Thursday, March 28, 2013

Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich Flower...

No, this is not a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with flowers.  It is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich made into a fun shape of a flower.

The first thing is to make your sandwich. (Here's a secret - if you want get compliments on how good you make a sandwich, make sure the peanut butter and jelly go all the way to the edges of the bread).

Put your top piece of bread evenly on the bottom piece.

Here is the most important part.  Using an apple corer, put it in the middle of your sandwich and press down until it cuts all the way through.  I had to press on it back and forth to make it cut all the way through.

With the pieces cut, you now need to arrange them into the shape of a flower.

Ta da!  A peanut butter and jelly sandwich Flower!

The sandwich is not just to look at, its for eating.  And, it really does taste better shaped like a flower.

Pumpkin Spice Soft Cookies...

This is probably the easiest home made cookies to make EVER!  It only takes two ingredients (plus optional icing) for cookies that people will be raving about.  This recipe makes about 36 cookies.


     1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix
     1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
     1 can cream cheese icing (optional)

  1. Have a grown-up preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease cookie sheets, or spray sheets lightly with vegetable spray (Pam), or, for easy clean-up, use parchment paper on the cookie sheets.
  3. In a large bowl, use a fork (or your hands) to mix together the cake mix and pumpkin until well blended.  Drop spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  4. Have a grown-up put it in the preheated oven for 12 to 18 minutes.  Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
The cookies taste delicious just as they are.  But, for an added touch, top the cookies with cream cheese icing.

These are the only ingredients needed to make these cookies - spice cake mix and canned pumpkin.

Pour the entire cake mix package into a bowl.

Put the entire can of pumpkin in the bowl.

Completely mix the pumpkin and cake mix.

After you've completely mixed the pumpkin and cake mix, use a spoon to make balls of dough on a greased or parchment covered cookie sheet.

When all of the cookies are on the cookie sheet, have a grown-up put the cookies in a preheated 350° oven for 12 to 18 minutes until they just start to turn brown at the edges.

After the cookies are taken out of the oven, let them cool for five minutes on the cookie sheet and then you can move them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

You  now have a batch of easy and delicious pumpkin spice soft cookies.  Topping the cookies with cream cheese icing adds an extra finishing touch.