DIY Pumpkin Spice Oreos

Update 9/9/14: Oreo has released a pumpkin spice flavor and apparently it tastes like a Yankee candle. My homemade version is pretty much guaranteed to be better ;)

Pumpkin Spice Oreos

There have been rumors swirling around that Oreo may be releasing a pumpkin spice flavor this fall. Whether they are or aren’t, I have no idea, but I do know that homemade versions are always better and this was an awesome flavor idea, so I made my own DIY Pumpkin Spice Oreos! (more…)

My Visit to Tillamook Cheese Factory

My Visit to Tillamook Cheese Factory

Cheese. Ice Cream. Cows. Wine. Fun.

Did I catch your attention? A few weeks ago I took a special trip to Oregon that was full of these immensely enjoyable things. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw a few of these shots and wondered what I was doing. Tillamook invited a dozen of food bloggers to visit their factory and one of their farms and I was lucky enough to be one of them! I have worked with Tillamook in the past (see my recipes for brown butter grilled cheese and beer float popsicles) and I absolutely love their cheese and ice cream. (more…)

10 Ways to Use White Pumpkins at Weddings

10 Ways to Use White Pumpkins at a Wedding

(You’ll have to forgive me for a non-food post while I reminisce a little about my wedding. Tune in for some cookies, cupcakes, and a food travel post coming up soon!)

Hello, autumn! I can’t believe it’s this time of year again. I had a lovely autumn wedding last October and after chatting with some new friends recently, I realized I never shared much about it here on my blog. Rather than overwhelm you with photos of the whole day, I wanted to share something I wish I had when I started planning. Although I had Pinterest to help, I struggled to find elegant ways to incorporate pumpkins into the wedding.

We dreamed of an autumn wedding and were lucky enough to book the last available Saturday in October at our incredible venue, Monte Verde Inn. To weave autumn into the wedding, I choose colors and decor that celebrated the season. We used navy and ivory as main colors, and added in pops of autumn shades (burgundy, yellow, orange) with the flowers, centerpieces, and other accents.

Autumn wedding photos

I had to sneak in a few photos of us at the wedding. One bonus of an autumn wedding: beautiful foliage!

Photos: Kim J Martin Photography

Pumpkins were a must (I love them and what says “autumn” more?), but orange pumpkins seemed a bit too garish. Then I had an epiphany: white pumpkins! They come in miniature and regular sizes just like orange ones, would go perfectly with our colors, and look much classier than orange pumpkins. They can be a bit harder to find, so I kept a look out starting in September and started picking them up at grocery stores whenever I saw them.

Next up was finding ways to use white pumpkins, which is where this list comes in. The first 5 ideas below are from my wedding, and the last 5 are ones I either thought about or found recently and wish I’d used! All the photos from Kim J Martin Photography are from my wedding of pumpkins I DIY’ed into wedding decor.

Here are 10 ways to use white pumpkins at weddings: (more…)

Watermelon Gummy Bear Popsicles

Watermelon Gummy Bear Popsicles

Here’s my PSA for the day – a short list of foods that are surprisingly delicious straight out of the freezer:

  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Mangoes (cubed)
  • Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Gummy Bears

Have you ever tried any of these? If not, you should. They’re all super refreshing snacks on a hot summer day. (And are there others that I’m missing? Tell me in the comments, I want to try them out!)

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Cherry Galette

Cherry Galette

It’s finally summer! I love this time of year, when there are tons of amazing seasonal fruits and veggies to enjoy. Last month I visited Salvador Family Farm in Brentwood, California, where they do U-pick cherries. It’s a small 10 acre farm, but don’t let that fool you – the trees were chock full of ripe Bing cherries (and a few Rainier cherries as well!). We picked so many that I made a galette, mini cherry pies, and maraschino cherries in the same weekend. Not to mention eating plenty of cherries all by themselves.

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