Caramel Pumpkin Trifle

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Caramel Pumpkin Trifle

This Caramel Pumpkin Trifle brings delicious fall flavors together in an easy and elegant dessert!  It’s like eating fall in a cup.  This is a great dessert to make in individual servings or in a big trifle dish for the holidays.  Thanksgiving is right around the corner you know!

The weather around here has been crazy.  It’s 76 on the day we get our Christmas pictures and are suffering in our sweaters and the next day it’s in the 50s and the bitter cold wind cuts through us no matter what we put on.  Pumpkin is the perfect dessert for either temperature!  Pumpkin pie can be eaten cold or served warm.  I chose to heat up mine for this dessert and afterwards I realized that I probably should have done it cold for better pictures but it was so good warm! 🙂

This yummy parfait is made with Marie Callender’s pumpkin pie, caramel sauce, graham crackers, and Ready Wip.  My favorite thing about this recipe is how easy it is.  My kids helped me make it and they loved making it as much as eating it.

Enjoy!

Caramel Pumpkin Trifle

Ingredients: 

Directions:  Gather your ingredients and add a heaping tablespoon of crushed graham crackers to the dish.  Add a layer of pumpkin pie.  Add a layer of Ready Wip.  Add a layer of crushed graham crackers.  Add a layer of pumpkin pie.  Add a layer of Ready Wip.  Drizzle caramel layer on top of your dessert for a lovely presentation.

Mini Pumpkin Pie

We had some leftover pumpkin pie and made these little pumpkin hearts with cookie cutters.  We added a little Ready Wip on top and sprinkled with cinnamon and they were ready to serve!  These mini pumpkin pies are yummy with hot chocolate.   We add a squirt of Ready Wip and a sprinkle of cinnamon to our Swiss Miss hot chocolate to make it extra special!

I’m not one for making pies, Marie Callender makes all of mine for me.  I figure that make in another stage of life I’ll learn how and make the perfect pies.  For me, stopping by Walmart is a fool-proof way to get a delicious pie and I can spend more of my time with those who mean the most to me.  Easy peasy.

For more delicious inspiration check out these yummy ideas:

Pumpkin Spice Cocoa

Mini Apple Pie

Ways to Refresh Your Home for Fall

Fall is coming!  Ya’ll knew that though, right?  As much as I’m still excited about our upcoming late summer vacation I’m also very excited about the fall season. …and the football, the leaves, the sweaters, the cute boots, and the fragrances of fall that come with it.  Oh, and the fall colors and candles too.  And pumpkins!!  Sigh.  There’s so much to love about fall.  This review was made possible by iConnect Influencer Management, Febreze and Swiffer was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Now where was I?  Oh yes, fall is coming!  To help you usher in the fall season I’ve rounded up 5 ways you can help refresh your home for fall.

Burlap Pumpkin

1.  Add some pumpkins.  Real pumpkins, painted pumpkins, ceramic pumpkins, or wooden pumpkins.  Any kind of pumpkins can do!

Febreze fall scent

2.  Refresh the scents.  To help get your home ready for fall Febreze has fall scented air refreshers.  Not only can they get rid of yucky smells you don’t want in your home but they can fill your home with dreamy wonderful scents.  Scents have been known to boost your mood and my family loves how their Big Sur woods air refresher smells.

3.  Hang a free fall printable.  The internet has a lot of free printables and I’m sure if you look you’ll find one just perfect for your home.  “Happy Fall, Ya’ll!” is one of my favorite fall slogans. 🙂

Sweater Pillow

4.  Bring out some throws.  I love my chunky orange blanket and white sweater pillow.  They both scream fall and are extra comfy while snuggled on the couch reading a book.
Swiffer Green Box

5. Give your home a good cleaning.  Spring cleaning is the season that gets the most attention but fall cleaning is just as necessary.  Fall allergies are up and at em and staying on top of household dust and pollen will help keep allergy sufferers happy.  Plus, who doesn’t love a clean and nice smelling home?

Giveaway! 

Enter to win one full size Swiffer and one full size Febreze product!

To enter simply leave a comment below and let me know what ways do you refresh your home for fall?

Good luck!

Outdoor Fall Games for Preschoolers

This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play.

Playing in Leaves

My family loves spending time outdoors.  There’s something about hearing the wind blowing, the crickets chirping, and at this time of year, the leaves crunch beneath your feet.  Plus, it’s the best way to get a little energy out of kiddos that have been house bound all day.

My daughter loves to make up games as she runs around the yard.  Those are the best games!  The rules are fluid and change as we go but it’s always fun.

Duck, duck, goose is a family favorite.  We’ve played it by our own rules for so long that I really can’t remember how it’s played correctly.  My daughter’s favorite part is how we describe each duck as we go around tapping heads.  For instance, happy duck, silly duck, or angry duck and we have to make the expression of the name we’re given.  It’s fun but of course any game can be made fun when playing with family!

