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Easy Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini Swirl Muffins

I’m crazy for pumpkin everything, and these easy pumpkin cheesecake mini swirl muffins are like having a tiny cupcake for breakfast with the frosting baked right inside (because they’re muffins … totally count as breakfast, right?) I leave the whole self control thing up to you.

These pumpkin cheesecake mini swirl muffins are also unbelievably simple to make; and I’m sharing an extra-easy cheat (at the end of the post) in case you’re looking for the world’s easiest pumpkin cream cheese swirl muffins, stat. Because if you’e anything like me, scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest these days, you want pumpkin anything and you want it now. I blame Fall.

Let’s talk muffins. This classic pumpkin muffin recipe is a tried and true one in our house. You start with a super moist spiced pumpkin muffin and top it with swirls of sweet cream cheese that melt into the top as it bakes. I’ve made variations of this pumpkin muffin again and again. (Ahem … cinnamon sugar pumpkin muffins and toasted marshmallow-stuffed pumpkin muffins with streusel topping.) Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

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The sweet cream cheese swirled into the top adds a ton of flavor, and I’ll admit, I might even double up the cream cheese filling next time, just to get more of that sweet burst of cheesecake in every bite.

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PUMPKIN CREAM CHEESE SWIRL MUFFINS

INGREDIENTS

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup peanut oil
2 eggs
1 can pumpkin (15 oz.)
1 1/2 cup sifted all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

For the Cream Cheese Filling:

1 Stick of Cream Cheese (softened to room temperature)
3/4 to 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar (depending on how sweet you want your filling)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Grease and flour (or spray with baking spray) muffin tins.
  3. Beat sugar with oil until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well. Continue beating until light and fluffy. Then mix in pumpkin on low speed.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients for the cake.
  5. Add dry ingredients into the wet mixture on low speed and mix well.
  6. Pour the dough into the prepared muffin cups, being careful not to fill more than about halfway. (They rise quite a bit during the baking process.)
  7. Cream Cheese Filling – In a small bowl, whip together the cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar, and stir to combine. Using a small spoon, drop a small dollop of the filling onto each raw cupcake, and using your finger or the back of the spoon, gently stir the cream cheese filling into the tops of each raw muffin.
  8. Bake for about 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes on a cooling wire rack (How fun is this gold version?); remove from pan and finish cooling on a rack or plate. (If you use full-size muffin tins, bake for about 60 minutes.)

NOTE: I’m a fan of these at either room temperature or chilled, though they definitely taste great warm out of the oven, just be sure the cream cheese topping has enough time to cool (it can be hot straight out of the oven.) Store these muffins in an airtight container in the fridge.

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And now for the really, really good news: that magical cheat I was talking about? These easy pumpkin cheesecake mini swirl muffins taste pretty darn great made with Trader Joe’s Bread and Pumpkin Muffin Mix. Yep. Buy a box, make it according to the easy directions on the box, make that two-ingredient cheesecake filling, swirl it in, throw it in the oven, and voilà!

Come on … you know you wanna make muffins. (Oh yeah, I am a pumpkin enabler.)

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Little Love Notes

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You may have seen on social media – we’re on a mini vacation! We decided to take a long weekend to DC, with a quick stop in Richmond, Virginia. Friday is our first full day here in DC and I am SO excited to be in a big city once again. I live for the hustle bustle and noise. Is that weird? If any of you are familiar with DC, send recommendations. We’re planning one great big food and sightseeing tour of the city, scrunched into one three-day weekend. Then on Monday we’re throwing a little Halloween party back at home. Wish us luck! I’ll be sharing what we’re up to throughout the weekend over on instagramfacebooktwitter, and snapchat → glitterinclexi (lots of fun behind-the-scenes there). Follow along!

How about you? Any exciting weekend plans?

With that, a few little love notes …

Dear endless pit of clothes and shoes, I’m coming for ya. Tips on making your closet a happy space.

Dear better nights sleep, here’s why you should keep a notebook on your nightstand.

Dear Gilmore fans, the official Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life trailer is here. I’m crying.

Dear DIY’s to try, the prettiest crepe paper flower crown.

Dear beauty know how, a complete guide to different mascara wands.

Dear morning transit, would you take a ride on a swing on the subway? Umm, yes please.

Dear fall door refresh, the prettiest affordable magnolia wreath you’ll want to hang straight through all of the Holidays.

Dear Instagram crushing, follow @allthatisshe. You can thank me later.

Dear weekend baking, homemade twix bars. Life-changing, I tell you.

Get the origins of these sweet little love notes, here, and catch up on love notes of the past.

Photo by Annie Watts Photography for Glitter, Inc. // “Wild Ones” Black Light Box

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What Songs Have Defined Your Life?

