What is cozier than a warm brownie and a cup of coffee on a cold afternoon?

As soon as December rolled around I start wanting to bake every free moment I get, but amongst all the macarons and candy canes I needed to take a step back and make something better for me. These brownies are gluten-free and made with monk fruit instead of regular sugar, and while they can’t be technically called sugar-free because there is some sugar in the chocolate they are way better for you than your traditional chocolate brownies.

I’m so happy to be working with NibMor again! Some of you may remember the recipes I did with them last Summer, I will leave links to those at the end of this post. NibMor is a chocolate company based right here in Maine. NibMor is dedicated to using the highest quality ingredients and fair trade practices to create chocolate snacks for everyone. Their chocolate is organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan and fair trade.

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Brownie Recipe

3/4 Cup Butter

1 Cup Monk Fruit Sweetener – I use Lakanto

Three NibMor Drinking Chocolate Packets or 3/4 Cups Cocoa

3 Eggs- Room temperature 

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

1 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract

3/4 Cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour

1/2 Cup Chocolate- Chopped into bits, plus extra chocolate for the top of the brownies. I used a mix of Mint and Extreme Dark.

  1. Preheat your oven to 350f.
  2. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper, this will make it so much easier to remove the brownies from the pan when they are finished.
  3. Whisk together the monk fruit sweetener and the cocoa in a medium-sized bowl
  4. In a small bowl melt the butter, then add the melted butter the cocoa mixture and whisk together until well combined.
  5. Add the three eggs and the vanilla and peppermint extracts.
  6. Add the flour and mix until just combined.
  7. Fold in the chocolate chunks until they seem evenly spread throughout the batter.
  8. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan, and bake for between fifteen and twenty minutes, until the start looking crackled on top and a toothpick comes out with just a couple of crumbs on it.
  9. Once the brownies are out of the oven to use the extra chocolate bits and place them on top. I stuck them into the surface so when they melt the chocolate goes more into the brownies instead of just sitting on top.

These brownies are best eaten warm when the chocolate is soft and gooey, but you can’t go wrong either way.

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Thank you so much to NibMor for supplying the chocolate for this recipe! Be sure to check out their website and keep an eye out for them in your local stores.

The Perfect Frozen Hot Chocolate   Decadent Rice Krispy Treats 

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Fun fact about me, I had my first macaron on my twenty-first birthday and that’s when I discovered that there had been a small macaron shaped hole in my life.

All kidding aside, macarons have never been something I have been exposed to, they must not be a New England thing. I had never ever really seen them until watching things like the British Bake Of, and Zumbo’s Just Desserts.

They soon became something I had to conquer, I mean what kind of baker am I? Something in me felt like I needed this to prove to myself that I’m actually a good baker, like sure I can make a good chocolate cake, but can I make tiny little meringue sandwich cookie? So, after watching lots of Youtube videos, and reading a bunch of articles, I set aside a whole day and set about my new adventure.

After a couple failed attempts I finally got two good batches, and have made them again since with no problems.

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The Macarons 
1 3/4 Cups Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Almond Flour, finely ground
1 teaspoon salt, divided
3 Egg Whites, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 Drops Pink Gel Food Coloring, I use Wilton 

 

Peppermint Butter Cream

1 Cup Butter, at room temperature
3 Cups Powdered Sugar
2 Teaspoon Peppermint Extract
3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
2-3 Drops of Pink Food Coloring 
Crushed Candy Canes or Peppermint candies for rolling
  1.  Sift the almond flour, powdered sugar, and half teaspoon of salt through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl( I put it through the sieve twice to make sure it was as smooth as possible)
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt with a mixer until soft peaks form. Add the granulated sugar a little at a time until fully incorporated. Continue to beat until stiff peaks form, you should be able to turn the bowl upside down without anything falling out.
  3. Add the vanilla and beat until incorporated. Add the food coloring and beat until just combined.
  4. Add about 1/3 of the sifted almond flour mixture at a time to the beaten egg whites and use a spatula to gently fold until combined. After the flour is combined, continue to fold until you can swirl the batter in figure eight shapes without the batter breaking.
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  6. Place 4 dots of the batter in each corner of a rimmed baking sheet, and place a piece of parchment paper over it, using the batter to help adhere the parchment to the baking sheet.
  7. Pipe the macarons onto the parchment paper in 1 1/2 inch circle, spacing at least 1-inch apart. I was in a bit of a rush so eyeballed it this time which made them a little unevenly sized I would recommend marking your paper so you get them all the same size and distance apart.
  8. Tap the baking sheet on a flat surface five or six times to release any air bubbles.
  9. Let the macarons sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour, until dry to the touch.
  10. Preheat the oven to 300˚F.
  11. Bake the macarons for 17 minutes, until the feet are well-risen and the macarons no longer stick to the parchment paper.
  12. Place the macarons to a wire rack to cool completely before filling them.

