Thanksgiving 2016 Recipe Roundup!

Thanksgiving is almost a week away! ….What?! Where has the time gone?! I know it’s cliche to say, but it’s so true. Whenever a holiday comes up, I dedicate extra time to Pinterest/blog stalking for festive recipes. Does anyone else think it’s weird that we associate specific foods and flavors with certain holidays? Like, who decided that? I mean, don’t get me wrong – I love it! I’ve only posted 8,000 pumpkin recipes this fall. Nonetheless, I still think it’s interesting. Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays. How could it not be? It’s all about food, and we all know there’s nothing I…

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Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cinnamon “Cream Cheese” Frosting (Gluten-free / Dairy-free)

Okay, I PROMISE I’ll let up on the pumpkin after this one. But I had to post this. Depriving you of this insanely delicious cake would be a serious crime, and I wouldn’t be able to live with myself. A year ago at this time, I wasn’t in school, so I spent most of my free time baking. I made so many recipes I thought my head was going to explode. And my roommates wanted to kill me because there was so much food in the apartment. I was determined to make the absolute best Thanksgiving dessert in the history of desserts. I…

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Fluffy Pumpkin Cookies with Spiced Maple Glaze (V, GF)

MORE PUMPKIN! Are you surprised? Usually at this time of year, I’m pumpin’ out chocolate recipes like no other. I don’t normally get really into pumpkin until after Halloween. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always associated Halloween with chocolate and Thanksgiving with pumpkin. Probably from all of those years gorging on chocolate candy bars after trick-or-treating. I definitely never got any pumpkin baked goods in my candy bag. This year, though, pumpkin has definitely been the theme of my October. And it will be the theme of my November, too. I’m not complaining, and my roommates definitely aren’t either. Perks of rooming…

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Paleo Chai Banana Pumpkin Bread

Is it even fall without a pumpkin recipe? NOOOOOPE. There’s been a can of pumpkin sitting on my baking shelf for a few months now, staring at me, taunting me. I have been SO excited to hop into ALL THINGS pumpkin – which started with my most recent fall candle haul, if you didn’t see that extravaganza. The funny thing is, I didn’t even like pumpkin until about 2 years ago. Yup, I went most of my life without ever even trying a pumpkin pie. It just did not sound good to young, inexperienced Christina. Was anyone else late to the pumpkin game? Thank…

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Thick & Creamy Superfood Chocolate Dessert Smoothie (V/GF)

There’s nothing I love more than a thick, creamy, luscious dessert smoothie. Specifically, a chocolate one. Makes me weak at the knees. I’m sure you’re already well aware of this, but one of my favorite things to do is venture out into Los Angeles and eat dessert. For the past few months, I’ve been on a very specific dessert mission: I’ve been trying as many chocolate smoothies/shakes as possible at restaurants in L.A. in order to find the best one. Let’s talk criteria. First of all, the smoothie obviously has to be very delicious. I’m looking for a thick, rich, deep chocolate flavor. A real chocolate…

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