For the the love of sugar, happiness and serendipitous occasions.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fall is a season full of good things. Apples and pumpkin and sweaters and spices, bright leaves and blue skies and chilled cheeks and sunshine. It’s a wonderful time of year. Just over a month ago now, one of my good friends flew out to visit from California, and knowing that the traditional autumnal activities just aren’t the same in Southern California, we went on an apple picking excursion. I came home with a full bag (and belly!), brimming with peaches and apples, and one perfectly round sugar pumpkin. My bounty sat on the counter for a week or two while I contemplated what to do with it, but inspiration wasn’t striking. The peaches started to rot, the apple stash dwindled as it become a part of my daily lunches, and I was sad that these sweet treats weren’t being baked into oblivion. Then, an evening full of baking with a friend introduced me to this pumpkin cookie recipe, and my world was changed. (more…)

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

I took the month of September off from the Secret Recipe Club, so this is my first post in a couple of months and it feels good to be back! For October, I was assigned Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, a blog written by Jamie. Jamie has a great blog full not only of recipes, but lots of sewing and crafting tutorials – something I’m trying to get into lately! I had a lot of fun looking through her site and getting inspired. (more…)

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

More pumpkin – as promised! I think this is the last recipe though, so soon we’ll be onto more seasonal things. I actually made this for Thanksgiving, as a pumpkin pie alternative, and it was so incredibly outstanding. I really love bread pudding, it’s one of my favorite desserts, but I ironically don’t have it often so when I do I want it to be amazing. This recipe is definitely what I would call amazing. (more…)

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Raisin Bread

I was recently told by someone that “pumpkin is acceptable [only] until December 1st” – which means I’m in trouble because December 1st has come and gone, and I still have some pumpkin recipes to share with you! The problem with getting so backed up with this blog is that I have an arsenal of recipes to share, but they are fast becoming irrelevant! I know the official pumpkin season has mostly passed, but I am still dying to share these last couple of recipes with you – so bear with me, please?! I promise, it’ll be worth it. Plus – who of us doesn’t still have a can or two of pumpkin laying around? (more…)

Pumpkin Spice Granola

It seems things on this blog/in my life have gotten a bit backed up as of late… it’s that time of year, I guess? I started a new job in July working in marketing (social media) for a couple of retail stores, and when they told me the holidays were busy – well that was an understatement. I’ve also been writing a food and entertaining blog for work, so my own blog has been a bit neglected. It’s so sad to me, because I miss it so much, but I know I’ll get back into the swing of things… it just might not be util the new year. (more…)

Pumpkin Cranberry Biscuits

Welcome to bread post #2 today! In an attempt to get all most of my holiday posts up before the New Year, I’m doubling up on posts today, and the both happen to be on my favorite subject: carbs. I love them in every way – for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, as a snack; savory or sweet, and anywhere in between. I like muffins and cookies and cakes and breads and biscuits and EVERYTHING else your mind could imagine. These biscuits are a more healthful carb option, because they use some wheat flour and pureed pumpkin, plus fresh cranberries for some extra flavor. They are moist, moist, moist, and a great accompaniment to any meal. (more…)

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

Even though Thanksgiving is long gone by now, I’m still dreaming about this dessert I made for it. Better late than never, and this recipe is too good to pass up! When I was in high school, I was part of a culinary arts program, and I can still remember to this day a particular pumpkin cheesecake that we made, which I enjoyed with my mom and her best friend in the car en route to a couple of college visits I had lined up. I’d just made it that afternoon in class, and when I got in the car we were all a bit hungry, so forks dove into the cheesecake as soon as we hit the road and it was just SO GOOD. I came across that same hand-written recipe from class earlier this year amongst a stack of my mom’s recipes, and it reminded me of that day and of that cheesecake, and made me crave it in a serious way.


Pumpkin Gingerbread Nut Muffins

I’ve noticed lately that I am a serious repeat offender… the muffin/brownie/cookie/bar type. Oh, and cupcakes. I make a lot of cupcakes. It seems I really need to expand my horizons, but when the weather gets cold and I crave comfort foods, I go straight for that big fluffy muffin, or crumbly coffee cake, or classic cookies for a dessert. I just can’t help it, hence yet another muffin post. I wish I could apologize, but these are too good to apologize for. Plus they help you transition between seasons perfectly – fall (pumpkin) and winter (gingerbread) create a happy little bridge from cool to cold, short days to long nights. (more…)

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream

These cupcakes were never really meant to be, but I’m so glad that they came into being! When I was home a couple weekends ago, I was helping my mom test some recipes she had lined up for a visit with family friends in December. We love food, our family friends love food, and so my mom wanted to be sure she had a few great meal ideas ready for their visit. One of those ideas was this phenomenal flourless chocolate cake that we’ve had at a local restaurant on numerous occasions. I got my hands on the recipe and we wanted to recreate it for them, but when I got home Friday there was no chocolate in the house. (more…)

Sopapilla Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Welcome to my first pumpkin post of the fall! I know I’m a bit behind the times, but it seems I’m always playing catch-up with the current season or holiday, and that’s okay with me for now. I am a serious pumpkin lover (as long as that pumpkin is mixed with lots of sugar and spices), but admittedly I get kind of bored with traditional pumpkin recipes – pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, even sometimes pumpkin spice lattes (sad, but true). I still indulge in plenty of PSL’s and bake plenty of pumpkin things every fall, but I am constantly on the lookout for creative and unique pumpkin recipes. That’s where these simple and delicious bars came in!


Hearty Chicken Soup and Pumpkin Cran-Apple Walnut Loaf

When I saw the first cranberries of the season arrive in grocery stores, I got so excited I bought a big container of them, and proceeded to leave them in the refrigerator for weeks. I’d notice them from time to time, and briefly consider what I could do with them, but it wasn’t until the season’s first blizzard a few weeks ago when I was stuck inside all day that I finally forced myself to put them to use. Very uncharacteristically, I found a vegan bread recipe (originally Vegan Pumpkin Cranberry Apple Pecan Bread from Joy the Baker) that sounded incredible – so I decided to give it a try. Admittedly, I added a couple of eggs to bind the bread and keep it from crumbling, but apparently it’s just as good without! (more…)

Apple Cobbler Cupcakes with Pumpkin Cheesecake Frosting

Lately, I’ve been all about maximizing me-time, and minimizing the amount of stress I put on myself. Does that sounds selfish? Let me rephrase: I am working on keeping my sanity. As a result this blog has fallen by the wayside, not out of mind, just out of sight for a little while. I think about it every day, but just can’t seem to summon the energy to pull it together! But here I am, with a quiet evening to do whatever I’d like, and I’m coming back. With a delightful cupcake recipe nonetheless! (more…)

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