Tag Archives: Fall

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a sweet and delicious treat combining the flavors of fall, perfect for Halloween parties and events!

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Last weekend I was invited to attend a BBQ with a friend… about two hours before the BBQ.  Being a food blogger, it is completely unacceptable to show up to a BBQ empty handed… even when you only have two hours notice!

I was trying to figure out what I had in my pantry that I could toss together that didn’t require a trip to the grocery store. Luckily I had a bag of white chocolate chips and a bag of Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses staring at me from the pantry.

It was one of those moments where you look at two items, a light bulb goes off and you immediately think “the two of you need to meet and become friends!”

Read the full recipe here!

Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float

Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float

My favorite time of year is the week when Pumpkin Beer hits the shelves and college football begins! I somehow managed to take this glorious week and my favorite beer and make it even better in this delicious concoction that transforms a classic dessert favorite into an adult style fall treat with a pumpkin twist!

Pumpkin Beer Float Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1 float)

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup pumpkin ale
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Scoop the ice cream into a tall glass. Pour the pumpkin ale over the ice cream and top with a dash of cinnamon.

Pumpkin Ale Float

This dessert is perfect for the beginning of fall when it’s still warm enough outside to enjoy ice cream, but fall is in the air, so it also feels acceptable to begin drinking pumpkin beer! And you thought root beer floats couldn’t get better? Well, they just did!

Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float

Grab a spoon and dig in to this scrumptious Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float!

Pumpkin Beer Float

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

Pumpkin Ale Float

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 float

Pumpkin Ale Float

Ingredients

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup pumpkin ale
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Scoop the ice cream into a tall glass.
  2. Pour the pumpkin ale over the ice cream and top with a dash of cinnamon.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/11/05/whats-to-drink-pumpkin-ale-float/

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

In this simple, yet super fun recipe fresh pineapple, mandarin oranges and mini marshmallows are skewered to resemble the fun fall treat, Candy Corn!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Serve them with a delicious fruit dip at a Halloween party or fall get-together!

pineapple, mandaran oranges, marshmallows, fruit dip, fruit skewers, candy corn, halloween, fall, vanilla yogurt, honey

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.  Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

A healthy alternative to all the candy and cookies that the fall holidays bring!

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: app. 2 dozen skewers

Candy Corn Fruit Skewers

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 pineapple (cubed)
  • 1 can (11 oz) mandarin oranges
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Skewer the pineapple, oranges and marshmallows.
  2. Mix the yogurt and honey together in a small bowl for dipping.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/10/31/whats-for-dessert-candy-corn-fruit-skewers/

Apple Cider Champagne Punch

Apple Cider Champagne Punch

We’re going to call this two-for-tuesday, two posts for the sake of two delicious fall cocktails!

In this new fall favorite rich apple cider is paired with sparkling champagne, vodka, maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg, I like to call it the Fall-Mimosa!

Apple Cider Champagne Punch Ingredients

Ingredients

  • ½ apple cider
  • 1 shot vodka
  • Dash cinnamon
  • Dash nutmeg
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup champagne

Combine the cider, vodka, cinnamon, nutmeg and maple syrup in a shaker with ice.  Shake well and pour into champagne glass.  Top with champagne and garnish with skewered apple pieces or cinnamon sticks.

Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail

Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini

Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini

If you’re like me, one of your favorite parts of Fall is all the pumpkin goodness that starts popping up around this time of year, including the ever-so-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte.

In this martini I combine Pumpkin Pie Vodka with Coffee Liquor for a martini that is sure to give you that boost you love from a latte with a little kick from the vodka!

Pumpkin Spice Latte Martini Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 1 martini)

  • 2 shots pumpkin pie vodka
  • 2 shots coffee liqueur
  • dash ground ginger
  • dash cinnamon
  • dash nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well.

Strain into a martini glass rimmed with crushed graham crackers and serve with cinnamon stick to garnish.

Fall Pumpkin Spice Latte Cocktail

This is the perfect after-dinner drink for a cool fall night or sipping cocktail at a Halloween party!

Pumpkin Coffee Martini

Pumpkin Hummus

Pumpkin Hummus

This recipe came to me after eating some of the most amazing hummus of my life at the Little Italy farmers market last weekend. They had the most unusual flavors including my new favorite, Peanut Butter Hummus. It’s sweet and a little salty and makes the perfect snack with a little pita bread!

I was now inspired to make the next great hummus flavor. I decided on pumpkin.  It’s all the rage on Pinterest and with Fall upon us I thought it would be super fun to serve at all the different fall gatherings from Game days to Halloween parties!

If you like pumpkin, you will love this hummus!  The cinnamon gives it a slight sweetness, but the pumpkin shines through as the star!  This recipe only takes about 10 minutes to make and is something fun and different to take to a party or scoop into mason jars and give as gifts!

Pumpkin Hummus Ingredients

Ingredients (makes 2 pints)

  • 1 (29 oz) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

You really need a food processor for this recipe, but if you only have a blender and/or mini-chop it can be done in small batches.

I started by placing all of the ingredients in the blender.

Pumpkin Hummus

It was just too many ingredients for the good ‘ol Osterizer to handle, so I began scooping out batches into my mini food processor.

While this is not the ideal method of making this recipe (as it turns your 10 minute prep time into 20), it works if you are one of those sad souls without a “big girl food processor” (i.e. me!)

Pumpkin Hummus

Either way you do it, you want to blend all of the ingredients together until a creamy texture forms.

Pumpkin, hummus, tahini, chickpeas, garbanzo beans, olive oil, cinnamon

Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so, then serve with cinnamon sugar pita chips.

I made these by slicing 4 pieces of pita bread into triangles and tossing with 2 tbsp melted butter and 2 tbsp cinnamon/sugar mixture.

Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

Place in the oven at 350° for 5-10 minutes, then serve with the hummus for a delicious treat!

Pumpkin Hummus with Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

I took this dish to a weekly “Game Night” my friend PK hosts and everybody ate it up!

Pumpkin Hummus

This is going to be a new fall staple at my house!

Pumpkin Hummus

♣ Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian.

♦ Gluten Free Option: Substitute the pita bread with gluten-free pita bread (found in some specialty stores) or serve with apple slices for dipping.

Pumpkin Hummus

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 pints

Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients

  • 1 (29 oz) can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients in a food processor.
  2. Blend until a creamy texture forms.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Serve with cinnamon sugar pita chips or apple slices.
http://whitneybond.com/2012/09/03/whats-for-a-side-pumpkin-hummus/

Pumpkin Chili

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili is the perfect gluten free fall recipe combining tons of spices and flavor for a delicious dinner, requiring only 15 minutes of prep!

Pumpkin Chili Recipe

Oh my poor neglected blog 🙁 Mr Rodas, the math professor I like to refer to as the “Grim Reaper”, does not realize that his 40 hours a week of pre-calc homework is affecting more than just those 15 dwindled down suckers still left in the class after the first two exams created by the math devil himself! It’s affecting the thousands of my loyal blog followers that have not gotten to enjoy my witty sense of humor, delectable recipes or insight into my favorite things for an entire week! But no need to worry, I’ve made my grand entrance back into the blogosphere with an AMAZING new recipe for you all to enjoy in this, my favorite, fall season!!!

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