Pumpkin Apple Butter Snickerdoodles

Tis the season for baking holiday cookies! We haven’t even gotten through Thanksgiving yet, and I’m already debating which cookies I want to make for Christmas. I can’t help it… have you tried my sugar cookie cut-outs? I usually only make them for Santa Claus (snicker, snicker), and this year I’m working on a special FROSTED sugar cookie recipe that should hit the blog in the next couple weeks… I think you guys are going to LOVE it!

Sugar cookies are pretty high on my favorite cookie list, but a close second is definitely the snickerdoodle. Soft, pillowy, and full of cinnamon-sugar flavor. I have a serious addiction to these sweet little cinnamon treats! Remember the Pumpkin Apple Butter recipe I posted last month? Well I had a good amount of it left over after the photo shoot, so I decided to infuse my favorite snickerdoodle cookies with the pumpkin apple butter, and OH MAN, was it a home run! These cookies are light, puffy and rolled in cinnamon-sugar just like the perfect snickerdoodles, but with a delicious kick of pumpkin and apples! You will definitely want to add these sweet treats to your holiday cookie tray!

Perfect snickerdoodle cookies rolled in cinnamon sugar and infused with pumpkin apple butter! Soft, pillowy, and so sweet! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Cauliflower Gratin

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for new side dishes to add to my repertoire. It’s easy to come up with the main course, but then my mind blanks when it comes to the side items. For some reason, my brain goes straight to dessert.

Hmm… what goes well with pork chopsapple pie!

What should I make to go with meatloafbrownies!

Those sound like good pairings, right? ;) Well today I’m sharing a new side dish idea that I think you’re going to love: Cauliflower Gratin. This easy recipe swaps out the traditional potato with cauliflower that is baked in a creamy cheese sauce and topped with a delicious crunchy breadcrumb topping. If I have to be a grown-up and eat my vegetables like a good girl, I definitely prefer them to be smothered in a creamy, flavorful cheese sauce! Give me a big high five if you agree.

Cauliflower baked in a creamy cheese sauce with a crunchy breadcrumb topping! This Cauliflower Gratin is a delicious and easy side dish for any meal| LoveGrowsWild.com

It’s no secret that the biggest food holiday of the year is quickly approaching, and I’ve been doing my best to pump out some fabulous recipes for you to enjoy… butter and herb turkey, roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole (the really good kind!), smashed potatoes, brie biscuits, and of course banana cream pie. I’d say that’s a pretty good start to a delicious Thanksgiving dinner!

But because I want to make sure you’re 100% prepared for the big day, I’ve teamed up with some of my blog buddies to bring you 25+ new Thanksgiving recipes, complete with main dishes, sides, drinks, desserts, and more! Everything you need, all in one place. Just scroll down past my cauliflower gratin recipe to see the full list of our Thanksgiving dishes! [Read more…]

Gooey Caramel Pull-Aparts

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a good ooey, gooey treat, and this recipe is definitely making up for lost time! I recently had a chance to review a new cookbook from my pals over at Six Sisters’ Stuff (more on that later in this post), and these Gooey Caramel Pull-Aparts immediately jumped right off the page at me. With only 5 ingredients and just a few minutes of prep work, you can have these amazing pull-aparts that are dripping with caramel and topped with sticky-sweet pecans served warm out of your oven. Perfect for weekends, holidays, brunch, or anytime that sweet tooth hits!

Spoiler alert: there’s a giveaway at the bottom of this post too!

Gooey Caramel Pull-Aparts - only 5 ingredients needed for this delicious, decadent treat! | LoveGrowsWild.com

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Brie Biscuits

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know I’ve been a bit of a tease with sneak peeks of this recipe all week. I spent a couple days in the kitchen testing out recipes for the biggest food holiday of the year coming up, and this was definitely one of my favorites: Brie Biscuits.

Tender, fluffy biscuits made from scratch with chunks of Brie cheese and chives! The perfect addition to any meal! | LoveGrowsWild.com

I’m going to be totally honest and admit that I had never tried brie cheese until probably just this past year. Why didn’t you guys tell me what I was missing?? My buddy Ashton is the MASTER at using brie in desserts and inspired me to finally give this creamy, dreamy cheese a try. I totally get it now, Ashton… YUM. 

Since no holiday meal is complete without biscuits, rolls, or bread of some kind, I thought it was about time to add one to my recipe collection here. This year, I went with biscuits. Easy to make, fresh and delicious, and there’s all kinds of add-ins you can pick to make them extra fancy. It is the holidays, right? And yes, now I’m totally singing “I’m So Fancy…” as I talk to you about these biscuits. And I’m sure it will be stuck in your head now all day too. You’re welcome for that. :)

The process of making biscuits from scratch is actually really simple, and once you get a few batches under your belt, you’ll probably be able to do this in your sleep. [Read more…]

Banana Cream Pie

I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off November than with a pie recipe! The holidays are slowly creeping up on us, and I’ve been in the kitchen A TON over the last week coming up with new recipes for the occasion. Of course we all love the glorious turkey and all the typical side dish suspects, but let’s face it… what we’re REALLY excited for is the dessert!

