Pumpkin Energy Bites

Pumpkin Energy Bites

It’s November! What’s happening?! My favorite month of October went by too fast. Work has been so busy and I had a conference last weekend. We had a good Halloween. Madeline was Minnie Mouse, but she hates wearing anything on her head so she refused to wear her Minnie ears. She still looked adorable in her pink polka dot dress though! This was also her first time trick-or-treating. It took her a few times to warm up to the idea of knocking on stranger’s doors and she was over it in 45 minutes, but it was still a fun time!

You guys love my original no-bake energy bites, so I made this pumpkin version last month as I had a bit of pumpkin puree to use up. These energy bites contain no butter, oil, or sugar. They are sweetened with dates and a bit of honey. You can mix these up in one of two ways, in a bowl (as pictured) or in a food processor if you want to break up the oats more. Either way, these bites are the best fall snack packed with protein and fiber. If you aren’t a fan of pepitas or can’t find them, you can swap for sliced almonds or chopped pecans or walnuts.

Pumpkin Energy Bites

15 Perfect Fall Soup Recipes

Fall is in full swing and it’s starting to really cool down. I adore chilly nights and my favorite way to spend a cold day is inside with a big pot of soup simmering away on the stove! Today I’ve rounded up fifteen of my favorite soup, stew, and chili recipes to help keep you warm and cozy this fall and winter!

15 Perfect Fall Soup Recipes

White Chicken Chili

1. White Chicken Chili – This chili is light, creamy, and cozy!

Cauliflower Soup

2. Cauliflower Soup – Love potato soup but without all the carbs! This soup is rich and creamy and the perfect sub for potatoes.

Tuscan Meatball Soup

3. Slow Cooker Tuscan Meatball Soup – This soup couldn’t be easier! Just toss everything in the slow cooker and let it go! Perfect for weeknight meals or lazy weekends!

Three Bean Turkey Chili

4. Three Bean Turkey Chili – This chili is packed with protein and fiber and seriously delish!

Moroccan Chicken Stew

5. Moroccan Chicken Stew – For when you’re feeling fancy, but without all the work!

Apple Sweet Potato Soup

6. Apple Sweet Potato Soup – One of my favorites! This soup is literally fall in a bowl!

Easy Potato Soup

7. Easy Potato Soup – This potato soup is surprisingly light and so easy to make too!

Sweet Potato Chili

8. Sweet Potato Chili – You won’t miss the meat in this hearty sweet potato chili.

Lentil Sweet Potato Stew

9. Lentil Sweet Potato Stew – Packed with protein and fiber and will fill the tummy without adding a ton of calories.

Pumpkin Butternut Squash Soup

10. Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Soup – Roasted squash and pumpkin. It can’t get more fall than this soup.

Spicy Black Bean Soup

11. Spicy Black Bean Soup – Vegan, cozy, and packed with a bit of a kick!

Easy Minestrone Soup

12. Minestrone Soup – A quick and easy take on the classic minestrone soup.

Pasta e Fagioli

13. Pasta e Fagioli – A family favorite of mine! This Italian soup just screams comfort in a bowl!

Pumpkin Coconut Soup

14. Pumpkin Coconut Soup – This soup is so creamy and simple. It’s also vegan-friendly!

Tortilla Soup

15. Tortilla Soup – Last and certainly not least, this tortilla soup is my favorite on this list. I love everything about tortilla soup, the flavors and I’m all about the toppings! Toasted tortilla chips, cheese, avocado, cilantro…Gah! I’m in love!

Bonus Recipe! This easy cornbread is the perfect accompaniment for soups, chilis, and stews!

Easy Cornbread

Apple Brie Panini

Apple Brie Panini

Okay, did you guys watch Walking Dead last night? I did and I feel like I need a good week to recover from all of the horribleness. I suspected certain people would go, but actually seeing it happen was a whole other thing! I need comfort food, alcohol, and a hug. Stat!