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Pepper Mint Butter Cream.

  1. In a medium-sized bowl beat the butter with the peppermint extract until smooth.
  2. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time mixing on a low speed.
  3. Add the heavy cream to the butter mixture, you may want more or less depending on the thickness you like your buttercream.
  4. Add the pink food coloring one drop at a time until you get just the right shade of pink.
  5. Place the buttercream into an icing bag with a large round tip.
  6. Once the cookies are completely cool start filling them.
  7. Pipe a dollop of buttercream on one of the cookies, and sandwich the two cookies together.  Leave enough room for the buttercream to spread as you sandwich the two together if it does come out over the edges just wipe away the excess with your fingers.
  8. The final step is to roll the macarons in the crushed peppermints.

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There you have it! Pretty, delicate little cookies that make you feel instantly more sophisticated by eating them, especially when accompanied by espresso.

The basic cookie recipe is very versatile, you can change it up with different extracts and colors, and the choice of fillings is endless, but I do highly recommend the peppermint for a sweet holiday treat.

Hello! I’m back!

I have been suffering from a bit writer’s block lately, I have had a ton of things I want to write, but I just haven’t been able to focus on blogging.  I’ve got a lot of things planned for December, so I’m doing my best not to procrastinate any longer.

Anyways! Onto the review!

It was love at first sight when I saw this palette in Sephora, believe it or not, I have never had a Tarte palette before, I have bought them for other people but never used one my self, and let me just say, they do not disappoint.

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To start out the packaging is absolutely stunning! As a girl who is drawn to anything sparkly these one makes me very happy, but thankfully the inside is just as pretty as the outside.

The top is covered in peachy pink and gold sequins and sparkles, the case its self is a light gold. I really like the size of it as well, it is great for travel as it has all the colors I need and the size is perfect for slipping in your bag.

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Sizzle has seven neutral shades, two mattes, and five metallics. It is a rare palette these days that I will end up using every single shadow in, but every now and then you find a little gem like this.

Kite Surf (metallic light peach champagne)

Snorkel (soft metallic pink)

Paddleboard (matte warm tan)

High Tide (metallic copper)

Off Duty (matte brown)

Sandcastle (metallic plum)

Starfish (metallic deep rose gold)

Playa (matte soft pink)

All of the shadows are beautifully pigmented,  soft, almost creamy, and blend like a dream. The metallics are of course my favorites, Kite Surf, and High Tide especially, but the mattes are gorgeous as well.

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Final thoughts are that this is a wonderful little palette and I can’t recommend it enough! It’s perfect for both everyday natural, but it can easily transition for a more glam look. I am so happy to have this in my collection, and I will definitely be picking up more of Tarte’s eyeshadows.

 

 

This month’s Degustabox was full of great things! Popcorn, chocolate, mint patties, and a bunch of other interesting things.

Degustabox is a monthly subscription plan which contains 9-14 surprise food products with each box. The items are selected from name brands, will contain fun flavors, and give you a new option to think about the next time you’re looking for a break in your eating routine.

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POPCORN, INDIANA Black & White $3.39

“These are little pieces of art but instead of paint, we use dark and white chocolate. And Instead of canvas, we use popcorn. Our Black & White Drizzlecorn is rich dark chocolate and luscious white chocolate drizzled all over you crunchy kettle corn. It’s a sweet & Salty masterpiece.”

Anytime I have popcorn is a good time. This is definitely a more decadent popcorn, not one that you would want to eat the whole bag in one sitting, it’s very rich and sweet so it’s better to share.

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POPCORNERS Kettle Corn $3.29 for 7oz Bag 

“PopCorners are a delicious, wholesome snack made with non-GMO corn sourced from our network of family farmers from right here in the US.”

