Pumpkin Pecan Dessert {in a jar}


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1 can (15oz) pumpkin

1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

3 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

 (or 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon allspice)

1 boxed cake mix (white or yellow cake)

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

3/4 cup butter, melted

whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream, for serving

Directions ~

1.  Preheat oven to 350*F

2.  In a large bowl add the first 5 ingredients, and whisk together until fully combined.

If you’re making one 9″ x 13″ dish of dessert….

3.  Spray dish with non-stick cooking spray.

4.  Pour pumpkin mixture into 9″ x 13″ dish.

5.  Sprinkle cake mix (dry) onto of pumpkin layer.

6.  Then sprinkle chopped pecans all over.

7.  Pour melted butter over top.

8.  Bake 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, and dessert is a nice golden brown.

9.  Cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

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If you’re making this dessert in jars….

3.  Lightly spray 12, wide mouth 1/2 pint jars with non-stick cooking spray.

4.  Use a measuring cup to put about 1/2 cup pumpkin mixture into each jar.

5.  Sprinkle two rounded tablespoon of dry cake mix on top of pumpkin layer, in each jar.

6.  Then sprinkle on one rounded tablespoon of chopped pecans in each jar.

7.  Pour one tablespoon of melted butter on top (of each jar).

8.  Bake jars on a large baking sheet (so they are easy to put in and out of the oven) for about 40 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center of a jar comes out clean, and dessert is golden brown.

9.  Cool at least 30 minutes before serving.

Note:  When I baked mine using these measurements they filled the jars fully when baked, and as they cooled they shrunk down just a bit, a perfect amount of space to close the jar.

Before serving, top with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

This dessert is equally delicious the next day.

Recipe Source:  Betty Crocker, Holiday Recipes booklet, 2000.

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Daily Horoscope for October 31, 2013


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For all My fellow Scorpios, This is what your day looks like:

Debilitating indecision may plague you. You’ve been coasting along letting your good luck see you through to prosperity. It’s like you’re tied to a rope and constantly testing its limits. Unfortunately, you could hit a snag and feel you can go no further. Emotional issues suggest that you didn’t take your feelings into account. It’s time to reevaluate your approach.

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18 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”


The King of Pop was nearly excommunicated from the Jehovah’s Witnesses for making the most famous video of all time.

1. MTV And Showtime Helped Pay For It

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An executive at Sony freaked out and rejected a $900,000 budget Jackson proposed for the video, and talked him down to $500,000. (An expensive video at the time would top out around $100,000.) To balance the budget, a behind the scenes documentary was sold to MTV for $250,000 and Showtime for $300,000.

2. Jackson Lived With His Parents When The Video Was Made

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He was the best-selling pop star in the world, but was living with his folks in Encino, California. This is part of the reason why Landis and the producers rejected Jackson’s offer to pay for the entire video out of his own pocket.

3. Jackson Was Almost Excommunicated For Making The Video

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When the Jehovah’s Witnesses found out he was making a werewolf video, they threatened to excommunicate him because it violated their strict rules about occult imagery.

4. Jackson Almost Had The Footage Destroyed

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Michael ordered the film to be destroyed when he found out that he was in trouble with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but the editor and director hid the film canisters until the singer changed his mind.

5. Jackson Made Out With His Co-Star Ola Ray

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“He was shy, she tried not to scare him by coming on too strong,” Ray told Vanity Fair. “What we had was such like a little kindergarten thing going on.” In the same interview, Ray confirmed that she and Jackson had “kissing and puppy-love make-out sessions,” and teased that there was “a little more than that.”

6. Ola Ray Was A “Playboy” Model

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She appeared in the June 1980 issue.

7. Jane Fonda Gave Ola Ray Advice On The Set

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Fonda was filming a workout video near the “Thriller” studio and ended up giving Ray some tips on wooing Jackson while they got their makeup done.

8. “Thriller” Was The Seventh Single From “Thriller”

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It was the final single and video from the record, and came out over a year after the album was released. Thriller was already the best-selling album ever before the video for the title track was released, and the sales doubled once the clip was in heavy rotation on MTV.

9. The Zombie Costumes Were Made From Clothes Picked Up At A Salvation Army

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They had to cut corners on the budget somewhere!

10. “Thriller” Was Screened In Theaters So It Would Be Eligible For An Oscar

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“Thriller” never received an Academy Award nomination, but the video was screened before Fantasia for a week in Westwood, California just so it could be eligible for a short film nod.

11. “Thriller” Basically Created The Home Video Market

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The Making of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” which includes the video in full, was the best-selling musical on VHS ever, worldwide. It was sold at a lower price point than most VHS tapes at the time, which helped boost sales.

12. It Lost The Top Prize At The MTV Video Music Awards

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“Thriller” was nominated for Video of the Year at the first-ever VMAs in 1984, but it lost to The Cars’ surreal clip for “You Might Think.” MTV later declared it the Greatest Music Video Ever Made.

13. It’s The First Music Video Ever Inducted Into The National Film Registry

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The Library of Congress deemed the short film “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant” in 2009.

14. Director John Landis Had Previous Experience With Werewolves

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Jackson hired Landis on the strength of his work on An American Werewolf In London, which came out in 1981.

15. Landis Recycled This Disclaimer

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It appeared in An American Werewolf In London too.

16. Jackson’s Dad Scared Him With Monster Masks As A Kid

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Part of the inspiration for the video came from his father’s attempt to frighten him as a child. According to Jackson biographer J. Randy Tabmorrelli, Joe Jackson once “put on a fright mask and crawled into Michael’s bedroom through a window at night, screaming” to teach his young son that he should keep the window closed when he slept. It’s just like when George Sr. hired the one-armed guy to teach his kids “lessons” on Arrested Development.

17. Michael’s Red Jacket Sold For $1.8 Million

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The iconic jacket, designed by Deborah Nadoolman, sold for an absurd amount of money at an auction in 2011.

18. This Is How You Do The “Thriller” Zombie Dance

So, go on, make your own video.

I learned some things i never knew before about MJ and Thriller. He will always be the King of Pop to me.An INCREDIBLE talent taken way too soon.