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Homemade Peanut Butter Oatmeal Dog Treats

December 19, 2013 12:28 pm · Posted by Lauren G

It's the season for giving, and I'm always a fan of homemade presents. They're so much more personal and of course they were made with love! I have a number of dog owner friends, so I decided to try making homemade dog treats. I was too lazy to go to the store, but I was able to find a recipe that I already had the ingredients for. There are a lot of roll-out recipes that people use cute dog bone cookie cutters with, but this recipe does much better using just a cookie scoop. I might have to try one of those other recipes soon, but I'd have to get a dog bone cookie cutter first! I haven't given them out yet, so I don't know what the verdict is, but I hope all my doggy friends will love them!

  • ½ cup of oatmeal
  • 1/ tablespoon of peanut butter (I used chunky you can use whatever you have in the house)
  • ½ tablespoon of water
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of honey
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients.
  3. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  4. Scoop out the dough onto the prepared cookie sheet (they don't really spread).
  5. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through.
  6. Store in an airtight container or freeze.

(Inspired by Two Little Cavaliers)

Filed under: recipe Tagged with: dog treat, Present, gift, holidays, christmas, recipe

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

December 17, 2013 12:26 pm · Posted by Lauren G

Hmmm I've been having more problems posting, but it looks like we're back online! Finally, here are the sweet potato cupcakes I made for Thanksgiving. It's a little late, but if you're making sweet potatoes for Christmas, this is a fun way to use up the leftovers instead of making pie. The batter was dense, but I was surprised about how light these cupcakes turned out. My mom and I made cream cheese frosting instead of the marshmallow in the recipe because it "goes with everything." It's true, cream cheese frosting really does go with everything. It's even delicious by itself! I've included both recipes here just in case you're curious.



  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes (about 2 to 3 medium or 2 large)
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon (more to taste) ground ginger
  • Two pinches (more to taste) ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (190 grams) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Roast sweet potatoes:  Heat oven to 375 degrees. Prick potatoes all over with a fork. Rest on a baking sheet. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, turning once or twice, until soft. Let cool completely. Can be kept in fridge for up to 3 days, if baked in advance.
  2. Make cake:  Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard cupcake pan with 12 paper baking cups.
  3. Peel cooled sweet potatoes and run flesh through a potato ricer, or mash until very smooth. (Do not blend in a blender or food processor.) Measure 1 1/2 packed cups (about 12 to 13 ounces) from sweet potato mash; you may have a little extra, which you should warm up with a pat of butter and sprinkle of sea salt and not share with anyone.
  4. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add vanilla and eggs, and beat until just combined. Mix in sweet potato puree, then stir in dry ingredients just until they disappear.
  5. Using a standard-size ice cream scoop, scoop the batter into a cupcake pan so each well is 2/3 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.


Marshmallow Frosting

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar (will help stabilize egg whites, don’t worry if you don’t have it)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1.Place egg whites, granulated sugar, a pinch of salt and cream of tartar in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Whisk mixture for 3 minutes, until whites are warmed and sugar granules feels mostly dissolved. Remove bowl from top of saucepan, then, with an electric mixer, beat egg white mixture on high speed until stiff, glossy peaks form, about 4 to 7 minutes longer. Add vanilla and mix until combined.

2. Using a very large round piping tip or the corner snipped off a freezer bag, pipe large dollops of frosting on each cupcake.

3. Using a kitchen torch, lightly brown the dollops so that they look (and smell!) like toasted marshmallows.


Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces cream cheese


1. Place all ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer filled with the paddle attachment; beat until well combined. Be sure to beat on high speed at the very end for at least 2 minutes to ensure that the frosting is light and fluffy.

2. Transfer frosting into a plastic piping bag fitted with a round metal tip. Frost each cupcake with a swirl of frosting.

(Inspired by Smitten Kitchen and Lil Sugar)


Fun Fact: Why is Thanksgiving on Thursday?

November 28, 2013 12:06 pm · Posted by Lauren G

It's the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and I'm so cool that I'm watching "The Real Story of Thanksgiving" on the History Channel. Don't hate...it's actually really interesting. It actually wasn't until 1941 that Thanksgiving was fixed to the fourth Thursday of November. Before that, the President had to declare the holiday every year since 1863. In the midst of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln declared the last day of November to be a day of thanks for <span>the good that could be found despite the terrors of war and strife. But why a Thursday?

</span>Most historians trace the first nationwide day of Thanksgiving as Thursday, December 18, 1777 set by the Continental Congress and by George Washington. But again, why Thursday?