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Sometimes when Scarlett is singing the Hot Dog song from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse at the top of her lungs for the twenty-third time, and I’ve had my nose in my Gmail inbox so long I start to dream in starred e-mails, I scroll mindlessly through Facebook to give myself a break … like just about everyone else on the planet. And lately I keep spotting this shared post asking – “What songs have defined your life?” Then just the other day, my sister asked me what our wedding song was, and I realized, there were a handful.

It got me thinking. What songs have defined my own life? Do you have songs that transport you back in time to a memory, a moment? The kind of songs, where, with just the first few notes, you’re suddenly walking in a dream; a memory of a first kiss, heartbreak, your mom’s kitchen?

I am a music junkie, and so I always want to know what songs my friends and family swear by. It’s incredibly hard for me to pinpoint my FAVORITE song. Odds are, I don’t have one. I have about three hundred. But songs that have defined moments of my life? That, I might be able to swing.

In no particular order, and this is just a tiny sampling (call it the “condensed soundtrack of my life”), here goes …

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Downeaster Alexa, Billy Joel – When I was a little girl, my parents were deeply ensconced in their Billy Joel years. I always loved it when they both sang this song on our road trips.

Anna Begins, Counting Crows – I read the lyrics aloud as part of a poetry assignment in high school. Yeah, I was that dorky.

Babylon Feeling, Everlast – Back in the days when hubby wore a chain and rapped Goodie Mob lyrics, this was totally our high school song.

Tiny Dancer, Elton John – The moment on the bus in Almost Famous, when everyone sings Elton John at the top of their lungs – anytime I hear this song, I think of that scene and I’m reminded of home, of my big, loud family, singing.

Pardon Me, Incubus – I think this song marked a shift in my adolescence. That, and some combination of Tool, Nirvana, and Nine Inch Nails.

The Garden State Soundtrack – It was the first time I had ever seen Garden State. I was hooked. I watched the movie with eyes wide open. It threw me into adulthood on those unsteady steps that we all take in that awkward transition between teen and young adult. Anyone else?

In da Club, 50 Cent – College, and my best friend. We played 50 Cent on repeat. We wore our highest heels and cried our lowest lows and encouraged each other on and binged iced tea and cheap bread sticks. This song started a lifelong friendship and I always get hilariously sentimental when 50 Cent comes on the radio. My BFF actually got to meet 50 Cent at a fundraising event recently, and now she’s undoubtedly the cooler of the two of us. Happy Birthday, Serena.

A Perfect Circle, 3 Libras – Oh gosh, I don’t even know where to begin. The little goth girl in me just loves Maynard James Keenan too much. I met him once when he was signing his wine bottles at a Whole Foods in Miami (oh, adulthood). I think I overwhelmed him with my perkiness.

Motorcycle Driveby, Third Eye Blind – Mostly when I needed to cry in college.

Love and Some Verses, Iron & Wine – Easily the defining song of my relationship with hubby. Can you tell I kind of dig him? (Also, 16, Maybe Less, for obvious reasons. We fell for each other when I was only sixteen. But our young love story has a happy ending. I love that about us.)

Maybe Tomorrow, Stereophonics – This was another song on repeat during my college years. It’s his voice. So good.

Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles – I walked down the aisle to this to marry the man who is easily the best thing that ever happened to me. (Scarlett, the other best thing, was the result of that.) My brother, Sam, played the song on his guitar while the rest of us cried. I can’t hear that song now without tearing up.

That was tougher than I thought it would be! And new songs keep popping into my head.

So tell me, what are your life-defining songs?

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Lexi

How to Make DIY Marbled Pumpkins

Guys, I’ve discovered something magical, and I might never stop marbling ALL of the things. These DIY marbled pumpkin pumpkins are beautiful and unbelievably simple to make. The whole project takes maybe two steps and the best part is: you have everything you need already at home. (All you need is a plastic bowl, warm water, and nail polish!)

I love the color black, and have had a crush on the Target marbled pumpkins for weeks (anyone else able to get their hands on those beauties before they quickly sold out?) Making my marbled pumpkins black and white just made perfect sense. The chic result was beyond what I could have hoped for.

Though considering how much my little girl loved dipping the pumpkins, our next round might have to be rainbow-colored (a.k.a., Lisa Frank) inspired pumpkins using several brighter shades of nail polish. So much fun.

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I love that these pumpkins look marbled but also as though they’re covered in spooky black cobwebs … they feel so very Halloween.

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How to Make DIY Marbled Pumpkins

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

black nail polish
disposable plastic container or bowl
white pumpkins

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill a plastic container 3/4 full with lukewarm water. (If the water is too cold the nail polish will sink).
  2. Pour nail polish. It will mostly float on top of the water.
  3. Dip each pumpkin one at a time in the water, holding the stem, and spin a bit.
  4. Remove from water and dry on wax paper. Flip pumpkins after about 20 minutes to dry on the other side. Allow to dry completely.

