I think I’ve kind of turned into a S’mores snob. I’m not sure if that’s something to brag about, but I’m totally going to own it. Here it goes. I’m going to say it…Biscoff cookies are soooooo much better than graham crackers. Especially when making s’mores. Uh oh, there goes my Nabisco endorsement.
A yummy and moist Apple and Sweet Potato Clafoutis with all the flavors of your favorite holiday pies. Full of beautiful spiced apples and sweet potato, its the perfect addition to your morning coffee.
I’m freaking out right now guys. Its only a couple days until October and I have not been able to get my hands on any canned pumpkin. In the land of Dubai where the rose water is flowing and all the spices known to mankind reside, pumpkin puree is very difficult to come by. Don’t they realize that white girls NEED pumpkin?! They have freaking durian fruit. The fruit that smells like hot week old garbage. But no pumpkin yet. So I’ve been using sweet potato in place of pumpkin until I can find some.
There are many benefits to living in Dubai. First, all the crazy things you see on a weekly basis. That buzzfeed list, is not in any way an exaggeration. The food. Oh my goodness the food! Also the movie theaters are amazing here. They even have a luxury VIP section that is out of this world. Movies will never be the same for me when I go back home. Speaking of movies…The movie set of Star Wars the Force Awakens is basically an hour and half drive away. How cool is that? I know what our family is going to be doing next weekend. Driving the dunes of Abu Dhabi searching for droids, Jawas, and the Millennium Falcon.
It is definitely not a secret how geeky our family is and baking geeky desserts is one of my favorite things to make for the blog. One of my most popular posts was my Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake. So since Halloween is just around the corner, I put together these Star Wars Sarlacc Cupcakes. They were incredibly easy to decorate and perfectly adorable for your next Halloween or Star Wars themed party.
You guys, I’m a little sad. I think it has finally hit me that Dubai will never “feel” like Christmas. If you don’t know, I live and breathe Christmas. Many of my friends and especially my husband know my secret. I break out Ella Fitzgerald’s Swinging Christmas and Dino’s Christmas as soon as July hits. I told you I’m crazy! Well guys, I can say Dubai has finally broken me. It’s September and the sugar plumbs haven’t even crossed my mind. It’s hard to feel cozy about the holidays when the temperatures are steadily hanging in the low 100s. And the sand. It’s everywhere. It’s like living in Tatooine! I think Norman (my kid’s Elf on the Shelf) is probably thinking “Where on Earth have you taken me?!” We are about to have a serious pow wow soon. I need his advice on this one. He is an elf after all.
It has been quite an emotional week for me. My little four year old started Kindergarten! I’m excited about all the new things he’s going to learn. The education here in Dubai is so extensive. His school will be teaching him Arabic and French, music lessons, and lots of creative art sessions. I’m a little jealous! I’m also a little bummed. I know that once Kindergarten starts the years will just fly by. Then I will be left with no kids in the house and lots of wrinkles and cellulite. That sounds so depressing!
The only thing that has cheered me up a little is that I can bake these Lemon Raspberry Bars in peace. Usually once Oliver smells even the slightest scent of my baking I start hearing this:
“Are they done yet? Sigh…”
“Can I have another taste? Just a little one again.”
“This needs more chocolate.”
Sweet honey cornbread cupcakes turned into the best shortcakes you will ever have. Triple sugared berries piled high with fluffy clouds of home made whipped cream. Summer was always meant to be this sweet
Now for my new summer favorite. These Sweet Cornbread Triple Berry Shortcakes are the perfect excuse to raid your fridge for berries. The shortcakes are dripping with tons of juicy tart berries but don’t forget the star of this dessert. It’s the moist sweet honey cornbread that will have you coming back for more. I played with the idea of cornbread as strictly a dessert when I made Blueberry Cornbread Cupcakes. They were devoured by everyone within a three foot radius.