Back in the 1600's, Thanksgiving was actually a religious holiday. Thursday was the day the local minister would give his sermon, so it was only natural that Thursday would be the day to give thanks.

(Inspired by Wikipedia and Blue Star Equiculture)

Filed under: Facts, fun Tagged with: november, thanksgiving, History

Grapefruit Cookies II

November 21, 2013 12:39 pm · Posted by Lauren G

I didn't like the way my first attempt at grapefruit cookies turned out. Luckily, my friend's tree is at it again, and he gave me another batch of fresh grapefruits. I loved these cookies! They were crisp and sweet with a beautiful cracked surface. 

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, plus more for dipping
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Ruby Red grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon Ruby Red grapefruit zest
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and either lightly grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the sugar and the butter until well combined. Stir in the egg, vanilla extract, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit zest until well combined.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and ginger and then combine with the liquid ingredients until a soft dough is formed.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon two inches apart. They'll spread as they bake!
  5. Press bottom of glass into dough to grease, then dip into granulated sugar; press on shaped dough until about 1/4 inch thick.
  6. Bake one sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are just set. They’ll be puffy when they come out of the oven but as they cool they’ll flatten and form those glorious cracks in the surface. Continue for the rest of the dough.

(Inspired by Homesick Texan)

Filed under: noms, dessert, recipe, Food Tagged with: noms, cookie, dessert, grapefruit, Food, recipe

Fun Fact: Trick or Treat

November 9, 2013 9:52 am · Posted by Lauren G

This was supposed to go up on Halloween :(

Halloween is basically all about dressing up and begging strangers for candy, right? Well there's a little more history to it, but for a thousand years, Halloween has been all about eating sugar to ease our fears. Dating all the way back to the ancient pagan Celtic festival called Samhain, which ended with an opening to the spirit world, October 31st has always been a combination of sweets and the supernatural. These ancient Celts would use honey, and later sugar, to preserve their perishable food and prepare the bounty of the summer for the winter ahead. They would also mask or blacken their faces to keep evil spirits at bay. this practice was later seen in Scotland in 1895 when people carrying lanterns of hollowed-out turnips went door-to-door "guising," or begging for cakes and fruits. Learn more about turnip carving here.


It wasn't until 1934 that guising became known as trick-of-treating. By 1948, Jack Benny was doing jokes about it on his popular radio show, and by 1951, Charles Schultz was drawing the Peanuts gang wandering door-to-door wearing ghost sheets and witches' hats. Halloween was a thing people knew about, but before the 1950s, trick-or-treating simply wasn't a part of most people's Halloween celebrations. When these ghouls and ghosts did start showing up on people's doorsteps, only sweets would keep you from getting egged, TP-ed, or worse.

This finally clued the candy companies into the notion that they might have a million dollar baby on their hands. "There was a rise of advertisements that talked about Halloween, and candy companies started marketing candy directly to moms. The message was: 'If you buy the right candy, you won't get tricked!'"


In 1964, Helen Pfeil, a Greenlawn, N.Y. housewife decided to hand out arsenic-laced candy buttons in an attempt to teach local teenagers that they were too old for trick-or-treating. Then on November 2, 1970, 5-year-old Kevin Toston from Detroit died after eating what initial reports identified as heroin-laced Halloween candy. It turned out that the heroin never came from the candy, but by that point, no one was paying attention. Concerned with safety, parents started telling their kids not to take any sweets that weren't factory-wrapped. The candy industry reacted with fun-sized candy bars that were individually wrapped so parents could be certain had not been tampered with. Today, Halloween candy is big business. In 2011, $2.3 billion worth of Halloween candy according to the National Confectioner's Association.

So get out there and stock up on some good candy to make sure you don't get attacked by Halloween hooligans. Or, you can be like me, turn off all the lights, buy candy on sale tomorrow, and eat it all yourself. Happy Halloween!

Filed under: fun Tagged with: trick or treat, halloween, holidays, candy


November 9, 2013 9:45 am · Posted by Lauren G

This is just a test. I haven't been able to post lately...For some reason all my posts are flagged as "spam." Sorry for the hiatus!! New posts coming soon.


Organize Your Life

October 24, 2013 12:46 pm · Posted by Lauren G

I definitely need something like this, especially since I just turned 26. I know, it's not that old, but now that I'm officially closer to 30 than 20, I feel like I need to get a few things in order. Enjoy this great article from Refinery29.

Organize: Your Money

The Expert: Alexa Von Tobel, founder and CEO of LearnVest, author of Financially Fearless(available December 31).