I won’t even get started on my addiction to pumpkin pie… I like to think of it more as a love affair, really… But today I want to focus on one of my other pie favorites, Banana Cream Pie. Oh, how I love thee. This made-from-scratch recipe is light and luscious with a homemade cream filling, fresh whipped cream on top, and plenty of soft, sweet banana slices in between. I’m sharing my method for creating the perfect cream filling and some make-ahead tips that are perfect for the busy holiday season!

The perfect Banana Cream Pie made from scratch with a light, luscious filling and directions for prepping ahead! | LoveGrowsWild.com

Let’s talk pie, ya’ll. Food is such a nostalgic thing, and I find that pie is especially so. I think we all have memories of diving into Grandma’s pecan pie at Thanksgiving or patiently waiting for Aunt so-and-so’s apple pie at Christmas. Pie just brings up so many wonderful memories of family and times shared together over the holidays.

My Dad’s favorite pie happens to be banana cream, and I don’t think I ever fully appreciated this wonderful dessert until I became an adult. It all started when I created a Banana Cream Pudding Parfait recipe for the blog and fell head-over-heels in LOVE with these flavors. A simple parfait layered with banana pudding, banana slices, vanilla wafers, chopped pecans, toffee, and fresh whipped cream… trust me when I say it is nothing short of magical!

So when I decided it was time to add a new pie recipe to the blog for the upcoming holidays, banana cream was the first thing that came to mind. I’ll walk you through each step of making the homemade cream filling plus tips for making ahead so you can have a stress-free holiday! [Read more…]

Ham and Potato Chowder

Normally when I tell Jeremy, “Hey, I’m making soup for dinner!”, I get a fake smile and a slight eye roll. Pff… like I didn’t notice that eye roll, buddy! In his mind, soup consists of way too many vegetables and not nearly enough meat. Like my cauliflower soup, for example. I LOVE every bit of that cheesy, creamy, so-good-for-you deliciousness, but all he sees is a pile of mashed vegetables thrown in a bowl. He’s such a buzzkill in my soup-loving world.

But because I love my husband so dearly, despite his soup-loathing ways, I do find it in my heart to compromise every now and again. I know, wife of the year material, right? This compromise comes in the form of chowder… thick, creamy delicious chowder bursting at the seams with chunks of ham and potatoes and garnished with crispy, salty bacon. How amazing and manly does that sound?

This Ham and Potato Chowder is the perfect comfort food meal! It's warm, hearty, and so satisfying! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

Don’t tell my husband, but this chowder recipe isn’t actually a compromise at all. I mean, it’s not like I’m sacrificing anything here.

Do you really think I’d say, “Okay, Jeremy, fine… if you MUST have bacon in this soup, I guess I’ll choke it down.” I don’t think so.

Or, “Whatever, Jeremy… I absolutely hate creamy potato soup with bits of ham and melted cheddar cheese, but I guess if it will save our marriage…” Yeah, not a chance. [Read more…]

Pumpkin Apple Butter

You guys, the best thing ever just happened. No, Better Homes and Gardens isn’t featuring me in a magazine, and no, I’m not writing my first book. #iwish

Yesterday my in-laws drove over from Illinois to attend Grandparents’ Day in Wyatt’s preschool class, and they asked if the boys could come stay with them for a few days since they’re now on fall break. Let me think… 4 days with no kids… Jeremy’s busy driving the tractor… yep, this day just got awesome! I’m going to stay in my pajamas all day and eat food I know no one else in my family likes, like Hawaiian pizza and chocolate chip cookies with LOTS of walnuts. Is it sad that my idea of a party is watching the latest episodes of Nashville and Grey’s Anatomy in bed with a big bowl of salted caramel ice cream? Wait… don’t answer that.

Here’s the other thing I’m going to be doing while they’re gone: finding a million ways to eat this AMAZING Pumpkin Apple Butter I just made. If you’ve ever eaten apple butter before, just imagine adding a big dose of pumpkin pie flavor to the mix!

Quick and easy Pumpkin Apple Butter - the perfect sweet spread for toast, biscuits, pancakes, and more! Get the recipe at LoveGrowsWild.com

This stuff is absolutely delicious. You can spread it on toast, biscuits, muffins, or pancakes in the morning and even stir it into your oatmeal. Yum! For lunch or dinner, try spreading a layer on some bread and making a grilled cheese with it. This recipe makes a good amount, so you can keep it in the fridge for a couple weeks to use whenever the mood strikes. [Read more…]