Just Eat It: Pumpkin Coffee Cake

The other day, I used Sally’s Baking Addiction’s wonderfully delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, and as per usual, they did not disappoint. Even my mom, who is a pumpkin hater, enjoyed one. The only problem with making something that calls for pumpkin puree is that if it doesn’t call for the entire can, and you’re dangerously close to grocery shopping day and therefore without foil to cover it, it gets gross after a couple days.

So after looking up pumpkin muffins and realizing I didn’t have cream cheese (again, dangerously close) and realizing I didn’t have a doughnut pan for pumpkin doughnuts or buttermilk for pumpkin doughnut muffins, I landed on a recipe I’ve used before and loved – Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake from Joyful Healthy Eats. Her photos and step-by-step directions make it easy to follow early in the morning and before coffee.

Photo Credit: Krista / Joyful Healthy Eats

Photo Credit: Krista / Joyful Healthy Eats

And if you happen to have all the ingredients like I did (well, I had almost all of them), it’s free to make. And even if you have to pick up a couple, you’re still paying less for just one slice at any bakery or coffee shop. Here are the ingredients:

  • 2½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup of canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¾ cup of milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of finely chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

You can click on the photo I posted above or here for the full recipe. The only change I made is that I didn’t have pecans and I was feeling adventurous, so I used the little remainder of walnuts I had and filled the rest of the cup with pumpkin granola. I was a little nervous about how the substitution would turn out, but I really like it!

One little square filled me up enough but didn’t make me feel too full and it had just enough spice to not overwhelm people who may not enjoy pumpkin as much as I/you do. This is actually the only pumpkin recipe I can get the majority of my family to eat, especially after the pumpkin explosion that happened last year.

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My rendition. Looks a little sloppier but tastes gooood!

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22 Weeks: Oh boy!

It’s official. I’m over the halfway mark! And we’re having a boy! Of course I would be happy with two spoiled princesses, but I was very happy to learn that we are having a boy. I tend to swoon over baby clothes and room decor that is typically labeled as “boys” than “girls,” and we’re doing an eclectic room for him that leans toward vintage hot rod, an ode to his father.

His room is still full of my table, craft supplies, halfway finished projects and everything I need for school. I think we’ll start getting serious about decorating his room in November, when all of our house painting is done and my stuff has all been moved into the back house. So, I haven’t bought much for his room, but I did find this adorable sign at an estate sale!

unnamedI, of course, already have a Pinterest board going and I’m excited to share some inspiration on the blog tomorrow! For now, I’m just enjoying feeling him kick and move all around. He’s much more active than Cecilia was, and my body aches a lot more than it did with her, but I am not as anxious as I was the first go’round, and I have not caught myself reading any baby books or visiting webMD. I think that comes with the experience and comfort of knowing we survived this just a couple years ago.

Right now, the only thing my body doesn’t like is beef (which I’m not concerned about, since I’m not a big fan in the first place) but it does like all things sweet! I got this german chocolate bar from Sweet Simone’s Baked Goods at the Sacramento Antique Faire yesterday, and I carried it all around with me yesterday until I got home and could enjoy it with some ice cream.

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I still have half saved for tonight’s treat. Because I fear going a night without chocolate.

Cecilia does not quite understand that she’s going to be a big sister, but she adores little babies. We’ll just have to see how she reacts to one that doesn’t leave. She has been moved to a toddler bed, as my belly was making it hard to pick her up from her crib and she’s got her ABC’s and Old McDonald down. It’s so fun (and a little scary) watching her grow.

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Weekly Wishes

One of the hardest things for me to comes to terms with is that I need to understand and set my own limits. I always push myself to do the most that I possibly can in one week, and without fail, I always come up short. Something always comes up and I never have time to do the things I set out to do. Then it dawned on me…what if I set out to do less things and gave 100% to the things I do?

I’ve never picked a word for the year. That always felt a little silly to me, and I never had felt a strong connection to any one wordI saw a lot of bloggers post their word for the year, and thought about what my word would be. Then it hit me: simplify. Simplify my schedule, simplify my house, simplify my routine, simplify my life.

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This is a simple list of what I hope to achieve this week. I stuck to what was most important to me at the moment, and will build from there.

  • Set up Heather as a partner on my blog – I made the difficult decision to put a hold on Baby Burrito Collective right now. As part of my attempt to simplify my life, I took a step back and realized that I was putting a lot of time and money into something and I wasn’t getting what I wanted out of it. I had one member and she stuck with me through all the changes. I still want to help her promote her work, so Heather is now going to be my very first partner on my blog! There will be more about her later, but I need to get her added first!
  • Finish my cork board – It’s so close to being done! I just need to staple on the fabric, and attach the back! Can’t wait to hang that beauty up, and finally use it!
  • Write on my blog daily – I have decided to not blog on the weekends, but I would like to post something once a day during the week.
  • Start my coffee can planter project – I have been given the wonderful opportunity to contribute to Childhood Magazine in Sacramento, and this is the project I am writing about! I just need to get a few supplies and I hope to have it done by this weekend.
  • Make one recipe from scratch – I don’t really make boxed anything, but I do use store-bought pasta, bread and tortillas (for now), and I don’t see any chance of me making cheese in the near future. So when I say from scratch, I mean all the way. We need a healthy treat in the house so I’m thinking of making some cookies this week.
  • Practice yoga once – Since I haven’t been able to get a yoga routine down, I’m challenging myself to at least get in one practice. If I do more, great. But I need to do it at least once. I can already feel my body tightening up a lot more, and my stress level getting higher.
  • Update products on Sweet MariposaI just need to take more photos of what Kandyce made and list them individually.