I quite like these! They are just like kettle corn but much less messy to consume than their popcorn inspiration.

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BAUDUCCO Mini Panettone $2.99

“Panettone is a traditional Italian holiday cake made with care in a prosses that take 52 hours. The mini Panettone is the bite-sized version of this delicacy, perfect for on the go and as a gift option for the holiday season.”

Personally, I’m not a fan of Panettone, but that just because I don’t like raisins, the bread itself has a lovely flavor, and my family really enjoyed it.

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WHOLESOME GOODNESS Tuxedo Mix $1.25

“Tuxedo Music brings together delicious Yogurt covered raisins and peanuts with crunchy dark chocolate covered soy nuts and infusion roasted peanuts for an incredible flavor combination. An exciting way to energize your day.”

I love little packets like this, they are perfect for grabbing when you’re in a rush. My favorite was the chocolate covered soy nuts, such a nice crispy crunch.

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CHICKAPEA Mac & Cheese $3.99

“Chickapea Mac & Cheese is everything you crave in a comfort food, but without the guilt! We’ve paired our organic nutritious, gluten-free, chickpea lentil pasta with a clean, organic cheese sauce that you and your family will love.”

I haven’t had a chance to try this out yet, I’m really interested to see what it’s like.

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GRAND BELGIAN Assorted Chocolates $6.99

“The Grand assorted chocolates box gives you a variety of 16 pure Belgian chocolates-or pralines, as we like to call them- which are engineered for enchantment. Our signature chocolate recipes are tested for taste, bite, and the perfect amount of shine.”

This has to be the most fun thing I have gotten in one of these boxes so far, I mean it’s a box of chocolates! I’m not the biggest fan of chocolates so I had a couple, and shared the rest with my family. They went over very well and everyone enjoyed them.

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BUSH’S BEST Black Bean Dip $2.49

“Nobody knows beans better than Bush’s! Family-owned and operated, on tables across America for over 100 years. These tasty bean dips are packed with flavor. You can feel good serving Bush’s Bean Dip to family and friends because it’s low sodium, trans-fat-free, and has no added sugar.”

Not a fan of bean dip so I will be passing this along to someone who will enjoy it more than I  would.

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PEARSON’S Mint Patties $2.49

“Medallion shaped for a reason, Mint Patties are filled with creamy centers made of aromatic real peppermint oil and covered in rich dark chocolate.”

I loved these! Mint and chocolate are always a winning combination. I will definitely be looking out for these.

PEARSON’S Coconut Patties $1.00

“Coconut Patties are small discs that pack a powerful punch, containing coconut and covered in incredible, rich dark chocolate.”

I’m not as fond of the coconut as I am of the mint, I find the coconut and chocolate to have a flat flavor both being very rich and sweet.

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NUTIVA Coconut Oil

Nutiva’s organic culinary oils give you more ways to cook healthily, using nutritious products made organically, ethically and without harsh chemicals processing.”

I have used Nutiva coconut oil before and I really like it, the quality is exceptional.

You can get 50% off your first Degustabox here.

October Degustabox        September Degustabox 

This box was sent to me for review, all thoughts are as always, my own.

We have about of an inch of snow on the ground here in Maine and  I’m starting to mourn the loss of Autumn, so as a last pumpkin flavored hurrah I wanted to share this delicious recipe with you.

First discovered these cookies last year and I have made them three times this Fall, and they are probably my favorite cook to make and eat. They have all the elements, pumpkin, a soft cookie, and a sweet and salty caramel frosting.

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Pumpkin Cookies 

  • 1 Cup Room Temperature Butter
  • 2/3 Cups Lightly Packed Brown Sugar 
  • 1/3 Sugar
  • 1 Large Room Temperature Egg
  • 11/2 Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 
  • 2 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice 
  • 11/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon 

 

Preheat your oven to 350f and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugars, and add the egg and vanilla.

In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and spices.  Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix all the flour is combined, but not much longer.

Use a cookie dough scoop or a teaspoon place the dough on the parchment about two inches apart.

Let the cookies cool before frosting.

