Fall Favorites + $250 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

How did it become halfway through September already?? Weeeeird. The mornings here are becoming brisk which I *love*, and I can wear boots without my feet wanting to disown me. Love, love, love fall.

I started My Sequined Life in late October last year (errr, I think it was late October. Am I a bad blogger if I don’t exactly remember?), juuuust in time to jump on the fall recipe train. Some of those recipes are my favorites still, and since I’m pretty sure my only reader in the early days was my mom (hi mom!), I figured I’d revisit some favorites this year.

Hope you didn’t put your ice cream maker away just yet!

Pumpkin Spice Gelato Affogato | www.mysequinedlife.com

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Affogato – homemade pumpkin spice gelato with espresso poured over top for a seriously fall affogato. Jazz up your PSL cravings!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Snickerdoodle Frosting

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Snickerdoodle Cookie “Frosting” is a recipe I can’t wait to remake this week. For those times you can’t choose which cookie to make…let’s have both!

Pumpkin Pecan Donuts with Maple Vanilla Glaze | www.mysequinedlife.com

Pumpkin Pecan Donuts with Maple Vanilla Glaze – these donuts were my very first recipe post! I must have a thing for pumpkin + donuts together because coming up this week I’ve got more fall-inspired donuts headed your way (we’vebeeninhalingthemlikeitsourjobs).

And speaking of blog anniversaries, I’m excited to be participating in a triple blog anniversary giveaway that the lovely ladies over at Flavor the Moments, Spoonful of Flour, and Wishes and Dishes put together for their three blogiversaries! Who’d like to win a $250 Amazon gift card?!

Flavor the Moments - 2nd Anniversary

Spoonful of Flour – 2nd Anniversary

Wishes and Dishes – 3rd Anniversary

To enter: use the widget below. And be sure to check out some of the amazing bloggers also participating in this giveaway!

American Heritage Cooking * Blahnik Baker * Carmel Moments *

Cookie Monster Cooking * Cooking on the Front Burner *

Cooking with Curls * Food Wine Thyme * Inspiration Kitchen *

Life Made Sweeter * Maebells * My Sequined Life *

Pick Fresh Food * Pumpkin ‘N Spice * Scrummy Lane *

Spicy Southern Kitchen * Spoonful of Flavor * The Sweet {Tooth} Life *

Weary Chef * Whole and Heavenly Oven * Yummy Healthy Easy

This giveaway is open until September 29th.

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One-Hour Braided Honey Whole Wheat Bread

This bread. OMG.

One-Hour Braided Honey Whole Wheat Bread | www.mysequinedlife.com

Okay then, hope you have a great weekend, guys!

…okay I kid, I kid. When I was working on my writing process post last week, this one-hour honey whole wheat bread was what I had in mind when I answered question #3. 100% whole wheat bread from scratch. It’s soft, fluffy, and sweetened a tad with honey. And from start to finish, it takes one hour or less. A homemade yeast bread so speedy, you can make it on a Tuesday after work and use it to make your Wednesday lunch sandwich before you even go to bed. That, my friends, is gold.

Gold in carb form. Mmmm.

One-Hour Honey Whole Wheat Bread | www.mysequinedlife.com

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Gingersnap Oreos with Pumpkin Cream

Welp, I did it. Cracked open my first can of pumpkin on a 92°F and humid day, but it’s September! O-fiiic-iallyyy almostfall. Time to celebrate with gingersnap oreos with pumpkin cream.

Gingersnap Oreos with Pumpkin Cream | www.mysequinedlife.com

Hi, beauties. Just sweet enough pumpkin cream is sandwiched between two crunchy, spicy homemade gingersnap cookies. This, my friends, is fall in a cookie. Truthfully I got hit by the gingersnap bug weeks ago, when my failed gingersnap cookie recipe turned into a recipe for fab gingersnap muffin tops. They were delicious and scarfed up immediately, but in the back of my mind I never forgot about my crisp, slightly-spicy cookie cravings.

You know, I wanted the ‘snap’ in ‘gingersnap’.

Gingersnap Oreos with Pumpkin Cream | www.mysequinedlife.com

These sandwich cookies deliver. And then some. Read more…

Writing Process Blog Tour + Odds and Ends

How come four day work weeks sometimes feel longer than five day-ers? Let’s go Friday…chuga chuga.

A few weeks ago (or maybe a month or so, eek!), two of my blogger buddies, Kristi from Inspiration Kitchen and Helen from Scrummy Lane invited me to participate in the Writing Process Blog Tour. If you’ve seen other writing process posts you know the drill, but if not, the basis of the post is that each blogger answers the same four questions about what goes on behind the scenes in their slice of blog land.

Oh, have you checked out their blogs? Kristi’s writing style is super fun, vibrant, and bubbly, just like her! Reading her posts reminds me of reading an email from a friend. How great is that!? Her taste buds are seriously into spice (smoke out your ears style), but don’t worry – she posts plenty of tasty non-spicy (or spice-adjustable) recipes, too! I used her easy caramel sauce recipe for my pineapple turnovers with coconut and caramel sauce and just about did a back flip. Dangerously easy and so, so good!

Helen has a total knack for tying in an interesting/funny/relevant tale from her myriad of travels to her recipes. I really get sucked in to each and every one of her posts…and that’s even before glimpsing the crave-worthy recipe and beautiful photos! Helen currently resides in Australia but has lived in and traveled throughout Europe (and beyond, I’m sure!). I love reading about her experiences and inspiration points for her recipes. Sometimes I close my eyes at night and I see these lemon bakewell slices she posted about last week and start salivating. Heaven in dessert form.

The sign of a great blog? After reading a new post on Inspiration Kitchen or Scrummy Lane, I always find myself in a good mood. Ding ding…win!

Here come the odds and ends...I love watching this sunset most nights. It morphs into something awesomely different every few minutes!

Here come the odds and ends…I love watching this sunset most nights. It morphs into something awesomely different every few minutes!

I know this post is going to be super word heavy sooo without further ado, here we go! Read more…