autumn

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Say Hello To My Little Friend, Spiced Pumpkin Velvet Cake

A Cozy Thanksgiving: Say Hello To My Little Friend, Spiced Pumpkin Velvet Cake post image

I've been making some very good use of pumpkin lately, and I've enjoyed every sweet minute of it. Several weeks back, my son and I went on a pumpkin pie “bender” and baked about four large pies over the course of a few days, as he had asked me if we could find a way to make our own completely-from-scratch pumpkin pie recipe. His request? No canned pumpkin, no pre-made pie crusts, and no whipped cream out of a spray can. And me being overcome with ... {more please!}

A Cozy Autumn Breakfast: Autumn Sweet Potato Hash, A Vibrantly Comforting Morning Companion

A Cozy Autumn Breakfast: Autumn Sweet Potato Hash, A Vibrantly Comforting Morning Companion post image

The fall is replete with colors that amaze and awaken the bleary eyes. Shocks of brightness coupled with pops of savory flavor enliven the soul on a late morning when the appetite is making itself known and “inspired” food is exactly what it craves. Now, blazing orange sweet potatoes are an amazing part of this perfect fall bounty, as well as are the fragrant spices and savory nuances that can be mingled and married to create the perfect breakfast that is reflective of this spectacular time ... {more please!}

A Cozy Autumn Breakfast: Caramel Apple “Stacked” French Toast For A Lingering, Lazy Fall Morning

A Cozy Autumn Breakfast: Caramel Apple “Stacked” French Toast For A Lingering, Lazy Fall Morning post image

The brisk chilliness of the house in the fall is the familiar companion that welcomes me first thing on a weekend morning. It envelopes my tired fragility as I rise from the cocoon that is my warm bed, hair disheveled and face imprinted with pillow lines, and nips at me playfully until I lessen its effect by wrapping a double layer of robes around myself while I adjust to the morning hour before coffee. The house lays dark, undisturbed from its own slumber through the night, ... {more please!}

A Cozy Fall Dessert: Apple Cider Spice Cake, Too Darn Delicious Not To Share

A Cozy Fall Dessert: Apple Cider Spice Cake, Too Darn Delicious Not To Share post image

I really wasn't even planning on doing this recipe as a post. Heck, I wasn't even planning on baking this cake at all until a couple of hours ago, but since it can be difficult for me to predict when a baking mood will hit and when I'll have some ingredients on hand that I'd like to use up rather than toss out, it looks like we find ourselves with a freshly baked fall cake as a little bonus recipe this week. It's a sweet treat ... {more please!}

A Cozy One-Pan Wonder: Saucy Hungarian Red Potato Goulash, Like A Warm Blanky For The Soul

A Cozy One-Pan Wonder: Saucy Hungarian Red Potato Goulash, Like A Warm Blanky For The Soul post image

When I think back to some of the most memorably cozy dishes from my childhood, two dishes in particular come to mind for me. The first is the richly fragrant and deeply flavored from-scratch chicken soup that my mom (or even my dad on occasion) would prepare on a cold day for us to have to dip into for a few days, one that contained a whole chicken and a bountiful amount of aromatic vegetables, herbs and seasoning. That soul-warming “golden elixir” would sit simmering and ... {more please!}