Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake #InTheRaw

The product, information, and gift card have been provided by In The Raw® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of In The Raw®.

Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving everyone!  I’m so excited to spend the next week gathering with family and friends.  Connor is out of school and I think it’s just going to be a chill week all around.  I’m already full steam ahead and have my Christmas tree up…but that doesn’t mean I forget about Thanksgiving!

What do you think of when you hear the word THANKSGIVING?

Family?

Things you are thankful for?

FOOD?

Yes…food.  Memo to everyone out there, wear your stretchy pants on Thanksgiving Day.  You can thank me later.

I have a delicious recipe to share with you, it’s a Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake featuring Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag.

I’m always looking for healthier options during the holidays, but I still want to enjoy good food too!  That’s why I love the Stevia In The Raw Bakers Bag for all my holiday baking.

Information about Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag:

  • Stevia In The Raw® is a zero-calorie sweetener, perfect for any baking and cooking needs
  • It contains an extract from the sweet leaves of the stevia plant
  • Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag measures cup for cup with sugar so it can easily be used in recipes to reduce sugar and calories with no conversion necessary
    • Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag is formulated so that 1 cup has the same sweetness as 1 cup of Sugar
  • When using Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag for baking recipes, it is recommended that the user replace about half of the sugar in order to achieve the proper browning, rising and caramelizing that only sugar can provide
  • Up to 700 calories are saved for every cup of sugar that is replaced with Stevia In The Raw® Bakers Bag

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake

RECIPE:

Bourbon-Spiked Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake

STEVIA IN THE RAWⓇ | PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 25 MINUTES | MAKES 12 SERVINGS

Ingredients

Cake
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1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Stevia In The Raw®
1 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
1 can 100% pure pumpkin (15-oz.)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. baking powder
Sauce
1 cup caramel ice cream topping
2 Tbsp. bourbon or apple juice
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preparation

Heat oven to 325°F. Spray 12-cup bundt pan with cooking spray. Beat brown sugar, Stevia In The Raw®, oil and eggs until combined. Beat in pumpkin. Add flour, pumpkin pie spice and baking powder; beat on LOW just until mixed. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake 60 to 70 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 15 minutes. Run knife around sides of pan to loosen cake; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, combine caramel and bourbon in a small bowl. Drizzle over cooled cake and sprinkle with pecans.

This cake was so delicious y’all!  I hope you try it during the season & check out more great recipes and information about In The Raw® on the website, or Facebook Instagram, & Pinterest.


Let Jason’s Deli Cater to You! #JasonsCaters

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #JasonsCaters #CollectiveBias

You know how life get’s busy sometimes and you just forget stuff?  Well, as a working Mom who juggles a lot of different things I’ll tell you that what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is at the bottom of my priority list.  I know that sounds awful doesn’t it?  Just thinking about it and planning the grocery trip, cooking meals, and serving them gets me in a tizzy.

Often times when I’m at work I don’t even eat lunch…I just work right through it.  So when I found out that Jason’s Deli delivers right to your home or office I was so excited!  We have staff lunches all the time and the girls like to eat together.  So when I offered to order a “Garden Party” catering spread from Jason’s Deli everyone’s face lit up.  We had a great time and the food was delicious.  Jason’s Deli launched Catering for Entertaining at the beginning of October this year.

I placed the order online and it was delivered in less than an hour.  Everything was included with our meal: Plates, napkins, toothpicks, silverware, etc.

Here is what The Garden Party includes (Everything but the Simply Orange juice):

There are also several different packages you can choose from the Jason’s Deli Website:

Modern Meat & Cheese Package
The Garden Party
Buon Appetito Package
Kid’s Party Package
Deli Sliders Tailgate Package
Reuben & Rachel Sliders Tailgate Package
Delivery from Jason’s Deli is free on weekdays 4-6 pm and all day on weekends (valid at participating locations) For free shipping, you must use the code FDSC when ordering online.

The Garden Party

Featuring assorted petite sandwiches – gourmet pimento cheese, veggie cream cheese & cucumber, and our family-recipe chicken salad with almonds & pineapple – on country white & multigrain wheat / Fresh Fruit & Cheese Tray with creamy fruit dip / Decadent Dessert Bites.

