Dakota’s Pumpkin Peanut Butter Treats

Dakota waiting for treatsHi to all my mommy’s bloggie followers. It’s Dakota again. I hope everyone is having a great fall. I know I am. It’s so much fun to run through all of the fallen leaves on our walks.

This week, my mommy and daddy have orientation at my doggie school. I’m enrolled in a class called “Diamonds in the Ruff” at the MSPCA for eight weeks. I’m a little afraid of other dogs and some people, so this class — we hope — is going to get me more comfortable around some other four-legged friends.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love chasing after my daddy outside and he’s really good at tug ‘o war. But, my mommy likes fall a whole bunch, too. This is one of her favorite times of year to bake things. So, she made me some really awesome homemade baked doggie treats. Let’s see how she made ’em…

Continue reading

Advertisements

Favorite Fall Foods

I love autumn. Besides all the bad migraines it brings me each year, I absolutely love the changing colors on the trees, the pumpkin and apple cider drinks, going to the pumpkin patch and wearing chunky wool sweaters with boots.

Today, we stopped at Starbucks to enjoy some of their new fall offerings. I totally indulged in their new salted caramel mocha. Wow — this drink is smooth! Brett enjoyed a (decaf) pumpkin spice latte, which was equally autumnal.Apple Cider Donut from Mann OrchardsThen, we dropped by Mann’s Orchards and Bakery for some of their apple cider donuts. Just stepping out of the car, we were accosted by the warm, inviting smell of these yeasty treats. They were absolutely incredible! A sugary coating and a fluffy interior. I’m just drooling thinking about what these would be like right out of the fryer.

So, what’s your favorite fall food? Leave a comment below!

Recipe: Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Cream Cheese BarsWe interrupt these Disney-related posts to bring you a completely different food recipe today.

In case you’ve been living under a rock the past few weeks, one of the biggest sites to hit the internet recently is called Pinterest. Once you sign up for a free account, you begin to “pin” photos of things that you like to “boards” – it can be anything food, clothes, motivational sayings, ideas for around the house and more. If you’re on the site, you can follow me here.

I must blame Stacey from Boston Sweetie for my addiction to this website. I have several food-related boards including “Recipes to Try” and “Awesome Cake Designs.” Through the site, my eyes have broadened to new bloggers and ideas to try in the kitchen like this recipe for pumpkin bars with cream cheese frosting.

Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving 2010

Wishing you and your family a safe holiday!

Happy Thanksgiving! Turkey cupcake from Milwaukee Cupcake Co.A turkey cupcake from Milwaukee Cupcake Company. A yellow cake bottom with colored frosting makes the holiday fun. They also have “The Thanksgiving,” a sweet potato cake with maple syrup buttercream frosting and topped with a toasted marshmallow. Or, the “Pumpkin Spice Latte,” a pumpkin cupcake with pumpkin spiced buttercream frosting and topped with a piece of pie crust and a hint of nutmeg.

P.S. Sorry the photo’s a bit blurry. In a bit of a hurry to eat this little guy!

A trip to Elegant Farmer

The smiley barn at Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wis.When you’re a Cheesehead, nothing says fall like a trip to The Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago, Wis. With their world-famous Apple Pies Baked in a Paper Bag, apple orchards, pumpkin picking, frozen apple cider on a stick and more, it’s a great way to spend a sunny, autumn day.

Also known for the yellow smiley barn, The Elegant Farmer is a country market with pizzazz. You can find fresh cheese and cured meats like sugared ham, fresh salads, and daily specials like chicken pot pies. Or, make your sweet tooth happy with some of their sugary treats like the gigantic muffins, pies and cookies. There’s also several varieties of fresh produce to create your own sweet and savory dishes – just in time for Thanksgiving.

Here’s a quick video highlighting some of The Elegant Farmer’s products from my recent trip to the farm:

Find out more about The Elegant Farmer at www.elegantfarmer.com. Also, Thanksgiving pie orders need to be submitted by Sunday, Nov. 21.

You also might like
Recipe – DIY: Elegant Farmer Apple Pie in a Paper Bag

Recipe: Whole wheat pumpkin banana bread

Pumpkin is the perfect taste in fall. It’s warm and comforting. You can have it savory in something like a ravioli or make it sweet in pies or cookies.

I had a bunch of bananas that were nearing the end of their life-cycle recently and wanted to see how pumpkin and banana paired together. The verdict: Surprisingly well.

I found a recipe online for a healthier version of a whole wheat flour and pumpkin banana bread on Balanced Health and Nutrition, a blog by Rebecca Scritchfield. The only change I made to the recipe was to use plain whole wheat flour (I haven’t been able to find whole wheat pastry flour near my house yet.)

I wish I had a picture of the bread to post. I’ve made it twice this month and both times the bread didn’t make it long enough to pose for the camera. I promise to add a photo of the bread if I make it again soon!

Continue reading