Pumpkin pie recipe with unique ingredient

For Thanksgiving this year my daughter found this amazing tasting pumpkin pie recipe from

This recipe has brown sugar in it as well as a secret ingredient... Black Pepper!! I know whaaat?? But it really emphasized the pumpkin flavor so well! Madeline made sure our crust did not burn and put aluminum all around the edges.

Sooo yummy! You gotta try it!


Lemon Lime Cilantro Chicken Kabobs

I tried this new recipe tonight and it was sooo delicious!
I used chicken breast, red onion, red pepper, fresh cilantro and patty pan squash cut in half and skewered on to metal skewers. 
I found the recipe from The Taylor House Blog and I tweaked it a little bit. I used sweet Chili sauce in place of Sriracha sauce I used lime infused oil with a 1/2 squeeze of lemon and I added patty pan squash.  I served this with coconut rice!

 4 Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts, Cubed
2 Tablespoons Lemon Infused Olive Oil (you can use regular olive oil with a teaspoon of Lemon Juice) I used lime infused olive oil and squeezed in half a lemon too!
2 Teaspoons Sriracha Sauce (I used Sweet Chili Sauce)
4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
3 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro, Chopped
2 Small Limes
1  Red Pepper
1/2 Red Onion
6 -8  Patty pan squash
Make marinade using the oil, lime and lemon juice, soy sauce, Sweet chili sauce, garlic and Fresh cilantro. Cut up the chicken into chunks and place in the Marinade for an hour or so. 
Cut up the peppers, red onion and patty pan squash and skewer everything onto skewers. Grill until chicken in cooked through..about 8-10 minutes. 

You gotta try this! 

The Tastiest Tried and True Orange Roll Recipe

We have been making these Orange rolls in our homes for years! This is our go to recipe every time. The rolls come out perfect, light and fluffy with amazing buttery Orange flavor! Perfect for the holidays or any time!

Orange roll recipe
Tip- When I put the dough into the muffin pan I push up the centers a bit so when they rise they look almost like a popover.
Orange roll recipe
Tip- once they are out of the oven I lift them out and turn them on their sides in the muffin tins so they can start to cool but stay warm and not over bake.
Orange roll recipe

Here is the recipe...it takes a little bit of time but so worth it and you make the dough the night before or even a few hours ahead of time!

Refrigerator rolls (PLAIN)

Ingredients for rolls

1 pkg dry yeast
¼ c. lukewarm water
1 1/2 cubes butter melted
2 tsp. salt
½ c. sugar
1 ½ cups warm water
2 eggs

Dissolve yeast in lukewarm water to proof it (bubbly)

Melt butter in microwave Pour warm water over butter, add salt and sugar
Add proofed yeast, Add 2 ½ cups flour and mix well.
Add beaten eggs and remaining flour.

Beat well and cover with a dish towel and let rise to twice the size.

Dough will be sticky.

(If making the dough the night before) Cover and put in refrigerator.

If you refrigerated your dough....TWO and HALF HOURS before baking, roll out dough and form into rolls (if making plain ones or look below for Orange roll recipe) put on lightly greased pans, cover with dish towels and let rise until doubled in bulk.

Bake 400 15 to 20 minutes. Makes 3 to 4 dozen rolls


1 recipe of refrigerator rolls
1/3 cup melted butter
Grated orange rind of one orange

Melt butter, add sugar and rind. Mix well. Roll out half of dough at a time. Roll into rectangle spread with orange butter mixture. Roll up jelly roll style and slice into 1" thick slices. Place in well greased muffin tins (kind of push up center of roll from underneath as you place in muffin tin). Let rise hour or two depending on how hot kitchen is. Bake 400 15 to 20 min.

Divide dough into 3 sections. Roll into circle, cut into quarters, then cut into 3 triangles. Roll like a crescent start with wide end first. Dip whole roll into melted butter. Let rise until doubled in size. Bake in 350 oven for 10 min.





Cowboy Caviar Bruschetta

Cowboy Caviar Bruschetta
Seriously the easiest and best appetizer using food from your pantry!
Cowboy Caviar, black bean salsa
Cowboy Caviar Bruschetta
Cowboy Caviar Recipe
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can corn (drained)
1 can diced Tomatoes
1-2 green onions finely chopped
1 avocado cubed
1/2 fresh lime
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and Pepper
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
Mix all together (lightly fold in avocado) and refrigerate until ready to serve.

