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Spooky Halloween Oreo Pudding
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Come Grocery Shopping With Me!
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20 Minute Pumpkin Butter and Frozen Waffles
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Cute Halloween Treat Bag Ideas for Kids and Adults
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Extra Cheesy Pumpkin Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese
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Nutella Swirled Banana Coconut Bread
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How to Dehydrate Cherry Tomatoes
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Dirty Cats and a Litter Update
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We Grew Black and Yellow Beans!
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Wednesday Chit Chat & Some Favorite Things
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Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos With La Morena!
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Who Else Needs Some Tea To Battle a Cold?
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Stovetop Cinnamon Vanilla Granola
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Wednesday Chit Chat – How Are You?
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Overnight Blueberry Peanut Butter Oatmeal
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Weak Arms and Cat Litter
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Frozen Banana, Watermelon, Orange Smoothie Drink
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How to Dehydrate Cantaloupe
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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies with Raspberry Jam
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Soybean Edamame Pesto Recipe

Spooky Halloween Oreo Pudding

This is Halloween Week!

Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Halloween! 

La la-la la, Halloween! Halloween! 

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?

Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween!

The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the best soundtracks, right?  I’m glad you agree too!

October is my favorite month and even though I’m sad to see it go in just a few days, it ends with the best holiday!  What’s not to love about Halloween?  You get to dress up, you get to be imaginative, you get to decorate with pumpkins all over your house, and noone looks at you weird at a parade when you knock over a kid to get that lollipop they threw out of that Halloween float.  

I’ll be doing 2 fun Halloween posts this week – this delicious dessert and our Haloween adventure we had at Disney World just a few days ago! Stop by for that on Halloween!

Now on to the Halloween Oreo Pudding!  It’s made up of the 3 of the best words.
Halloween – yes.
Oreo – yes please.
Pudding – oh goodness yes.

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Come Grocery Shopping With Me!

Do you like grocery shopping?  How often do you do it?  I’ve written before about how I do a fair amount of my shopping online so I wanted to introduce you guys to a new service called Farmigo which is a online farmers market that empowers families to eat better, bypassing the supermarket. 

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We had a explosion of vegetables during the Summer months to the point that we don’t usually buy any produce for a few solid months.  I know not everyone has their own garden though so Farmigo is great for those that still fresh vegetables while supporting local farmers.     You’ll see below that I did use Farmigo to order meats, cheeses, breads and a couple vegetables we don’t grow.   Their selection is wide and varied on the season.  I think Farmigo is great because unlike a CSA where you get a box of surprises, here you get to pick what you want.  If you are meal planning for the week then you know you’ll need tomatoes, basil, corn, hot dogs and hot dog buns.   This won’t result in you getting a box full of 4 heads of lettuce and figuring out what the heck you’re going to do do with them.  

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20 Minute Pumpkin Butter and Frozen Waffles

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The smell of waffles is lovely.

The smell of waking up to waffles is even more lovely.

Eating waffles is the most loveliest.

Who loves waffles? Throw your hands in the air.  I hope I see everyone’s hands up. How can’t you love waffles? I’m not sure if I believe people when they say they don’t like waffles.  It’s like someone saying they don’t like the movie Dirty Dancing, I don’t believe them.  Dirty Dancing is the best, forever and ever.

I can honestly go on about how Dirty Dancing is a cinematic masterpiece forever, but I’ll leave that for another time.  If you are feeling in the mood now, just listen to this song.  It gets me happy everytime I hear it.  Ok listen to this one too.  

Waffles!  

Waffles have been a go to breakfast for us lately, because they are both delicious and quick.  With frozen waffles, you throw them in the toaster oven for 6 minutes and they’re done.  Then it’s up to you how you want to eat them  – do you do syrup? How about jelly?  How about butter?  How about.. pumpkin butter?  That’s where my pumpkin loving heart is about now. 

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Cute Halloween Treat Bag Ideas for Kids and Adults

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It’s almost Halloween – are you excited? I sure am.

My costume is ready, a giant pumpkin sits in our window lit up for Brooklyn, bite size chocolates sit on a table asking me to eat them and my Halloween treat bags are made for friends!  I know Halloween is usually set aside for kids, but as a Halloween loving adult, I know there are lots of us that still love Halloween even though we’re over the age of 15.   There’s something great about Halloween, maybe it’s the reason to be creative with costumes, maybe it’s spooky ghosts and pumpkins, maybe it’s decorating your house with orange, maybe it’s pumpkin baking season, maybe it’s the candy or maybe it’s just the memories of being a kid and going door to door to fill up your treat bag.

For Halloween this year I’ll be bringing treat bags to our studio space to give it to our friends there.  No matter the age, when someone gets a bag full of sweets and toys, it will make them smile.    While looking for treat bags, nothing really stuck out to me, so I decided I was going to make my own to stuff Skittles, Starburst, stickers and pencils in!

