Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Swirled Muffins

November 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

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I know what you’re thinking. You’re so excited that it’s Thanksgiving week because it means less days at work, stuffing your face with as much scrumptious food as possible, but most importantly, that I’m sharing this recipe for delicious Pumpkin-Cream Cheese Swirled Muffins! Thursday is a marathon of eating so you might as well start early and pre-game the big feast with these delectable treats!

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Pumpkin and cream cheese are great separately but when you put them together, they’re absolutely irresistible. The pumpkin keeps these muffins moist and gives them that beautiful orange hue. It also works perfectly with the fragrant combination of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. The cream cheese is slightly sweetened (the way to sneak cheesecake for breakfast) and adds a nice tang and creaminess.

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I also experimented with hiding the cream cheese filling inside the muffin but I liked the swirled version best because of the gorgeous combination of colors it showed. However, the taste was unaffected so choose whichever way you prefer!

The muffins are lightly sweetened and they deliciously blend the flavors of the pumpkin, spices, and cream cheese. These treats are perfect for breakfast, brunch, an afternoon snack – pretty much any time of day!

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French Apple Tart

November 2, 2015 § Leave a comment

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finally got to do one of my favorite fall activities: apple picking! It’s such a classic thing to do during this time of year that it is hard for me to imagine living somewhere that doesn’t have this within driving distance. Seriously, what is better than picking your own produce, being surrounded by beautifully colored foliage, stocking up on apple cider, and stuffing your face with apple cider donuts and fritters?DSC_0088FullSizeRender

I brought home some nice Cameo apples, which are perfect for snacking since they are both sweet yet slightly tart and not too soft. I also picked a bunch of Stayman apples to cook with since they are firm and tart so they don’t make desserts and savory dishes cloyingly sweet and they hold up nicely even after being cooked. I’m totally into the whole farm-to-table concept. There is something about harvesting your own produce and creating something out of it that is so satisfying and special. Plus, the freshness and pure flavor that come out of it is unbeatable.DSC_0052DSC_0066                                                                                                             

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I’m so excited to be sharing this recipe with you! Even before I went apple picking, I knew I wanted to make this French Apple Tart. I’ve been obsessed with it ever since I first made it almost four years ago because it is surprisingly so easy yet absolutely stunning and delicious!

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