Archives for October 2013

Chewy Chocolate Caramel Blondies

Anything but basic, these dense and chewy blondies can be customized to your liking! This version is studded with gooey, chocolatey caramel. So today was a rough day for blogging. I originally had plans to post a recipe for cinnamon bread, but when I baked it over the weekend, I decided it hadn’t turned out “pretty” enough for a photo shoot. So I gave one loaf away and my family happily began whittling away at the rest, and I resolved {Read More}

The BEST Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread (or Muffins)

This soft, moist pumpkin bread — perfectly spiced and studded with chocolate chips — is so delicious, it will replace any other recipe you’ve ever tried! Thank y’all for sticking with me through all of the pumpkin posts this fall. It’s been almost three weeks since my last one, so at least I’m trying to space out my addiction, right? 😉 However, considering the various incarnations of pumpkin that I’ve shared since September, I would be remiss not to include {Read More}

Features & Fun Friday #8 ~ Top 5 Thanksgiving-Worthy Pies, Exciting News, & A GIVEAWAY!

Oh my goodness…where did October go?! It’s the last Friday of the month, and that means it’s time for some features and some fun! Stay tuned for a mouthwatering pie round-up, an exciting announcement from Five Heart Home, and — to celebrate it all — a giveaway! {Top 5 Round-Up ~ Thanksgiving-Worthy Pies} I realize that we still have Halloween on the horizon next week, but shortly thereafter, it’s time to start planning for Thanksgiving! Or if you’re really on {Read More}

Mixed Greens Salad with Mandarins, Toasted Almonds, & Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette

This Asian-inspired vinaigrette — bursting with flavors of ginger, garlic, sesame, soy sauce, rice vinegar, & honey — is the perfect accompaniment to mixed greens topped with sweet orange segments, crunchy almonds, and creamy avocado chunks. I realize that it’s fall and that we’re in the throes of comfort food/casserole/crock pot season here, but sometimes I still get a hankering for a good salad. Regardless of season, this salad is one of my favorites. Or I could also say that {Read More}

Fool-Proof Flaky Butter Pie Crust

Making a homemade, flaky, all-butter pie crust from scratch is unbelievably easy with just a few tricks and tips…and it’s so delicious that you’ll never want to buy a pre-made pie crust again! Pie crust is one of those things that many people are intimidated to make from scratch. Believe me, I get it…I used to be right there, too, thinking that my best option was to buy a frozen or refrigerated pie crust every time I wanted to make {Read More}

Slow Cooker Chicken & White Bean Chili

After bubbling away in the crock pot all day, comforting white chili — studded with tender chicken, white beans, and tangy green chiles — is topped with your favorite garnishes: fresh cilantro, crunchy tortilla chips, gooey cheese…the possibilities are endless! This week, central Texas had our first taste of legitimate autumn temperatures this season: we dipped into the 50s overnight and actually stayed there all day! Granted, it was back up in the 70s by the following day, but the {Read More}

Guest Hosting: Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party!

Hi, everyone! It’s not often that you hear from me twice in one day, but I have something exciting to share this evening! This week I’m guest hosting the Moonlight & Mason Jars Link Party over at Cherished Bliss! If you’re not sure what a link party is, it’s a great opportunity to check out some fabulous links from a bunch of different bloggers, all in one place! You’ll find recipes, crafts, and lots of seasonal fall and Halloween fun. {Read More}

Spider Cupcakes for Halloween

All Hallows’ Eve is right around the corner. What say we make some cute and edible Halloween spiders to celebrate? Earlier this week, I shared with y’all a fun, free Halloween printable. And today, I’ve got some darling Halloween-friendly cupcakes for you. I do believe this indicates I’m on some sort of Halloween roll. I enjoy whipping up seasonal treats with my kids, but nothing too fussy or complicated, thankyouverymuch. These cuties fit the bill just perfectly. Simple chocolate cupcakes {Read More}

Trick or Treat ~ Free Halloween Printable

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that October is already almost halfway over. In fact, can I make a confession? I just now finished setting out my Halloween decorations. I’ve had some fall decor up since the beginning of September, but I got sidetracked and busy, and I neglected to add my Halloween stash when October rolled around. Oh, the mom guilt! But as of this weekend, that’s remedied…my kids can now stop pestering me {Read More}

Parmesan Panko Crusted Chicken

Chicken dinner is a winner, winner when it’s topped with Parmesan cheese and Panko bread crumbs and baked until juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. When I pick up my first grader from school every afternoon, the first thing out of his mouth is not, “Hi, Mama,” or “I’m delighted to see you, young siblings.” It’s “What are we having for dinner?” And to be perfectly honest, it’s a question that sets my teeth on edge a {Read More}

Pumpkin Vanilla Parfaits with Maple Cinnamon Pecan Granola

A blend of vanilla yogurt and pumpkin puree is layered with Maple Cinnamon Pecan Granola to create beautiful parfaits that taste like fall! Hi. My name is Samantha, and I’m addicted to pumpkin. You’ve probably figured that out already, seeing as how this is my fourth pumpkin recipe in five weeks. But y’all…I just can’t stop myself! Please send help. Even if you’re not quite as pumpkin obsessed as me, today’s post has something for you anyway. Some of my {Read More}

Frosted Brown Butter Banana Bars with a Graham Cracker Crust

Are you ready for a surprise? I’m sharing a sweet treat today that doesn’t involve pumpkin. Shocking, right? I’ll admit…I go a little pumpkin crazy each fall, but occasionally I still whip up some non-pumpkin goodies like these… Say hello to Brown Butter Banana Bars. With a brown butter graham cracker crust. And brown butter frosting. If you think these bars are over the top with nutty, caramelized brown butter goodness…well, my friend, you would be right. When I have {Read More}

Cheesy Biscuit Cups ~ A Quick and Easy Meal to Use Up Leftovers!

Who doesn’t love a recipe that can turn a small amount of leftovers into a whole new meal? These Cheesy Biscuit Cups do just that, and despite their simplicity, don’t be surprised if they quickly become a family favorite! These little morsels save the day on busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time or ingredients on hand. And as much as I wish it weren’t the case, that’s a predicament I find myself in quite regularly come {Read More}

Pink First Birthday Party

When you’re born into the world after two big brothers, odds are your mama is going to make sure you are immersed in plenty of pink to balance out all those years of blue. So naturally, it only makes sense that your first birthday party would follow the same theme… A little over a year ago when we were expecting our third child, we decided that we didn’t want to find out the gender ahead of time. Already having two {Read More}