Autumn On My Mind-Fall Food Must

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“A Fall Food Must”

  • Do you have a favorite food that you associate with fall? This is the time to highlight those yummy fall goodies!
Rules of the Link-up:
1. Do one entry or all! It’s up to you!
2. Add your entry’s link below, and be sure to put the button in your post!
3. If you do link up, check out a couple fellow bloggers to see something new.
4. Your hosts (Elizabeth and Stephanie) would love a following on Bloglovin, but it is not required! We are just glad you stopped by for “Autumn on My Mind!”
We had a rough day yesterday. Years of training in housing came in handy when our washer decided to flood our upstairs while we were out. Luckily we came back when we did, for we only had a slight bubble in the downstairs ceiling, and nothing of great value was damaged. Come to find out the hose had slipped out of the machine…whoops.
Anywho, this mess along with the non-stop talk about grinding up deer meat and hunting season (we went bow shopping and shooting yesterday), I was glad to do some fall baking this morning.
I love baking. For me, it is a stress relief. I have not done much here, because I don’t really have anyone to give it to as I did back in Iowa. You see, I like baking it, but I can’t eat all of it fast enough. And I hate wasting food.
I figured, if Tom and I couldn’t polish this off, he could take it into work for those ever hungry Army men.
And who doesn’t associate fall with pumpkins? The pumpkin lattes, pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin pie.
I decided to brush up on my baking by putting a twist on the traditional pumpkin pie.
So enter cinnamon cheesecake with pumpkin pie frosting!
I got this recipe from here.
I did adapt it a little bit. I don’t believe in “bathing” my baked goods….
I also didn’t make individual cups or the crust. I just bought a pre-made pie crust and made one full pie.

Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie “Frosting”:

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Cheesecake:

  • 2 bars of cream cheese (8 oz each), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon

Did you know that they made pumpkin pie spice? We sure didn’t. You can find it in the spice isle. They also make apple pie spice!

Baking and Making Part

To Make Pumpkin Pie Frosting:

Do this first since the cooling time will overlap the cheesecake prep time.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients until well blended. This will be very soupy, so don’t freak out. It will thicken up. Pour into a greased 9-inch pie pan and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pie comes out clean. Remove and let cool, then refrigerate.

To Make Cinnamon Cheesecakes:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese and sugar, then mix on medium-speed until smooth. Add eggs, one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Make sure to scrape down the bowl in between each egg. Add heavy cream, vanilla and cinnamon, and mix until smooth. Do not overmix. Pour batter into each crust-prepared baking cup until 3/4 full.

Then place the cheesecake pan in the oven, and bake for about 25 minutes, or until the edges appear to be set and the center still has a slight jiggle to it. Turn off the oven and open the oven door slightly for 5 minutes. Then remove the pan and place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.

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The pumpkin pie frosting is on the left and the cheesecake on the right. They can both stand alone, but definitely make each other better together.

When ready to “frost” the cheesecakes, remove the pumpkin pie and spoon the filling into a piping bag. We don’t have a piping bag so we just used a ziplock bag. Use as you would regular frosting.

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Tom’s much better at frosting then I am so I had him do that part. We did end up just smoothing it out though because the color and the way it laid out it looked like something that came out of the dogs’ butts. I assure you, it is delicious despite the looks. The look of baking, I have not yet perfected…

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And there you have it! This is super delicious. We just might eat it all…Tom is obsessed with it.

This dessert screams fall, and it may make an appearance again this season!

Thanks to Gimme Some Oven for the recipe!

Now it’s time for you to share your fall recipe!

Link up below by clicking the little smiley face dude! The link will stay open until October sometime.

Be sure to come back on Thursday for the next Link Up! The theme is “An Autumn Creation.” You can see the full schedule here.

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Why I Love Fall Link Up

Today is the first day for Autumn on My Mind!

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We have a pretty easy prompt for today!

“What I Love About Fall”

Link up with us to describe what you are excited about this autumn. We want to hear what you love about the fall season. That could be everything pumpkin flavored, the scarves galore or how the leaves get crunchy. Tell us what you “fall” for!

We have a few simple rules for this link up.

Rules of the Link-up:
1. Do one entry or all! It’s up to you!
2. Add your entry’s link below, and be sure to put the button in your post!
3. If you do link up, check out a couple fellow bloggers to see something new.
4. Your hosts (Elizabeth and Stephanie) would love a following on Bloglovin, but it is not required! We are just glad you stopped by for “Autumn on My Mind!”
I always think of this song when I think of fall. Plus it was one of my favorite marching shows I ever did because the saxophone part is pretty swell and just so upbeat and fun.

Here is why I love fall.
1. The colors-I love the variety of hues you see. I love driving through the country and seeing the skyline just colors every day. I am really excited for my drive to work this fall since the trees are huge and glorious here.
2. Marching band. What can I say? I am a band geek at heart. I love cheering on my teams! I love hearing them practice in the morning on my way to work. Oh the memories…
47_506955809901_5676_n 49_508607829241_4112_n And nothing says fall like wool uniforms.
2744_520124010705_1516026_nI would try to learn the cheers too at every game. If I did any reality show, it would be like “MTV Made” where they make me a cheerleader/pommie. No lie…
3. School starts. Even though I am not in classes, I love the excitement of school starting and getting to learn new things. So many great things have happened at the beginning of the school year. I still feel the need to buy crayons and a Lisa Frank trapper keeper each year.
4. The fruit picking options: blueberries, blackberries, apples… I just love getting out there and getting my hands dirty!
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5. Crunchy leaves. I will go out of my way to step on crunchy leaves.
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6. Football. It probably started from watching the Chiefs every Sunday with my dad growing up. Then have my Friday nights, [then Saturdays] filled because of marching and having to pay attention and learn the game because of pep band. The infatuation for the game blossomed, and I love watching my teams each week. (Tom doesn’t so much appreciate the yelling and cheering that occurs, but oh well!) And thanks to my time at Clemson, I also was exposed to the best tailgating experience. Really no where can compare to the “Most Exciting 25 Seconds in Football.”

