Baked Pumpkin Donuts

DSC_0163Ever since October hit, I have been on a bit of a pumpkin craze and in order to keep the pumpkin-goodness flowing I thought I would take a good old childhood favorite {the donut} and combine it with some fall flavor. These are the best donuts because they have a soft and moist texture, they are loaded with delicious pumpkin flavor and have a hint of cinnamon spice. These things are so good they were gone within an hour or two.

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Baked Pumpkin Cream Cheese French Toast

A simple and delicious breakfast that is made the night before and popped into the oven in the morning. This dish is full of pumpkin, cream cheese and syrup goodness and topped with chopped pecans! 

DSC_0914I opened my first can of pumpkin {finally}! I love pumpkin anything…there is so much you can do with it and it always makes for a tasty dish. It has been 90 degrees for quite a while now {I’m jealous of anyone who is currently experiencing the wonderful Fall weather} and I’m hoping that Fall weather comes soon-I want sweaters, boots, soups, coziness….do all of my Southern California friends know what I’m talking about?? I SERIOUSLY dislike this heat! Until we are able to actually experience the Fall-goodness, I’m tricking myself into thinking its Fall with this creamy, pumpkin filled, and tasty breakfast.

DSC_0927This dish is super easy and can be whipped together in about 30 minutes. It needs to sit in the fridge overnight, lending itself as an easy, simple {and delicious} breakfast. Another great thing about this dish is it makes for great breakfast all week! If you have a small family {like me…just me and the hubby} this will last you a few days and you will have yummy baked french toast all week. It’s also great for all of you pumpkin lovers out there…if you aren’t a pumpkin person {I’m sorry} I will be posting a simple baked french toast for you very soon, so stay tuned!

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Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel 1

Learn to make your own salted caramel sauce to add to your favorite desserts or snacks. This sauce is super easy to make with only four simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!


Have you ever tried Alden’s Ice Cream? All of their flavors are amazing, but one day I was walking down the ice cream aisle at Sprouts Farmer’s Market and spotted Alden’s Salted Caramel Ice Cream. I love salted caramel anything so I knew I needed to try it. And of course my high expectations of Alden’s were met by smooth, creamy ice cream with salted caramel swirled all around. Needless to say, I LOVE this tasty stuff and have always loved that the caramel in Alden’s ice cream is smooth and creamy even when it comes right out of the freezer. This tasty salty and sweet combo inspired me to make my own salted caramel sauce that I could add to anything I wanted… cheesecake brownies lattes bananas ice cream pretzels potato chips {I know it sounds weird..but if you’re a fan of the salty & sweet combined, you’ll love this!} apples

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can’t stop eating bean dip


This is one of my favorite appetizers to make because it is super easy to throw together, travels well {mason jars}, tastes soooo yummy, and of course is pretty healthy for you. It’s made with a ton of fresh vegetables, black beans, lime juice, cumin and olive oil and I can guarantee that once you take a bite, it will be impossible to stop {hence the name of this recipe}! This dip tastes great with lime chips or your favorite tortilla chips. You can even throw some chicken on top and make a tasty salad out of it.

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perfectly diced onion



THE ONION…sometimes a home-cook’s worst fear or that annoying thing you just can’t cut into evenly diced pieces for your favorite dip or salad. It took me a while to perfect this trick myself, but I’m sharing it with you because once I learned it made things SO much easier {and prettier of course}. Remember…the kitchen is a place for trial and error, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it the first time. I know you will get it! Ready…set…go!

1. Slice the onion, going one direction, without going through the bottom. You want to cut to the bottom without going through {better to be safe than sorry here}. See the picture below? Just like that-continue until the whole onion is cut with slices in the same direction.


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brown sugar marshmallow popcorn

brown sugar marshmallow popcorn

One thing you should know about me is I LOVE popcorn. I love it so many ways :: olive oil and salt, m&m’s {they get all melty in the hot popcorn-YUM}, and even better with marshmallows, brown sugar, and butter. The combination of these three ingredients create a melt-in-your-mouth experience that is AAAAMAZING. It may be high on the sugar and the not so good for you ingredients…but I use Trader Joe’s Guilt Free Popcorn…which makes me feel a little bit better about myself as I eat the whole bowl.

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