Pumpkin Pecan Bread with Pumpkin Cinnamon Coconut Butter

titlePhoto Oct 07, 10 07 40 AM (1)s Photo Oct 07, 10 09 01 AMsThe fall foliage is in full force up here on the mountain and I’m taking advantage of it every second I can!  It’s been a very hard week; in my last post I introduced you to my little family of furbabies. My first furbaby that I rescued & adopted passed away last week and needless to say, I’ve been heartbroken over the loss of both her and her husbunny Jack within a 2 month span.  To work through it I’ve been drowning myself in recipe testing & finalizing.  Enter my pumpkin pecan bread: this has been in the works for a year, and I was never 100% satisfied with the outcome, until now!  There’s something extremely comforting on a cool fall morning to have your house fill with the scent of pumpkins & pecans baking.  I love this bread sliced, topped with my pumpkin cinnamon coconut butter, then toasted to melt the butter into the bread! Enjoy! xx Leesmarley 1 scene1 scene2 Continue reading

Brownie Bottomed Swirled Cheesecake Bars: You won’t believe they’re sugar free!

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We spent a long weekend in Vermont, which first meant a road trip with Marley, Lexi, and Beenie! For those who do not know, Marley is my new rescue puppy, Lexi is a rescued cat, and Beenie is a rescued bunny 🙂 . Suffice to say, it was a packed car!  Vermont was a relaxing few days; we stayed in a beautiful house with architectural details that never-ended (like a rainforest bathroom – where the entire bathroom is the shower, complete with a waterfall).  On our drive home back to the heart of the Catskill Mountains, I exclaimed, even though Vermont was gorgeous, it does not beat coming home!  We camped out at a Wilderness Area just 7 minutes from the house and enjoyed watching the sunrise over the lake.  The reason for this background story? Well, as I was away & couldn’t be baking, I HAD to make some goodies for the trip: enter these brownie bottomed cheesecake bars with strawberry & chocolate swirls!  It’s a good thing these were packed away in the back of the car, otherwise I’d have eaten them all on the drive.  That’s not unheard of…while waiting in the car when we were driving to our camping location, I ate a box of cookies.  Yes, in the long 7-minute drive I couldn’t control myself.  Oy vey!post1 post3 post2post4Lexi & Marley had to check out the rainforest shower with me! post7 post9 post10 post5 post6I think someone was tired out over her long-weekend…. 😉 Continue reading