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Chilled Pear and Ginger Soup Recipe and a Fall Soup Roundup

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This soup recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Fall is one of my favorite times of year for making soup.  So many different vegetables and fruits come into season in the fall that go perfectly in a bowl of soup.  Some of the more common ones like potatoes and carrots of course come to mind.  But you can also create delicious soups with pumpkins, apples, pears and cauliflower, all of which come into season as the weather cools off.  Soup is also very versatile.  You can serve a cold soup as an appetizer or a … [Read more...]

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An Easy and Festive Fall Juice Recipe

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I look all around the Internet this month and I see a common theme...everyone seems to want to turn things orange in honor of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Fall.  Orange is a beautiful color, but I prefer it come from nature and not from a little tube of food coloring.  Don't get me wrong...I have a fondness for orange Cheetos and have been known to sneak a few candy corn on occasion but those are things I avoid on a day to day basis.  Natural orange things like carrots, squash and pumpkins, however, can be eaten in great abundance with … [Read more...]

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Homemade Pretzels with Beer Cheese is a Delicious Oktoberfest Recipe!

Homemade Pretzels with Beer Cheese

My husband and I love traveling, although we don't get to go as often as we should. One place we have been to quite a few times is Cincinnati, OH because we have family there. With a strong German heritage on my husband's side, we were immediately drawn to a restaurant nearby called Haufbrau House.   Every time we go, we make sure to get their homemade pretzels which are honestly to die for.  They serve them with a delicious beer cheese and the whole experience is just magical.  I decided to try making homemade pretzels myself to see if I could … [Read more...]

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Leeks

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I received product samples for this shepherd's pie recipe at no charge to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are my own. With the beginning of fall comes my desire to get back into the kitchen and cook more.  The weather is cooler and I have a serious need for 'comfort food' when the days start getting shorter.  Shepherd's pie just screams 'comfort food' in my mind.  It is a British meat pie with a mashed potato 'crust'.  It has gone through a number of variations over the years in terms of the type of meat used, whether … [Read more...]

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Easy Kid Friendly Recipe: Chicken and Fruit Kabobs with Peachy Dipping Sauce #MonkFruitInTheRaw

Easy Kid Friendly Recipe Peach Dipping Sauce

This easy kid friendly recipe is part of an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Monk Fruit In The Raw. I received product samples to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation How many times a day do moms hear the words "I'm hungry" from their kids?  If I had a dollar for ever time I heard that I would be a very rich woman lounging on a beach somewhere very secluded!  Kids are hungry about 472 times a day.  And if left to their own devices, mine would probably eat their … [Read more...]

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Pumpkin Pie Homemade Pudding Recipe

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Fall is finally here and with it comes a plethora of pumpkin recipes!  YAY!  I love pumpkin...we put it in pancakes, soup, pie and even homemade pudding!  Yes, you can make a homemade pudding that tastes exactly like the inside of the pumpkin pie!  If you have never made your own pudding from scratch, let me assure you that it is NOT difficult!  You do not need to rely on that little box from the grocery store filled with artificial colors and flavors.  This pudding recipe takes less than minutes to make and is filled with all natural … [Read more...]

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Breakfast Casserole with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

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When my kids were little I was that mom who used to put zucchini in their scrambled eggs.  In fact, there were sweet potatoes in pancakes and shredded carrots in muffins.  If I could find a way to sneak a vegetable into my kids mouths, I did it.  Getting your kids to eat nutritious foods isn't always easy....sometimes you have to be a little bit sneaky!  I came to discover that it is really pretty easy to find places to put vegetables, especially in a breakfast casserole like this one! There are a lot of breakfast casserole recipes out there … [Read more...]

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5 Ways to Preserve Hot Peppers

How to Preserve Hot Peppers

In late spring I planted many different varieties of hot peppers.  Of course, I couldn't just plane ONE of each of these varieties...oh no!  I had to plant at least two of everything I bought.  Which means that as we head into late summer and early fall I now have so many hot peppers I don't even know what to do with them all.  For months I have been giving them to neighbors, cooking with them, dehydrating them and then just turning a blind eye to the full pepper plants.  Every time I go out there I bring in yet another basket full of hot … [Read more...]

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Pumpkin Crepes with Maple Creme and a Breakfast for Dinner Recipe Roundup

Pumpkin Crepes Recipe with Maple Creme

This pumpkin crepes recipe has been sponsored by Foodie.com but all opinions are my own. Do you ever get tired of hearing your family complain about what's for dinner?  Ewww...why did you put beans in that? Why are we having fish AGAIN.  What's this green stuff?  My kids and husband are pretty good eaters but they always seem to have SOMETHING to say about dinner!  Except on nights we do breakfast for dinner!  Those  nights are always filled with plenty of YAYS and requests for seconds!  Those are always good nights!  Because I am a huge fan … [Read more...]

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Homemade ginger syrup recipe and what to do with it!

