10.17.2017

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crumble Cake

I love making ALL the pumpkin things in October & November.
I have a rotation of pumpkin desserts that I make  (I make 1 pumpkin dessert each week)
This cake is one that I make each Fall...I can't believe I haven't blogged it yet.
I'm a little behind on my blogging these days...the Northern California fires have really distracted me the past week. It's all just so devastating & heartbreaking. Please continue to pray.
I made this cake last week....Whenever I am sad, I like to bake, it cheers me up.
This cake is full of pumpkin flavor,  has a beautiful cream cheese ribbon and topped with a delicious crumble.
Here is what you need:
 Cake:
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree

Cream Cheese Filling:
1 (8 ounce) box of cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Crumb Topping:
6 tablespoons butter slightly softened
1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon 

Directions:
In a bowl, mix 1 stick of  butter (softened) with 1 1/2 cups sugar.

 Next, add 3 eggs and stir until blended.
 Add pumpkin puree & mix just until combined.

In medium bowl whisk together 1 3/4 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
Add this flour mixture to the pumpkin mix, stirring slowly until combined.
 
Spread HALF of this pumpkin mixture to the a 9x13 pan sprayed with a cooking spray.

In another bowl with hand mixer beat cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar until smooth and creamy. Add 1 egg and vanilla and mix just until incorporated.
**Be sure and microwave the cream cheese for 30-40 seconds. It makes it much smoother when you mix it**
 
  Carefully spread the cream cheese mixture over the cake mixture.
Now add the rest of the pumpkin cake mixture to the pan, carefully spreading with a spatula.

In medium bowl combine  1/3 cup flour, brown sugar, rolled oats and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. 
 
Add in 6 tablespoons melted butter & combine:

Sprinkle with the crumb topping.
Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean)
 Allow to cool 20 minutes before cutting & then serve.....

 This cake is delicious....

But it is even better when you add some whipped cream on top :)

Look at that beautiful cream cheese ribbon going through the cake....
Be sure a Refrigerate the leftovers of this cake. 
 YUM!

I hope you love this cake as much as we do!
Enjoy!

10.11.2017

10 on 10 :: October 2017

10 pictures on the 10th day of the month!
{Document a snapshot of your life & find beauty among the ordinary things in your day!} ten on ten button
 
9 years ago on October 10, 2008, I participated with 10 on 10 for the very first time.
It was super small & only a handful of people even knew about it.
My blog was only 2 months old and I thought it was such a fun idea to document my day every hour for 10 hours. My little Claire Bear was only 1 month old. Kate was 20 months old.
 
 Since that very first time I did 10 on 10, I was hooked.
For the past NINE years, every month, I have documented the 10th day of the month.
I haven't missed a month yet!!!
I have been a couple days late posting my 10 on 10 but I have still documented the 10th of each month. Sometimes life just gets busy & I don't have time to post on the actual 10th.
 
I love looking back on the 10th of each month and seeing the beauty in the ordinary days.
It is so neat to look back on some of those early years of doing 10 on 10 when I was in the thick of it with parenting 2 kids under 2.  How far we've all come!
 
Here is a sneak peek at our day...my 108th time doing 10 on 10!
 
It is conference week at school, so I knew today would be a crazy day.
I taught 2 classes & then at break had my breakfast. 
I have a bar for breakfast everyday....I am loving the Rx Bars...the pumpkin spice is seasonal & it is yummy! While I ate my breakfast, I graded some quizzes & homework packets.
 Then I taught 2 more classes...we had early dismissal & then conferences in the afternoons.  
I went and picked up Luke from school & headed to drop him off at my mom's so she could watch him while I had my conferences. The girls wanted to walk from school to my mom's....we passed them on the way there. I pulled over to give them a ride...they said they wanted to walk :)
 After my conferences, I went home to grab a quick lunch and to start a batch of Grammy's Split Pea Soup in my Instant Pot. One batch of this will be my lunches for a week. 
 I went back to my parents house to pick up the kids....you could see all the smoke from all the fires up in Santa Rosa, Napa & Sonoma.
 We live an hour from the fires, but even our town is filled with smoke.
 Sports practices here are cancelled & our kids aren't allowed outside for recess or PE because it's so bad. I can't imagine what it's like up in Santa Rosa/Sonoma/Napa. 
 So many friends have lost EVERYTHING. It's really bad & really scary.

