Today is the first day of fall – yay! I *love* fall. The beautiful colors, the cool weather, hot tea, cuddling and last – but by no means least – pumpkin flavored desserts! Last week I made a pumpkin poke cake, it was over-the-top good. I didn’t blog it because it wasn’t pretty and there wasn’t any left. I’ll be making it again though and I promise to take pictures.
This week it was Pumpkin Pie Wontons. These little beauties were gorgeous, fun and so tasty. They could be served at a family meal or a fancy dinner – it all depends on how you plate it.
I used to camp a lot when I was younger. My family would take our 4 Runner out into no man’s land and pitch a tent. It would be strikingly hot during the day and freezing cold at night, there was no running water and sometimes there was a vault toilet, if I was lucky. I loved it though, and I learned a lot about nature, hiking and general woodsiness. We would hike during the day, cook over the fire and tell scary ghost stories at night. The campground we used was a nature sanctuary too, so there was no shortage of wild animal sighting.
Recently, feeling nostalgic, I went on a camping trip with my fiance and a mutual friend. We brought sleeping bags because who needs cots, right? Apparently, I’ve become accustomed to sleeping on cushy mattresses and now, yea, I need a cot. My next camping trip will be a glamping trip. Have you heard of glamping? It’s camping for those of us who may have become accustomed to a certain lifestyle.
Okay, so this is a little late, but I’ve been so busy with my photography. However, I’m back now!
Sunday brunch always needs something sweet – whether it be the beverages or the desserts – it’s just not complete without a little something sugary. I love anything that involves peaches – cobbler, ice cream (to-die-for), fruit and of course pie. Before I started my quest of healthier eating and eradicating preservatives from my life, my peaches came from a can. They were orange. Imagine my surprise when I cut into this pie and those peaches were pink and yellow! They were gorgeous, flavorful and fresh – real peaches are not that scary orange color. Who would have thought it?
I’ve had a recent obsession with donuts lately. I blame it on my other obsession with trying to travel to Portland, OR. The other day the Travel Channel was featuring Portland, so of course I had to watch. They have the most amazing little place there – VooDoo Donuts.
Now, I come from a town where something like VooDoo donuts would be chased out by a good hand full of the town’s people with a torch and pitchfork. These donuts definitely caught my attention and I instantly wanted to make them. I’ve never made donuts before, so I also wanted to try something simple. Biscuit donuts were my answer.
If French Toast met Cinnamon Rolls and they fell in love and had a child – it would be this. It’s basically a breakfast bread pudding, but this could probably be served for a dessert too, and no one would hold it against you.