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Category: Fall Recipe Essentials

Can’t keep up? Simplify dinner with Freezer Friendly Pizza Pockets!

Can’t keep up? Simplify dinner with Freezer Friendly Pizza Pockets!

    No matter the month, each season has it’s challenges that tap our time and stretch our schedules. Everybody I talk to always feels really busy!  We have so much on our plates there’s no time to put food on them!   Cheaper than …read more

Top 10 Ways to Save Money This Thanksgiving

Top 10 Ways to Save Money This Thanksgiving

      This year, more than ever, we’re ALL looking for ways to save money on Thanksgiving. I’m going to show you how. One thing to be thankful for is the traditional Thanksgiving meal is actually pretty inexpensive, as festive meals go. However, it …read more

The 4 ingredient, 5 minute shortcut to Pumpkin Mousse

The 4 ingredient, 5 minute shortcut to Pumpkin Mousse

  Do you know what’s missing in your life? Specifically, Four Ingredient Easy Pumpkin Mousse. There are probably other things, but I write about food. I can assure you, this is one easy and delicious recipe you can use in eight different ways.   Plus, …read more

The perfect autumn meal – Pumpkin Chili and Corn Bread Waffles

The perfect autumn meal – Pumpkin Chili and Corn Bread Waffles

  As soon as the chill of autumn hits the air I feel compelled to make soups. I drag “the big pot” out of the back of the cupboard and it stays handy until the end of spring. Usually, I’ll make some kind of soup, …read more

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Sage Parmesan Crisps

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Sage Parmesan Crisps

   Roast Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. A simple, seasonal, sensational soup.   Maybe I’ve been inhaling too much pumpkin spice candle, but I felt a change the air this week.  I’m choosing slippers over sandals, long sleeves over t-shirts, and soups over salads.    …read more

The easiest Two Ingredient pumpkin muffins. Ever.

The easiest Two Ingredient pumpkin muffins. Ever.

    Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins It’s officially pumpkin flavored everything time!  Which falls directly between BBQ flavored everything time and peppermint flavored everything time. Sheesh! Where has the year gone?   In my never ending quest to hack this thing we call life, I …read more

One Bite Apple Pies with Salted Caramel Sauce.

One Bite Apple Pies with Salted Caramel Sauce.

I’ve done something terribly wonderful. Or wonderfully terrible. You pick.   Imagine homemade apple pie filling with crisp fresh apple, that’s been dotted with gooey caramel, and wrapped inside flakey sugary fried wontons, and immediately dipped in creamy salted caramel sauce.   A luscious little …read more

Apple Rose Tart with Apple Butter Cheesecake and Toasted Pecan Crust

Apple Rose Tart with Apple Butter Cheesecake and Toasted Pecan Crust

    OMG! Is this crazy or what? I’m so ready for fall I plotzed face first into apple season with this gorgeous Apple Rose Tart. This is what I call a “Franken-recipe” where I take several things I love and mash them together. Back …read more

The Zen of Healthy Snacking in a Busy World

The Zen of Healthy Snacking in a Busy World

  “Mom? What is there to eat???” If bridging the gap between meals is causing you stress, read on. Snacks. Good or Bad??? Snacking can be a very healthy habit. Snacks offer opportunities to add extra nutrition, keep blood sugar steady, give you energy, help …read more

Easy Peasy Split Pea Soup

Easy Peasy Split Pea Soup

  Creamy and savory soup that’s just perfect year round. This easy to follow, stove top recipe is easy to make but oh, so hearty. This soup is wonderful with crispy croutons, but in my world it’s usually paired with grilled ham and cheese on …read more