2 baguettes loaves thinly sliced on an angle
Brush olive oil on one side, sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and lay on cookie sheet..oil side up
Broil the bread until lightly golden....watch the bread as it can burn quickly.
I served the bread on a lazy Susan with the bowl of Cowboy Caviar in the center.
The guys LOVED this!! It was gone in seconds!!
TIP- Keep canned ingredients on hand in your pantry and keep some baguettes in freezer wrapped in aluminum foil so you can be ready for drop in guests during the holidays.
Karin :)
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Crockpot Boneless Country Style Ribs for a crowd

For my daughter Emily's 24th birthday she wanted to have a bunch of friends over for Sunday dinner and we had a crowd! It was a blast and I just love all her friends, You can see all the details from my Mix and Match tablescape HERE.
 For the menu I made Crockpot Boneless Country Style ribs that were the best ever, twice baked potatoes, broccoli and a friend brought a delicious salad! 

Crockpot Boneless Country Style Ribs for a crowd, Crockpot cooking

Seriously the crockpot is a lifesaver! I don't have pictures of the finished product but trust me....these were so tender they fell apart when you tried to pick them up and the BBQ Sauce is to die for! I bought two packages of these boneless country style ribs...about 7lbs of meat altogether. I salt and peppered them and added a little of  Webers Beer Can chicken seasoning to give it just a tad more flavor and then I poured Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce all over them and turned the crockpot on low for about 6 hours and BOOM BABY! they were done!

Sweet Baby Rays Barbeque Sauce, Crockpot Boneless Country Style Ribs

Seriously these were sooo good and only a tiny bit was left over...Just for me for lunch today :)

Twice baked potatoes-
I baked 7 nice sized potatoes for 14 people

1. Scrub them really good, rub a little olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt, poke with fork or knife
2. Bake at 400 for about 1 hour until soft when you squeeze them slightly.
3. Cut potatoes in half, scoop out the insides leaving a small amount to hold the skin in place.
4. Place the inside of potatoes into a bowl, add milk a little at a time (1/4- 1/2 cup or more) you don't want slushy potatoes, 1 stick of butter, salt and pepper to taste. Mix with mixer until soft and fluffy
5. I used a cookie scooper to fill the skins back up with mashed potates
6. Sprinkle with grated cheese...I just used what I had in the fridge
7. Broil in oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts and turns golden...keep an eye on them they burn quicikly!

Banana Chocolate Nutella Cake coming up next!

Focaccia Bread Recipe

My sister shared this yummy Focaccia recipe and it is super easy to make and no rising necessary!
Focaccia Bread recipe
Once the dough is made you press the dough onto an oiled cookie sheet and drizzle dough with olive oil, sprinkle with crushed dried rosemary and kosher salt.
Focaccia bread
Bake at 425 for 20 - 30 min. Cut into triangles
I served mine on my galvanized metal cake stand...the flavor is Sooo good!
Focaccia bread recipe
Foccacia bread recipe
1 cup warm water
1tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp sugar
3 Cups bread Flour ( I used regular flour)
1 package yeast
Dried Rosemary crushed
Add yeast with a pinch of sugar to warm water until it bubbles...in the meantime add all ingredients to mixing bowl in order. Add in bubbled yeast. Using a paddle attachment on my kitchen aid and mix dough until it is combined and "kneaded" well.
Flatten and stretch onto oiled cookie sheet. Drizzle with oil, sprinkle with kosher salt and dried rosemary.
Bake at 425 for 20 to 30 min until golden brown....I took mine out a little easy. Cut into diamond shapes and serve.

Pick Your Plum 2-Tier Galvanized Metal Stand

Okay gals Pick Your Plum is selling their 2- Tier Galvanized Metal Stand for a limited time! So hurry and grab one for yourself or for a friend. These are great for the upcoming holidays to use as a centerpiece, serve food and snacks from, create a hot chocolate and donut bar in it, fill with candles and greenery...the possibilities are endless! I love the fact that they are so light weight so you can bring it to church and neighborhood functions too!

Pick your plum 2-tier galvanized metal stand

I have the 3 - tier one and created a fun fall centerpiece in it

2 tier galvanized metal stand

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Caramel Apples with Drizzled Chocolate Tutorial

