Pumpkin Cake Balls

Ahh, November 2nd.  I mean let’s be honest, the second November 1 hit all things Christmas were merry and bright. Fall is forgotten!

I have to say, I feel like fall is cut short every year though.   Make no mistake, I’m am a Christmas fanatic and my husband is always on my case about the Christmas music (#sorrynotsorry) but I do transition very slowly from “fall” to “winter” because I just love them both.

Now, let’s cut to the chase. I have to tell you a secret: I HATE pumpkin pie.  I know, I know, “what?!?” you say? Frankly, it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I didn’t even try pumpkin because I just didn’t like the smell of canned pumpkin (or the texture to say the least). And here’s another secret: I really don’t like pumpkin spice lattes.  So, I felt like I could never get one of those graphic tees with that saying on it because then I would be living a lie.

How did I get to this point in my life… LIKING pumpkin anything?? My roommate in college, who happens to now be my sister in law, introduced me to:  PUMPKIN BARS! The world’s greatest gift (ok slightly sarcastic) to all mankind.  You can eat it for breakfast with a coffee. You can eat it for lunch as a treat. You can eat it for dinner. Yes, dinner.

When she asked if I wanted to try them I was like “Girl, hell no. But, thanks.” Somehow, just somehow, she got me to try them and I was hooked.  Once I moved to Michigan and started teaching, I would always bring a pan of these for the teachers for our morning snack every once and a while.  They were gone within two hours.  Everyone seems to love them. They are also the easiest quick dessert to bring to a party or to your Thanksgiving Dinner! And the best part… they have a CREAM CHEESE FROSTING.

Now, let’s say you don’t want to put a cream cheese frosting on them.  Sometimes, not often, you MAY have leftovers.  You just can’t throw them away. What do you do with them? Make cake balls, DUH!

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Take those leftover’s and add cream cheese in a bowl.  I use Philadelphia’s 1/3 Less Fat Cream Cheese.  I mean, this isn’t a low fat recipe.  Plus, overtime I cheat and use “less fat” or something of the sort, Paula Dean and Ina Garten always pop into my head.  They would never use 1/3 Fat Cream Cheese! Ok, anyways, depending on how many leftovers you have will depend on how much cream cheese to use. I would add about 1/4 cup at a time and get it to the consistency that you’d like.. sticky enough to roll into balls and then line a tray with a piece of parchment or foil.

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Next: Chocolate. White Chocolate. Mmm, gimme some of that.  Remember, follow the directions on the package. If you heat the chocolate to quickly or on too high of heat, it will ruin the chocolate! I used Ghirardelli’s White Melting Wafers. Add them all to a bowl and heat until chocolate is smooth and silky.


Now, dip those balls!!

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After you dip them you can do a couple things.  The first is to coat them in white chocolate and then shave a chocolate bar on top.  Just keep it in the chocolate family you know?

The second option I did for you was to keep that fall theme: after dipping them in the white chocolate, sprinkle some cinnamon on them! *FULL DISCLOSURE*: DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT, mix up Chili Powder and Cinnamon. How do I know? I plead the fifth….

The third option I made for you can be more fun for doing this with kids at home: grab your food coloring and mix up some fun colors! I did orange for fall but you could do whatever.  I sifted some powder sugar on top for a little finishing touch.


Tada! And there you have it! Have any other fun topping suggestions for these? Comment below!


Have a great Thursday!

The Styled Housewife

Pumpkin Bar Recipe

  • 16 oz can of pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp CINNAMON (not chili powder )
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking sode
  1. Set your oven to 350 degrees F.  Oil/grease a jelly roll pan (I use a Calphalon 12×17 nonstick pan).
  2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until smooth.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool and eat!


The Best Stain Remover

Monday. It’s not like I have to get up and GO to work per se, or shower, or whatever (no judging), but Monday still FEELS like Monday.  We can at least get out of the house on Mondays because we have swim lessons in town with Lillian, and I guess with Weston, but the last two weeks I’m just too lazy to get him undressed, bathing suit on, and swim diaper on to see him “swim” in the pool for like .5 seconds.

