Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wedding Week!

I'm getting MARRIED in three days. :)

And to be completely honest with you, it still doesn't feel entirely real. Despite the hundreds (although, at this point, it feels like it's closer to thousands) of hours of planning, I still have a hard time realizing that this thing is actually happening. Of course, I am super excited...but it still just feels surreal, that's all. I am guessing that when I put on my gown Saturday morning, it'll feel pretty darn real. ;)

I've spent the better part of this week worrying, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. My heart goes out to the millions of people who have had to face the very devastating effects of Sandy. I am incredibly thankful that here in Boston we were spared any major damage. And I'm also thankful that where we're getting married in upstate NY was also spared. The aftermath of the storm where we are and will be this week is nothing compared to other parts of the country. I know that our wedding guests in various places along the East Coast are all safe, and for that, I am grateful. I am also thankful that Hurricane Sandy came earlier in the week and not later, closer to our wedding...

Although my heart will still be with Sandy's victims for the rest of this week, it's also time to move forward and focus on the exciting celebrations that are just days away! So much time and effort have gone into the preparations for this special day, and I can't wait to see it all come together. It's amazing to think that we will have so many of our family and friends in one place all at the same time. I hope to remember to take a few minutes here and there throughout the day to take a step back and realize how amazing it really is. There have been a few small snafus here and there despite our careful planning (and I'm told, that's always the way, no matter how well you plan). But so long as I'm married to the love of my life come this Saturday, I will be a happy gal. :)

I'll be back in touch next week with you all, hopefully with some pictures of our

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Banana Smoothie

I have been on such a smoothie kick lately, and I'd be remiss if I didn't share my latest favorite smoothie recipe with all of you. I've made this almost every day for the past week. That's how much I love it. :)

The ingredients are very simple (and also very healthy!). The proportions I'm about to share with you are approximate though. I don't really measure when I make this...sorry. :(  But what's great about smoothies is that the ingredients don't have to be exact! And you can change the amount of one ingredient or another to make the smoothie to your own personal liking.


-1 medium to large banana, sliced and frozen
-1/4 to 1/3 cup pure pumpkin
-2/3 to 3/4 cup milk (I usually use 1%, but any kind will do)
-1/3 to 1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
-generous dash of cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend away! Enjoy. ;)

You may remember that earlier this fall I posted another recipe for a pumpkin smoothie that is actually very similar to this one. The main difference between that smoothie and this one is the addition of the frozen banana. This is key! I looove this smoothie with the banana in it. The frozen banana eliminates the need for any ice. And it adds a ton of potassium too. ;) I actually have frozen, sliced bananas in my freezer all the time. Whenever I have bananas that are too ripe for eating (but just right for baking!), I slice and freeze them if I don't have the time right then to bake with them. Then when I am ready to bake with them, I just thaw them. Oooor, when I want to make a smoothie like this one, I just use the banana as is! Sliced and frozen.

Isn't this a fun glass? We received these glasses as part of an awesome Goose Island beer pairing dinner we attended a couple weeks ago at Petit Robert Central in Boston. What a fabulous dinner! The glass makes my smoothie feel a little more fancy, don't you think? ;)

♥ 11 days!!!!!! ♥

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Donuts & Donut Holes

Helloooo! Do you remember me? I'm the girl who loves to bake and has the Barbershop blog. I've been rather MIA lately, and although I've had every intention to blog, my schedule has not allowed it at all! So now that I finally have a few minutes, I wanted to bring you this awesome new recipe that you are going to loooove.

A couple weeks ago I made these pumpkin donuts and donut holes, thanks to a wonderful recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction. Sally actually calls them mini cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins, but I thought they seemed quite a bit like donut holes, so that's what I'm calling them. :)

The recipe was incredibly easy! You could easily whip these up on a weekend morning and enjoy them for breakfast with your family. And I highly recommend that you do that this fall. ;)


-1 and 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or white whole wheat flour)
-1 and 1/2 tsp. baking powder
-1/2 tsp. salt
-1 and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
-1/2 tsp. nutmeg
-1/4 tsp. ground cloves*
-1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
-1/2 cup dark brown sugar (I actually used light)
-1 egg
-1 egg yolk
-1 and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
-3/4 cup pumpkin puree
-1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)

*Sally's recipe actually calls for 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice. I didn't have this, so instead of adding it, I increased the cinnamon from 1 tsp. to 1 and 1/2 tsp., and I also added in 1/4 tsp. ground cloves. I thought the donuts had plenty of flavor with these spices, but I'm sure you could vary the combination of spices to match your own liking and they would be delicious!

Cinnamon Sugar Coating:
-1/4 cup unsalted butter
-1/2 cup sugar
-2 Tbsp. cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with nonstick spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves; set aside. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the melted butter and brown sugar. Add the egg and stir for 1 minute. Add the egg yolk, vanilla, pumpkin, and milk. Slowly pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined; do not overmix.

Using a small spoon, spoon the batter into the mini muffin pan, filling about 2/3 to 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If making regular-sized donuts, bake slightly longer, 15 to 17 minutes. While the donuts are cooling, prepare the coating. Combine the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Melt the butter in a separate dish. When the donuts are cooled, dip them into the melted butter and then dip in the cinnamon sugar. When ready to eat, warm the donuts up slightly by popping them in the microwave. They definitely taste better warm. :)

For some of my donuts, I dipped them in this awesome maple sugar. I found this at a great store called Gardenworks, which is located near my home town in New York (Gardenworks is also doing the flowers for our wedding!). I haven't really looked for this maple sugar in other places, but I'm sure it's around. It's a great alternative to cinnamon sugar in recipes like this!

The mini donuts on the right are the ones dipped in the maple sugar.

This recipe made 24 donut holes and 3 regular donuts for me.

Sooo so good! This recipe will definitely be making another appearance in my house... Actually, it will be making many more appearances. ;)

With the wedding now less than 3 weeks away (!!!!), I will likely be blogging pretty infrequently for the next month or so. The goal will be to post at least once a week, so hopefully I can still share a recipe (or something fun, even if it's not food!) with you all over the next few weeks.

Have a great week, everyone!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Just Poppin' In... say hi! I meant to have a recipe for you by this point this week, but the past few nights have been way busier than I anticipated, so I haven't gotten around to it yet. Hopefully I will soon because the recipe I'm sharing with you next is awesome!!!

In the meantime, here are a few recipes from the food blog world in the past week or so that have caught my eye! Thought I'd share them with you in case they catch your eye too. :)

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And because every recipe can't be a dessert (!), here are a couple recipes that aren't sweet treats...

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I don't know about you, but I could read food blogs and look at food photos all day long!!!

Oh, and guess what?! I'm getting married ONE MONTH from today!!!!!! :) :) :)