Pumpkin Fig Bread

Pumpkin Fig Bread

As the leaves begin to don their vibrant hues and the air turns crisp with the promise of cooler days, there’s an undeniable excitement in the air. Fall is here! There’s something truly magical about the transition from summer to autumn; for me, it’s all about the cool breeze, cozy sweaters, and, of course, the delightful flavors of the season. Today, I want to share my enthusiasm for fall and a mouthwatering recipe for Pumpkin Fig Bread that perfectly captures the essence of this beautiful season.

Fall’s Arrival: A Time for Joy

The arrival of fall is like a gentle whisper from nature, reminding us to slow down and savor life’s simple pleasures. The cool breeze that rustles the leaves, the scent of cinnamon in the air, and the promise of family gatherings all contribute to the enchantment of this season. It’s a time to indulge in the comfort of warm beverages, long walks in the woods, and, of course, the joys of baking.

Embracing Fall with Pumpkin Fig Bread

One of my favorite ways to celebrate fall is by baking seasonal treats, and this Pumpkin Fig Bread is an absolute winner. It is incredibly easy to make and combines the rich, earthy flavors of pumpkin and figs, making it the perfect companion to a steaming cup of tea or coffee. You can also click here to find out why I love figs!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 box of spice cake mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of pumpkin purée
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of chopped figs (fresh or dried)
  • Powdered sugar (optional, for dusting)

The Simple Steps:

  1. Preheat and Prep: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a loaf pan.
  2. Mix the Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the spice cake mix and pumpkin purée. Stir until the mixture is smooth and well incorporated.
  3. Fold in the Goodies: Gently fold in the chopped walnuts and figs. These ingredients will add a delightful texture and burst of flavor to your bread.
  4. Bake to Perfection: Pour the batter into the greased loaf pan and spread it evenly. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool and Enjoy: Allow the Pumpkin Fig Bread to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before transferring it to a wire rack to cool completely. If desired, dust the top with powdered sugar for a touch of sweetness.

Enjoy Your Pumpkin Fig Bread

With the arrival of fall and the cool breeze that dances through the trees, there’s no better time to embrace the joys of baking. This Pumpkin Fig Bread is a delightful treat for your taste buds and a wonderful way to welcome the season’s simple pleasures. So, don your coziest sweater, brew a warm beverage, and savor every bite of this autumn-inspired creation. Fall is here, and a world of beauty and flavor is waiting to be enjoyed. Happy baking!

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Homemade Fig Jam

Homemade Fig Jam

There’s something undeniably magical about the act of preserving fruit. It’s a tradition that transcends generations, passing down delicious flavors and cherished memories. Today, I am making homemade fig jam, using figs from a tree that has been a part of my family for generations. This recipe is a tribute to my poppa, who once tended to the very fig tree that now thrives in my care.

The Fig Tree Legacy

My fig tree is a source of pride and nostalgia, a living testament to the enduring bond between generations. When my father gave me a small piece of the beloved tree, I felt the weight of tradition and the joy of preserving it.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Before we get into the process, let’s gather the ingredients for this delectable homemade fig jam:

  1. Fresh Figs: You’ll need about 2 pounds of ripe figs, preferably from your grandfather’s tree or any fresh figs you can get your hands on.
  2. Granulated Sugar: Approximately 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar to sweeten the jam.
  3. Lemon Juice: The juice of one lemon, adds a touch of brightness to the jam.
  4. Water: A quarter cup of water to help the jam reach the perfect consistency.

The Process

  1. Wash and Prepare the Figs:
    • Gently wash the figs under cold water, removing any dirt or debris.
    • Trim the stems and cut the figs into small pieces. Leave the skin on for added texture and flavor.
  2. Combine Ingredients:
    • In a large saucepan, combine the figs, sugar, lemon juice, and water.
    • Stir well to ensure the sugar dissolves.
  3. Cook the Jam:
    • Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil.
    • Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer. Stir occasionally.
  4. Monitor the Consistency:
    • Simmer the jam for about 45-60 minutes, or until it thickens to your desired consistency.
    • To check the consistency, place a spoonful of the jam on a chilled plate. If it wrinkles when you push it with your finger, it’s ready.
  5. Preserve Your Memories:
    • Carefully ladle the hot fig jam into sterilized jars, leaving a little space at the top.
    • Seal the jars while they are still hot, creating a vacuum seal as they cool.

