• Pumpkin Poke Cake

    Because of all the pumpkin puree I made, we have been eating all sorts of pumpkin desserts lately. One of my favorites was this Pumpkin Poke Cake!

    It is one of those desserts that needs to sit overnight or at least all day. So don’t be like me and think that you can just whip it up and eat it right then!

    One afternoon I decided I wanted it for after dinner that night. So not thoroughly reading the directions I started making the cake…. And realized I would be eating it the next day…. Bummer for me!

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    But it is definitely a cake that tastes better after you let it sit! So don’t skip that step because you are impatient! I really thought it was better even on the second and third days. Then I had to stop eating it because it was just a lot! It is so rich but amazingly delicious! So make sure you make this when you can share with your friends or family.

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    With the cake mix, you do NOT add the ingredients from the box! I was a little nervous but trusted the recipes and it worked perfectly.

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    After your cake is done, let it cool to room tempurature.

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    Once it is cooled down use the handle end of a wooden spoon and poke all over the cake.

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    Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake, making sure to get some in each of the holes.

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    Next you will spread on the cool whip. Sorry for this terrible night picture!

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    And add on teh Heath bites

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    Now drizzle the caramel all over the cake and let rest in the fridge over night. You really do want to let this sit for as long as you can. Mine sat for about 24 hours before we dug in.

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    I loved every delicious bite of this Pumpkin Poke Cake!

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    Pumpkin Poke Cake recipe from Something Swanky

    • 1 box yellow cake mix
    • 2 C pumpkin puree (NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING)
    • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
    • 8 oz. container cool whip
    • 1/2 bag Heath Bits
    • Caramel Sundae Sauce

    Instructions

    1. Mix together the cake mix, the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until a batter forms. (Do NOT use the other ingredients from the cake mix instructions!!!)
    2. Put your batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350º for 35-45 minutes. You want to insert a knife and make sure it comes out clean.
    3. Let the cake completely cool. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the top of the cake
    4. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake, filling each of the holes. Refrigerate for 60 minutes to let the sweetened condensed milk soak into the cake.
    5. Spread the cool whip over top of cake. Add the Heath bits, and drizzle caramel over top. Refrigerate at least 5+ hours but overnight would be ideal.

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    Have you ever tried Pumpkin Poke Cake? Or any other poke cakes?

  • How to Speed Clean the Bathroom in 15 Minutes

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ScotchBriteCleanHoliday #CollectiveBias  Speed Clean the Bathroom

    It’s that time of year where you may have a bit more traffic in your house due to the holidays, And who wants to spend all their time cleaning the bathroom? I sure don’t!

    One thing I have learned over the past few years is to speed clean my bathroom. And really, the number one reason I have is because the “main bathroom” that company uses, just so happens to be the same bathroom that the majority of the family uses. Which means it is the dirtiest. There always seems to be leftover toothpaste in the sink or water on the counter and who wants their friends and family to experience that mess?? Not me!

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    That is why I wanted to share a few tips on how I speed clean the bathroom in just 15 minutes.

    I headed to my local Fred Meyer to grab a few things like some new micro fiber cloths and a new toilet scrubber. I was super excited to find this Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber because it has a disposable head. Removing it takes just the click of a button. That means that I don’t have to touch anything dirty and it’s great because it scrubs away the messes you’ve been leaving behind.

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    It also is perfect for scrubbing under the rim where you often miss. It has a built in bleach alternative with pumice that scrubs away any rust and hard water stains. That’s great because it means you don’t need a special cleaner for your toilet! You are not putting cleaner in the toilet, waiting for it to soak, etc. You just scrub the toilet and flush! If you have an extra ornery stain you can scrub and wait a few before flushing. You’ll notice below on my cleaning chart that I scrub at the beginning and flush at the end.

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    I start with a quick spray down of the shower and sink then I use the toilet scrubber and give the toilet and good scrub and then I sweep and mop the floor.

    Next, I scrub the shower. Because I do this fairly often I don’t have to scrub too hard to keep it clean! Then I scrub out the sink, wash the mirror and clean up the counter tops.

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    I grab the hamper to empty into the laundry room and I flush the toilet on my way out of the bathroom and I now have a fresh clean bathroom!

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    For the Bathroom Checklist PRINTBLE, click here —-> Printable

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    I have a sparkly clean bathroom now in just 15 minutes and I am not embarrassed when my friends and family come over!

    There will be a Buy One Get One Disposable Toilet Scrubber Starter Kit at Fred Meyer and Kroger when you head to the store! Don’t miss it!

    Want to find more great cleaning inspiration? Check them out here!

  • DIY: Easy Home Made Pumpkin Puree

    So yeah, it’s December. Maybe you have snow on the ground, you’re sipping hot cocoa by the fire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be thinking of all things pumpkin.

