Gingerbread Pumpkin Puddin Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 large roll of gingerbread cookie dough
  • 2 sm boxes of Jello Pumpkin Spice pudding mix
  • 1 container of French vanilla whipped topping

Instructions:

Spray a 9 x 13 glass baking dish with spray oil.  Flatten with your hands the roll of gingerbread cookie dough into the bottom and up the sides (a small roll will work if you just want it on the bottom).

Bake on 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, till you can insert a toothpick in the thickest parts and come out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely.

When crust is just about cooled enough, mix together pudding as directed on the box for the pudding pie version. This does not require as much milk and will firm up more for cutting.

Add the pudding to the top of the gingerbread and then top with whipped topping.

Chill until ready to serve, at least an hour.

Moron Mountain 2.0 For The Unpodcast

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Alpine Climber

A new challenge for Just Keeping Busy.  I enlisted myself to create a mountain, but not just any mountain. This is a special mountain for some special people who are trying to educate people and businesses on the right and wrong things to do while serving the general public with online services.

Scott Stratten the creator of the Un-Podcast series, on his Un-Marketing web site, co-hosted and written with Alison Kramer, direct their topics in addressing things that happen in business that should not happen and offer recommendations on how other businesses can avoid the same mistakes.

These two have a mountain, that they call “Moron Mountain” (no relation to the mountain by the same name in “Space Jam“). This mountain contains the names of people and business who have not been too smart about choices that they have made in business and customer service.  The severity of the incident determines where these names end up on the mountain. The more offensive the incident, the higher the name ends up. The idea is based on the game show The Price is Right’s Cliffhanger Game. In this TV game, there is a mountain climber that is moved up the hill and stops when it reaches it’s price goal. On the Un-Postcast, the climber moves up the hill to the level of offence by the company in question.

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Up to this point they have had a wonderfully made mountain, assembled by Alison’s kids. While it served it’s purpose, it was made out of foam board and paper and it had put in it’s time. They needed one that would be more durable to handle the travel back and forth to and from the studios they use for the videos. In their Un-Podcast episode #25 they made a challenge to anyone who could make them a new mountain. The task was asked and the task was accepted.

Mountains can be moved, mine are moved and made one piece at a time:

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Paint, rocks, 2’x3′ pieces of plywood, 2x2x8 piece of wood, and yes a toilet paper roll holder

The first part was cutting the wood to the appropriate sizes:

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A slot was cut in the back board. For what you say? For the climber of course:

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The Back

Some legs were created and all the pieces were screwed together:

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The Front

The climber is going to be able to be moved up and down the mountain, and stay where they place him till moved again. My own invention will make this possible:

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My invention, Don’t touch!

It’s paint time, I took some green spray paint to apply for my base color.

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Paint time

I then, using white and different shades of blue created a sky.

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Can’t have mountains without a sky

Using shades of brown and grey, created the mountains and white for snow caps.  a couple streams will create a nice up stream without a paddle feel.

Mountains and maybe a stream will do
Mountains and maybe a stream will do, there’s no paddles in this river. Hope the recipients of this award can swim

Added a few niceties, trees and grass, boulders. Look out for those rapids, they’re white capping big time.

A few nice touches
A few nice touches

I sprayed on a clear acrylic paint for a clear coat to start. Complimented the decor with a little 3-d effect with some rocks, and yes they’re real.

Now to the artsy side of me.
Now to the artsy side of me

And of course it’s not complete without the Alpine Climber, ready for any adventure.

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The Top, NOT so much … Just ask Air Canada .. 🙁 sad for them.

Ok, now to let it set for a several days and then I will spray on a clear coat of paint to set and seal it well, so that all their stickies with the unfortunate souls names will stick well and be able to pull them off with ease if they redeem themselves.

The mountain was shipped carefully to Canada in 50 foot of bubble wrap and Kraft paper. Arrived there in one piece and found it’s place on the set of UnMarketing UnPodcast #34.

 

Check out the full picture gallery below…

Pierogy with Potato and Cheese

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 4 and 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 lg. can evaporated milk, 12 oz.
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Filling:

  • 6-10 medium red/white potatoes, peeled
  • butter
  • 1-2 c. shredded cheese
  • onion powder to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 sm. can evaporated milk, 5 oz.

Instructions:

In a large pot boil potatoes till tender with a fork.  Mash with butter and milk to form mashed potatoes, add the shredded cheese and season with onion powder and salt/pepper. Set aside to cool.

While the potatoes cook; In a large bowl whisk together eggs, egg yolk, milk, lemon juice, oil and butter. Whisk till well blended, next add the flour and salt and stir till dough forms and becomes a ball. Add additional flour if needed to remove wetness. Set aside covered with a towel for 15-20 minutes.

Take a piece of the dough out and roll out with a rolling pin on a floured surface, flipping to evenly flour and keep from sticking. Take a large cookie cutter or cup/glass about 4 inches and cut out circles approximately 1/8 inch thick. Not too thin to tear but not too thick.