You work hard for your money, and frankly, you deserve to treat yourself to weekly drinks with the girls, an annual vacation, and all those SoulCycle classes. But, it's starting to add up. Von Tobel says the solution can be found right at home. "You may think your budget is as lean as possible, but there are always tips and tricks that can help you free up some extra cash," the financial-planning pro says. Re-evaluate how your money is spent in your home, and explore the alternative — and perhaps cheaper — options. "For example, the average U.S. household spends $2,000 per year on electricity, but studies estimate that 10% of your electric bill pays for power you aren’t even using. There are ways to avoid this, like making sure you don’t have any 'vampire electronics' plugged in, wasting energy (cell-phone chargers fall into this category, for example)." Von Tobel's advice is to find the best deals on those boring (or, rather, necessary-but-boring) items such as utilities or cable, so as to pocket more of your hard-earned cash for things you truly enjoy.


Finding a two-bedroom for a reasonable price may give you a thrill now, but you have dreams of signing a deed in the next five years. So, instead of setting yourself up for a purchase you can't quite afford, Von Tobel stresses that we must make a plan. Consider your down payment — that's 20% of your new, dream house's price — and make adjustments, as necessary, to begin saving up the cash. This preparation is the most important step, our expert says. "If you buy a home that you can barely afford and then something happens to your income, you will be stuck in quite a stressful situation." 

The good news: If you set a five-year plan, you still have some time to improve your financial status before you sign on the dotted line. And, don't forget your credit score (i.e., check it now!) to ensure it's in a solid place for when you're ready to apply for a mortgage. Bonus: Save an extra few bucks with Von Tobel's suggestion for a free credit report at AnnualCreditReport.com.


It's a proud day when you realize that you not only have enough money to live comfortably, but you're even pocketing a little extra. "I firmly believe that investing your money is one of the smartest ways to grow it over the long term," Von Tobel tells us. "It’s all about putting your money to work for you." Per our expert, first and foremost, you should make sure your finances are thriving (this means that you're debt-free, you're regularly saving for retirement, and you have backup funds in case your investment flops), then move on to making a selection. "Ultimately, investing is personal," she says. Do your research on the companies you believe in, and be willing to commit at least five years, as the market tends to be "unpredictable."


Go ahead. Read that again. Spending a little more than usual is a good thing, and it's even better when done properly. Thankfully, Von Tobel has filled us in, just in time for the season's bonus checks and a little extra pocket change. "Before doing anything with that sweet holiday bonus, put the bulk of it out of sight (and straight into your savings account) until you decide what you want to do with it," she wisely tells us. "Though this isn’t the most exciting way to spend the extra cash, you’ll want to use 90% of that bonus toward your financial future. Start by putting it toward any outstanding debt. Then, look to your emergency savings and retirement accounts." 

Once that's covered, the remaining 10% is dedicated entirely to the purchases that make you happy, she says. That pair of Acne boots, a color and cut at a fancy salon, or hitting the slopes for a weekend getaway may never feel sweeter.


While all of our bank accounts may look different, Von Tobel claims there's one common goal we can set for 2014. "Get organized!" she says. "Creating a financial framework is definitely feasible to accomplish and implement." Begin with establishing a separate e-mail account, she advises, to keep track of your statements, set calendar reminders for your monthly bills and other financial responsibilities, and — her personal recommendation — use tools like theLearnVest Money Center that help you consolidate and manage financial responsibilities and goals in one place. 

Organize: Your Home

The Expert: Michelle Adams, editor-in-chief of Domino.


As much as we love the contents of our closets, we don't exactly plan to spend hours in there looking for a piece to wear, nor do we have much time to create a Dewey Decimal System of every item we own. So, Adams, Domino's EIC and in-house pro, made it simple with a few tricks that will take you about an hour now — and save you tons of time later. 

First, pair like with like, she says. Hang shirts with shirts, pants with pants, etc., and then arrange by color. This will help with the whole grabbing-an-item-in-a-pinch dilemma (much like the one we face each morning). In addition, "dresses and pants should be hung at either end of your closet, shirts and skirts should be placed in middle," she says. "This will give you room to store shoes below, where you can clearly see them." Amen to that.


