Pumpkin Butter Cups

Pumpkin Butter Cups

You guys, these Pumpkin Butter Cups are EVERYTHING! A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about my favorite Halloween candy and obviously thought of peanut butter cups. They are a definite favorite in my house and I started thinking about how delicious one would be with pumpkin added to it. I’m happy to report that these guys are beyond delicious!

You might also like to know that compared to regular packaged candy, these pumpkin butter cups are actually a lot healthier! I used a combo of dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate and then the filling is made with natural nut butter (peanut butter or almond) and maple syrup so there is no added sugar in these!

Pumpkin Butter Cups

If you don’t want to taste the peanut butter, I would recommend using almond butter. If you aren’t sure how the peanut butter and pumpkin will be together, I’ll tell you I was so pleasantly surprised how much I liked the combo so give it a try! I also sprinkled some graham cracker crumbs on top to make the cups a little prettier, but you could leave them plain or use sprinkles or chopped nuts if desired.

Pumpkin Butter Cups

Bat’s Brew

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Bat's Brew

With only a couple of more weeks until Halloween, the parties have officially begun and I’ve got the perfect cocktail for you guys today! This Bat’s Brew is sure to please your guests and I’m kind of obsessed with the deep dark purple color! It gives the drink a more sophisticated look for a more upscale Halloween party.

For this cocktail, I reached for one of my favorite spirits: Bacardi! The name for this cocktail was inspired by the mark of the Bacardi Brand, the bat, of course! Bacardi Superior and Bacardi Gold are a must-have for your upcoming Halloween celebration.

Bat's Brew

To achieve this spooky purple color, you will also add blue curacao, some cranberry juice, and a splash of grenadine. You can easily mix this drink in a large punch bowl and double or even triple the recipe. I love the garnish of the blackberries and blueberries for that monochromatic look, but you could also add fun Halloween stirrers or straws. I also recommend adding dry ice to the bowl or individual glasses to add to the Halloween atmosphere!

Bat's Brew

If you are hosting a Halloween party this year, here are some of my best tips for drinks and food:
– Choose recipes that can be made in a punch bowl or pitcher as opposed to drinks that have to individually mixed.
– Mix in advance and store in the fridge – If I know I’m going to be making multiple batches, but don’t want to put everything out at once, I will mix extra and store in the fridge in a pitcher and just add to the punch bowl once it gets low. That way, I don’t have to keep mixing up a new batch over and over and it also keeps the punch bowl fresh and cold.
– Frozen fruit is the perfect garnish to throw into your punch bowl. The frozen fruit helps keep the drink cold without watering it down like ice often does.
– For food, I’m all about recipes that can be made or prepped the night before so that even as the host, I can also enjoy time with my guests.

Bat's Brew

Penne with Chorizo and Creamy Tomato Sauce

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Penne with Chorizo and Creamy Tomato Sauce

Hi, I’m Stephanie and I’m a penne pasta addict. No, seriously, I’m always stocking it in my pantry because it’s the perfect versatile pasta that works well in so many dishes. I recently mixed up this delicious fusion recipe that I’m totally crazy about now because it has all of my favorite flavors!

For this dish, I used my go-to Barilla Penne pasta. I love Barilla pasta and always reach for it when mixing up new pasta dishes. It cooks perfectly al dente, which is just the way I like it!

Penne with Chorizo and Creamy Tomato Sauce

The sauce for this recipe is truly the best. It’s the perfect fusion of creamy tomato sauce mixed with cumin and chili powder and has the most amazing and unique flavor. I sliced up some chorizo and browned it and then mixed in some black beans for some protein and diced tomatoes. I also added in a good amount of chopped cilantro and chives and then sprinkled some cojita cheese on top for good measure!

The flavors in this dish are truly fantastic. It may seem like a lot of ingredients, but the recipe comes together really quickly making for the perfect weeknight dinner in just about 30 minutes! This dish is a great alternative to more traditional pasta dishes for when you are looking to change things up!

Penne with Chorizo and Creamy Tomato Sauce

Penne with Chorizo and Creamy Tomato Sauce

Jack-o-lantern Quesadillas

Jack-o-lantern Quesadillas

Halloween is almost here, friends! You know I am super pumped for it! And I also love making fun Halloween-themed eats too. When it comes to Halloween food, most of what you seem to see out there is a lot of sweet stuff, but I’ve been trying to think of some simple savory ideas and came up with these ridiculously easy Jack-o-lantern Quesadillas! They are so much fun to make with your kids too!

I’m sharing this recipe and tutorial over at my friend Angie’s blog: Big Bear’s Wife so go check it out!

Jack-o-lantern Quesadillas

Jack-o-lantern Quesadillas

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Do you ever make a dish that you kind of know isn’t going to be all that exciting, but ends up being really fantastic? This Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad was one of those dishes that I figured would be good, but not really a big deal. I was really wrong though because although it is indeed quite simple, it is seriously delicious! I love how light it is, but it has great flavor and texture…pretty much everything I want in a salad like this!

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

It’s quite simple to make too! First, you are going to roast some butternut squash. Then you just mix it in with some fluffy quinoa, dried cranberries, golden raisins (or currants!), crumbled feta, red onions, and fresh parsley. Since you have the added step of having to roast the squash, just make sure you plan your time carefully and you can totally make this salad the day before you plan to serve it too. I like it best served either slightly chilled or at room temperature.

I’m pretty sure this is going to be my go-to potluck dish this fall and holiday season. It’s a salad, but obviously not a green salad, so it’s a unique dish to contribute. It’s also nice and light and vegetarian-friendly! I also loved bringing this salad to work for lunch and it maintained that nice fresh flavor for days after too. My plan originally was to make a dressing, but honestly, it doesn’t need it. If you taste it and think it needs some though, feel free to add some olive oil and lemon juice or any light dressing.

Butternut Squash and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

Baked Turkey Cheddar Sliders

Baked Turkey Cheddar Sliders

Now that we are well into the latest football season, I’ve been itching to share more game day-friendly dishes for you guys. Truthfully, this has not been a good football season for me. I’m a triple alum of Florida State and the Noles are just awful this year. And, for the NFL, well, I’m from Cleveland, so yeah, the Browns. Do I need to even say anything else? Since I can’t count on my teams to do well, I can at least drown my sorrows in delicious football eats!

These Baked Turkey Cheddar Sliders are a new favorite for us and are definitely being added to my game day recipe rotation. These would be fantastic for any party really though!

Baked Turkey Cheddar Sliders

These guys are made with Hawaiian Rolls, sliced turkey, cheddar, and a homemade garlic chive mayo. Then you just throw it all in a baking dish and top with a melted butter mixture with more chives and deliciousness and bake until perfectly melty and wonderful! You can easily double the recipe for a bigger crowd too.

If turkey isn’t your thing, these would also be really yummy with ham or roast beef or you can do a combo of meats! You really can’t go wrong with these sliders and I promise your family and friends will gobble them up fast!

Baked Turkey Cheddar Sliders