Easy baking ideas!

Tomorrow we are celebrating Thanksgiving...between the weather forecasts and work schedules - it was decided to declare tomorrow as Thanksgiving for our family.  And anyway, we can be thankful any day and every day.

So today I am baking.  Actually I'm using cookie mixes to make bars.  A pumpkin spice cookie mix has been turned into pumpkin bars.  The directions called for a cup of melted butter...couldn't be bad I thought to myself.  I frosted them using a can of cream cheese frosting.  I know - sacrilege.  They sunk in the middle for some reason, so we just had to sample them.  I thought about filling the low part with frosting but decided against it.  I'm not sure why.  My expert food sampler claimed that it was very good.  That's why he's my favorite guy.

Then I had a peanut butter cookie mix.  I had planned on making the cookies and sticking a chocolate star in each when I took them out of the oven.  Sounded like more work than I wanted to do so when I read the directions I saw that there was a peanut butter bar recipe.  According to the package you were to mix up the regular cookie directions and spread them in a 9 x 13 pan.  So that's what I did.  They baked for 15 minutes or so.  Removed them from the oven and I took chocolate stars and estimated where they should be - 7 stars by 4 stars - and stuck them into the bars.  When they cooled I cut between the stars and wa la!  Oops - another bar burglar!

Now my Dad is bringing the pies and they will be wonderful but no pumpkin.  So my Guy bought a frozen pumpkin pie and I decorated it.  I made a streusel using 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 1/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup pecans.  With the oven set at 400, I baked the pie for 15 minutes, then added the streusel and lowered the temp to 350 and baked another 35 - 40 minutes.  We won't be able to sample it until tomorrow...unless I can figure out how to steal a piece and skooch it together.  Hmm...

So all that baking only took less than two hours.  Had I made it all from scratch...who knows when I'd get to bed!  I roasted a turkey (we'll be having two turkeys) and cut it up and froze it on Tuesday.  Tonight I will make stuffing with sage sausage and cranberries.  Tomorrow I will warm the turkey and stuffing and make the gravy.

Then its over the river and through the woods to Jenny's house we'll go. 

Thanksgiving will be complete as we eat together and give thanks for family, friends and our bountiful lives.

Take care,


  1. Pumpkin bars! And canned cream frosting! Yum. :-)


  2. I know - so good and so easy. Not that excited about making frosting from scratch! Thanks for reading me.

  3. we had a lovely day - great food - interesting conversations - I love my family! How about your day?


Post a Comment

I love comments!!! Please leave me one...