Currently: The What Day Is It Edition

Seriously though… I can’t keep up. All the days are going by in some crazy kind of blur and I am a bit flabbergasted that Halloween is in less than a week. I mean, it seems like we just ushered in Fall with our obligatory Pumpkin Spice Latte, and now it is almost time to eat all the candy celebrate Halloween.

Good-bye October. You were swell  🙂

What I Am Loving:

The Pumpkin Patch!

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We went to a different pumpkin patch this year and we had such a great time! The weather was perfect (for Southern California, it definitely was. Going to the pumpkin patch when it is 90° or more outside is no bueno).

This one had rides, a train, games, food, and of course pumpkins. Oh, and also a haunted house and a hay maze. My older daughter won prizes at the games she played and she decorated a pumpkin. She had a great time  🙂 My ten month-old on the other hand, well let’s just say, I think she’ll enjoy it so much more on the next go round! 😉

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What I Am Absolutely Over:

Yes, you guessed it. The news. It literally is a $#@!show every day. Every. Single. Day.

What I Am Looking Forward To:

A day where I don’t have allergies. Seriously. These winds came in last week (they are called the Santa Ana winds here) and they knocked down trees, blew stuff around in the air, and my sinuses are still a wreck. I am hoping that once it is November and the temperature drops just a bit more, things will steady out. *crossing fingers*

In Other News:

We have almost completed our Fall Bucket List.

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In addition to watching It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and going to the pumpkin patch among other things, we made these Halloween Oreo Brookie Bars. Go to the store and make these things immediately. You won’t be sorry. You’re welcome.

All that is left on our list, is trick-or-treating. Mama is hoping there are some Three Musketeers bars in the ‘ol basket, because Mama loves her some Three Musketeer bars. And my girl loves to share, so… 😉

How have things been going for you guys? Are you doing anything special for Halloween?

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Halloween Oreo Brookie Bars

Y’all… I came across this recipe on Instagram and earmarked it because I knew my older daughter would absolutely love to make this recipe with me, as well as absolutely love to eat it!

This recipe is literally brownies, Oreo cookies, and chocolate chip cookies, mixed together into some wonderful chocolate sugar-filled concoction

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This is what I had posted on my Instagram stories 🙂

I mean…c’mon, don’t you want to reach through the screen and eat them?

In the interest of full disclosure, I took a shortcut in making them. Because I was short on time, I picked up pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough. Normally, I would make these cookies from scratch as the recipe called for, but again, I was pressed for time.

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However you make them, the shortcut way or the original way, you will not be disappointed. We are literally eating these things for breakfast over here 😉

Ingredients For Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer:

  • ¾ cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 24 Halloween Oreo Cookies

Ingredients for Brownie Layer

  • 1 package of Brownie Mix
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 eggs

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray a 13″ x 9″ baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

For the Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer —>

  • Using an electric mixer, beat softened butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and vanilla extract together in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs and continue to beat for another two minutes or until light and creamy.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking soda. Use a spoon to add flour mixture into butter mixture in increments, stirring until dough is combined. Stir chocolate chips into dough.
  • Spread dough into the bottom of the prepared baking dish and use your hands to press it into an even layer.
  • Place the Halloween Oreo Cookies in rows over the dough.

For the Brownie Layer —>

  • Combine brownie mix, oil, water, and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well combined.
  • Pour the prepared brownie batter over the Halloween Oreos.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the bars comes out clean. Allow to cool completely in pan and then cut into squares and serve.
  • Store bars in an airtight container.

Recipe Notes:

This recipe will yield 48 small bars or 24 larger bars.

Recipe courtesy of fromvalerieskitchen.com

 

 

Applesauce Muffins

Pregnancy cravings are real, yo…

I had a taste for homemade muffins which in my opinion, are better than store-bought primarily because they don’t have a list of unpronounceable ingredients. Seriously, it is just a freakin’ muffin, not a science experiment!  🙂

Anyways, I’ve had this muffin recipe for years and let me tell you, it totally satisfied my cravings and my husband and daughter ate ’em right up as well. Pregnant or not, these muffins will not last long, because they are that delicious!

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Applesauce Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • I cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup nuts chopped (I did not add this, as I hate nuts in muffins, cookies, etc…)
  • 3 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. all spice
  • ½ tsp. salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Cream butter.
  • Blend in white sugar, brown sugar, and eggs.
  • Add nuts, cinnamon, baking soda, all spice, and salt. Mix well.
  • Add flour and applesauce. Make sure everything is mixed together well.
  • Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.

Enjoy!!  🙂