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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!




Projects and such.

Hello Friends. So it is Monday.....dun, dun, dun...it is always so hard to get back into the swing of a full week after a long weekend like Labor Day gives you a four day week...so so tough. But alas, the show must go on correct? Well anyways, this past weekend was quite a wonderful one in the Cox Residence. I think this past weekend may be one of my favorites with Ben since we have been married...it was just packed full of fun and laughter (sounds cheesy doesn't it?...but seriously..it was awesome). 

First things first....remember those picture frames my amazing hubs was working so hard on for me all last weekend? Well......HOORAY! they are completed. Be amazed by the picture below, also the grand total for all the frames combined was about 30$. We had the wood, stain, paint, and polyurethane already...so we just had to get screws, glass, and the pictures and hello gorgeous frames, welcome to our humble abode. I am kinda in love with them, and so happy to share them with you!







Our house is slowly becoming more and more like home to us each project we tackle. Speaking of projects, my husband is all about improving our rental apartment that we will only be in for two or three years...he LOVES to work with his hands and create things to make life easier, and more efficient, it is the engineer in him. So this weekend we wanted to give our dirty cars a bath and wash them, BUT....we don't have a water faucet to attach our hose to at our apartment...any normal person would just go and pay 5$ at a car wash place...but not Ben Cox. So before I knew it we found ourselves at Lowes loading up on PVC pipe, glue, and a faucet piece...fast forward about 2 hours, after Ben spent that time crawling in and out from under our porch, we now have a water faucet to wash our cars with. And you better believe we washed them. It only cost us about 20$ to do, so give us a couple more washes and we will be saving ourselves money. Thanks Benjamin! (Pic taken after his first venture under the house--what a stud I am married to)



So other eventful things for this weekend-- remember our Date Jar I made Ben for his Birthday? Well we have knocked out several of our date nights these past couple weeks. We have had a game night, movie night, gone to the pet store, washed cars together, and watched the sunrise and had breakfast at a local favorite. I love going on dates with Ben. This week our date will be extra special, you know why? CAUSE IT IS MY BIRTHDAY WEEK! Yep, I turn the big 23 on Sunday. So my birthday date will be our date night for this week. Here are a couple pics of our sunrise/breakfast date this past weekend. 




We live in a college town, and not just any college town, but the town that houses in our opinion the best college in the SEC, Mississippi State University...okay okay I know we are a little biased, and yes our football team may not be national championship quality, but we bulldogs stand by our team. So this weekend was the first game weekend in Starkville and you better believe we faced the heat (for one and a half quarters) to watch our dawgs play! I was dying in the heat and became rather grumpy rather quickly so the game watching was short lived, but it was a fun day none the less, started off with a big breakfast at home, and a day tailgating with friends decked out in our maroon. 




A couple other fun highlights from the week/weekend...I am totally ready for fall. And while it may still be hitting 100 degrees here in Mississippi I have made pumpkin spice cookies, filled our candy bowl with candy corn (which are almost gone thanks to my sweets loving hubby), and decorating the house for Fall...eager beaver right here. We enjoyed a leisure walk together downtown (my favorite) the other night...it was so sweet to have the time to talk deeply together about the Lord, and what he is teaching us. I cherish those times with my husband, he is such a great leader for me spiritually, always pushing me to examine myself before the Lord and evaluate what areas of my life need growth. 




So that is about it for this weekend. It was a fantastic weekend full of some really awesome memories made. Oh I almost forgot, I am having a trunk show at my house in just a few weeks for one of the most incredible companies...Noonday. Noonday is a jewelry and accessories line that allows women in third world countries to make products that are sold here in the US and they receive some of the profit in order to create a sustainable lifestyle for themselves and their families. So even if you do not live in Starkville, MS you can purchase some of this amazing jewelry through my trunk show. Just go on Facebook here and you can get all the details about the trunk show and how to purchase your own Noonday pieces. Check it out, I promise you will not regret it!


Take care dear ones!