Skeleton Cupcakes

skeleton cupcakes

I had to share this post again since these are one of my favourite Halloween cupcakes ever! You can click on the link to see the original post.

SKELETON CUPCAKES

These skeletons are fun to make because your imagination can make the skeletons dance, jump and pose anyhow you want them too. We are going to make these again later in the week for the Marching Band dinner!

skeleton cupcakes

skeleton cupcakes

Do you have a favourite Halloween treat?

Check out some of the other fun ideas on my blog from previous years!!

Photos from the Pumpkin Patch

pumpkin patch

I love a Fall trip to a Pumpkin Patch! This year I got to go twice! Once with my family and we took our foreign exchange student and once with my kindergarten classroom.

Pumpkin Patch

Our student experiencing her first visit to a pumpkin patch.

 Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

This bumpy pumpkins are so strange looking! At this farm they are called Goblin pumpkins.

 Pumpkin Patch

This pumpkin patch also had a small corn maze.

 Pumpkin Patch

Looking up from within the tall corn stalks.

 Pumpkin Patch

 Pumpkin Patch

Animals to pet!

Pumpkin Patch

I loved these metal animals which were for sale. They were very unique!

 Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch

I love Fall, it is my favourite season!

Pumpkin Snacking Cake

pumpkin snack cake

This was a great recipe for lightened up pumpkin spice bars from Sally’s Baking Addiction. It reminded me of a snacking cake but when I served it I added a whipped cream topping and it became something a little fancier! Both my Daughter and I thought it would be really good with some raisins added in as well.

It’s a great cake and easy to make.

pumpkin snack cake

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients until fully combined. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, brown sugar, and pumpkin together until combined. Add the milk, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Do not over mix.
  3. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely and cut into 12 squares. Bars remain fresh for up to one week stored chilled in an airtight container.

Link to the original post  –  http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2012/11/17/lightened-up-pumpkin-spice-bars/

Coronado Heights Castle

Lindsborg, KS

I already shared with you our day trip to LINDSBORG, KANSAS and this interesting place is located just on the outskirts! We drove up a very steep and windy road and arrived at the top of a pretty big hill (for Kansas anyway!!) At the top was this “castle” and a outdoor fireplace and gathering area and picnic tables on the edge of the hill. The best part though was the wonderful view across the prairies! The wildflowers were blowing in the wind and the hot sun was shining. It was a wonderful place to visit.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Coronado Heights is a hill northwest of Lindsborg, Kansas. It is alleged to be near the place where Francisco Vásquez de Coronado gave up his search for the seven cities of gold and turned around to return to Mexico.

In 1915 a professor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, found chain mail from Spanish armor at an Indian village excavation site a few miles southwest of present Coronado Heights and another Bethany College professor promoted the name of Coronado Heights for the hill. In 1920 the first road known as Swensson Drive was constructed on the hill with a footpath known as Olsson Trail. In 1936, a stone shelter resembling a castle was built on top of the hill as a project of the Works Progress Administration. In 1988 a sculpture by John Whitfield with an engraving stating “Coronado Heights “A Place to Share”” was placed half-way up the hill.

The hill is now Coronado Heights Park, owned by the Smoky Valley Historical Association. The view at the top of the hill is spectacular and people on the top can see for miles. In the Spring and Summer there are wildflowers in bloom on the hill. Many visitors have carved their names or initials in the soft Dakota Formation sandstone at the summit. In summer, there is an abundance of Cnemidophorus sexlineatus viridis lizards around the castle

information is from : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronado_Heights 

If you would like to read an even more detailed history of Coronado Heights, please just click on this link. http://www.kansassampler.org/8wonders/geographyresults.php?id=251

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

One of my favourite things about moving to a new place is exploring the area and this day was a great one!

I have been missing from my blog for over a week because there was an attempt to break into my blog email account! My husband was away on business at the time and since he is my I.T. guy, he suggested I just turn my computer off until he returned. I have a few things I could share, but I am way behind in my writing! It was a little bit nice to have a technology break!!

Anyway, its Monday again – another week. It is a dark and dreary morning here in Kansas! That will all change by Wednesday when the sun comes back and it warms up and my cousin comes to visit from Canada. I can’t wait!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cup Sundaes

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I took this wonderful cookie baked in a muffin cup and added a scoop of ice cream on the top and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.

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It made a wonderful dessert!

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Here is the chocolate chip cookie on its own.

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Here is the cookie dough in the muffin cups before going in the oven. The dough is thick so you can use your hands to make balls to fill the pans.

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Would you like the recipe for this cookie cups?

Click on the link to my previous post where I baked these cookies for Easter. The only difference this time is that I used all chocolate chips and no M&M’s.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE CUPS

Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies–a Recipe Memory!

 Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

I was craving a little sweet treat and suddenly these no-bake cookies popped into my mind. OH, how I love them!! I am sure you have seen them before but have you ever made them? You probably should!

Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

At the age of 12 , I had a very good friend named Fiona. On Friday nights the big event was to get together to watch the “Donny and Marie Show”. I loved the nights we went to her house because her Mom let us go in the kitchen and make stuff. Fiona had 3 younger siblings, and we had so much fun in the kitchen. Our favourite thing to make was these Chocolate Refrigerator Cookies. We made them all of the time!! 

 Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

I have the recipe written into my childhood Holly Hobby Cookbook. Now whenever I open the book I think of my old friend and I remember those wonderful Friday nights we had making these cookies.

 Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

Chocolate Refridgerator Cookies

It is a beautiful day here in Kansas and it is FINALLY COOLER OUTSIDE! I am very happy about that!! I made a new recipe for a pumpkin snacking cake last night and the aroma of cinnamon and spices was amazing! We are taking our Finnish student out to experience a pumpkin patch today so that should be fun!

I hope you are able to enjoy a wonderful October day in your part of the world too.

Taking our Finnish Student to "Little Sweden, U.S.A."

Lindsborg, KS

My friend and I decided to take a day trip to a little town called Lindsborg, Kansas! We were amused about taking my exchange student Maria to a little town in Kansas that is all about Sweden!! – – how ironic is it to take a Finnish girl (who can walk to Sweden from her house in Finland) to Lindsborg! My Daughter also came on the outing and what a wonderful day we had! The little town of Lindsborg was absolutely fantastic!

http://www.lindsborgcity.org/

Lindsborg has a Main Street filled with cute shops, amazing galleries and restaurants. The most fun thing to see was the painted Dala horses that lined the streets. Each were painted to match the store that they were in front of. How fun!!

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

What is a Dala horse?
Its perhaps Sweden’s best known icon, a bluntly rounded, tail-free horse that is thought to have been first whittled out of wood by the fire during long cold Scandinavian nights. In recent years, Lindsborg adopted the Dala symbol of Swedish folk craft as a symbol of identity and welcome. Here you’ll see traditional Dala horses on front porches, on coffee mugs and even on the side of police cruisers.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

We came upon a gallery that had a coffee shop in the back. We decided that sitting for a treat would be nice but what a surprise to find a self serve bake shop and coffee where you left your money in a basket.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

We were the only people in the coffee shop and the atmosphere was so sweet.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Maria was smiling from ear to ear when we found this shop filled with treats from Finland. She did find it very odd to see Finnish souvenirs in all the shops.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

We had lunch at “The Old Grind” restaurant. It was delicious.

Lindsborg, KS

Lindsborg, KS

Check out this license plate!

Lindsborg, KS

I can’t wait to go back to this little Swedish town again, it was really neat!

Homemade Oatmeal Pancakes

oatmeal pancakes

I must confess, I have never made homemade pancakes before. Aunt Jemima have been the only pancakes served by me!! Now that I have made these Oatmeal Pancakes and found out how EASY they were to make and how DELICIOUS they tasted, I think I will be making homemade pancakes again.

WHAT has taken me so long?

Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 2 cups (500 mL) Milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. (15 mL) packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. (15 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) salt
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 mL) ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter, melted
  • Butter, for cooking

Directions

In a large bowl, combine rolled oats and milk, let stand 5 minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

Whisk eggs and 1/4 cup (60 mL) butter into milk mixture until blended. Pour over flour mixture and stir just until combined.

Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Brush with a thin layer of butter. Ladle about 1/4 cup (60 mL) batter per pancake into skillet. Cook for 2 to 3 min or until bottoms are golden and edges look dry; turn and cook for 1 to 2 min longer or until golden and puffed. Repeat with remaining batter, adjusting heat as necessary to prevent burning.

  recipe from: http://www.dairygoodness.ca/milk/my-milk-calendar/recipes/farm-favourite-oatmeal-pancakes

Oatmeal Pancakes

I am usually not a huge fan of pancakes. Yes, I will eat them now and then but they are never my first choice. However, that has changed now since I have eaten the Oatmeal pancakes! They were very good!

Do you make homemade pancakes?

A Simple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Cheese

Maria (our exchange student from Finland) has been a joy to feed! thank goodness!! When we were deciding whether or not to have a student we looked through lots of profiles. There were a lot of kids with allergies and lots that were vegetarians. I decided that I (the chief cook) wouldn’t deal very well with someone living in our home that had too many food rules. That would have meant making a huge change to accommodate a student’s needs. 

Maria has been willing to eat everything we have given her so far. Most of the time she seems to like it (unless she is just not saying) ha ha I did have fun the first few days, feeding her stuff and then waiting for her reaction. I also took her to the grocery store so she could see everything and help choose some items that she may like.

During the first week I made her a grilled cheese sandwich which she seemed to like. Last week we had them again for lunch and so I showed her how to make her own. She says it is something she can make when she goes home to Finland.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A grilled cheese sandwich for lunch is simple and delicious.

This recipe is for Maria;

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread
  • butter
  • cheese of your choice. We used cheddar cheese slice and provolone.

Directions

  • Spray your frying pan with some non-stick spray.
  • Butter the outside of the bread. Put the bread butter side down in the frying pan. Put the cheese on and top it with the 2nd slice of bread. Butter on the outside!
  • Grill in the pan until toasty and the cheese has melted.
  • Slice and enjoy!

Map Wall Hanging

map art

This map became “art” for my exchange student’s bedroom wall. It happened by accident. I was at the craft store looking at scrapbook paper for another project. I picked up this piece with a map of the United States (with Alaska all in the wrong place …??!! which my friend pointed out)  Anyway, the colours were good for the room and I thought it was a terrific idea to have art that would allow our Finnish student to look at it and see where she is in the United States.

map art

I bought one of these cheap little snap together picture frames. With my coupon, the whole project cost less than $5.00.

map art

To give it a little pizazz, I added some sparkle to the state of Kansas and I marked the spot where we are with a star. (in the general area, anyway …)

map art

Then I outlined Kansas with red and marked **You are here!** at the bottom.

map art

I was really pleased with this little idea!

map art

I hope she is too ~