I was compensated by Nielsen-Massey Vanillas for my time in developing this recipe and post. All opinions are my own.

Have you started thinking about the holidays yet? I cannot even believe how fast the year has gone and I feel like fall totally snuck up on me! I had big plans to be super organized and have my entire Thanksgiving menu planned out by now. But yeah, didn’t happen.

I’m slowly coming up with ideas and then trying to figure out if my family will actually eat them. You know how it goes. Normally when you have a carrot casserole, it’s loaded with sugar and butter and it’s scrumptious, but I’m looking for a more savory carrot dish this holiday season.

For this dish, I cooked carrots and shallots and then pureed them until smooth and delicious. I stirred in some Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract for some brightness and a few eggs for that carrot casserole texture we all know and love.

The Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract is perfect for adding that little touch of lemon flavor! My husband is forever using all my fresh lemons for his water so I love having the lemon extract in my kitchen as a substitute. Half a teaspoon of the extract is equal to a whole tablespoons of fresh lemon juice or 1/2 teaspoon of lemon zest! It is so convenient.

And then the topping! Butter, fresh breadcrumbs, sage, and garlic! All my favorites! That is just mixed up and sprinkled on top before baking. It becomes a little crunchy during baking which is the perfect complement to the silky smooth casserole.

The casserole is absolutely delicious! If you are searching for a new side dish to try for Thanksgiving, definitely give this one a go!

For more recipe ideas and inspiration, visit the Nielsen-Massey Facebook page orPinterest page! Want more ways to use the Nielsen-Massey Lemon Extract? Check out their Uses and Pairings page for lots of ideas!

I’m the Paleo Fanatic over at Food Fanatic (although this recipe is definitely not Paleo)! This Carrot Casserole with Crumb Topping recipe is one of many I’m sharing over there so make sure you check back!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal with Blueberry Swirl - the most delicious fall breakfast recipe!

Morning guys! I made breakfast!

I’m really into oatmeal right now. Probably because it’s fall and I feel like I’m supposed to eat oatmeal in the fall. You know? But also because pumpkin! Pumpkin is so good in oatmeal!

And everything else but that’s not the point.

Pumpkin Oatmeal with Blueberry Swirl - the most delicious fall breakfast recipe!

Have you seen the Smuckers Fruit and Honey yet? I spotted them in Walmart awhile ago and bought all 4 flavors. I mean, they’re naturally sweetened with honey! Which means my husband will eat them (he eats mostly paleo) and it also means that they are delicious because everything is better with honey.

We loved all of them but the Blueberry Lemon is by far my favorite. I’ve started hiding it from the rest of the family because I love it so much.

Pumpkin Oatmeal with Blueberry Swirl - the most delicious fall breakfast recipe!

Can you see the whole blueberry in that spoonful? Obsessed.

I’ve been adding it to my pumpkin oatmeal lately because it lets me to skip the brown sugar or maple syrup that I’d usually put in. Plus I love pumpkin and blueberry together and the lemon adds a nice brightness.

If you’re interested in trying Smuckers Fruit and Honey, there’s a coupon at Ibotta.com for $.75 off when you buy it at Walmart. (Sidenote: if you aren’t using Ibotta – why not?! I’ve gotten $168 back since I started using it! Download the app today!)

Pumpkin Oatmeal with Blueberry Swirl - the most delicious fall breakfast recipe!

Pumpkin Oatmeal with Blueberry Swirl - the most delicious fall breakfast recipe!

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Weekly Family Menu Plan - featuring 5 weeknight dinner recipes, a weekend breakfast, and a yummy dessert!

Happy weekend! First weekend of October – how crazy is that? Where did the year go?

I have to tell you about the disappointment of my week. My husband and I had a quiet, kidless breakfast at Cracker Barrel yesterday and then wandered into one of those Halloween stores that always pop up right before Halloween. He ended up buying this creepy doll that floats around and talks. Except the first one we got didn’t actually float around so I took it back and the second one doesn’t talk.

So I’m off to the dang Halloween store again today. Because if you’re going to spend a stupid amount on Halloween decorations, they should at least do what they’re supposed to.

Uggghhhhh. I’m all “You should’ve gone to Target! Target would never do this to you!” and my husband just rolls his eyes at me.

But anyway, FOOD.

This week’s family menu plan looks great as usual. A couple slow cooker options, Taco Tuesday (forever my fave!), cheesy potatoes, and a fun twist on pizza night! Plus, a chocolate-y breakfast and the prettiest cake I’ve ever seen!

For more weekly family menu plans, check out the archives!

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Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate - white chocolate and peanut butter hot chocolate recipe!

Hey guys!

Guess what. It’s been almost chilly here in Texas this week! I went for a run yesterday morning (hard to believe, I know) and didn’t feel like I was running through a bowl of pea soup. It was amazing.

Also, it’s so easy to run in Texas compared to Colorado. Still moving back though. ASAP. And by ASAP I mean probably 15 years from now.

Anyway, I haven’t been drinking coffee at home recently for whatever reason but I’ve still been craving something warm and sweet and delicious every morning. So I’m on a hot chocolate kick and have tried every combination you can imagine with basically everything in my baking cabinet.

This one is my favorite and I’ve made it for, like, 5 mornings in a row!

Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate - white chocolate and peanut butter hot chocolate recipe!

Have you tried the Jif Peanut Powder?

It’s the secret ingredient in this Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate! It dissolves into the hot chocolate and creates the most perfect cup of hot chocolate you can imagine!

I’ve been into Jif Peanut Butter since I first found out about it. Powdered peanut butter is something I can get behind! It’s perfect for adding that peanut butter flavor to smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, or you can even bake with it! Plus, it has 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter but still has 7 – 9 grams of protein per serving!

If you are interested in trying Jif Peanut Powder, Smucker’s has a $1 off coupon on Ibotta.com! And when you get your bag of Peanut Powder, make sure you try this Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate!

Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate - white chocolate and peanut butter hot chocolate recipe!

Peanut Butter White Hot Chocolate - white chocolate and peanut butter hot chocolate recipe!

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Heeeey guys! Happy almost weekend! My kids have a random half day today – isn’t that weird? I’ve never heard of a half day in the middle of the week.

Let’s all hope that I don’t forget to pick them up.

You know what. I’m gonna set an alarm. Better safe than sorry.

#momoftheyear

Today is an exciting day because not only do I have another pumpkin recipe but I also have a Kitchen Stand Mixer giveaway!

These Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Cream Cheese Filling were inspired by my current favorite candle. I know, so typical.

Anyway, it’s the Vanilla Pumpkin Marshmallow candle from Bath and Body Works and I am obsessed. It’s sweet, pumpkiny and everything I’ve ever wanted in a candle. If you aren’t burning it in every room in your house… why not?!

These whoopie pies are so tasty! The cookie itself is soft and a little bit spicy and the filling is as delicious as it sounds!

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