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Pumpkin Bread with Arrowroot Clothing


This pumpkin bread recipe is so near and dear to my heart, that during the holidays of my college years, my mom sent me loaves in the mail. I’m not entirely sure where it originally came from; for all I know it could have come off the back of a can of pumpkin (que Friends Episode of Phoebe’s grandma’s famous chocolate chip cookies).

I teamed up with Arrowroot to bring you a recipe pairing to go with this infamously addictive pumpkin creation. Topped with maple whipped cream and served with warm apple cider, this is not meant for the faint of sugar-heart. As a bonus, both of these beautiful featured dresses are up on her shop and are perfect for the holidays, whether you’re baking or heading out to a holiday party.


Pumpkin Bread

You can bake these in a standard loaf or mini loaf pan. Baking time is about the same, but I always do a test about 45 minutes into baking time. You can pair this with any of your favorite apple cider recipes. And I’ll never blame you if you put a little extra somethin somethin in there.



3c flour
2t baking soda
1 1/2t salt
3c sugar
1t cinnamon
1t nutmeg
1c oil
2/3c water
4 eggs
2c pumpkin


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
- Combine wet ingredients into standing mixture on medium low setting (or mix thoroughly by hand) until well mixed and smooth.
- Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl and stir.
With mixer running on medium low, combine dry ingredients into wet ingredients one cup at a time until well combined and no lumps remain.
- Pour into greased & floured loaf pans until 2/3 full. Bake at 350 for one hour or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- When cool, slice and serve with a dollop of whipped cream, sprinkled with a touch of nutmeg.



Maple Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is one of the easiest things to make, and a touch of maple in here makes it perfect to top anything with. 


2c whipped cream
2T maple syrup
1t maple extract
1/2t vanilla extract
pinch of cinnamon


Whip in stand mixer until stiff peaks form. Sprinkle with nutmeg and you are set.

Dream Table


This post has been months in the making (literally). Back in the early warmth of summer, Heather came to me with an idea, as she often does, about creating a space for the women in our lives to come together and discuss a rather amorphous concept in our culture: dreams. Not the sleepy, night time kind of dreams, but the aspirations that bud and grow out of our hearts.

What hold us back from them? How do they tie into the Kingdom? How do we pursue them, knowing that we are already living the dream as God’s own children? How can we share them with others who can encourage us? How do we push against the fear that keeps us from pursuing them?

And so, The Dream Table was born. The morning centered around food and drink, as we shared our thoughts on the subject, busying our hands with making of dream catchers. The brunch menu consisted of autumnal mimosas, sweet scones, and savory quiches. Keep scrolling for the recipes to each.

Special thanks to EA of Arrowroot Clothing for opening her home, Liz of Siloh Floral for the amazing floral spread and styling oomph, and EB of eb+jc for the extra photo help.

*Side note* Although I feel rather behind on actually getting this onto the web (it occurred on Oct 24th), it comes at the perfect time. Thanksgiving is just days away, and the women in this post are so much of the reason why I am thankful to live in this community every year



Pomegranate & Lemon Scones

For the Lemon Scones, follow the below recipe, but replace lemon zest from one lemon and 1T lemon juice for the pomegranate seeds. Skip the cinnamon sugar step, and add in 1T lemon juice to your glaze mixture and top with additional zest instead of pomegranate seeds.



2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 stick of butter (cut into small cubes)
3/4 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 large  egg
1/4 c cinnamon sugar
1/4c milk
1c powdered sugar


Preheat your oven to 400F. 30 minutes before you want to make these, cut a stick of butter into cubes, cover and place in the freezer.

Pulse flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and butter in a food processor until it resembles a coarse meal. Gently stir in pomegranate seeds.

In another bowl, whisk the milk and egg until smooth.

Combine the egg mixture into dry ingredients until the dough holds together.

Empty onto a floured surface and briefly knead until the dough becomes cohesive. Separate dough into two portions, and flatten into discs about 1” thick. Cut like a pizza to create wedges.

Dip one end of each scone in milk, and then coat that end with cinnamon sugar so that it sticks well to the dough. 