Appreciate What You’ve Made

As the aroma of simmering figs fills your kitchen, take a moment to appreciate the connection between the past and the present. This homemade fig jam recipe not only preserves the delicious flavor of ripe figs but also honors the legacy of the fig tree that has been a part of your family for generations.

Whether you enjoy your fig jam on warm toast in the morning or as a sweet accompaniment to cheese and crackers, remember the love, history, and tradition it embodies.

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Pineapple No-Churn Ice Cream

Pineapple No-Churn Ice Cream

The HomeGoods Candle Challenge: Creating a Scentsational Pineapple No-Churn Ice Cream.

Have you ever walked into a HomeGoods store and been captivated by the delightful scents of their candles? I recently embarked on a fun and creative challenge that combined my love for candles and desserts. In this blog post, I’ll share my experience of finding my favorite candle at HomeGoods, using its scent as inspiration to create a mouthwatering dessert- Pineapple No-Churn Ice Cream, and repurposing the candle jar as a stylish container for the final treat. Join me as I take you through this scentsational journey!

Finding the Perfect Candle:

HomeGoods is a treasure trove of amazing candles with a wide variety of scents. As I wandered through the store, my senses were tantalized by the aromatic symphony of fragrances. After careful consideration, I finally discovered the candle that spoke to me. Its enticing aroma of Pineapple transported me to a tropical paradise.

Creating the Pineapple No-Churn Ice Cream:

  • 1 tub of Cool Whip (24 oz)
  • 1 can of condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple mojito jerky or fresh diced pineapple
  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of honey graham cereal (crushed)
  • Strawberry topping


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Cool Whip and condensed milk. Gently fold them together until well incorporated.
  2. Fold in the pineapple, white chocolate chips, creating delightful bursts of sweetness in each bite.
  3. Sprinkle in the crushed honey graham cereal, adding a delightful crunch and complementing the tropical flavors.
  4. Stir in strawberry topping.

Repurposing the Candle Jar:

After preparing the ice cream mixture, I realized that the candle jar itself could serve as a charming container for the final creation.

The cleaning process outlined helps remove any remaining wax, eliminate odors, and thoroughly clean the jar. This ensures that no harmful substances or unwanted residues are present. Once the jar has been cleaned and dried, it becomes a suitable and safe option for storing food.

However, it’s important to exercise caution and common sense when repurposing any container for food storage. Ensure that the jar is made of food-safe materials, such as glass, and that it is in good condition without any cracks or damages. Additionally, always make sure the jar is cleaned and dried properly before using it to store food.

  1. Remove any remaining wax: If there is leftover wax in the jar, place it in the freezer for a few hours until the wax hardens. Once hardened, use a butter knife or spoon to gently pry out the wax. Dispose of the wax responsibly.
  2. Remove the wick and metal base: The wick and metal base can usually be easily removed by gently pulling them out. Be careful not to scratch the inside of the jar.
  3. Clean the jar: Fill the candle jar with boiling water and a few drops of dish soap. Let it soak for a few minutes to loosen any remaining wax residue. Then, use a sponge or cloth to scrub the inside of the jar, removing any wax or residue. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  4. Eliminate any lingering odor: Sometimes, a faint scent from the previous candle may still be present. To remove it, create a mixture of equal parts baking soda and water. Apply the mixture to the inside of the jar, scrub gently, and rinse well. This should help eliminate any lingering odors.
  5. Air dry the jar: Place the cleaned candle jar upside down on a towel or drying rack to air dry completely. Make sure it’s completely dry before using it as a container for the Pineapple No-Churn Ice Cream.

Using the Candle Jar as a Container:

Once the candle jar is clean and dry, it’s ready to be used as a stylish and functional container for the Pineapple No-Churn Ice Cream. Simply scoop the prepared ice cream into the jar, filling it to your desired level.

More delectable candles!

