Summer Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding

Summer Peach and Blueberry Bread Pudding | jessicagavin.com

There are two things that I love most about summer, the sunshine, and the stone fruit! I just can’t resist a super ripe juicy peach. I made this peach and blueberry bread pudding recipe, but I couldn’t decide if this was a breakfast or a dessert, so I’ve been enjoying it for both meals! yum

I was also inspired to make this irresistible bread pudding because I received a gorgeous loaf of cinnamon brioche bread baked by the OC Baking Company. My sweet friend and neighbor Erica made a trip to our local Old Towne Orange Farmer’s Market to pick up some goodies. Jason and I couldn’t possibly eat the whole loaf in a day or two, so I knew that I needed to make the leftovers into something really special. This recipe seriously blew my mind, keep reading to find out why and be ready to make some at home!… 

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Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce

Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce | jessicagavin.com #italianrecipe

These cheesy pasta shells make me smile. The first time I had oozy cheesy stuffed pasta shells, I was hooked! It’s such a simple yet comforting meal, and I think being a kid I thought the shape was really neat. In fact, my mom used to buy a big bag of these pre-filled pasta shells from Costco so I could just heat them up, top with sauce and have them whenever my heart desired. Nothing fancy, but I really liked them haha.
My husband Jason also grew up eating stuffed shells, but he was lucky enough to have his Italian mom Joan make them from scratch! I wanted to make a throwback nostalgic dish for the both of us so I stuffed jumbo pasta shells with spinach and cheese filling and them topped it with some homemade tomato sauce with sausage. Each cute little shell was delicious and satisfied our childhood cravings. I hope you enjoy this spinach and cheese stuffed shells with meat sauce recipe as much as our family does!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Lactation Cookies

Whole grain oatmeal chocolate chip coconut lactation cookies | jessicagavin.com

Hey all of you incredible breastfeeding momma’s out there, this post is especially for you! Since it’s almost Mother’s Day, I thought this would be an awesome time to share with you a recipe for lactation cookies, what?!? Yep! Cookies especially made for mom’s who are still breastfeeding their little ones.

Last year was undeniably all about babies with many of our close friends growing their families, super fun! I’ve been so blessed to have the most amazing women in my life. My dear friend Tekoah had her gorgeous daughter Siaana just a few weeks before James. We definitely shared experiences and tips throughout our mommy journey together. Tekoah is a culinary and fitness guru (check out her website) and has given me great advice on homeopathic ways to increase milk production.

She recommended trying fenugreek supplements (which totally worked for me) and also baking some lactation cookies which had helped other moms. Each month I’ve been noticing my milk production decreasing since I started working full time again. Now that James is eating more solids, its honestly been really hard for me to see my supply drop with each passing month. When I found out there was a chocolate cookie with added milk-producing benefits, I was determined to do what I could to keep things flowing!

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Savory Ham and Asparagus Quiche Recipe

delicious ham vegetable quiche | jessicagavin.com

Quiche combines my two favorite meal times together, breakfast and dessert. Thank you quiche! I just love saying that word. You can’t get any more decadent then filling a tender buttery crust with rich savory egg custard. For this year’s Easter brunch make sure you have this delicious ham and asparagus quiche on the table. You wouldn’t have thanksgiving without pumpkin pie would you? Make sure this spring staple is served nice and warm. I guarantee it will be devoured by your guests!… 

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Whole Wheat Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread with Oat Crumble

Whole Wheat Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread | jessicagavin.com #healthyrecipe #veganrecipe

This year I wanted to try baking with some vegan friendly ingredients, and I had no idea that you could get so many uses from one lovely tropical plant, coconuts! Of course my favorite form is a cold fresh cracked coconut with a pink umbrella and straw in it (someone please take me back to Bora Bora!), but coconuts are really a bakers best friend too. I wanted to make a healthier version of banana bread, so I thought this whole wheat vegan blueberry banana bread would be the most delicious way to go. And guess what…I’ve added a yummy oat crumble, the icing on the cake, err I mean, bread!… 

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Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

Sweet Potato Casserole recipe with Pecan Topping | jessicagavin.com

Whoo hoo! My hands down favorite holiday is almost here, Thanksgiving! It’s all about the food, football, wearing pants that stretch and getting that food coma “glow” with family and friends, it’s the best. There’s also no better time to turn a starchy sweet root vegetable into a dessert masked as a side dish. Those bright sunny orange fleshed sweet potatoes (also known as yams in North America, but that just doesn’t sound as yummy) are pretty amazing to eat just simply roasted or steamed. They have this incredible natural sweetness, yet are packed with healthy vitamins like beta carotene and dietary fiber. What’s not to like about a carb that tastes good and is healthier for you? I wanted to get a little more creative with my holiday sweet potato casserole recipe this year, oh man it’s addicting… I could’t stop sneaking bites!… 

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Homemade Pumpkin Granola Mix

Homemade Pumpkin Granola Mix | jessicagavin.com #recipe #foodblog

So I was feeling a little breakfast boredom, especially since I’m a habitual oatmeal gal. You know I got to get in that heart healthy fiber! With Starbucks launching the pumpkin spice latte aka PSL (now trademarked, jeez) at the tail end of summer, I was mentally ready for some more spice and excitement in my mornings. The answer to my sunrise slump was a freshly baked tray of homemade pumpkin granola mix loaded with all of the pumpkin spices your heart desires, plus some whole roasted almonds, sweet dried cranberries and pepitas, oh my!… 

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No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Cups | jessicagavin.com #recipe #cheesecake

Warning! This recipe is extremely easy to make which means you can satisfy your cheesecake craving at any moment, and may become highly addictive… Whew, glad I got that out of the way! Sometimes when I think about making cheesecake, I cringe. To make a cheesecake just right, it takes a lot of time and proper technique to nail the super decadent creamy texture. Not to mention you’ve got to fire up the oven, make a water bath, hope the top of your cheesecake doesn’t crack…urgh, the stress is unbearable at the moment. I have been seeing a lot of great no bake dessert recipe ideas, so I thought I would give these no bake pumpkin cheesecake cups a try! This is an especially clever dessert to make when you have run out of oven space during your holiday cooking marathon…. 

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Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Coffee Cake

delicious pumpkin pecan streusel coffeecake | jessicagavin.com #fallrecipe

Dare I say, fall is finally making it’s appearance in Southern California? During our walk back from our favorite local breakfast spot this past weekend with my husband Jason and baby James, I finally noticed some indicators of autumn. Leaves are beginning to turn brown on the trees and just barely starting to cover the ground. Some of my neighbors have started to put up some spooky Halloween decorations, and of course pumpkins in their front yards. As we almost reached home and I finished sipping the last addictive ounces of my chai latte, I got a sudden urge to bake…. 

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Pumpkin Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Stack of Pumpkin Cream Cookie Sandwiches | jessicagavin.com #cookies #recipe

Dunk…wait for it…nom nom nom! Oh boy do I love Oreo cookies with an ice cold glass of milk so I can dip each bite, so yummy! I don’t know how it started but I remember playing a game of who would get the cream filled center with my friends, anxiously holding one side of the cookie, pulling the sandwich apart like it was some magical wish bone. The crumbly chocolate wafer cookies are filled with just the right amount of vanilla cream and is one of my favorite childhood favorite treats, darn you Nabisco! Now these cookies are my adult guilty pleasure, and no better time to indulge than during the holiday season…. 

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