fall baking…

I promise I have interests other than decorating, DIY, clothes and baking…but where’s the fun in talking about those?! This is the place I get to express my Martha Stewart/Rachael Ray/Rachel Zoe wannabe sides…so here I go again…

It’s fall and that means I want to be surrounded by pumpkin and gourd displays, candles, chrysanthemums, Bath & Body Works scents – and baked goods. Oh, I know I shouldn’t and that the danger of overindulging is ever present. I know that if I do, the scale isn’t my friend, especially now that I’m pregnant.

But alas, my love affair with baked good persists. It’s not only the scrumptious treats that come from the baking, it’s the baking itself that I’m drawn to. I find it therapeutic for some reason. I always have.

Luckily, I have two men in my house that will share in the burden of ridding the evidence and I won’t be tempted for too long.

The weekend after this I have four of my college roommates coming to stay with me, so I’ve already begun to plan the indulgent goodies I want to have on-hand for their stay. After all, late night gab sessions are no good without decadent desserts and junk food, right?

Here are a few of the recipes I might try:

Just the thought of this fall-ish breakfast food makes my mouth water! Check out the recipe for these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls at goodLife {eats}.


(Image found at goodLife {eats})


Then there’s always this Carrot Cheesecake recipe from Better Homes and Gardens!


(Image found at Better Homes and Gardens)


Or perhaps this Apple Crisp from Food Network’s Down Home with the Neelys is the way to go….


(Image found at Food Network)


Then again, maybe we’ll just try all three… 😉

drooling over Nanaimo bars…

For those of you who don’t know, my Dad is from Canada. Born in Alberta, he actually grew up in British Columbia….one of the most beautiful places on earth. Honestly.

Since I’ve been alive, we’ve lived in a lot of different places…mostly the Southern U.S. And because of cost constraints we didn’t get to visit my Dad’s home region very often, but there was a love of certain Canadian things he passed on to us even from 3,000 miles away…mostly of the food sort.

Roger’s Golden Syrup, plum pudding and hard sauce (actually an English tradition), White Spot Restaurant and…Nanaimo bars.

sugar heaven

Now, if you’ve never had a Nanaimo bar…or heard of them…you don’t know what you’re missing. We dream of these sweet treats, the only problem is the custard powder required to make them is very difficult to get here in the South. (You can substitute instant vanilla pudding, but can it really be considered authentic then?)

They were first invented in a town called…uh, Nanaimo, B.C. Shocking, right? According to legend, a housewife entered the recipe into a contest and history was made. People make these bars using all different variations…cranberry, mint, mocha…but original is still amazing in and of itself!

My brother has talked about these wonderful creations so incessantly that his wife, my sister-in-law Brittney, contacted my older sister, Michelle (who still lives in Canada), to have her send some custard powder our way.

Brittney made the bars last week and it took every once of self-control I had not to dive right in, since Michael and I aren’t eating sugar this month.

However, our sugar fast ends this weekend and the first thing I’m making is…you guessed it: Nanaimo bars!! Michael has never had one and I’m dying to try my hand at making them.

For now, I’ll continue to drool over the pictures attached to the recipe. 🙂