Monday, November 22, 2010

Best Weekend Ever & A Treat

Consider this 
THE BEST WEEKEND EVER!

Awesome weekend list:

*Free hotel room and food

*Impromptu Disneyland Visit

*Harry Potter 7 w/ good friends

*Fun Saturday night out

*Yacht wedding

And...
MEETING MY BLOG INSPIRATIONS!
Jenny, Me, & Amanda @Downtown Disney

Okay here's my exciting story. On the way from the hotel to HP 7, my boyfriend and I had some time to kill so we decided to get some use out of our new Disneyland passes. We walked in through Downtown Disney and I spotted two girls taking pictures of cupcakes. Pictures of cupcakes? That can only mean one thing... cutesy bloggers! I've seen my fair share of wonderful cupcake photos while reading my daily blogs. Two of those daily blogs are Picky-Palate and KevinandAmanda. You can see it in my About Me where it says I adore both of their blogs. Those two ladies up there are the fire power behind Picky-Palate (Jenny) and KevinandAmanda (Amanda). And I do adore them. They are both really sweet and the 3 times I've emailed them with either food questions or with a "Hi" they've responded back. I know they may not consider themselves celebrities but as for me, I was stark struck. They were very, very sweet. They made comments about seeing my blog and said they thought it was great and to keep up the good work. That's just plain awesome. So thanks Amanda and Jenny. You guys rock!!

As for the "Treat" portion, I'm gonna share a post of Jenny's for a fabulous muffin pan pie because she showed me so much blogger love!

Cream Cheese and Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie w/ Ginger Snap Streusel Topping
(which can be finished before saying that whole name 3 times fast!)
Recipe from the talented Jenny of Picky-Palate.com
 
Ingredients:
1 9 inch pie shell, softened (I use either Pillsbury or Trader Joes has nice pie shells)
4 Tablespoons softened cream cheese
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 Cup butterscotch chips
1/2 Cup canned pumpkin
2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 Tablespoon ground gingersnap cookies
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon softened butter
1/4 Cup chopped pecans

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Cut 2 1/2 inch rounds out of your pie dough and place into 12 muffin tins.  You will need to re-roll your dough once.  In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until softened and smooth.  Spoon 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture into bottom of pies and spread around the bottom.  Sprinkle about 10 butterscotch chips over cream cheese layer.

2.  In a separate mixing bowl beat the pumpkin, sugar, cream, cinnamon and egg until well combined.   Pour evenly  over cream cheese mixture filling up to nearly the top of crust.  Bake for 20 minutes.

3.  To prepare streusel  topping place sugar, cinnamon, ground cookies, brown sugar, pecans and butter in a mixing bowl.  Use a fork and press butter into sugar mixture until crumbly.  After the pies have baked for 20 minutes remove and top each evenly with the strudel.  Place back into the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes or until streusel is bubbly and pies are cooked through.  Remove from oven, loosen edges with a plastic knife then let cool for 10 minutes before removing from muffin tins.

4.  Serve room temperature or chilled.

Makes 12 individual pies
...or 12 for you and then another 12 for guests!

Enjoy! It was SOO nice meeting you ladies!!

4 comments:

  1. LOVE it Amy! What a fun picture of us :) It was such a pleasure meeting you and thanks for posting my recipe! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xoxo

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  2. How fun! :) Love that pic. :) It was so great to meet you at Disney. Thanks for saying hi!! :)

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  3. Awww, how fun! I love both of their blogs. :) I've been following Amanda since she started...it has been YEARS!

    I definitely know what you mean by "celebrity". What a fun week!
    K

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  4. So fun to run into bloggers randomly! (and ones we've all heard of too!) I met a couple bloggers at a book signing once, and it was so much fun seeing them in person.
    That looks like a great recipe!

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