Old Fashioned Pumpkin Donuts Old Fashioned Pumpkin Donuts

I have been testing this recipe again and again and finally, FINALLY have an amazing light and tasty cake donut to share today! I was so enveloped in this process that I forgot to post another recipe last week. Oopsie!! But I promise this one will make up for it 😉

Not only do I have the photographic evidence of all the donuts I’ve made over and over this past week, I have the number on my scale proving, in fact, that those 5 dozen donuts went straight to my butt.

But, mama don’t care because it was oh so worth it!

I hate a dense and dry cake donut. You’ve had one, I’ve had one. I am very particular about my cake donuts which is why 99% of the time, I choose a yeast-raised donut. Boston Cream Donuts are my favorite, incase you were wondering. Whenever I head to a donut shop, I always go for the yeast donut. Actually, I always choose the Boston Cream Donut because old habits die hard. (Have you ever tasted a Boston Cream Donut?) As I was contemplating this life decision I’ve made the same way again and again, I thought “surely I could make a cake donut I actually like.” And so I did.

It took a while because cake donuts have a tendency to be quite dry, but, I figured out little ways here and there to make it work that all added up to an amazing amazing finished product. Things like not overworking the dough, adding in an extra egg yolk and using half and half really really helped the cause. Also, using a stickier dough to begin with, refrigerating for a few minutes to make it easier to handle and rolling it out with lots of flour was the trick. Pop the donuts into your hot oil for a quick bath and voila!

Add your glaze and that my friends is my love language.

Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Frito Bites Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Frito Bites

Urban Dictionary, where have you been all my life???

I just spent a good hour looking up random words and laughing to myself. Sometimes, I’ll go to my HAHAHA pinterest board and just laugh and laugh. This one gets me every time.

Do you know what the definition of tailgating is? Drinking lots of beer or makin’ food in the parking lot before a sports or other large event, (usually football or a concert.)

I would probably eat all the food and skip the sports event, thankyouverymuch. Sports are not my favorite….except maybe hockey. But that’s only because I used to work for the Ottawa Senators back in the day. Go Sens go!

Side note: after games, I used to ride up and down the elevators with some of the players of the team and tell them how well they played. This also happened when I worked at Starbucks a few years later. Lots of the players would stop by and get a coffee before their morning practices. I’d chit chat it up.

{Perfect Every Time} Snickerdoodle Cookies {Perfect Every Time} Snickerdoodle Cookies

Here I sit, like a ticking clock.

No baby yet. My body is allegedly prepared, my house is spick and span as clean as its going to get and my bag is packed, in the car all ready to go! I literally just need a baby 🙂 My doctor was telling me that the odds are in my favor that I’ll be having this little dude by the weekend, but I’d rather just have him now, thanks. I’m sure my impatience isn’t helping the baby get here quicker by any means, but what else am I supposed to do? Bake?

Oh yes: BAKE!

And baking is what I’ve been doing….because I obviously refuse to give birth to a skinny baby. And my 6-month aversion to sweet things has slightly subsided. I’m not sure what that means, but I’m 94% sure it’s a sign that labor will begin in the next 24 hours, right? Riiiight?

Anyways, my husband is a chocoholic and typically if I’m going to make cookies, it’s chocolate chip. But when I call the shots slash when I get wicked cravings for things, husbands be damned. Snickerdoodle cookies it is. I love chocolate, but I love non-chocolate cookies more. It’s a problem?!

At some point during my sophomore year in college {when I gained a *leetle* more than the freshman 15} I found this recipe for Snickerdoodles. Mind you, this was 10-ish years ago so of course I have no idea where this recipe came from. My bad. But since I’ve been using it, I haven’t found a snickerdoodle cookie recipe I like more than this. I’m actually shocked that I haven’t posted this recipe before today. This honestly is a fool-proof recipe that you’ll continue to come back to again and again. Slightly crispy edges with big chewy centers, these cookies are the epitome of perfection.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Monster Wedge Salad Monster Wedge Salad
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Making these rolls are pretty much the same thing as making a cinnamon roll, but with a few other add-ins, like pumpkin, maple syrup and nutmeg to name a few! Into my yeast dough I stir in canned pureed pumpkin which gave it a nice color and smell! You let it rise for 1-2 hours, roll it out, fill it (with the ingredients I already listed), slice, let them rise again and then bake! Sort of a lot of steps, but well worth the wait!

Of course we can’t forget about our maple glaze on top! How good do these look? Pumpkin Maple Rolls sound like a perfect weekend breakfast or treat to me. Maybe I’ll make them again! We all loved them in our house and you guys will probably love them too! Happy feasting!

Tuna Pasta Salad with Dill & Peas Tuna Pasta Salad with Dill & Peas
Super Speedy Double Chocolate Pie Super Speedy Double Chocolate Pie

Me and my kids can’t seem to catch a break! We all have pesky coughs and colds and can’t seem to get over them! Well, technically Blake is pretty much aok now, but Brooke and I managed to get the brunt of whatever virus this is and are still rubbing and sniffing all the essential oils and guzzling all the green juice in the greater Portland area.

My husband, however, has magically stayed healthy and I have a feeling he’s the carrier of said virus and he’s secretly out to kill us.

He denies it {typical} but I don’t believe him. Slash maybe I’m not thinking clearly?!

That can’t POSSIBLY be it.

In other news, I had a weird and slightly disturbing pregnancy dream a few days ago about a girl who doesn’t like me very much stabbing me in the stomach….at church of all places.

*It was at this point that my husband told me I wasn’t thinking clearly.

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

Soooo, I made cookies the other day. I think it’s safe to say that you, my readers, love your cookies….or is it my cookies?

Just cookies in general.

