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Stuff I’m Into: Craving Fall

I’m not ready for Summer to end but I am already craving all the things that I love about Fall.  Fall is my favorite time of the year so I’m ready to dive into some of my favorite Fall trends.  Plus I’ve already seen Halloween candy at the grocery store and coats at the department stores so I figure it’s socially acceptable to talk about sweaters, boots, and pumpkin food.  😉

Grab a cup of coffee (like maybe this pumpkin spice latte) and see how I’m getting ready for my favorite season.



Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.  Need I say more?  Starbucks has not announced when they will release the infamous pumpkin spice latte but the word is that it will be around September 8th.  I might get a head start and make my homemade pumpkin spice latte at home (which is a great copycat version).

I’m also looking forward to whipping up a batch of my pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie (which I make almost every Thanksgiving), and pumpkin snickerdoodle white chocolate chip cookies, just to name a few pumpkin goodies that I’ve made over the years.  I’ve made more so click here to scope out the entire list.


Sweaters.  Before the season starts I take inventory of what sweaters I have and which ones need to be replaced because I’ve worn them out.  (Why do sweaters seem to go from looking new to pill-y and old looking so quickly?)  Then it’s time to shop!  Cardigans are a must have and this year the cardigans seem to be long and chunky.  As a short gal that can be challenging so it’s key for me to try them on and make sure that they don’t look like a dress on me.  If I can find stores that sell petite sizes then that’s even better.  I’ve got my eye on this one and this one.

Scarves.  Last year I bought a bazillion scarves.  Roughly.  😉  But seriously, I was out of control.  I’m pretty set on them but I’m sure I’ll find a color or pattern that I don’t already have.

Shoes.  There are SO many fun booties and boots and I can’t decide which ones I want.  All of them?  Chunky heel is on trend this season, which I love.  I also love to sport a skinny heel and I think it’s a classic look that will always be in style.  I’ve already bought these Ivanka Trump heels.  I bought them in burgundy last year and wore them so much that I just had to keep checking back to see if they’d add a brown color to the collection.  When I saw the cognac suede I jumped on buying them right away.

Home.  Candles always add a little warmth to the home and I’m a big fan of the candles from Bath & Body Works.  I’m sure I’ve mentioned that a few times before.  😉  They last a long time and they smell wonderful so you’ve got to check out their candle collection.  I usually buy them when they’re on sale and I usually buy one or more of each size and place them in the rooms we spend the most time, like the kitchen and the family room.  I also love their deep cleansing soaps so I’ll be picking up a few of those too.  (Those are actually on sale right now!)

Have I got you pumped for Fall yet?  Ciao for now!

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Coffee Crumb Cake09

Coffee Crumb Cake

I’m sort of obsessed with crumb cakes.

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The cake, the crumbs, I love it all.  I’ve posted a number of crumb cake recipes on my blog and I’d probably have done more if I didn’t think that you might say “okay, enough crumb cakes already, T.”  So I try my best to space them out.

I know that I told you that the NY style crumb cake is the best one ever.  I still stand by that statement.  However, when I saw the recipe for this crumb cake, I simply had to try it to see how it compared.

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This crumb cake recipe is similar to the NY style one in that they are both awesomely delicious.  Both have a layer of vanilla cake and both are topped with a mouth watering crumb topping.  However, they are a bit different.

This cake is taller and a bit more dense.  This crumb topping tastes about the same but it takes about one minute to make.  One minute, folks!  I’m amazed that I don’t have roll the crumbs in this crumb topping individually to get that awesome crumby texture.  It’s like crumb magic since the NY recipe takes like 14 hours.  Well, maybe 30 minutes, but definitely not only a minute.

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I didn’t coat this crumb cake with powdered sugar, but by all means, feel free to do that.  I love, love, love the stuff and normally I would have sprinkled about a half inch of the precious stuff on top.  (Although “sprinkled” is probably not the correct word.  My husband offers “shoveled.”)  You could also drizzle some icing on top too.  Neither is necessary, but both would add tons of useless sugar calories and therefore be better.

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Coffee Crumb Cake Recipe
(about 9 servings)

Ingredients for the Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter (equivalent to 1 stick), melted
  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (equivalent to 7.5 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Ingredients for Cake:

  • 1/2 cup butter (equivalent to 1 stick), room temperature
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (equivalent to 10 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions for the Crumb Topping:

  1. Melt the butter and set it aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, light brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla extract, and melted butter until it’s crumbly.  Set it aside.

Directions for Cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan and set it aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and white sugar until it’s light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the egg and egg yolk.  Set aside the wet ingredients.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.  These are the dry ingredients.
  5. Add half of the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
  6. Stir in the sour cream and vanilla extract.
  7. Stir in the remaining half of the dry ingredients until just combined.  Don’t overmix (Sorry… I’m sure that gets old hearing it but it’s a good tip if you don’t already know it.)  The cake batter will be very thick.
  8. Scoop the cake batter into the prepared baking pan and spread the batter evenly.  I dropped 4 to 6 dollops of batter, equally spread apart, to help spread the batter easily.
  9. Sprinkle the crumb topping over the cake batter.  Go for small and big crumbs for variety.  Then very gently press the crumb topping into the batter.
  10. Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 45 to 50 minutes or until a tester inserted comes out clean.
  11. Let it cool completely before cutting into it.

Source:  David Lebovitz



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