The entryway of your home is not only the first impression for guests who walk though your door, but it's also the area that you see first. And last. Ideally, this small area of transit should reflect comfort, convenience, and your personal style right off the bat. Adams has a few simple, yet largely effective, ways to get the job done. These are her must-have items: 
—  A console, to ground this highly trafficked, yet often un-designed area
— A mirror, for one last look at yourself before heading out the door
—  A lamp, to add warmth and to greet you upon your return
— A dish, so that you’ll always know where you put your keys
— An umbrella stand, to stash your wet things on rainy days


When you're working on a budget, it's just as important to know where to save as it is to know where to splurge. And, when it comes to the latter, Adams says it's the double-duty items that are totally worth the $$$. Pieces like decorative hampers are beautiful and functional, to boot. While you can toss your socks in there as you so choose, they also "can double as design accessories or side tables after you’ve run out of closet space," she says.

Whether you're splitting a cavernous one-bedroom with your S.O. or a studio with five, found-on-Craigslist roomies, it's important to feel like you can find a bit of personal peace within your living space. And, as Adam says, you've got to carve it out yourself. Find a pocket that can be yours, be it an entire room that's barely used or a corner space that miraculously hasn't been taken over by your roommate's band equipment. "Fill it with the things you love," she says, "such as art, music, or plants." Establish your own little sanctuary, and perhaps encourage your roommates to do the same. It could make all the difference for your state of mind.


To junk drawer, or not to junk drawer: That is the question. And, more often than not, our answer is a resounding yes — one that sounds an awful lot like a drawer full of clutter slamming closed. But, there's a way to upgrade your nook of miscellany so that it doesn't feel or look like a pile of trash. "A silverware divider quickly supplies order to a junk drawer," says Adams. "It designates space for pencils, scissors, tools, and trinkets." It's also an all-too-easy way to find those barely used pliers or that yellow highlighter on the day that you finally need them.

Organize: Your Well-Being

The Expert: Gretchen Rubin, blogger and author of The Happiness Project.


Hey, not every day is going to be an impress-the-boss, pay-off-your-credit-card, and throw-a-dinner-party-without-even-breaking-a-sweat kind of day. But, we firmly believe that starting out on the right note can have a lasting effect on the rest of the day. And, Rubin says it's as simple as making your bed. Yes, the thing you just rolled out of. Perhaps begrudgingly. 

"That habit of bed making is correlated with greater well-being and higher productivity," says Rubin. "But, beyond any study, people have told me anecdotally that it gives their life order, they start their day right, and they feel more in control." Think of it as a morning exercise that organizes just a small part of your day and prepares you for the rest. "You might not be able to meditate for 20 minutes," says our expert, "but you can make your bed.”


Maybe we should have switched these last two tips, as your bed isn't only supposed to be made to look nice. Rubin, who is currently working on a book about habits, says we need to set and abide by a bedtime and break out of our tendency to devalue the time we need to rest each night. And, for the record, that means at least seven hours, she says. "Many people are chronically sleep-deprived. It’s hard to turn out the light," Rubin points out. "The last hour of the day is their true goofing-around, leisure time; they don’t want to give it up. It is, however, a lackadaisical kind of leisure. People fight more; they snack on food they shouldn’t be eating; they’re not doing exciting things with that leisure time. It’s really worth thinking about turning out the lights."

Of course, turning out the lights, and shutting out the world, is easier said than done. And, it doesn't help when we allow ourselves to get so tired that we fall asleep, say, on the couch, face full of makeup, Netflix still running. So, like the mornings, set an alarm that will alert you when it's time to go to bed. "What I’ve started to do is brush my teeth and take out my contacts before it’s bedtime," Rubin says. "I sometimes put off going to bed because I’m too tired to take my contacts out. By doing it before, you’re ready to jump in bed the moment your bedtime alarm goes off.”


Maybe you've heard it before, or have said it yourself, but there's often a tendency to search for balance — a harmonious blend of work, play, Zen time, high pressure, family, friends, and self. It's a juggling act many people attempt. Rubin's advice: Let it fall. “I never think about balance. The thing about balance is that, if you get the right proportions, there would be room for everything. That’s not the case," she tells us. In forgetting the balancing act, Rubin suggests that you simply commit to those things you truly care about. "I have plenty of time for the things that are important to me. But, that means the things that aren’t so important to me get dropped. So, I then have to set my priorities."

Of course, letting things go is challenging, and doing tasks we don't love can sometimes be a part of life. But, for the most meaningful parts of your life — no matter how big or small — Rubin suggests putting them in your datebook. For example, she says, "If you have to have time to read for fun, put it on the calendar: 'Saturday afternoon, I’m going to read for fun.' Life comes, and things fall by the wayside. Put things down on your to-do list, and commit to it."


