Decorative Leaves on Pumpkin Pie

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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Last year for Thanksgiving I wanted to add decorative leaves from pie crust on the top of my pumpkin pie, but I didn’t do it. This year I decided to give it a try and I’m glad that I did. Have you ever added leaves (or other things) to the top of your pumpkin pie?

Making the leaves was very simple. I used the extra crust that came with the Pillsbury pie crust to cut out eight leaves with a cookie cutter. I drew lines on top of each leaf with a toothpick to give the leaves more details.

I’m going to be making another pumpkin pie within the next week or two and I’m going to have fun with adding decorative pieces of pie crust on top of my pumpkin pie.

Here is how to add decorative leaves on top of a pumpkin pie.

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Chocolate Strawberry Cake with Chocolate Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

Meal Monday is a weekly post series on the subject of food. I’ll talk about my love for food to sharing recipes that I love cooking to food tips.

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Couple weeks ago was my daughter, Katie’s, 3rd birthday. I wanted to bake a cake for her birthday party. Last year for Katie’s birthday, I made her lemon raspberry cupcakes. So this year for Katie’s birthday, I wanted to bake something different.

I asked Katie what kind of cake she wanted and she told me, “Chocolate!” So I decided on a chocolate strawberry cake with chocolate strawberry cream cheese frosting. Katie loves chocolate and strawberries and cream cheese frosting is one of the best frostings.

I used the chocolate cake recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and added strawberries to the recipe.

For decorating the cake, I took letters to spell ‘Katie’ and the number 3 and placed them on the cake. I sprinkled pink sugar inside of the letters and number. Then I lightly sprinkled the pink sugar on top of the cake. I added celebration sixlets in pink as the top and bottom trim.

Here is my recipe for chocolate strawberry cake with chocolate strawberry cream cheese frosting.

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Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake

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 Do you love cheesecake? What is your favorite flavor? I’m a big fan of cheesecake. I’ve even had cheesecake as my cake for my birthday before. I love cheesecake that much.

When Fall arrives, I especially love pumpkin cheesecake. I have to get a slice of pumpkin cheesecake at Starbucks when it arrives. This season, I’ve already had a slice that I shared with my girls. I’ll definitely have more.

Usually around Thanksgiving time, I like to bake a maple pumpkin cheesecake. I get my recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

Below is my recipe for maple pumpkin cheesecake.

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Lemon Cupcakes

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Do you love cupcakes? What is your favorite flavor? One of my favorite is lemon cupcakes.

I don’t bake that often; I probably bake few times a year. Mostly on special occasions and holidays. When I do bake, I love making my lemon cupcakes from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. This is the recipe I used to make my lemon raspberry cupcakes.

I baked these lemon cupcakes one year for my husband and I’s birthdays. When I made the frosting, I added little extra lemon juice and lemon peel for extra flavor. I added sliced lemons for my topping on my cupcakes. The lemon slices could be candied if wanted.

Here is my recipe for lemon cupcakes.

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Lemon Raspberry Cupcakes

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My daughter, Katie’s 2nd birthday was about a week ago. I wanted to make her cupcakes for her birthday party, which was Minnie Mouse themed. I used a lemon cake/cupcake recipe I had and added raspberries to get the pink color. Thanks to my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

The cupcakes turned out amazing and had so much flavor. Here is my recipe for lemon raspberry cupcakes.

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