There’s Always Time For Ice Cream: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

With the temperature reaching into the 80's here in New England, ice cream is a great snack to help cool you down.  Adding a fall flavor will help ease you into the next season since yesterday was officially the start of fall.  I always love a textural element to my ice cream and there are so many that you can add to pumpkin such as chocolate chips, gingerbread cookie chips, toffee, the list could go on.  Use this recipe as a foundation to customizing your own seasonal creation.  Please ... Continue Reading

Road Trip: Lyman Orchards Pick-Your-Own 2016 Season

I was so happy to discover Lyman Orchards last year and have started some great traditions with my toddler and friends.  Pick-your-own Pumpkin season opens at the end of September and since it's the final crop we pick, I wanted to highlight all of the fun we have had this year and the recipes we created with each crop.  Peaches were not available to pick-your -own this year due to the crop damage caused by a early spring frost, but I had to include images from our 2015 pick.  Hope you enjoy ... Continue Reading

Classic Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I always love when pumpkin bread is available in local coffee shops.  The flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove are such fall aromas for me.  When I was growing up my mom would actually bake this recipe in coffee cans.  I'm not sure of the origins of this technique, but today I baked her recipe in a traditional loaf pan.  As seen in the image below my son loves pouring the ingredients into the stand mixer and mixing.  I also used my favorite "baking with toddler" tip:  pre-measure all of ... Continue Reading

Virginia Feature: Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Friends

It’s pumpkin season! Pumpkins, sweaters, and the return of good TV, mark the beginning of fall. After spending the summer months bathing in the summer sunshine, pumpkin treats help ease us out of our flip-flops and back into the school routine. In French, we call this, “La Rentrée.” This year, to kick off pumpkin season, my daughter and two of her classmates got together for a special bake date. After spending the year together, these three friends transitioned to new classrooms with ... Continue Reading

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies! A Family Tradition

I'm kicking off the many Make & Taste pumpkin fall recipes with this family tradition: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!  These were a staple in my husband's home growing up and I'm happy to now bake them for our family.  Just smelling the cookies bake in the oven brings back great memories. This recipe has many places where your toddler can help.  First, pouring and whisking all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Then using the stand mixer they can add ingredients, change the ... Continue Reading

Celebrate with a Cupcake Bar! 1 Cupcake Flavor, 3 Frosting Flavors

To celebrate the end of summer my family had a small cookout with some friends and their adorable 2 year daughter.  I was trying to think of a fun dessert that everyone would enjoy and decided on having a cupcake bar.  I kept it very simple, but there are so many ways to take this concept to the next level.  I chose one flavor of cupcake, vanilla, and three frostings; classic vanilla buttercream, chocolate ganache and a seasonal cinnamon maple whipped cream.  The kids had so much fun using, ... Continue Reading

Fall is in the air! Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Fall is my favorite season, especially in New England.  The cooler temperatures, fall foliage and apple cider, to name a few of my favorite things.  It was only a few days into September and my local grocery store already started selling pumpkins and fall decor, so I was inspired to bake some Apple Cider Donuts.  My toddler is a huge fan since my local grocery store provides free samples of apple cider donuts year round.  I knew once fresh apple cider was available, I would tackle apple ... Continue Reading

Making Meringue with Jack, Liv and their English Nana

This past week, Jack and Liv were lucky to spend some much needed “nana” time with my mother-in-law, Ali who lives across the pond in England. Along with lots of laughs, hugs and new games, Nana came ready to prepare and share some of her famous culinary delights. When Nicole was interested in doing a piece on an English recipe, the first thing I thought of was Ali’s meringue. Come to find out, the recipe was passed to her by her dear friend, Helen who is married to a renowned chef in ... Continue Reading

Massachusetts Feature: Allergy Friendly Baking with Natalia- Oatmeal Banana Cookies

My mom likes for us to be healthy, but we love cookies, what kid doesn't.  I started making these oatmeal banana cookies and my family loves them.  We nicknamed them breakfast cookies because they are healthy enough for a breakfast treat.  They are amazing! They don't last long in our house. With the oatmeal and banana foundation you can really customize the cookies to your liking.  Since my allergies prevent me from using nuts, I prefer a variety of seeds.  I also love to add chocolate ... Continue Reading

Virginia Feature: Cinnamon Sweet Potato Muffin Recipe

Fall is in the air! After a summer of record heat and humidity, the cooler temperature is a welcome change. The green leaves are starting to turn gold, and cinnamon flavored treats are front and center at markets and coffee shops. Fall is also the peak season for one of the world’s most versatile vegetables, the sweet potato. Unlike pumpkin, sweet potato is naturally sweet, and requires little added sugar when baking. One of my family’s favorite ways to eat this super veggie is in ... Continue Reading