Preschool Drawing

This week my daughter was working on her handwriting and drawing skills when she made this picture.  She made a picture and “story” about playing outside.  It really is her favorite thing to do with her daddy.

Other fun outdoor fall games:

  • –  Red Light Green Light – A fun variation of this is to pick a letter at the start of each game.  When “red light” is called, the runners have to stop and quickly say a word that begins with that letter. They should come up with a different word each time and if they repeat a word, they have to go back to the start.
  •  Hiking
  • –  Homemade obstacle course
  • –  Geocaching (we haven’t done this yet with kids but I plan to when they get a little older!)
  • –  Nature scavenger hunt
  • –  Mother May I?
  • –  I Spy
  • –  Rake leaves and jump in!
  • –  Hopscotch 
  • –  Sidewalk chalk (here’s my favorite)
  • –  Feed the ducks
  • –  Apple picking
  • –  Build a campfire (with adult supervision!) and roast marshmallow

Does your family enjoy playing outside in the fall?

Things I Love About Fall

This is a fun list to help you appreciate the most wondrous season of all, fall.  Okay, I still prefer summer but I’m choosing to look on the positive side of things.  Fall is a fabulous time of year with a rhythm all it’s own.

Here are the reasons I love Fall:

Fall leaves on the ground

  • – Leaves in every color
  • – Hot chocolate
  • – Sweaters
  • – Corn mazes

Pumpkins

  • – Pumpkins
  • – Pumpkin flavored everything
  • Dressing the kids up for “Costume Day” – as my daughter calls it
  • – Boots
  • – Pumpkin decorating
  • – Fall’s sunsets
  • – Fall scented candles
  • – The clear night sky
  • – Apple picking
  • – The colors of fall
  • – Soup – Here’s a Progresso coupon

Pumpkin Patch 2015

  • – Pumpkin patch pictures with the kids
  • – Comfort food
  • – Apple cider
  • – Apple crafts with the kiddos

Pumpkin Painting

  • – Pumpkin art with the kiddos (You can vote for my daughter’s pumpkin here by finding the “Eve’s Pumpkin – Age 4” and checking the vote box. I believe her pumpkin is on the 2nd page.  Thank you!)
  • – Gummy pumpkins
  • – Salted caramel

Family Photos

  • – Annual family photos (If you live near King, NC, you have to check out A Photo By Ashley.  She’s the best!  Here’s a preview of our latest pics taken last week.)
  • – Caramel apples
  • – Trying to catch falling leaves with my kids
  • – S’mores
  • – Last but certainly not least, football!  Goooo Dawgs!

What did I leave off that you love about fall?

Fall Fun Day

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for WaterWipes. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.Fall Party Ideas

Fall reminds me of thick sweaters, sweet apple cider, colorful leaves, and our annual Fall Fun Day!  We had our fun day this past weekend and was very, well, fun!  The weather was cool, the pumpkins were plentiful, and games abounded.

Fall Coloring

We had tables laid out for kids to color their hearts out.  My daughter especially liked the glitter leaf stickers laying around just begging to be used.

WaterWipes Pumpkin Painting

The kids painted pumpkins using brushes, sponges, and glitter paints.  I may not be a kid any longer but I still love glitter paints.  We tried cleaning up with dry paper towels till it dawned on me that I had a pack of WaterWipes in my diaper bag.  I’m a WaterWipes Ambassador so I’m always prepared!  They were perfect for cleaning up little painted fingers!

Tic Tac TossTic Tac Toss was a favorite among kids of all ages.  The wall was made of felt and the little balls had velcro dots on them.  My son had to wait a long time for the older kids to occupy themselves with other things before he got the chance to play.  He’s obsessed with balls so this was his favorite activity of the day.  I wonder how hard it would be to make this Tic Tac Toss wall for our playroom?  Hmm, maybe that would be a fun and cheap Christmas gift!

Fall Play Doh Fun

Play-Doh is always a favorite!  Kids old and young love Play-Doh with cookie cutters.

WaterWipes Face Painting

Face painting was a hit with kids of all ages and WaterWipes came in handy to save messy fingers again!  Chemical free wipes make erasing accidental painting errors easy without causing skin irritation.  I love those things! {Visit WaterWipes.com to learn more!}  My daughter chose to get a football on her arm because she loves to watch the Georgia Bulldogs play football with her daddy. 🙂  I think she loves her special time with her daddy more than the does the game.  I love their relationship – so sweet!

Ski ball

An inflatable ski ball?  Yes, oh yes!  With all the rain and high winds we had to improvise from our usual outdoor bounce house.  Wind + bounce house = dangerous!  I had never seen an inflatable ski ball game before but it was a blast.

Our fall is off to a great start!  We still have our annual fall photo session, trip to the pumpkin patch (taking care of that tomorrow!), jack-o-lantern carving, watching It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and of course Halloween (or Costume Day as my daughter calls it).

What fall traditions does your family have?

