Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Brownies

Monday, October 13, 2014

I've teamed up with a group of 75 bloggers to share tons of Fall Harvest Ideas with you! From crafts, to recipes, to home decor and more...we have you covered for Fall inspiration! 

75 Fall Harvest Ideas

I love all things pumpkin, but if there's one thing missing from Fall dessert tables, it's chocolate.  So I came up with these quick, easy, and adorable brownies with a Peanut Butter Pumpkin on top.  Is that confusing?  There's actually no pumpkin in these- just chocolate, peanut butter, and a little drizzling on white chocolate.  

These cute brownies with peanut butter pumpkins are really easy to make.  Here's all you need:
A box of your favorite brownie mix {I always use Trader Joe's or Ghirardelli's}
Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkins {I found them at Target}
White melting chocolate {I used Wiltons, from Michaels} 

Grease unlined cupcake tin with non-stick spray.  Make brownie mix according to package instructions.  While brownies are baking, clear a space in your refrigerator for your wire rack.  After baking, remove brownies from cupcake tin and cool on a wire rack with paper towels under the wire rack.  Once almost completely cooled, drizzle white chocolate in stripes back and forth across the pumpkins.  The paper towels you put under your wire rack will catch your white chocolate drizzles and help with quick clean-up.  While the white chocolate is still wet, place a Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin in the middle of each brownie.  Quickly transfer your wire rack with your brownies into your refrigerator because the pumpkins may start melting.  Allow the brownies to finish cooling in the refrigerator, but don't forget them there or they will dry out.  Remove after no more than 30 minutes.

It's nice to have a cute little helper for this step!  And yes, these brownie treats really are easy enough for a 2 year old to help with.  He placed the pumpkins for me. 

Bake up these little cuties and enjoy a rare Chocolate Peanut Butter treat at your fall parties! 

Check the gallery below and visit some of my blogging friends to see their awesome ideas!!
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Mini Apple Pie Trifles Recipe

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ChooseSmart #CollectiveBias

Fall baking is my favorite, but so far in San Diego we have had nothing that resembles fall weather... at all.  We're talking temperatures soaring over 100 degrees for days here.  But I'm still craving everything fall, including fall desserts.  So this weekend I went to Smart & Final for a few ingredients to make our family a fall dessert that didn't even require me to heat up the oven, Mini Apple Pie Trifles.  Whether you really are enjoying fall weather, or whether you're still cranking the AC, these Mini Apple Pie Trifles will satisfy your sweet tooth for something deliciously "Fall" tasting.

I picked up a First Street Vanilla Pound Cake and First Street Apple Pie Filling from Smart & Final.  Don't those look amazing?  The cashier and I were about ready to open up that apple pie filling and try it out!  I love shopping at stores where the cashiers are not just friendly, but also excited about their store's product line.  

Mini Apple Pie Triffles @ Gallamore West

The pound cake was SO good- it tasted fresh and so good that our boys thought it was homemade.  And the apple pie filling was also delicious, and I was impressed at how that also tasted homemade.  To complete the "this tastes homemade" theme, I whipped up my own whipping cream with some sugar and vanilla extract.  It's so much better than the canned whipped cream.  Then I just got to layering...

Mini Apple Pie Triffles @ Gallamore West

I put about 3-4 one inch square pieces of pound cake at the bottom of each mason jar, then layered about 3-4 slices of apple pie filling, then a tablespoon or so of whipped cream on top of the apple.  I repeated the layers two times, then sprinkled cinnamon on top.  Don't be afraid to gently push down each layer with the back of a spoon before putting in the next ingredient.  It helps the layers fill all of the space in the jar and lets you pack in more deliciousness into each jar.  And who wouldn't want that? :) 

Mini Apple Pie Triffles @ Gallamore West

Do you shop at Smart & Final?  Every time I go there I love it because it really is a smaller, faster, easier to navigate warehouse store without a club membership fee.  I always get a close parking spot, the store isn't jam packed full of people, I'm able to find exactly what I'm looking from produce to meat, wine and baked goods all at great prices, and Smart & Final is my #1 source for party candy too because the selection is awesome.  Oh, and their coffee is amazing too!  I really do love Smart & Final.  

