The Most Amazing Buttercream Icing Ever!

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I have a blogging friend and her name is Gwen (The Bold Abode), and well folks she is the bomb. Seriously, I’ve met her in person and can testify to the fact that she is the nicest person ever and a must follow blogger. You can thank me later.

You see, the other day I was making these caramel apple cupcakes (are yall as ready for fall as I am???), and I realized I didn’t have any icing. And well, a cupcake without icing….that is just a muffin folks. And who wants muffins for dessert? So, it was Gwen to the rescue. She saved my cupcakes from having to live out their lives as plain boring muffins. Whew! And after making my own, I am pretty sure I will never be buying store bought buttercream icing again. 

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I had everything on hand and was able to whip, literally, this up in seconds.

So have I enticed you yet? Well you are going to have to head over to Gwen’s place, The Bold Abode to grab the recipe. She breaks it down for you step by step…the only advice I would add is if you are in the deep, humid till October, South like me, let the icing sit in the refrigerator for a little bit to firm up before icing your cupakes/cake/cookies. Now head on over and tell Gwen I said hey!

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And because I feel like I should apologize to all the muffins out there.

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 So see, you can have you (cup)cake and eat it(a muffin) too! Enjoy!

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Pumpkin Spice Dip | Snack Recipe

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Yall, I am not really sure where summer went this year, but FALL is in the air! Do you feel it? In the South the kids are heading back to school, the mornings are cooling off (a little), college football is just around the corner, and pumpkin flavors are beginning to be found in delicious recipes and on the shelves of Walmart. 

And if you have been around A Step in the Journey you know that pumpkin is one of my favorite flavors. I may even have a tendncy to go a little pumpkin crazy this time of year. Today I have another great pumpkin treat to add to the list. This Pumpkin Spice Dip is quick and easy to whip up and add to your kid’s lunchboxes or serve as an after school snack after a busy day of school. I also love to make this dip to take to  tailgates on college football Saturdays. 

Since the ingredient list for this recipe includes Cool Whip, it is nice and fluffy, making sure to leave room for all the other lunchbox or tailgating goodies! However, if your friends and family are like me they might just fill up on this dip. 

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You can find all ingredients at Walmart. The Cool Whip will be in the freezer section on the dessert aisle, and the pumpkin puree and Jello pudding mix on the baking aisle.  Make sure and take along your $1.00 off coupon (while they last)  for when you buy one tub of Cool Whip and two JELL-O pudding mixes. 

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Pumpkin Spice Dip
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4oz of Cool Whip
  2. Small Package of Pumpkin Spice JELLO pudding mix
  3. 6oz Plain Green Yogurt
  4. 8oz (1/2 can) of Pumpkin Puree
Instructions
  1. Whisk yogurt, pumpkin puree, and JELLO pudding mix until combined.
  2. Fold in the Cool Whip and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. Serve with Cinnamon Sugar pita chips, pretzels, graham crackers, or apples.
Adapted from http://www.shugarysweets.com/
Adapted from http://www.shugarysweets.com/
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As I mentioned you can serve it with pretzels, graham crackers, or apples, but my favorite item to dip are cinnamon sugar pita chips! Absolutely delicious. 

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So what is your favorite FALL snack? Does it include pumpkin, like pretty much ALL of mine? 

Check out a few other pumpkin recipes: Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes, Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies, and Pumpkin Cake Pops!

 

Homemade SKILLET Macaroni and Cheese

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This past weekend we got together with some friends. They were making bbq chicken sliders and asked us to bring a side. What goes better with bbq than macaroni and cheese, so I told them I’d bring it over. However, there was a small problem….and I can’t even believe that I am admitting this, but yall, I’ve never made homemade macaroni and cheese. I always like to let me friend Kraft help me out. 

But no more! Yall this was so easy and III has been talking about it ever since. I actually made it again three days later (on a WEEKNIGHT, no less)! Okay, now you don’t have to make it in a cast iron skillet, but if you do, it looks even better :o)

Here is the skinny on this probably not so skinny but delicous dish!

Homemade Skillet Macaroni and Cheese
Serves 6
Delicious, easy, skillet mac and cheese. You'll never need Kraft's help again!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of macaroni or elbow pasta (or really any kind you would like)
  2. 3 tbsp butter
  3. 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  4. 2 cups of 2% or whole milk
  5. 1.5 cups of cheddar cheese
  6. 1 cup of shredded swiss or mozzarella
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. 2. boil your pasta according to package directions
  3. 3. In your skillet melt the butter
  4. 4. When melted add in your flour and stir around until it browns (1-2 minutes)
  5. 5. Then stir in your milk, salt, and pepper and wisk until the flour is not longer lumpy
  6. 6. Add the cheese and stir until melted
  7. 7. Drain pasta and add to the melted cheese mixture, mix together.
  8. 8. If cooking in your skillet you can place it directly into the oven, if not pour into a greased 8x8 baking dish.
  9. 9. Cook for 25 minutes or until browned.
  10. 10. ENJOY!
Adapted from The Country Contessa
Adapted from The Country Contessa
A Step In The Journey http://astepinthejourney.com/

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It’s really sooo easy and you will not regret making this dish for a second. You could even add some sausage and tomatoes or chicken and broccoli and make tonight’s dinner a one dish meal!  I’d love to know what you would add to this tasty macaroni and cheese?