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Spicy Black Bean Dip

Spicy Black Bean Dip

Fall always has me thinking about two types of recipes: pumpkin (or apple) and football food! While I do enjoy watching college football, I’m kind of meh about the NFL. Maybe it’s because I’m from Cleveland and watching the Browns play is always painful, but my husband watches football all day every Sunday so I still feel the need to prepare some good snacks to munch on while we watch.

I love all dips, but they can get you into trouble sometimes as many can be packed with fat and calories from cream and/or cheese. Not that that’s bad, I mean, who doesn’t love those things?! But maybe sometimes you want something a little lighter. This spicy black bean dip is the answer! It takes less than 10 minutes to make and you literally just toss everything into a food processor. I like this dip because it has a nice light and fresh flavor, especially from the fresh lime juice. The jalapeno gives it a bit of a kick without being too much. You can serve it tortilla or pita chips, pretzels, or if you want to keep it lower in fat and carbs, with fresh cut veggies!

Spicy Black Bean Dip

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

It’s officially baking season for me in this house. I want to bake all of the things. Maybe it’s part of the nesting thing, but I’m all about making goodies right now, especially if they will make my house smell amazing.

I hope you guys aren’t sick of pumpkin yet because I’ve still got a handful of recipes to share with you. These pumpkin cheesecake bars are kind of heavenly if you love all things cheesecake and pumpkin like I do. They are actually pretty easy to make as well and I could see myself making these for parties all season long!

So the pictures for this post are completely random and you guys might think I’ve gone a little crazy, but I wanted to show you how this one dessert can take you all throughout the fall and holidays. For Halloween, you could do little whipped cream ghosts with dried currants or mini chocolate chip eyes and a mouth. Or you could do a dollop of whipped cream and top it with a piece of festive Halloween candy like candy corn or fall-themed M&M’s.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

POPtober Challenge ($500 OXO and Container Store Giveaway)

A funny thing happens when you reach the nesting phase of pregnancy. It’s not just the baby’s room that I want to get organized and perfect, it’s the entire house. It’s that bit of dust on the baseboards. It’s that disorganized closet.

Or, it’s my nightmare of a pantry. The pantry has been driving me crazy for months now. It’s a disaster. Everything is just tossed on the shelves and it’s no longer organized like I first set it up. Or, I should be saying, my pantry was a disaster because I finally got it organized thanks to my friends at OXO!

It’s POPtober and OXO and The Container Store challenged bloggers to reorganize our pantries. The timing was perfect for me as it’s been on my to-do list for so long. I talk a lot about OXO products on this blog because they are really one of my favorite brands. Everything is such good quality and they have so many neat tools. I was super excited to try out their POP Containers and they sent me the nicest package! I’m also a huge fan of The Container Store. If you have never been, it’s an neat freak’s dream come true. A whole store dedicated to being organized!

Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bread

Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bread

One of my most favorite things about fall are all of the apples! Especially honeycrisp apples. I started seeing them in my local store a few weeks ago and bought a gazillion of them and have been eating them like crazy. And well, I actually bought a few too many and needed to do something with them before they went bad. Baking them up in a nice little treat was the obvious choice!

I love baking with apples. I love the way they make the house smell while baking. It makes me feel all cozy! So I threw them in this sweet, cinnamon-y quick bread and then added a little cream cheese swirl on top because can you ever go wrong with cream cheese? Didn’t think so! This bread is wholesome and perfectly sweet. I love the big chunks of apples hidden throughout and the cream cheese makes it seem more decadent, much like cheesecake! This bread would be a great treat to bake up for house guests during the holidays or to bring to someone as a little gift. A warm slice of this bread with a big mug of coffee or tea and some comfy clothes and I am in total heaven!

Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Bread

Third Trimester Update

34 weeks! I thought it was time for a little update to share with you all! It’s definitely a crazy feeling knowing that this baby girl will be here in 6 weeks or less! Sean and I have been having our little freak out moments where we talk about how this is seriously happening so soon. Don’t get me wrong, we are so incredibly excited, but as first time parents, we are also feeling a little nervous. We have to feed her and take care of her. We have to keep her alive. That’s frightening.

So how am I feeling? Definitely uncomfortable at this point. I can feel her getting bigger and running out of room in there. Sleeping is still a struggle for me as I have to get up to pee about 5 times a night. And then every time I get up, I have a few seconds of horrible hip pain and I feel like I am 95 years old. And the fact that we still have over a little month to go and that she is still getting bigger blows my mind because I am seriously wondering how I am going to be able to move around. Feeling her kick around in there is really a crazy feeling while I never tire of feeling her squirming around, some of her jabs hurt pretty bad. Sometimes I wish I could see what’s going on in there! When she starts going crazy, I like to make Sean come and feel because it totally freaks him out! She also gets the hiccups about 3 times a day which cracks me up every time, but then I also feel bad for her because I hate getting the hiccups myself. I’m also getting heartburn more. Tums are my friend.

Chicken and Lemon Parmesan Risotto


Chicken and Lemon Parmesan Risotto Today, we are talking all about rice. Rice is a standard pantry staple in this house. I always make sure that I have a bag handy for dinners. A lot of nights when I get home, I haven’t always thought about what we are having for dinner, but I know that if I have rice on hand, I can always come up with something! For me, rice is a lifesaver because it is the perfect vehicle for so many dishes, whether for a side dish or a main dish, and it works for so many different types of cuisines. Chicken and Lemon Parmesan Risotto