Place scones (spaced apart) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 

Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

While scones are baking, whisk together 1c powdered sugar with milk, adding it in in small portions, until you have a thick, yet flow-y consistency.

After baking, let scones cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes. Drizzle the other end of the scone with glaze, and sprinkle with additional pomegranate seeds. 




Since I had two quiches to make, I did a double batch of crust. The key to the crust keeping its shape when baking is to throw it in the fridge for an hour after you form it in your pie pan. If you only need one crust, you can freeze the spare for later use.



2.5c flour
1t salt
1t sugar
2 sticks butter, chilled and cut into cubes
ice water


Pulse flour, salt, sugar, and butter in a food processor until a coarse meal is achieved.
Pulse in ice water in small batches until the dough comes together.
Place dough on well-floured surface and divide & form into two round discs.
Wrap in plastic wrap and store in fridge for at least an hour.



Quiche Lorraine

The second quiche I made was similar to this recipe, but I replaced the bacon with breakfast sausage, added sautéed mushrooms to the mix, and added in a few more teaspoons of fresh thyme and herbs.



1 chilled crust
6 strips of bacon, cut into 1/4″ strips
4 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1c half & half
4 cloves garlic, minced
1t fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4t salt
1/4t white pepper
1/4t black pepper
1/4t red pepper flakes
pinch of nutmeg
1c grated mozzarella cheese


An hour before you are planning on starting your quiche, roll out your pie crust on a well, floured surface, transfer & form into your pie pan. Poke holes in the bottom & store in the fridge for an hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and bake the pie crust for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside and let cool slightly.
Cook bacon in a large skillet until crispy, then set aside and let cool.
Whisk together eggs, yolks, half & half garlic, rosemary, salt, white & black pepper, red pepper flakes, and nutmeg until well combined. Mix in cheese.
Sprinkle pie crust with bacon, and fill with your egg mixture. Bake at 375 for about 35 minutes checking regularly for doneness.
Be sure to let cool for about 10 minutes before serving.



You can find the frittata recipe here. I used this recipe from the Glitter Guide for Pear- Thyme Mimosa Recipe (using the batching method), and this recipe for the pear nectar.

Pear Smash Cocktail with Arrowroot Clothing


October has nearly come to a close, but the crispness that is so characteristic of this season has yet to settle in. Bright, warm days and cool nights are a sign that summer days are not so quick to abandon us. I teamed up with EA (founder, designer and owner of Arrowroot Clothing) to bring you an autumnal cocktail with the perfect combination of fall flavors and freshness to compliment the slowly fading warm weather.

Today, Arrowroot is releasing the long anticipated Megan Dress, worn by the beautiful Sabrina in this post. Taking inspiration from Megan Draper herself, the dress is inspired by the mod fashion of the 1960’s. Fun bell sleeves meet a classy little-black-dress vibe for fall a day-to-night look you can’t beat. In keeping with the Mad Men theme, we named the cocktail after the beautiful fall dress. This seasonal twist on a Whiskey Peach Smash is the first cocktail to debut on the blog and is quite the tasty treat.



Pear Sage Whiskey Smash

An autumnal twist on a classic Whiskey Smash, this cocktail combines the warmth of whiskey with the crispness of fresh pear.  



1 lemon wedge (rind included)
1/2 pear
.75oz sage simple syrup
2 oz bourbon


Muddle the lemon and pear in cocktail shaker. The back of a wooden spoon works great for this.

Add remaining ingredients to cocktail shaker, fill with ice, shake thoroughly and double strain into a coup glass.

Garnish with sage leaf.


DeStena Trenta


Heather just recently turned 30, and threw a party under a glowing summer sky. She provided all of the … well … everything. How she used her own day of birth to love and serve others is just a small glimpse into her giant heart. Her labor of love included hours over the stove crafting up the Destena secret family recipe for eggplant parmesan and in the back yard setting a table for the people that she loves. No recipes here. I was just an observer in this glorious feast. Kudos, Heather!


