Sweet Tooth: Pumpkin Bread

first-imageOk, ok, I admit it–I’m definitely one of those pumpkin-obsessed people who buys nearly all of the pumpkin-flavored foods at the grocery store. I can’t help myself!

Naturally, I’ve been buying a lot of pumpkin desserts as well, but this weekend I decided to try my hand at a homemade pumpkin bread. To do so, I followed this recipe (minus the orange zest, add walnuts) and was super pleased with the results.

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Sweet Tooth: Mixed Berry Pie

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It just wouldn’t be Summer without carving out time to make a fruit pie. Since I’ve made a few pies in my day (blueberry and apple are my favorite), I decided to go ahead and wing this one. A little bit of sugar and butter on the berries, mixed with a little rolling of the pie crust dough, and voilá. You’ve got yourself a homemade pie in just a few hours.

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Sweet Tooth: Blondies

First ImageSince brownies are so played out right now, I opted for blondies instead. And while that totally was a joke, I really do love blondies because they’re basically chocolate chip cookies in brownie form. Aka more cookie per bite and I’m all for that.

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To whip up my delicious blondies, I followed this recipe. My apartment smelled like freshly baked goodies for hours and my boyfriend was basically salivating as he watched me shoot this post. I’ll definitely be making these again soon. IMG_5856 IMG_5859

Sweet Tooth: Almond Butter Toast with Persimmon

First ImageTrust me, I love my cookies. But sometimes I want to be a bit healthier and opt for something just slightly better for me. Cue: almond butter toast with persimmon. Yummmm.

Here’s how you whip it together:

  • Toast 1 slice of whole grain bread.
  • Spread almond butter. Note that you can also use peanut butter if you prefer.
  • Slice a persimmon and lay it across the toast.
  • Finish with a dash of cinnamon.
  • Eat!

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Sweet Tooth: Fruit Salad

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One of my new favorite Sunday activities is to make a big fruit salad and store it in the fridge to last me through the whole week. Since I’m always reaching for snacks, I am really trying to work towards having healthy options on hand, and what better option than a fruit salad? Here’s how I like to do it.

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Step 1. Choose your fruits. For this fruit salad, I went with blackberries, strawberries, grapes, and bananas. 

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Step 2. Prep all of your fruits on a cutting board. This includes cutting stems off of the strawberries, picking the grapes off the vine, etc.

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Step 3. Place each type of fruit in a large bowl, working with just one type at a time. I started with blackberries, then added grapes, then strawberries, and finished with the bananas.

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 Step 4. Since this is a salad after all, go ahead and mix all of the fruit together in the bowl.

Step 5. Start eating and enjoying and then store in the fridge to eat throughout the week. To keep the fruit fresh, drizzle some lemon juice on top!

Sweet Tooth: Pumpkin Muffins

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I hope everyone had the most wonderful Thanksgiving. I spent the weekend sleeping in, hiking, sitting by the fire, and last but certainly not least, eating. I also found some time to whip up my favorite Fall treat, pumpkin muffins.

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I followed this recipe with the exception of the nutmeg and cloves, which I did not have. Even without those ingredients, they turned out golden brown and delicious. Best part? My whole apartment smelled of pumpkins and baked goods for days.

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