Caramel Glazed Pumpkin Pie Cake

Caramel Glazed Pumpkin Pie Sheetcake

  • Servings: 8+
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Kp Clark

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 15oz Can Pumpkin
  • 1 Tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice

Caramel Glaze

  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Half and Half (or milk)
  • 1/2 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Cup Pecans(optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat Oven to 350°
  2. Grease and Flour a 9 x 13 cake pan.
  3. Prepare Caramel Glaze in a Saucepan. Melt butter and add rest of ingredients. Bring to a boil.
  4. Let the Caramel boil for 3 minutes and then remove from heat. If adding pecans do so now.
  5. In a large bowl or mixer prepare cake mix according to box instructions using milk instead of water.
  6. Add the can of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice(may substitute 3/4 tsp cinnamon and 1/4 tsp nutmeg); mix until combined.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until cake rises and feels firm. (Do not over cook!)
  8. Pour the Caramel glaze over the warm sheet cake, spread and let cool.
  9. Serve warm or cold topped with whipped cream. Enjoy!


This is a very moist cake and I usually keep it in the refrigerator. My kids love this topped with whipped cream.

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Crispy Onion and Swiss Half Sliders

I came upon this concoction purely by accident. They are quite delicious and there are so many variations that you could do depending on your own likes (Add ham or bacon bits—delicious!!). And no they are not  healthy but everything in moderation—right? You could use light mayo if you can tolerate it—more power to ya! The beauty of these gems are in the sweet slider buns. By all means you could do the larger version if you so choose. I prefer things in bite size fashion.

 

Crispy Onion and Swiss Half Sliders

12 ct  Sweet and Soft Slider Buns

1 Pkg  Swiss Cheese Slices

1Pkg  Crispy Onions

1c. Mayonnaise

1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

1/2 c. Sliced Green Onions

Honey Mustard (optional)

On a large cookie sheet lay slider buns split open.  In a small bowl mix 1c. Mayo, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 c. Green onions.  Spread Mayo mixture on to all the buns. Top each with crispy onions and then the swiss cheese slices. Place under broiler  for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.   I like to drizzle a little honey mustard on top. Voila! Easy appetizer for a crowd.

Five Seconds of 50 Songs

So I can’t take credit for the title of this post. My brother in law coined the phrase in response to my husband’s issue of only being able to listen to a few seconds of a song before changing it.  At the time I said, ” There it is! Our billion dollar idea!”  “Only play the best parts of your favorite songs!”  Ofcourse, we were just laughing and joking listening to music and maybe karaoking here and there. Our garage party nights at their house are some of my favorite nights.

Fast forward a couple weeks to the Sugar Grove Corn Boil. This is one of my favorite weekends of the summer. If you knew me that might surprise you! I am not a fan of crowds, I detest them.  But somehow at this event no matter how packed it is I am totally chill.  I can’t explain it. Maybe it’s the people who all feel like me…that you have stepped back into a simpler time when people were more kind and easy going.  I am not sure what it is but I truly look forward to the kids riding the rides, food, drinks and good music.

The year that hooked us on the music was the year that Hairbangers Ball was playing the Saturday night show. It was the best thing I had heard in a long time! We were hoping the next year they would be back but no luck. Hairbangers Ball seemed to take off and began traveling all over the state. Which if you have the chance, and you like 80’s hair bands, you must go see them!!

So this particular Saturday I wasn’t quite sure who was playing the 7pm time slot but I can’t say I was too excited about it. That is until they started playing. It was upbeat, fast paced and the crowd was eating it up!!! The group was called Semple Band.  In a gist, they were doing what my husband was doing a few weeks before, playing the best parts of many favorite songs. Although, Semple was much better at blending it all together believe me.  They were so fantastic, that we  were already trying to plot when we could see them again.

So once again, a day late and a dollar short on the billion dollar idea thing, but if you like music like we do go check out these bands. You won’t regret it!