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Pretzel Tot Queso Fundido

Appetizers, Fall, Vegetarian

Say hello to my cheesy dreams: Pretzel Tot Queso Fundido.

Here’s what makes up this glorious cast iron skillet:

– Pretzel tots on the outside of the skillet.
– In the center, there is a cheese dip full of pickled jalapeños from Rio Luna.

Sounds simple enough but it’s absolutely glorious. For this post, I teamed up with Rio Luna Organic Peppers. The queso fundido in the center honestly didn’t need much because these pickled jalapeños are so flavorful and delicious.



Another plus: Rio Luna Peppers and Chiles are certified organic, GMO-free and kosher. They’ve also been used by professional chefs for years. To make the peppers, Rio Luna works with trusted growing partners who utilize key sustainability practices such as drip irrigation, recycling initiatives and crop rotation to cultivate the best possible chiles and peppers in the most responsible way.

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Mummy Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Cakes, Chocolate, Desserts, Fall

Mummy Dark Chocolate Cupcakes

Hello cute, Mummy Dark Chocolate Cupcakes!

If you’ve read this blog for a long time you probably know by now that Halloween ACTUALLY scares me. I was walking around in the neighborhood the other day and was frankly disturbed by some of the elaborate spooky decorations. People really get into it.

These mummy cupcakes are about as spooky as I get. I’m more of a Christmas and Valentine’s Day girl, you know. But I do, however, stand by these cupcakes 100% in terms of flavor and cuteness.

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Frosting

Breakfast, Desserts, Fall

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Frosting

Fall has officially hit and I am here for it. Every year it takes so much self-control to not make pumpkin everything once Labor Day is over. I was waiting until we were in proper fall. No pre-matureness here! It’s time for these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Frosting to shine!

For this post, I teamed with ALDI, the place I go for all of my fall essentials. I stocked up on all the sugars, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and lots more. I also picked up their Simply Nature Organic Pure Pumpkin Puree and it has the loveliest texture (not too watery, not too thick) and prettiest bright orange color.

Here is how these differentiate from regular cinnamon rolls.

Replacing some of the eggs with pumpkin.

I adapted my cinnamon roll recipe and added less eggs. The pumpkin took its place. That’s the commonality you’ll find in many pumpkin baked goods: The pumpkin can act like an egg…but not entirely. I made sure to still include 1 egg (my other recipe calls for 3 eggs). Baking is interesting, isn’t it!?!?

The amount of pumpkin pie spice needs to be on point.

Too much and it tastes medicinal and just tacky. Too little and you’re like THIS IS BLAND. One of the first recipe tests was a bit bland so we added more. We went for balance so there’s a bit in the dough and some in the filling. The pumpkin pie spice also accentuates the pumpkin flavor.

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