Fall Food

It’s October and I am officially in pumpkin and fall food mode. I thought I would share with you some of what I’ve tried lately that I’ve really liked.

Earlier this week, I made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies from a recipe I found on Pinterest. I think they turned out really good! I was worried I wouldn’t get the right texture of the cookie but it came out great and was an easy recipe.

I enjoy baking and Adam and I can’t eat all of these treats ourselves so my team at work is lucky and reaps the benefits when I’m in a baking mood. You can find the recipe for these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies here.

Last week, I made this Taco Tortellini Soup that is in Shay Shull’s cookbook Simmers. It was a really easy crockpot meal and was really filling for a soup. I just switched out the black beans for pinto because Adam doesn’t like black beans. That was one I will be making again real soon. It heated up really well as a leftover too. Sorry, no picture because I honestly didn’t think about it until later but it is worth trying!

Last weekend, I went to Trader Joe’s. There isn’t one super close to me and I usually just like going for their seasonal food because it’s usually pretty good.

I picked up these pumpkin spice cookies and they are delicious! It’s a subtle hint of pumpkin which I liked. Adam likes this pumpkin pancake mix so I’ve bought it the last couple of years in the fall. Can you tell I like pumpkin? Weirdly enough, I HATE the smell of canned pumpkin. It just grosses me out.

When I go to Trader Joe’s in the fall and winter, I always pick up some of their apple cider. They’ve had different versions over the years but they’re all good. I don’t drink coffee and I’m not much of a fan of hot chocolate but I like hot drinks so this does the trick when I’m really cold.

The other thing I bought at Trader Joe’s is this cinnamon raisin bread. They carry it year-round and if you don’t like raisins they have a cinnamon swirl bread you can get. It’s thickly sliced and is going to taste so good as french toast this weekend!

The last thing I’ve been loving lately is these Mini Pumpkin Cream Pies from Andrea with Momfessionals. She is one of my favorite blogs to read. I’ve had these on my list to try for a while and I have a team meeting today at work so I took that as a good time to try them.

They were pretty easy to make but just a little more time-consuming. You have to pipe the frosting and cookie dough out and I had never done that but it was a good learning experience. Andrea said she gets about 40 pies by the end I think. I think I made mine too big so I didn’t get that many but now I know for next time. I will be saving this recipe!

This is a little bit of what I’ve tried and loved lately. When I have more I will share them in another post. Do you have any pumpkin or fall recipes I need to try? Clearly, I’m embracing all the pumpkin!

Xoxo, Steph

 

 

 

Cookbooks

In the last couple of years, I’ve become more interested in learning how to cook and bake. It doesn’t hurt that when you get married you get all these new fun kitchen tools. I’ve started a little collection of cookbooks and found that I love reading and looking through cookbooks. I see a bigger cookbook collection in my future and I’m not even mad about it.

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I am by no means an expert at cooking but I’ve found a couple cookbooks that are great for beginners or anyone looking for simple and quick recipes. Years ago, my sister turned me onto Shay Shull’s blog. Her blog is one of my favorites for many reasons but one of them is that she posts some great recipes and in the last couple of years, she’s been publishing cookbooks! Her recipes are so simple and there aren’t tons of ingredients to them. When I’m meal planning for the week, I always turn to her books first. You can find them on Amazon here.

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I came across Six Sisters’ Stuff when I was looking through the books at Costco one day. I bought the Dinner Made Easy cookbook and have loved their recipes as well. They are such quick recipes and for someone learning to cook, they don’t scare me away from trying them out. You can see all of their cookbooks here.

They also have a meal planning subscription that my sister uses for her family. They email her a meal plan for the week that includes the recipes (with pictures!) and the grocery shopping list. I love that you can even customize it to your family size and I think they even have gluten-free options.

If you have tried out any of these cookbooks or have some favorites you think I should try, I would love to hear about it!