Liz's Birthday Bash


Charcuterie  |  Wedge Salad w/ Green Goddess Dressing  |  Toasted Israeli Couscous  |  Lamb Meat Balls with Yogurt and Cucumber  |  Vanilla, Peach Bourbon, and Spicy Chocolate Semifreddo


I met Liz Freshman year of college. The year where you meet and hang out with more people than you know what to do with. Well almost 10 years later, this girl stuck. For her 27th Birthday I teamed up with Megan to peruse cooking mags and create a killer Mediterranean inspired menu. KJ, Megan and I spent many hours in the kitchen, prepping lamb meat balls, mixing semifreddo, and toasting couscous. Carolyn hosted in her beautiful backyard, and with the help of Bethany’s floral magic, set the perfect table. Laboring with my hands alongside these lovely ladies to celebrate this beautiful human made this night one of my absolute faves.


Wedge Salad & Green Goddess Dressing

This recipe serves 8 and this dressing from Bon Appétit is magnificent.



2 heads of iceberg lettuce
2 slices of bacon
2 scallions, chopped
1/4c tarragon leaves w/ tender stems
2 T chopped fresh chives
2 T cilantro
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup olive oil
2T white wine vinegar
2T plain yogurt
1 avocado, cut into quarters
salt + pepper


  1. Cut heads of lettuce into quarters. Cut bacon into 1/4" strips and cook over medium heat until crispy. Let cool and set aside.
  2. While bacon is cooking, combine dressing ingredients in food processor or high powered blender. Blend until smooth and add a few tablespoons of water slowly to thin slightly.
  4. Plate the iceberg wedges and drizzle with dressing. Sprinkle with bacon + feta and serve.


Peach Bourbon Semifreddo

Talk about the epitome of summer, this delectable treat was the perfect homage to warm adventurous months.


1 batch Vanilla Semifreddo
1/5c chopped peaches
2T sugar
4oz bourbon


Heat 1.5c chopped peaches and 2T sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until bubbly and liquid has reduced slightly. Add 1-2 shots of bourbon and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated. Let cool slightly and fold into 1/2 batch of Vanilla Semifreddo Recipe.
Pour into loaf pan and freeze for at least 4 hours.

Spicy Chocolate Semifreddo

If you want this to have less of a kick, replace a couple of ounces of chili chocolate with regular dark chocolate. 


40z dark chocolate with chili
3T powdered sugar
2 eggs, separated
8oz heavy cream


Melt the chocolate over the stove with a double boiler, or in a heat proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Add a tablespoon of cream if too thick.
As the chocolate is melting, whip the egg whites in a medium size bowl until medium peaks form. Set aside and whip the cream to soft peaks in another bowl.
Whip the sugar and egg yolks in a bowl until pale. Add chocolate and whip for several minutes until the mixture is thick and smooth.
Fold the egg whites and then the cream into the chocolate mixture.
Scrape the mixture into a cake pan, loaf pan or individual molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.


Basil Peach Galette


Let me tell you about my good friend, the galette. If you’re not an avid baker, this magical creation is the key to people thinking that you ARE one. They’re quick, easy, and best of all, the messier the better. Just roll out the dough, pile your choice of fruit in the middle, fold the edges over, and bake. 



Galette Dough

This recipe yields a nutty, crumbly dough, which paired perfectly with the soft warm peaches.



1/4 c walnuts
3/4c  flour
3/4t sugar
3T unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
1/4c chilled water


Pulse walnuts in food processor and combine with flour and sugar in a medium sized bowl.
Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
Mix in the water until thoroughly combined.
Flatten dough into a small disk and refrigerate.



Basil Peach Filling



2c peaches, sliced thin
1T lemon juice
2 basil leaves, sliced
1 egg, whisked



Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Toss peaches, sugar, lemon juice, and most of basil in bowl, set aside.
Roll out dough mixture until about 10″ in diameter.
Arrange peaches in the middle of the dough, leaving about 1.5″ around the edge. Top with remaining basil.
Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Apply egg wash to the outside crust and bake for 30-40 minutes.


