No matter how many different times or ways I make it, I just can’t get my boyfriend on board with butternut squash. At least weekly I try to convince him of a new way he might want to try it, but he’d usually prefer some broccoli (how does that even make sense?!?). Scaling squash recipe to make enough for just me usually leaves a lot leftover…
Since I love pumpkin bread so much, why not try butternut squash bread??! I was surprised to find that this might even be better than pumpkin bread in it’s own way. It’s very moist and perfectly captures all my favorite flavors of fall!
If you’ve got some extra butternut squash leftover from Thanksgiving, I highly recommend giving this bread a try! I think it would be awesome with the addition of some fresh cranberries!
I have to admit I’ve been seriously slacking in the pumpkin department this fall. I love pumpkin and usually bake quite a few different things, but this was maybe my second pumpkin recipe of the season?!! These Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars were there perfect thing to curb my pumpkin craving and even better…they’re perfect for sharing!
Last year I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars that were amazing, but I wanted something with more of a bread/cake texture, and these were perfect! They’re not quite a pumpkin bread, but not quite cake either. Some of my coworkers are already asking when I’ll be making more….
Much to my dismay, it’s still in the high 80s here in Southwest Florida. It’s pretty hard to get in a Fall mood when it still feels like summer, so I was pretty excited when we got a ‘cold front’ this past weekend with highs in the 70s and lows in the 60s! It was so nice to open up all the doors and windows and finally have an excuse to make soup and bake bread!
I made butternut squash soup over the weekend and decided somewhat last minute that I really wanted fresh bread to go with it. This recipe is a perfect last minute bread since you don’t have to wait for it to rise. Plus it’s delicious the next morning with blueberry jam!
You can also experiment with different beers to give it a little bit of a different flavor…just preferably no Natural Ice…bake with beer you would actually drink!
To celebrate my birthday this year, I decided I really wanted to go check out the Epcot Food & Wine festival. We both love food, drinks, and Epcot, so we really loved this!
Not only are their a ton of food options to try, they also have a few tents that feature just beer! We couldn’t pass on beer flights, which I think is the best way to go if you want to try a few. The Leinenkugel and Abita were my favorite of the first flight.
But my favorite by far was the Shofferhofer Grapefruit. The last grapefruit beer I had was a bit too bitter, but this one was perfect!! I definitely recommend trying it if you see it on a menu somewhere!
Unfortunately, I did not remember to take pictures of any of the food, but we had a ton of delicious stuff including sushi, ceviche, pierogies, cupcakes, cheesecake, and much much more! If you’ve never been to the Food & Wine festival and love to try new things, I definitely recommend taking the trip!
And if you’re there on your birthday don’t forget to request a birthday button!
Have you been to the Epcot Food & Wine festival? We’re thinking about doing the Flower and Garden Festival next year and would love any input, as well!
I love breakfast for dinner. When I was in college pancakes and omelettes were a dinnertime staple. My boyfriend on the other hand is not on board with the whole idea. Sure, he LOVES breakfast….but he apparently does not like it for dinner. I just don’t understand.
But this week is my birthday week. During my birthday week I pick the dinners, and pumpkin pancakes HAD to happen. Plus my mom just got me a new griddle that I had to try out! These pancakes were perfect for dinner. They’re hearty and filling without being overly sweet, enjoy!
Almost two weeks…that is how long it has taken me to get used to real life again following my WEEK long vacation!! Kinda sad, isn’t it? I wasn’t fully unpacked for about a week after, laundry took about the same too…but I still made time for cookies!
Chocolate Cookies with White Chocolate Chips from lifeloveandcupcakes.com
We went on a Caribbean cruise and ate entirely too much food. Cookies probably should have been the last thing on my mind, but I just couldn’t help myself! Over the week we were on the ship we kept coming across chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips. They looked SO good, but tasted kind of meh..of course I still ate a couple over the span of a week, but they left me disappointed and wanting a REAL cookie. I knew they would be the first think I’d make during my first week home. These did not disappoint.
I usually prefer thick, chewy cookies, but my boyfriend wanted something thinner, with a little crunch. These are the perfect happy medium – crunchy around the edges, but still chewy in the middle!
Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, then add in the vanilla.
Add the eggs one at a time followed by the cocoa, mixing well after each addition.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the chocolate with the mixer on low speed until just combined. Fold in the white chocolate.
Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using a 1¾-inch scoop and flatten slightly. Bake for 15 minutes (the cookies will seem underdone). Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Friday night I decided to take an impromptu trip to visit my mom for the night. My mom knows all the good thrift shops in the area and I still need quite a few things for our knew house so we decided an early morning shopping and yard sale trip was a must! I came home with quite a few good finds, but my favorite by far is this set of vintage Pyrex nesting bowls!
The woman I bought them from told me she remembered quite a few batches of sugar cookies being made in the yellow one when she was younger, so after washing them up at home I decided cookies were in order! (plus I can never go home without my mom requesting a batch of chocolate chip cookies)
I’ve tried many great cookie recipes, but when I’m at home I just HAVE to use the Toll House recipe. It’s what my mom always made and to this day it’s still my favorite chocolate chip cookie!
I did decide to mix it up just a little bit and used half whole wheat flour and browned butter and I love the way they turned out. I like to bake these on brown paper because that’s how my mom has always done it….and I think it really keeps them from spreading too much, but mostly because it’s mom’s way.
Combine the flours, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
Cream the browned butter and sugars, then add in the vanilla extract.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in the flour mixture, then stir in chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto a baking sheet lined with brown paper or parchment paper.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then move to wire racks.
Every year I set a goal to read a certain number of books. I far exceeded expectation last year by reading 53, so I decided to bump it up to 55. The year started off kind of ok…then life happened in the way of getting a promotion, moving in with my boyfriend, and trying to devote more time this blog. Clearly I’m a little behind..
This past weekend we were driving two hours to the east coast of Florida and I FINALLY finished a book I had started…oh, four months ago? I finished another book by the end of the weekend, and now I need recommendations since I’m a little behind on the times! So what have been your favorite books this year? I like pretty much everything, and I’m open to all suggestions. (but not Gone Girl…EVERYONE has already recommended that one lol!)
Also, feel free to add me on Goodreads! I love to see what others are reading!
I have to say, the minute I tried this bread I was hooked! Just as soon as I start a recipe box, this will be one of the first recipes to go in it, because I definitely plan on making it over and over. If you’re starting to feel a little sad that summer is coming to an end, this would be a great last hurrah. Your house will smell like heaven!
The addition of Greek yogurt makes the bread very moist, but be sure to drain the pineapple very well or it could get soggy. My boyfriends first question when he took the first bite was “How did you make it so moist?!?” I really enjoy it toasted a bit to add a slight crunch on the outside.
I’m happy to say I FINALLY got around to making a chalkboard menu for our kitchen! I’ve been wanting to make one for quite awhile, but couldn’t find the exact frame that I had in mind.
I finally “settled” on this frame that I found for a buck at a thrift store…I just wanted to make something! I sanded it down some, but left much of the finish still intact.
I decided to test out the coffee, steel wool, and vinegar stain I’ve been seeing all over Pinterest. I put a piece of steel wool and about 2 Tb of used coffee grounds, poured in enough vinegar to cover everything, and let it set overnight. I highly recommend gloves for this project!
This was such an easy project that can be done in a day…and to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out despite not finding the “perfect” frame.
Now I just need to work on my chalk writing skills!