Chilled Pear and Ginger Soup Recipe and a Fall Soup Roundup

Chilled Pear and Ginger Soup Recipe and a Fall Soup Roundup

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 cream based warm soup as a meal in itself.  If you are busy, you can throw soup into your slow cooker in the morning or make a cold soup up the night before and just pull out of the refrigerator when you get home to serve your family.  As I scoured … [Read more...]

An Easy and Festive Fall Juice Recipe

An Easy and Festive Fall Juice Recipe

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 absolutely no guilt!  This juice recipe, for example, was definitely a treat I felt good about indulging in! I stumbled upon this juice recipe totally by accident.  I meant to buy regular old beets...you know, those bright purple ones that stain every … [Read more...]

Homemade Pretzels with Beer Cheese is a Delicious Oktoberfest Recipe!

Homemade Pretzels with Beer Cheese is a Delicious Oktoberfest Recipe!

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 recreate our favorite menu item in honor of Oktoberfest.  Can I just tell you that I did not want to stop eating them when they got out of the oven? Looking around online, I found tons of recipes for making homemade pretzels.  They were all … [Read more...]

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Leeks

Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Leeks

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 there is a top and bottom crust or not, and the flavors used to enhance the dish.  Generally though, as with most English food, this is not a bold and spicy sort of dish.  Some variety of meat and vegetables is topped with potatoes of some sort and baked … [Read more...]

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

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

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 weight in cheese crackers or cookies and never branch out to another food group. I love when I find a kid friendly recipe that is both easy and quick....and if I can find one that is healthy, too, I am even happier!  When I was asked to work with Monk … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Homemade Pudding Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Homemade Pudding Recipe

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 ingredients that you won't feel horrible about feeding to your family! Top off your homemade pumpkin pie pudding with some made from scratch whipped cream and you have a delicious fall dessert recipe that your family will love!  Not a pumpkin fan but want to … [Read more...]

Breakfast Casserole with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

Breakfast Casserole with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

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 on the internet.  Most of them contain some combination of eggs, milk, sausage and bread.  I went a bit farther and added several different kinds of vegetables to my breakfast casserole.  I love this recipe because you have just about every food … [Read more...]

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

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

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 of happy kids and no complaining I usually do breakfast for dinner at least once a week.  If you are a fan of breakfast for dinner I put together a collection on Foodie.com of recipes you might want to try.  Check out the widget below for … [Read more...]

Homemade ginger syrup recipe and what to do with it!

Homemade ginger syrup recipe and what to do with it!

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 incredibly cheap and available year round at just about every grocery store.  When I decided to make ginger syrup I sent my husband off to the grocery store for the ginger and he paid a ridiculously small amount of money for a 1/2 pound of it.  … [Read more...]

Loaded Baked Potato Slices

Loaded Baked Potato Slices

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 leftovers! You could probably make these loaded baked potato slices with just about any type of potato.  I like the Yukon Gold because it just has a unique texture...not at all dry and flavorless like some potatoes I have had. Even better was … [Read more...]