Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Recipe

Pop Tarts made a rare appearance in our cupboard growing up, so when we had them in the house it felt like a special treat. My favorite flavors were strawberry and brown sugar. I always ate them toasted so the filling would be nice and warm – pure happiness (and sugar!) on a cold school morning. After a nutrition 101 class ruined the idea that Pop Tarts were an acceptable breakfast food, it has been years since I’ve enjoyed the nostalgic treat. In an effort to walk down memory lane and celebrate the arrival of chilly mornings, I made a batch of homemade pumpkin pie pop tarts this week.

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Recipe

As these pop tarts baked in the oven, our kitchen started to smell like Thanksgiving morning. Pumpkin pie spice and nutmeg filled the air as I anxiously checked the timer, waiting to finally tuck into one of these fall treats! Once they were done baking, I whipped up a maple glaze to spread over the top of the pop tarts. These pop tarts are a fun way to enjoy a grown-up version of a childhood treat and celebrate the arrival of autumn! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tart Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Ingredients

  • Pre-made pie crust
  • 1/2 C. pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt

For the maple glaze:

  • 1/2 C. powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup
  • 3 Tbs. water, as needed to reach proper consistency

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350˚
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, maple syrup, and spices together. Set aside.
  • Unroll the pie crust and cut out your desired size of rectangles. Make sure you cut an even amount so each pop tart has a base and a top.
  • Lay half of your dough rectangle out on a baking sheet and spoon a dollop of the pumpkin pie filling into the center of the dough.
  • Place another piece of dough on top of each pastry and crimp the edges shut with a fork.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top of the pastry is golden.
  • While the pop tarts are baking, mix up the maple glaze.
  • When the pop tarts are baked and have been cooled, spread a thin layer of maple glaze on each pastry.

Caramel Apple Sangria

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Caramel apples are my weakness. A few years ago, I let my guard down and ate as many caramel apples as my heart desired. It was all fun an games until I found myself reclined in an orthodontist’s chair. You may be asking what the connection between caramel apples and a trip to the orthodontist? Well, after about ten caramel apples the glue on my bottom retainer wore off and the poked tongue every time I moved my mouth. Quite a painful experience just for a few caramel apples!

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An emergency orthodontist visit later, one would think my love for caramel apples would have subsided. I’m here to say, the love affair is still going strong! However, I’ve learned to limit myself and try to sneak in the flavor combination in other ways. Therefore, I couldn’t wait to try my hand at making a batch of caramel apple sangria this fall season! It’s perfect to whip up and keep in the fridge for an imprint girls’ night, game day tailgate, or to warm up and sip at night next to a fire.

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Caramel Apple Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1/2 gallon apple cider
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 2 C caramel vodka
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • Cinnamon sticks optional*

Directions:

  • Pour the apple cider, wine and vodka into a pitcher
  • Stir to combine and add in the chopped apple
  • Cover and place in the fridge overnight
  • Serve hot or cold with a cinnamon stick garnish

Month in Review: September, 2018

Month in Review, September, 2018

September flew by this year and I’m trying to wrap my head around the fact that it is officially autumn. Where did the summer go? In these moments, I’m thankful of all the photos and videos Ian and I take throughout the month. After putting together our September video, I was reminded of all the adventures we had.

The month began with a trip downtown to wander around the Third Ward. This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in the city since it’s lined with cute boutique shops, cozy cafés, and stunning riverfront views.

Month in Review, September, 2018

Then we found ourselves beachside with our toes in the sand over Labor Day weekend. While the water was chilly, Ian and I were brave and dipped our feet in the lake. The rest of the afternoon was spent grilling out lunch and listening to the waves crash upon the shore.

Month in Review, September, 2018

Month in Review, September, 2018

Visiting Villa Terrace, a Mediterranean estate turned art museum, was at the top of my bucket list this month. Sadly, I was turned away on my first attempt to visit the villa due to a wedding. Mind you, this was on a Thursday and the website didn’t list any ongoing events. So this news came as quite a shock! Since we were already downtown we decided to grab sushi and walk around the East side. That’s when we stumbled across Black Cat Alley! This street art alleyway had been on my bucket list for quite some time, so it was a pleasant surprise to turn a corner and discover it nestled between two buildings.

Month in Review, September, 2018

Month in Review, September, 2018

The following weekend my Villa Terrace dreams came true. After calling the main office and confirming there weren’t any weddings that afternoon, Ian and I made our way to the estate. Quaint courtyards and perfectly manicured gardens will always have a soft spot in my heart, so I was in awe as we wandered around the property. This museum has to be on your list if you ever visit Milwaukee!

Month in Review, September, 2018

Month in Review, September, 2018

Our next big event in September was Doors Open, a weekend dedicated to hosting open houses for buildings that are usually closed to the public. This event is right up my alley, so I scoured over the list of 170 participating building to settle on a two-day itinerary! Out of the eleven properties we visited, our favorites were the St. Josaphat Basilica, Oriental Theater, and Tripoli Shrine.

Month in Review, September, 2018

Month in Review, September, 2018

Want to take a peek into one second from every day in September? Check out the video below!