Monday, October 29, 2012

Cold Weather Clothes

This weekend I've been stuck in bed sick with the flu, which means lots of naps, tabloids and online shopping. I've put together some of my favorite clothes for the upcoming cold weather. 

Have you started to look at coats and mittens for Winter?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pinterest has tons of awesome recipes, although I’ve ran into a few that haven’t come out as well as I had hoped. This pumpkin whoopie pie recipe is not the case! I made these over the weekend for a friend’s birthday and they turned out delish and were a hit at the party! The recipe is actually pretty easy and the bake time is only 11 minutes! These are the perfect treat to make for Halloween!

Recipe is from Dreamy Desserts and makes 12-14 pies


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 - 15 oz. can of pumpkin
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together brown sugar, granulated sugar, oil and pumpkin. Add eggs one at time, mixing well after each addition, followed by the vanilla. In a separate bowl, shift together the dry ingredients. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet until just combined. 

Using a pastry bag with a round tip, or a big zip top plastic bag with one corner snipped, squeeze out concentric circles of batter, starting from the middle and working outward until the circles are about 2 inches in diameter. Bake for 11 minutes and cool on a rack.

Helpful hint: I used my cupcake icing tool instead of a ziplock bag and it worked very well!

Icing Recipe

I picked up some of the Betty Crocker cream cheese frosting, which worked out great! If you’d like to make the icing, below are the directions to do so.

Cream Cheese Filling

1 - 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
1 - 16 oz. package of powdered sugar
about a capful of vanilla extract
a pinch of cinnamon (to taste)

Beat together cream cheese and butter. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. Frost flat side of half the pies and top with another piece. 

Once the whoopies are done, spread the icing onto the bottom of one and place another on top to make the whoopie pie. Enjoy!