Easy Pesto Gnocchi

If it looks like I've been using the same exact linens, dishes, and backdrops for the last few posts and the next few as well... it's because you're totally right. haha. 

I don't know if I've mentioned this on the blog yet, but we are currently building a brand new home (we are SO excited!). While we are building, my big brother has been super awesome by letting my little psychotic circus family live in his home with his family. Their home is beautiful and has plenty of space in the basement for our stay (we've gotten so used to being cooped up in a small apartment, we feel like we're living in a palace right now!), and we are seriously eternally grateful for their huge sacrifice this summer in letting us crash their party! Long story short, most of my food photography props are still in boxes while we stay here. So I've been using whatever I can find, including the back of my sister-in-law's metal cookie sheet (my favorite) for backdrops. So until we move, this is probably the look you're going to see around here! 

Anyway, with summer drawing to a close, there's probably plenty of tomatoes ready to be eaten and your basil plant is probably ready for another round of pesto. If not, you can most definitely find these ingredient at your local farmer's market for super cheap right now, and at the peak of their flavor :). I decided I wanted to try a new recipe that uses lots of pesto, a handful of those juicy grape tomatoes, and keep things as simple as possible with a forever favorite: gnocchi! 


Peach Crumb Cake

Peach season is still in full swing, and I just couldn't let the season pass without sharing a couple new & yummy peach recipes! We grew up with a peach tree right in our backyard, and believe it or not, I wasn't really a fan of peaches. WHAT? I know. Nuts, I was completely nuts, I tell you. I just wasn't a huge fan. Well, just as most taste-buds do, mine changed for the better, and peaches have become one of my very favorite fruits to eat and bake with! I've honestly never made them into a cake before, and this lovely cake right here has changed my mind forever. Move on over peach pie, this peach crumble cake has my heart wrapped right around every slice! 


The Best Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Okay, I know we've all made a batch of these cookies at one time or another (and if you haven't yet, that needs to change asap, because these cookies are straight up Fall in countless ways), but have we really found that perfect recipe yet? I'm here to tell you, my friends, that these are straight up the best soft pumpkin cookies I've ever had. Why? Here's why:

Harmons. Yep, that blessed neighborhood grocery store. You go into the heavenly bakery section, and as early as mid-August, there are those heavenly pillows of pumpkin heaven sitting right there on the table. The softest, most heavenly, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies you've ever laid eyes on - and taste buds on! They are the standard, in my book, and if I could somehow make cookies in my own kitchen that can taste even half as good as them, I'd be set for life. And then recipes like this are found, and you actually do make cookies that taste EXACTLY like those heavenly pillows of pumpkin heaven from their bakery. The biggest WIN of the pumpkin season, I say! Let's get some of these into your oven asap, shall we?


Baked Pumpkin Cinnamon Sugar Doughnuts

I still can't believe it's September already. Leaves are already changing up on the beautiful Rocky Mountains to the east, the air during my morning run has more of a cold bite to it these days, a few leaves are already falling off the trees in the backyard here, and my cravings for hot chocolate and hot apple cider are getting stronger and stronger by the minute. Fall must be getting very, very close! 

I've never made doughnuts before, except for my homemade french crullers, which are still a favorite doughnut of mine! This time, with Fall being at our door, I wanted to make some doughnuts with pumpkin, and I wanted to try making a deliciously easy baked version of them. These turned out incredible, and I seriously COULD NOT STOP sneaking bites of them. Each doughnut was extremely soft on the inside, but with the buttery cinnamon sugar outside had a light crisp exterior to each one. Serving them without hot chocolate for dunking would be a crime, so hot chocolate and marshmallows it was! These are super easy to make, and we'll definitely be making them on repeat this fall! 


Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Ice Cream (No Churn)

So here we are, at the very first of September! We made it, folks! I can't help but feel like summertime is officially over, and it kind of makes me sad and excited all at the same time. Sad because I love summer so, so much. But I'm also excited because the beginning of September means a few things for us: 


2. All the baking things. All of them. 

3. We are halfway through our house finishing up being built (they're supposed to close November 1st or earlier). We'll see, eh?

4. I don't have to shave my legs. Just kidding. Only a little bit. 

5. I'm closer to my half marathon at the end of October (which I was awesome at training for until a week or two ago). Staying up past midnight watching Blue Bloods tends to make the 6am alarm clock less easy to obey. 


7. All the fun activities that Fall brings: hay rides, fall festivals and carnivals, pumpkin patches, and all that good stuff. 

8. Boots, scarves, jackets, beanies. Oh yes. 

9. Hot chocolate and spiced apple cider on repeat. 


Like this recipe, which will rock your socks. Let's get in on this ice cream action, shall we?


Pumpkin Honey Butter

With Fall right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to dive into pumpkin early. I kind of cheated a couple weeks ago and let a pumpkin recipe drop early - my Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Muffins were totally worth it, though. 

Today? This one's a total gem! Honey butter and I have always been good friends. I don't make it nearly as often as I'd like, but when I do, it's magically disappears along with an entire half loaf of bread within a day or two. Total mystery, I know. Now we're throwing pumpkin in the mix, and all bets are off. It was a total hit (especially with my darling niece), and I can't believe I haven't made another batch to smother on pancakes or some thick french toast!