Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

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This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake is super moist and a delicious way to eat your pumpkin. I hope you haven't had too much pumpkin yet, because you'll definitely want to try this! So you know how I mentioned almost a month ago that my phone broke and I was almost dying without it? Well I finally got my new one working on Tuesday night. We have phone insurance, but using it was not the most fun process and they sent me the wrong phone the first time. So it's taken a while, but I'm back in business! I finally have all my contacts again! Woohoo! Seriously, what did we do before cell phones? I know I was alive then and I remember not having them, but really - what did we do? Nutty. A co-worker was telling me a while back that his kids actually saw a pay phone recently and had to ask him what … [Read more...]

Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles

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These Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles are a delicious combination of no bake pumpkin cheesecake, whipped cream and angel food cake! They are super light and festive - I just love them! So have you noticed how the price of buying groceries just seems to go up and up? It’s something my mom and I talk about regularly. It seems so crazy the amount that we spend to feed two people. Back in May, when I went to the BlogHer Food Conference, ALDI was a sponsor. They were handing out free bottles of wine to everyone attending the conference - they even had a Moscato! As with most things - I like my wine sweet. :) I heard from many other bloggers about how much they loved ALDI and their prices, but I’d never been to one myself. Fast forward a few months and I now know that there is one just down the road … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake

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This Pumpkin Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake is perfect for fall and the holidays. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been kind of obsessed with the pumpkin and chocolate combination. It’s just so good! This time I’ve got a delicious, moist brownie on the bottom and a no bake pumpkin cheesecake on top. It’s smooth, creamy, chewy and irresistible! So sometimes you have those moments where you are reminded to appreciate the little things. I had a cute little moment like that yesterday while flying home from Iowa. The guy next to me on my first leg of the flight sat down and told me it was his first time flying. He was about my age and so sweet. He seemed pretty excited to what it was like, commenting about everything. Once the flight took off, he said it was the coolest thing he’s ever experienced. He … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches

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Remember when I made this cake last week and said I needed to find another use for the pumpkin icing because it was so darn good? Well, I decided what to do. Sandwich it between two chocolate pudding cookies filled with chocolate chips. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches are where it's at. Asheville, NC is also where it's at. Or at least, it's where I'm at until later today. We've been on a work retreat since Tuesday - working, exploring, having a few laughs and eating entirely more than necessary. With the exception of a few hours of work each day, we've been spending a lot of time on activities. Bike tours, touring the Biltmore, wearing super cool muppet shirts. We've had some fun. I've been to Asheville before, but not the downtown area. We stayed in a place right downtown so that we … [Read more...]

Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake

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This Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake is a perfect mix of moist chocolate cake and smooth and creamy pumpkin cheesecake. The combination of flavors and textures is delicious - even better than I expected! I think chocolate and pumpkin is my new favorite flavor combo. So after our trip, it has been good to be back in the gym the last couple of days. I hadn't worked out for almost a week, and I have absolutely no control when on vacay, so it has been much needed. The only problem is that I'm a bit sore. Not from the gym, but from the trip. My niece was really into doing handstands while were there and it reminded me not only of my younger self, but of my cheerleading days. I cheered competitively for 8 years and it had me missing it. So I made the brilliant decision to get up and do handstands … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Trifles

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These Caramel Apple Trifles are the perfect apple treat - no bake, super easy and full of cinnamon! It's also my last recipe for Apple Week. It's sad to see it go, but be sure to check out my blondie cheesecake and layered cake. So many tasty apple choices! Julianne, from Beyond Frosting, has been cranking out some awesome apple recipes too, so be sure to check out her cheesecake bars, muffins and ice cream. So the craziest thing happened the other night. I was sleeping peacefully when all of a sudden the tv in our bedroom came on. Immediately I turned to accuse the hubs of waking me up. I was ready to banish him to the living room to go watch that tv. I had my death stare ready to go but when I looked over at him, he was passed out cold. Not even moving. I called his name and woke him up and … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Layer Cake

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This Caramel Apple Layer Cake is made with layers of brown sugar cake soaked with caramel sauce and cinnamon apples. And without a need to ice the cake (it's naked!), it's so easy to put together! It's also amazingly good and my second recipe for Apple Week! If you missed my first Apple Week recipe, check out my Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake here. And be sure to check out Julianne's recipe for today too - Bourbon Apple Pie Ice Cream! This cake is based on this recipe for a Salted Caramel Cake. I made it a while ago and it was HUGE hit! I thought it'd be perfect with apples and I've been wanting to make this fun new version ever since. This cake looks complicated, but there's actually just a number of steps involved. The main three phases are making the cake layers, the caramel sauce and the … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake

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This Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake is pure caramel apple heaven, I kid you not. It's an apple spice blondie filled with apples, topped with a no bake caramel cheesecake, topped with cinnamon apples and even more caramel sauce. It's one of my new favorite desserts ever and the perfect way to start off Apple Week! This week my bloggy BFF, Julianne, and I will be bringing you all the apple recipes you'll need for fall! Get ready, because we've got some awesome recipes planned. And before I go any further, I want to thank everyone who read, commented, emailed, etc in response to my post on Friday. Thank you so much for the support. I'm trying to respond to everyone, but haven't been able to get to everyone yet, so know that I appreciate it SO much! So this weekend was quite nice. Funny … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon Glaze

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These Pumpkin Cookies are full of cinnamon, spice and everything nice! Then they are topped with cinnamon glaze. They were a massive hit with all of my taste testers and have me craving all things pumpkin. :) As far as cookies go, these are certainly more of the cakey variety, but they are absolute cookie perfection. They are super moist, and the glaze makes them even moister. Plus, the spices in the cookie and the additional cinnamon in the glaze ramp up the flavor and will make you want to shove 5 cookies in your mouth at a time. I might have done it myself. Ok not really, I do have some self control. But it took all of it to not do that. :) One thing to note when baking these is that unlike the other cookie recipes I have where you want to under bake the cookies just slightly, you don't want … [Read more...]

Caramel Apple Cookie Cups

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These Caramel Apple Cookie Cups are my first real taste of fall! A brown sugar cookie cup is filled with caramel, then topped with cinnamon apples and it is SO good! Kind of like an apple pie in a cookie! The hubs went nuts over them and has officially named them the best thing I’ve ever made - with some serious enthusiasm. :) I have kind of fallen in love with cookie cups lately. There will be more to come. I love that they are a fun way to add more texture, layers and flavors to a cookie. The possibilities are endless when you have that little cup to fill with goodies. Since apples and caramel are the perfect pair, and I could just eat caramel with a spoon, I filled these cookie cups with it. Topped with cinnamon apples, these are some seriously dressed up cookies. Eaten warm, they are … [Read more...]

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