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Popcorn Seasonings

Anyone that knows me, knows that I tend to go overboard.

Who wants just one or two different flavors when you can have ten???  Nine of these are from Kerns and one is from Target.  I still can't find the Kerns Butter Spray so it looks like I will be using my little chocolate fondue pot for melted butter.

Also from the idea found on Pinterest, mix in something "sweet".

I think my guests at our Murder Under the Big Top will have lots of tasty treats this Saturday!


Mini Pumpkin Breads

I found this recipe on Pinterest and the original recipe can be located here at Bakingdom

3 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
4 eggs
1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
2/3 cup water

1/2 cup ( 127 grams) brown sugar
1/2 cup (63 grams) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray mini loaf pans or muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray with flour, or grease and flour each one; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves; set aside.
In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the oil and apple sauce. Mix in the sugars until combined, then add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Mix in the pumpkin until thoroughly combined. Stir in the water. Add the flour mixture, and mix just until no streaks of flour remain. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans and set aside while you mix the streusel topping.

To make the streusel: In a medium bowl, mix the the streusel topping ingredients until combines and it is lumpy.

Divide the streusel evenly over the loaves or muffins.

Bake mini loaves for about 25 minutes or, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove loaves to a wire rack to cool.

This recipe made 8 mini loaves and 9 good sized muffins.


Thomas' Pumpkin Spice Bagels, Yes please!

Thomas' Pumpkin Spice Bagels, Oh yum!!

I bought these the other day at Publix during a BOGO sale.  Wow they are even better than I thought they would be.  I think I might try and make a small batch of the Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese that is going around on Pinterest for these.

Has anyone else seen these or tried them?  I would love to hear what you think of them.

Today is National Fluffernutter Day!

Today is National Fluffernutter Day!

One of my neighbors mom's gave me the nickname Fluffernutter when I was probably 5 or 6.  We grew up in a friendly neighborhood where we would ride bikes, play at each other's houses without out making formal playdates.  One of my favorite things would be riding my bike down to the lumber yard (if you know me and have heard me speak, I would love you to leave a comment on how exactly I would say that place) at the end of the street and use my change to buy gumballs from the old gumball machines. 

Every time I ate at a certain neighbors house she would all make us lunch and I would always ask for a Fluffernutter.  It was shortly before we moved, that I ran into the neighbor's mom at Dunkin Donuts (big surprise huh?) and she saw me and yelled, "Lynn, my Fluffernutter how are you?"  That made me think back to that awesome little neighborhood when times were much more innocent, Creature Double Feature on Channel 56.

Anyway, I think I will be making myself a yummy Fluffernutter for lunch.  I wonder if Miss V will want one too.  But her favorite version is with Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter.

Courtesy of the Nibble....

Fluffernutter sandwiches require bread plus two fillings: peanut butter and marshmallow creme (I am a Fluff purist, it must be Fluff not marshmallow creme) Peanut butter was invented in 1890 but not mainstreamed in America until 1908 (see the history of peanut butter).

Marshmallow, on the other hand, dates back to ancient Egypt, and marshmallow sauces were popular in the early 20th century (see marshmallow history). A marshmallow creme called Marshmallow Fluff was sold to ice cream parlors in 1910 by the Limpert Brothers, and Snowflake Marshmallow Creme was available around 1914. The first commercially successful, shelf-stable marshmallow creme, it was produced by the Curtis Marshmallow Factory of Melrose, Massachusetts.
Marshmallow Fluff wasn’t the first marshmallow creme, but it’s the one that endured: 94 years later, the brand is still around. No one remembers the Limperts or the Curtises.

Ways To Celebrate National Fluffernutter Day

Classic Fluffernutter Sandwich. The basic is creamy peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff on white bread. We like to substitute whole wheat bread for the white bread, chunky peanut butter for added crunch and half of a sliced banana or caramelized banana slices.

Strawberry Fluffernutter. Use Strawberry Marshmallow Fluff or add strawberry jam and/or sliced fresh strawberries. (You heard it here first!)

Mock Fluffernutter Sandwich. Another NIBBLE creation: If you’ve got marshmallows but no marshmallow creme, slice them (or use miniature marshmallows) and lay them atop the peanut butter.

Toasted Fluffernutter Sandwich. Still another NIBBLE recipe: Toss the sandwich under the broiler (open face) for a gooey, toasty effect, using either marshmallow creme or sliced or miniature marshmallows. You can buy toasted marshmallow creme from Solo.

Cookies, Cake, Muffins. Top peanut butter cookies, cakes, cupcakes or muffins with Marshmallow Fluff. Alternatives: Make PB and Fluff cookie sandwiches; use Fluff as the filling in a peanut butter cake; use a pastry bag to inject Fluff into a cupcake or muffin.

Milk Shake. Make a Fluffernutter Shake: Add two tablespoons of creamy peanut butter and two large spoonfuls of Marshmallow Fluff into a blender, along with a cup of milk. Blend 30 seconds or until smooth.

So are you going to enjoy a Fluffernutter Sandwich today?

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