Every Family has their holiday traditions, and I especially love mine. Homemade Easter Bread, Feast of the Seven Fishes for Christmas, and cookies on almost every holiday. We always made my Grandmother’s recipe. Mom would make them a few days ahead and freeze them so we would be all set to decorate.
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I am wishing for Fall weather here in Florida and to hopefully speed it along, I created my own Pumpkin Pie Spice. With Fall baking, that little spice container in the grocery store never seems to be enough and always runs out right when I need it. Pumpkin Pie Spice is quick and easy to make and you probably have all the spice ingredients already in your pantry or spice drawer.
The internet has been blowing up with Pumpkin Spice this and Pumpkin Spice that since early September. I love all those delicious creations that I see on Pinterest and FoodGawker. Hopefully I will not be too busy with Baby prep in the next few weeks to add to all the gloriousness (yes, that’s my made-up word) of Pumpkin Spice baking.
Pumpkin Pie Spice
a Love & Confections original recipe
Pumpkin Pie Spice Ingredients:
– 1/4 cup ground Cinnamon
– 1 tablespoon ground Nutmeg, freshly grated if you have it
– 1 tablespoon ground Ginger
– 2 teaspoons ground Allspice
– 1 teaspoon ground Clove*
*some people like Clove in their spice mix, but I personally do not care for it, so it it up to you if you wish to add it in.
Pumpkin Pie Spice Directions:
– Add all spices in a jar, with a tight-fitting lid, and shake to combine. Any type of mason or canning jar would be perfect.
Until next time,
LOVE & CONFECTIONS!
It has been a while since my last post… I am now 32 weeks pregnant (wow!), still working, and have been travelling or moving every weekend since September 9th. I went home for a baby shower, Mr. Love & Confections and I moved into a bigger place, went to an out-of-state wedding and then went to my best friend’s bridal shower in South Florida. We have been very busy and I have been slacking greatly on the blog – my apologies.
We don’t have cool Fall weather yet here in Orlando. The high this week is 89 degrees and still feels like Summer. so much so, that I made some Key Lime Pie Parfaits for my best friend’s Bridal Shower last weekend. It was cool and refreshing in the Miami heat. I think everyone enjoyed them and I love my miniature spoons. We had so much good food and a great time with family and friends.
It was very important that I helped out with some desserts because her Bridal Shower is the only event I was able to participate in. We found out that Baby’s due date is only 4 days after the wedding – which will be in the Florida Keys. I was supposed to be a Bridesmaid, but am now not even able to attend the wedding. It broke my heart when I had to tell her, but she was really happy for me that we were finally pregnant. I know she will make a beautiful Bride and am hoping to be able to Skype the ceremony and watch. All my Love and Best Wishes M!!!
Key Lime Pie Parfaits
adapted from myrecipes.com
I doubled the original recipe and created 20 miniature parfaits
Key Lime Pie Parfait Ingredients:
– 1 cup Key Lime Juice
– 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
– 4 large Eggs
– 2 -14oz cans Sweetened Condensed Milk
– 1 – 16oz container of Cool Whip, thawed
– 2 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs, plus more for garnish
– Green Sprinkles or other garnish
Key Lime Pie Parfait Directions:
– In a double boiler, or metal bowl over a pot of simmering water, combine the Key Lime Juice, Sugar, Eggs and Sweetened Condensed Milk. Cook until it thickens, about 12-20 minutes for such a large batch, or until it registers 160 degrees on a digital thermometer.
– Once cooked, place bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice water to cool the mixture quickly to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate after cool, until use – preferably made the day ahead to have enough chill time.
– For assembly, take 1/2 of the Key Lime mixture and mix with 1/2 of the Cool Whip, set aside.
– Layer about 2 tablespoons Graham Cracker Crumbs in your dish, followed by a little less that 1/4 cup of the Key Lime mixture. Pipe the Key Lime lightened Cool Whip over that.
– Using a decorative large tip, pipe the remaining Cool Whip as the last layer. Sprinkle with some Graham Cracker Crumbs and garnish with your green Sprinkles. Enjoy!
Until next time,
LOVE & CONFECTIONS!