Recipe: Pumpkin Croissant Pudding

Yup!  And it’s as amazing as it sounds!!!  Serve it for breakfast or dessert, perfect for Fall brunches and showers!

Pumpkin Croissant Pudding
Serves 4
The perfect pumpkin dessert. Or breakfast. And it's just so easy!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  2. 3/4 cup canned solid-pack pumpkin
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 2 large eggs plus 1 yolk
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  8. 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  9. Pinch of ground cloves
  10. 5 cups cubed (1-inch) croissants
  11. 3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Toss the croissants in the melted butter. Set aside.
  2. Whisk together the milk, sugar, eggs, spices and pumpkin. Add the buttered croissant pieces and mix to coat evenly.
  3. Add mixture to an un-greased 8x8 baking dish.
  4. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until the custard is set.
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Hopes and Dreams http://cherishinghopesanddreams.com/

Happy Birthday JDubby the Hubby!

John has started a tradition this year where he takes each birthday kid to our family’s favorite place, Foothills Park, for a little mountain man time on their special day.  So we took him there for his birthday today, too!  We were all together in nature and in crisp Autumn air and I couldn’t believe how wonderful it all was–thanks to this wonderful man. I hope, hope, hope each of you has a JW in your life–a man you can trust to be kind and faithful and who you can have fun with and who you just always want to be together with.  Happy birthday to my darling husband!

Believe it or not, James’ face was his choice.  He’s experimenting with expressions lately and I guess he felt like this one deserved some spotlight.

Oh, you don’t have beautifully photogenic charcuterie boards strategically placed and staged up in a mountainous picnic setting?  We don’t usually, either!  But for a special birthday picnic, we bring the photogenic food.

The pie was a gift from Grammy from a local apple farm (Auggie actually stepped in it, full boot submersion, right after I took this picture), but the panzanella recipe is here, and the crusty bread recipe is here

31 years old

Yes, we did a tick check when we got home.

My best guys.  Love all these cool dudes!

Beautiful Foothills Park, in all it’s exclusive-to-Palo-Altans glory.

Current Affordable Makeup Favs!

I’ve put off this post for too long, hoping to take a decent picture of some of my favorite products.  But I just need to get this on here so I have a place to send all the folks who ask me about this stuff! So for now we will just use this cheesy pic of my face with a bunch of my favorite products on it.  I have 98% drugstore/affordable makeup in my collection, but there are actually a few things that are more of an investment that I do own that do perform wonderfully.  But I don’t recommend them because there are similar products that perform too well for the price for me to not recommend them instead!  The main two products that I invest in that I can’t find anything like are LipSense and WunderBrow.  I also have some Younique concealer for my undereye that I absolutely love but will not be repurchasing because of the price.  So there ya go.  You can find my current list of affordable makeup recommendations below (to print off) and I will try to keep it as up to date as possible as I find new products I love!

>>>> fave makeup picks to print <<<<<

Most of these products are available at any drugstore or Ulta.  The ones with an [*] are ones you’ll want to look on Amazon for.

 

 

 

Recipe: One Pan Bacon Herb Chicken and Veggies

I’ve been saving recipes from Instagram and have set a goal to actually go back through them regularly and try them.  This is one I found from the Buzz Feed Tasty feed and knew that I would make it the second I saved it.  It screamed “winner”, plus I already had all the ingredients on hand PLUS it’s a one-pan dish!!!!!  Use sugar-free bacon and you’ve got a great Whole30/Paleo dish!  This is most definitely going in the regular rotation, maybe using different veggie medleys each time (and maybe trying with salmon, too!)

One Pan Bacon Herb Chicken and Veggies
Serves 4
Powerful, fresh flavor with easy cleanup! Switch up veggies for your preferred ones and play around with meat/fish options, as well. Use sugar-free bacon to make it Whole30 approved!
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 5-6 boneless/skinless chicken breasts
  2. 4 TB olive oil, divided
  3. 1 TB dried thyme
  4. 1 TB dried rosemary
  5. 1 TB dried sage
  6. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  7. 1 tsp coarse salt
  8. 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  9. 4 slices bacon, cooked/cooled and diced
  10. 1 LB brussel sprouts, trimmed and halved
  11. 1 medium red onion, cubed
  12. 1 large sweet potato, skin on and cubed.
  13. extra salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large ziploc baggy, combine 2 TB olive oil, garlic, herbs, and measured s+p.m
  2. Add chicken and massage through baggy to coat evenly. Let sit in fridge until ready to use.
  3. In a cake pan or on a rimmed sheet, place all veggies.
  4. Drizzle with 2 TB olive oil and extra salt and pepper, to taste. mix around with hands until evenly coated.
  5. Place chicken breasts directly on veggies.
  6. Sprinkle with bacon bits.
  7. Bake at 400 for 30 minutes, watching the chicken so it doesn't overcook. If needs be, remove chicken before veggies are done.
Adapted from Buzz Feed Tasty Instagram Feed
Hopes and Dreams http://cherishinghopesanddreams.com/