I’m often craving muffins, but I’m usually too lazy to go through the whole process of making them just to satisfy a craving for a single muffin. But recently I came up with this ridiculously easy recipe. Even at my laziest moment, I have enough energy to make these.

Not only are they easy, they taste delicious. Fluffy, light, pumpkiny.

After seeing so many photos of burgers and custards at Shake Shack from my East Coast friends and bloggers, Shake Shack was on the “must try” list during my visit to NYC. There were several locations nearby, we ended up going to the one near Times Square, in the Theatre District. We later also passed by the one in Madison Park, which had quite a pretty setting. I sort of wish we had gone to that one instead. Oh well.

Madison Square Park location at night

When we arrived, there was a line more than 30 people deep, but it moved fairly fast. Of course once you order, you are then tasked with attempting to find an empty seat inside the crowded restaurant.

Single ShackBurger (cheese burger topped with lettuce, tomato and shack sauce)

This is their regular burger. What really surprised us was the price. $4.60 for a burger that was about the size of the burgers on the McDonald’s dollar menu. Now obviously the quality is much higher than the value menu burgers at McDonald’s, but I still thought $4.60 was really hefty. I had been expecting prices more like In-N-Out. The price didn’t even include fries.

Mr. K and I both enjoyed the burger but thought it was priced too high given the portion size.

‘Shroom Burger (crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with muenster and cheddar cheeses)

I actually enjoyed this burger better than the Shack Burger, mainly because of how unique it was. This wasn’t your average vegetarian burger. The mushroom was was breaded, deep fried, and filled with ooey gooey cheese. This was quite delicious. But again, it was $6.75. At those prices, I expect a restaurant-size burger and this was quite small.

Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Cookies
Mr. K recently had a potluck at work. And instead of signing himself up for something he could make, he instead signed up for dessert to be made by me…

I immediately thought of my Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Cookies that I came up with last year. Not only are they one of my favorite cookies, but they are pretty easy to make, so I was able to whip them up after work without too much hassle.
Nutella Swirl Pumpkin Cookies