October means Pumpkin EVERYTHING

October is one of my favorite months. It’s the height of fall when the weather is usually lovely across the country, and there’s pumpkin flavored everything. When I was in college, I would very frequently treat myself to a PSL before anyone, ever called it that. I think (And I know a lot of people who would agree with me) it just tastes like fall, and it’s coffee which makes it even better in my book.

As I get older, the PSL isn’t really my go-to for October. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t really taste that great to me anymore. It might be because it’s all processed sugar, dyes and artificial flavoring for nearly $5 and as a grown-up (or whatever I am now) that doesn’t really appeal to my health morals.

However, I do still LOVE pumpkin stuff so I thought I would focus on that and tell you about all the best pumpkin things filling your grocery stores for the next week or so.

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How to make Homemade Doughnuts!

This week is all about making foods that I don’t necessarily care for, but making them well and at home! Doughnuts are typically too sugary and just gross to me. But these! This brings it to a whole new level. I really like these, and I’m not just saying that.

Drew got this recipe from his mom, who is a fabulous cook and often the inspiration for many of his cooking ventures. His family used to enjoy these babies on the regular when he was growing up! And I totally get why…

Homemade Doughnuts

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Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

These are SO good, and I don’t even like bacon. (They are seriously yummy)

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I LOVE Jalapeno poppers. They have been a ‘favorite food’ for as long as I can remember. The first time I had bacon jalapeno poppers was at a restaurant I was working at, it was a slow afternoon and we had to get rid of some extra bacon, so someone suggested these. I actually haven’t made these since then. (I never have “extra” bacon, I never buy bacon in the first place)

But trust me when I say, this will be a crowd-pleaser!

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Southern Peach Sangria

I know that it feels like summer is over now that school’s started and Labor Day is behind us, but this is a Peach Sangria that will make it always feel like summer! It’s also a great way to use those end-of-the-season peaches.

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Another mix and drink recipe! Although, if you are sharing, it is best when it can marinate overnight. Those peaches will really soak up the bourbon.

1 bottle of white wine (Table wine is great, not too sweet)
1 nip (Airplane bottle) of Bourbon OR about 1 oz if you just have that around your house
2 peaches cut into small pieces
½ cup Triple Sec
2 cups Orange Juice
(Optional) Add simple syrup if it’s not sweet enough

Mix it all together in a pitcher, and you are ready to serve with some fresh slices the next day!

Note* You really can taste the bourbon in the peaches, so get a more expensive one to make a smoother flavor.

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Southwestern Salad

Great weeknight meal. Drew came up with this salad a week ago, and it has been on my mind ever since! It’s sooo yummy!

These are the kind of “assembly” meals I like, you know, where you just cut and toss it all together. Easy, tasty, and minimal dishes to clean up! 🙂



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Cherry Tartine

Cherry Tartine
Cherry Tartine

July = Cherry Season.

At least, that’s how I see it.

I have been really excited for cherries all summer, and finally got a HUGE box of them. However, now that I have a huge box, there are only so many you can eat at a time. So I have been searching the internet for recipes. I found this one which sounded tasty and easy, my two favorite adjectives when it comes to recipes. And it is not tasty, it’s divine.

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Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Paloma

Since living in LA, I have grown very fond of the Paloma, a Mexican cocktail that features tequila and grapefruit juice. No one is exactly sure where it originated, but it is popular, here, among the beach-going/sun-worshiping locals. It’s easy to make, and the grapefruit juice compliments the tequila extraordinarily. It’s the perfect drink for citrus season, hot days by the beach, or as a cocktail that pleases most. Pair it with spicy Fajitas or tacos.

It’s this simple:

  • 1 shot of Tequila (I always purchase Reposado, I think they are the most mixable, although you can also use a blanco)
  • 1 cup Fresh Grapefruit juice
  • A generous splash of club soda or sparkling water
  • Lime wedge squeezed
  • Give it a stir and you’re done!

(IF you feel the combination is too tart, feel free to add a teaspoon of simple syrup, or a sugar rim)

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