Caramel apples drizzled with chocolate
Caramel apples drizzled with chocolate tutorial
For our cub scout pack meeting this week we have a theme of farm animals going on with games and skits about farmers. It was decided that caramel apples would be served and so I commenced making these caramel chocolate treats!
Caramel apples with drizzled chocolate
Caramel apples with drizzled chocolate, the Style Sisters
I asked my mom what was the best way to make 40 of these babies and she told me first you must wash them in hot soapy water to get some of the waxy stuff off so the caramel will stick. After you wash and rinse them, dry every speck of them...because once again if water is on them the caramel won't stick. How can such sticky stuff not stick...it sticks to my fingers wet or dry, my clothes the counters and to my stomach and thighs haha
Since my mom is a chocolatier she said I should get some of her special caramel but it was too far away to go get it so I opted for caramel Tid Bits...you don't have to unwrap a zillion little square caramels! Yeah!! they come in a bag all ready to go. I found mine at Walmart where they sell chocolate chips. I added a 3 tbs cream to three bags of caramels, a pinch of kosher salt and probably about 1/2 tsp vanilla. Make sure you don't use too much liquid because it can get to runny.
Caramel TID bits
Caramel apples, the stylesisters
I heated things up over low to medium heat so as not to burn the cream or caramel...and they started "melting...melting.....I'm melting" (said in a witch voice).....you know the witch from Wizard of Oz.
Caramel apple tutorial
Once it is all melted and smooth you can start dipping your apples....let me just clarify a few things...1. No dipping...I'd call it....twirling to get it evenly all around the apple. 2. Do you know how hard it is to take a picture yourself of twirling an apple while holding the hot lava pan of caramel?!! 3. Have some patience and take your time or you will have caramel all over the place...ask me how I know this.....Uuurrghh
Dipping apples in caramel
Caramel apples drizzled with chocolate
Notice the fast action shot here.....yeah no...it's just blurry...I'm amazed I did not drop the phone into the hot lava caramel!
Here's the trick I found....I lean the pan on its side and dunk the apple while slowly twirling it so it will be evenly coated
Caramel apples
Caramel apples drizzled with caramel tutorial, the style sisters
Yeah im not the best twirler while trying to take a picture...I needed another pair of hands! Once it is covered to the amount you'd like...hold it over the pan while the excess drips off...then I used a knife to cut off some of the extra so it wouldn't puddle too much.
See...not huge puddles but just enough
The other very important secret my mom told me about was USE PARCHMENT PAPER...not wax paper, not aluminum foil...once they are set they easily come right off the paper...no stickiness at all but you gotta let them set...I put mine in the fridge and they were perfect!
So here is one of my scary Halloween looking caramel apples....yeah I don't know what happened here :( Some had lots of air bubbles in them but they look "gnarly dude" the cub scouts will love them. Once they are done I refrigerated them overnight and then I added the chocolate drizzle.
I melted the chocolate chips in a glass measuring cup and poured it into a pleated ziplock bag. I realized simply by accident when I snipped the bottom edge it created two holes so when the chocolate came out it came out in 2 streams...so cool looking!
Drizzling chocolate tutorial
Drizzling chocolate tutorial, caramel apples, the Style Sisters
I used a combination of these two chocolate chips....why? Because I had them and they are my hubby's favorite.
Ghirardelli chocolate chips
Caramel apples drizzled with chocolate, the style sisters
Here is my video tutorial of adding the chocolate drizzles

Caramel apples and pumpkins
Caramel apples drizzled with chocolate tutorial, The Style Sisters

Here is just one picture from our pack meeting...they looooved them and wanted more than one!
Happy Fall Y'all

Mini Peach Raspberry Pies baked in ramekins

Mini peach raspberry pies, mini pies, the style Sisters
Mini Peach Raspberry Pies
Hello all! I wanted to share with you my mini peach raspberry pies. I don't know if your house is like mine but when we buy peaches some start to wither before we know it and others are hard as rocks! I decided to hurry up and use the withered peaches and make some pie!
OOOH all that goodness is oozing out of the crust and dripping over the sides..I love that!
Mini Peach Raspberry pies, The Style Sisters, Tablescapes
Check out my Ralph Lauren meets Audrey Hepburn tablescape HERE for more details that are pictured above.
For the recipe I used about 4 or 5 peaches in varying size and ripeness. You can see the different colors of the peaches below...some were white peaches and some were yellow peaches. The dark golden yellow were hard and deep red color were mushy. I peeled them and chopped them up into small pieces and then I added 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of white sugar, 2 Tablespoons of corn starch, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp allspice and 1/4 cup frozen raspberries. Mixed it up gently and then I made pie crust.
Here is the recipe for the pie crust (I made 2 of these recipes)
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
pinch of salt
2 to 3 Tblsp of ice cold water
Whipped it up in my cuisinart just until it started to come together, dumped it out onto a piece of saran wrap and formed it into a flat pancake and put it into the freezer for about 10 min. Then I rolled it out and cut out circles that were a little bigger than my ramekins. I fit the circles into the ramekins and left the sides up a little bit so the criss cross crust would have something to attach to. Once the ramekins were filled with the peach mixture I....
Mini peach raspberry pies in ramekins
Rolled out the second pancake of dough and used my pampered chef serrated edge cuter thingy to cut skinny strips to make the criss crosses for the top crust.
I baked them in the oven for about 30 minute...until the crust was golden and the filling started to ooze over the edges...yummm can you smell it yet?
Here they are all in their cuteness. This made 8 mini peach rasbperry pies!
Mini peach raspberry pies, ramekins, the Style Sisters
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