Anywho, Lillian is almost two and today was the FIRST day she didn’t scream absolute bloody murder during it.  Like, how much more fun is it to swim and not be hyperventilating at the same time? Now she knows. I hope.

Driving back out to the cottage from swim Lillian usually falls asleep. Weston is still a little finicky since he is still young, so today I got him out and we just were chillin on the floor playing with this toy that seriously gets on my nerves.  But, my kids just love it. So, I bare with it.

If you’re a mom of a spitter upper, you are going to know what I’m talking about.  Sitting, playing with the littlest love of your life, and you hear it.  That gurgling, wet, slightly volcanic rumbling sound that comes from your baby.  You hesitate… did that just come from my precious baby? Oh no, did it come out immediately? Or is it going to be like a self timer on a camera.. counting down to the seconds that super gross spit up comes out.

Ugh. Talking about it grosses me out.  Lillian never spit up and she was my first child.  Ok, so like 5 times a little milk came out and when I’d talk to people who’d ask if she spit up a lot I’d casually be like, “Yea she spits up a decent amount.” I could pretty much wipe it away by rubbing it between my fingers.

Come to find out my vision was skewed.  This kid is like a slushy machine, never giving up and always ready to reload.  You know the worst part, right? When you feed them carrots or something crazy like the mango, banana, sweet potato mix 2 hours ago and the spit up is STILL an angry orange color.  The worst, when all that delightful mess gets on your freaking carpet.. a hundred times, because it never stops.

Rugs are so expensive, too.  I mean depending on the rug, a loan or even selling your soul seems like the only option to pay for that prized rug you’ve been dreaming about for a particular room in your house.  Luckily, the one I have in the cottage living room is from TJMaxx.  So, all I had to do is wait in a line 18 miles long to pay for it.  Still, I had patches of orange stains all over my rug and I wanted them gone.

Kurt and I got married 4 years ago coming up very soon, August 10th actually (which reminded me it’s coming up – thanks for the reminder Jena) and for a wedding gift, my sister in law gave me this Bissell LittleGreen ProHeat Deep Reach (did you get all that?) carpet cleaner machine. (Get it on Amazon for under $125!) We don’t have a dog or anything and we didn’t have kids so I was like “Thanks” and put it in a storage room and never touched it, until recently.

The other night as I was sitting on the couch, surveying what looked like Cheetos stains all over my rug, I decided to go home and get the damn thing.  Once I plugged it in, I sprayed a little OxyClean Stain remover on the stains, powered that carpet machine up, and you know what happened? Those stains came out IMMEDIATELY!!!!!  I couldn’t have been more excited, dancing around screaming “Hallelujah”! All those stains came out. If you don’t have this, or you have a dog, or a spitter upper, or some other human in your household that makes a mess on the carpet, then you need to get it! It was one of the best gifts I ever received without even knowing I’d ever need it.

Pros: Gets all the stains out. Small, easy to store, easy to use. Awesome product for the price.

Cons: None, except Weston spit up all over the rug while writing this. So, back to work!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

So our forever home will be done in just TWO short weeks. Can you say excited?! I’ll be updating you all on the house as we fill the rooms as well so stay posted.  We have been staying in our very small and cozy cottage on Spring Lake which is connected to Lake Michigan for the last year and a half.  As much as we do love it here, there is absolutely no storage space for our things.  I cannot wait to show you my new closet (which I do have to share with the hubs) but will still be plenty big for the two of us.

Below are my 5 favorite shoes I recently purchased from Nordstrom. Most of them are on the sale with the exception of one.  Comment below with any of your favorite Nordstrom Anniversary shoe purchases!




Steve Madden Softey Slide in Black – $39.95 Nothing says that you’re trending into fall without a pair of shoes with fur! Although these aren’t on the Anniversary Sale at Nordstrom, these are must haves and would pair perfect with a jersey dress and a casual jean jacket (my favorite – super soft!) or a pair of leggings with a tank and cardigan.

