Pumpkin Pie Bars with Pecan Streusel

Pumpkin Pie Bars with Pecan Streusel

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Usually, I am dreaming up Thanksgiving desserts months in advance, but I have been so busy with school that I am just beginning to think about it. There are a couple of desserts that are givens every year, like cheesecake and apple pie, but beyond that I like to come up with new ideas. I know pumpkin pie can be very divisive. Most people seem to either love it or hate it. Personally, I’m a huge fan and I clearly couldn’t even wait another week to get my hands on a piece.

Oreo Cake Pops

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I made these cake pops last week for my boyfriend’s holiday work party and I couldn’t wait to share them with you. Believe it or not, this was my first attempt at cake pops and I am totally smitten. I don’t know how I lasted this long without making some. They are so incredibly easy and so much fun to eat!

Lightest Banana Bread

While banana bread can be considered a dessert, it is really acceptable just about any time of day. Since I only like to eat bananas when they are just ripe, I almost always have over ripened bananas laying around. I refuse to throw them out when they can easily be turned into something so delicious, so more often than not you will find banana bread on my kitchen counter.

Root Beer Battered Fish

Root Beer Battered Fish

Skipping meat for Fridays and you want a break from cheese pizza?  Just in the mood for some fish fry?  If your kids are not fans of fish, well join the club.  I have mentioned here many times before, that in general, most of our family has traditionally avoided fish (with exception of shrimp with I can eat 2 pounds of that on my own).

Lunch Box Salad Kits

Kids Lunch Box Salad Kits

Here we go, kids.  Back to school time. Yay.

Early mornings, homework, and worst of all, packing lunches.

I do not enjoy packing lunches and come June I am miserable and offering to let them pack or buy anything – as long as it’s easy for me.

But its the beginning of the school year and I have a little more enthusiasm at this time of year.  In fact, I’m kinda tired of having to feed them 3 meals a day at home – didn’t I JUST feed you?

Monster Mash Milkshakes

Monster Mash Milkshakes aka what to do with all that Halloween candy.  I credit my husband for this, its the kind of thing he likes to make the kids about an hour before dinner.  Just kidding!  Sort of kidding but they are fun and obviously delish and a great way to use up some of that Halloween candy.   As you can imagine the kids go crazy for it.

Eggs with Chorizo

Eggs with Chorizo

Breakfast is my favorite meal. Not only my favorite to eat, but my favorite to cook for family and friends. And the best breakfast dish of all? Eggs Benedict! The morning is also my most creative time of the day. It’s when my brain is the most alert. I can multi-task with random work ideas, chores, laundry, you name it. All while sipping on a cup of coffee, of course. After twelve o’clock, I’m no good, off duty, and pooped. Raising a 9-month-old is getting harder each day. She’s crawling much faster, her naps are shorter and she loves to be entertained with walks to the park and playing on the beach. Needless to say, I need my energy first thing in the morning to help keep me going throughout the day.

Crispy Texas Peach Cobbler

Crispy Texas Peach Cobbler

Let me tell you about this peach cobbler, guys. This is the peach cobbler that your wildest Texas dreams are made of. This is the peach cobbler you naughtily fantasized about when people told you it was wrong to think about food in a sexual way. This is the peach cobbler you would be eating if your long lost southern fairy godmother ascended from heaven and brought you gifts of peaches and cinnamon crisp. This is the peach cobbler that will make you weep tears of food joy.

Austin BBQ Lingo

Barbecuing is not merely a pastime for thousands of people, in fact, it is a major competition every year in many places that come with some fantastic prizes and prestige. Creating the perfect rack of ribs, barbecue sauce or hamburger is something that is a closely guarded secret and you will find it difficult to find out the ingredients from the winner of these types of competitions.

As a novice, when attending a barbecue of more experienced people, chances are that you will come across some BBQ terminology that you don’t understand. Below is a list of some of the most common barbecue terminology that you are likely to come across.

Also, check out the Best Barbecue in Austin post from YAC.