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This week at the weekly treat

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One of my favorite treats growing up was Rice Krispie treats. I loved how they were both sweet and salty, and didn’t have chocolate. I always ate my mom’s chocolate chip cookies, but I wasn’t in love with chocolate until I got pregnant. Then it was all over. So when I got onto Pinterest this morning and spotted a Rice Krispie treat recipe, I knew it was a sign. So here are some awesome Rice Krispie treat recipes!

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Image belongs to Oh So Delicioso

Chocolate dipped rice krispie treats, from Oh So Delicioso

Image belongs to Shugary Sweets

Image belongs to Shugary Sweets

Cinnamon Roll Rice Krispie Treats, from Shugary Sweets

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Image belongs to Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy

Nutella Rice Krispie Treats from Sticky Gooey Creamy Chewy

You know I have to do a clean eating recipe…

Image belongs to The Gracious Pantry

Image belongs to The Gracious Pantry

Clean Eating Rice Krispie Treats from The Gracious Pantry

I love these recipes, they bring back such awesome memories of my childhood, and they add a little something new! These treats are awesome for parties, BBQs, or just to have around!

If you love baking or are just getting into it, check out our Weekly Treat group for some recipe inspiration. Share your lemon and blueberry treats in the comments or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #lemonblueberry You can find more of my lemon blueberry inspiration on Pinterest!

This Week at The Weekly Treat

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When we had our Fathers Day BBQ over here a couple weeks ago, we wanted a light treat that somehow incorporated my favorite fruit, strawberries. Since it was a little (and by a little, I mean a lot) crazy over here, we decided on strawberry shortcakes and cheated by getting the ready-made shortcakes. Yes, I admit it. I didn’t bake anything for the BBQ. But there was  a lot going on, dang it!

This got me thinking about all the yummy strawberry shortcake possibilities there could be, which inspired the theme for this week’s weekly treat: Strawberry Shortcakes!

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Image belongs to this heart of mine

Strawberry Shortcake From Scratch by this heart of mine – I’m not sure what is more delightful in this post, the actual treat itself or the amazing photography. I never thought that capturing food on film would be that hard, but after I started doing it, I realized that it is truly hard to photograph food and make it look warm and inviting, and Amy Christie – who runs this blog – certainly does that. She’s also a DIYer and a mom, so I love her already.

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Image belongs to Lemon Tree Dwellings

Strawberry Shortcake Pops from Lemon Tree Dwelling – I am probably the last person on the planet who has yet to make a cake pop, but alas, it is the sad truth. These would be fun to take to any party, or a good way to limit myself to just one small treat per day! Unlikely that that will actually happen, but a girl can dream.

Image belongs to Green Owl Crafts

Image belongs to Green Owl Crafts

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream from green owl crafts – Two of my favorite things…strawberry shortcake and ice cream! This recipe looks relatively easy and a lot of fun. And perfect for Summer! Man, I wish I would have seen this before the BBQ but now I have an idea for 4th of July (if we’re not in the hospital, Sam’s nephew is due that day)!

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Image belongs to Making Thyme for Health

Vegan Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes from Making Thyme for Health – Whenever I see a recipe for something vegan, the first thing I think is “oh great, another recipe with a bunch of weird ingredients that I will never find,” but not this time. The ingredients are simple, and all things I have heard of before. And Sarah, who runs this blog, is from Northern California and has a guide for restaurants around her area.

Image belongs to The Gracious Pantry

Image belongs to The Gracious Pantry

Clean Eating Strawberry Shortcake from The Gracious Pantry – And finally, if you are trying your hardest to stay on your clean eating diet but freaking love treats more than anything, I completely understand and agree. So here’s a recipe that includes a clean eating whipped cream and clean eating doughnut batter. Wait a minute, there’s clean eating doughnut batter? Score! I’ve never been a fan of making “diet-friendly” alternatives for good food, because they usually include a bunch of ingredients that aren’t a whole lot better than the original ingredients, but since the clean diet focuses on eating whole, good food, I don’t hesitate as much.

If you want to join the weekly treat group, visit us on Facebook. You can also share your strawberry shortcake recipes or attempts with us by sharing your pictures and using the hashtag #theweeklytreat on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Check out more of my strawberry shortcake inspiration on Pinterest.

This week at the weekly treat

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I love fruit. All kinds of fruit. Except apples, which seem to be the gateway fruit for everyone else. Maybe I outdid myself on apples and peanut butter a while back, I’m not sure but I find them to be rather boring now. I did, however, buy a bag of apples so I could make some homemade apple sauce. Then when I got home and put away the groceries, I realized that I already had a huge jar of applesauce. So, what’s a girl to do but to go on Pinterest and find out what else I could do with these apples that nobody will eat.

Look what I found!

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IMG_7052Carmelized Apple and Cheddar Panini, from Lauren’s Kitchen

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I think I will make the apple and cheddar grilled cheese today and the apple brownies because those look delicious! When I bananas get a little riper, I can make the banana bread and if I have any apples left over, I’m doing the apple butter for my morning toast.

So, I can put those apples to good use!

If you love to share and try out new recipes, join the weekly treat on Facebook! A new theme is posted every week. This week’s theme was apples, obviously.