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was horribly nauseous for about 10 hours out of every day.  Whoever started calling it 'morning sickness' got it totally wrong for me.  I was sick from lunchtime until bedtime for 6 months.  Since ginger is such a great anti nausea treatment I started inhaling it every way I could find it.  Ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger snaps and even hard ginger candies went with me everywhere.  The nausea went away when my daughter was born but I had developed a taste for ginger that has stuck around ever since.  It is … [Read more...]

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Loaded Baked Potato Slices

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I went to the farmer's market this morning and came home with some locally grown Yukon Gold potatoes and a huge bunch of green onions.  Of course, my first thought was to make some loaded baked potatoes but I hit the Internet in search of some creative inspiration.  I came across a recipe on The Mandatory Mooch that looked delicious and with a few minor changes I came up with these loaded baked potato slices.  They were definitely a HUGE hit and the recipe made enough for leftovers that we will eat tomorrow night.  I do love recipes that have … [Read more...]

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How to Make Homemade Croutons

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Now that we are home from vacation my husband and I feel a desperate need to start eating healthy again!  Too much meat, fried foods, desserts and alcohol were consumed over the last two weeks.  I have stocked up on salad ingredients and we will be eating a lot of greenery in the coming weeks.  My son's favorite part of the salad is (of course!) the croutons on top.  Croutons are nothing but toasted and flavored bread so I have no idea why the cost so darn much at the grocery store! Homemade croutons would be much cheaper, right? I … [Read more...]

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Whipped Blackberry Honey Butter Recipe

Whipped Blackberry Honey Butter

I am sadly reaching the end of my blackberry harvest.  The hot temperatures and minimal rainfall have pretty much ended the berry production on my plants.  I am happy to have harvested several good sized bowl fulls to put on cereal or just eat by the handful.  I had a few handfuls left of the last batch and was looking for something creative to do with them.  I decided to put together a whipped honey butter and incorporate the blackberries into it.  Honey butter is a huge treat when I go to restaurants...I slather it on rolls and would lick the … [Read more...]

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Zucchini Carrot Slaw and a Zucchini Recipe Collection

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This zucchini recipe collection has been sponsored by Foodie.com but all opinions expressed here are my own. For years I have been struggling to grow zucchini and squash in my garden with almost no luck at all.  Every year the dreaded squash bugs have destroyed my plants before I can actually get any zucchini from them.  This year, I tried using 2 different organic approved pesticides in my garden out of sheer desperation and it seems like it may be working!  I have managed to pick about 6 yellow squash so far this season and have tons of … [Read more...]

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Silver Turtles, Kids in the Kitchen and a Lesson in Patience

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My children are in their early teens and as part of their 'summer chores' I decided that they needed to learn how to cook.  My daughter is very good in the kitchen, although she definitely prefers to make sweets and not actual dinner.  Unless she is going to live on cake for the rest of her life, that  needs to change.  My son would happily live on 'ready to eat' food.  That may include bagels (raw...because toasting is too much work), cheese sticks (because slicing actual cheese is too much work), and fruit that does not require cutting or … [Read more...]

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Using Ziploc Bags for DIY Oatmeal Packets

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I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own. Have you ever gone to the grocery store and seen those boxes of instant oatmeal packets? Next time you are in the cereal isle, I encourage you to check them out.  Look at the price compared to a large tub of plain oatmeal.  Flip over the package and take a look at the ingredients.  Do you know what all of those ingredients really are?  Making your own homemade oatmeal packets is a great way to save money and eat healthier.  I decided to put … [Read more...]

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Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

Kid Freindly Kale Recipe: Kale and Black Bean Quesadilla

This kale recipe has been sponsored by Nature's Greens but all opinions expressed here are my own. One of the ways I try to eat healthier is to include a rainbow of colors in my diet throughout the week.  I love colorful vegetables, whether it is purple cabbage, bright red tomatoes or deep green kale.  However, have you ever had your kid turn up their noses at something just because of it's color? "I can't eat that, mom.  It's GREEN!"  Getting KIDS on the whole 'eating healthy' bandwagon is not always as easy as telling them it is good for … [Read more...]

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Easy Homemade Pound Cake Recipe

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This homemade pound cake recipe has been sponsored by Wholesome Sweeteners but all opinions expressed here are my own.  When I think back on my childhood, one of my favorite 'classic' summer desserts was fresh fruit served over pound cake and topped with whipped cream.  Of course, my mom bought a pound cake from the store and our whipped cream came in a tub but it was still pretty darned tasty.  With my quest to make things a bit more naturally than mom did,  I decided to try making a homemade pound cake, which I have never actually … [Read more...]

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Southwestern Pilaf Recipe with Creamy Taco Dressing

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I am honored to be a member of the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club. I received product or coupons for creating this pilaf recipe post, but all opinions are my own. Summer is here (at least it feels like it here in Georgia!) and I have started looking for recipes that involve very little actual cooking.  Between trying to keep the house cool and running the kids back and forth to camps, it is nice to be able to just throw things together at the last minute.  Healthy dishes that include whole grains aren't always quick but if you make up the … [Read more...]