Summer Gathering 2015



Basil Sweet Tea Cocktails - Marinated Grilled Shrimp Pineapple summer Salad - Mango Jalapeño Polenta
 Key Lime Cookie Butter Pops


I can’t believe it’s been a year since the first Fond Life Gathering. So many lovely faces have been involved in this little blog since then. Chad and I have a little apartment nestled in Denver, and I wanted to use the Summer Gathering as an excuse to get to know our neighbors a little better. 

Since none of us have much space, we carted Amy’s table outside into our “yard” which is really just the space between the sidewalk and the street. It’s all about the company, right? Special thanks to Chase + Amy for the genius mixology, help in the kitchen, and for providing a table that could actually accommodate more than 4 people.


Chili Lime Sweet Tea Cocktail

I let Chase know the meal game plan early on in the week, and he developed the perfect batch cocktail to pair with the light and fresh flavors. This recipe comes straight from the man himself. 



1 750ml bottle of deep eddy’s sweet tea vodka
1 full bottle of limeade
15-20 basil leaves (bigger the better)
chipotle chili powder



  1. Pour a small amount of the sweet tea vodka into a sturdy cup. A pint glass works well.
  2. Add 10-12 basil leaves and muddle together extensively. This creates a concentrate that will flavor the rest of the drink.
  3. Strain the concentrate to remove the mashed up basil leaves to be left with deliciousness only.
  4. In a presentable container, combine the concentrate, 1/2 sweet tea vodka and 1/2 limeade. (You can always make it more boozy if you like.)
  5. Stir together and add a few basil leaves to the big container for presentation.


  1. Combine chipotle chili powder with sugar to make a garnish for the rim. You can make this as spicy or as sweet as you like.
  2. Put the chili & sugar onto a small, shallow plate.
  3. Cut up the limes into wedges and use an extra to “wet” the rim of the glass all the way around.
  4. With a wet rim, roll the rim of the glass in the chili/sugar mix until the whole thing is covered.
  5. Fill the glass with ice & 1 basil leaf
  6. Pour drink into glass
  7. Garnish with a lime wedge


Basil-Lime Grilled Shrimp

This recipe used about 1.5lbs jumbo shrimp, but the marinade could stretch farther to cover more if you’re feeding more people. To avoid burning your skewers, you can soak them in water before skewering your shrimp. You can also forego the grill, and cook these marinated babies on the stove top. 



1-2 lbs shrimp
1/2c olive oil
juice from 2 limes
1t lime zest
1t salt
3T fresh basil, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
grilling skewers


  1. Mix together olive oil, lime juice & zest, salt, basil, and garlic in a large bowl. Add shrimp and stir to combine.
  2. Place shrimp mixture in a large bag to let marinate in the refrigerator for 1-8 hours.
  3. After marinated, place 4-5 shrimp on each grilling skewer. Heat grill to high and place skewers on grill, cooking 2 minutes on each side until bright pink.


Pineapple Summer Salad

This recipe just screams summer and is perfect for a picnic. The textures and light flavors are perfect to accompany any dish on a hot day. 



1 can black beans
1/2c pineapple, diced
1 small white onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, minced
1/4c parsley, chopped course
1c grape tomatoes, halved
1/2c olive oil
1/4c red wine vinegar
1T lime juice
alt + pepper


  1. Combine black beans, pineapple, onion, red pepper, parsley, and tomato in serving bowl.
  2. Whisk rest of ingredients together and thoroughly combine into bean mixture.
  3. Chill until ready to serve.


Mango Jalapeño Polenta

Base your quantity on the packaged instructions for how many people you are serving, substituting half of the water for mango puree. 



3-4 mangos
1  jalapeño, de-seeded and minced
2T butter


  1. Cut the flesh out of your mangos and puree in food process or blender, to make between 1-2 cups, depending on how much polenta you are making.
  2. Follow the cooking instructions on your polenta package, but substitute half of the water with the mango puree.
  3. When cooked, fold in butter and minced jalapeño. Keep warm until ready to serve.


Key Lime Cookie Butter Pops

This recipe is based off of a Smitten Kitchen recipe. The cookie butter is a great addition to these tart pops, and the cayenne adds a subtle kick to the mix.



