No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Bars

And just like that, summer as we knew it was gone.  With it went 95-degree swimming pools, driving free of 15-mph school crosswalk zones, and the long days that woke you up at 5 am and allowed 8 pm to look early enough for happy hour.  At least, that’s how we in the valley of Arizona could tell that fall had taken summer’s place. 

But, despite the lack of hard evidence for seasonal change, Arizonans are known for fiercely taking the concept of fall into their own hands. 

Fall decorations begin to appear in and on homes from the very second August is over.  The scent of apple-cider air fresheners wafts through the air.  Everyone is simply rabid for pumpkin spice lattes… and, well, anything “pumpkin” at all.

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Blackberry Cheesecake-Topped Sweet Potato Cakes

Blackberry Cheesecake-Topped Sweet Potato Cakes

Need more cheesecake and cake in your life?  Check out my: Pumpkin CheesecakeLemon-Raspberry Cheesecake, Port Reduction Cheesecake Squares, & Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake!

Chances are, you haven’t tried sweet potatoes and blackberries together.  So chances are, you just haven’t lived.

Sure, that could be a slight overstatement, but with everything going on in this one little dessert I feel it’s totally acceptable if I err on the dramatic side.

For one thing, this combination of flavors is a wonderous, yet unnecessarily rare occurrence.  By the time spring rolls around, we’ve all but forgotten about sweet potatoes altogether, as healthy and tasty as they are.  They never so much as share a crisper drawer with a fresh blackberry.  Conversely, in late fall, there isn’t a fresh berry in sight, so we decide it must, therefore, be impossible to eat one. 

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6 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

6 Healthy Pumpkin Recipes

Christmas is coming!  It is, in fact, only 6 days away... as this 12 Days of Christmas countdown keeps reminding me.  

I've been doing a lot of shopping and planning this week - erm, kinda last-minute, I know - I still have yet to enter Christmas season in the truly organized and proactive fashion that I always aspire to.  But it's (mostly) done now, and I'm starting to get excited about the presents!

I just looove picking things out for my friends and family.  I'm not saying I'm the best gift-giver on the face of the planet... but I do so cherish the opportunity to apply my knowledge of the people I care about to something tangible.  

You could legitimately say I get my kicks watching peoples' faces opening the stuff I thoughtfully picked for them.  Does this make my gift-giving a little selfish, in a way?  Probably.  

 

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9 Holiday Brunch Recipes

9 Holiday Brunch Recipes

It's a good thing it's almost the weekend because... oh, wait - it's Tuesday.  Oh, well!  I'll make brunch tomorrow anyway.  After all...

On the 9th day of Christmas, my FitCakes gave to me 9 holiday brunch recipes!
If I'm going to try them all, I better start now, right?

If you've been following along the last few days, you've noticed that I am posting a new recipe roundup EVERY DAY up until Christmas now, for each day of the 12 day countdown to Christmas!  I'm doing this to help you find all the best healthy recipes for the season, while discovering a ton of fun new healthy blogs.  It's like a treasure hunt.  A treasure hunt where I never have to leave the house... and it makes me hungry.  But, never fear, I'll make the ultimate sacrifice and do it for you.

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