You want to know what one of the most perfect things in the world is? Brie. Yeah, I mean, seriously, what’s not to love? It’s just decadent and creamy and I love how it melts so perfectly. It’s certainly comfort food for me!

Apple Brie Panini

I’ve always adored apple and brie sandwiches. The apple pairs so nicely with the mild brie flavor. This is really a very simple panini, but I added a couple of touches to kick it up a level. First, I roasted the apples with a touch of cinnamon and it was heavenly! I also added in some walnuts which I like because it gave the panini a bit of a crunch.

You can always add in other things to this sandwich if desired like turkey, bacon, arugula, mustard, whatever you like! Either way this sandwich is the perfect panini for the season when you want something warm and toasty!

Apple Brie Panini

Monster Sloppy Joes

Monster Sloppy Joes

“Here ya go! Have some more Sloppy joes. I made’em EXTRA sloppy for ya’s; I know you’s kids like ’em sloppy!”, “Lady, you’re scaring us!”

Quick, name the movie!

It’s Billy Madison, by the way. That cracks me up every time I see it. When it comes to sloppy joes, I don’t think I’ve had them since I was a child honestly. And it was probably the mix from the can which is beyond yucky when I think about it now as an adult. I’ve been wanting to make a homemade version and it was great timing to also add a fun Halloween twist!

Monster Sloppy Joes

The sloppy joe recipe itself is really quite simple. Just some beef with onion, garlic powder, ketchup, mustard powder, and salt and pepper. No weird stuff! For the monster twist, you just take small triangles of cheese to make the teeth and add olives for eyeballs! Mine really look more like little vampires, but you can certainly add more teeth and more eyeballs to make a variety of monsters! This is a great recipe to make for the family before trick-or-treating or you could easily double or triple the recipe to make sliders for a party!

Monster Sloppy Joes

Apple Ginger Fizz

Apple Ginger Fizz

We went to an apple farm this weekend and it totally brought me back to my childhood in Ohio. I yearn for that crisp fall weather and fondly remember going to apple butter festivals and just loving it. I mean, how could you not? While I wish it was a bit colder, we had a great time visiting the orchards and eating some yummy apple treats!

This weekend got me craving all things apple so I mixed up this super crisp and refreshing fall drink, the Apple Ginger Fizz! One of the great things about this drink is that you can make it with or without alcohol which makes it perfect for all your fall and holiday parties as you can mix up a batch for the adults and the kids. Obviously, just make sure you know which is which! This recipe is really flexible. I used ginger beer (which is non-alcoholic if you didn’t know), but you can also use ginger ale. I also used regular apple cider, but if you prefer a richer spiced cider, that works well too! The recipe is for one drink, but you can easily make it in a pitcher if you want to make it ahead of time and save time.

Apple Ginger Fizz

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

I always get so super pumped when mid-October hits because all of the Halloween movies start coming on! All I want to do is take a few weeks of vacation and hibernate at home on the couch in cozy pajamas eating lots of fall soups and binging on our favorite Halloween movies. Then I realize that I have an almost-two-year old and having Michael Myers on in the background is probably not the best parenting choice I could make. Oh well, we will just have to watch Hocus Pocus on repeat and that’s fine with me too!

We are so excited to take Madeline trick-or-treating this year for the first time. She is going as Minnie Mouse because she has been pretty obsessed lately. The only problem is she hates wearing things on her head so I just know she is going to rip the ears right now. So, really, she will probably just wear a pink polka dot dress. Oh well.

And now that Halloween is rapidly approaching, the parties are also starting and desserts are always a great dish to bring! These pumpkin cheesecake swirl brownies are perfect for Halloween and even into the holiday season. My number one rule for brownies is that they must be fudgy. I’m not a big fan of really cakey brownies and these are truly fudgy and the pumpkin cheesecake topping just pairs perfectly with the rich brownie.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Brownies