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NOTE: The nail polish will begin to seize up by your third or fourth pumpkin. If you plan to make more, you may want to pour your water out and repeat the process every few pumpkins.

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By the way, The adorable black bats are actually paper stickers from Target. If you haven’t yet, check out Target‘s dollar section (just about everything in that section at the entrance of the store is $1 or $3); they always have adorable and affordable seasonal decorations, and right now, it’s ALL Halloween.

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Even the bottom of these DIY marbled pumpkins are gorgeous.

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Let me know if you create your own DIY marble pumpkins! I’d love to see your creations. 

Photos by Annie Watts Photography

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A Cold-Weather Classic: The Navy Coat

Navy has long been a staple in most wardrobes, but for some reason, most of us haven’t yet invested in a navy coat. We reach for black and grey when it comes to coats and jackets, thinking those somehow cover a more broad range of looks; but truth is, navy is a classic, and complements most other colors. Especially when it comes to a deep, dark navy coat – the hue is stylish, modern yet classic, and utterly wearable. A navy coat also has chic nautical vibes that can add a little life to an otherwise lackluster bundled up look. Whether you go for a maxi or midi length navy coat or a shorter, sweeter navy coat, the look is an instant fashion staple that you’ll hold on to for years to come.

Read on to see these gorgeous navy coats in action – plus plenty of styling inspiration – and be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for a chance at WINNING a $500 Nordstrom Gift Card to stock up on your own fall and winter fashion must-haves!

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via Maja Wyh 

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via The August Diaries

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via Refinery 29 (Photographed by Victoria Adamson)

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via Who What Wear (via Stockholm Street Style)

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via Gal Meets Glam (Love this navy wool double-breasted peacoat!)

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via Collage Vintage

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via Memorandum (Andrew Marc Boucle Wool Coat)

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Are you a fan of the classic navy coat? Any cold-weather fashion must-haves topping your list this season? You can check out what’s on my fall style wishlist here and the fall accessory must-have.


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How to Make an Almond Milk Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee

This post has been sponsored by Dunkin’ At Home. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make Glitter, Inc. possible!

Hubby and I are coffee lovers. If you come over, it’s a given that there’ll be a fresh pot of coffee brewing. But I don’t just love my morning cup of joe, I actually love having a cup of coffee in the afternoon as a little pick-me-up, especially if I can turn it into a sweet treat (without all of the calories of a dessert.)

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Dunkin’ at Home Bakery Series® Coffee is the perfect everyday “treat” that fits right into our coffee-loving routine. I mean, who doesn’t love donuts? So I set out to “fancy” up my afternoon cup of coffee and I think I’ve stumbled on the perfect afternoon indulgence in a cup. Meet the Almond Milk Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee.

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I added a chocolate spoon stirrer because even when I’m having the LONGEST day, a chocolate dipped spoon covered in sprinkles surely fixes everything.

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If you haven’t tried chocolate almond milk and chocolate cashew milk yet, it’s time to get on board. It’s rich and creamy and full of healthy protein.

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How to Make an Almond Milk Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee with Chocolate Spoon Stirrer

INGREDIENTS

Bakery Series® Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee
Chocolate Almond Milk (or Chocolate Cashew Milk)
About 1/3 cup of your favorite baking chocolate
Plastic Spoons (How cute are these gold glitter spoons?)

DIRECTIONS

First, make your chocolate spoons. Melt about 1/3 cup of your favorite baking chocolate in a microwave-safe cup or dish in the microwave. I typically heat my chocolate about 20 – 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Next, dip the bottom 2/3 of the spoon into the chocolate and roll around until entire 2/3 is coated in chocolate. Rest coated spoon on parchment paper and top with sprinkles. Allow to set/cool completely. It will harden within about 30 minutes.*

Brew Bakery Series® Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee. (If glazed donut isn’t your jam, you can try one of the other Bakery Series® Coffee flavors.)

Pour coffee about 2/3 of the way up into a mug, top with chocolate almond milk (or chocolate cashew milk). (You can also warm your milk before pouring into your cup of coffee if you like your cup extra hot.)

Using your chocolate spoon, stir your warm coffee a few times so that the chocolate spoon starts to melt and you get yourself a decadent cup of coffee.

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*HINT: Make several of these chocolate spoons at a time and freeze the extras by storing them in an airtight container in your freezer. They hold up really well and can be pulled out whenever you’re looking for a little extra indulgence. In my case, that’d be every day.

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This coffee also tastes GREAT iced. I’ll make a pot of the Bakery Series® Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee, or even use leftover coffee from that morning, let it cool, and then pour it into a pitcher to be kept in our refrigerator for when I’m in the mood for iced coffee.

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You can pick up your own Dunkin’ at Home Bakery Series® Coffee where you buy groceries.


Lexi