Anniversary Sale BP. Tale 2 Slide in Grey – $49.90 from $79.95 I have a pair of TOM slides that look similar but in nude and boy have I worn those everywhere this summer.  There is just something about a thick heel, are you with me girls? So easy to walk in and still dresses up your outfit.  The grey suede is perfect for those fall days with distressed denim, too!

Kate Spade Cavell Loafter Mule – SOLD OUT at Nordstrom – So happy I got my hands on these during the pre-sale.  These will be a perfect neutral shoe to transition right into the fall season from summer. The detailed gems on the front are perfect for dressing up your look. Hopefully you snagged a pair while you could! You can find them in limited sizes here.

Anniversary Sale – Sam Edelman Rafaella Pointy Toe Ballet Flat – $99.90 from $149.95 The detailed sequins and playful pattern will pair perfectly with skinny jeans and a neutral top. (say that 5 times fast)

Anniversary Sale – Louise Et Cie Jianna Stacked Heel Pump – $79.90 from $119.95 Such a romantic shoe! The soft pale pink combined with the velvet fabric scream date night with your favorite person, or a night out with your #girlsquad.

Splurge Worthy Items

Happy Friday all! I am so excited for the weekend! Kurt had a golf outing all last weekend and was gone Thursday through Sunday so the kids are I are looking forward to biking to dinner with him and having a nice relaxing family night.  Tomorrow we are running a 10k and I’m hoping I don’t pass out.  I had a lot of back issues with Weston so now that I’m feeling better I’m hoping to get back into running shape.

Just wanted to share some of my splurge worthy faves with you guys. These are items I am super pumped to have in my closet. What I love about splurge worthy items is that everything you wear or own does not have to be labeled “splurge worthy”.  Honestly, you could have on a pair of Target shorts, an Old Navy top, but then pair it with a great shoe and some fun jewelry and you look like a million bucks!  Comment below with some of your splurge worthy faves you feel like you just CAN’T live without.. okay you could live without but you just really have to have!




Dior Adict Ultra-Gloss – SO smooth on your lips, it’s like a freaking dream on your face.  This color is the best nude – soft and subtle – which seems to go with everything! It’s great by itself in the summer time and puts a nice shimmer on lipstick that’s a little more bold during the fall and winter months.  This is the perfect top coat for your lips.  (Color is linked)

Chanel Wallet on a Chain – Can we just say insert Emoji with heart eyes?!? This was a gift from Kurt for my 30th birthday this year.  I just pinch myself I have it. It’s the perfect size for date nights or weddings.  Big enough to slide in your ID, some cash, your lipgloss and your cell phone.  Black goes with everything and it can be used year round – let’s call it the best bang for your buck.  And although I LOVE gold, silver seems so timeless that I just HAD to have this one.

David Yurman Crossover Bracelet with Pearls and Diamonds – This is my favorite bracelet for everyday wear as well as a fancy night out.  This was also a special gift from my Dad for my 21st birthday.  I love

all these cable bracelets by David Yurman but this one by far is my favorite!  Such a statement piece of jewelry.  My wedding and engagement ring are both silver so it’s the perfect accessory to add to my wrist.  Other favorite: Cable Classics Hoop Earrings

Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pump in Poudre – I went ahead and bought these cuties as a Christmas gift to myself. This color is to die for – for realz.  Nude is the perfect color because it goes with EVERYTHING.  They also have these Rockstud Flip Flops in five colors and they are the best.  I’ve gotten good wear and tear out of these but luckily I went ahead and splurged on a black pair, too. #SorryNotSorry

Diorshow Blackout Mascara – Seriously love Dior makeup in general.  Their mascara around the board makes your lashes SO THICK and makes you look like you have lash extensions, no joke.  I would recommend a waterproof one if you are needing it to last all day as opposed as to going to one event or outing.  Otherwise, you just can’t go wrong.