Monday, October 20, 2014

Chocolate Bottom Pumpkin Pie Recipe

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I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! It was pretty low key at our house. I went grocery shopping and did a whole bunch of cooking! One of the things I made was this delicious pie!

I'm a huge pumpkin pie lover, especially my Dad's pumpkin pie, but I decided to jazz it up some and incorporate some chocolate into the mix! This recipe really couldn't be any easier and the layer of chocolate on the bottom is great for all you chocolate lovers! It would be a wonderful addition to Thanksgiving or any fall get together!

Chocolate Bottom Pumpkin Pie (click to print)

1 pie

What you need:
1- 9 inch frozen pie crust, thawed
1/2 cup miniature semi sweet chocolate chips
1- 15 ounce can pumpkin
2 eggs
3/4 cup half and half
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
whipped cream and mini chocolate chips for topping

Heat oven to 450 degrees. Bake thawed pie crust for 5-6 minutes, until it starts to brown. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes.

In a small saucepan, combine 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of the pumpkin. Cook over low heat and stir frequently until chocolate is melted. Spread over the bottom of the cooled pie crust. 

In a large bowl, beat together the eggs and half and half. Add remaining pumpkin,sugar and pumpkin pie spice, mix well. Pour over the chocolate mixture in the pie crust. Place pie in the 450 degree oven, immediately reducing heat to 350 degrees. Bake about 45 minutes until center is set. Cool completely then slice and serve topped with whipped cream and chocolate chips. Store remaining pie in the refrigerator. 

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Slow Cooker Red Kidney Bean, Barley and Vegetable Soup with Hamilton Beach Set and Forget 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker and Giveaway!

Disclosure: Hamilton Beach provided this slow cooker to me for review

Now that fall has fully kicked in here in MN, we've been using the slow cooker to cook so many recipes! It's especially convenient when using the Hamilton Beach Set and Forget 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker! This slow cooker is pretty awesome! Let me tell you...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Old Post, New Photo! Hamburger and Mushroom Gravy!

Hey everyone! No new recipe today, but I did update one from March 2012! This Hamburger and Mushroom Gravy is total meat and potatoes comfort food, and is ready in 30 minutes! Both my daughter and I love it and it's sure to warm you up in these upcoming cooler months! You can head over to the recipe by clicking here! Enjoy!

Hope you have fabulous day! :)

Book Review: The Sweetness by Sande Boritz Berger

Book Summary:
Early in The Sweetness, an inquisitive young girl asks her grandmother why she is carrying nothing but a jug of sliced lemons and water when they are forced by the Germans to evacuate their ghetto. "Something sour to remind me of the sweetness," she tells her, setting the theme for what they must remember to survive. Set during World War II, the novel is the parallel tale of two Jewish girls, cousins, living on separate continents, whose strikingly different lives ultimately converge. Brooklyn-born Mira Kane is the eighteen-year-old daughter of a well-to-do manufacturer of women s knitwear in New York. Her cousin, eight-year-old Rosha Kaninsky, is the lone survivor of a family in Vilna exterminated by the invading Nazis. But unbeknownst to her American relatives, Rosha did not perish. Desperate to save his only child during a round-up of their ghetto, her father thrusts her into the arms of a Polish Catholic candle maker, who then hides her in a root cellar putting her own family at risk.

My Thoughts:
I'm a huge lover of any Holocaust themed books. Fiction or Non Fiction. With that being said, I really liked this book. It was interesting to see each character and what they were both doing throughout the book, and how drastically different that part of their lives were. 

Although Rosha was in hiding through most of the book, it seemed that she was safe even though her situation was very dangerous. I would've liked a little more detail into her life as it seemed Mira's story stuck out the most, with the most detail. The writing was great and it kept me interested until the end. I would recommend this story to any Holocaust reader. It does show a different aspect that other Holocaust books.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Individual Egg, Hashbrown and Sausage Breakfast Bakes Recipe with Mini Baker Round Stoneware from Crafts Direct!

Disclosure: Thanks to Crafts Direct for sponsoring this post!

Growing up in central Minnesota, anytime someone talks about crafts or scrapbooks, the Crafts Direct name comes up! Crafts Direct is a locally owned store here in St Cloud, Minnesota and it happens to be one of my very favorites! This store is so much more than craft items. You can also find cute home decor items, a kitchen section, seasonal items, and even a cafe! They also offer various classes, and donate to many organizations in the community!

Today I'm sharing a new product at Crafts Direct! These Mini Baker Round Stonewares are so colorful and functional! They are perfect for any kitchen! You can find 9 colors available, and what's best, these Mini Bakers are oven, microwave and dishwasher safe! The handles stay cool in the microwave and the cover is so handy to prevent microwave messes. 

I love using them to make individual sized meals, like the amazing Egg, Hashbrown and Sausage Breakfast Bakes below. I also love them for storing leftovers and serving dips! They make perfect gifts for the upcoming holiday season, especially for college students and families. Each one measures 6.25" wide x 3.5" high - 4.5" wide x 2" high inside and holds approximately 2 cups! 100% stoneware!