September 24, 2014

Totally Not My Pumpkin Crunch Cake

This was one of those obnoxious Facebook posts that has a recipe but no link to an external site, so I'm putting it up here so that I can pin it and find it later. Everything from here on, including the photo, is from the fb post written by someone named Patricia Di Bella-Sitler. If you come here and this is your recipe and you'd like credit, please let me know, I'll redirect this post to wherever you want.

Crap, there's no way to get the photo up. Trust me, it looks good.

This is my families ALL TIME FAVORITE pumpkin recipe!! I grabbed this recipe from a co-worker in 2003 and I do it EVERY year. You won't believe it didn't take all day to make it. Don't forget to share this post to your wall for safe keeping!!
◄ Pumpkin Crunch Cake ►
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup pecans, chopped (roasted, candied optional)
1 cup butter/margarine, melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Pour into greased 13×9 baking dish. Layer DRY cake mix evenly on top of pumpkin mixture. Sprinkle pecans on top of cake mix. Drizzle melted butter evenly over the top. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown. Serve either warm or chilled with cream!

September 15, 2014

The Most Amazing Turkey Chili You Will Ever Eat

Unless you're allergic to peppers like my friend Meg and accidentally have an allergic reaction. But otherwise, this recipe of my father-in-law's is so easy and so, so good.


1 onion, roughly chopped 
1 red pepper, roughly chopped 
1 lb. ground turkey breast 
2-4 cloves garlic, chopped 
1 jar salsa or picante sauce 
2 Tbs ground cumin 
Several fresh basil leaves, sliced 
1 lg can Bush's Boston baked beans 
1 big can black beans, drained 
1 small can kidney beans, drained 
4-6 shakes original Worcestershire Sauce 
1/4 - 1/3 bottle of beer (drink remaining) 
1/2 tsp red chili pepper,
Salt & pepper to taste 


Put it all in a slow cooker, breaking up the turkey. Cook on low for, oh, 4-6 hours? That's it. Honestly, we've never used the basil leaves because I'm a terrible gardener and I've never missed them. This is an extremely flexible recipe, go ahead and substitute anything. This week I'm going to try making cornbread in the waffle maker and serve this chili on top.

Serve with sour cream and shredded cheddar.

Upon further reflection, I could probably make this without the peppers next time Meg is coming over. It's good, but perhaps not trip-to-the-ER good...