Tuesday, September 11, 2012

♥ Tea on Tuesday: Pumpkin Pecan Bites ♥


  • 1 package (18-1/4 ounces) spice cake mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 36 pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk
  • Ground cinnamon


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil, cinnamon, baking soda and cloves; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Fill paper-lined miniature muffin cups two-thirds full. Press a pecan piece into each. Bake at 350° for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and mix well. Add enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Yield: about 6 dozen.

    Editor's Note:This recipe can be prepared in 2 dozen regular-size muffin cups. Bake for 22-26 minutes.

~~yummy recipe and photo from: Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook, Annual 2003~~

Thursday, September 6, 2012

♥ Tutorial: Half-Square Triangle Potholders ♥

I seem to always be on the lookout for tutorials involving quilting that I can handle. I don't have the time (oh who are we kidding? I don't have the patience) for long, drawn-out quilting lessons. I have the normal fantasies of any crafty woman, you know what I'm talking about...making my own quilts and giving them away at the holidays to friends and family members who oooo and ahhhh over them & tell me how amazed they are that I'm so crafty and talented. Yes, they envy my know-how. But no. It's not going to happen anytime soon. ;) I love the quilted look of these potholders and I think even I could make them! I have such a stash of fabrics I can imagine them now! Jeni at incolororder has an awesome tutorial on how you can make these too, so click the link and check it out. :)

Hope you're having a craft-astic Thursday!

Monday, September 3, 2012

♥ Doily Cookies ♥

Here's a great idea from blogger bliss in images! Imprint your lacy doilies onto cookie dough. The results are extra sweet! ;)