Friday, November 27, 2015

Featured on Great Idea Thursdays 122

One of my favorites growing up that I made for the kids was featured on Great Idea Thursdays 122. A big thank you for Joy Bee for featuring my Pumpkin Marshmallow Pillows.

Joybee, What's for Dinner?

Have a great weekend!

I'm in Boston this next week for work. I'll see you in the following week!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

Caden's school was having a feast for Thanksgiving and his grade was assigned the desserts. So we went for a hunt on Pinterest and found Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies on Center Cut Cook. Caden said he liked them so I set out to make them for the kids. All and all it was a pretty easy cookie to make and I liked that they didn't spread so you could bake a lot at one time, especially since I was doubling the recipe.

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 
1/2 cup butter, room temperature 
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) 
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 
1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups flour 
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs 
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (for rolling the cookies) 
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350° and line 2 sheet trays with parchment paper. 
In a large bowl, stir together cream cheese, butter, and pumpkin until completely smooth. 
Add in the sugar and vanilla and stir until combined. 
Add the flour, 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. 
Carefully mix until it is completely mixed and smooth. Scoop into balls and roll in the remaining graham cracker crumbs (with the pumpkin pie spice mixed in if desired). 
Place on the tray and bake for 15 minutes. 
Remove and slightly press down so they are flat. 
Bake for 3 more minutes. 
Repeat with remaining dough. 
Let cool and store in the fridge. These are best served cold, just like regular cheesecake.
ALEXIS NOTES: I used the pumpkin puree that I made previously this week (click for post on how to roast full pumpkin and make puree). I ended up having a box of graham cracker crumbs that I bought for a project I was asked to make then they didn't end up go threw with the order (found at Target).

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Super Hero Box Gift

A few months back I saw the coolest gift for a Super Hero Box on Alpha Mom now it was for a father's day gift but I knew it would be perfect for a gift for a boys birthday. I had the chance to build the box this weekend for our neighbor boy. This is a perfect gift for a dad but I made it for a boy and it worked perfect, I added some toys and a movie to make it kid friendly.

What you Need:
Soda (Root Beer or Fav drink)
Nuts / Trail Mix
Large Candy Bar
Candy (I used Skittles)
Box (Wood or Photo like I used)
Label Sheet
Cellophane Bags (Craft Store / Dollar Tree 25pk $1)
Super Hero DVD (Target $5 Bin)
Super Hero Themed Blow ups (Dollar Bin or Dollar Tree)

Step 1. We used Orange Soda, Jerky, a King-Sized candy bar, and various munchies that we transferred to baggies.
Step 2. Using our Downloadable Templates (on her website click link above to take you to page w/ templates), print the labels onto adhesive label paper or print it out on regular paper and use Elmer’s Spray Mount.
Step 3. Cut out the label shapes.
Step 4. Transfer the some of the treats to the Cellophane bags, and some I just left in their bags due to time constraints. Adhere labels to each item.
Step 5. Tuck them all in the wood box (I used a photo box I picked up at Hobby Lobby), put on the address label.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hand Print "Turkey Cookies" - Made with Gingerbread Cookie Dough

A lady I made cookies for before asked if I could make cookies for her students. She sent over a very cool picture of a hand print turned into a Turkey. I ordered the largest hand print cookie cutter I could find and set out to make these adorable cookies. My cutter was smaller so I couldn't put as many details for the feathers. I was still pretty pleased how mine turned out. 

I found this idea on Some What Simple for Turkey's and started with a Gingerbread cookie base I found on Simplee Thrifty. For the royal icing I used the one I used for the Graduation Caps, I found this to be an easy recipe that works perfect.

Step 1-  Use Royal icing for the outline, feet, gobbler and name should be thicker than the fill icing.
Step 7-  Fill with the thinner frosting.  Just add a touch more water to the thick stuff you made.
Step 8- Pop the bubbles with a toothpick right away when it’s still really wet.
Step 9- Make some feet and gobblers on a piece of parchment.  After they are dry (several hours) they will come right off.
Step 10-  After your fill frosting has set up a tiny bit, add feathers.  
Step 11- With dots of frosting, put the legs on last.  
ALEXIS NOTES: I found that I could draw on feet with a small amount of black royal icing in a snack size ziplock. I added the wattle with a toothpick and some redish royal frosting. I added these after my brown had set up. I used small chocolate candies I found at Hobby Lobby for the feathers. I ordered my hand cookie cutter from Amazon (she traced kids handprints). 

Cookie Base:
2 cup Flour 1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Ginger
¼ tsp Cinnamon
¼ tsp Nutmeg
¼ tsp Ground Cloves
⅓ cup melted Shortening
⅓ cup Molasses
⅓ cup Brown Sugar
8 tsp Water
1 egg
¼ tsp Vanilla
Sift together the flour, baking powder, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon.
Beat together shortening, molasses, water, egg, brown sugar and vanilla until blended.
Slowly stir in the dry mixture until completely absorbed.
Divide dough in half.
Flatten each, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for several hours.
Preheat oven to 350.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Flour work surface.
Roll dough out to ¼" thickness.
Cut out cookies and place 1" apart on prepared sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until they look dry.
Move to wire rack to cool.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Christmas Card Time

It's that time of year again, time to get our family photo's done and fun Christmas Card ideas. I love doing fun card with pictures of us. I found several fun ideas to do this year and had to share! I found most on pinterest forgive me for not linking all pictures to the source, I'm not claiming any of these as my own.


I'm thinking with Ho Ho since we have only 4 of us!

I would love to do this .. lol

This may happen!

I so LOVE this one! I wonder if she can photo shop this one!

I would love to pull this one off!

Photo bombed the Who's (The Grinch did it .. lol)
 I LOVE this idea!

This yes will be happening!

This is kind of gross but funny!!

HEHE another version of our previous cards!

I saw someone right be funny with eye wholes I agree!

this would be perfect for our kids!

LOL another funny light one

Fun one for the kids and dad!

Perfect for our kids!

LOL or this version!

With out the long johns I love this one!

If our kids were smaller!

Can't wait to see all your fun pictures!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pizza Rolls (Using Refrigerator Biscuits)

Last week w/ Veteran's day the kids had the day off. Cole stayed home but Caden was invited to a playdate at his Friends house. God Bless that mom, I work from home and 2 kids in the house can be a bit much (sibling bickering). I wanted to bring over a treat for them for lunch and something that can be made a head and then she can put in oven when time. I also made for Cole at the house so he wasn't left out (explains the two different pizza pans in the pictures below).

I saw on Facebook these Pizza Rolls, then the morning of for the life of me I couldn't find that post so I used Google and found on the Pizza Roll recipe.


    • 16 1/3 ounces buttermilk biscuits
    • 30 pepperoni slices
    • 8 ounces cheese, cubed
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 tablespoon italian seasoning
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • marinara sauce, for dipping


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Flatten biscuits; layer a pepperoni slice, cheese square and another pepperoni slice on biscuit. Gather edges and pinch closed at top. Place rolls in a small greased pan. Brush tops with egg, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with warmed marinara sauce.
ALEXIS NOTES: I used the mini pepperoni since that is what I found at Target when I was shopping. I also used shredded cheddar instead of cubed cheese. I also added pizza sauce inside the biscuits before baking since I wasn't bring sauce for dipping to their house. I also add Parmesan cheese inside with the Cheddar Cheese. 

Here is what I did when I took over to her house.
Wrapped up and put the temp and time on the wrap.

Easy and crowd pleasing!

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