Pumpkin Spice Latte

‘Tis the season again for all things pumpkin spice! Since it has been five years since I first posted my pumpkin spice latte recipe (and a not-so-appetizing photograph), and people still seem to love their lattes even more than they did five years ago (so much so that Starbucks...

Roasted Tomato Soup

It’s looking as though this summer’s tomato season is finally wrapping up.  So sad.  :(  It’s never a fun transition going from picking them straight off the vine, to pulling a can off the shelf.  But I can’t complain — my garden turned out a stellar crop this summer,...

Stuffed Pizza Bites

Back home!  I’ve had an exhilarating last two days traveling with one of the ensembles I lead at work to St. Louis to sing at “How Sweet The Sound” – a national gospel choir contest put on by Verizon.  And holy cow!!  It was incredible!!!!  Not only did my...

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread/Dip

Ok, so I’m officially out of pumpkin.  :(  Drove to yet one more grocery store to continue my scavenger hunt today, but no luck.  Thus, the two remaining pumpkin recipes I had are sadly going to have to be put on hold.  But since they’re two of my favs,...

Pumpkin & Black Bean Soup

So…right in the middle of “Ode To Pumpkin Week”, I found out today that the U.S. is in the middle of a massive pumpkin shortage!    Yikes!  Apparently pumpkin crops were seriously down this year, so the stores are having a difficult time bringing in canned pumpkin right now.  I...

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)

For the third post in “Ode To Pumpkin Week”, we’re paying tribute to the treasure found inside of the pumpkin — pepitas!  Yes, these little seeds are as fun to pronounce as they are to eat.  So no English-accented “pay-pee-tuhs”, please — these are “peh-pee-tahs” (touch your tongue to...

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Pumpkin pie for breakfast??  Absolutely.  :) For the second post in my “Ode To Pumpkin Week”, wanted to pay tribute to the most important meal of the day with this yummy baked pumpkin oatmeal recipe.  Not only is it absolutely delicious, and provides all sorts of great nutrients to...

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

I’m quite proud of myself.  :)  Usually whenever I bring home a batch of fresh raspberries or blackberries, they seem to “disappear” before making it to any cooking or baking recipes I had planned. But…mwahaha…self-discipline somehow prevailed this week, and my precious little carton of raspberries lasted long enough...

Pasta with Artichokes, Tomatoes and Feta

My cherry tomato plants are the rockstars of my garden this year. It’s true.  They were my first plants to produce a harvest, and (even despite not being watered quite as much as they would have liked) continued to produce a few zillion tomatoes all summer long.  But the...

Jam Pockets

With the return of cooler weather in the Midwest, I’ve been happy to return to my cozy ritual of brewing up a steaming cup of hot tea each day.  Mmmm…absolutely love it.  (And my overflowing drawer of various teas will prove it!) So to go along with, I was...

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup with Lemon and Ginger

Finally!!  My first soup post on the blog!  It’s incredibly ironic that I hadn’t yet posted a recipe for this category, because (and any roommate I’ve ever had will confirm this) I’m a huge fan of soup!!  Hot soups, cold soups, stews, broths – you name it, you can...

Ginger Lime Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin has long been one of my favorite easy go-to dinner meals.  It’s convenient, affordable, and with the help of some simple seasonings and/or a marinade, can be incredibly flavorful and elegant! The key to locking in all of those flavors and wonderful juices, however, is all in...