Will you look at that. That glistening chocolate ganache pouring down the sides of the best cake mix bars you will ever eat. Yes! These bars are from cake mix! Pecan pie is one my favorite desserts during the holidays. Notice that it’s usually gone before the pumpkin pie? At least when I’m invited to the party. Especially if it’s made with chocolate chips.
Today the weather in Dubai has finally hit the perfect temperature! It has been so beautiful lately and taking a walk doesn’t render you useless for the rest of the day. I usually feel like I need a 3 hour nap after a stroll due to the heat. Not anymore! Oh, and the breeze doesn’t feel like a hot blow dryer. We don’t get those gorgeous red and orange Fall leaves, but we get perfect beach weather. I think that’s a good trade.
Is anyone sick of pumpkin yet? No? I didn’t think so, but if you are one of the few on the outs with pumpkin this season, stick around. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Just one bite of this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and you will be back on that happy little pumpkin bandwagon again.
Easy boxed cake mix turned into soft pumpkin cake baked with a perfect crunchy pecan and chocolate chip streusal. This Chocolate Chip Pecan Pumpkin Coffee Cake is so easy you’ll never buy coffee cake again.
One of my best friends Jennifer came to visit me from Florida last week. We did all the Dubai things I was too afraid to do on my own. Like brave the chaotic streets of the Old Dubai Souks in Deira. She is pretty much like me when it comes to shopping. Our motto to every store employee or shop owner is “Don’t talk to me”. I’m not sure if that’s an American thing or a I don’t have any idea how to haggle thing. Our first mistake we made was arrive hours before the shopping rush. No one was there but the little shop salesmen. Is that what they’re called? Imagine Agrabah from Disney’s Alladin on steroids and the only customers are two scared white girls who don’t want to be talked to. Every salesman was on us like flies on a date.
Photo credit to Smeggys
Sweet potato pie meets cupcake! Moist sweet potato cupcakes topped with luscious maple walnut frosting and a fluffy toasted marshmallow. Choosing between your favorite pumpkin cupcakes and these Sweet Potato Cupcakes and Maple Walnut Frosting will be the hardest decision you make this holiday!
It’s amazing how life can change so drastically in such a short amount of time. In April we were doing our Florida family thing…kiddie pools in the backyard, Disney on the weekends, and flip flops everyday. I never ever would have thought our family would be moving to the Middle East. Especially within a few weeks of my husband getting a job offer. We sold everything in two weeks, put the house up for rent, and started our new chapter. With all the excitement also came all the fears. Are the kids going to do well in a foreign school? Will I get bit by a deadly snake? Will the sandstorms be just like Mission Impossible? You know, perfectly reasonable questions for moving a family to the desert.