Pumpkin Granola

Oh, glorious Fall. I am thoroughly enjoying your presence and all the pumpkin related foods you bring!

I haven't had a lot of luck with granola in the past, mainly because I like it sweet...never want to add enough sugar in hopes of keeping it healthy. I also leave out a lot of the oil usually so it's not as fattening. (At least I can identify my issues...right?! hehe) This recipe is awesome though because it has a lot less sugar (though still a decent amount) and NO oil! Woot woot!! 

So far we've had this in milk, on yogurt, and just for general snacking! It's realllly good!  

Crunchy perfection <3

 Pumpkin Granola 

(Recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod)


5 cups rolled oats
1.5 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
¾ tsp. salt
¾ cup brown sugar, not packed
½ cup pumpkin puree
¼ cup applesauce
¼ cup maple syrup (you can cut this amount down with agave, but I didn't have any on hand)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup pepitas (I didn't have any of these, but they would have been yummy!)


1. Preheat the oven to 325° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, spices, and salt. Mix well.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together brown sugar, pumpkin puree, applesauce, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Whisk until smooth. Pour wet ingredients into oat mixture and stir until the oats are evenly coated. They will be moist. Evenly spread the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
4. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove pan from the oven and stir. Bake for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the granola is golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and stir in dried cranberries and pepitas. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


Cookie Dough Cupcakes

If there was one treat I wish I could eat...all the time...for no calories...it would be raw chocolate chip cookie dough. mmm At my friend's college, they served partially baked cookie dough in little parchment wrappers...I was always jealous! Last year I found an awesome egg-less cookie dough recipes that I used in truffles and for snacking purposes, but I always wondered how it would taste on a cupcake. Now, if I'm being honest, this recipe is not as good as the eggless cookie dough, but it is really yummy and tastes super great on graham crackers...just saying! I want to try and thin out my other recipe and use that as frosting, but I haven't gotten a chance yet. Don't worry, it will happen.

Cross my heart.

For now, let me share: 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting 
*This makes a LOT of frosting, I halved it and it worked fine*

  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3½ cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 2½ tsp. vanilla extract 

  1. Beat together the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until creamy.
  2. Mix in the confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Beat in the flour and salt. Mix in the milk and vanilla extract until smooth and well blended.
  3. Frost the filled cupcakes as desired, sprinkling with mini chocolate chips and topping with mini chocolate chip cookies for decoration.


Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I put a piece of cookie dough in the batter before I baked them. It was pretty awesome, but next time, I will fill the cupcake with raw cookie dough. It was lost a little by baking it.  

Don't hate me :)

Crayon Wreath

This is a project I have been waiting to make for a while now, but never had a good reason. Well, my friend Ms. Daly got a job as an elementary school teacher for this school year and I thought it would be perfect for her! She's an extremely bubbly, sweet, and cheerful person...what better to represent her than a happy rainbow wreath?! 

This project required about 64 crayons, two embroidery hoops, and a few embellishments...just for fun! I hope she likes it! I think it's adorable and so happy!

You can't see it in any of these pictures, but there is a little ribbon hook to hang the wreath. I added the ric rack at the last minute, and I'm so glad! I think it really pulls it all together, don't you? I'm super happy with the way it turned out, and that it is going to a good home!

SO this was not the quote I was looking for...I wanted something that was inspiring, happy, or even about teaching...but I stumbled upon this and couldn't stop laughing. Oh Dr. Seuss, I love you.

“In my world, everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!”
                                                                                                                             ― Dr. Seuss