 

Salted Caramel Frosting 

  • 4 Teaspoon Butter
  • 3 Tablespoon Heavy Cream 
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 11/2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar 

 

In a small saucepan melt the butter, heavy cream, brown sugar, and sea salt over a medium heat. Whisk constantly, and bring to a boil. Boil for one minute.

Add the powdered sugar and vanilla, mix until smooth.

Frost the cookies immediately because the frosting will start to set as soon as you take it off the heat.

Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt on each cookie.

Tip: If you use sea salt on top of the frosting and store them in an airtight container the salt will melt and leave little dents in the frosting. I would recommend skipping the salt if you are going to store the cookies, or you could add it later.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe! I absolutely love these cookies, I might make them now and then throughout the winter if I start missing Fall too much.

What is your favorite Fall recipe?

I want to start out by telling you a little bit about my hair, what I love about it and what I’m not so crazy about.  My hair tends to get a little neglected, I love it and try to take care of it but there is no denying that it could use some extra effort.

I often talk about my hair as if it had a mind of its own, which in a way it does, one day it will hold a curl like a dream, and falls perfectly around my face and shoulders. And the next day I can style if the same way and it will have none of it. It will either fall flat in an hour, or I will have rogue strands in my eyes and mouth all day until I give up and pull it back.

My hair is an ashy brown color with strands of gold and blond, and a spattering of gray through it, and left to dry on its own it is slightly wavy and a little frizzy.

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If you follow me on Instagram chances are you already know about Formulate.

Formulate is a custom hair care company that makes a formula that is designed just for you, based on your hair now, where you want your hair to be, how much work you put into your hair and your environment.

You take a survey about your hair to determine what problems you have, and general questions like color, density, is your hair color treated? Things like that, and their products are sulfate free, dye free, paraben free, and cruelty-free, doesn’t get much better than that.

It took two tries to find a formula that worked for me, the first one made my hair feel heavy and look greasy, but the Formulate Team was quick to find the problems and I had my reformulated shampoo and conditioner within a week.

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The second batch worked so much better, my hair feels clean and soft, not weighed done of flat and it definitely feels healthier. The before and afters are really not that different, but my hair is shinier and feels more nourished.

Final thoughts.

Formulate is a something I would highly recommend to anyone, I have tried enough hair products to know that they are not a one size fits all kind of thing. I can see this especially being great for those of you that have fussier more particular hair, Formulate could save both money and the hassle of trial and error

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Giveaway!

Want to try it out for yourself? Formulate is giving one of you lovely people your own custom set! Use the link https://www.formulate.co/u/sparkleofgrace

US Residents Only.

For the last few years on my birthday my sister, my mom, and I have been going on a fun girls shopping trip, this year we had my baby nephew in tow.

We head over the Portland and go to all the fun stores that we don’t have near us, like Sephora and Ulta. Since I have accounts with some of them I also get a free gift on my birthday which makes it a little extra fun.

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Our First stop was Anthropology and picked up the Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist, there are only two stores within two hours of me that sell Pixi,  so when I’m there I always want to pick something up.

I have been using it all week and I’m loving it! it as rose and green tea in it so it smells amazing. It gives my makeup a more fresh dewy look that I really like, and my makeup has been lasting much longer, but that could also have to do with some other product in conjunction with it.

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There were a few things I wanted to try at Lush, the Snow Fairy Shower Gel, and the Sunshine Bubble Bar, I also picked up a couple of bath bombs while I was there.

The bubble bar was an interesting experience, for the full effect of how pretty it makes the bath you have to be in the dark and shine direct light onto the water, that way the gold shimmer sparkles and is quite mesmerizing. The downside is that it makes the water a suspicious shade of yellow and it doesn’t really bubble very much, my skin did feel soft and moisturized afterward though.

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I always feel so confident going into these stores, I have a bunch of things I’ve been wanting to try and I know exactly what I want to get. However, as soon as I step foot in Sephora I feel totally overwhelmed and my brain shuts down, leaving me to wonder the aisles swatching and wishing I could afford the whole store.

After some deliberation, I decided to just get on the thing and hopefully think clearer in Ulta. I settled on the Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea, Sizzle palette,  and I’m so glad I did, every single shade will work for me, and it’s my very first Tarte palette. I will have a full review with swatched up soon.

