Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Artful Life: The Perfect Recipes for Fall

I think autumn is my favorite season, but I really love all the seasons.  Especially when they begin to fill the air with their own color and scent palettes.  Crisp blue skies, golden amber leaves, and whiffs of cinnamon and pumpkin are elements of fall I soak up every year.

We've been thoroughly enjoying the cooler weather and celebrating the cozy indoors this year by baking extra yummy recipes I've found on Pinterest.  (How did we ever live without Pinterest?!)

I've made each of these recipes at least once, and they were too delicious not to share.
Here's a roundup my family's favorite recipes this fall: 

Overnight Baked Apple Oatmeal with Crunchy Brown Sugar Streusel -
photo by A Farmgirl's Dabbles

Brenda of A Farmgirl's Dabbles is God's gift to oatmeal.  I promise, you've never tasted oatmeal like this.  Straight up deliciousness.  This recipe is pure genius.  In fact, we're having it again this weekend!

photo by I Wash You Dry

Shawn of I Wash You Dry has a delectable assortment of pumpkin recipes on her blog (Click over there and look at her sidebar! Wow!)  I made this pound cake and we've been nibbling at it every morning this week.  It is so moist and utterly delicious.  I made Shawn's recipe for Easy Pumpkin Butter to shmear on the top of each slice (next recipe!)

Spiced Pumpkin Butter Recipe
photo by I Wash You Dry

This really was easy to make, and it is yummy!  It's not too sweet, which I love!  You do have to stand right by your pot to stir the pumpkin butter so it doesn't spatter.  You know what I did? Sat the laptop on the kitchen counter and pinned more recipes on Pinterest!  This recipe makes a good amount- I had enough for now, a jar to freeze for later, and a jar to give as a gift! Stop by I Wash You Dry and check out Shawn's other amazing recipe ideas!

OK that was breakfast...
now appetizers for Game Day or Happy Hour!

photo by Plain Chicken

I'm not gonna lie... I love queso more than the game.  Sorry!  It's true! I'm not a fan of going straight Velveeta and Rotel.  I like some natural ingredients in there.  You have to use Velveeta though, or you just can't get that chip-coating consistency.  Steph at Plain Chicken has an easy and oh-so-yummy recipe that I think my husband and I have memorized now.  I can whip up some queso fast.... real fast!

photo by Nutritious Eats

Healthy.  Easy.  Plentiful.  Delicious.  These eggrolls are a score!  Full of vegetables (no meat!) and southwest flavor, this recipe makes a big batch of eggrolls!  It doesn't take too long to make, and you can freeze some of them after baking.  Now you have some on standby for the next game night!  Melanie at Nutritious Eats is a dietitian and has all kinds of recipes and meal ideas that look healthy and full of flavor!

But enough healthy for right now.... here's dessert!

Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles Recipe on
Photo by Two Peas and Their Pod

I am literally eating one of these right now.  No, seriously.  I am.  I made a batch of these and froze half of them.  When I got them out tonight for dessert, they inspired me to write this post!  Such power inside a little, gooey cookie.  Thank you so much, Maria and Josh of Two Peas & Their Pod, for sharing this wonderfulness with the world...

photo by The Baking Robot

The Baking Robot has answered one of fall's most perplexing dilemmas: "What do you do with the rest of the bag of candy corn?" (You cannot possibly eat the whole bag of candy corn.  After three corns, it's just...ewww)  Candy corn has finally found it's reason for existence: Butterfinger Rice Krispies.  You melt the candy corn with peanut butter and mix it into the krispies.  They are choclatey...peanutty... chewy... and perfect for the kids' lunch boxes!

Our new family favorite movie night #snack....
photo by Erin Fickert-Rowland

That's right.  Maple. Bacon. Popcorn.  Do you know I am a popcorn fanatic?  No microwave popcorn for this family (it's unhealthy and doesn't taste nearly as good as stovetop).  I have been perfecting the salt and pepper version for years, and I dabble with different flavors when I find a good recipe.  Shut the front door... here's a winner!  The Fickert-Rowland family thanks you, Chef Ron Lock.  Movie night will never be the same again!

Hope you found inspiration in these recipes to make something yummy this weekend!  Isn't it amazing how talented food bloggers are? All credits for these recipes have been given to the proper people.  Click on the recipe links and go check out their websites and say "hello!"

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(Now back to this cookie....mmmmm!)


  1. This post is going to keep me company, warm, and fed throughout the long winter ahead! There is so much great food to explore on all these links. You guys sure eat well in your house! It must smell so cozy and homey there too :-)

  2. We do love our food! Its fun to try new things, and so rewarding when you've made it yourself! If you try these recipes, let me know what you think!

  3. Wow, I'm totally hungry right now. These recipes sure sound fantastic. Thank you so much for featuring a couple of mine! I love how you put the pumpkin butter on the pound cake! Brilliant! :)

  4. You are very welcome, Shawn! Thanks for stopping by to check out the round-up, and for being such an inspiration in our kitchen!


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