Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

baked pumpkin oatmeal

There's no doubt about it. You NEED this breakfast recipe in your fall pumpkin breakfast repertoire. Do you have a fall pumpkin breakfast repertoire? 

First off, this recipe contains pumpkin. Should I go on? That's enough of a sell for me in October and November. OK...second, it silences oatmeal haters. I'm serious. This baked oatmeal looks like a sheet cake. There's no arguing. Third, it can be topped off any number of ways. I like Greek yogurt and a little cinnamon sugar, but add bananas or pecans...or chocolate chips! I won't even tell if you add whipped cream.

I should add that this is really, really easy to put together. It's also perfect for leftovers, so make it once and you have breakfast for a couple of days. Win-win.

Candy Corn Fang Halloween Cookies

Candy Corn Fang Halloween Decorated Cookies

Love at first BITE! Muahahahahahahaha! 
(Was that too scary?)

Halloween is one of my favorite cookie decorating seasons. You guys know me, though...I like silly and sweet, nothing too realistic or creepy.

Candy Corn Fang Halloween Decorated Cookies

That's why I love these sweet vampire fang cookies. Using candy corn for the teeth make these a little whimsical, a lot of fun...oh, and easier to decorate.

No matter what type of lip-shaped cookie you have, solid or with the cut-out middle, I've gotcha covered with how to decorate.

Candy Corn Fang Halloween Decorated Cookies

I'm sharing my tutorial over on Imperial Sugar's blog. There are links to the recipes, step-by-step instructions, and one tip for these cookies that you don't want to skip. Come on over and read all about them...we won't bite, I promise!

Houston Astros Decorated Cookies

Houston Astros Decorated Cookies: Bregman Stare, Hugs for Homers, I Literally Love Justin Verlander, Springer Dinger, Astros Rainbow Jersey
Well, our house is ready for the 2018 ALCS...if by ready you mean, have a stash of 3 dozen Astros-themed cookies.

You might have to be an Astros fan to "get" some of these cookies. I'll talk you through the colors and shapes used for them, though.

Houston Astros Cookies ♥
Houston Astros Cookies ♥ : Bregman Stare, Dugout Stare

I grew up with the Astros. We watched them at the Astrodome and cheered for Jose Cruuuuuuuuuuuz! When I was a teenager, I distinctly remember one day when I was lifeguarding when the girl who checked IDs at the gate came into work and said, "the Astros just signed the CUTEST player." That player was Craig Biggio. ♥ (Side note: last month, I introduced myself to Craig in the Chicago airport baggage claim. Total dork fangirl moment. Someday I will be cool. No, I won't.)

Houston Astros Cookies ♥

Then, the Astros flirted with a change in color...what were they thinking...but it was the time of Lance Berkman (Big Puma/Elvis), Roy Oswalt, and yes, Biggio, so we forgave them.

In case you missed it, the Astros WON THE WORLD SERIES last year and are about to compete in the ALCS. (Y'all this is the most sporty talk I've ever done.) You know how this goes...we needed cookies.

Homemade Potato Bread

Homemade Potato Bread ♥ for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

Is there anything in this world as comforting as bread? No. Sliced while still warm from the oven, toasted and slathered with butter, served alongside a bowl of soup...bread is where it's at, man.

Homemade Potato Bread ♥ for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends

This is potato bread. It's like white bread only better. Deeper color, richer taste, softer texture. Potato bread is where it's at, man. (Did I just say that?)

Homemade Potato Bread ♥ for The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends >>> it's like white bread only better!

This recipe makes two loaves. Share the second one or stash it away in your freezer. Second only to having a warm loaf from the oven is knowing that one awaits you with only a few hours of defrosting. Having a loaf of bread in the freezer is where it's....never mind.

I'm sharing the recipe over at The Pioneer Woman Food & Friends. Go get it! 

Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cookies from The Cookie Book

Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cookies from The Cookie Book

New cookbook day is like Christmas. Do you feel that way, too? Gazing at the cover and wondering what treasures await inside...very much like seeing those wrapped presents under the Christmas tree.

The Cookie Book

When the publisher of The Cookie Book: Decadent Bites for Every Occasion by Rebecca Firth sent me a copy, I was beyond thrilled. I actually felt like a live version of the "praise hands" emoji. The cover alone had me swooning.

The Cookie Book by Rebecca Firth

Is there any question that I want to make them ALL?!?

Flipping through the pages, I knew it would be almost impossible to choose which of the incredible-sounding cookie recipes to try first. And then I saw it...Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cookies. Basically, the cookies of my dreams.

Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cookies

The cookies are soft, puffy, nicely spiced, and flecked with bits of melty chocolate. They're THE cookie for a pumpkin and chocolate lover. I speak from experience.