Next time you visit HomeGoods, why not embark on your own scentsational adventure? Let the captivating aromas guide you in creating a dessert that reflects the essence of your favorite candle. The possibilities are endless, and you’re sure to discover a whole new world of culinary creativity!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Banana Bread

Strawberry Cheesecake Banana Bread

Indulgent Delight: Strawberry Cheesecake Banana Bread Recipe

Craving a decadent treat that combines the fruity goodness of strawberries, the creamy richness of cheesecake, and the comfort of homemade banana bread? Look no further! In this recipe, we’ll guide you through creating a mouthwatering delight: Strawberry Cheesecake Banana Bread. Prepare to tantalize your taste buds and impress your friends and family with this irresistible dessert!


  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped
  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (optional)
  • Additional strawberries for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9×5-inch loaf pan and set it aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the mashed bananas, melted butter, and granulated sugar. Mix well until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, mixing until combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can result in dense bread.
  5. Gently fold in the chopped strawberries and chocolate chips, ensuring they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.
  6. Mix the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and lemon zest in a small bowl until smooth and creamy.
  7. Pour half of the banana bread batter into the prepared loaf pan—spoon dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top. Use a knife to gently swirl the cream cheese mixture into the batter, creating a marbled effect.
  8. Pour the remaining banana bread batter over the top, smoothing it out evenly.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The bread should be golden brown and firm to the touch.
  10. Remove the loaf pan from the oven and allow the bread to cool for about 10 minutes. Then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Once cooled, slice the Strawberry Cheesecake Banana Bread into thick, tempting pieces. For an extra touch, garnish each slice with a fresh strawberry.
  12. Serve and savor this delightful creation with a cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk. Enjoy the heavenly combination of banana bread, creamy cheesecake, and bursts of strawberry goodness!

Tips for Perfecting Your Strawberry Cheesecake Banana Bread

  1. Use ripe bananas: The riper the bananas, the sweeter and more flavorful your banana bread will be. Look for bananas with brown spots on the peel, as they indicate ripeness and will mash easily.
  2. Don’t overmix the batter: When adding the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, mix until just combined. Overmixing can lead to a dense and tough bread. A few lumps are okay; they’ll disappear during baking.
  3. Fold in the strawberries gently: To prevent them from breaking down too much, gently fold them into the batter using a spatula. This will help maintain their texture and distribute them evenly.
  4. Achieve the perfect swirl: When adding the cream cheese mixture, use a spoon to create dollops on top of the first layer of batter. Then, use a knife to gently swirl the cream cheese and batter together, creating a beautiful marbled effect.
  5. Adjust baking time if needed: Ovens can vary, so keep an eye on your bread as it bakes. If the top is browning too quickly, tent it with foil to prevent burning. If the center needs more cooking time, cover the loaf pan with foil to continue baking without over-browning the top.
  6. Allow it to cool completely: As tempting as it may be to dive into the bread right away, allowing it to cool completely before slicing will result in cleaner slices and a better texture. Patience pays off!

Strawberry Cheesecake Banana Bread recipe offers the perfect balance of flavors, combining the beloved classics of banana bread and cheesecake with the vibrant sweetness of fresh strawberries. Whether it’s for a special occasion or a delightful indulgence, this mouthwatering treat is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to experience a slice of pure bliss!

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Homemade peanut butter cups

Homemade peanut butter cups

Few treats are as timeless and delicious as peanut butter cups. With the perfect combination of sweet and salty, they’re a classic that everyone loves. While store-bought peanut butter cups are always an option, there’s something special about making them from scratch. Not only is it fun and rewarding, but you can also customize them to your liking, experimenting with different fillings and chocolate coatings. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of making peanut butter cups at home, step by step. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced home cook, you’ll be able to create delicious, homemade peanut butter cups that are sure to impress.

Introduction to Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

Are you a fan of the classic peanut butter cups that you can find in stores? Why not try making them at home for a delicious treat? This recipe is easy to follow and will have you enjoying your homemade peanut butter cups in no time.

Why Make Peanut Butter Cups at Home?

