Halloween night was pretty sad because of the freezing weather! I think I only had about 18 kids max come by my house.This was the first time in 22 years that I didn’t take my children trick or treating. I stayed home. I was a pretty sad Little Red Riding Hood! Since there weren’t any trick or treaters I was able to start setting up my Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) altar. I just used regular household things because I didn’t have time to get together all the other stuff I wanted. It was all set up before bed time…just in time!
I am pretty lucky that we have a long living family! I added the homemade sugar skulls me and Julissa made. I also added some molded chocolates and a cupcake. I didn’t even have time to look for Day of the Dead bread. That will have to wait until next year.
Saturday was a quiet day at home. Sunday we went to a Japanese market place. We had lunch there and it was fabulous! I had a Spicy Miso Ramen Soup with Pork. I ate alllll of it up!
Isn’t it beautiful? It wasn’t spicy at all for me. We are already talking about what we will eat the next time we go there!
My Dad cracks me up! A couple of weeks ago when I went over to see them I took some Pumpkin Magic Cake. As soon as I dropped the cake off in the kitchen my dad walks in then walks out eating a piece and says “You didn’t bring enough of this. It’s so good.” I usually take about four pieces of whatever I make over since it’s just my Dad and Mom.
When I talked to him two days later he said he ate all the cake and didn’t even share with my mom! He instructed me that next time I make it to take more than four pieces.
Instead of using canned pumpkin I used pumpkin that I had boiled down and pureed myself. That is why the bottom layer is such a light color. If you use canned pumpkin the color would be darker.
Magic Pumpkin Cake
For the Cake
- 1 box of yellow cake mix PLUS ingredients needed to make (eggs, water, oil)
For the Pumpkin Pie
- 1 (15oz) can Pumpkin Puree
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
For the Frosting
- 1 (4 serving size) box vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup cold milk
- 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare box of cake mix according to package instructions, then pour into a lightly greased 9″x13″ cake pan. DO NOT BAKE. Set aside.
- In another bowl whisk together the ingredients for the Pumpkin Pie (pumpkin, evaporated milk, cream, eggs, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice), until smooth. Slowly pour the pumpkin pie mixture all over the cake mix.
- Carefully place cake into the oven and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the center is no longer jiggly, and a toothpick inserted into cake mix comes out clean. NOTE: The cake might be slightly darker than normal, but still tastes great. Let cool to room temperature.
- Make the frosting: Place the vanilla pudding mix into a large bowl, add the pumpkin pie spice and pour in the cold milk. Whisk until combined and starting to thicken. Gently fold in the Cool Whip until it’s completely combined. Spread on top of the cooled cake.
- You can serve now, or chill the cake, and serve when chilled. Either way tastes great.
This is definitely going to be one of the desserts I make for Thanksgiving this year.
Recipe source I Wash You Dry
Why is it so hard to do a masculine card? I always struggle with that. I have no problem at all making feminine cards. I think this is the best card I have made that can be used for either men or women. It just works.
I really enjoyed making this card and the paper is just too nice. I won’t use the word cute considering the card can be used for a man!
Have a good one!
Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, PTI
I hope everyone is having a great week! It’s a long work week this week considering I have to work two evenings. This really throws off my entire household but I have to do it! There is not much cooking at all going on this week because I am exhausted! But on we go!
My nephews 16th birthday was several weeks ago and unfortunately I was late sending out his birthday card. I don’t know about other card makers but I have a very difficult time coming up with ideas for boys…any age of boys including men!
I saw a card on everyone’s inspiration place, Pinterest and kind of cased a card.
The card turned out great! I love the pops of color and it’s not to babyish or too adult…just right for a sixteen year old. Ahhhh…to be sixteen again! How awesome would that be! This is a great card to use scrap papers and is super simple!
Happy Belated birthday to my nephew!
Have a happy day!
Supplies: Stampin’ Up! Sizzix, misc. washi and epoxy dots
I didn’t write out a full post on Friday because I was exhausted from Halloween…so here’s a quick recap!
The Halloween excitement started at work! Since I work at an elementary school we dressed up as a team. The office was “The Three Little Pigs”. I didn’t make too bad of a pig. I prefer to think of myself in this picture as Señorita Piggy! I am kind of sad that Halloween is over!
There was so much excitement for Halloween and what happens? It ends up raining all day! My brother and his family came over and so did my cousin and her family. There was a break from the rain for about an hour in the evening so we were able to go trick or treating for a little bit even though we got a bit wet right before getting home! I had bought sooo much candy to pass out and I still have almost all of it because the rain scared all the ghouls! I guess the trick was on me!
I did make some delicious and filling chili for our Halloween dinner. It was delicious! It was definitely comforting after getting a bit soaked with the rain.
The good thing about chili is that is so versatile as far as how you eat it. We also made chili dogs with it.
Friday was definitely exhausting after all the Halloween hoopla. Saturday I cooked almost all day. I made a couple of different things.
We would have gone out to dinner but everyone is on such different schedules that it was kind of hard so we decided to cook at home.
The homemade sushi was quite good for the first time making it. I am sure there will be lots of practicing.
Since chili is such a filling delicious meal I suggest that all of you make this chili!