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Extra Cheesy Pumpkin Jalapeno Macaroni and Cheese

This recipe includes the ingredients:

Pumpkin
Jalapeno Peppers
Cheese

Which means it’s perfect.  

It’s the perfect savory holiday macaroni and cheese,  ready to be served to your family and friends.   I don’t just reserve pumpkin for Fall though so I say have it year round!  

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Let’s talk Halloween first.  Are you ready for it?  I said 2 weeks ago I was going to get the Halloween decorations out but I still haven’t as it’s been hectic here with work.  I wrote HALLOWEEN on 12 post-its posted all over our home though so I’m hoping this weekend it gets done!    One of the things I miss most being from a small town is trick or treaters and people decorating their houses to to the extreme.  Every year my Mom would go crazy with decorations from the windows to the door to the kitchen table.   I love giving out treats to trick or treaters and making them tell me about their costumes, but my neighborhood in Brooklyn doesn’t really have trick or treaters, plus I live in a loft building so it’s not like the kids are going to go apartment to apartment.  I miss it!  Do you get trick or treaters? What are you handing out this year?

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Nutella Swirled Banana Coconut Bread

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chiquita Banana for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Nutella Swirled Banana Coconut Bread you guys.
This Nutella Swirled Banana Coconut Bread!

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Make sure to head to the bottom of this post to read about how you can win $4,000 by entering Chiquita Cooking Lab’s recipe contest! Baking delicous treats and winning money, how cool is that?

Now back to this bread.  It’s delicious.  It’s moist.  It’s chocolatey.  It smells the best.  I’m in love.  Do you know how good it is? My banana hating husband (GASP) runs to the kitchen when I make it to steal the first piece.  I hit his hands though.  The first piece is always mine. 

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How to Dehydrate Cherry Tomatoes

In my fun week of acting like a mad scientist in the kitchen (hello dried cantaloupe chips!), throwing vegetables and fruits in the food dehydrator asking the question “How will this taste dried” I had to try tomatoes.  With the amount of tomatoes we were harvesting and by the amount of sauces I already have made, I was dying to do something else with them.  How about dehydrated tomatoes to snack on?

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Dirty Cats and a Litter Update

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme Litter. All opinions are 100% mine.

Goblin is one messy boy.  Just yesterday I found him inside a plant pot, covered in soil.  We have this ongoing joke in our house that Goblin is a trash man because it seems like everyday his goal is to get dirty.   None of the other cats really like to get dirty, but because Goblin is the most furry and a pretty boy, he wants to get dirty.  All the time. Goblin shouldn't be in the plants. Goblin doesn't care.  Goblin's goal everyday is to get dirty. #goblin #cats #cat #persiancat #Persian #fluffy #fluffball #kitten #furry #catsofinstagram #greycat  #caturday #plants #garden 

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We Grew Black and Yellow Beans!

The title says it all… we grew black and yellow beans this year!

In the past we didn’t have a bunch of success with bush beans in our 4×4 boxes so we didn’t have a lot of positive vibes, but something changed from that year to this year, because now those boxes are full of happy growing beans!  Next year we’ll be filing those boxes full of beans from Spring to Fall… I can’t wait!

This year we decided to give black beans and yellow eye beans a shot.    We planted the seeds on June 26 directly in the soil and we picked them on September 11.  From there, some were dry already while some others needed a additional 2 weeks to dry.

Let’s go on a picture journey, ok?

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Wednesday Chit Chat & Some Favorite Things

Hi Friends,

It’s another Wednesday.  How are you doing?

Are you ready for Fall? Do you have your pumpkins already?  Are you all decorated for Halloween? Even though it’s my favorite holiday, I’m slacking a bit.  I’ve brought out a few of the Halloween ghosts and pumpkins, but there’s multiple boxes I need to get out from the loft to really get our place in Halloween shape.  Let the Halloween decorating begin!
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Speaking of Halloween, are you dressing up this year? There is only one answer for this.  Yes!  I think I’m recycling a costume this year, but updating some of it, so I hope that counts as acceptable! My birthday is a few days before Halloween so we’re going on a birthday/Halloween vacation to Disney World. If you know me then you know my love for Disney is extremely strong… so to be celebrating happy day and trick or treating at Disney makes me so excited I will probably cry while doing it!
Speaking of, our Disney Magic Bands came in the mail…guess who is totally decorating hers with pumpkins? Yup!

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Slow Cooked Tomatillo Salsa Roja Chicken Tacos With La Morena!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Oh you slow cooked tacos with tomatillo salsa roja.

How many ways do I love you?  Many.

I made these last week.  We already had them twice.  They are already being requested a 3rd time.  They are out of this world tasty.

What makes them that special?  They are slow cooked, they are made with fresh ingredients and they have that authentic taste.   Yeah, they are really good.  

