Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Pumpkin Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Recipe

This Cake recipe belongs to my husband’s great grandmother Otha Jeffs!!!!!!!!! That’s how long it has been in the family, and my mother-in-law takes this same recipe and makes it into a sheet cake for Thanksgiving every year!  This is a recipe that has TRULY STOOD THE TEST OF TIME.  It’s super moist, and has just the right amount of pumpkin spices.  We recently had a Friday the 13th party…just because we love October, and I decided to make this recipe to go along with our feast. It makes 24 cupcakes…and they sure turned out beautiful!  The cream cheese Buttercream frosting is my own, and my mom said it was the best cream cheese buttercream she had ever tried.  So you will have to let me know what you think.  I used a star tip to pipe the frosting, and my aunt had given me these adorable pumpkin cupcake wrappers and fall sprinkles as a gift…so I just had to use them.  They paired perfectly with this recipe.

I know you will love this recipe!  It’s been used every single year since I have been a part of Cameron’s family!  They never let a Thanksgiving go by without making this pumpkin cake recipe.  I hope you enjoy these cupcakes.  Let me know what you think.  We had tons of good feedback on them from the party!

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Makes 24 cupcakes

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1 teaspoon soda

1/2 teaspoon Salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

2 cups sugar

3/4 cup oil

1/4 cup water

4 eggs, beaten

1 (15oz) Can Pumpkin

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together well.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 23-27 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting

2 Sticks UNSALTED butter, softened

1 (80z) block cream cheese, room temperature

3 cups of powder sugar

1 tsp of vanilla

pinch of salt

  1.  Mix all ingredients in blender with wire whisk.  Blend for at lease one minute to create a whipped effect.
  2. Use Star tip to pipe Buttercream onto completely cooled cupcakes.   Finish with Sprinkles.



 

 

 

 

 

 


Autumn Pork Tenderloin Crockpot Recipe

Autumn Pork Tenderloin Crockpot Recipe

Autumn Pork Tenderloin Crockpot Recipe

It’s fall, and I love picking fresh pomegranates off the bushes!  Pomegranates in the grocery store are one the of the first signs of Autumn.   My Aunt Janice has pomegranate bushes on her side yard, and I just picked the last of them a few days ago.   They grow well here in the Saint George climate.  Picking those pomegranates off the bush reminded me of this Autumn Recipe, and I just had to make it.    This recipe has a spread of them all—pomegranate juice, pumpkin spice, apples, pears, oranges…it’s an autumn paradise!   All the flavors of Autumn in one yummy bite.

This is a great autumn recipe.  I’ve titled it Autumn Pork Tenderloin—Crockpot Recipe.   I got this recipe from a friend years ago—her husband has celiac disease, and so this is a great recipe for those who need gluten free.  She was an amazing cook!   I have changed some of the ingredients over the years from her original recipe, but this is pretty dang close to the original.  This recipe has all the flavors you would experience in autumn.  Also put it with a side of assorted squashes…the orange squash is banana squash, and if you haven’t tried banana squash, you are missing out.  It’s heavenly!  Give this recipe a try!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Autumn Pork Tenderloin Crockpot Recipe

¼ cup pomegranate juice

¼ cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon Pumpkin Spice

1/2 tablespoon kosher salt

1/2 tablespoon garlic salt

1/2 tablespoon Montreal steak seasoning

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 pork roast, any type (2-3 pounds)

1 pear, cored, peeled and sliced thick

1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced thick

1 orange with peel, sliced thick

 

  1. Combine pomegranate juice, pumpkin spice and sugar in small saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Pour into Crock-Pot.
  2. Blend salt, garlic salt, steak seasoning, and pepper in small mixing bowl. Rub mixture over roast. Place roast in Crock-Pot. Turn roast to cover with juice mixture.
  3. Top roast with pear, apple, and orange slices. Cover; cook on HIGH 6-8 hours or until tender. Serve with juice and fruit slices–remove orange peel before serving.

OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

October, oh how I love you!  This month is always filled will all my favorite things….I should write a song and sing it like Julie Andrews!   “When the ghost boos, when the ghouls scream, when I’m feeling sad…I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel….sooooooo bad.”    No but seriously, there are so many wonderful things that happen in October!   My birthday is this month, we always have a halloween party and brew our favorite root beer (which I will be posting the recipe, so stay tuned).  This month my husband has a work convention in Massachusettes, so I am going to tag along with him and go visit SALEM…BWAHAHAHAHA! Shout out to my mother-in-law for generously offering to babysit while we’re gone on such short notice.   It’s an awesome month!  Most of all I just love the way this month makes me feel.

Here are some ideas for adding the feel of October to your home!  I really like the dollar store, if you haven’t already noticed in some of my posts.   I added a lot of Dollar Store items to my table setting.  Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean you can’t make it look good!  I found the plates, black tinted goblets…skeleton and pumpkins, owl salt and pepper shakers, and even the fall sprigs at the Dollar Store.   I love the basic orange plate, and it will make it easy to use them for November too! I won’t have to switch out much.   I added jack-o-lantern candle holders from the dollar store to a basic fall table centerpiece….this will be easy to reuse for Thanksgiving.

The Halloween pillows were designed and made by me…..they have quotes that bring out some of my favorite feelings…like “Hocus Pocus”…my all time favorite Halloween movie.  I dressed up frequently as a witch for Halloween as a child, and even as an adult.  I made this killer witch costume a few years ago that I need to post.  It has a cape, and full black skirt.  Anywho!   I LOVE this time of year!  It’s beautiful and the air is crisp!   It feels like fall inside and outside my home…even here in sunny St. George Utah.

For outdoor decorations, I use lots of floral, leaves, and wreaths. Even in the outdoor lanterns, the leaves I added came from the Dollar Store (btw, I will have a DIY post on how to add lanterns to Jazz up the exterior of your home…we added these with Solar Lights).   Believe it or not, the floor garland on my gate is a bunch of old pieces of Halloween decorations I wired together.  For example, if you look closely you will see a bunch of mini pumpkins, that used to be a table centerpiece candleholder.  My husband cut of the metal candle holders with a saw, and we wired it to the outdoor gate. I have received so many compliments on it.  Don’t forget the Skeleton Wreath I made as well.  You can find that tutorial here.

OCTOBER DECORATING! Tips and Tricks for your Halloween Home

Tips AND Tricks

  1. Blend In dollar Store Items—Save on Cost while adding detail to your look
  2. Set your Table—It looks sooooo beautiful to have a table set (now we don’t eat there every night.  We usually eat at the bar…but it is just lovely seeing it set.
  3. Use old decorations and blend them with new (like the garland I added to my outdoor gate, I also wired in some Dollar Store Signs).
  4. Add a banner or sign—I have a free printable version of my Halloween banner, and a tutorial on my Halloween sign. Check out those other posts here…. Adding a phrase gives feeling and emotion to your decorations.
  5. Don’t be afraid to try something new like making a pillow.  I have several friends who I have taught to sew pillows.  They are not difficult…even the zipper and piping is much simpler than you realize (maybe I will do a tutorial on a simple pillow in the near future….stay tuned).
  6. By a Frame and Add a printable ( I just designed this Fall printable for my LDS and Christian friends…and hopefully I will have some generic Halloween printable soon)…Buy a cheap frame and switch your printable out for the holidays.
  7. Add some Halloween Treats in a candy Dish…unless you can’t control yourself.  Believe me, I get it…every time I walk by I’m getting a snack.
  8. Dual Decorate for the Holidays–Orange looks good in October and November, so buy things you can use for both months…so do pumpkins and leaves.  Take a load off, decorating doesn’t have to be exhausting.
  9. Finally…BE YOU!   Do what looks good to you!, Use decorations that fit your personality,…if your are into gothic Halloween, do that…or Harry Potter types,…do that…country pumpkins…do that.  Just be you!

 

 



Free LDS Printable “Find Joy In Him”

Free LDS Printable “Find Joy In Him”

Free LDS Printable “Find Joy In Him”

I really enjoyed the first speaker from general conference this morning.   Where and how do we find joy?  We find it in HIM. I designed this while I listened.  Hope it reminds you of FALL….JOY…and HIM! Find Joy in Him this fall season

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