pumpkin spice layer cake

pumpkin spice layer cake

Now, I know Thanksgiving is over, and it’s probably time to kick the Christmas season planning and posting into high gear.  Pumpkin doesn’t exactly scream Christmas to me, but this pumpkin spice layer cake is way too good not to share with you guys immediately. The recipe combines three layers of spiced pumpkin cake with […]

pumpkin crème brûlée

pumpkin creme brulee

Do you have your Thanksgiving menu all planned out? If not, get on it – you’re certainly cutting it close! Gives me an anxiety attack just thinking about it But if you’re hosting a smaller Thanksgiving dinner, or are looking for something sweet outside the norm of pumpkin and pecan pie, consider these pumpkin crème brûlées. […]

mulled wine cranberry sauce

mulled wine cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce.  Honestly, in the past I’ve felt like I could take it or leave it.  The only way I really even ate it was on a Bobbie from Capriotti’s (mmm, Capriotti’s…).  Don’t get me wrong, I liked making it – there’s something fun about watching all those hard little cranberries pop – but after making […]

apple cider caramels

apple cider caramels

This fall, I feel like I’ve been hearing about apple cider caramels everywhere.  I’ve made vanilla bean caramels before, and I kept thinking to myself, how much different could these really be?  I mean, I love pumpkin spice and apple cider and all those fall flavors, but would it really shine through in a caramel? […]

pumpkin harvest cookies

pumpkin harvest cookies

These cookies = yet another successful recipe from Baked Elements.  Seriously, I love this cookbook.  The idea behind the book is that the authors took their 10 favorite baking ingredients and designed recipes around each of them.  One of their 10 favorite ingredients is pumpkin, which certainly comes in handy this time of year.  I […]

cornbread and sausage stuffing

sausage stuffing

I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret.  Prior to a few years ago, I had little, if any, interest in stereotypical Thanksgiving foods.  In my family, what you might think of as Thanksgiving dinner was really more of an afterthought.  See, in true Italian fashion, we like to eat family dinners […]

pumpkin oat bread

pumpkin oat bread

I told you we were on a pumpkin kick around here!  See, what happens is, I open a can of pumpkin puree.  Said jar contains 1 3/4 cups pumpkin.  Then my recipe only calls for 1 cup of pumpkin.  So, I need to make something else! Except, this recipe ALSO calls for 1 cup of […]

pumpkin roll

Pumpkin Roll

Now that we are solidly into November, I am officially in full-blown Thanksgiving planning/eat-all-the-things pumpkin mode!  When things like pumpkin beer and pumpkin spice coffee started rolling out way back before Labor Day, I have to say I was in a bit of a boycott.  Every year, we seem to be in more and more […]

a breaking bad halloween

Breaking Bad Cookies

Halloween is a pretty special holiday in our household.  Four years ago, Daren and I met at a Halloween party, and quickly thereafter became a couple.  Ever since then, we’ve made it our thing to really go all out with the Halloween costumes – we’ve actually been known to start brainstorming Halloween ideas as early […]

happy holidays!

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Happy holidays everyone!  May your day be filled with friends, family, laughter, and lots of great food! *Last photo by Rebecca of Rebecca Simeone Designs