Dear Santa,

We had our annual Thanksgiving window shopping adventure this time before dinner so we could catch the sunset and the lights turning on.

Christmas is definitely a magical time of year.

The Santa Mailbox wasn’t out yet but until then I hope the Peas don’t add to much more to their more than extravagant lists this year or Santa might need another day job.

Streams list was MIA so she has to write another one and I know there more than cardboard on it this year and the kiddos don’t believe you’re ever too old to for Santa so I wonder if he’ll get me that KitchenAid food processor I’ve been wanting? …. (9 cup with the 4 cup mini-bowl). Hint. WINK.

Pumpkin Whoopies with Cream Cheese Filling

I made these the night before Thanksgiving, let’s just say amazing, this has to top our favorites list for sure! They were fighting crying over the last one I broke it up the argument and ate it, Mommy’s tummy wins!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling
Makes 12-14

3 cups Flour
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks)   
3/4 can from a 15 oz. can of pumpkin
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together brown sugar, white sugar, butter and pumpkin. Then 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 until well combined. 
With a large spoon scoop  or by hand make a circles of batter about 2 inches in diameter. Bake for 9 minutes on a silicon baking pad or nonstick baking sheet and cool on a rack.
Cream Cheese Filling
1 – 8 oz. package of cream cheese, I used cold right out of the fridge makes it ready to serve.
1/2 stick of salted butter, room temperature
3 cups of powdered sugar
about a capful of vanilla extract (optional)
Beat together cream cheese and butter. with a hand mixer.  Slowly add in powdered sugar, (vanilla and cinnamon optional) until creamy smooth.
Frost flat side of half the pies and top with another piece. 
Enjoy right away or chill up to 3 day in a sealed container in the fridge.

Getting Organized, FINALLY!

I feel like with the holidays in full swing I had to get organized, well at least I started too and the best place to begin was with my desktop. 
What a mess, I couldn’t ever seem to find the craft files or photoshoot images I wanted with all the clutter so I took out the some chalk, colored on the chalkboard and a photo I upload as my screensaver.

in 5 minutes I was able to quickly de-clutter and organize my computer.YEAH!

So back to all the fun stuff; blogging, photos, crafts, and home improvements ideas!
……… oh and of course Homeschooling.

You’ll want to come back tomorrow for a really yummy post about Thanksgiving and our new favorite holiday dessert: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Whoopies !!

Not Me Monday: Butter Homes and Gardens

The cost of butter is ridiculous around here so it wasn’t me filling up the cart after finding it on sale with 15 pounds of buttery goodness while adding up how many batches of chocolate chip cookies we could make each week before it’s all gone and I definitely wouldn’t let the kiddos use it to play with cause we all know the saying people who build butter houses……

like to play with Legos.

Food Fridays: Pull-Apart Pizza Bread Bites

 – Take your pizza dough and make 12 balls (I made homemade dough using this recipe HERE)

–  Have all your pizza toppings cut into small pieces

– We used our hands to make a bowl shape to add fillings (young kids hands are too small so a small dish that has been floured (so the dough doesn’t stick) works great for little hands)

– We found pouring the sauce with a ladle helps

– Pinch the dough ball tightly closed

– Then place the filled dough balls into a non-stick pan (we used a spring form, makes it easy to remove and place on a platter)

– Since everyone filled their own we marked the individual bites with leftover toppings

– Spritz the top of the dough ball bites with olive oil spray or cooking spray

– Then bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown

– Remove from pan and let cool enough to be able to pull-apart the pizza bites with your hands

– and EAT!

The kiddos couldn’t have been happier with how they turned out and said it was the best pizza ever!

Well I definitely think it was at least the most fun to make and eat.

Puff and the Magic Santa!

The Peas got an early start visiting Santa just few days after Halloween, Eco wants a Strawberry Shortcake doll, Zen wants another Nerf gun, Luna and Stream asked for an ipad2 and laptop that’s a serious upgrade from last year’s wishes for cheese and a cardboard box, I hope Santa’s doing well in this economy and has a few tricks up her his sleeve or they’ll be some disappointed kiddos listening to a speech about the state of the World on Christmas morning.
On a more exciting note will be heading to the library to visit with Peter from the 60’s group Peter, Paul and Mary reading his new Puff the Magic Dragon pop-up book to the kids, I saw them perform 19 years ago at ArtPark in Lewiston, NY and I can’t wait to take the Peas to meet him! He’s giving away a signed guitar…hmmmm 4 chances to win wish us luck!

Awesome recipe tomorrow: Pull apart pizza bites, so stop back they’re really fun to make and eat!