Chili by George
- 2 pounds lean ground beef (I used 1lb. beef and 1 lb. turkey)
- 1 (46 fluid ounce) can tomato juice
- 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
- (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and crumble.
- In a large pot over high heat combine the ground beef, tomato juice, tomato sauce, kidney beans, pinto beans, onions, bell pepper, cayenne pepper, sugar, oregano, ground black pepper, salt, cumin and chili powder. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. (Note: If using a slow cooker, set on low, add ingredients, and cook for 8 to 10 hours.)
I am doing a November Photo Challenge on Instagram! It’s a lot of fun so far and pretty educational for me at least! Follow me on instagram to check out the daily pictures! You can find me at @micasayourcasa or on Facebook at Mi Casa is Your Casa
Sorry about all the pictures!I hope you all had a great Halloween and a great weekend too!
I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! I had a great birthday weekend. There was a lot of canning going on here! I will post those pics another day. My husband and I made it to the movies Saturday night. We were supposed to see The Butler but my husband really wanted to see Kick Ass II. My husband enjoyed it but I thought it was one of the worst movies ever! I felt like it was definitely the kind of movie made for 17-year-old boys…just my opinion!
Yesterday was my birthday so we went out for a birthday lunch and spent some time together as a family. That was the best part! With the kids growing up it seems that they are always busy doing their own thing so I really enjoyed that we all got to hang out together for a while. We decided to go to Flat Top Grill. It was very tasty.
Julissa is the only one who had been to this restaurant before so she was the teacher showing what we had to do. It was pretty neat!
You choose all your ingredients and put them in a bowl. Put all your meats or seafood in another bowl. Place them on the counter and they stir fry or make a soup with your ingredients and bring them to your table. I thoroughly enjoyed my two bowls!
After stopping at the mall briefly we came home and rested for a while before digging into this delicious gourmet cake that my best friend made me. This girl needs to open a bakery! Did you here me Dube?
This picture does not do this amazing cake justice. Thank you, Dube!
I do have a refreshing recipe for you. We have lots of tomatoes and basil right now. The first huge batch of tomatoes was used for canning and cooking this weekend. This salad is delicious and will be my lunch today!
Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Basil
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- About 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (or chopped tomatoes to your liking)
- 25 large basil leaves, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp honey (10g)
- pinch of salt
Toss all ingredients together and chill for at least 20 minutes, allowing all the flavors to come together.
Simple and refreshing!
Have a great day!
Recipe source greenlitebites
Happy Friday! I am thrilled! It has been a most difficult week. I am drained and will be buying some vitamins to help me out! I come home from work and I just want to sleep. Ever since I’ve been working in a school it has taken me two weeks to get back to my routine. This year seems different. It is just taking longer and I am exhausted, but maybe it’s just because I am older!
And older, and older! I am celebrating a birthday this Sunday! I am not embarrassed about my age like a lot of women are. I wear my age proudly! Sure I am not as thin or as beautiful as I would like to be but I must say (and other have told me too!) that I do not look my age. I hope they weren’t saying it just to be nice. I am turning 45 on Sunday. I come from two families with long lives so I hope I live many, many more years. I can also say something else…I have not gotten one gray hair. Nobody believes me but I am really telling the truth! OK-so I’m tootin’ my own horn. pattin’ myself on the back, being vain…I don’t do it very often so there it is!
Besides myself I have two other friends celebrating birthdays this weekend. Happy Birthday, Kelly and Barb! It’s a birthday card kind of day!
This card was put together very simply and using some scraps too! A little sewing goes a long way!
Have a great day!
Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, PTI, Amanda Blue, misc. paper, misc. buttons
I am officially on countdown for vacation! Only 4 days until vacation not counting the weekend! OHHH I can’t wait! It’s been a bit busy here but nothing too exciting this week.
Zumba is making me sad. My feet hurt so much by the time I am half way into it that it makes me want to cry! I can’t concentrate on the routine because the pain in my heels is so bad. It is obviously not for me because of that. Maybe I need to wait until I actually have the proper orthotics for my gym shoes? I guess I should be doing a non-impact exercise. I thought of water aerobics but I really don’t want to put on a bathing suit and isn’t that really for mature ladies of let’s say an age of 80? My husband suggested Yoga but I don’t think I can bend like that! Any suggestions?
I made this card a while back for my swap group but hadn’t posted it. This is a great card to make if you are making a lot of cards where you can use the “assembly line” way of making them.
I really like the way the colors complement each other. This card has a natural feel to it yet it pops because of the colors.
Today is a very important day. My son turns 21 years old! He is such a great
kid…I guess I should say man! That is just so weird! I have a son that is a man!
I took this picture just this past Sunday as he was installed as a Junior Deacon at the Masonic Lodge he belongs to.
I totally remember my pregnancy with him…it was horrible! I was sick for six months! And after he was born he had colic so he didn’t sleep….and neither did we…but it was all worth it! He was so wanted and we are so lucky to have him. I pray that he fulfills his dreams and that he continues to be the wonderful son and person that he is. I am truly blessed that he is mine! Happy Birthday to my Julian! I love you, papí!
Supplies: Stampin’ Up!, Cricut