter filling. and layer with Oreo crumbs and chopped Reece's. Repeat until trifle dish is filled. Garnish with Cool Whip and Reece's pieces.
This is how I created my trifle but you can add anything you like! Trifles are very forgiving and the more flavor the better!
The next dessert has my favorite thing in the whole wide world!! Nutella!!
This dessert is simple and only requires three ingredients. You can omit the pumpkin and it is still yummy!!
Pumpkin Nutella Dip
1/2 cup Nutella
1/2 cup pumkin puree (not pie filling!)
1 8oz tub Cool Whip
Combine all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
Serve with cookies or pretzels!
And your done!!
Hope you try these soon!!!
Enjoy the weekend!!
.... and just a reminder!!!!

Thankful.... {Fall Window Display}

November 16, 2013

 Hi friends.....
 I had planned on doing an update post about our dining room changes, but once again being a mommy came first. Our son fell off a chair and once again landed on his head.... So ambulance ride number two (yup within three months!!) and yet another trip to the ER. This time I was getting my oil changed. For some strange reason we are never close to home when these things happen!! Thankfully his is doing fine and for that I am truly grateful... I know my mom was watching over him for sure....
That being said I thought I would share a view I look at least a hundred times a day if not more!! It's the view out of my garden window in the kitchen.... I love having a cozy little space to put pictures and special items that mean a lot to me in any particular moment or a fond memory.... My most favorite memory of my mom is her handwriting. I have a recipe in her free hand framed along side pictures of my parents and I... I have a pictures of my husband and I, my babies, of our parents and grandparents... I also have a cute little calendar display I picked up at a local country store. I picked up some garden frogs found on Etsy and a glass cloche I just purchased from Farmhouse Wares that I just adore! And how couldn't I display the adorable birthday card my Gracie gave me... She's a week early but I just love her thoughtfulness and the heart is pretty excellent for a five year old!!

For all these things I am thankful... But most importantly thankful for this day and that my baby boy is ok...
What are you most thankful for?

Baby It's Cold Outside {Cozy Wear}

November 13, 2013

Baby It's Cold Outside!
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Hi all!!
It's been pretty busy crazy around here lately!! I've been painting away and can't wait to show you the updates I've made to our dining room!! Since the weather has been so very chilly I thought I would share some of my favorite cozy cold weather wear with you!!! Hope your keeping warm!! For more cozy style ideas check out my Pinterest  board!!
Enjoy the week!!