Wednesday Replay: 6 Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall

Tomorrow is October!!! Yay!!! Even if it weren't my birthday month, I still think it would be my favorite. You know what October means - bring on the pumpkin recipes! Diving into the archives, I chose 6 of my favorites that you probably want to make this fall. Let's go! 

From 2012, Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies

pumpkin cheesecake brownies

Is there anything more to say? PUMPKIN. CHEESECAKE. BROWNIES. Make them. Today? 

From 2010, Savory Pumpkin Cheddar Muffins

savory pumpkin cheddar muffins

If you think pumpkin just lives in the world of sweet, I implore you to try these pumpkin cheddar muffins. They are insanely delicious...either on their own or with a bowl of soup. 

From 2012, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

pumpkin chocolate chip bars

There isn't a fall that goes by where these don't make an appearance in our kitchen. They're the perfect pumpkin/chocolate treat. From what I understand, they've become a favorite with a few undergrads at Notre Dame. 

From 2016, Pumpkin Cookies with Roses and Succulents

pumpkin cookies with roses and succulents

I've made many a pumpkin-themed cookie over the years, but these hold a special place in my heart...maybe because they're a little unexpected? They're fun to make as each one is a tad different. Post includes recipe links and a tutorial. 

From 2014, Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon-Sugar Frosting

soft pumpkin cookies with cinnamon-sugar frosting

Just looking at the photo has me jonesing to take a big bite of these soft, pillowy cookies. Cinnamon-sugar + pumpkin = another one of my love languages. 

From 2009, Pumpkin Cream Cheese

pumpkin cream cheese

This is an oldie but a goodie. (Someone remind me to update these photos next time I whip up a batch.) So good. So perfect for bagels, toast, name it. 

Alright, pumpkin. I'm ready for you! 

6 pumpkin recipes to try this fall

German Bakery-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

German bakery chocolate chip cookie

Last month, I picked up a cookie at a German bakery in Fredericksburg. It was labeled a "chocolate chip cookie," but it was unlike any chocolate chip cookie I've ever eaten - or seen. 

German bakery-style chocolate chip cookies

The cookie had a thick and fairly soft base with oodles of mini chocolate chips on the top, and a glaze drizzled over it all. It was yummy. Really yummy. You know I had to try to make one at home. 

Bakewell Tart

how to make a bakewell tart

Ready. Set. BAKE! I have a classic (or what I have concluded is a classic from watching the GBBO obsessively) British dessert to share with you today - a Bakewell Tart! 

*this recipe is sponsored by my friends at Imperial Sugar

how to make a bakewell tart

While there are a few steps to making the tart, they're not complicated and come together quite easily. A buttery and sweet tart shell is filled with jam, frangipane (almond cream), and then topped with a sugar glaze. The word that came immediately to mind after my first bite was "magnificent." Guys, it really is. It's magnificent. 

Custom Spike the Cat Cookies

custom kitty cookie cutters

This post is not sponsored in any way, shape, or form, but when a cookie cutter company offered to send me a few of their cutters, including a custom cutter of SPIKE, it was too good not to share. 

custom kitty cookie cutter

The cutter is from Dolce3D, and they can whip up a custom cutter for you, too! Look at the detail on that! They captured Spike's asymmetrical mustache perfectly! 

spike the cat, most handsome mustache kitty

If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that Spike is my constant companion in the kitchen. We have another sweet kitty, Bluebell, who is less interested in the kitchen and will only come running if someone opens a package of Goldfish crackers. Spike, however, hangs out underfoot, especially when I'm baking, hoping for a cookie dough crumb to hit the floor. AND HE SCARFS THEM DOWN. This cat takes after his mama and likes all things sweet. 

Our Favorite Places in Fredericksburg, Texas

painted lady butterfly in fredericksburg, TX

Mr. E and I had a little socially-distanced (I mean, not from each other) 3-day getaway a few weeks ago to the quaint little town of Fredericksburg, TX. It was a long, lazy weekend for us. This is by no means an exhaustive list of great places in Fredericksburg, but we discovered some real gems in the city that I wanted to share. 

Fredericksburg is in the Hill Country of Texas, nearest to San Antonio and Austin. It's about a 4-hour drive from Houston. It was founded in 1846 by German immigrants, and those influences are evident still! 

where to stay in Fredericksburg, lodge above town creek
*photos: top right and bottom left from

Where to stay? Fredericksburg is famous for its bed & breakfasts and guesthouses. We've stayed in a B&B before, and this time, we stayed in a lodge a block off of Main Street where all of the action is. The Lodge Above Town Creek. I highly recommend this place. Sixteen private rooms and shared dining rooms or bathrooms. Our room was just darling! A (big!) freshly-made breakfast is delivered to your door in a picnic basket each morning. The pool is a dream, with more seating areas than I've seen at some big hotels! Also outside is a fireplace and couches/chairs for lounging. 

auslander fredericksburg
*sign photo:

Once you're checked in, it's time for a German beer. Auslander's is a great place to start. Big open windows in front and a patio in back, perfect for people-watching and to get a lay of the land. (We did not eat here, so I can only attest to the cold beer.)