Friday, October 9, 2015

Wickedly Simple Halloween Treats!

If you're looking for a simple and yet festive Halloween treat for a party, school activity, weekend dessert or any other ghoulish event, I have you covered. 

Festive, easy and delicious.  

That's my motto when it comes to spooky treats.  

I try and keep things wickedly simple.

Happy Halloween season friends!

To see all of my other Halloween recipes (and there are many more!) click here.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Brunswick Stew

I love serving suppers with a theme...and for some reason, Brunswick Stew sounds kind of Halloween-y to me, so this is a meal I would make in October.  This would also be the perfect dinner to make before you head out to trick or treat.  It's a simple slow cooker supper, so all you do is pile the ingredients in and then enjoy later that night...with very little mess to clean up.  So easy!

My kids were big fans of this dinner because it's full of pulled pork, and I was a fan because of it's simplicity.  Win, win.

Brunswick Stew.

Yeah, you should make this in October.

This meals serves four to six.

Shopping List
1 (2 pound pork tenderloin)
1 onion, chopped
1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
1 (14 oz) can of diced tomatoes
1 cup of BBQ sauce
1 cup of chicken stock
1 (14 oz) can of creamed corn
1 cup of frozen lima beans
2 cups of frozen peas and carrots mixture
1 cup of frozen corn

In your slow cooker, add in the first seven ingredients.  Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours.

About 30 minutes before you're ready to serve, remove lid and shred the pork right inside the slow cooker using two forks.  After the pork is shredded, stir in your frozen veggies.  Cover again and cook on high the next 30 minutes.

Remove lid and ladle soup into bowls.

You can use any combination of frozen veggies you like!  If your family prefers all peas and carrots, then just use that.  Mix and match it!

Halloween's a comin'!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Pumpkin & Sausage Pot Pie

Pumpkin and Sausage Pot Pie...oh my!

You ladies know how I love to whip up quick pot pies this time of year...and you also know how I love to make savory pumpkin dishes too.  So, I combined the two ideas and thus, this yummy supper was born.  It's hearty, savory, flavorful and family friendly.'s quick and simple for your busy weeknights.


This recipe makes four really big individual pot pies or enough to make one large pot pie in an 8x8 baking dish that will serve out four large portions.

Shopping List
1 pound of ground Italian sausage (I used a sweet pork sausage)
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 (15 oz) can of pumpkin (I used Libby's)
2 cups frozen peas and carrots mix (in freezer department)
1 (16 oz) can of biscuits (I used Grands)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Grease (I used Pam) either an 8x8 baking dish or four individual oven safe bowls.  Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute your sausage in a drizzle of EVOO.  Once browned and crumbly, add in your chopped onion, garlic and a liberal pinch of both salt and pepper.  Saute just a few minutes or until onions are tender.  Stir in your pumpkin and frozen veggies and heat through about three or four minutes.

  Pour your ground beef mixture into your prepared baking dish and then top with your uncooked biscuits.  If you're using individual serving dishes, top each bowl with two biscuits.

Place serving dish(es) in oven and bake about 10 minutes or until tops of biscuits are browned.

Removed from oven and serve immediately.

Now, the bottoms of your biscuits won't brown up because they're resting on your pot pie mixture.  We love it this way, but if you want your entire biscuit cooked through, then you'll need to cook them separately (perhaps while you're mixture is simmering on the stove) and then just top your pot pie mixture with them and immediately serve.  Either way, delish!

A savory little way to enjoy pumpkin...and an easy little way to get dinner on the table.

And bonus, here are some other savory pumpkin recipes for you...

Pumpkin Sausage Pasta

 Pumpkin Sausage Ravioli Bake

And here are a few spins on Pot Pies...

 Tex-Mex Chicken Pot Pie

 Sloppy Joe Pot Pie

Enjoy friends!

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