Gridiron Grub Chili Cheese Fries

Fall is here and that means the great sport of football will be taking over the televisions in many of our homes. If not on the TV, you may be watching from the sidelines as you cheer on your favorite peewee league, high school or college team. You know what goes hand in hand with football? Manly food...tailgating food...Gridiron Grub Chili Cheese Fries.

Today's recipe is super simple...just 3 ingredients and the brick of 'processed American cheese food' is not one of them.

Here's what you'll need: frozen french fries (or you could make your own), can of chili and a tub of Sharp Cheddar Pub Cheese.

Gridiron Grub Chili Cheese Fries

1 bag frozen french fries
1 can chili with beans
1 tub Sharp Cheddar Pub Cheese

Prepare french fries as directed. In medium saucepan, combine chili and cheese. Cook on low to medium until heated through. Remove fries from oven. Spoon chili-cheese mixture over a serving of fries and top with shredded cheese and/or chopped onions or peppers.

Make this for a hearty snack for the football lovers in your home. It's quick and easy and will most likely earn you the MVP award this season! I can see it're getting carried around on the shoulders of your family members chanting,"Mom's #1, Mom's #1..." Well, we can dream, can't we?

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All Things Thursday Blog Hop #8

Well, here we are! The last All Things Thursday Blog Hop in August is here. Can you believe next week is September? Most of the kids are back to school now, so there is probably a bit more time to get busy working on fall, home decor and crafts. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR. And, I love this day of the week...the day when we can see what you've been up to!
Here were the features I chose from last week's party in case you missed them. I enjoy seeing the projects you all bring to the party each week. You are one talented bunch!
So, let's get this party started! I'm anxious to see what you've been up to this week. Make sure you visit some of the other party-goers. Everyone likes a sweet comment!

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ATTBH #7 Features

More great link ups at last week's All Things Thursday Blog Hop! You all really know how to bring the goods! I'm excited to show you my picks for the ATTBH #7 Features. They will also be on my All Things Thursday Features board on Pinterest.
Remember, if you love these as much as I do, please do pin from the original source. Thanks.

Are you ready to see them up close?

First up is this Flour Sifter Planter by The Casual Craftlete. I just love the whole package...the raffia-tied sifter, the chalkboard label and the perky little plant.

Next, I chose Fun Home Things' Creamy Chicken Enchiladas. They sound so delicious and dreamy, using ingredients I have not tried before in my recipe.

I loved this DIY Raffia Wrapped Vase by For My Love of Affordable. We all have one of these vases tucked away in a cabinet. Why not give it some texture and interest?

When I clicked on Aunt Betty's Zucchini Bread link from My Turn for Us, I was so captivated by the story of Evelyn's Aunt Betty...a woman who just sparkled. I want to be known as that kind of lady. I thought the idea of baking a sweet bread in a coffee can sounded pretty neat too. I think my kids would get a kick out of this, so I'm pretty sure I'll be trying it. Maybe it will even make me "sparkle".

Like a Saturday's Paint Dipped Basket stole my heart. I love how the little bit of paint gave the whole basket a new vibe and a new purpose. Beautiful!
Finally, Fry Sauce and Grits shared this gorgeous Angel Food Cake with Strawberry Whipped Frosting. It looked to be a sweet little girl's 1st birthday cake. I was thinking it would be a great end of summer recipe to cool and light...totally refreshing.

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Orange Sweater Pumpkin Vase ~ Yard Sale Up-Cycle

You all should know by now that I am cheap frugal when it comes to crafts...especially seasonal crafts. Helloooo, remember the Fabulously Frugal Pumpkins made from toilet paper from last year? I love to "shop" my house and dig into my craft stash to create simple projects whenever possible, sometimes even picking up items at thrift stores or yard sales to up-cycle. Today's Orange Sweater Pumpkin Vase is no exception.
I spied this pretty sweater last year at a neighborhood garage sale and purchased it with the intent of crafting with it. I took it home, washed it up and have been storing it ever since. I love the texture of the cable-knit stitching. Ready to see how I made this simple vase?

Here's what I used: yard sale sweater, scissors, small glass fish bowl/round vase from Goodwill, needle and thread.

