We posted these images on our social media a few weeks ago, but life has been so hectic that I hadn’t gotten to share with the rest of you! We are right about 14 weeks with our newest little love, and we are over the moon excited! This time around was a total surprise, and adjusting our home and family to two (briefly) under two will be a whole new journey. But we are so thankful that the Lord is blessing us with another to love. Check out our sweet announcement!
We’ve had our first glimpses of fall this weekend, and this mama is SO ready! I love summer, but I am looking forward to pumpkin and apple everything, football, cool weather, leggings and boots! It is my favorite!
I’ve had my FALL Candles burning for the last few days, and decided on a whim yesterday that the can of pumpkin in my pantry was begging to be used. So Addie and I settled in to create a new recipe. And you guys…this stuff is GOOD. You need to make you a loaf or two ASAP. It is super moist and flavorful, without being overpowering. Try it! You won’t be sorry!
Pumpkin Banana Bread with a Cream Cheese Swirl
For the Bread:
- 1 Cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 over-ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (I just used canned!)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spices
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/8 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg yolk (yolk only!)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and grease a 9″ loaf pan.
- In the bowl of your mixer, combine the oil, sugar, eggs and vanilla until well incorporated.
- Add the banana and pumpkin and mix well.
- Add the baking soda, salt and spices.
- Last, add the flour, gradually, mixing to incorporate as you go. Make sure you scrape the sides of your bowl!
- Pour batter into your prepared loaf pan.
- In another bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the swirl and mix well. I used a small mixing bowl and my handheld mixer (mostly because I didn’t want to wash my mixer bowl just for a topping! 🙂 )
- I took the back of my spoon to create a little “well” the length of the loaf in the top of the pumpkin mixture. You could skip this step, but I felt like it helped me to swirl better.
- Pour the swirl mixture over the top of the bread mixture, and then use a butter knife to create a swirl. It’s totally okay to dig down just a little!
- Pop that sucker in the oven for 60-80 minutes and enjoy your house smelling delicious! You will know it is done when you can insert a toothpick into the center and it comes out clean!
Slice and devour! I had a piece while it was still hot because I couldn’t resist. I also had a piece for breakfast this morning, cold, and it was equally as amazing! I like to put a tiny bit of butter on mine, but it was so good by itself too!
Confession…when a client asked me if I could do toilet themed cookies to celebrate the completion of a friend’s bathroom renovation, I scratched my head a little. It was definitely the most unique request that i have gotten to date. But once I got my wheels turning, I was inspired!
I actually want a set of shiny gold and pink tools! How pretty did those turn out?
I love a good challenge, and these were just that! My client loved them, and I had a blast doing it!
Hello, my name is Katie and I am addicted to Mexican food. I’m not joking…I could eat it 5 days a week. I have been wanting something a little different though. And in my efforts to sneak more veggies into our toddler’s diet, these seemed like a great idea!
They seriously came together in minutes and had so much bang for your buck as far as taste is concerned! You could add some shredded chicken to up the protein, or sub wheat tortillas to make it a bit more healthy. I was working with what I had on hand. 🙂 I took the original recipe (here) and modified it to work for our family!, Ingredients: Sauce: Filling: Instructions:
Spinach & Black Bean Enchiladas
These were a legit plate licker!! The toddler even approved, with all of that veggie! And they were excellent reheated for lunch the following day.
Have you tried these?? Let me know in the comments!
The same client that had me do these adorable cowboy hat cupcakes, was gifted these cute little cookies by her sweet mom to take for another VBS dessert! I pulled several different “Giddyup Junction” elements and was able to whip these right up!
I absolutely LOVE doing detail work! The boots are probably my favorite part!
Tacos are basically life, right? I mean who doesn’t love Tacos?? If you don’t, you’re a monster…kidding! But really how cute are these taco cookies? They are the perfect dessert for any fiesta party!
I had the most fun doing these cute pool party cookies for Hadley’s birthday! Her mom made sure to let me know that Hadley doesn’t love pink, so we focused on bright, summery colors for a fun look! I’ll drop a link to the cutters used for this order at the bottom of the post!
Okay but really…how adorable did these turn out?? A client of mine requested some “cowboy” themed dessert for her kids to take to VBS. We needed something relatively simple due to the quantity and turn around time, but that still packed a wow factor! Their theme was Giddyup Junction, so naturally cowboy hats were the perfect go-to!
We kept the cupcakes simple- vanilla with vanilla signature buttercream (all kids like vanilla!). But the hats? You guys want to know the secret here? A Pringle dipped in chocolate, topped with a Rolo! Seriously?? Seriously! I piped some red royal icing around them to finish them off. Just look at them, like a cute little army of cowboys ready to take on the world!