Giveaway Winner and What I've Been Baking/Cooking

Thursday, December 2, 2010

First of all, thanks for everyone who commented on my 600th follower post and giveaway... glad you all liked the CSN gift certificate--seeing as I don't care to understand how to do the "random number generator" technical stuff, I did it the old fashioned way--cutting out slips of paper and drawing from a hat and the winner is:
Ashley from The Johnstons... she said she is going to use the gift card to help buy furniture for their nursery-how exciting!! Thanks for playing, and I promise to have another fun giveaway {featuring bath products and skincare} within the next few weeks!

With a flip of a switch, I think I turned into Paula Deen/Martha Stewart/Betty Crocker or some other famous baking machine. Some people love to cook comfort food, some love to try authentic top-shelf cuisine, however this southern girl loves her sweets {among other things of course}... this past week, I have put my skills to the test and tried out a bunch of fantastic little edible goodies--in no particular order, here are my new found favorites to add to my recipe box:
Double Layer Pumpkin Pie via KraftFoods
Ingredients
1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 cup plus 1 tbsp. milk, divided
1 tbsp. sugar
1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip, thawed, divided
1 6 oz. graham pie crust
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
2 pkg. (3.4 oz. each) Jello vanilla instant pudding
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
Directions

Beat cream cheese, 1 tbsp. milk, and sugar in large bowl with whisk until blended and then stir in half the Cool Whip. Spread into crust. Whisk remaining milk, pumpkin, pudding mixes, and spices 2 min. Spread over cream cheese layer. Refrigerate for 4+ hours (I did mine overnight to make sure it hardened enough!). Serve topped with remaining Cool Whip.
Cake Balls via Paula Deen
I have been desperately wanting to make these fun concoctions for quite some time, but never had the "need" persay. Well, with Candice's birthday approaching and me needing to have her a bday treat, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to give these babies a shot... a few lessons learned for my first go-around, buy they tasted great and were a definite crowd pleaser!
Ingredients
1 (18.25 oz) package cake mix
1 (16 oz) container prepared cake frosting
12 oz. of chocolate flavored confectioners bars (available in white or chocolate)
Directions
Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. When cake is finished baking allow to cool for 30 minutes. Crumble the cake into bowl using a stand or hand mixer. Add frosting and mix. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Line a baking tray with wax paper. Use hands to form balls with the cake mixture. Place on wax paper. Once you have used all of the mixture, place baking tray in the freezer for 1 hour (I did 1.5 hours just to make sure it was hard enough). Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl of the microwave, stirring every 5-10 seconds until smooth.
Remove the balls from the freezer. Dip the balls one at a time in the chocolate. Use a spoon/toothpick/egg dipper to slide the ball onto the wax paper tray. Once you have covered all the balls in chocolate coating place the tray in the refrigerator until the chocolate coating is set. At this point you can drizzle other chocolate on the balls for decoration.
Pecan Cheese Ball via KraftFoods

Ingredients
pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened (I use reduced fat)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 pkg. (4 oz.) crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Ritz crackers
Directions
Beat cheeses in medium bowl with mixer on medium speed until well blended. Shape into ball; roll in pecans and then cover. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Serve as a spread with crackers. So yummy and easy!!
Homemade Cranberry Sauce via My Own Creation
Ingredients
12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 cup orange juice
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
Directions
Mix orange juice, sugar, cloves, cinnamon, and walnuts together--sit aside
Put cranberries into medium sized saucepan and put on medium heat
Pour mixture into saucepan with cranberries
Let simmer for10 to 12 minutes or until cranberries start to pop and mixture thickens
Remove from heat and place in dish
Let cool in the refrigerator for 2+ hours or until mixture is thick and then serve cold!

- 10 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness - I am so glad you posted this pumpkin pie recipe. Over Thanksgiving we had a cream cheese layered pumpkin pie from Bob Evans and it was so good. I thought I wouldn't be able to figure out how to make it. Thanks!

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  2. Yay! Thanks for the giveaway, I can't wait to use it. :)

    Those recipes sound fantastic, I'm borrowing a few.

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  3. Oh my goodness! I love cranberry sauce and this sounds delicious!!! Yum!

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  4. Oh my goodness! I love cranberry sauce and this sounds delicious!!! Yum!

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  5. Yum... oh my gosh, Martha Stewart, you did make up a storm! I want to do that pumpkin pie recipe, delicious!

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  6. Oh My! Everything looks so delicious! WOW! Yummy!

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  7. wow these recipes look absolutely amazing! I am your newest follower.

    xo

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  8. Yum! I'm a little late...but I am fixin' all of these!

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