Begin by cutting off the turtleneck.

Insert the glass bowl into the newly created tube with the finished edge around the top of the vase. Make a running stitch using same color of thread around the bottom edge of the tube to "cinch" it in to the bottom of the bowl. (You could probably glue it to the bowl for a more permanent solution, but I wanted to keep my options open.)

Make another running stitch around the top to draw the knitted tube in to the glass, eliminating any gaps.
Flip it over, and fill it up with some fall flourishes. That's it! This was the first project I made with the orange sweater and I love how it turned out. The ridges in the turtleneck were the perfect accent to make the vase look even more pumpkin-ish.
As you can see, my In Between Mantel is getting slowly tweaked into it's fall glory. I found this cute little squirrel at Hobby Lobby a couple weeks ago and he has been perched on the mantel waiting for more fall splendor ever since. I love everything about fall and have a hard time waiting to decorate for it...not that I want to rush the seasons along, but I just can't get enough of the rich colors and aromas of Autumn. Who's with me? Have you started putting fall touches around your house?
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Cookie Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars

Okay, technically Fall is still over a month away, but I've got autumn edibles on my mind. I couldn't "fight the feeling any longer". You see, I've had Trader Joe's Crunchy Cookie Butter in my pantry for close to a month. I wouldn't let myself just dig in with a spoon because I just knew I'd eat the whole jar in one sitting be using it in a recipe. Oh, there are plenty of recipes out there for treats made with Cookie Butter, but I hadn't seen this pairing. So, here's recipe is...wait for it... Cookie Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars. Phew, I said it. It's been bottled up for too long. Okay, maybe just a couple of days, but it felt like forever. ;-)

I've been waiting for an occasion to make them (so I wouldn't eat them all myself) and last Friday I had the opportunity. Some dear friends invited us over for lunch and an afternoon of play for the kids and adult conversation for us mommies. Can I just say, I am beyond blessed with sweet friends. It's not that I have a lot of them, it's just that the Lord has seen fit to put me in relationships with people who help me grow in my walk with the Him and supply that deep need that we all have to belong. From you, my sweet bloggy friends, to those incredible souls who have known me for years and still call me friend, I am grateful. I would bake these bars for each of you if I could.

Because I was kind of winging it, I didn't get any process shots of this recipe. I think it is pretty straight forward and easy to put together.

Cookie Butter Frosted Pumpkin Bars

1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)
2/3 cup oil
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. salt

Cookie Butter Frosting

1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup Trader Joe's Cookie Butter (I used crunchy, but plain would be delicious too)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar (maybe more depending on how thick you want the frosting)
2 Tbsp. Milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together pumpkin, oil, sugar and eggs. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Mix together with pumpkin mixture. Spread in jelly roll pan sprayed with cooking oil.  Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. For the frosting, cream together butter and cookie butter. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk to the butters. Stir in vanilla. Spread on cooled pumpkin bars.

I know I will be making this again and again this fall, unless I'm not able to get the Cookie Butter. You know when Trader Joe's has a sign that says "Limit 10 per customer", it's gotta be something really good or really cheap. In this case, it is reeaaalllly good, and you almost can't put a price on that.

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Food for the Soul ~ Ephesians 5: 19b-20

What is it about geraniums that put a song in my heart? Maybe it's because they reflect the beauty of my Heavenly Father. I can't help but burst forth with thanksgiving when I consider all He has made and all He has done in my life. Even when things seem uncertain or topsy-turvy in my life, I rest in the knowledge that He is sovereign over all and wants what is best for me. Wishing you a big bucket of geraniums this week and the sweet knowledge of a Loving Savior who wants to nurture your heart and who loves you with an everlasting love.

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cupcakes

Yay! We made it to the weekend! This calls for cupcakes! Recently, we celebrated my hubby's birthday. Rather than bake up a whole cake, we made a batch of these Old-Fashioned Chocolate Cupcakes which were one of his mother's recipes.  They didn't have a frosting recipe to go on top, so I went with my old standby Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. You may have seen it already on my Chocolate Angel Food Cake. It is always the best choice.

