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pumpkin gingerbread

November 26th, 2013 · 4 Comments

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When it comes to Thanksgiving recipes, I’ve already covered the basics: stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, apple pie, and more.  But let’s face it: unless you’re hosting for the first time, you probably have a recipe or two of your own.

But what about the morning before Thanksgiving?  See, I bet you didn’t put much thought into that, did you?  Usually over the holidays you can count on a house full of visiting family, and they need breakfast!  And you need to get started on the turkey, so you know what’s a great idea?  A simple, easy, totally delicious recipe that they can enjoy — perfect for getting everyone into the holiday spirit a little early! 

For this recipe, I tried to focus on an ingredient that was great for your skin and perfectly for the holidays — and I settled on pumpkin!  Pumpkin has tons of Vitamin A, which jump-starts the skin cell renewal process and helps give you youthful, radiant skin.  It’s also a great source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects and repairs your skin (Vitamin E is also found in Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer, one of my favorites)!  So you’re doing good for your skin as well as your body — think about that when you go for seconds! 

And for more awesome skin-loving recipes, check out Simple Skincare’s Skin-Loving Food and Nutrition Pinterest board!

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Pumpkin Gingerbread

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1/2 of a 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 9″ by 5″ loaf pan. 

Mix together sugar, oil and eggs and beat until smooth.  Add water, pumpkin, ginger, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon and beat together until well blended.

Add the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder to the mixture and blend until evenly distributed.  Pour into the loaf pan and bake until a knife inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 1 hour. 

For the icing, mix together powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.  Start with one tablespoon of milk and increase in small increments until the icing is pourable.  Pour onto the gingerbread, cut and serve.

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homemade caramel sauce

October 17th, 2013 · 10 Comments

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And now, a little break from all things pregnancy-related, for you all to meet my new best friend:

Homemade.  Caramel.  Sauce.

Are you drooling yet?  Because you should be.

I have weird taste in desserts — my favorite candy is always the stuff that nobody buys.  Chad makes fun of me for it — this Halloween, when I came home with a huge bag of Dots, the first words out of his mouth were, “you have the worst taste in candy.”  Seriously, the kind that I pick most often, hands down: Good & Plenty.  Inevitably, they’re always stale (I think convenience stores restock it once every seven to nine years).  But I love them.

So after that ringing endorsement, are you ready to take my word for it on a dessert recommendation? 

You should be.  Of the non-candy desserts, caramel is my absolute favorite flavor, and I consider myself a bit of a connoisseur.  And homemade caramel sauce?  A thousand times better than anything you’ve been served from an ice cream shop or a bottle.  This tastes completely pure and absolutely delicious. 

So, go ahead.  Whip up a batch and spoon it over some ice cream.  You can even top it with some Good & Plentys — I swear, they’re actually really good!

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Caramel Sauce


1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla


In a small saucepan, combine sugar, salt, vanilla and water. Cook over medium heat until sugar is amber-colored, about 7 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Stir in heavy cream; add butter, and stir until combined. Let cool to room temperature or slightly warmer, and serve.

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Tags: desserts · food

Noritake China!

October 7th, 2013 · 2 Comments

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As many of you guys know, I’ve been a longtime convert to Noritake’s beautiful china patterns — I’ve used their pieces for everything from our first dinner party in our new house to my birthday to the Fourth of July to breakfast on Thanksgiving morning.  Their pieces are casual but so elegant, and I’m constantly finding new ways to mix and match their different patterns.

So I’m super excited to announce that we’ve partnered up for a flash sale this week!  We’ve collected all of the patterns that you’ve seen on Sugarlaws over the years and Noritake is offering a 40% discount on all of them if you use the coupon code KATY40 (UPDATE: the flash sale is over but you can still use the coupon code SUGARLAWS for 15% off any pattern on the site!)!  It’s the biggest sale they’ve ever done and I am so honored to have gotten to pick the pieces!  These are the patterns that I pull out all the time, from parties to casual dinners at home, and I know you guys will love them as much as I do.

And I have to introduce you to a new favorite of mine: the Hampshire pattern!  I completely fell in love with this set the moment I saw it — it’s so simple and timeless and perfect for the upcoming holidays!  I couldn’t resist mixing the gold and platinum patterns for a slightly modern feel, but they’re equally gorgeous on their own!

The best thing about beautiful china is that it makes setting the table so easy — all I had to use to create this table setting was a small bouquet of fall flowers and a handful of mini pumpkins from the grocery store (the napkin rings are left over from hosting Thanksgiving last year).  But you’d never know how easy it was from the final product — fine china makes everything look so gorgeous! 

So check out the flash sale this week and use the coupon SUGARLAWS for 15% off any pattern on the site!.  Hopefully you guys can pick up a few of your favorites! 

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