Smart & Final's First Street Bakery is having a fun sweepstakes from September 17-September 30th, where they are giving away (3) $500 gas cards and (10) $100 Smart & Final gift cards when you pruchase any 2 First Street Bakery items and enter a code online that you can find on your store receipt.

How fun would it be to win one of those prizes?!  Head to your local Smart & Final and be amazed at what a great place it is to shop! 

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Softest Ever Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's still crazy hot here in San Diego, but that isn't going to stop me from moving ahead with fall recipes.  I LOVE baking and fall is my favorite season for baking, especially baking with pumpkin.  Yesterday the boys and I made these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies on a whim so I used what I had on hand and they were amazing.  Seriously these were the Softest Ever Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies... "were" because they are GONE already today! 

1 stick salted butter, slightly softened
1/2 cup oil
1 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup white sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Blend butter and oil with sugars in a stand mixer until light and creamy.  Add in eggs one at a time and mix well.  Add in pumpkin and mix well. Add in vanilla and spices, mix well.  Slowly add in the flour until mixed.  Fold in the chocolate chips.  Chill dough for at least 1 hour.  Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls, evenly spaced on cookie sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until middle is set.  They may appear slightly undercooked, but that's okay because they will cook a little more while cooling on the cookie sheet.  Cool on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.  Makes about 4 dozen cookies. 

These cookies were delicious, and will definitely be a regular item on our fall baking list.  Enjoy! xoxo 

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Three Easy Fall Crafts for Kids!

Friday, November 22, 2013

I'm over the moon excited about having our boys home from school for a whole week for Thanksgiving next week!  Whether you have yours home for a few days, a whole week, or all of the time, here are three fun, easy, and budget friendly crafts that our boys love!  

We did all three of these fun, easy activities on Veteran's Day.  But I think it would be fun to do one of them each day during Thanksgiving break too.

Sugar Cookie Decorating is one of our very favorite family activities.  Using my favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe {once you try this one, you'll be hooked... it's THE best!} and a simple frosting recipe and whatever sprinkles I had on hand, the boys loved decorating Fall cookies {squirrels, acorns, and leaves}. I used to use food coloring and have a bunch of different colored frosting, but we're really trying to focus on simpler, healthier ways these days.  And guess what?  Not a single complaint about only having white frosting!

So cute!  I gathered up paint, foam brushes, goggly eyes, and glitter in a plastic tub and we headed out to the backyard.  Each boy chose their own rock and got creative with it.  This is Luke's.  He just turned three and I think it's about the cutest rock ever.

We're fortunate to have a pretty cool backyard for living in San Diego.  It's full of big, beautiful trees and other fun stuff so we "hiked" around our yard, gathered up stuff they thought was cool, glued it all to white card stock paper, and labeled everything.  These nature journaling pages now hang in their playhouse in the backyard.  I loved going on our little nature hike because it gave us the chance to slow down and really appreciate all of the different kinds of trees and plants in our yard.

Hope you have a GREAT Thanksgiving week with your family!  I have so, so much to be thankful for, including each and every one of you who visits me here at Gallamore West.  Thank you for reading, thank you for supporting me, thank you for your sweet comments, thank you for your encouragement, and thank you for allowing me to fulfill my dream of being a Stay at Home Mom and Blogger.  This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for YOU! xoxo

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No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins with #Cottonelle

Monday, October 28, 2013

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Pairing together a few unlikely supplies to create something amazing for almost no money at all... in my book, that's just amazing!  So I'm pretty much over the moon with these No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins made with Cottonelle Triple Roll.

Pretty cool, right?  

If you have 5 minutes and some general stuff from around your home and yard, you can make these easy No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins too!  