Inspiring Monday Linky

Inspiring Monday

Here are the most clicked-through submissions from last week’s party.  I think they’re great!

Little Apple Pies

Handheld Mini Apple Pie Cookies from Savvy Saving Couple

DIY Pumpkin Craft

Easy DIY Pumpkin Craft from Save More Spend Less With Heidi

Pumpkin Pie Fudge

Pumpkin Pie Fudge from More Than a Mom of Three

Party Time! This is my second of many, many, many Inspiring Monday link ups and I’m excited to have you here!Ready to Party?

Before we start, please keep in mind:

– It’s nice to socialize with other party guests.
– Link up all of your inspiring posts that you’ve written on YOUR blog. Recipes, crafts, printables, DIY, and homemaking posts are welcome. Please don’t link to Etsy stores, giveaways, etc.
– By linking up to Inspiring Monday you are giving Embracing Homemaking permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs to help promote your post.

Let’s party!


Meringue Pumpkins – Inspiring Monday

Meringue Pumpkins

Ingredients:

4 large egg whites (120 grams)
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup (200 grams) superfine or caster sugar (if you don’t have superfine sugar simply take 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar and process it for about 30 seconds in a food processor)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
gel orange food coloring

(If you want these to actually taste like pumpkin you can carefully fold 1/4 cup of pure pumpkin purée after you’ve mixed the other ingredients.)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees and move your rack to the middle of your oven.

Using the wish attachment on an electric mixer wisk the egg whites on a low-medium speed until foamy. Next add the cream of tartar and keep mixing until they hold soft peaks when you turn off and remove the wisks.  Add the sugar a little at a time until the meringue holds very stiff peaks.  Now add in the vanilla extract and gel food coloring with a toothpick.  Remember a little goes a long way and you can’t take it back but you can always add more.

Feel a little bit of the meringue between your fingers to see if it feels gritty.  Keep beating it until all the sugar dissolves and it no longer feels gritty.

Grab a cookie sheet and cover it with parchment paper.  Dab a little meringue in each corner of the cookie sheet under the parchment paper.  This will help hold it in place while you pipe.  Add your meringue to a pastry bag fitted with your star tip.

While holding the bag straight up and down, use even pressure to pipe about a two inch round pumpkin, release pressure and gently raise.

Bake the meringues for approximately one hour to one and a half hours.  They should be crisp to the touch.  Then turn off the oven, open the door and allow them to finish trying in there for several hours (I choose overnight because it’s easier with kids).

After several hours (or many hours the next day) draw your pumpkin faces using a Wilton’s edible marker.  With a little patience and a steady hand you can’t go wrong!

These will last several days when stored at room temperature in a closed container. This recipes makes 20-25 pumpkins depending on how generous you are with your piping.  Enjoy!

 

Party Time! This is my first of many, many, many Inspiring Monday link ups and I’m excited to have you here!Ready to Party?

Before we start, please keep in mind:

– It’s nice to socialize with other party guests.
– Link up all of your inspiring posts that you’ve written on YOUR blog. Recipes, crafts, printables, DIY, and homemaking posts are welcome. Please don’t link to Etsy stores, giveaways, etc.
– By linking up to Inspiring Monday you are giving Embracing Homemaking permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs to help promote your post.

Let’s party!


Apple Pizza Pie

Apple Pizza Pie! Yum!
Fall is a wonderful time of year.  It’s the time where people are picking apples and backing pies.  Welcome to the start of baking season!  Here is a recipe from Bridgford Foods to make an amazing apple pizza pie.  I think you’ll like it!!

 

Apple Pizza Pie
Recipe Type: Desser
Author: Bridgford
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 8
This dessert pizza is delicious and so simple! The most time consuming part of this recipe is waiting for it to finish baking. Everything else? Easy as (pizza) pie!
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf Bridgford Frozen Ready-Dough®
  • 1 can apple pie filling of choice, 21 oz.
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Caramel ice cream topping (optional)
Instructions
  1. Use the microwave thawing instructions for your dough, it takes a matter of minutes. If you don’t want to bake right away, let it sit out in a warm place, free of drafts for about 3 hours.
  2. Once your dough is pliable, form it into a ball. Flatten it slightly and roll it out on a clean, lightly floured surface. If your dough shrinks back while you are rolling, let it rest for 5 minutes and come back to it. Once it is formed into the shape of a pizza, place it on a lightly greased, 12 inch pizza pan. With the tines of a fork, prick the dough several times, covering the entire surface. This will prevent air bubbles from forming in your dough.
  3. Use the whole can of your apple pie filling spreading evenly across the pie. Then brush melted butter on the crust.
  4. In a small bowl add your oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter.
  5. Evenly combine ingredients until it reaches a coarse, crumbly consistency.
  6. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top of your pizza.
  7. Guess what? That’s it! Bake at 375° for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. If you choose, drizzle the top with caramel topping, using a butter knife.

For pictures of each step visit Bridgford Foods. What’s your favorite fall dessert?