autumn

Pecan Pie Cupcakes

Pecan Pie...who doesn't love it. It makes me think of Thanksgiving dinner with family, and my southern roots. One of the ultimate southern comfort desserts in my opinion. So why not turn it into something bite-sized? like a miniature cupcake. Sounds like a great idea to me! On Wednesday night Ben and I have small group with several families from our church, we always eat dinner together each week and everyone makes something to bring. It is a sweet time of fellowship and always enjoyable to sit around the table with members of our spiritual church family. This week I was not planning on making anything, but due to not feeling so hot this morning, and therefore being stuck at home, I wanted to try out a new baking recipe. So I grabbed my new cookbook (a dear family friend of my in-laws sent it to me last week, it is filled with recipes from families that Ben grew up with) and started looking. I saw this recipe and also had everything it called for at my house...so I decided to try it out...Pecan Pie Cupcakes. These are so simple, and really only require one bowl, so easy clean up, win win. 




PECAN PIE CUPCAKES

1 c. pecan pieces
1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. brown sugar (packed)
2/3 c. butter, melted
2 eggs slightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a mini muffin pan with non stick cooking spray. Combine all ingredients and mix well. Fill each cup 3/4 full and bake for 18 minutes. Let cupcakes cool for 2-3 minutes then spread about a tsp of maple glaze per cupcake right on the top. Let cool completely. Yield 24 mini cupcakes. 


MAPLE GLAZE
1/3 c. powdered sugar
2 tbs. maple syrup
2-3 tbs. milk

Combine all ingredients with a wire whisk. Mix well. 

That is all you do. I snuck a taste of one of the cupcakes, and they are so yummy. They are moist, and taste like pecan pie and maple syrup all in one delicious bite. Hope you enjoy!

Take care! 


Life Lately.

If you have not been able to pick up on it lately by my posts, I like, love, ADORE Autumn...It is one of my favorite seasons. I love the cool weather, pumpkins, sweaters, getting my crochet needles back out, cuddling with my hubs on our front porch while drinking coffee...I just love it all. Hay rides, corn mazes, Thanksgiving, football games...it all makes me so happy. So life lately has been filled with joy, because it is Fall, and I can do fall things for the first time as a wife...which makes it all even better.


So update via pictures (Left to Right, Top to Bottom)

1. I picked up an infinity scarf I started last year and began crocheting away on it this morning! Hoping to finish it by the end of the week...maybe!

2. Molten Chocolate Cakes...need I say more? Well I will...these little babies blew my mind. I made them as a special dessert for our stay at home date night Friday night and wow...They were so simple and easy to make but boy oh boy....they were DELICIOUS. These moist, rich, decadent mini cakes could put any restaurant dessert to the test. I will be sharing this recipe hopefully later this week. 

3. #HAILSTATE. MSU may not have succeeded in securing a win  over LSU, but a sunset at Davis Wade Stadium with Ben cheering on our bulldogs is always a joy. I am thankful for this place, without it I would not know the Lord in the deep way that I do, I would not be married to the love of my life, I definitely would not be living in the state of Mississippi and I would not be working in full time ministry. Mississippi State...I love you, fondest memories cling to thee...

4 & 6. Cotton Pickin' :) Why I love being from the south. We picked this cotton out at North Farm on Saturday and it is now placed around our house looking adorable in blue mason jars. 

5. Flannel and boots for the first time this season. I was so excited to be able to pull these lovelies out and give them some attention after several months being stuffed in the back of my closet. 

6. Sixty cent porcelain coffee mugs. SIXTY CENTS EACH. If you don't call that a steal you are crazy. I was so happy to score these mugs at Dirt Cheap last week. I plan on using them as Christmas gifts for friends complete with hot cocoa mix and other goodies! 

7. My husband. He likes to lay on the our super comfy rug  in the living room rather than the couch. He willingly watches Food Network with me pretty much daily. He builds me furniture. He is so handy. He is patient with me always, even when I make that super difficult for him. He loves Koolaid probably more than the average 5 year old. He pushes me to Jesus and displays the gospel in his selfless love and service to me. He always refills the sugar bowl because I either forget to or am too lazy. He loves my cooking, sitting on our porch, being outside, and climbing trees. So...he deserves lots of kisses. :)

8. Lastly, we were asked to lead worship for Four Corners (the campus ministry I am on staff with)...this was the first time we have ever done anything like this together. Practicing and leading worship was a blast. We loved being able to use our gifts to serve and direct students in worship. 

How are you and your family celebrating the coming of a new season?

Happy Monday Folks!


My Dad's Famous Chili (with my modifications)

Hello friends! So the lovely state of Mississippi has not quite surrendered itself over fully to fall weather, however...that has not stopped us in the Cox Residence of welcoming my favorite season in full force. We have made  mini pumpkin pies (see recipe here.), pumpkin bread, pumpkin spice lattes, and today I made my dad's famous chili. 



The whole house is filled with the awesome aroma of comforting chili, its bringing back my childhood, and making my mouth perpetually water. :) I can remember this being a go to meal during cool weather growing up, and my parents would serve it with Mexican cornbread...man. Got to stop thinking about it...I'm drooling. So for all you chili lovers, this is a must try recipe. My dad passed away when I was in high school so this is a special recipe to me, I stumbled upon it in a cookbook I have from my home church, and knew I had to make it this week. He entered this recipe into our church chili competition and won many times! :) So without further delay...I give you...

David's Famous Chili


1 lb. ground beef
2 pkg. taco seasoning
1 pkg. ranch dressing mix
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 large can tomato sauce
1 can Rotel tomatoes
2 cans shoe peg corn
2 cans Mexican beans (I used a can of pinto beans, a can of black beans and a can of dark red kidney beans)
1 onion chopped
water for consistency (I only added about 1/2 cup of water)

I also added:
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (random as it may seem, there are my "secret ingredients" the cinnamon and cocoa really add a natural depth of flavor and pull out a lot of the spices that are also in the chili, I promise it is yummy)
3 cloves minced garlic 
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp chili powder

Brown ground beef. Saute onions and garlic. Drain. Add all ingredients to a large pot. Stir. Bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer for 1-3 hours, or you can just simmer it all day..the longer the flavors sit together the better the chili tastes. 

Tip: we also ate this chili with sour cream, grated cheese, and Frito's. Yummy! of course it is delicious alongside it's soul mate, Mexican Cornbread. Also this chili freezes really well, and it makes a whole lot so either plan to share with friends or freeze for an easy meal later on. 

Hope you enjoy your bowl of yummy chili as much as I will tonight when I gobble it all up. Smelling it all day is building up quite the anticipation. :) 

Let me know what you think!

Until next time!