Chocolate Monster Tarts

If you were looking for a quick, delicious and absolutely terrifying treat for your Halloween party, you just found it. These mini chocolate tarts are the so dark! Put together a cookie crust, a simple chocolate ganache, and some whipped cream and you will have the cutest Halloween treat on the planet that will please everyone! No oven needed and they are ready in less than two hours! Ideally, you should make these in a mini silicon muffin mold but any small round shaped tin will do (just make sure to line the tin with baking paper if it’s is an iron tin otherwise the tarts will be tricky to unmold). You can also make a large tart and cut out small tarts using a round cutter (neatness of the tarts will depend on your cookie cutter quality, obviously mine wasn’t very good eh.). Double, … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Coconut Smoothie Bowl

  This summer I developed a smoothie bowl obsession. Indeed I think my blender would cry if it could: the poor thing had to stand me and my crazy fruit-veg combinations all summer. But it will have to endure at least another season because this pumpkin coconut smoothie bowl is definitely the creamiest, most delicious breakfast you can have this fall. You can put it together in 5 minutes and it will fill you up until lunch! Plus it’s gluten and dairy free. I am not a fan of cold breakfasts but you can use a frozen banana if you prefer a chilled smoothie bowl!     Pumpkin spice smoothie bowl 2/3 cup coconut milk 1/3 cup almond milk (or any milk) 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 banana (frozen if you want a cold breakfast) 1/2 tsp pumpkin spice 1/2 … [Read more...]

Fun Fall Treats – Halloween Snacks and Desserts

I love this time of year! Maybe because it is the beginning of cool weather and the holiday season.. but I want to BAKE! My son is finally at the age where he can help me and actually enjoy sharing in the process, so I have been searching for some cute little treat ideas that we can try this season. Here are just a few yummy recipes I found: I am not a huge "Halloween" decor fan, but the idea around this little snack is cute. It's simply chocolate pudding with crumbled oreo on top, dressed up with a cookie. I figured I could do this anyway I want - maybe some yucky creepy worms instead? Or candy corn on top? hmmm.. I am a Rice Krispy Treat fanatic! They are so easy to make and can be "fashioned" into anything you can imagine - or will stick together as. :) Here, make a batch … [Read more...]

Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies

Now that Summer has passed and you are in full-on Halloween and Thanksgiving mode, the infamous pumpkin pie is here! I made this pie for the first time last year and it was the belle of the ball. Even my grandmother who is the greatest baker I know was stumped at what this pie was made of. Needless to say, it had her in a trance...a pumpkin pie trance. I promise, you'll have your family and friends all dying for this recipe. And as my husband says, 'It's the perfect combination of textures. My favorite pie you've made thus far.' Also, the great thing about this pie is that it can easily be made in one big pie too, if you'd prefer that over miniature pies. Miniature Gingersnap Pumpkin Pies adapted from Chocolate & Carrots Essential Equipment Non-Stick Four Cup Pie … [Read more...]

15 Citrus Recipes for Fall

In the South, citrus fruits are thought to be primarily Summer fruits. However, our Northern friends tend to enjoy citrus more in the Fall months. Little did I know, as a Southerner, that there are so many Fall recipes that feature citrus fruits as a main ingredient or, at the very least, a complimenting ingredient. Today I have quite a few recipes that include a piece of citrus fruit in its repertoire. From breakfast to dessert, you're sure to find a recipe here that will delight your taste buds! /1/ Broiled Grapefruit with Honey and Pistachios - The flavor of this grapefruit will explode in your mouth! Coupled with honey and pistachios, you're sure to have a delectable breakfast with this recipe. /2/ Cranberry Orange Muffins - Muffins are never a bad idea for breakfast. Make … [Read more...]

Printable Lunchbox Notes {Free! Yay!}

In my little part of the world, school has already begun, and with that the most crucial decision of a year - Buy lunch or take lunch?  We've decided to mix it up and do a little bit of both this year.  For those days that my kids will be taking lunch, I've created these cute lunchbox notes to put into with their meals to remind them that they are loved. I thought you might like to share them with your children, too! There are 5 different notes, plus one blank for you to write yourself. Would be adorable for a special birthday wish or a reminder that their babysitter is picking them up that day, etc. You can stick these notes into lunches, snacks, backpacks - even briefcases! If you printed them on sticker paper, you could cute them out and place on a brown paper bag. Old school … [Read more...]