2/3 c key lime juice
1t lime zest
1c half and half
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/4t cayenne pepper
cookie butter
gram crackers, crushed


Combine lime juice, zest, half and half, condensed milk and cayenne. Mix well.
Pour popsicle molds 2/3 full. Dollop a few scoops cookie butter into each popsicle mold, and top off with additional key lime filling.
Insert pop sticks and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Spread crushed gram crackers on a flat surface, coating the pops before serving.


Fig + Prosciutto Pasta Salad


Get ready for the most summery pasta of your life from Savory Simple. It is light, yet hearty, savory, yet sweet, and most importantly delicious. It’s perfect for the poolside, picnics, a date night, or a night in. You can even hoard it in your fridge to dole out during the week (seriously, this dish is perfect for that).

I was talking with a friend this week about the dilemma we find ourselves in on a weekly basis. We want to save money by preparing meals at home, but on a busy weeknight the thought of getting in the kitchen, let alone making the trip to get groceries before hand, seems daunting, tiring and undesirable. I’m a huge fan of recipes like this that you can store away and lean on when that tired and exhausted feeling hits you on a Wednesday at 7:30 PM and you’re starving. 


Get the full recipe here.

Whole 30 Baked French Fries


I have a couple of food vices in my life at the moment: french fries, and cookie butter. Now that I have the art of french fries under my belt, cookie butter is the next challenge in my oh-so-sophisticated *cough cough* culinary repertoire. Now, I’m just spitballing here, but I’m thinking lemon sage cookie butter layered into a lemon pop, peanut butter cookie butter baked in warm brownies, key lime cookie butter cups. I can already feel my self control weakening.

Speaking of questionable self control: potatoes. White potatoes have gotten a bad wrap, which makes sense. I mean, the way they usually get into our bodies is through an uncontrolled binge of deep-fried, crunchy, salty, addicting, preservative-filled overload, lacking in nutrition and doing nothing but fueling our growing appetites. But potatoes, are a whole food, aren’t they? And french fries, done right, are just sliced & baked potatoes. So make your own and avoid that, “should I really be eating this?” question. Now remember: eat them with your fingers and dip them in everything.



Whole 30 Baked French Fries

I'm telling you this right now. It does NOT get more glorious than this. 


russet potatoes,
sliced in uniform-ish strips
2T green onions, chopped
3 carrots, julienned
1T garlic salt
1/4t cayenne pepper
olive oil
salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Toss potato slices generously in olive oil + spices. Spread on rimmed baking sheet and top with carrots, green onion, and more salt.
Bake for 30-45 min, checking every 15 and stir as needed.
Dip in anything and everything.




Every finger food needs something delicious to dip into before you shove it in your face. When I was in the midst of Whole30, guacamole was this thing ( see Ultimate Finger Food Pt 1). I mean, is there anything this strange fruit can’t pair with, especially in this grill out, picnic time of a year that we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of? Toast – check. Salad – check. Eggs – check. Burgers – check. Dip – check. Tacos – check. Sandwich spread –  check. Dressing – check. I mean seriously. And also can I please just it them all day, every day?

The recipe king of the avocado world is most definitely guacamole. The beautiful thing about guac, is that you can’t really go wrong with it. And because of that, I never prepare it the same way twice. Sometimes I like it spicier, more crunchy, more salty, or with more of a garlic punch. You can cater it to your mood or to the preferences of anyone around you. So, in light of this fool-proof food, this post is more of a “choose your own adventure” story than a recipe. I list out all of the must have ingredients below, and you can combine them in any which way, smashing with a fork as you go. I’ve also listed some additional goodies that you may fancy tossing in there. As usual, the garlic in this recipe was grown right here in Denver, from Re:Vision’s Buying Club / Food Coop.




Below are ingredient options. The method to this, smash with a fork, or better yet, a potato masher. You can even pulse it in your food processor (options options options).


Must Haves

avocados (duh)
red onion, diced
garlic, minced
lime juice
tomato, seeded and diced
jalapeno, seeded and diced
salt and pepper
fork for smashing

Additional Goodies

garlic salt
bell peppers (of any variety)
cayenne or paprika
pine nuts
diced mango or pineapple
grilled corn
bacon or chorizo