Top 6 Great Pumpkin Recipes from H.A.G.

The leaves are finally turning around here, and it couldn’t be more Fall-like in my opinion, which is a perfect time for all your fall baking that you haven’t done yet! I am rounding up some of the favorites on my site, that I love to make this time of year:

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Granola

protein granola

10 minute Pumpkin Mousse Mini-Pies

10 minute Pumpkin-Mousse Mini-Pies

DIY Pumpkin Spice Lattes

pumpkin spice latte

Nutella Stuffed Pumpkin Cookies

nutella stuffed cookies

Mom’s Original Pumpkin Bread

Best Pumpkin Bread



That is it for now- But if you can believe it, I have lots more! Pumpkin could be a favorite ingredient for me, for sure. I made 3 out of 6 of these already this year at least once, and plan to make more soon! Enjoy your weekend~

*I am linking up with Life in Leggings for more favorites.




Fall Recipes & An Apple-Crunch Galette

apple galette

I made a bunch of new recipes this week…before I got sick. 5 days out from a marathon and I am SICK with a terrible head/chest cold.

So the first rambling thought of today is: #1:Good thing I made homemade penicillin: AKA Chicken Soup from my chicken in the crockpot recipe! I am so glad I did, too, because, I am dosing myself silly with OTC cold medicine and tons of water, tea, and juice. Forget the all the “do’s” of marathon fueling, I am just trying to stay awake and hydrated!

So, before, this all came on, we were living it up with some nice eats!

#2 Best recipe of the weekBanana Muffins, from Orgasmichef Blog, which I know you are like, “big deal. Banana muffin recipes are a dime a dozen.” But you HAVE to try these.  This lady has a new recipe with a few of my own tweeks, and this will get made over and over! We loved it!

#3 Greatest idea ever, these Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes, from Minimalist Baker Blog, (Which may be technically muffins, since there is a vegetable in there!) So I pack these in the picky-eater’s lunch. No guilt at all, on my part! These are super good, and truly a cupcake if I must admit to it! But the beets?! Only I know that they are in there at this point. It will take atleast me making these 3 times, before I own up to it with the kids…that way they have a chance at loving them already, like the zucchini in the Chocolate Bread that they KNOW is in there and they still eat it- a miracle in my house. No judgement please!

And finally #4, on an awesome idea roll is making: An Apple-Crunch Galette. AKA: Pie!!! But only 1 crust, so you are technically, not allowed to feel bad about maybe eating this one for breakfast, since it IS apples and only 1 crust! It’s my recipe using my Canola Oil Crust adapted from my beaten-up old Betty Crocker Cookbook (the Red & White Gingham Checkered one, your mom always used!):

Fall Recipes & An Apple-Crunch Galette

Serving Size: serves 8

This is a nice rustic "pie" to make- no fuss because the crust just gets folded on top of the filling. Beautiful and easy.


  • 1 Canola Oil crust
  • Parchment paper
  • 5 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • For the crumbled topping:
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. butter


Place parchment on a flat baking pan.

Roll out the dough to a 1/4 inch, and about 10" across. Roll the dough onto the parchment. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the apples and the rest of the ingredients, until the apples are covered in the sugar mixture.

Dump all of this in the middle of the crust.

In a separate bowl,make the crumbled topping:

Mix the flour and sugar until combined. Cut in the butter until it all looks like small peas.

Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the apples.

Turn the sides up and over the edges of the apples so it looks like a crust.

Bake at 375* for 20 minutes with a loose cover of foil. Remove foil, and bake an additional 25-30 minutes until the apples are bubbly and the crust is a golden color. You can put the foil over it loosely at any time if you think it is getting too brown- the key is the bubbly apples, to tell if it's done. Remove from oven and rest before cutting.


Best served warm, with whipped cream or vanilla ice-cream.

For more great ideas check out: What’s Cooking Love, Running with Spoons, and Katherine’s Corner.


Let’s Talk about Books: October

It’s book-time, my friends!

I just finished a really great audio book, and I want to share it with you:

In my line of work (Library) I have a lot of people around me who have books that they love.  Contrary to what you might think about librarians, the ones that I work with are soooo NOT book snobs at all! They read so many different types of books, some old, some new releases.  The beauty is that most everyone reads for fun.  So I get a lot of suggestions for fun new books to try.

Peter Lovesey, the author of “DIamond Solitaire” was recommended to me by my Library Director.  She said that she was just starting one of his books-not this series- and thought it seemed good so far.  I just looked up the author and found the book that happened to be in the library when I wanted it. See? Both a mix of recommendation and luck!

So what’s this book about? It is a modern-day detective series (15 in total, the most recent published in 2015), based in England, but international in scope. I guess I read the 2nd one and missed the 1st, and am now realizing this, so I may go back and read the 1st, just to get some background.

So needless to say, since the story is based in England, the narration is by a British narrator, named Simon Prebble, who has a great voice. Apparently he is a talk show host, actor and does lots of audio in Britain. His voice was perfect as the main character: a very curmudgeonly detective. I had so much fun listening to him narrate the aging ex-policeman, turned fired security guard-

The other characters are no less interesting: a priest torn between his calling and a sexy parishoner, a young Japanese girl thought to be autistic, a Sumo wrestler, the Mafia, Pharmacutical big-shots and many more.  It has fun twists, and interesting backgrounds into the characters, that draw you along and into this story right through to the well thought out and satisfying ending.

I am definitely going to read either the 1st or the 3rd in this series soon- either in print or audio.  I really like the audio though, especially if the narrator is the same as the one here.

What are you reading? Let me know in the comments!