One of the main reasons I wanted to go to Sephora was that being a Beauty Insider means I get a birthday gift. This year I decided on the Bite Beauty Matte Cream Lip Crayon in Glace, and Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Chai and a sample of the Agava lips scrub and lip balm. These two are both lip colors that I wouldn’t choose myself, but the formula on both is lovely, super comfortable and they smell amazing.

I also had collected enough point to get a free gift, so I grabbed a mini of the Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, which is actually amazing and I’m going to be ordering a full sized one right away.

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I always forget how big Ulta is and how much they carry, they have been adding more and more brands to the list as well so it’s a bit frightening to go in there.

I did know that wanted to pick up a primer and foundation so at least I had some direction. I decided on the BareMineral BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation and the Benefit The Porfessional Primer. So far I’m really liking the foundation, and I will have a full post up about that soon. The primmer, I’m still trying it out and will do a full review of if you guys are interested in hearing my thoughts on it.

One of the brands that Ulta has recently started carrying is Zoella Beauty which I have been wanting to try but haven’t been able to get my hands on it, I didn’t know where to start so I grabbed the Zoella Beauty Cream Scrub. This scrub is really interesting, and I haven’t completely decided if I like it or not. It smells really nice, but the texture is not what I’m used to in a scrub.

I have seen the Frank Body Shimmer Scrub floating about the interweb and I was very interested in trying it. I didn’t even remember it until I saw it in the bins buy the registers

That’s what I bought myself for my birthday!

Is there anything you would like to see a full review of? Let me know down in the comments!

 

Last Post           Instagram 

last weekend We went for a day trip up the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire, to soak up the beautiful Autumn scenery before all the leaves fall.

The Kancamagus is a 34-mile scenic highway drive along route 112 in Northern New Hampshire and is one of the very best places to find Fall foliage in the country. It is a huge draw for tourism as we experienced, the roads wear busy and it was hard to find a place to park at all of the scenic overlooks.

Today I just wanted to share some of my favorite photos of the rivers, mountains, and trees.

Enjoy!

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It’s time for another Degustabox review!

Degustabox is a monthly subscription plan which contains 9-14 surprise food products with each box. The items are selected from name brands, will contain fun flavors, and give you a new option to think about the next time you’re looking for a break in your eating routine.

This month was a really good month, there are a few things I’m already missing. Let’s jump right in!

DSC_0017DSC_0023BROWN & HALEY Caramel Roca $2.99

“We caramelize fresh local butter and sugar, add our signature blend of cocoa beans, premium California almonds, and a dash of sea salt for an irresistible taste sensation.”

These are so delicious! Sweet and salty with the crunchy melt in your mouth buttercrunch toffee makes them a joy to eat. I’m already missing these so I need to find more soon.

DSC_0012PIRATE’S BOOTY Aged White Cheddar $5.46

“Discover Pirate’s Booty, the tasty rice and corn puffs made with real aged white cheddar. pirate’s Booty is baked never fried and made without any scary ingredients like artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. You’ll treasure the cheesy crunch.”

Cheese puff snacks always remind me of childhood and these are seriously addictive, they are crunchy and cheesy and just delicious.

DSC_0027BAHLSEN Waffeletten $3.49

“For our Bahlsen Waffeltten Milk, we use a wafer as crunchy and golden as a Belgian waffle, roll it into fine crisp layers, and then dip it into the richest European milk chocolate that can be found.”

I love treats like these for dipping in coffee or tea it makes me feel fancy.  I really like that these aren’t that sweet, they are crisp and light with a hint of sweet from the chocolate.

DSC_0038DSC_0062SIXLETS Original Chocolate & Chewy Fruit $1.00

“The Perfect worry-free treat for the whole family! Gluten Free and nut-free”

I was surprised by how much I actually these.  The chewy ones have a pretty pearlescence about them which makes them look like something you shouldn’t eat, but they taste nice too. The orange ones are my favorite.

The Original Chocolate ones remind me a lot of M&M’s except they have an ever so slight fruity taste to them.

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“Melt in your mouth chips made with real peanut butter. Perfect for baking or snacking straight out of the bag.”

Oh my goodness these are delicious! They taste just like the filling in a Reese Peanut Butter Cup. I’m going to try not to eat them all out of the bag so I can use them in a recipe.