    I don’t think I actually know anyone who doesn’t like pumpkin. I am not sure if it is even possible!

    We love pumpkin everything in our house and because of that I love having pumpkin puree on hand all the time. And luckily, this year we had a pumpkin abunance! I bought 5 pumpkins to carve but we only ended up carving 4. And Tyler and Summer both had school trips to the pumpkin patch and got to bring home a decent size pumpkins. I decided that instead of letting them go to waste I was going to cook them up! It is easy enough and the result is always worth it!

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    Some people might say you need a certain kind of pumpkin to make your puree. But I am here to tell you that you do not! They taste just as good as a sugar pumpkin and you are not going to know the difference, especially after adding the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. for all the goodies you are about to make with it!

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    You are going to start with cutting your pumpkin in half and cleaning out the seeds and stringy goop!

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    Then you will lay it down (cut side down) on a lined cookie sheet, cooking on 350° for 45 minutes.

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    Be careful when you take it out of the oven because it is HOT!

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    The most awesome part of this is how easy the skin just peels right off of the pumpkin! It is super quick!

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    I used a potato masher to mash it all down and then I used my blender to get it to the puree that I wanted! That way it is nice and smooth!

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    Then 2 cups at a time I placed the pumpkin puree into freezer bags. We have the perfect cups that fit a freezer bag right over the edges and it makes it so much easier to fill the bags!

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    Some of our favorite things to make with our pumpkin puree is:

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    What are your favorite things to make with pumpkin?? 

  • Spinach and Artichoke Dip

    A while back we went to a chain restaurant where we ordered Spinach and Artichoke Dip to start out our meal. This little tiny bowl and literally 10 chips comes out and we started laughing… after we picked up our chins off of the floor. I mean, there are 5 of us, after all and I was thinking, “We just paid how much for that?”.

    It was good. But it wasn’t amazing. And it felt good when my husband told me he knew I could make one that was way better!

    So when we got home I scoured the internet for an amazing, but easy Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe.

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    It didn’t take me long to find this one from Pip and Ebby. I gathered all the ingredients I needed from the grocery store and made it up for a Sunday afternoon of football.

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    The thing I loved about this recipe was that it is one I can put into the crock pot. Which is a favorite of mine!
    You add all of your ingredients in and turn it on low, cooking for about 2-3 hours. Stir it once in a while and you are good to go.

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    Another thing I love about a dip like this it that you can dip so many things in it. I used a scoop tortilla chip but carrots, crackers, anything would taste amazing with it.

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    Ingredients:

    • 8-oz. package cream cheese – sliced into chunks
    • 1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 C shredded mozzarella cheese
    • 1/2 C mayonnaise
    • 14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
    • 10-oz. package frozen spinach, thawed
    • 1 tsp parsley flakes
    • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
    • Salt and pepper

    Put all of your ingredients into a crock pot and cook on low for approx. 2-3 hours until creamy and hot. Serve with chips. your favorite crackers or veggies.

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    Have you ever had something from a restaurant and decided to try and make a better version? How did it turn out?

  • Hawaiian Chicken Sandwich

    It’s that time of year again where crock pot meals rule my house.

    I love being able to put dinner together in the morning and not have to look back all day long- and this is one of the easiest dinners you can make. Because I had never made these Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches before I wasn’t really sure how they would be, considering the sweetness of the pineapple. But I promise that they don’t disappoint!

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    Any meal that only contains 3 ingredients is already a win. Most likely I am going to have it on hand and I don’t have to run to the store to grab ingredients that I am not familiar with. For this particular recipe you are only going to need Hawaiian BBQ sauce, crushed pineapple and chicken.

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    You toss it all into the crockpot and let it cook for 7 hours on low. (or 4 hours on high)

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    One thing about this dinner was that it had a little bit of a kick to it. These days spicy foods bother me more than they have ever before. But I don’t have to worry about the heartburn thanks to Pepcid®.

    I grabbed some from Walmart a while back and haven’t had to look back since!

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    With Walmart’s everyday low prices I can get everything I need to support digestive health relief. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner I don’t have to worry so much about my food choices and the mixture of items on my plate!

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    Finish the Hawaiian Chicken Sandwiches off by using two forks and shredding the chicken and putting the mixture onto sliders buns and enjoy your easy, no work dinner!

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    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb Chicken breast
    • 8 oz can crushed pineapple
    • 1 bottle of Hawaiian BBQ sauce
    • slider buns (or regular hamburger  work too!)
    1. Add chicken, pineapple and bbq sauce into the crockpot and put on low for about 8 hours.
    2. Shred chicken
    3. Add to slider and enjoy!

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