Month: November 2015

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Truffles

Small bites that encapsulate the essence of autumn!


Okay, I normally don’t make recipes that require premade ingredients such as cake mix, sandwich wafers, or frozen whipped topping. However, once I saw the pumpkin joe joes and pumpkin cream cheese from Trader Joe’s, I knew I had to make a pumpkin spice version of 3 ingredient oreo truffles.


The traditional oreo truffles are made with regular oreos and cream cheese. It’s a simple process; there’s no baking involved. All you need is a blender or food processor to make these 3 ingredient pumpkin spice truffles!


Snickers Cheesecake {no bake}

Rich, creamy cheesecake with chunks of candy inside.


Is it too late to be posting a recipe that uses up Halloween candy? I still have quite a bit. This recipe is an easy way to get rid of some excess and also elevate it to another level. And this cheesecake is definitely elevated. It is so creamy and rich and the perfect dessert to serve to guests.


I knew I wanted to incorporate a popular candy bar into a dessert, but I wasn’t sure which candy or which dessert. 3 Musketeers? Butterfingers? Cookies? Brownies? Finally, I settled on a Snickers cheesecake since I had so many laying around. 



Pumpkin Cheesecake Brulee Bars

A thick, velvety pumpkin filling on top of a firm crust with a crackly sugar surface.


You guyysssss. The pumpkin cheesecake brulee bars are my new favorite pumpkin dessert of the moment.

Sure, I love my pumpkin maple cupcakes, and pumpkin chai shortbread, but this luscious filling paired with the crust is irresistible. 


I was already planning on making something with a burnt sugar crust. I love bruleeing things, partially because of the wonderful sugar crust and also because I get to whip out my blowtorch. I LOVE my blowtorch. It makes me feel so cool whenever I use it.


Then I saw recipes everywhere for cheesecake. While I do love cheesecake, I’m always too lazy to make the whole deal. It requires so much cream cheese, and there’s always that thing about not whipping the eggs too much and letting it cool slowly to prevent cracks. Dealing with cheesecake cracks is not my thing.



400 Castro Street,

Mountain View, CA, 94041

Along the quaint and lively Castro Street of downtown Mountain View, Cascal is a bustling restaurant serving up “Pan-Latin” cuisine. It includes Spanish, Peruvian, Brazilian, and many more types of food. We went for a special birthday occasion.


We were given the option of either sitting indoors or outdoors, but since it was quite warm we opted to sit inside. The decorations included lots of colorful patterns and several short palm trees.


Trader Joe’s Fall 2015


I realize that this post is more than a bit overdue, but I wanted to share my haul of autumn purchases from Trader Joe’s. I love receiving their Fearless Flyer in the mail; I get unreasonably giddy whenever it arrives. The way they advertise their products is so fun and makes me want to buy them even more.


Typically I don’t buy ordinary snacks as I’m constantly making my own food in the kitchen. But just this once I bought quite a bit of premade and prepackaged foods.


This post is all about their seasonal fall products, most of which have pumpkin. I also apologize for the quality of photos before we get into this post. I was just too excited to try all my pumpkin goodies to take out the nicer camera.


Tartine Bakery & Cafe

600 Guerrero St

San Francisco, CA, 94110



Located in the Mission, Tartine Bakery is probably the most popular bakery in the area. In San Francisco, there are tons of great ice cream shops competing with one another, all equally worthy of a gold medal. But there aren’t many big old school bakeries selling the classics such as croissants, bread puddings, and pies. Other San Francisco bakeries nowadays are leaning towards the more modern side of things.


Even on a late afternoon, Tartine had a line that stretched out the door. The location itself is fairly small but has ample seating and a beautiful glass case showing off their classic baked goods.