Fail-Proof Pumpkin Pie Fail-Proof Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving week is upon us!! I’m thinking about buying a deep freezer just so I can buy multiple turkeys and have a place to store them. The prices for these birds are AMAZING! I love me a good turkey, ya’ll.

I’m also all about those post-turkey tryptophan induced food comas naps.

Except this year, I think my sister-in-law is making ham instead of turkey….soooo all the more reason to buy 17 birds to fill up this deep freezer. AMIRIGHT?

Lauren, you’re always right!

Thanks, friends. I know I can always count on you. 🙂

Nutella Deviled Strawberries Nutella Deviled Strawberries
Pumpkin Pull-Apart Monkey Bread Pumpkin Pull-Apart Monkey Bread
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.

{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.

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!

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.

Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream Cake Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream Cake
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.

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 😉

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.

Double Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies Double Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies

Nothing like a doozie of a week to feel the need to bake. Actually, I don’t need it to be a bad week for me to want to bake or eat chocolate or 17 1/2 cookies. Every day is appropriate for cookies. Especially super soft extra chocolatey cookies. I think crispy cookies should be illegal, and these ones are the complete and total opposite of crunchy. They bake up soft and STAY soft for days. Basically, the epitome of everything that is right with the world.

Homemade Ice Cream Crunch Cake Homemade Ice Cream Crunch Cake

For those of you wondering or asking about Gordon’s birthday cake from this past weekend, here it is! Of course I made it homemade, and this year I switched things up with a double layered ice cream cake! It was so so good and way easier than I originally thought.

So ice cream cake is made up of a few different parts:

Better than Paris Crepes Recipe Better than Paris Crepes Recipe

My love of food and cooking has always been with me, but didn’t really blossom until I went away to college and had to cook for myself. At first, I’d eat out a lot {hello freshman 15 25} but then I started copying my Mom’s recipes to have copies in my recipe box so those semesters away, I could make good food. Crepes was at the top of this list.

When I made them for the first time in my Sophomore year for myself {and by default for my roommates too} one of my roommates and best friends, Amy, insisted these were the best crepes she had ever had. She was the one who deemed these better than Paris crepes because she had just spent a semester studying abroad in Europe.

Surely she has been mistaken I thought. There is no possible way these could be better than the crepes you get is Paris. It’s PARIS.

But then I went to Paris last Fall and tried them for myself and by golly, I think she was right.

Nutter Butter Nutella Icebox Cake Nutter Butter Nutella Icebox Cake

Do you guys know the tight pants song from Jimmy Fallon?

{Gord and I are a little obsessed with that man. I actually gave Gordon his book for Father’s Day!}

Well in this house, we sing fat pants.

“Everybody’s talkin’ ’bout my fat pants. I got my fat pants. I got my fat pants on!”

We sing this for a number of reasons, but mainly because I make ridiculous desserts like this.

It all started with this Nutter Butter Nutella Pie. {Just, YES.}

All roads paved with nutter butters and nutella are roads I want to travel. AmIright?

So that was YEARS ago that I posted it {all you newbies will definitely want to click through to make THAT gem} but different variations of that recipe have always lingered around in my brain, ready to pop out at any moment.

Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe Easy Chocolate Frosting Recipe
Firework Dessert Dip Firework Dessert Dip
The Best Zucchini Brownies The Best Zucchini Brownies
Lemon Cream Puffs Lemon Cream Puffs

We have finally made it all together again as a family!!

Yesterday, Gordon and I flew from NYC back to Ottawa to get our kids from Grandma and Grandpa’s house and oh, what a great reunion that was! Brooke and Blake were thrilled to have us back and wouldn’t let go of us at the airport, especially Daddy (of course). It took Eddie a few hours to warm up to him. But now, we are all used to each other and Gordon has wrestled and read and joked and wrestled again all three of our monkeys and we are in heaven!

Of course, reality will hit us HARD once we are back in the city and settled in our new place and Gordon starts the second phase of his training but for now, we are loving life together as a family again. Oh, how I love my husband. Things are so much better when he is around. *Sigh*

Nutella Hot Fudge Sauce Nutella Hot Fudge Sauce

Tomorrow I’m taking my kids to Utah to stay with one of my best friends so I can fly to NYC to find an apartment this weekend. That came up quick for me. Time flies when you’re going insane.

I’m excited and nervous and excited! Story of my life.

I can’t believe I’m moving to New York City. I keep typing it out and saying it to myself, but it hasn’t quite sunk in. Maybe once I sign my lease and hand over a check for 6x my mortgage payment (gulp), then it’ll get a little more real? PS- the cost of living in the city is borderline ridiculous. Have you heard the term sticker shock? Well, I have sticker RAGE.

Speaking of rage, I get to see my husband this weekend! (Ha! Just kidding, honey.) Only for 37 hours, but I’ll take it! I think it’s been 9 weeks? 10 weeks? Lots of weeks since we’ve seen each other. I’m going to be super awkward incase you’re wondering. I’m awkward in most social situations…that’s why I blog. So, it’ll be fun and weird. But mostly fun!

Big items from my to-do list getting checked off this weekend.

Graham Streusel Coffee Cake Graham Streusel Coffee Cake

I’ve made it though another week!!!!! Yes, that sentence does need five exclamation point.

I’ve been a little radio silent these past few days because my children can’t get enough of their mother (read: they won’t leave me alone) and I can’t seem to stay awake long enough to write a cohesive sentence or edit a picture once they are all in bed. This solo parenting business is rough.

I thought I’d get smart and hire a babysitter to watch my kids so I could work in my office yesterday….I should have known better! Blake was banging on the doors with all sorts of questions (Does this monster truck come in blue? Did you get it from Target? Can I get a fire truck toy in New York City? Will we have a house in New York City? Are we living in Canada or New York? Can I have a yogurt?”) and Eddie would hear the sound of my voice and start whaling from across the house. So, that went on for a good 4 hours and I accomplished….nearly nothing. Well, I edited these photos in those 4 hours. That counts for something? I was hoping to post this recipe yesterday afternoon and obviously, that never happened. Sunday it is!

Monster Truck Cake Monster Truck Cake

Since I posted all about Blake’s birthday party, I’ve been getting lots of questions and emails about how I made this cake!! I was surprised because for me, this is nothing special. Super easy cake without fancy structural tricks. The glorious thing about having a boy is boy birthday cakes can look messy and you can totally get away with it!! I didn’t need any special piping bags or equipment for this cake, which I LOVE.

You can still make a lovely, delicious, nice looking finished product without having to spend money on things you’ll use once. My methods mean you don’t have to try too terribly hard to get fun finished results 🙂

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Carrot Cake Pecan Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting Carrot Cake Pecan Cookies with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting