Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy First Day of Fall

...and you know what that means...

I admit it--I LOVE pumpkin spice!

Except this

Here's a list (although not complete)
  • Twinings Chai Pumpkin Spice Tea
  •  Nestlé Coffee-Mate Pumpkin Spice
  • Green Mountain Coffee Pumpkin Spice K-Cups
  • McCafe Pumpkin Spice Latte Coffee
  • Nonni’s Pumpkin Spice Biscotti
  • Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
  • Pillsbury Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Flavored Chips
  • Keebler Pumpkin Spice Fudge Stripe Cookies
  • Pumpkin Spice Oreos
  • Hostess Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
  • Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice Milanos
  • Eggo Seasons Pumpkin Spice Waffles
  • Belvita Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Biscuits
  • Puffins Pumpkin Cereal
  • Quaker Pumpkin Spice Instant Oatmeal
  • Kellog's Pumpkin Spice Miniwheats
  • Krusteaz Light & Fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix
  • Pumpkin Pie Pop-Tarts
  • Pillsbury Pumpkin Pie Toaster Strudel
  • Pillsbury Grands! Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls
  • Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice Bagels
  • Thomas’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffins
  • Arnold Pumpkin Spice and Roasted Seeds
  • Philadelphia Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese
  • Country Crock Pumpkin Spice Butter
  • GoGo Squeeze Pumpkin Spice Applesauce
  • Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Spice Swirl Bread
  • Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Mallows
  • Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses
  • M&Ms Pumpkin Spice Latte
  • Extra Pumpkin Spice Gum
  • Cedar’s Pumpkin Spice Hummus
  • Larabar Pumpkin Pie
  • Jif Whips Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax Crunchy Granola Bars
  • Food Should Taste Good Harvest Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
  • Cosmos Pumpkin Spice Puffed Corn
  • Garrett's Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Popcorn
  • Planters Pumpkin Spice Almonds
  • Terra Pumpkin Spice Sweets
  • Duncan Hines Decadent Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Mix
  • Betty Crocker Pumpkin Bar Mix
  • J.R. Watkins Pumpkin Spice Extract
  • Nestlé Toll House Pumpkin Spice Baking Morsels
  • So Delicious Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Coconut Milk
  • Maine Root Pumpkin Pie Soda
  • Kahlúa Rum Pumpkin Spice Coffee Liqueur
  • Alaskan Pumpkin Ale
  • Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale
  • Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
  • Magic Hat Wilhelm “Scream” Pumpkin Ale
  • Leinenkugel’s Harvest Patch Shandy
  • Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin
  • Chobani Pumpkin Harvest Flip
  • Yoplait Light Pumpkin Pie Yogurt
  • Noosa Pumpkin Yoghurt
  • Siggi’s 2% Pumpkin & Spice Yogurt
  • Ciao Bella Pumpkin Sea Salt Caramel Gelato
  • Baskin Robbins Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream
  • Talenti Pumpkin Pie Gelato
  • Ben & Jerry Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream
  • 365 Organic Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Haha, you're welcome!

Feel free to comment and add to the list of  ALL THINGS pumpkin spice!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Caturday update

Boy Meow-Meow has the right idea! A nice comfy nap. Oh--I wish I could but I've too much stuff to do. After all someone has to go shopping for his cat food.

Boy Meow Meow had a rough night cavorting and foraging.
I woke up early this morning. That happens when a dog (Frazzle) decides to stand on you and drop his favorite, smelly toy on your face, blech! 

 I tried to convince the hubbs to go out for breakfast this morning. His back is bothering him-again-so an online order and carryout from Bob Evans was our compromise. It was a quick 25 min round trip drive, they have designated carryout parking spots-so no trolling the parking lot- the carryout desk was open and the order was bagged to go. If only all things in my life were so efficient!

After a filling breakfast, Boy Meow Meow's nap idea was even more enticing. I have the windows open, as a very cool breeze blows through the house. According to the weather report we are expecting a high in the mid 60's. Yay! Today I am working on laundry, housework and if I have burst of energy I am going work on putting the gardens to bed for the winter. Also, I am couponing and need to go to the grocery. Oh the mundane joys of adulthood. Truly I don't mind. I actually am comforted by my routines.

The hubbs is working on rescreening a few window screens, so we can take advantage of the cool weather. I am so happy we finally are in the season were I can open the windows. Since the  A/C was turned off, the hubbs took advantage of the down time to give the furnace the once over and replace the filter. Before you know it the cold season will roll in and we will be running the heck out of the furnace--but not today. Today we enjoy peek-a-boo blue skies and a cool breeze.

What are y'all planning for your Saturday, err Caturday?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pinspirations-Spinach Artichoke Cheese Dip Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Recipes similar to this one were showing in my home feed on Pinterest.The looked and sounded delicious, so I thought I would try it.

I decided to use what I had on hand. 

The chicken (2 packs for a total of 4 breasts) was just slightly on the frozen side, which made it nice to slice in half horizontally, reducing the thickness. I then used the meat mallet and pounded the breast's thinner.  I added a small amount of the defrosted dip, smeared it on the rinsed chicken. I then rolled up the chicken, jelly roll style. Go slow, don't overfill, otherwise the filling would ooze out. I secured the rolls with toothpicks. The last chicken breast I left whole, split, then added the dip filling.   Brush both sides of the the chicken rolls with oil, then liberally season with pepper, salt, garlic and onion powder.

These were placed on foil lined pan (with an extra spritz of oil) and bake at 400°F for 35-40 minutes
Here they are at 20 minutes and the filling is intact.

Finished baking. Remove the toothpicks (carefully) and let stand for 10-15 minutes.

A little better presentation.

Yum! The next time I make this--AND I WILL-- I think I would like to use fresh spinach, chopped canned artichokes, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, scallions and pepper jack cheese. Maybe dredge the roll in an egg wash, followed by a dunk in seasoned bread crumbs.

Or maybe a southwest style stuffed with peppers, onions, corn and black beans served on a bed of rice. 

I can think of all types of different fillings and stuffing. No more boring chicken ever!

Whatcha' think?