Spoon a tablespoon of the mashed potatoes into the center and fold over, mash the edges together, moisten with a little water if the edges do not want to stick. Place on a floured cookie sheet or a container that is floured with floured wax paper between the layers. Freeze.

When frozen, then prepare a skillet with light oil on medium heat. Add the pierogy in 1 layer to the hot pan and cook about 6 minutes per side or till golden brown.

Enjoy as is or sour cream can be used as a common dipping sauce.

Watermelon Jicama Salad

 

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  • 1 watermelon
  • 1-2 jicama fruit
  • 1 cantaloupe

Split the watermelon in half. Use a melon baller and scoop out the watermelon from one half into a large bowl.

Slice the cantaloupe in half and do the same with the melon baller.

Peel and slice the jicama into small pieces.

Once the watermelon is empty then re-add the balls of each and the jicama evenly to mix together. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerated till needed.

Serve cold. The jicama will absorb some of the melons flavor and blend nicely.

Baked Jicama Fries

 

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  • 1-2 jicama fruits
  • 1-2 Knorr chipotle season cubes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • black pepper, optional

Peel and slice the jicama into strips or bite size pieces. Place in a bowl and toss with the all the seasonings. Place on a spray oiled baking sheet and bake on 350 degrees for 20 minutes. You can do an extra 5 minutes on broil to give extra outside crisp.

Serve warm. The nice thing about jicama is that it is still crunchy after baking not like potatoes that can get soggy.

Turnip and Carrot Mash

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  • 3 turnips, peeled and cut in medium chunks
  • 1 small bag of carrots, cut in very small pieces
  • 3 Knorr chipotle cubes
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 sm can evaporated milk, 5 oz.
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp course ground pepper
  • 1 can Hatch diced tomato and green chili(drained well)
  • (optional) 1 pkg fresh mushrooms, sauted

In a large pot, boil the carrots and turnips until the carrots are soft enough to mash.

Drain well and add all other ingredients, except mushroom.  Mash with a potato masher or hand mixer, till mashed liked mashed potatoes.  Stir in mushrooms and serve.

Roasted Chicken and Spaghetti Squash

 

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

In a spray oiled glass dish bake the chicken seasoned with the bacon flavoring on 350 for 25-30 minutes or till chicken is done. When the chicken is done, use and fork and knife and cut chicken up into bite size pieces.

Cut a spaghetti squash in half and bake on a cookie sheet for 25-30 minutes on 350 degrees.

Cook frozen green beans according to directions on pkg.

Once both the squash and the chicken are done, scrape one half of the squash into the dish with the chicken with a fork. Stir in the beans that are drained and toss all together, sprinkle with some more seasoning if desired. Serve.

If needed place into the oven and warm back up for about 15-20 minutes on 350 degrees.

Serves 3-4

Seasoned Pork with Spaghetti Squash

 

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Ingredients:

Instructions:

In a slow cooker, cook the pork seasoned with the pepper seasoning and the diced chilis on low for 5-6 hours or 1-2 hours on high, till meat is fully cooked.

Cut the spaghetti squash in half and bake on a cookie sheet for 25-30 minutes on 350 degrees.  Remove and let cool for about 5-10 minutes.

Once meat is done, scrape the squash out of one of the halves into the slow cooker with a fork. Stir together and heat further to warm the squash if needed or serve immediately.  The squash can be added when the meat is almost done and cooked on low for as long as needed till meat is done or your ready to serve.

Sprinkle with cheese before serving.

Makes 4-6 servings

Kaylee’s 9th Birthday Cake

 

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Kaylee’s 9th birthday request was a Despicable Me II Minion with the fruit hat. The one eyed minion wears a fruit hat in the jelly factory and at the end dancing, and this was what Kaylee wanted.

I layered 4 different flavors of cake, using my Cake Out of a Cookie Mix idea. I used Pillsbury’s blue raspberry, orangecicle, key lime and fun fetti mixes. I spread the corresponding flavors of frosting in between the layers. Mixed up yellow frosting from my Cake Frosting recipe and frosted the outside.

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Skewers or dowel sticks stuck down into all layers of the cake can help make secure.

I then mixed together blue frosting with the same recipe and added his pants using Twinkies for the legs and half ones for the feet.

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The minion also where’s a coconut bra in the end with his fruit hat, so I found some white Hostess Snowballs and tinted them brown.

The goggle was made from 2 canning jar lids glued together and a piece of white foam board painted with the eye lid and pupil popped into the back of the lid.

Black tube frosting was used for the hair and strap. More Twinkies were used for mini minions around the base.

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For the hat, I found a child size sombrero and glued fake fruit to it. I then lined the inside of the hat with some wax paper, waited till we got to our destination then applied the hat. Lining it with the wax paper allowed us to remove it and let Kaylee wear it.

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