It seems as if a lot of kids don’t really care for pie and so I was on the lookout for a different dessert idea for the kids that they would enjoy.  A few years ago, I ran across an recipe in a magazine for a sugar cookie that was decorated to look like a pumpkin pie.  I have made that “pie” for my kids every year since then (with a few changes) and it’s always a hit!  Not to mention that it is super simple to make!


a large circular baking pan (I use one that is 16 inches across)

1 box of yellow cake mix

1 T water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

1 can of white frosting

yellow & red food coloring

a handful of chocolate chips


Preheat your oven to 350

Mix together the cake mix, water, oil and eggs

Stir well (by hand is fine)

Dump all of the dough onto the round pan and spread out evenly

Bake in the oven 10-13 minutes or so (until the top starts to lightly brown)

Remove from oven and let cool

Keep the cookie ON THE PAN

Put the whole can of frosting into a mixing bowl and add red and yellow food coloring and mix well until it is the shade of orange that you want to use.

Dump all the frosting onto the cookie and spread evenly

Trim the edges of the cookie with the chocolate chips (to resemble a “crust”)

When it’s time for dessert, simply cut into wedges and serve!  You can even top it with whipped cream if you like to make it more “authentic”.

From my home to yours, may you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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My son (who is Autistic) was a notoriously picky eater.  Over the past few years, I have managed to change that pattern.  What’s funny to me is that sometimes we resist trying a new food at home for fear that the picky eaters in our house will resist and protest.  This is not always the case.

The price of the white bread that my family prefers is almost $3 per loaf.  I have a bread machine and enjoy making bread in it but it doesn’t really lend itself to being “sandwich” bread.  So, off I went in search of an alternative.

I tried the bread outlet stores.  They didn’t carry our type of bread and the types they did carry weren’t very tasty (we tried them all).  So, I continued to buy our $3 bread.  Recently I noticed a store brand “honey wheat” bread that was $1 less than the bread we love and it seemed similar in texture and softness.  It was, however, WHEAT!  My kids would never go for that (or so I thought).  I bought the bread figuring that it would eventually get used.

Fast forward a few days…. I notice that the bread is indeed being eaten and I never heard not even one single word of protest.  I don’t think they ever even noticed the change!

Feeling a little braver, I was at the Dollar Tree this week and noticed a similar colored wheat bread and it looked pretty soft.  For a dollar, how could I go wrong?  I brought it home and again it is being used, no questions asked and not one word of protest.

Here is the point:  try it.  You just never know what the kids will go for and what they will absolutely not try.  Sure, there are some things that I still won’t buy the generic of (Kraft mac & cheese is one of those things) but for just about everything else, I am open to new brands and ideas!  Now, instead of spending $3 for one loaf of bread, I know that I can get the wheat bread at Dollar Tree for $1 * that’s three loafs for the price of one!  Whoo hoo!

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I know I have posted before about leftovers and also about making a monthly menu plan.  Today when I was cleaning out my fridge and taking inventory of the freezer so I could plan my menu for August, it occured to me that I left out a clever tip I use every week.

When I clean out the fridge, I take all of the leftovers out and go thru all the shelves making sure everything in there is fresh and edible.  I put the leftovers on the counter and throw away the stuff that is no good.  Often I still have some leftovers that are only a day old or so and I am not willing to throw away good food.  Because the leftovers have been in the fridge for a day or two, my family does not “see” them there.  Kind of like if you open the fridge for a glass of water and the milk is on the same shelf, you just don’t really “see” it there.

To combat this, I repackage my leftovers, taking them out of the current container they are in and putting them in a different container (or even a storage bag) and then place them back into the fridge on the leftover shelf (the bottom shelf in our fridge is where all the leftovers are kept).  That way when the family opens the fridge and looks around, they see a different container in there that was NOT there this morning and it catches their attention and are more likely to eat it.

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