 Then we headed to the library to pick up some books that had arrived:
 Then I dropped the kids off at my in laws for an hour because I had a dentist appointment.
 After my dentist appointment, I picked up the kids.
I was supposed to coach Claire's soccer practice, but it got cancelled because of the smoky air, so we baked instead. We made Pumpkin Bread & Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.
The kids Halloween costumes arrived, so Claire wanted to try hers on :)
 It was time for dinner...I made Chicken Teriyaki & Broccoli in my Instant Pot.
I use my  Instant Pot so much. I used it 2x today...such a time saver!
Kevin read the kids Harry Potter (they are on book 4) and I cleaned up the kitchen, made lunches for the next day and sat down to watch TV with a glass of wine.
I made myself stop watching the news...so devastating. I watched a Hallmark Fall Movie called Falling for Vermont. Yes, Hallmark has Fall movies. Love it. Then I watched This is Us and then went to bed emotionally exhausted from watching & reading about all the fires :(

Hope you had a great 10th & thanks for following along on my 10 on 10 posts every single month for the past 9 years.
 
And, please keep Northern California in your prayers.
Santa Rosa, Sonoma & Napa are in flames.
100,000 acres of land are burning.
Homes are gone. Neighborhoods are gone. 
People lost everything without warning and only have the clothes on their back.
Beautiful wine roads and family vineyards are gone.
Hotels, hospitals & stores burned down.
Thousands upon thousands being evacuated.
We are doing a gift card donation drive, message me if you would like to send one. Most of all, pray for those who lost their homes & the firefighters...it's less than 5% contained. 
My cousin is a firefighter and is there.
We need the wind to stop and we need rain.
Please pray.

10.06.2017

Hello, October

Hello, October!

Oh, October...how I love you.
You are my favorite month.
 October is the gateway to the holiday season.
Once October arrives, that means it will soon be Halloween, then Thanksgiving & then Christmas.
My heart sings a little song once October arrives. 
Although this week because of what happened in Vegas, my heart is very sad & not signing like it normally does in October.
This is also the first October that Grammy isn't here with us.
Grammy's favorite season was Fall & her birthday was in October, so this time of year always reminds me of her and I'm just sad she's not here with us anymore.
I've been in a Fall Funk this week & haven't been inspired to bake or decorate when usually the first week of October I am gung-ho everything Fall and get it decorated as soon as it hits October 1st. 
I finally snapped out of it yesterday and decorating my house & baking is making me get back in the spirit of Fall.

October means that Fall is finally showing it's face California.
October means leaves are starting to change & the air is getting crisp.....this is my neighbor's tree. I am obsessed.
October means Mums & Pumpkins on my porch.
October is Fall & Harvest Decorations
And Fall wreaths on my doors....
 October also means my pantry is stocked with canned pumpkin & making everything pumpkin. In 2009 or 2010 there was a canned pumpkin shortage....do you remember that? Ever since then I stock up on canned pumpkin :)
October means I start saying "Happy Fall Y'all" (it's the only time I say y'all). My kids love it when I say this. NOT!
 How perfect is this banner?
One of my friends gave me this cute sign a couple years ago:

I keep my decorations pretty simple. Yes, I am boring, but I don't like a lot of clutter.

October means filling up my glass pumpkin up with candies!

 This year I added candy corn, candy corn pumpkins, Peanut m&m's and Reeces pieces.
I only fill it up one time...when it's gone, it's gone until next October :)
October means baking pumpkin bread (Recipe HERE) & Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins (Recipe HERE) weekly:
October means watching Gilmore Girls. I watched it for the first time in October 2014 and It was love at first watch. I like to re-watch them in the Fall.
  October means Casseroles, Crockpot/Instant Pot meals & Soups for dinner.

 Taco Soup is one of our favorites...YUM!
 
Earlier this year, I converted my taco soup recipe to an Instant Pot recipe (and made it with chicken instead of ground beef. 
 It's SO easy & so good! Recipe HERE.
October means it's Boots & Jeans Season! Cooler mornings & crisp air. Love!
Shirt (Stitch Fix ) // Jeans // Booties
October means getting Boo-ed and Boo-zed by friends! 
Of course, then we love Boo-ing (and Boo-zing) our neighbors & friends in return! 
Here is what we usually use to Boo people...I love boo-ing with cupcake (or cookie) mix, so that families can bake together :)

Download them {HERE

The adult version of boo-ing......Boo-zing!

Download them {HERE}
It's so fun to Boo friends. My kids love it! 
We got Boo-ed earlier this week and we can't wait to Boo & Boo-ze people this weekend!

October means going to the pumpkin patch & seeing all the varieties of pumpkins & gourds....they are so photogenic!

Ahhhh.....October.
I love you, so!

What do you love about October?

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