Wednesday, October 21, 2015

37 Pumpkin Recipes

Why is it that it is only acceptable to have pumpkin everything during the fall? I believe it should be socially acceptable to enjoy pumpkin in all it's many forms all year round. Let's raise up and say "We want pumpkin everyday all year round!" Let me hear you. 

I was looking for some Pumpkin recipes and found a whole bunch. I thought I would share the love. :) Here are 37 delicious, drool-worthy pumpkin recipes from soups to pasta to desserts from some of my favorite blogs and such. I started with desserts because I believe in having dessert first. 


37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin cheesecake

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin brownies

3. Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler (Do I have to share?)

37 pumpkin recipes clean eating pumpkin ice cream

37 pumpkin recipes slow cooker sticky caramel pumpkin cake

7. Pumpkin Creme Brulee (I love creme brulee!!)

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin creme brulee

37 pumpkin recipes oatmeal pumpkin cream pies

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin cheesecake with salted caramel sauce

37 pumpkin recipes white chocolate pumpkin spice fudge

11. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle (Low Carb!!)

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin cheesecake truffle

12. Pumpkin Better Than... Cake (a poke cake!)

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin poke cake

13. Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting (Good anytime of the year!)

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting

14.Pumpkin Roll (No list would be complete with out a Pumpkin Roll recipe.)

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin roll moist


15. Pumpkin French Toast (yes, please.)

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin french toast

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin donut holes

17. The Best Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (I'm drooling right now.)
37 pumpkin recipes the best pumpkin cinnamon rolls

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes

37 pumpkin recipes starbucks pumpkin scone


37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin pasta

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin pasta

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin pasta


37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin soup

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin soup

37 pumpkin recipes moist pumpkin bread

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin cornbread


29. Crock Pot Pumpkin Spiced Latte (take a sip of that after a long day!!)

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin crock pot spiced latte

30. Pumpkin Pie Frappe (Drink your pie!!)
37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin pie frappe

31.  Best Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte  (save you a bit of money :) )

37 pumpkin recipes best homemade pumpkin spice latte

37 pumpkin recipes iced pumpkin spice coffe


37 pumpkin recipes homemade pumpkin pie spice

35. Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer (Just another reason to drink coffee)
37 pumpkin recipes homemade pumpkin spice coffee creamer

37. Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispies (Kids will love these.)

37 pumpkin recipes pumpkin rice krispies

I hope you get your fair share of pumpkin this Fall and everyday of the year. And don't forget to share the love of Pumpkin with those that you love. I hope you have a very happy Fall (and lots of Pumpkin). :)

Peace, Love, Bake on.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

What I'm reading: The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming

I just finished listening to The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming. I enjoyed this book immensely. I learned so much while reading this book. I thought I knew stuff about the Romanov's, more specifically Anastasia, but in reality I knew nothing. I had no idea what actually happened. I was pleasantly surprised. 
the family romanov book
I had no idea the disparity between the rich and poor. While listening to The Family Romanov, I learned that 1.5% of the population owned 90% of the money. I couldn't believe that; it's still hard for me to wrap my head around. 
I always thought I knew a few things about Russia and the Romanovs from watching the animated movie with Meg Ryan, Anastasia. Everything that I thought I knew was wrong. The movie has nothing that is historically accurate aside that there is a character name Anastasia and Rasputin. 
 While this book was nonfiction, it wasn't boring, full of sentences just stating facts. It read like a story. Candace Fleming would juxtapose the lives of the imperial Romanov family and the peasants. The two lived vastly different lives, and the ruler of all Russia was the oblivious to the fact. 
Would I highly recommend this book? YES. A big YES. I listened to this book and I really enjoyed it. On the audiobook I listened to, Kimberly Farr read the book, and she did a really good job. I also had the book and sometimes read a long and looked at all the photos that were included in the book. This book was written for young adults, but I think everyone high school or older would enjoy this book. I'd recommend this book to those who are interested in the World Wars or learning about royalty. 


P.S. This books has also won several literary awards, which can be found here.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Taylor Swift 1989 concert

I have to share my amazing experience at the 1989 concert.It was one of the best nights ever. 
Taylor Swift singing "Wild Dreams" and "Enchanted".
I have been to Taylor Swift concert before. I went to the Speak Now World Tour. The Speak Now World Tour concert was amazing. I still reminisce all the time by watching the concert on the Live dvd. I still get emotional just thinking about it. It had a huge impression on me. I was already a huge fan, but after I completely immersed myself in her music and all things Taylor. 
Taylor Swift 1989 world tour
Speak Now World Tour
My good friend and I bonded over Taylor Swift. She is the person that I went to the Speak Now concert with, and the person that I shared my obsession of all things Taylor with. It was really great. Several, years later we still each share that love of Taylor Swift. 
She had already been to the 1989 concert, but she loved it so much that she wanted to go again. I was game. We had a hard time finding tickets. We thought all was over until she won tickets from Xfinity. It was a dream come true. It was really surreal. Xfinity gave us tickets to the show with backstage tour passes. How did we get so lucky? Thank you Xfinity. You gave us the best night ever. 
Taylor Swift 1989 world tour
Finding out we had backstage tour passes and great seats!
At our backstage tour, we got to see what goes into a Taylor Swift concert. We got see the costumes up close and the technology that brings Taylor close to everyone, even those up in the nosebleed seats. (Side note: At a Taylor Swift concert, there is no such thing as a nose bleed seat.) The best part about the backstage tour was the person giving the tour, Mama Swift (Taylor's mom). 
Taylor Swift 1989 world tour mama swift
Meeting Mama Swift. She was so nice!
Mama Swift made a point to speak to everyone in our small group and to give everyone a hug. She gave lots of info about the 1989 tour and it's mouth-dropping statistics, but she also told little stories about Taylor. You could tell that she was one proud mom and was happy to help Taylor make her dreams come true. It was really great to be a little part of that, even if it was a very small part. 
Taylor Swift 1989 world tour
Cardboard cut out of Taylor's cat, Olivia and Meredith. They were really big.
Every part of the 1989 concert was very tailored. Taylor took the time to dot all her I's and cross all her T's. She thought of every aspect, from the moment you walked in until the moment you left. She looked genuinely happy to be there performing. 
Taylor Swift 1989 world tour
Taylor bringing the front row to everyone. 
If you have never been to Taylor Swift concert, you have really missed out. She gives amazing performances. Her shows are theatrical and very personal. You can't help but sing, dance, and cheer at the top of your lungs. You'll tear up at least once and revel in the wonderful night you were able to participate in. 
Taylor Swift 1989 world tour
'selfie' with Taylor
Taylor Swift 1989 world tour
Another 'selfie' with Taylor.
Taylor talks to the crowd like she is talking to you personally. She makes you feel special, and it is so amazing (sorry for the overuse of the word, but it's all that really sums it up). You'll leave the night wonderstruck and feeling like you just went to a party with 15,000 of your closest friends. It's a feeling I can't quite explain. 
Taylor Swift 1989 world tour
Taylor inspiring the crowd.
If you haven't been to one of her concerts and have the means and opportunity to, I highly recommend that you do.