Monthly Archive: October 2016

Pumpkin Nutella Muffins

I randomly came across this recipe and knew I had to try it for the fall season. These Pumpkin Nutella Muffins were super simple to make and disappeared quickly when I brought them to the office. Definitely a winner!

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To make these, I simply mixed together the wet and dry ingredients and spooned the batter into a muffin pan. I then put a dollop of nutella in each one and swirled with a knife. I need to be more generous with the nutella next time. When eating these, I definitely wanted more!

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Overall, these were delicious and are sure to be a staple to make every fall season!

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Weekly Reading

IMG_8662Some rare art spotted in Sherman Oaks

1. Love this: 25 Things Every Book-Loving 90’s Kids Will Remember

Pumpkin and Brussels Sprout Gnocchi

So I got ambitious with all the fall festivities and decided to try this Pumpkin and Brussels Sprout Gnocchi. While this was a fun dish to try for the fall, it didn’t turn out exactly how I thought.

I really enjoyed the pumpkin flavors along with the gnocchi and seeds. I got the packaged brussels sprouts from Trader Joe’s which I cut up and simmered. I recommend getting the tray brussels sprouts which you can steam ahead of time. I felt like not all of mine were fully sauteed, but the onions ended up burning for some reason. Also, I need to remember not to add the red pepper flakes. This ended up being way too hot for me. When I reheated, it wasn’t too bad, but the first tasting was definitely spicy.

Additionally, with all the ingredients and time involved, was this truly worth it? I ended up spending around $20 to get all the ingredients, so it wasn’t a budget conscious meal (pumpkin seeds alone cost $6). I was able to get 2+ meals from it, so technically, it had some legs. Though, my apartment still smells of the onions and brussels sprouts. While this was an ambitious fall meal, it’s not something I would make on a regular basis.

Apple Spice Muffins

With fall being the season for all things apple and spice, I decided to take advantage of an easy recipe I saw on Pinterest. I mean, just spice cake mix + applesauce, you can’t go wrong!

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These muffins were super easy, I just mixed the ingredients and popped into a greased muffin pan. They were very moist and were still good a few days later. Also, I loved how it made a dozen muffins, not too many to deal with overall.

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The only downside was that it was hard to spoon the batter into the pan, so I cut a ziploc bag to pipe it in. Otherwise, these were delicious and I’d definitely make them again!

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Butterscotch Cookies

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I made the mistake of buying another bag of butterscotch chips when I already had some in the pantry. So, what could I do with all these extra chips? I quick search on Pinterest and I found an awesome recipe for butterscotch cookies! I love cooking with pudding mixes, the cookies always turn out so soft. These were no different. My whole kitchen smelled like butterscotch and these were so soft and delicious.

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Myself and my co-workers devoured these and I can’t wait to make them again. Luckily I still have more butterscotch chips and pudding to make these again soon!

Weekly Reading

IMG_8641Visiting Highland Park this Weekend

1. Impressive: Guy hides his resume in boxes of donuts