Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This post is in partnership with Moms Meet. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

Spice Cake mix pumpkin muffins

Happy September friends!
It's going to be 90 degrees here in Virginia today, but it will soon be time for warm cozy
drinks, hearty soups and all things pumpkin, so I'm sharing a quick and easy recipe AND
a fabulous new product to help get you prepared for fall.

Introducing the new Keurig K-Duo Essentials Single Serve & Carafe Coffee Maker...make
a single cup or an entire carafe of coffee with the same coffee maker! You can find it
exclusively at Walmart  - retailing for $99.

If you're like me you own a Keurig coffee maker and a separate carafe coffee maker.
We use our Keurig most often, but it's nice to have a carafe coffee maker when my in-laws
come to visit or when entertaining a large group. Now I can save counter space because
the Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker does both!

Keurig Duo Coffee Maker

Keurig Duo Coffee Maker
The K-Duo Essentials coffee maker has a 60 ounce single water reservoir that's shared
between single serve and carafe brewing, which mean fewer refills from the Berkey.

It's also travel mug friendly and can brew multiple sizes from an 8 to 12 ounce cup size.
It's the best of both worlds and I recommend it for all of you coffee and latte drinkers.

Keurig Duo Coffee Maker

Keurig Duo Coffee Maker

Now that I have you craving a cup of coffee, how about a pumpkin chocolate chip muffin
to go with it. This recipe is so easy that you can enjoy a warm, delicious muffin in less than
30 minutes! All you need is a box of spice cake mix, a can of pure pumpkin and a few
chocolate chips.

Simply combine the three ingredients, spoon the batter into paper-lined muffin cups and
bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted come out clean.

What are you waiting for? Make some coffee and get baking!

Cake mix and pumpkin muffins

Spice cake mix and pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

Quick and Easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

1 box Spice Cake Mix
1 (15 ounce) can pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Chips)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.

In the bowl of a stand mixer combine cake mix and pumpkin puree, mixing just until
combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Using a large cookie scoop, drop batter into paper liners. Sprinkle a few extra chocolate
chips on top if desired. Bake for 18 - 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Top with a dollop of chocolate ganache, berries and herbs if desired.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Quick & Healthy Meals to Pack for Work

This post is in partnership with PackIt®. All opinions stated in this post are my own.
Post may contain affiliate links.

PackIt Bento Lunch Container

I'm in denial that summer is almost over. I mean seriously, how is it almost September already?
I guess I can deny it all I want, but days are getting shorter, evenings are cooler and the sound
of a school bus turning around in our cul-de-sac each morning lets me know that I better
kick it in gear and get to the office.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Hello Monday

Several years ago I used to write a post titled Hello Monday where I would share random
photos of my week or favorite things. Well today I'm bringing it back because I've got a
lot of new favorite things lately and I thought you might like them too.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Why I love our Berkey Water Filter System

This post is in partnership with Berkey Filters. As always, all opinions are my own.
Post contains affiliate links.

A few weeks ago our new neighbors invited us over for drinks and appetizers as a way to
formally introduce themselves and for us to meet a few other new couples close by.
We had the best time talking, eating, drinking and sharing stories.  It's so refreshing to have
neighbors that want to get to know us and who enjoy doing things together from time to time.

At the end of the evening we toured their home and sitting on their kitchen counter in all
it's glory was a Big Berkey water filter system. I'll admit I was a bit jealous.
I had heard such great things about the Berkey water filter system and one was definitely
on my wish list!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Dessert Bruschetta

This post is in partnership with Moms Meet. As always, all opinions are my own.

Summer gatherings are my favorite.
There's nothing better than friends and family by the pool or on the deck with a drink
in hand and a spread of seasonal appetizers for the taking. I've been trying to get to our
Farmer's Market more frequently this summer and being more intentional about trying
new fruit and vegetables. This year I discovered yellow zucchini and baby plums that
were amazing! Fresh berries are the opitome of summer and are always on my shopping

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wedding Ice Cream Bar

As soon as our daughter Madison and her husband Justin decided on a wedding date,
we immediately began discussing what type of sweet treats they wanted at their wedding
reception. What else would you expect from a food blogger and her daughter - ha ha!

Lucky for me, they wanted me included in on the planning and design for the wedding and
reception and I couldn't wait to get started!  Madison and Justin knew they wanted a cookie
table at the wedding reception (you can see it here) and a small cutting cake, and after
many discussions they finally decided on a ice cream bar for their guests. Since the wedding
was in the middle of June I thought this was a great idea!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Wedding Cookie Table

I am so excited to share this post with you all. Many of you have probably already noticed
a few of these photos posted on my Instagram, but they are just so beautiful and I love
them so much that I think they deserve their own blog post.  All of the photos in this
post are by Lauren Morris Photography. Lauren did a fabulous job capturing this special
day and we will treasure these photos forever!