Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Mini Pumpkin Pies + Pumpkin Recipe Round Up

First of all you guys know how I feel about making cute pies.
But I'm that girl that when I go to the dessert table at a party, I just want a taste of everything. 
(Okay, and then to go back for more of the thing I loved the most.)
These mini pumpkin pies are just perfect for that. And for the person who LOVES pumpkin pie the most, just take 5 with no regrets. You do you. 
These look sorta schmancy, but they're super easy. 
Also, everything is cuter in mini form, am I right?

And here's how the recipe goes down:

Get your canned pumpkin, your store bought pie dough, and your cute cookie cutters out.
(My recipe calls for pumpkin but I accidentally grabbed pumpkin pie mix so just do whatever works for you)

Roll out your dough and grab your circle cutter.
Ideally you need a 3-4" circle. A wide mouth mason jar is a perfect sub if you don't already own one.
Cut out 12 circles.

Spray your muffin tin and fill with your mini doughs.

Whip up your pumpkin mixture (recipe below) and fill each dough 3/4 full.

With the extra dough left over, use your mini cookie cutters to cut out your desired pie garnishes.

Bake at 400 for 30 minutes
Things I've learned the hard way:
Don't fill them too full or they bake over and do little burnt edges as seen here.
Put your garnishes on half way through baking if you don't want them overdone.

Let cool completely before you plate to serve.

 And they taste best shared with friends. :)

 Mini Pumpkin Pies
- 1 can of pumpkin (15 oz)
- 2 eggs
- 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp salt
-1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 store bought pie crusts

- Preheat oven to 400
-Combine pumpkin, milk, eggs, salt, and pumpkin pie spice
- Using a circular cookie cutter or jar lid, cut 12 circles. Ideally you need at 3-4" circle.
- Using mini cookie cutters, cut out cute garnishes 
- Add pie crusts to muffin tin
- Add pie filling to 3/4 full
-Bake at 400 for 30 minutes
- Add garnishes half way through baking for lighter color



And because I know you just can't get enough of pumpkin recipes. I've teamed up with some other awesome bloggers to bring you enough pumpkin recipes to last you all season!
Here are 6 more delicious pumpkin recipes!
Pumpkin And Ricotta Stuffed Shells - Motherhood in Stilettos 
Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies - Lazy Moms Blog
Pumpkin Spice French Toast - Amidst The Chaos

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cheers to 3 years

A letter to you on your 3rd birthday.

Dear Griffin Boy,
You make life so special. You are joy embodied in a little boy. When you were 8 weeks old, our family went through some hard life changes. You were an angel. You slept through the night and woke with smiles every morning. You helped me press on in love. And you made my heart explode everyday with your sweetness. You've grown into your own little person. And we wrestle for who is in charge. We fight hard but we love harder. You bring me to the end of myself. And yet with your chubby hands on my face whispering 'i wuv you', I am undone. You've made me rely on God for wisdom and guidance and made me drop to my knees praying for patience. But I feel like the luckiest mom in the world that I'm the one that gets to love you. To guide you. To grow you. 
Cheers to 3 years, little boy. And many more to come. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Sunflower Field Pictures + Other Family Date Ideas

Some of our most favorite family dates are experiencing new things together.
None of us had ever been in a field full of sunflowers before so that's what we did for our most
recent family date. The boys enjoyed running through the path to the middle of the field and hiding from us midst the tall flowers. We got there right at sunset and it felt pretty magical.
Then we let them stay up late and go for ice cream. It was a great way to say goodbye to summer.

Some other ideas for family dates:

The Zoo
(it's so fun seeing animals we don't see on the regular)
Fort Movie Night
(everyone watches in the fort and gets their own popcorn bowl)
Make Your Own Pizza Night
(I recommend this easy Naan Bread Pizza recipe)
Bike Rides
(head to a trail or somewhere new)
Scavenger Hunts
(now that fall is around the corner you can use this one)
Game Night
(with prizes for the winners)
Build Something Together
(get creative with cardboard boxes + duct tape & let kids decorate)
Bookstore Date
(parents get coffee and get an endless supply of books to look at)
Dance Party
(with dance-off's of course)
Experience something new together
(Get creative! And bring your camera!)