10.20.2017

Loving Lately // October 2017

It's time for another round of Loving Lately!
I've done this once a month since January & they have a color theme.
January was gray, February was pink, March was green , April was  yellow/gold, May was coral, June was Aqua/Turquoise and July was white,  August was Black & White, mostly black & white stripes...and September was Olive Green/Army Green and October is Orange...basically anything Pumpkin. LOL!
 Here is this month's Loving Lately....
 
//  ONE  //

 Bring on all the Pumpkin Desserts! I am LOVING them.
I love them all (Except Pumpkin Pie...ewww I can't handle the texture!)

 Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies {HERE}

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles {HERE}

Pumpkin Cheesecake {HERE}

Pumpkin Bars {Recipe HERE
Pumpkin Ice Cream Cake {HERE}

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {HERE}
Pumpkin Bread {HERE}
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins {HERE
 Pumpkin Spice Cake {HERE}

 Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crumble Cake {HERE}
 
Is there such a thing as too many pumpkin desserts? I don't think so ;)

// TWO //
I also love savory recipes with Pumpkin....
Sweet Potato Black Bean & Pumpkin Chili {HERE}

Baked Ziti with Pumpkin, Sausage & Spinach {HERE}

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds {HERE}


// THREE//
 I am also loving Pumpkin Ale. I have 1 or 2 every October. 
I'm not really a beer person, but in October I like a pumpkin ale.
I am also loving my backyard twinkle lights! 
Didn't Kevin do an awesome job on the bar? 
The rest of the backyard renovation is almost done...stay tuned :)

// FOUR //
We are loving Boo-ing and Boozing our friends! 
Here is what we are Boo-ing ang Booz-ing with this month.....
I like giving cookie or cupcake mix so families can bake together.
You can click HERE for the free Printables for Boozing & Booing.


// FIVE //
I am loving these new Reese's Peanut Butter cups..they have Reese's pieces in them.
 I saw them at Target & I was intrigued, so of course I bought them :)
 If this isn't true, then I don't know what is :)

// SIX //
 I am loving our Reverse Regimen. It's my favorite..I love it because it got rid of my pregnancy melasam. I also love it because it evens out my skin tone. It is a great regimen to use, especially in the Fall, to get rid of any sun damage you may have gotten over the summer.
We have 2 Reverse regimens:
  Reverse Brightening which focuses on brightening & evening out your complexion.
 Reverse Lightening  focuses on getting rid of melasma/age spots/sun spots.
Reverse Brightening Before & After:

Reverse Lightening Before & After:
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 This brightens under your eyes and reduces bags & dark circles.

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I use our Eye Cream at night (that helps with crows feet/fine lines in the eye area.
In the morning, I have been using our Active Hydration Brightening Eye Complex in the morning to help with bags/dark under eye circles.
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// SEVEN //
 I am loving this candle that I got at Trader Joe's.
 Vanilla Pumpkin. My 2 favorite candle scents, combined!

// EIGHT //
 I am also loving Trader Joe's Pumpkins. Aren't they so fun?
Luke loves the scarecrow they have in front of all the pumpkins.
He asks me to take his photo in this every time we go to Trader Joe's.


// NINE //
I am loving all the leaves starting to turn orange/red/yellow.
Early October is when leaves start to turn here in California & I love it!
 They are at their best in November, but I love seeing them start to turn this time of year!
We have a few Japanese Maples in our yard and I love when the leaves start to change....

There are a few orange leaves...it is so beautiful when the whole thing turns orange!
This is nothing compared to the Fall leaves that the rest of the country gets, but when the leaves here in California start to change, I get giddy! I really should live on the East Coast.
On my bucket list is to go see the Fall Foliage in the North East one of these years.

// TEN //
I am LOVING Hallmark Fall Movies. I mean, I REALLY love them.
A new one premieres every Saturday, but they are also showing ones from years past. My DVR is full of about 10 Fall Movies right now...Kevin hates me...he thinks Hallmark movies are the worst!  Hahaha! The girls & I think they are the best :)
 They are just as cheesy & awesome as Hallmark Christmas movies, but instead of Christmas tree farms, some of them are based on Pumpkin Farms. Instead of being based in a department store during the the holidays, it's based in a country inn during Fall.
My girls love them also, so we have fun watching them. They are loving them also!

So, there you have it....some lovely orange & pumpkin things I have been Loving Lately.
What have you been Loving Lately?





10.17.2017

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crumble Cake

I love making ALL the pumpkin things in October & November.
I have a rotation of pumpkin desserts that I make  (I make 1 pumpkin dessert each week)
This cake is one that I make each Fall...I can't believe I haven't blogged it yet.
I'm a little behind on my blogging these days...the Northern California fires have really distracted me the past week. It's all just so devastating & heartbreaking. Please continue to pray.
I made this cake last week....Whenever I am sad, I like to bake, it cheers me up.
This cake is full of pumpkin flavor,  has a beautiful cream cheese ribbon and topped with a delicious crumble.
Here is what you need:
 Cake:
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree

Cream Cheese Filling:
1 (8 ounce) box of cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Crumb Topping:
6 tablespoons butter slightly softened
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon 

Directions:
In a bowl, mix 1 stick of  butter (softened) with 1 1/2 cups sugar.

 Next, add 3 eggs and stir until blended.
 Add pumpkin puree & mix just until combined.

In medium bowl whisk together 1 3/4 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
Add this flour mixture to the pumpkin mix, stirring slowly until combined.
 
Spread HALF of this pumpkin mixture to the a 9x13 pan sprayed with a cooking spray.

In another bowl with hand mixer beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth and creamy. Add 1 egg and vanilla and mix just until incorporated.
**Be sure and microwave the cream cheese for 30-40 seconds. It makes it much smoother when you mix it**
 
  Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over the cake mixture.
Now add the rest of the pumpkin cake mixture to the pan, carefully spreading with a spatula.

In medium bowl combine  1/3 cup flour, brown sugar, rolled oats and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. 
 
Add in 6 tablespoons melted butter & combine:

Sprinkle with the crumb topping.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean)
 Allow to cool 20 minutes before cutting & then serve.....

 This cake is delicious....

But it is even better when you add some whipped cream on top :)

Look at that beautiful cream cheese ribbon going through the cake....
Be sure a Refrigerate the leftovers of this cake. 
 YUM!

I hope you love this cake as much as we do!
Enjoy!

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