Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bread

Why do some things become so much more interesting late at night?

I’m talking about things like random movies that are playing on TV. All the snacks in the house seem to be calling your name. All of a sudden it seems like the perfect time to pin clothes I could never afford on pinterest while planning out my wildly unrealistic “dream house”.

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I can’t even tell you how many movies I’ve gotten myself tied up in at 12AM because you simply can not just start watching a movie and go to bed, you must finish said movie no matter how dumb or ridiculous it is.

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Along with these late night movies come the inevitable late night commercials. Some are just seriously downright confusing. Like this one with Audrey Hepburn. Like she just leaves her train and jumps in a car with some random guy and starts eating chocolate? Okay, forsure.

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Sometimes late at night I also get the urge to bake. This pumpkin snickerdoodle bread was a late night concoction that I made a while ago, but just dug up the photos for the other day. This flavor combo is seriously dynamite. I mean what part of snickerdoodle and pumpkin could not be awesome?? This is such an easy and delicious recipe that I have no doubt you all will love.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bread

(Makes 2 loaves)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
15 oz. can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and grease 2 loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl whisk flours, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk pumpkin, oil, maple syrup, and water. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together topping ingredients and sprinkle over the tops of the loafs.
  5. Bake loafs in preheated oven for 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes, then enjoy!

Random Fact of the Day: The oil used by jewelers to lubricate clocks and watches costs about $3,000 a gallon.

Chocolate Reeses Pieces Cookies

I’ve been on a crazy fruit kick lately. It’s a little unreal. (I know this is totally unrelated to what recipe I’m sharing today)

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My biggest obsession lately has been blueberries. Oh my goodness, it’s like I’ve never tasted them before. I’m so addicted that I’m a little nervous that I am going to cause a worldwide blueberry shortage.

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As a late night treat lately, I’ve been having a sliced apple with a tiny bit of biscoff spread or simply the apple just by itself. Like who am I? Since when did an apple become a late night treat?

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Thankfully this addiction is pretty darn healthy, so I’m not too concerned. However, this addiction has not curved my love for chocolate. Especially in cookie [dough] form. I made these cookies a looong time ago, back in November, but I just found the photos the other day. You seriously can’t go wrong with this recipe, I mean seriously, chocolate..peanut butter..what else do you need?

Chocolate Reeses Pieces Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

3/4 cup white sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder (I used dark cocoa powder)

1/4 teaspoon salt

3 fun size packages of Reeses Pieces

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, cream together butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Slowly mix in whisked dry ingredients.
  4. Scoop cookie dough by the Tablespoonful onto baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Stick 4-5 Reese’s Pieces in to each cookie. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes or until set. Let cool on cookie sheet for about 2 minutes then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. Store in air tight container.

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower

If you’re a long time reader by now you may know that I have worked for our local pool the past few summer. Well I’m continuing the tradition and working there, again, this summer while I’m home from college.

Now while we are working at the pool we have a uniform. It’s a pretty relaxed, chill uniform. Nothing too fancy. We have the option of wearing our own pair of plain blue short, then we must wear our work tank top or short sleeve shirt. Then guys must wear swim trunks and girls must wear a one piece swim suit.

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Okay here’s the thing that kinda just really gets to me. We are supposed to drink a TON of water while we’re working. Like almost drown-yourself-amounts of water. Our managers and boss have a decent concern of us becoming dehydrated in the dry, summer heat that Chicago can bring.

So here we are drinking buckets of water, quenching our little thirsts away, and inevitably bathroom breaks are gonna be had. For me, I’m a *quite* frequent bathroom breaker. It’s possible that my bladder is the size of a blueberry.

THIS is where my problem is. The one piece swim suit. For the love of God, it is 2014, why has there not been a one piece swimsuit invented yet that makes it easy to go to the bathroom?! Like come on, every time I need to go it’s such a major commitment because you have to get pretty much butt naked in the bathroom stall, take off your shirt and the whole darn swimsuit. It’s seriously a huge process.

