Poofy Cheeks: October 2013

October 18, 2013

Brown Sugar Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? I am probably not going to be hosting the dinner but I know what I will be taking as a dessert – this amazingly delicious brown sugar pecan pumpkin cheesecake. Just looking at the pictures again makes my mouth water. The mix of the crunchy topping with the creamy cheesecake makes the perfect pairing.

I looked at my husband’s work schedule a few days ago and he has Thanksgiving off this year so we will more than likely be splitting the day between my parents and his parents house. If you have been following my blog for a while then you know that Thanksgiving has an even more special meaning to me after last year. Last year I had our third baby, Delilah, on November 14th and she spent a week in the NICU. We got to bring her home the night before Thanksgiving. I will hold that memory forever because until then I never knew what it felt like to have a really sick child. I never knew what it felt like to hold a new little body in your arms and not know what was wrong. I never knew that I could ever be more thankful!

Brown Sugar Pecan Pumpkin Cheesecake -- www.poofycheeks.com

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Ready to bake? Don’t let this recipe intimidate you – it is so worth the bit of extra work!

Ingredients:
Crust
  • 2 cups crushed cinnamon graham crackers
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
Filling
  • 3 8oz packages of cream cheese
  • 15oz can of pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/4 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Topping
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1/2 stick of butter (1/4 cup) 
  • 1/2 cup of flour
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For the crust combine the crushed graham crackers with melted butter and press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan.
For the filling beat the cream cheese until creamy. Add pumpkin, eggs, sour cream, sugar and spices, beat until combined. Then add the flour and vanilla and beat. Pour the filling over the crust and place the spring form pan onto a foil wrapped cookie sheet. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
In a medium bowl combine ingredients for the topping. Add the brown sugar, flour and pecans. Cut in the half stick of butter with a knife. After the cake has cooked for fifteen minutes remove from the oven and sprinkle the topping on. Return to the oven and cook for 45 more minutes.
Remove the cheesecake and allow to cool. Cover and place in the fridge for at least four hours before serving.

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A slice of this cheesecake is like a slice of Fall. If you are looking for the perfect fall dessert or want to impress your Thanksgiving crowd then prepare this and be the star of the gathering!

Enjoy,

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October 8, 2013

Apple Dumpling Cobbler Recipe

Nothing says FALL like a batch of apple dumpling cobbler and a big glass of apple cider to go with it. The smell alone is enough to make me weak in the knees. Making this cobbler is a staple on our fall bucket list every year. On a cool fall night after a hearty dinner this is the perfect dessert. My favorite part is the cobbler-like crust which absorbs the cinnamon and nutmeg syrup.

Apple Dumpling Cobbler Recipe #fall #dessert

Lately I have been doing most of my grocery shopping at our Super Target since it is the closest to our house. They have had a really good selection of apples at the front of the produce section so I grabbed a bag of Macintosh. You want to use a good fresh baking apple for this recipe – jonamac, macintosh, honeycrisp or whatever your favorite is!

Apple Dumpling Cobbler Recipe #fall #dessert

INGREDIENTS:

For Syrup

  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ cup of butter
  • 2 cups of water

For Crust Topping

  • 2 ¼ cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 2/3 cup of shortening
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt

For Apple Filling

  • 6 small apples or 5 large apples (cored, peeled, sliced)
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • ¼ cinnamon
  • ¼ nutmeg
  • ¼ stick of butter – sliced

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9x13 baking dish/pan.
  • In a large bowl combine apple filling ingredients and toss to mix. Pour into the bottom of the baking dish. Top with slices of butter.
  • In a medium saucepan make your syrup. Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce and allow to cook for five minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in butter. Set aside.
  • For the crust combine flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening. Add milk all at once and stir just until the mixture is moist – do not over-mix. Form into a bowl and turn out onto a floured surface. Using a rolling pin roll out to fit over the top of your baking dish. Gently lay over the apples tucking and tearing to fit.
  • Pour the syrup over the top of the crust. It will run down into the apples. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon if desired.
  • Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.

Apple Dumpling Cobbler Recipe #fall #dessert

Thank you to my mom for being such an awesome cook and passing this recipe down to me!

Enjoy,

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October 6, 2013

Mompreneur Series–Preparing for Christmas

Hey Mompreneurs! I know it has been a while since I have written a mompreneur post but we are coming up on the busiest retail time of the year and I want to make sure you and your business are ready! I have put together a list of things you should be thinking about to prepare your shop for Christmas time sales. In my experience of selling handmade items on ETSY and Storenvy over the past five years November and December have always brought in the most sales and profit. People are not just buying for themselves – they are buying for their kids, family, friends and sometimes even co-workers. They are also buying all sorts of things! They are buying gifts, decorations, items for family gatherings, Christmas cards, secret santa gifts and if they find a good deal they might even be buying for themselves!

Mompreneur Tips - Prepare your handmade small business for Christmas sales

Here are some important questions you need to ask yourself. Grab a piece of paper and jot these down if you want to reflect or add to them throughout the next few weeks! Ready? Let’s dive in!

October 4, 2013

Cheddar Broccoli Soup

Soups are my favorite! I think they are the epitome of comfort food. I remember during the winter my mom would make lots of soups when my dad wasn’t going to be home for dinner. (My dad thinks a meal without meat is just a snack.) One soup that my brother, sister and I all liked was cheddar broccoli. Now that I am a mom trying to feed kids I love it even more because it is fairly easy and quick to make.

Most of our parent friends are surprised at how much our kids eat. They are not picky eaters at all! In fact, both of my boys love broccoli and typically ask for seconds when I serve steamed broccoli at dinner. I think it is because we fed them a variety of foods from the time they could eat table food and encourage trying new things. It comes as no surprise that cheddar broccoli soup has become a fan favorite in our house too!

Easy Cheddar Broccoli Soup #soup #recipe

 

October 3, 2013

Dollar Store Candle Halloween Decor

A few weeks ago my husband and I went shopping for some new Halloween decorations. Halloween is his favorite holiday and he loves when the house is all decorated. Our first stop was the dollar store to see what we could find for cheap! We found zombie caution tape (we are walking dead fans so we HAD to get it), candles, silhouettes and a life-size paper skeleton. With my husband still out of work from a surgery it has been nice to spend time and shop together. Normally he would be working and I would end up doing all of the shopping and decorating myself!

My pick at the dollar store were tall white scentless candles and a vase ($1 each of course). I knew I had some black vinyl and Halloween washi tape at home to embellish and add a bit of Halloween to them.

Dollar Store Candles - embellish with vinyl and washi for #Halloween