Thursday, September 30, 2010

Guest Blogger: Leah from Happily Herring & Simply Made...with Love

***A special thank you to Leah for guest blogging for me today. I love trying her recipes and DIY crafts. She is very creative! Leah and I are actually sorority sisters. She is super sweet and I'm always in awe of her creations. You should be following both of her blogs. I know your tummy will thank you. And be sure you give her some love and support as she trains for her first 1/2 marathon. Thank you, Leah!

Hi everyone, I’m Leah from Happily Herring & Simply Made...with Love!

I’m so excited to be able to post on one of my favorite blogs today! Thank you Caroline, for allowing me the honor!

Fall is my favorite season and I LOVE everything that it brings. From weather to baking to spicy scents to football, I can’t get enough. Today, I’m going to show you a few of my favorite fall creations.

1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Combine pumpkin, sugar, vegetable oil, and egg. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt. Dissolve the baking soda with the milk and stir in. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and mix well. Add vanilla, chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop by spoonful on greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees. for approximately 10 minutes or until lightly brown and firm.

2. Halloween Apothecary Jars

2 Apothecary Jars, Festive Ribbon, Candy Corn, Candy Pumpkins, Hot Glue Gun

Directions: Fill jars with candy. One with candy corn and the other with the candy pumpkins. Use the hot glue gun to glue ribbon around the neck of the jar. You can add a bow, or other decorations if desired.

3. Pretty Pumpkins

All you need for this DIY project is a real or fake pumpkin (the smaller they are the cure they turn out). I bought the fake ones from a craft store so that I could use this decoration year after year. Next, take a beautiful fall ribbon and hot glue it around the pumpkin. That’s it, simple as that. These look great with a bunch together, covered in different ribbon in a basket or alone as the centerpiece of a table.

4. Apple Pie Dip

1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA 1/3 Less Fat than Cream Cheese
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 apple, chopped, divided
1/4 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese
1 Tbsp. finely chopped PLANTERS Pecan Pieces
WHEAT THINS Original Crackers

Make It!
HEAT oven to 375°F. MIX reduced-fat cream cheese, sugar and spice in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in half of the apples.
SPREAD into pie plate or small casserole dish. Top with remaining apples, Cheddar and nuts. BAKE 10 to 12 min. or until heated through. Serve with crackers.

If you’re looking for more fabulous recipes, crafts, or creative ideas...stop by and visit Simply Made...with Love. Thanks again Caroline for letting me be your guest today!


Aly @ Analyze This said...

That Apple Pie dip looks sooo yuummy!! Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

Laura Brown said...

The apple pie dip and cookies look incredible!!

chelsea said...

yum! is there anything better than fall food?!

Erin said...

I'm going to have to try those cookies! They look wonderful!

Cool Gal said...

Delicious looking recipes. I think I'll give the pumpkin cookies a try. I think they'll be a huge hit with the family!

I love fall, too. It's such a great time of the year. :)

Happy Thursday!

The Holmes said...

I love the apple dip recipe...I'm going to have to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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