There are a few reasons why making peanut butter cups at home is a great idea. Firstly, you get to control the ingredients, so you can use high-quality chocolate and natural peanut butter. Secondly, it’s a fun activity to do with friends or family. And lastly, there is something special about enjoying a homemade treat that you’ve put effort into making.

Ingredients Required for Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut Butter Filling Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 12 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 tbs coconut oil

Preparing the Peanut Butter Filling

Mixing the Peanut Butter and Sugar

First, mix together the peanut butter, maple syrup, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract. Then, fold in the tapioca flour until everything is fully combined.

Assembling the Peanut Butter Cups

Assembling peanut butter cups is a fun and easy process that can be done in just a few simple steps.

Form a shape

Using a small cookie scoop or spoon, portion out the peanut butter filling into each cupcake liner or mold, flattening it with your fingers if necessary to make sure it fits snugly.

Adding the Chocolate Coating

Once the peanut butter filling is in place, it’s time to add the chocolate coating. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small bowl or double boiler, stirring until smooth. Spoon the melted chocolate over the peanut butter filling, making sure to cover the entire surface. Tap the muffin tin gently on the counter to smooth out any air bubbles, and then place it in the refrigerator to set for about 30 minutes.

Tips for Serving and Storing Peanut Butter Cups

Serving Suggestions

Peanut butter cups are a classic treat that are perfect for sharing with friends and family. They can be served on their own as a sweet snack or used to top off a bowl of ice cream. You can also try adding a sprinkling of sea salt or chopped peanuts on top for extra crunch and flavor.

How to Store Peanut Butter Cups

To keep your peanut butter cups fresh and delicious, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You can also freeze them for longer storage, but be sure to wrap each cup individually in plastic wrap or foil to prevent freezer burn.

Variations on the Classic Peanut Butter Cups Recipe

Adding Different Flavors to the Filling

One easy way to switch up the classic peanut butter cup recipe is to add different flavors to the filling. Try mixing in some cocoa powder or vanilla extract for a chocolatey or vanilla twist. You can also experiment with different nut butters like almond or cashew for a unique flavor profile.

Using Different Types of Chocolate

Another way to change up the recipe is to use different types of chocolate for the coating. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or even white chocolate can all be used to give the peanut butter cups a different taste and texture.

Final Thoughts on Making Peanut Butter Cups at Home

Making peanut butter cups at home is an easy and rewarding experience that will delight your taste buds. The recipe is simple and versatile, allowing you to experiment with different flavors and coatings to your heart’s content. Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to share with friends or simply want to indulge in something delicious on your own, homemade peanut butter cups are sure to hit the spot. So grab some ingredients and get started – your taste buds will thank you!Making peanut butter cups at home is a fun and rewarding experience that everyone should try at least once. With just a handful of ingredients and a little bit of time, you can create delicious, homemade treats that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Whether you stick with the classic recipe or try out different variations, the possibilities are endless. We hope this article has inspired you to get creative in the kitchen and make your very own peanut butter cups. Happy baking!


Can I use a different type of nut butter instead of peanut butter?

Yes, you can use any type of nut or seed butter that you prefer in this recipe, such as almond butter or sunflower seed butter. Just keep in mind that the flavor and texture may be slightly different.

Do I have to temper the chocolate for this recipe?

Tempering chocolate can give it a smoother, shinier appearance and a better texture, but it’s not absolutely necessary for this recipe. If you don’t want to temper the chocolate, you can simply melt it in a double boiler or in the microwave and use it as is.

How long do homemade peanut butter cups last?

Homemade peanut butter cups can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to three months. However, they’re so delicious that they usually don’t last that long!

Can I make mini peanut butter cups instead of regular-sized ones?

Yes, you can definitely make mini peanut butter cups by using mini cupcake liners and adjusting the amount of filling and chocolate accordingly. Just keep in mind that the assembly process may be a bit more fiddly than with regular-sized cups.

After 15 minutes, take the tray out of the freezer and carefully remove the peanut butter cups from the mold. Dip each cup into the melted chocolate, making sure it’s fully coated. Then, put the cups back in the freezer for another 10 minutes to let the chocolate harden.

Molds that I used

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