Heavenly Pumpkin Pie Bars

1 pkg. Yellow Cake Mix
1/2 cup Butter, melted
3 Eggs
1 lg. (29 oz.) can Pumpkin Pie Filling
2/3 cup canned Evaporated Milk
1/4 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 cup Butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom of a 9X13 pan. Pour 1 cup of the yellow cake mix into a medium bowl; set aside. Combine remaining cake mix, 1/2 cup of melted butter and 1 egg; mix well. Press into prepared pan. Combine pumpkin pie filling, remaining 2 eggs, and evaporated milk in a medium mixing bowl; mix until smooth. Pour evenly over the crust in the 9X13 pan. Pour the cinnamon and sugar into the mixing bowl containing the 1 cup of cake mix. Cut in the 1/4 butter till the mixture looks crumbly. Sprinkle this mixture over the pumpkin filling. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted into bars comes out clean. Serve warm or cooled with a dollop of whipped cream. (Sorry no pictures for this one.)


Disney Princess Time Period Costumes

How did the Disney creators figure out the Disney Princess clothes? An artist created pictures of where these fashions came from. Below are the Disney Princess pictures and a little discription from where their outfits originated from.

Snow White - Early 16th century Germany
Sleeping Beauty - Based on the year 1485

Pocahontas - Based on the 17th century Powhatan costume

Jasmine - Based on a rare drawing of pre-Islamic Middle Eastern fashion

Cinderella - Based in the mid-1860's

Belle - 1770's French court fashion

Ariel - 1890's evening gown fashion

Original Website -

Artist, Claire Hummel's Website -


Fall/ Halloween Decorations

I don't like Halloween. I just am not into all the scary things that go along with Halloween. It is probably my least favorite holiday. However, I love Fall decorations. (Weird, I know!) Here are a few things (from Pottery Barn) that I found for Halloween and Fall.

Owl Shaped Lantern: $29-$59
News Text Pillar Candle: $16.50-$29.50

Curiosity Appitizer Plates: $35

(If I had a Halloween party, I would get these.)

Kitchen Accessories

I have mentioned before that I love Pottery Barn. Here are a few things that I found and I am putting on my wish list when we move into a house and I can decorate until my hearts content.

Tuscan Urns & Cachepot: $24-$89
Rhodes Canister: $29-$39


Warm Chocolate Melting Cake

This is the recipe for the chocolate cake that they serve on the Carnival Cruise Ship.
8 oz. Semisweet Chocolate
2 sticks, Butter
7 Eggs
6 tbsp. Sugar
1/2 c. Flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Melt chocolate and butter and cool for 10 minutes. In a separate bowl mix 4 eggs with sugar. Whisk together. Add flour and whisk together. Add remaining 3 eggs, and whisk together. Add egg mixture to the chocolate mixture. Coat each ramekin with butter to keep the cak from sticking. Pour the entire mixture into individual ramekins. Fill the ramekins about 2/3 full. The cake will expand a little. (If you don't want to use all of the batter, then store it in a tupperware container in the refrigerator.) Place the cakes on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 to 20, depending on the size. Cakes should come out dark and a little glossy in the center, but the outer rim should be cooked through. Top each cake off with a little powder sugar and serve with vanilla ice cream. Serve the cake right out of the oven.

Empanada's Recipe

1 package La Saltena dough (see below for packaging and store address)
2 Hard Boiled Eggs, chopped
Green Olives, chopped
1 lbs. Ground Beef
1/2 Onion, copped

Cook ground beef and onion. Season with salt, pepper and paprika (however much you want). Place meat in a bowl and cool off in the refrigerator (you can make this the day before). Chop the eggs and green olives and place them in seperate bowls.

Gently wet the edges of the empanada dough and fill the dough with meat, olives and egg. Fold the dough in half and pinch the ends closed. Twist the edges a little to ensure that the dough is completely closed. Evenly space them on a baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Serve them hot!

El Gaucho Meat Market

847 S. State College Blvd.

Anaheim, CA 92806

(package of 12 is about $3)


Homemade Salsa

1/2 Jalapeno (mild/ medium), remove seeds
6 medium Red Ripe Vine Tomatoes
1/2 Red Onion
4 tbsp. Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1/2 Lemon, juiced
1 tsp. Salt

Dice everything and mix together. Use all of the juices from the tomatoes. Add salt and lemon juice and mix thoroughly.