We all have one: a friend who calls you for every "crisis" but is not really around for when you need a shoulder. Or, perhaps, a boyfriend or girlfriend who you love to take care of, but lately you're feeling more like mom than a partner. Whatever the case, your one-sided relationship needs to change now. Before you tell your loved one why their behavior is bothering you, Rubin says: Not so fast. "I don’t think it ever works," she says about the confrontation approach. "What changes things are if you change your own behavior."

First things first: Identify the problem. Recognize what it is, exactly, that's bothering you, and be truthful with yourself. Are you insulted? Frustrated? Jealous? "Once you do that," says Rubin, "a solution presents itself. For instance, if you and your sweetheart are having a bout over household chores, maybe you hire someone to do them to avoid conflict. It doesn’t have to be a ‘you do it, or I do it’ situation." Second, see what you personally can do to change the situation. Try to adopt a more carefree approach to housework, or be a little less available for dramatic, long phone calls. Committing to a change in yourself may not necessarily transform others, but in the end, it will bring you peace.


No matter what age you are, job you have, or relationship you're in, being happy may not always come naturally. It's not that you're sad, exactly, but maybe you've just lost sight of what brings you joy. So, what really makes you happy — the genuine, jump-up-and-down, lift-your-spirits kind of happy we all need and deserve? The answer to escaping your funk, Rubin says, is to think like a 10-year-old.

"We think fun is easy and spontaneous, but it’s easy to forget what fun is, too," she says. "We forget what we like, and going back to happy times in the past will help bring the fun back. It’s been there all along; we just lose touch with it.” Reflect a bit, and try to recall something that once brought you joy — dancing, drawing, swimming, helping your parents in the garden. Adapt your old favorite habits — that is, unless color-by-number activity books are still your thing — and commit to them. Those pastimes that once wholeheartedly made you happy will likely resonate for the long haul.

Filed under: living, advice, fun Tagged with: decor advice, financial tips, organize

Rosemary Butter Cookies

October 15, 2013 12:40 pm · Posted by Lauren G

You should see my rosemary plant. It's out of control! I don't really know what to do with it except maybe use a sprig here and their. Someone suggested I make some cookies...duh! These little guys are crunchy, sweet, and addicting! Definitely let the dough harden in the freezer. I left mine in the fridge overnight thinking it'd be the same, but my dough was so soft when I tried to cut it. That's why none of my cookies are round!

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup fine sanding sugar
  1. Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in whole egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour, rosemary, and salt, and mix until combined.
  2. Halve dough; shape each half into a log. Place each log on a 12-by-16-inch sheet of parchment. Roll in parchment to 1 1/2 inches in diameter, pressing a ruler along edge of parchment at each turn to narrow log. Transfer to paper-towel tubes to hold shape, and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 375. Brush each log with egg white; roll in sanding sugar. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment. Bake until edges are golden, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks. Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.

(Inspired by Martha Stewart)

Filed under: Yum, dessert, recipe Tagged with: rosemary, cookies, Martha Stewart

Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Cookies

October 8, 2013 12:28 pm · Posted by Lauren G

More pumpkin! I made these a while ago, but finally got around to posting it here. If your curious, my birthday was last week, so I've been pretty busy. Anyway, these turned out pretty great! Soft on the inside with just a hint of pumpkin flavoring. They also look kind of fancy with the glaze, but they're actually really easy. Get ready to get mess though!

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets or cover with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl.
  3. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.
  5. BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. 

For Glaze:

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl until smooth.
  2. Drizzle over cookies

(Inspired by Very Best Baking)

Filed under: Yum, dessert, recipe Tagged with: pumpkin, October, cookies, fall

Pumpkin Bread

September 24, 2013 12:25 pm · Posted by Lauren G

Pumpkin everything! Those cans of pumpkin are so big, and you usually only need a cup. What am I supposed to do with all of it besides make cupcakes, bread, and cookies (recipe coming next week). This secret family recipe came from a friend of mine. (I guess the secret is out now!) I still don't have a loaf pan, so I made a cupcake/muffin version. I just had to adjust the baking time, and they still came out moist and delicious!

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
  • 1 2/3 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 1 (12-cup) muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix on low speed until well blended.
  3. Using an ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way full.
  4. Bake until the tops turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean, about 15 minutes.

To make a pumpkin bread loaf...
Pour into greased 55x9 loaf pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 50-75 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

(Inspired by a secret!)

Filed under: Yum, recipe, Food Tagged with: Pumpkin Bread, pumpkin, dessert, fall

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