Here's what you'll need for the cupcakes: butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, buttermilk, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cocoa, flour and vanilla. For the frosting (not shown) you'll need: butter, cocoa, powdered sugar, milk and vanilla.

Begin by creaming together the butter and sugars. Add in a lightly beaten egg.

Stir baking soda into buttermilk.

Sift together flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. Alternate adding in the dry ingredients and buttermilk to the butter/sugar mixture until all is fully incorporated. (Batter will be very thick.)

Divide batter into 15 to 18 lined muffin cups. Bake for about 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Remove from oven, cool completely and frost as desired.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Cupcakes

{makes 15 to 18 standard cupcakes}
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup white sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup buttermilk(or sour milk made with 1 Tbsp. white vinegar and 1 cup milk)
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. cocoa
1 tsp. vanilla

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2/3 cup cocoa
1/3 cup milk
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare muffin tins with liners. Cream together butter and sugars. Beat the egg and add to the butter mixture. Stir 1/2 tsp. baking soda into buttermilk. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa together. Add the dry ingredients and buttermilk alternately to the butter/sugar mixture. Stir in vanilla. Spoon into prepared muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes. Makes 15-18 cupcakes. 

For the frosting, melt butter and stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk. Finally, stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups of frosting. Spread or pipe onto cupcakes.
I love bridging the gap of generations with recipes. It's pretty neat that my daughter gets to bake up goodies from recipes passed down through the great cooks in our families. My MIL may have passed away several years ago, but her love of baking up sweet treats for celebrations is alive and well in our family. Using simple ingredients, these delicious cupcakes can be a part of any of your celebrations too, big or small. I hope you'll give them a try! Do you have any recipes passed down that are musts for family celebrations? 

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All Things Thursday Blog Hop #7

It's party time, people! Welcome to this week's All Things Thursday Blog Hop #7! We're so glad you are here to celebrate all the creativity in the blogosphere! Link up your awesome projects/recipes and  stick around to see what others have been up to!
"Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future"..... I've got the Steve Miller Band's Fly Like an Eagle song going through my mind as I look at the calendar and realize we are already over halfway through August! With schedules filling up, you don't seem to be slowing down with your creativity. If anything, you're ramping it up! And, we are loving it! Here's a sneak peak of my picks for features this week. I posted them earlier today here
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ATTBH #6 Features

Another great week of linkups to our All Things Thursday Blog Hop! You all really post some amazing projects! We've started our 2013-2014 Homeschool Year this week. Routine is great, but it is hard to step into it after having time off. Both kids' sports are also buzzing now, so the Higby House is pretty busy. Fortunately, not too busy to check out all the wonderful links you brought to the party! Here are Posed Perfection's ATTBH #6 Features.

Are you ready to see these up close and personal? Remember, if you love them as much as I do, please pin from the original source. Thanks!
Living Better Together married an idea from a late night host and the famous Neiman Marcus cookies to come up with these Late Night with Neiman Marcus Cookies. They sound absolutely amazing!
My Flower Journal made this beautiful Flower Art using one of my favorite "green" mediums...old book pages. She is one talented artist!
Caramel Apple Crisp Minis by Whistle & Ivy inspired me to make my own apple cinnamon muffins yesterday morning. I should have followed her recipe...or even the one I was using...because mine didn't turn out at all. It probably had something to do with me forgetting to put in baking powder. I will definitely be trying these little gems...and I will follow the directions. ;-)

These Copycat Chik-fil-A Nuggets by Modern Christian Homemaker have a surprising ingredient to give them the flavor we all know and love! Go check it out!

I absolutely adore this Low Volume Love quilt by Windsor & Main. The colors are so inviting. I can just imagine taking a Sunday nap on a porch swing covered up by this beauty (much later in the year of course).
Last but not least, just look how much character this Old Farm Shed Door by Ms Moozy's Open House has. Love it! What a perfect place to hang a simple grapevine wreath!

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Our next All Things Thursday Blog Hop is tonight at 8pm Central!  We'd love to have you come to link up your projects/recipes and be inspired by the other partygoers.  Invite your friends too!