Cottonelle Triple Roll, one roll per pumpkin
Fabric {I used a mix of fun orange patterns plus orange burlap}
Sticks for your yard
Also needed: Ribbon to embellish {optional}, scissors, and a hot glue gun

I picked up this Cottonelle Triple Roll from Target {aka My Happy Place} because it's super fluffy and soft so it makes THE fluffiest No-Sew Fabric Pumpkins!  So, first things first... grab your coupon for a FREE box of Kleenex with your Cottonelle Triple Roll purchase, available at Target while supplies last.  

Now, grab a roll of Cottonelle Triple Roll and place it in the middle of a big piece of newspaper.  Start tucking the corners of the newspaper into the center of toilet paper roll.

Keep tucking the corners into the middle until it looks like this.  It doesn't have to be perfect.  In fact, the messier the better because it will give your pumpkin a nice full look!

Now do the same thing with your cute fabric.  You'll need about 1/4 yard per pumpkin.

Lay out your fabric with your newspaper wrapped roll of toilet paper in the middle and start tucking the corners into the middle.

Once you're all done wrapping your fabric, you'll need a hole in the middle still for the stem.  I use my big scissors and shove them down into the middle to make a space for the stem because it's pretty tight in there now with all of the newspaper and fabric.

Then just grab a stick from your backyard, put a dab of hot glue on the end of it, and push it down into the hole to make a natural looking stem.

You can leave the simple, or add ribbon or twine for a little embellishment/stem.

And just like that, you've got yourself some cute new home decor for Halloween and Fall!  

And who would ever think that it's made from a roll of Cottonelle?!  Grab your coupon for a FREE box of Kleenex with your Cottonelle Triple Roll purchase at Target, and you can get crafty with Cottonelle too!

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November Insta-Update!

Monday, November 12, 2012

 Are you on Instagram yet?  I LOVE it!  

It's super easy to use and fun to add text/filters/patterns, etc.  Plus, one of my favorite things about Instagram is that even though it's now the most used form of social media out there,  it still feels small and it's a great way to connect with some of your most favorite influencers in the blogging world.  I have literally squealed out loud a number of times when some of my favorite bloggers have started to follow me.  I love, love the interactions that happen on Instagram AND now it's super easy to follow friends on Instagram because they just introduced web profiles.  Here's mine... I'd love to have you follow along!  

And because it's been a fun, busy couple of weeks around there, here's a little "Insta-Update" of what's been going on at Gallamore West {all pics were taken on my iphone, many of them with filters added on Instagram}.

November blew in like a bunch of wild turkeys!

I past 1,000 likes on my Facebook page last week!!  I was on Facebook when I hit the lucky number and was so excited that I took this screen shot.  Thank you, thank you to those of you who follow along with Gallamore West on Facebook!  If you're not yet, I'd love to have you there :)

We went ALL out here for our Election Night Dinner!  I'll have a separate post about that soon... the boys voted on dinner choices and I pulled out some of our patriotic decorations.  Patriotic Printables from Piggy Bank Parties tied it all together.   Here's the post from our original Election Night Dinner 4 years ago.  I shared it a bunch of times on Facebook and various link parties around blog land, so it was SO fun to see some of you have your own Election Night Dinner this year!  I especially loved seeing some of you sweet friends share your pictures with me that night.  It's such a fun thing to do with our kids!

As quickly as Luke's Clifford Party ended, it became time to start prepping for Sam's Harry Potter themed party!  He's invited a few friends from school to celebrate with him.  I've been sharing a few sneak peak pictures on Instagram {#samsharrypotterparty #harrypotter #hogwartsexpress}.  We're getting so excited around here for party day! 

One of the main activities for Sam's Harry Potter Party is a Quidditch Match!  Those hula hoops are now spray painted gold.  And the brooms are from our Burlap & Broomsticks Halloween porch.

My parents live way out of the city limits and have a lot of land.  And lately they've been turning their place into a little farm.  We went out there last weekend to check out their newest addition, Willy.

