Pumpkins, spice and everything nice, that's what fall is made of! I don't always have an abundance of time on my hands (who does?) which leads me to get a little creative with recipes. With the holidays quickly approaching, I found a way to get pumpkin included in pretty much any recipe whether prepared how granny makes it from scratch or semi-homemade. I'll be sharing this trick below along with talking about how using products with the Real California Milk seal can help those recently affected by hurricane Irma and Harvey.
September 1st officially means I can let my love for all things pumpkin out of the bag. Don't tell anyone, but I actually made this Pull Apart Pumpkin Bread recipe over at Sweet Life of Anna in August and it was AMAZING! This pull apart bread was super easy and added a nice twist to the traditional pumpkin bread. To me, this is like pumpkin bread and a cinnamon roll got together to have a baby and Oh. My. Goodness, cutest baby you ever did see! If there is one thing you need to add to your holiday menu list or just because, make sure it's this recipe!
I love watching my baby grow, and I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I want to keep her small and in my arms forever! But the inevitable happens and she grows and learns new things everyday! She has recently transitioned (and is still transitioning) to solids, in addition to her several bottles of milk a day! I have listed a few tips that I have learned along the way. I hope you find these tips helpful as you start this new adventure of transitioning your little love bug to eating solid foods.
From Annie's Aprons
When I think of desserts for the 4th of July the first thing that comes to mind is apple pie! This apple pie is packed with delicious juicy cinnamon apples, topped with a brown sugar buttery topping and a flaky crust. Serve it warm over vanilla ice cream and your taste buds will love you forever! What I love about this pie is how easy it is to throw together. Whether you're a new or seasoned baker this pie is a must try for everyone!
To make this delicious apple pie you simply combine the apples (I always use green apples to break up the sweetness), sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Then stir everything together until well blended.
Oh sweet butter croissant, how you make my heart pitter patter. I wasn't sure there was something that could top a day to day croissant, but there is. Enter Kouign Amann--a beautiful, flakey, caramelized croissant and brioche combination. Originating from the region of Brittany, France, your taste buds will feel like you need to put on a beret and twist the ends of your mustache (if you have one). The best news? You don't have to purchase a ticket to fly over the Atlantic, but can get your own taste of France right here in Tampa, Florida at Petit Piquant off of Howard. As one who has been to Europe many times, these fit the bill and then some.
Piquant is under the care of celebrity chefs Rosana Rivera and Ricardo Castro and they are all things delightful. Their warm welcome is right up there with the pastries coming out of the oven. Their new addition to their patisserie family is being released today. You will find sweet flavors like guava, cinnamon sugar, raspberry, lemon and strawberry alongside more savory flavors like Lox salmon, braised short rib rib and roasted tomato with goat cheese. Well, I won't keep your taste buds waiting any longer, so I give you, the Kouign Amann...
Allow me to tell you more about myself (for those who don’t know me. Haha!). I’m Jennifer, and I’m married to my absolute best friend ever. I have two sweet kiddos, my 5-year-old daughter, and my 1-year-old son who are literally the most exhausting and amazing little people ever. I’m a working-mommy turned stay-at-home-mommy. I absolutely love spending time with my family. I do photography. I love being involved in my church. And guess what – I used to be 336 pounds.
Three days spent in Denver. Three days I'll never forget with my sister. Three days I drank hot coffee and savored my meals. I called it my momcation and it was all things lovely. The stars just happened to align for a last minute trip to visit my sister in Denver. So--I packed a very small bag that I didn't remember being capable of doing since before kids and just hopped on a plane. I absolutely adore my kids, but OMGoodness, to only have to entertain myself was just what this momma needed.
There is so much to do in and around Denver, but I wanted to share a few of my fave foodie spots for your next trip over or a local foodie exploring all the hits. All the hiking, adventuring and even shopping can work up an appetite and these are sure to win a nomnom hashtag from your visit.
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When people say not to mess with a good thing, they must not know the potential of making a classic even more divine. I give you...MILKA OREO chocolate candy. You can thank me later, but I will go ahead and say "you're welcome my friend." The best part about these new treats is they are effortlessly delicious. The MILKA OREO Chocolate Candy Bar highlights the vanilla creme center with a little crunch and the MILKA OREO Big Crunch Bar focuses on a chocolate cookie center with a layer of creme, then rich European Milka chocolate on the outside. See why I said "you're welcome" already?!? So, whether you are an eat-from-the-inside-out sort of Oreo indulger or vice versa, you are covered and easily just as satisfied. Their MILKA OREO Choco-Mix combines mini chocolate and vanilla cookies with chocolate candies and morsels for the perfect on the go snack. I can't think of another way to describe them all other than effortless melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
When you welcome your first little one into the world, everyone says "sleep when they sleep." It's easy--you get plenty of rest and feel like you can conquer this thing called mommyhood. When pregnant with your second, you are always going since you have a toddler to run around after. Finally that little one graces you with their presence and in no way were you prepared for the sleepless days/nights that lay ahead of you. You finally get that little one to sleep, you plop on the couch--and your little guy says "Mommy play cars with me?" You somehow muster up the energy to get down on the floor and do exactly what he asked.
Moments where my son needs me are almost more peaceful then when I am alone with him. He creates a sense of calmness over me, and helps me focus on that second not the hour before or what will happen later--but the now. I love to create meaningful moments with my oldest when the little one is resting to help me regain my energy to tackle both boys.
Every now and then the stars align and we manage to get out of the house for an actual date night. For all other nights, we have to get creative. Otherwise, with our three little kids at the table, as soon as we try to have an adult conversation, one of them decides to tell us a story about their stuffed animal tea party or which dinosaur ate the other. We don't want to miss any of those sweet moments, so we usually put our plates to the side until we can sit and enjoy later, so it better be worth the wait.
This recipe is inspired by one of our favorite restaurant dishes we used to eat once upon a time ago, and by that, I mean half my lifetime ago. So without further adieu, happy date night at home! And oh, if you don't want yummy, higher than normal calories, look away quickly!
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