These sandwiches were so yummy!  My favorite is Jason’s Deli Chicken Salad with the almonds and pineapple.  I’ve loved this chicken salad sandwich for YEARS people!

Who can forget dessert?

This cheese and fruit tray was delicious and super fresh.

Jason’s Deli catering for entertaining is great for any occasion.  Whether it’s a staff luncheon, an upcoming holiday party, or social gathering.  There is an option for everyone!


Jason’s Deli is now offering 4 new packages (6 in Dallas and Charlotte) that will change the way you think of catering – all served with the same hospitality and reliability that is expected of Jason’s Deli.  Their new packages are all free from: dyes, artificial trans fats and flavors, processed MSG, and high-fructose corn syrup.

Here’s why you should choose Jason’s Deli to cater your next event:
They are family owned and community focused.
They are catering experts – mastering catering over the past four decades
They offer Simply Orange products which are all natural, not-from-concentrate and made with simple ingredients.  Simply Orange® is never frozen, sweetened or concentrated.  Simply products have no added preservatives, colors, or artificial flavors.

I made some refreshing drinks using Simply Orange and cranberry ginger ale.  I topped them off with slices of mandarin oranges and it was super easy and fun!

Even the Doctor approved!  I just love our office and I love what we do.  Lunch time is a great time to reconnect, talk, and EAT GOOD FOOD!  I don’t want to stress about my meals or skip them when ordering from Jason’s Deli was so EASY.  I can tell you that this entire meal made everyone’s day. Our Garden Party not only tasted good, but it lifted our spirits!  It’s amazing what a good meal does for you right?

So, next time you’re in a pinch…don’t forget to contact Jason’s Deli.  You can pick-up or have them deliver anytime!

For more information and to keep up with the latest Jason’s Deli news follow on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, & Instagram.

 


It’s Going to be an ENCHANTED Christmas! Enter to WIN 4 VIP Tickets to Enchant!!!

This post is sponsored by Enchant Christmas.  All opinions are my own.

I’m so excited that the holiday season is FINALLY here!  You all remember when I shared with you about Enchant? This is the first year this fabulous display of lights will be in DFW.  We are so lucky to have this experience right here so close to home.  This is the U.S. debut of Enchant Christmas.

Here is a little sneak peek of what Enchant will be like:

Also, if you’ve never experienced Christkindl you must go.  It’s the best German Christmas Market and the food…oh my!

Now is your chance to enter to win the opportunity to attend the BIGGEST (and brightest) holiday premiere in North Texas this season! This is an outdoor event, so dress warm!

When:  Tuesday, November 21, 7-9PM

Where: Lot F at Globe Life Park in Arlington. (Complimentary parking)

Your world of Christmas wonder awaits at the U.S. debut and VIP premiere of Enchant Christmas Light Maze & Market. Surrounded by millions of dazzling lights and brilliantly lit sculptures, you and your family will be the first to navigate through the world’s largest light maze, visit Ole Saint Nick in his one-of-a-kind golden palace, glide around the ice-skating pond, waltz through The Enchant Christmas Market (including Texas Christkindl Market Lane), and toast our opening of with hot cocoa and holiday treats. You’ll find enchantment around every corner!

PRIZE WINNER WILL RECIEVE:

  • Winner will win a Family 4-pack – no extra tickets are for purchase.
  • Winner must be able to attend the event on Nov. 21. (No exceptions.)

ENTER TO WIN!!!

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Santa’s Toy Factory: Christmas Fun for the Whole Family in DFW!

I’ve partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas & GGP Parks at Arlington to share these free family events with my readers, and am being compensated for this partnership. All opinions expressed are my own.
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The Parks at Arlington Mall has partnered with Mattel to introduce a new holiday adventure that will be memorable for the entire family. Santa’s Toy Factory will open on November 11 in the center court area of the shopping center.

I love Christmas shopping and the hustle and bustle of everyone around!  There’s nothing that puts me in the Christmas spirit more than shopping for goodies with an eggnog latte in hand!  I’ve got 13 nieces and nephews and they love all sorts of toys like Barbies, Hot Wheels, and Thomas & Friends.  All of these great brands, including Santa will be at Santa’s Toy Factory this year!  If you live in the DFW area, then you have to take your kiddos to go check this out.  And the best part…IT’S FREE FOR EVERYONE!

