It’s been hot in my kitchen and hot outside…so, let’s start in the kitchen!  As promised, here are the two recipes from last weekend’s autumn-themed bridal shower!!:

A Great Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Crush one cup of walnuts, very fine, in the food processor and set aside.

Blend together one 8-oz. package of cream cheese (softened); 10-12 ounces of sharp shredded cheddar cheese; 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese; 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce; 1/4 teaspoon celery salt; 1/4 teaspoon onion or garlic salt.  Blend until mixed well.

Spread the walnuts on a cutting board.  Take the cheese mixture in your hands and place on top of the nuts.  Shape into a ball and roll until covered well by the walnuts.  Make your shape look like a pumpkin.  Use a knife to draw the lines around the pumpkin. Break off a cinnamon stick for the stalk and I used real leaves placed on the cheese ball before serving!  I have also seen a broccoli stem used for the stalk.

Spice Pumpkin Cheese Cupcakes
For the cakes, I used the Duncan Hines Cake Mix for Spice Cake, and switched vegetable oil for melted butter…gives it a richer flavor.
Follow the instructions for cupcakes.  Freeze the night before and the icing will go on better. I went to Michael’s and purchased Wilton Autumn cupcake papers and candy pumpkins for the top (they give teachers a discount!)

Cream Cheese Frosting
Blend together two 8-oz packages of cream cheese (softened), 1/2 cup of butter softened, 2 cups of confectioners’ sugar, and one teaspoon of vanilla.  I bought an icing bottle at our grocery and you just fill it with the icing and squeeze through the tip which makes the swirls….very easy.  Put a pumpkin on top!

The autumn leaf cookie cutter was used to cut out tea sandwiches in the shape of the leaves.

It is unseasonably warm in Texas!  So, all I did today was wear this lightweight shirt from Lane Bryant.  

The jewelry is from Stein Mart last year and the shoes from Ross!!  It was comfortable for a laid back day at work!  I sent 25 of my journalism students out yesterday to do exit polling, so we were busy today compiling notes, editing film, downloading pictures.  We were all tired from a busy election day!

Have a fabulous Thursday and make sure you visit the ladies from Katie’s Favorite Things Blog Hop!

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