Carrot and Sweet Potato Cake Donuts

Fall is here!! Can you tell? There is so much pumpkin spice everywhere and I love it. I already put up Halloween decorations in my office, and I’ll be putting up my home ones this weekend when I have time for a full afternoon of decorating and watching Hocus Pocus (fun fact: my sister and I love this movie. Our next favorite to watch together is Night at the Roxbury). I’m starting a bit early this year because I’ll be out of town for almost half of October, and I need to enjoy it while I can. My first Fall treat was making these donuts last week. I had some sweet potatoes and carrots that I needed to use up, so I decided to go all-in with donuts.

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Strawberry Goat Cheese Spread

Hi there,

I can’t believe it’s been almost two (or three?) months since I posted. The past month and a half have been a bit crazy and I really haven’t had time to cook, especially not while there is still sunlight. However, I got to cook a couple things this past weekend that I’m excited about so I’m finally able to start back up. Fall is my favorite time to cook so I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things! For a week in October I will also be in Hawaii, so I will have plenty of foodspiration after that! Alright, finally on to the recipe…

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Brown Butter Sweet Potato Rosemary Scones

I have been obsessing over scones lately. I have decided they are my favorite baked good, even higher on my list than cake or pie, which is crazy. I was having a craving last weekend so I headed to this cafe across the street for my favorite one, a sweet potato rosemary scone. The sweet potato and rosemary combination makes these the ultimate in-between scone. Still sweet, but with a savory rosemary flavor. Sadly, when I got the cafe they said that they are no longer making the scones. My face must have looked terribly pathetic because the woman helping me called over the manager to confirm this. At this point I went through all the stages of grief and over-ordered out of feeling sorry for myself. But then it hit me, I can make them myself! Better yet, maybe I could improve them!

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Strawberry Lemonade Pinwheel Cookies

I wanted to make something cute and tasty to bring to a friend’s shrimp boil, and thought something light was in order. These cookies fit the bill and balanced out the spiciness of the shrimp and sausage. The best part about these cookies are that they are very easy to make and only require four ingredients! Although I’m usually a purist when it comes to making cakes or cookies, I took the shortcut and used lemon cake mix and strawberry cake mix. Plus, you can add some lemon juice or zest to the lemon side to add some extra flavor.

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Driving through ABQ and on to Williams, AZ

This a continuation from my honeymoon trip, picking up right after we left a couple amazing days in Austin, TX.

The next couple days were our heavy driving days, so pretty uneventful food-wise. That being said, it was pretty cool seeing the full countryside of America and we got to take a break from the go-go-go of the previous days. We also drove part of the historic Route 66, which we thought was pretty cool.

The day we left Austin was a long day of driving to get to Turquoise Trail RV Park in Albuquerque, NM, but we also experience one of the highlights of the trip. Throughout the trip, we’d posted a decent amount of photos to Facebook, to share with our parents and to show off for our friends. This became an inadvertent blessing, because a friend of mine from high school wrote on Akil’s wall that she now lived in Texas, and would we be passing her along the way? We figured that getting to her would only be about an hour out of our way, and an hour outside of hers. Our moms still talked, so I knew a bit about her life, but it was so meaningful to be able to see each other after all these years. We parked ourselves in a Starbucks and reminisced about old times and got to meet each others’ husbands, and I got to meet her two beautiful children. It is certainly a moment I will treasure from the trip!

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Rosemary Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese Tart with Arugula and Balsamic Honey Drizzle

Phew that’s a long name. No way around that unfortunately, and I hope it doesn’t deter you. It doesn’t take a lot of time, prep, or ingredients but tastes like you’ve spent all day making a complicated dish. The colors also look very impressive on a plate, so it would be perfect to impress your friends at a spring brunch!

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