Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sweet on Trader Joe's Saturday: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

trader joe's pumpkin cream cheese muffins review
I have to admit, at one time, I was obsessed with the Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin.  I dreamed about those muffins all year, and was at the door of Starbucks on September 1st when they returned.  My obsession has lessened a bit, but I was still so happy to see a Trader Joe's version of the PCCM.

trader joe's pumpkin cream cheese muffins review

Trader Joe's describes these muffins as "pumpkin cream cheese muffins with a delicious cream cheese filling and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds."  A package of 4 muffins costs $3.99.


trader joe's pumpkin cream cheese muffins review
A mom's (my) take: The muffins are really pretty...I loved just looking at them in the package.  The pumpkin and spice flavors were right on the money and the ratio of cream cheese to muffin was perfect.  I found the muffins to be slightly dry, though.  Maybe it was just the batch we got...I ate two to be sure. ;)  I'd be willing to try again.
Overall rating: 4 of 5 stars

A teenager's (kiddo's) take: I think these are the perfect interpretation of what pumpkin cream cheese muffins are supposed to be like. The substantial, rich muffin is supplemented by a wonderfully flavorful (and also rich) cream cheese. I would not be opposed to having these more often. :)
Overall rating: 5 out of 5 stars

trader joe's pumpkin cream cheese muffins review
Trader Joe's Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins: we'd eat more.

trader joe's pumpkin cream cheese muffins review
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Decorating Cookies Party: Book Signing and Cookie Party Dates

decorating cookies party: book signing dates (houston, tx)

I would love, love, love to meet you and talk cookies (and Trader Joe's, and Real Housewives of Melbourne)!  I have three local Decorating Cookies Party events to tell you about...each one different and special in its own way.


1. November 7th: Signatures Author Series Event
This is where I'll be hanging out with Tyler Florence.  Well, we'll be in the same LARGE ballroom...does that count?  Anyhoo...this is a super neat event that one of the private schools in our area puts on as a fundraiser every year.  A bestselling author comes in to speak (they've had Katherine Stockett, Jodi Picoult, Candace Bushnell)...this year is Tyler Florence.  There's lunch, and a handful of local authors are invited to sign books as well.  I'll be there.  Come see me and we'll get brave and go talk to Tyler.  ;)  Signatures Author Series is a ticketed event. Click the link for more information.  The event takes place at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott.


2. November 15th: Book Signing
I'll be signing books at the Barnes & Noble in The Woodlands, TX from 1-3pm.  Come and go...I'll be the one at the table with the Sharpies...talking to myself.  I  might even bring cookies. ;)


3. November 22nd: Cookie Party & Book Signing
OK...this one is interactive.  Want to come decorate a cookie from the book?  Yes!  Yay!  Also in The Woodlands, Hubbell & Hudson Bistro has undergone some incredible renovations and we'll be some of the first people to utilize the new upstairs space along with the former Viking Cooking School Kitchen.  This is a ticketed event.  With each $25 ticket, you'll get to decorate a cookie from the book (to take home or EAT there), and receive a signed Decorating Cookies Party (no need to bring a book, it is included with the ticket).  To purchase a ticket, click below...must be purchased in advance (so I know how many cookies to bake.) :) 

{This button is for the Cookie Party Signing #3...NOT the Signatures Author Series event.}


Can't wait to SEE you!!!




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooky S'mores Bars

Boo!
spooky s'mores bars ... a thick cookie crust topped with milk chocolate and ghost marshmallow peeps
Don't be scared!  These are only *the cutest* little s'mores bars...no campfire required!

spooky s'mores bars ... a thick cookie crust topped with milk chocolate and ghost marshmallow peeps

These Spooky S'mores Bars have a thick graham cracker cookie base, a layer of milk chocolate, and are topped with ghost-shaped Peeps marshmallows. 

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The cookie layer is simple, and so good...graham cracker crumbs, oats, butter, etc.

After that bakes, the cookie is topped with a layer of Hershey bars...yum!  Then, on go the Peeps.
spooky s'mores bars ... a thick cookie crust topped with milk chocolate and ghost marshmallow peeps
{Put them on upside-down since their faces will melt off under the broiler...how is that for creepy?} ;)

spooky s'mores bars ... a thick cookie crust topped with milk chocolate and ghost marshmallow peeps
Don't worry...once the marshmallows cool, you can draw the faces on with a food coloring pen.

spooky s'mores bars ... a thick cookie crust topped with milk chocolate and ghost marshmallow peeps

I'm sharing the recipe over at Imperial Sugar.
spooky s'mores bars ... a thick cookie crust topped with milk chocolate and ghost marshmallow peeps

While you're at it, check out Imperial Sugar's Scary Scramble Recipe Contest...two $50 winners every day!

spooky s'mores bars ... a thick cookie crust topped with milk chocolate and ghost marshmallow peeps
Boo, y'all.


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