There really is something in those hills.
13937_575946826351_297321_nPart of my grad cohort after a Tiger game.
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I am really bummed that I will not be making it to either Central or Clemson to watch a game this year.
431763_965147984111_1018736824_nThis was my first tailgate at Central since I was always in the band. And it only came 5 years after I graduated! Go Mules!
7. My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. It is the perfect holiday focused on family and service, without having to worry about gift giving. And really it is all about the food…Love me some cranberry salad, marshmallow yams, and stuffing with noodles.
8. Hoodies. Fall has the best weather for hoodies. If I could, I would live in hoodies. I own a hoodie for every school I work at, plus several from Worlds of Fun, my fraternity, and some just because. I have a giant stack of them in the closet. They are just so comfy. I do need to get one for Austin Peay though…
9. TV. shows return from the summer hiatus. I am a TV junkie, and I love fall premieres. One of my task list items this weekend is to set up the DVR for all my shows! Cannot wait to have some closure from all those season ending cliff hangers.
10. The weather isn’t awful. My husband is hot blooded so this weather is perfect for him, which means that he is much more likely to enjoy the outings that I put him through. Which then means, that I enjoy them more too! Yes outdoor date ideas! It’s also not just events for dates, but fun times with friends and family at things such as corn mazes and pumpkin patches. There is just so much fun stuff to do!
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My family last year at a pumpkin festival. We were only missing Tom who was having a very different kind of fall in Afghanistan. Look at the Missouri Hills behind us! Glorious!
Tom said that he loves this season because all of his favorite hunting seasons are now. He said his mind always goes to a deer stand when he thinks of fall. He is trying to convince me right now that he needs a new bow….
So we all have our reasons for loving the season. Link up and show us your reasons!

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Autumn on My Mind

I am so excited to announce a new partnership for the blog! Our very first link up!

I have known Elizabeth for a little while now. We have a lot of things in common beyond both of us being married to Army men. Fun fact, our hubs were both at basic at the same time just different units. So we have been Army wives about the same time. We have gotten to know each other through our blogs, so when she offered a free sponsorship on her blog, I happily put my hand up to be selected. And who knew that we would start something so exciting? We brainstormed for a little bit before we came up with the idea of collaborating on a link up about fall and how amazing of a season it is.

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Hey there Army Crafter readers! I’m Elizabeth and you can find me over at Army Ever After where I blog about life, love, and our Hawaiian adventures. I really enjoy reading Stephanie’s blog and have secretly “blog-stalked” her for months now so I am over-the-moon excited to team up with her on this linkup.  Stephanie and I created this linkup to jump start and record all of our fun fall memories and we’d love for you to join in!

So here we are introducing Autumn on My Mind!

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We will be doing two link ups each week on Sundays and Thursdays. We have already set the schedule of topics for each day to hopefully help with busy schedules and also stir some excitement for what I believe to be the greatest season.  We hope that you join us on this new adventure for the next month! Check back on Thursday for our first link up on what you love about this season!

We don’t have many, hardly any, rules for this link up. We would love for you to come back for each post and link up your entries! We are both crazy about fall (the football, the leaves, the scarves, the food, etc), and are just excited about seeing more of this awesome season through your eyes. Hope to see you around this fall!

The line-up…

Thursday, September 12th: “What I Love About Fall”

  • Link up with us to describe what you are excited about this autumn. We want to hear what you love about the fall season. That could be everything pumpkin flavored, the scarves galore or how the leaves get crunchy. Tell us what you “fall” for!

Sunday, September 15th:  “A Fall Food Must”

  • Do you have a favorite food that you associate with fall? This is the time to highlight those yummy fall goodies!

Thursday, September 19th:  “An Autumn Creation”

  • With the changing colors and impending holidays, do you have some inspiration to make something? Link up here to release some creative juices and share some autumn inspiration and craftiness.

 Sunday, September 22:  “Autumn Activities Outside”

  • There are so many outside activities that are associated with this time of the year. We have hay rides, pumpkin patches, apple picking and so much more. What are activities that you are doing this year in your neck of the woods? Or what is your favorite fall outside funtivities?

Thursday, September 26th:  “Fall Fashion Trends”

  • Do you have go to styles that you wear only during fall months? Share your favorite styles and help inspire all of us to be more creative with our fall attire and what we have in our closets.

Sunday, September 29th:  “A Date With Autumn”

  • What would be the perfect date night you can only do in fall in your area? Are there go to places for couples?

Thursday, October 3rd:  “A Fall Food Must”

  • We love fall foods! Let’s expand our recipe books by sharing go to foods that we have at fall get-togethers tailgates!

Sunday, October 6th:  “Autumn Activities Outside”

  • With the ever changing scenery, it is hard not to want to spend time outside admiring nature. What are you up to outside? Do you have a fun fall activity to share?

Thursday, October 10th:  “An Autumn Creation”

  • What are you inspired to make this time of year? Are you getting gifts ready? Are holiday decorations coming out? Show us your autumn creations!

  Sunday, October 13th:  “Autumn on My Mind Collage”

  • They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This is a link up to show in photos what you love about the season. We would love to see what fall looks like in your community! So take out that camera!

So there you have it. Autumn on My Mind will commence on Thursday! Hope to see you back for the first link-up!