Here’s a bit more about Santa’s Toy Factory:

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Santa’s Toy Factory is designed to empower creativity through an interactive, immersive experience to meet Santa. Within the 1,600 square-foot space, young guests will have the opportunity to “test” new toys in Santa’s Factory before they get delivered to all the boys and girls on Christmas morning. After they “test” the toys, they visit different stations to digitally design, build and paint toys from Mattel’s iconic brands including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, and Thomas & Friends.. The grand finale, of course, will be meeting Santa himself for photos and to share their holiday wish list.

“We are proud to be partnering with Mattel to bring this new, one-of-a-kind holiday concept to life,” said Lorie Lisius, general manager of Parks at Arlington. “We are always looking for ways to introduce new brands and experiences to our community and can’t wait to showcase Santa’s Toy Factory this holiday season. We know our guests will embrace it.”

The experience with Santa’s Toy Factory is free-of-charge and photo packages begin at $39.99. To make reservations to ensure quicker access, please click HERE. If you’d like more information, please visit www.VisitSantasToyFactory.com. Parks at Arlington is located at 3811 South Cooper and is home to a plethora of high-quality tenants including H&M, Aveda and Dickey’s BBQ.

Check out these One-Day Special Events Too!

You Can Be Anything Barbie

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November 11, 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Center Court

Thomas and His Super Station


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November 28, 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Center Court

Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage

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December 10, 2017
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Center Court

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Fall 2017

Hey Everyone!  I am always playing catch up, but I’m usually pretty good about posting all my random daily events on Instagram and Instagram stories…SO CHECK IT OUT!

Let’s recap shall we?

Even though it’s like 90-something degrees out I am going to wear a sweater and crank my air conditioner up all the way because the Starbucks holiday beverages are out….and nothing is going to stop me from listening to my Pentatonix or Michael Buble Christmas music holding a hot eggnog latte dang it!

I don’t know what is wrong with Connor’s face…I think he’s over this picture?

I got the cutest pajamas for Christmas this year from Lazy One!  I just love the little bottoms on these…ha ha!  My friend Michelle has a coupon code for 10% off if you want to use it: “MML

I’m also going to be decorating for the holidays soon and I can’t wait to share that with you all!  Terence is trying to hold me back for as long as he can from putting up the Christmas decor.

I ordered the cutest quilt from Steinmart and it’s so soft too!  It was only $29.99, so it was a bargain and I’ve been enjoying watching ALL the Hallmark Christmas movies wrapped up in this quilt.

Bad Moms Christmas was just as funny and fabulous as I thought it would be!  My friend Courtney and I had a great time seeing a sneak peek of the movie before it hit theaters.  We got cute little “Bad Moms” glasses too!  Y’all have to go see this movie….it’s hilarious!

We had our favorite cousins from England come stay with us for a week and it was FABULOUS!  Oh those babies and their little British accents….I die.  We had so much fun and can’t wait to go back over the pond to visit them again soon!

Connor and his cousin Ethan are the same age and got along like best friends <3

Speaking of Christmas….I’m full swing into fall/Christmas photo sessions again.  I can’t believe this year has already passed.  I say that every year, but this year it truly has.  It has been a crazy year too…so much going on in the world.  Good, and a lot of bad things happened this year in our country, but I know God is in control of every situation.  Without knowing that and having hope I don’t know how you can survive in this world.

And what a wonderful life it is….I have a beautiful new niece, Ella Cate, and I can’t wait to hold her and smell her fresh baby goodness.  My twin sister Bonnie gave birth to Ella a couple of weeks ago.  If you’ve been following this blog awhile, then you know Bonnie used to blog as well.  It’s been so hard living away and not being able to go home….but I will get there eventually!  In the mean time I’m so thankful for modern technology, facetime, and photos.

I’ve got a great coupon code for you if you live in DFW or are traveling here for the holiday season!  Every year the Gaylord Texan has a beautiful ICE! exhibit and you can get 50% off your tickets using this coupon code below:

Well, that’s all for now…but much more to come!!!

xo, Becky