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I’m having a feeling I’ll now be seeing my dream one piece swimsuit that makes going to the bathroom not a huge ordeal on the next season of Shark Tank…

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In other news, I made something healthy! Cauliflower, it’s kinda trending lately and I thought I’d jump in. It’s one of those veggies that sounds and looks gross, but seriously guys when it’s done right (LIKE THIS!) it tastes out of this world and still packs a healthy punch.

Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower

(Serve 4, 1/2 cup servings)

2 cups (2 lbs) cauliflower, cut into florets
1 Tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 ground teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 450˚F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss cauliflower florets with olive oil. In a small bowl, mix together the rest of the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  3. Toss olive oil coated cauliflower with combined spices until all the cauliflower is evenly coated. Spread seasoned cauliflower on rimmed baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until tender, golden brown, and done. Toss periodically while cooking to ensure even baking. Enjoy!

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Condensed Milk Pound Cake

Have you guys heard of the instagram account @youdidnoteatthat ?

It’s absolutely hilarious and everything that I think about when I see photos of stick thin celebrities and models “eating” food.

Like seriously, even when they’re “eating” in TV shows, they’re either never putting the food in their mouths or the food is often made of mashed up bananas which I guess is considered less gross to see being chewed and doesn’t take a long time to swallow?

I love this account because I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but it really grinds my gears when people act like they can eat a donut the size of their face but also lose 3 pounds the same week.

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Sure, it’d be pretty embarrassing to get called out on this account, but for the rest of us, it’s pretty entertaining. And you know what? If you make it as obvious as some of these celebs that you’re not gonna eat the food you’re taking a pic with, then it *will* be pointed out.

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Anywho, here’s my pic I’m posting of something I happily enjoyed. There have been few pound cakes I haven’t enjoyed, and this one certainly followed suit. Looooved this cake! It’s nice and moist with a great, soft crumb. Enjoy!

Condensed Milk Pound Cake

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 large eggs

  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚ F and spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together butter and white sugar. Mix in vanilla extract and eggs. The mixture will look kinda weird and curdled, but keep going! Mix in sweetened condensed milk. Slowly mix in sifted dry ingredients until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 60-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean with just a few crumbs clinging to it. Let cool in pan for about 10-15 minutes, then invert onto wire rack to complete cooling. Store leftovers in covered container.

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Reese’s Pieces Sugar Cookies

Is there anybody else out there who prefers Reese’s Pieces over M&M’s?

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I could pop those babies forever. Probably could live off them, seriously. They’re one of the few candies that I still love just as much now as I did when I was younger.

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There were some candies from my childhood that I certainly am not as obsessed with now. Remember Sour Straws? Those were probably 80% of the reason why I would go with my parents to my siblings basketball games, so I could get those from the concession stand.

Another one: sour patch kids. Maybe there’s a sour candy theme going on here, but I was also incredibly infatuated with those Ice Breakers Sours candies. People would bring a tin of those to school and everyone would go CRAZY for them!

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In general, I loved pretty much any candy except Red Hots and spicy, hot candies like that. My mom loved cinnamon gum and I was always baffled as to what part of that she could possibly like.

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So I decided to roll one of my long-time loves into a fabulous, soft and chewy sugar cookie recipe to make one bomb treat. These cookies stay perfectly soft for days and have the perfect amount of candies studded throughout the cookie. Enjoy!

Reese’s Pieces Sugar Cookies

(Makes about 24 cookies)

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup + 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F
  2. Using a mixer, cream butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Gradually add in cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and flour. Slowly fold in 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces. Drop dough onto cookie sheet by the Tablespoonful, about 2 inches apart. Using the remaining 1/2 cup Reese’s Pieces, stick 3-5 Reese’s Pieces into each cookie dough ball.
  3. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until set. Let cool for 3-5 minutes on cookie sheet then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. Store cookies in covered container once completely cooled. Enjoy!

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