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Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes

Look, I made you breakfast! And oh my gahhhhh, I’m drooling just thinking about these pumpkin pancakes because they are so crazy good! The baby definitely likes pancakes. Well, actually, she likes carbs in general, but especially these last few weeks. I want to eat all of the bread, and pasta, and of course, pancakes!

We had a rare rainy Saturday this past weekend where it actually rained for a few hours and it was absolute perfection because I wore a sweater and had coffee and a stack of warm pancakes was the perfect breakfast! These pumpkin pancakes are the ultimate fall breakfast. You could make them for Halloween breakfast or for guests during the holidays or of course, just for a chilly Saturday or Sunday morning. Heck, you can make ‘em for dinner if you want! Just make them!

Pumpkin Pancakes

I topped mine with some toasted pecans, but you could also use walnuts or whipped cream. If you want to make them even more decadent, you can add chocolate chips to the batter. If you can swing it, I highly recommend using good quality maple syrup with these. It just really takes them over the top! Happy fall!

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

I haven’t really had many pregnancy cravings which I guess is totally weird to some people. I’m mostly eating all of the same exact things I ate before, except maybe more of it! Pickles? No. Ice cream? Not really. Pickles with ice cream? Heck no! Nothing weird going on here.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Easy Potato Soup

Easy Potato Soup

Happy First Day of Fall! It’s officially the start of my favorite time of year! It’s also officially soup season. It’s still 100 degrees outside here in Arizona, but I don’t care. I’m breaking out the soup recipes! I’ve got my fall candles burning and it’s also entirely possible that our Halloween decorations are going up this week (yes, we are obsessed with Halloween in this house)!

I thought I would start off soup season with this easy and perfectly creamy and dreamy potato soup recipe! I’m picky with potato soups. A lot of them have a heavy cream base and I’m not into it. I don’t know what it is, but the flavor is just not what I want and I don’t like that “heavy” feeling I get from eating too much heavy cream. The secret to getting this soup so creamy is not heavy cream, but simply a puree of potatoes, veggies, and broth! By blending half of the soup up, you still get that rich taste and texture, but without all of the heavy cream. And then you go and add delicious crispy bacon on top. And even still, this soup comes in at under 200 calories a bowl!

Cheers to soup season!

Easy Potato Soup

Power Salad

Power Salad

My birthday was Wednesday. Having a birthday while being so far in a pregnancy is kind of strange. When family asked me what I wanted, I could barely think of anything. My mind isn’t on anything for myself so ummm…diaper bag? Money to buy more baby stuff? Now that I am 31 weeks, I have finally started feeling the nesting thing. The fact that the baby’s room is not cleaned up and organized is freaking me out! So if one isn’t super excited about presents, what was the best part of this birthday? Cupcakes. Duh. Oh, and there was also fondue with an embarrassing amount of bread and cheese for just two people.

Cupcakes and fondue are why I feel the needed to post this salad today. It’s pretty much everything a salad should be: Light and healthy, but packed with flavor! You start with a bed of vitamin-packed greens. I used a package that contained spinach, kale, and chard. This combo of greens contain a ton of iron, Vitamins A,C, and K, and folic acid. Then I tossed in some cooked quinoa and sliced almonds for added protein and fiber, and blueberries and green apple for antioxidants! For the dressing, I just mixed up a nice honey lemon dressing. This salad is perfect for when you want to detox and cleanse your body. If you want to make it a little more hearty, adding some chicken is a great idea!

Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

I am incredibly honored to be participating in the OXO Bake a Difference campaign for Cookies for Cancer again this year. OXO will be donating $100 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer for each blog post dedicated to this campaign in the month of September. In addition to these donations, OXO will also be donating 25 cents to pediatric cancer research when you all buy specially marked products as a part of their goal of raising up to $100,000 to Cookies’ for Kids Cancer! So after you guys read this post, it would be wonderful if you could click over the OXO website and purchase some of these special products. Just look for products with this green sticker:

Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

This year, I chose to make spritz cookies. I’ve never made them, but have always wanted to try them because of all of the fun shapes! My friends at OXO were so kind to send a fun little package to get me started including their fancy cookie press and some great spatulas!

Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

I’m a big fan of chai anything. Chai tea lattes are a definitely favorite drink of mine! I recently realized that I have only had about two chai recipes on this blog! What’s up with that? This had to be fixed so I decided to make some chai spice spritz cookies! I was actually surprised how easy these were to make. The cookie press made it so simple and I could definitely see myself making more spritz cookies for the upcoming holiday season. These little chai spiced cookies are perfect for the fall with a cup of coffee or tea. I know a lot of people like to decorate their spritz cookies, but I decided to leave these plain because I thought they were plenty cute on their own! You could certainly do some icing if you wanted to though!

Chai Spice Spritz Cookies

Flashback Friday: Mexican Chicken Bake

Mexican Chicken Bake

I call this dish Mexican Chicken Bake, but I also like to call it “Single Lady Dinner” because that’s what I used to call it. Back in the day before my now-husband and I moved in together, I made this at least once a week. First, the ingredients are not very expensive. And second, it gave me a hearty and healthy meal with lots of leftovers so I didn’t have to cook every night! And then I completely forgot it even existed until I was flipping through some old posts and was all like, “Ohhhhh mannnn, I gotta make that one again!”. This is another one of those recipes that I can make on a Sunday and then pack into individual containers for work lunches during the week.