I posted a picture of these cookies on my Instagram feed and my facebook page and you all went a little nuts. BTW- if you don’t follow me on instagram you’re missing out on a WORLD of boring FUN!! I post lots of random stupid pictures that is in no way a waste of time and/or does not clog up your feed. Like I said, a world of fun. Also included are photos of my children, the occasional sunset and food.

Follow me @laurens_latest. You’re welcome in advance.

Soooo, back to these cookies. SOFT. GLAZED. PUMPKIN. SUGAR. COOKIES.

Caprese Salad with Garlic Balsamic Dressing Caprese Salad with Garlic Balsamic Dressing
Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti Crock-Pot Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
Easy 20-Minute Garlic and Herb Baked Cod Easy 20-Minute Garlic and Herb Baked Cod
Homemade Kettle Chips with Onion Dill Dip {Potato Chips} Homemade Kettle Chips with Onion Dill Dip {Potato Chips}
Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream Cake Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream Cake
Sesame Butternut Squash Pan-Fried Noodles Sesame Butternut Squash Pan-Fried Noodles

I never thought I’d join the vegetable noodle train because I love real pasta with the passion of 1000 suns, but here we are! I was convinced. Mostly because my grocery store has started selling spiralized vegetables all over the place. Zucchini, yellow squash, sweet potato, butternut squash, etc etc. all available, ready to use at my grocery store. Convenient, yes, but also it made me realize that if I were able to make a sauce that made them taste good then maybe, just maybe, I could fool my kids into eating forkfuls of squash willingly.

And thus, the deception began.

Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

I think I’ve found pumpkin dessert mecca.

I love me a good chocolate lava cake, but no other dessert has really ever come close to that pinnacle of delicious.

Until now?

If you don’t like chocolate as much as you like pumpkin, then we are close to something that will blow your mind. If you are like my husband and thinks any dessert that doesn’t involve chocolate should be illegal, then you might not like is so much.

But you guys, no matter where you stand on the choco-loving scale, you’ve at least got to give this a try at least once this season! It’s spicy, sweet, festive and gets thrown together in a snap.

This is like a pumpkin lava cake and cobbler love child. It’s got all the yummy factors that I love in a dessert and uses ingredients I’m 99% sure you already have in your pantry. #winning

Just be sure to remember to add in the baking powder because…..it WILL NOT work without it.

Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup Lemon Chicken Quinoa Soup
Soft White Sandwich Bread Soft White Sandwich Bread
Sweet Potato Coffee Cake Cookies Sweet Potato Coffee Cake Cookies

I really didn’t want to post this recipe. Like really really didn’t want to because these aren’t the prettiest photos in the world. Like these cookies are gorgeous. These ones are also pretty pretty. But these? Notsomuch.

However after eating NINE of these over the course of 8 hours, I decided it would be in my best interest to post the recipe because they were that good. I needed to share the glory.

Now, I know what you’re thinking.

Mashed sweet potato in cookies? Gross.

But believe me when I say you are wrong!! Vegetables in cookies is actually good! I don’t eat nine cookies just for the fun of it. Usually. I need a treat that is calorically worthy enough to keep my thighs at their current size and this dessert fits the bill a little too well 😉

Roasted Veggie Hot Dog Hash Roasted Veggie Hot Dog Hash

I’m not sure I’ve told you all that I signed my kids up for sports this Fall! I was pretty excited about it until I realized that Brooke needs to head north for Volleyball and Blake needs to head south for Soccer on the exact same days at the exact same times.

Smart, Lauren, Smart.

As if my life isn’t crazy enough with the start of school and no husband, lets throw another curveball into the mix. *Self-inflicted curve ball, most likely due to lack of sleep. But I digress.

ANYWAYS, on the days where I’m dropping kids off at school and picking them up and then having to rush to volleyball class or soccer practice, there is no way I’m going to have the time or energy to make dinner. That’s just a fact. The Fall is busy! Back to School is busy. Figuring out the new routine after a long summer break can be a little tricky, especially if your psyche is a saboteur.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Grab your fat pants, ya’ll. I have the best most life changing ooey gooey Fall treat for you today!

Maybe I’m jumping the gun a bit by posting a Fall recipe, but I do believe you will forgive me when you see these up close and personal.

“WhatamIdoinggggggg??” is what I said when I started loading up these rolls with caramel sauce, cooked apples and bitty bites of caramel candy.

“OHMYGAHHHHH” is what I said when I pulled then from the oven.

Asian Lettuce Wraps Asian Lettuce Wraps
Easy Taco Casserole Recipe Easy Taco Casserole Recipe

Happy Tuesday, friends!

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a couple days now, but things keep getting in the way!! And by things I mean children. Mine, specifically.

I love them to pieces, but it’s really hard for me to form sentences on a page when they’re all REALLY good at:

Creamy Crockpot Cauliflower Soup Creamy Crockpot Cauliflower Soup

When we lived in Idaho, one of our favorite restaurants was Zupas. (Any Zupas fans out there?) 

My daughter was a little obsessed with their cauliflower soup because it “didn’t have any chunks”. The recipe for cauliflower soup I had been using up to that point is one I inherited from my Mom and it is supposed to be chunky. That’s how it was always made at my house growing up and to be quite honest, I like the chunks. But my Brookie Cookie does not and is very vocal about it.

So one day earlier this week, I tried to appease her and create a non-chunky, extra velvety cauliflower soup (in the crockpot no less!) for this daughter of mine.

You guys, I think I might like this creamy version better. The half & half, bacon and cheese might have something to do with it though. Don’t be alarmed, though! Yes, those are high calorie ingredients, but considering how much soup this makes, when you break it down per serving, its really not terrible. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.