Cupcakes and Sunshine: October 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Broccoli Cheddar & Sausage Soup

Still over here soaking in as much October as possible!


& with all this chilly weather in Dallas, some broccoli cheddar sausage soup was inevitable.

I think some people would say I'm a planner, but others would say the opposite.

Some days I have each hour planned out to the minute. And some days, I hop on a plane and head to Los Angeles without thinking twice. Or jump in a car and move to Dallas. (: I'm down for organization, but also always down for random adventures too.

But usually always when it comes to cooking, I'm not a planner. Definitely more of an adventurer when it comes to recipes or lack-there-of.

I hardly ever make the same recipe twice. And I don't go by the book.

For this soup, you don't need a recipe.


In a pan, melt a couple tablespoons of butter and stir in some flour.

In a stock pot, you'll want to pour in a lotta chicken stock, a lotta milk, a little bit of heavy whipping cream. Next, chop some carrots, onions, celery, and broccoli, and toss that in as well. Then slowly stir in your butter/flour roux.

Dice a couple of chicken sausage links, and roast them in the butter pan. Throw those in too!

A few dashes of salt and pepper, a couple bay leaves, and then let simmer for a little while.

Next, pour in a few handfuls (or hundred) of cheddar cheese, and stir!

and boom. You're cooking with adventure.

To add a festive touch, take a few slices of sharp cheddar, and cut into pumpkins. Add on top right before serving. A few ghost and bat chips on the side, and you are set!

Happy adventuring and Halloween and soaking in these last few days of October, friends!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

How to Make Gameday Oreo Cheesecake Chocolate Football Truffles

I woke up this morning in a funk, and came to the conclusion that well...I've skipped October.


I didn't do it on purpose, that's for sure. It's been my favorite month since I could ever remember. But I got up, looked at the calendar, and realized that we only have 3 more days left.

So I decided to pull myself together...


and out of this busy funk...


and live OCTOBER TO THE FULLEST! I think I've been in quite the funk lately, trying to figure out life and all. But there's nothing a little bit of chocolate and football can't fix, right?!


...and maybe a pumpkin or two.




First things first, you will need chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos will do just fine), cream cheese, a block of milk chocolate (Belgian Milk chocolate from Trader Joe's truly has been the best I've found!), and white chocolate chips.



Crush sandwich cookies in a food processor until they become a fine crumb. Mix in one block of softened cream cheese until mixture becomes dough-like.


Shape dough into footballs, place on parchment paper, and freeze for 45 minutes to an hour until solid. Next, melt your milk chocolate and white chocolate:



Cover footballs in milk chocolate and using a toothpick, draw on stitching with melted white chocolate. (This is actually slightly tricky, so work slowly) Place Oreo Cheesecake Football Truffles back in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until solid again.

Place on a platter, and enjoy!


Here's to football, fall days, figuring out life, and maybe a pumpkin or two.

And also the Dawgs. Sic 'em.


Other fall favorites you may enjoy:

Mini Apple Pie Caramel Apples















CranApple Dos-i-dos

Salted Cookie Butter Mudhen Bars



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