 "Go! Go!" was Luke's favorite thing to say that day.

 The boys love going out to visit Nani & Papa's Ranch, now Farm.  It's always a fun day full of fun memories and lots and lots of DIRT :)

 Ahhh, he was my baby yesterday and now Sam's almost eight!  I love what a sweet, caring boy he is.  He is the best biggest brother ever. 

And Jake cracks us up all day long.  He LOVES to run around and pick up the chickens.  The best part of the day was when he gently placed a chicken in its little bed/egg laying spot and said, "Okay little chicken, you lay an egg now."  I love his funny personality, and it seems that all the little girls in Kindergarten do too... back off, cuties.  Come back in about 15 years, okay? :)

I think I've lost count of how many batches of my favorite Pumpkin Cream Cheese muffins I've made so far this Fall!  We are so grateful to live in a neighborhood where we feel safe and loved, so this past week I packaged up muffins to deliver to some of our sweet neighbors.

This sweet boy turned 2 all of two weeks ago and wow, he's changed so much since then!  It was like he was storing up some "big boy" stuff and now it's all coming out.  He's definitely not advanced with his language skills, but he is trying so many new words and talking all of the time now.  A lot of it is in his own "Luke Language" still, but he's progressing a lot all of a sudden.  And he was SO proud of himself for getting his own food and water, including the paper plate and cup, AND climbed up on the stool for the 1st time the other day. 

 But just a little while later on that same day, he showed me that he is still quite a little guy... so sweet.

And not to leave out a little update on our sweet little babes, Bryce is constantly surrounded by love.  And toys... lots and lots of toys in his crib courtesy of his brother, Luke.  The two of them are officially sharing a room now every night.  I can't believe we have two boys in diapers, and both in cribs!  They're definitely our two most close in age, and it's a lot of work, but they are great little sleepers... hallelujah! :)

So, there's a quick little update on what we've been up to so far in November.  There are so many fun things going on here, and hopefully for you too.  I'm pretty sure I'll be up to my eyeballs in Harry Potter prep this week, so I'll try to pop back in here, but I'll be on Instagram posting sneaks peeks so come follow along there.  And leave me a comment so I can follow you back.  Hope you have a great week! xoxo

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Fall Fun Chalkboard!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Oh, Fall... we're ready for you now!  

School's back in, the leaves are falling, but it's a million degrees outside today {ugh!}  But I'm hoping that by making Halloween and Fall wreaths, baking with pumpkin, and clicking the heels of my flip-flops together, we can usher in some fall weather here soon {as Fall-ish as it can get in San Diego!}

Whenever Fall decides to arrive, we're ready for it with our 
Fall Fun Chalkboard! 

There are so many fun things to do and important celebrations in our family during Fall.  So, to keep us on track with all the fun stuff we want to do and not let things pass us by in the busyness of daily life with 4 little boys I decorated our huge chalkboard from Stitched. with these fall leaves cut on my Silhouette and attached with jute & mini clothespins.  And yes, "Eat a Costco pumpkin pie" is on our list... gotta pace myself with those or I'll look like a pumpkin by the end of Fall :)

Ever wonder how people get their writing to not look like a wobbly Kindergartener's writing on a chalkboard?  {Not that wobbly Kindergartener writing isn't cute... it's adorable when actually done by my Kindergartener, but not when written by me!}  Chalk Ink pens are great for smooth, pretty handwriting on chalkboard.   
Bring your 40% off coupon to Michael's, or have it ready on your fancy phone, because these markers are a little pricey.

Then to make our chalkboard fall leaves decoration have a purpose too {other than just looking pretty} I added things that we'd like to do this fall & important celebrations {2 of our boys have Fall birthdays} to the leaves.  

I'm loving the look of our Fall Fun Chalkboard and now just impatiently waiting for the weather to get on board too!  Is it Fallish weather yet for you?  What are your favorite Fall activities?

Have a great weekend!! xoxo

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