DSC_0046BUSH’S BEST Jalapeno Lime Crisp Roasted Chickpeas $3.99

“We crisp-roasted our versatile, high in fiber beans and redesigned them for the road, for handy, on the go snack to tide you over, or for a tasty crunch to pair with soups, salads, and casseroles.”

Is it just me or do you find spicy things to be kinda refreshing? Especially after tasting the rest of the stuff in this box. I loved this the crispy crunch of the chickpeas and the spice made them perfect. I will definitely be getting more of these.

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“The amazing combination of Garoto milk chocolate with banana filling. typical tropical!”

Not crazy about this, I’m not a fan of banana so not my cup of tea, but if you like banana I think you would enjoy this a lot.

DSC_0049TASTYKAKE $1.79

“Baked fresh and finished with chocolate icing, Chocolate Juniors have been a staple TastyKake product since 1917, allowing consumers to indulge in the joys of birthday cake anytime.”

I didn’t eat the Junior cake, the packaging had popped open at some point so I didn’t feel comfortable eating it.

“Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes combine a snack-sized vanilla sponge cake with a thin stripe of peanut butter, coated in delicious milk chocolate.”

These are really yummy! Little bite-sized cakes what could be better? Chocolate a peanut butter is always a winning cake combo.

DSC_0053WELCH’S Fruit Snacks Super Fruit Mix $2.99

“Introducing NEW Welch’s Fruit Snacks Superfruit ix featuring a delicious combination of flavors, including pomegranate-passion fruit, star fruit-kiwi, dragonfruit-blackberry, acai blueberry, and goji-Apricot. Made with real fruit, this new variety is gluten-free, fat-free and contains no preservatives or colors from artificial sources.”

Eating fruit snacks always makes me feel like a little kid, but these are definitely better than the ones I remember from growing up. These are great for carrying in your bag if you need a little pick-me-up.

DSC_0056IDAHOAN FOODS Creamy Potato Soup $2.99

“Filled with real red potatoes and red potato skins, this hearty soup delivers exceptional taste and texture with every spoonful.”

I have never used a soup mix before, but I love potato soup so I very curious to see how this works out.

I am really pleased with the October box! As always there were a few things I loved and a couple I was not so crazy about, but that’s were living with people who all have very different tastes comes in handy.

That would your favorite item be?

You can get 50% off your first Degustabox here.

 

September Degustabox    Pumpkin Spice Cake & Cream Cheese Frosting

This box was sent to me for review, all thoughts are as always, my own.

 

Who remembers the pumpkin spice cupcakes from last year?

They were one of my very favorite bakes to date, and I have been itching to make a cake version ever since. It’s finally October so it is acceptable for me to use pumpkin in everything.

This cake is so delicious and delicate, the oil and the pumpkin make it extremely soft and moist. Cream Cheese isn’t my favorite frosting, but when it comes to cakes that have fruits of veggies it is a must, it just balances it out so nicely.

Another thing I love about this cake it that it’s super simple, I didn’t even use a mixer for the batter just a whisk, but you will need a hand mixer for the frosting unless you are looking for a good arm workout.

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Cake 

  • 2 Cups Pumpkin Puree 
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil 
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla 
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon Ginger  
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cloves 
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg 

  • Preheat your oven to 350F.
  • Grease, flour, and line two 9 inch cake pans.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs, vegetable oil, and sugar.
  • Now in a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and all the spices.
  • Mix together the wet and dry ingredients until all the flour is incorporated, there will still be a few lumps which is fine, you don’t want to over mix the batter.
  • Divide the batter between the two pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes cool for a few minutes then remove from pans and cool completely on a cooling rack.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 16oz Cream Cheese 
  • 1 Cup Butter 
  • 4 Cups Powdered Sugar 
  • 1/2 Cup Milk 
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla 
  • Pumpkin Spice for garnishing

 

  • Make sure your butter and cream cheese are room temperature before making the frosting.
  • Beat together the butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add milk and vanilla.
  • Slowly mix in the powdered sugar, starting with the four cups. You may need more depending on the consistency you like your frosting.
  • Once the cake is completely cooled frost and decorates as you wish.
  • You can find my post on how I made the cute little fondant pumpkin you can find it (here)

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Something you may want to consider is that all frosting but cream cheese, in particular, is best the second day.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! What is your favorite thing to bake in the Autumn?

 

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