Link Party Palooza #65

Welcome back to the Link Party Palooza! I hope you all had a wonderful week. Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?

I can’t wait to see your ideas and feature YOU! Check back on Sunday afternoon to see if you were featured! :D

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Make sure to check out last week’s features HERE. There are so many delicious cookie recipes!

Delicious Cookie Ideas

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How cute are these DIY Marquee Letters in Liz’s office space on Love Grows Wild?

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Here are some favorites from I Heart Naptime this week:

Top 50 Pie Recipes

Top 50 pie recipes

Cream cheese filled pumpkin bread

Cream cheese filled pumpkin bread -a delicious dessert to make this fall!

First off… Happy Halloween! Crazy the month of October has already come and gone. Before you know it we’ll be starting our Crazy Christmas Event. I can’t wait!

In honor of the last day of October I thought I better share one last pumpkin recipe. If you are a pumpkin lover, you are going to love this pumpkin bread filled with cream cheese frosting. It has the perfect amount of pumpkin spice and the cream cheese adds a delicious flavor. The pan didn’t last long at our house. This recipe is easy enough to whip up with the kids and it’s a treat the whole family will love.

Cream cheese filled pumpkin bread

Cream cheese filled pumpkin bread

Yield: Makes 1 large loaf and 1 small loaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 55-60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • For the bread:
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For filling:
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup powder sugar

 

 

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350°.

In a large bowl mix together with beater eggs, oil, sugar and vanilla. Fold in pumpkin. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Then stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture.

In separate bowl mix together with beater the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Place in a ziplock bag and then cut off the tip, to make it easier to spread over the pumpkin mixture.

Grease your pans and then fill the pan half way with the pumpkin mixture. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the top. Then pour the pumpkin mixture over the top of the cream cheese filling (no more than 3/4 the way full). Bake for 55-65 minutes. For the small loaf pan bake for 25-35 minutes, or until a tooth pick comes clean.

Enjoy!

 

Cream cheese pumpkin bread

YUM! Enjoy with a big glass of milk!

Cream cheese filled pumpkin bread recipe

Looking for more pumpkin recipes? You’ll love these too:

Thank You Tags

Thank You Tags on iheartnaptime.comThank You Tags By Amy of Ink’d Design

We have officially entered the holiday season, am I right?  This season has been a particularly ‘good’ one for me & I am looking forward to November {after Halloween of course!} and the opportunity it is to be with family & give thanks.  My goal this year is to actually absorb & be present throughout the month of November for what it is, a month of gratitude.  So often I spend November prepping for December & I miss those valuable lessons & moments to be content & grateful for the abundance in which I live.

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And if I’m spending time actually celebrating the month of thanks in a meaningful way, it should probably be cute as well, right?  Today I have some great thank you tags for you to attach to any gift or thought you feel so inclined.

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I attached mine to a batch of caramel apples that my kids begged me to make, some of which I had to drop by as gifts.  Show us what you attach yours to with the hashtag #naptimegivesthanks so we can see all your thankful & creative ways.  I’m a believer that one thankful heart can change another heart. Thank You Tags on iheartnaptime.com

Since I’m always of the inclination that two is better than one, I included one more tag for you to celebrate with!  Spread the love & remember to tag your photos with #naptimegivesthanks so we can all see!

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Free printable thank you tags

And if your kids are also after you to whip up some caramel apples, come say hi at Ink’d Design & I’ll give you the run down.  Or if you’ve already jumped ahead to Christmas, well snag some of my favorite tags here.

 

Creamy mashed potatoes

Creamy mashed potatoes -my all time favorite side dish recipe and a must make for Thanksgiving.

I must say …mashed potatoes have to be one of my favorite foods. I know I’m weird… but I always order mashed potatoes (or some type) as a side at restaurants. Yes, I even did this at a pizza joint last week and I’m so glad I did because the mashed potatoes were amazing.

I still remember helping my grandma make them for Sunday dinner as a little girl. I soon became her best “masher.” She would always ask me how many potatoes we should cook and I’d tell her the whole bag of course. ;) My grandma taught me the art of good mashed potatoes. That of course involves lots of butter and cream. Yes cream. So much butter than milk and you won’t be sorry. I also add in a little cream cheese which makes them extra creamy. Mmm…

The creamiest mashed potato recipe on iheartnaptime.com ...they are simple to whip up and taste AMAZING!

Creamy mashed potatoes

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

5 lb bag potatoes

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter

4 oz cream cheese

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Fill a large pot of water and bring water to a boil with 1 teaspoon salt.

Peel and wash potatoes. Dice into 2 inch pieces. Place potatoes in the pan and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until a fork inserts easily. Drain potatoes and place back in pan. Let steam evaporate.

Add butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, salt and pepper. Mash with a potato masher. If you want them extra creamy use an electric mixer. Add a Tablespoon or two more heavy creamy if you'd like them even creamier.

You can also add more salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy plain, with gravy or melted cheese on top.

The creamiest mashed potato recipe on iheartnaptime.com ...they are simple to whip up and taste AMAZING!

Top with lots of gravy or melted cheese and bacon… mmm

The creamiest mashed potato recipe on iheartnaptime.com ...they are simple to whip up and taste AMAZING!

Enjoy!

Looking for other potato dishes? We’ve got you covered:

Twice baked potatoes

Twice baked potatoes

Cheesy potatoes

The BEST cheesy potatoes out there from iheartnaptime.net ... Super easy to make and absolutely delicious! #recipes

Easy potato skins

Easy potato skins recipe

Thanksgiving place cards

Thanksgiving place cards by Heather Dalton of Chickabug for I Heart Naptime.

Thanksgiving tables are so beautiful – they’re a chance to get out your fine china, your best stemware, and actually use cloth napkins for a change. They’re also a great time to use place cards, whether your family is large or small. I thought it would be really fun to make pretty place cards that have a little twist…

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…they’re funny! It’ll be such a fun moment when everyone goes to sit at the table and they find place cards that say “No Carb Left Behind” or “Save Room for Pie.”

Thanksgiving Place Cards on iheartnaptime.com

From a distance, they’ll never suspect a thing – it’s all traditional gold damask and beautiful script writing until they get close up. Then… “Pass The Gravy!”

Thanksgiving Place Cards on iheartnaptime.com

I did also include a “Happy Thanksgiving” design just in case there’s someone who wouldn’t appreciate the joke. ; )

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I hope you enjoy these place cards! Happy Thanksgiving!

Free Printable

Download the free Thanksgiving place cards here.

For lots more free printables and party ideas from Chickabug, visit my blog. And for personalized paper goods and party printables, please come check out my shop!