Guest Post: Mapledoodles

Happy Hump Day! If you can believe it, I finally have my entire kitchen unpacked and plan to get baking tomorrow! It’s been a wild ride over the last few weeks and I’m about ready to settle back into some normalcy. As I emerge from the chaos, I have one more friend helping me out with a guest post! Kelsey is the amazing woman behind the food blog Apple a Day. We haven’t yet had a chance to meet “in real life”, but I really hope we correct that problem in the very near future because she is such a sweetheart! She herself has just recently moved and has been traveling, so it means that much more that she is helping me out! As for her blog, she is well known for these amazing chocolate chip cookies (which I promptly made just a few hours after she originally posted it!), but some of my other favorites include her Meatless Monday posts, especially this Pasta with Roasted Vegetables. Yum! Thanks, Kelsey! These cookies really do sound perfect for unpacking and filling my new home with the warm smell of fall!
Good morning, Sunny Side Up readers! I am so glad to be here with you today, especially given the wonderful circumstances for Jessica. I know she really enjoyed her time in China and made wonderful friends there, but nothing compares to the feeling of being home with the ones you love.

I can only imagine how busy Jessica must be making the rounds to visit everyone, get her new digs unpacked and set up, and sneak in some snuggle time with her kitties she missed so very much. Cooking probably isn’t a top priority at the moment. Heck, it might not even be possible!

But Jess, I’ve made these just for you. I remember when I moved and had my kitchen semi set up. Cookies were one of the first things I baked. I didn’t have to locate too much equipment and I didn’t need all that much counter space to operate. I wanted you to have something with all the glorious flavors of fall. I wanted it to be something that would immediately make your new place smell like home while baking. I wanted something simple enough to make in a new kitchen and I wanted you to be able to nibble on it, one-handed, while unpacking. I hope you like these.

Welcome home.



Guest Post: Caramel Oatmeal Chewies


Yesterday (well, today as I write this, yesterday as you read this) was moving day! All I can say is thank goodness we hired movers and thank goodness they were so patient with the obstacle course that is my new apartment (technically condo) complex! I also have to say thank goodness for thefantastic friends I’ve made through blogging! Today my guest poster is Jessica, from My Baking Heart. Just a few weeks ago I participated in a virtual wedding shower in her honor. Her wedding is just around the corner so I can’t tell you how lucky I feel that she made time to guest post for me! Just another example of how amazing she is! If your looking for more examples of her amazingness just check out this Chocolate Cinnamon Bread, these Pumpkin Spice Banana Bread Muffins, or these Chile-Cheese Chicken Enchiladas! Thanks so much, Jess! These cookies look and sound delicious!

Happy Friday, Sunny Side Up readers! Another Jessica here, from My Baking Heart! What an super honor it is to guest post for my sweet friend today. Besides the fact that she has the most amazing name on the planet, she’s one of the sweetest gals I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and I’m so happy that she and Jesse are back in the states!

Since she’s driving cross-country at the moment, I baked up a batch of these ‘Caramel Oatmeal Chewies’ for you to enjoy. They’re a perfect little treat for the cooler temps, changing colors and every little loveliness that Fall encompasses. Although, I believe they’re the best straight from the oven (with those tiny melting bits of caramel), they’re still pretty great warmed up in a microwave for the next morning’s breakfast. Grab a cup of joe and a plate full of these and you’ll be in heaven!





Guest Post: Pumpkin Bread

2 people, 2 cats, 1 car, 2,000 miles. To say that I am exhausted would be an understatement. But the good news is that we made it (drove from OH to CA)! The cats were unbelievably good in the car, in fact, they probably did better than I did! Now I’ll be spending the next week or so cleaning, moving, organizing, and searching for the lost pieces of my mind. Ha! In the meantime, I have another fabulous blogging friend helping me out with a guest post today! I first met Krystal “in real life” at last years Foodbuzz festival and she has quickly become one of my favorite people (and a fellow SoCal girl!). Besides being sweet, fun, and adorable, she’s also a fabulous blogger and mommy. Check out her delicious posts such as S’mores Whoppie Pies, Carrot Cake Cheesecake, and Migas Casserole – bonus, adorable pictures of her baby at the bottom of each post! Thank you so much for helping me out, Krystal!

Hi-ya Sunny Side readers!

My name is Krystal from Mrs. Regueiro’s Plate, and I’m so happy to be able to guest post today on Sunny Side Up. I have been following Jessica’s blog for quite sometime, and she’s such a sweetheart to call a friend, too. We actually met in real life last year at the Foodbuzz Conference and hit it off like old friends. She’s the perfect person to have around when you want to split a peanut butter sundae or share some scrumptious lobster tacos. I can’t wait until she returns back home to sunny SoCal and we can meet up again and foodie patrol the streets.

Since you may not know me – a few things…I am a stay at home mama to an almost 6 month-old Elena, who takes up ALL of my time, but she’s the sunshine of my life. Whenever I manage to spare some free time, I enjoy cooking and baking, sewing, crafting, gardening and watching movies/tv shows off on Netflix. Since my free time has been cut significantly, I have accepted to make some shortcuts, make adjustments, and accept that all meals don’t always have to be gourmet or perfect. Getting a meal on the table for dinner is successful enough for me and spending quality time with my little sweet cookie and husband are the best things in life.

I wanted to share my new favorite recipe for Pumpkin bread. I absolutely love everything about Fall, the change in colder weather (when it eventually happens in SoCal since we’re still experiencing 90 degree temp. days), all of the delicious holiday foods, the sweater and scarf combo wearing days, and everything pumpkin foodie related. My go-to recipe was the Starbucks Pumpkin Bread because it was utterly drool-worthy but this new recipe makes for one really good pumpkin bread. It’s absolutely creamy and the pumpkin flavor is really rich and balanced. I like that the cream cheese is melted into the batter giving this extra buttery note to the bread.  The sweet streusel topping and crunchy pepitas give that extra contrast and crunch to the pumpkin bread, too

It’s a classic pumpkin bread taken up a notch! Thanks for letting me guest post Jessica!