What helps them with that authentic taste? My girl La Morena. She makes the best products and they can often be found in my local bodega.  These La Morena products are pretty much always stocked in my pantry. Chipotle sauce is great for tacos.  Jalapeno peppers are great for tacos, nachos and soup!  Red Mexican salsa is great for salsa!  Chiptotle peppers is a staple for the majority of my slow cooker Mexican recipes.

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Who Else Needs Some Tea To Battle a Cold?

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Sniffle Sniffle.  Sneeze.  Please don’t be alarmed, you can stay in this thread.  I won’t get you sick.  I promise.  Well I can’t promise, but I shouldn’t get you sick.  I mean there are screens between us, that will protect you, right?  You might have read in last week’s post I was feeling a cold coming on.   A few days later and I thought I was feeling better, I was able to eat a entire bowl of soup!  And then suddenly on Saturday I started to feel it again.  The sniffles were in high gear and both my ears started hurting. The one hurts so bad that it sometimes wakes me up in the middle of the night.  It’s quite a bummer.    So want to have some tea with me to discuss how much you hate Fall time colds? There’s a few reasons why colds aren’t cool.  Read More

Stovetop Cinnamon Vanilla Granola

Do you love granola?

I know a boy who does. It’s my other half, Matthew. He loves it.  Last week Matthew became obsessed with granola again.  He goes through these spells of loving it.  There was a time last year where he was ready to have his midnight snack in bed and he realized he was out of granola. What did he do? Did he pick to eat something else? No, he got on his bicycle and ran to the grocery store at midnight to buy more granola.

Talk about dedication.

So yesterday we ran out of granola again.  I went to the grocery store and I couldn’t get over the prices of it.  Can someone explain why granola is so expensive? Seriously, $8 for 10 ounces?  They are crazy.

So after I got over (or didn’t get over) my sticker shock I decided to head back to my kitchen and make my own granola.  The benefits of making your own granola is that it’s much cheaper, you control the ingredients and you get to throw on your kitchen apron.  I love wearing my kitchen apron.  Total side note, but did you notice that as soon as you take your apron off in the kitchen, that’s when something splashes on you?  It always happens.

Ok back to the granola.  I wanted to make a quick granola.  So welcome Stovetop Granola in your life!  

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Wednesday Chit Chat – How Are You?

I used to love these weekly “how are you posts” but I fell off the wagon a bit.  But now I’m back and I’m ready to chat.  So how are you doing? How’s your family? How’s your cats? How’s your job?  How’s the weather?  Are you looking forward to the holidays?

I know, that’s lots of questions.  Take your time answering them.

I guess I’ll answer them too.

How am I doing?  
I’m caught a bug. No, not a cute little garden bug.  This is a sneezy, sniffly, ear ringing (I sound like a commercial) bug.  We’ve had a long week of working and as sometimes happens the day after nonstop work the body needs to crash.  My body crashed straight into bed.  I’ve been sniffling so much I’m sure I annoy everyone in our office (I’m sorry!).  Also I can’t really eat anything so I’ve been living on tea, juice and broth (but sometimes that grosses me out too).   Whenever anyone eats in front of me I have to go to the other room.  The smells! AGH!    Hopefully this will clear up in a few days… until then I’ll be moping around.

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Overnight Blueberry Peanut Butter Oatmeal

Hello Overnight Blueberry Peanut Butter Oatmeal, how many ways do I love you?

A ton!

I love this because it’s delicious and quick.  It’s ready to go for me in the morning. I open the fridge and it’s like “Hello Pamela” and I’m like “Hello beautiful.”.

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Everyone talks to their oatmeal, not just me right? Whew.  Ok, I’m glad.

I made this recipe for my friends at Peanut Butter & Co with the idea in mind that we all need an extra 15 minutes in the morning.  Maybe you’re adjusting to going back to school, maybe you got a new shift at work, or maybe you just stayed up too late watching a Downton Abbey marathon.  Speaking of Downton Abbey, I’m obsessed with the show and officially am caught up.  Thanks to everyone who told me to watch it in my Downton Abbey Royal Cheddar Soup inspired recipe!

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This recipe uses old fashioned oats, creamy peanut butter, flax seeds, maple syrup and blueberries to make it one delicious breakfast.  Give it a shot next time you are craving a breakfast waiting for you in the morning!

Get the recipe here!

 

Weak Arms and Cat Litter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme Litter. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hi y’all.

I have weak arms.  We’re talking totally weak arms.  We’re talking you might think I’m joking when I tell you it’s hard for me to drain a pot of noodles because the pot weighs so much.  I’m trying to get stronger though by lifting 2 pound weights.  Hey, we all have to start somewhere.

Weak arms + lots of cats sometimes equals a problem.  No, not picking the cats up, that’s easy, I just get magical powers when it comes to lifting up all my babies, even if they don’t like it. :)
Brother being ok with this picture, Goblin trying to kiss Xanadu, Xanadu shouting out not to kiss her, Bofinkles on the floor beacause she did not want to participate in this family photo. #cats #cat #catlady #goblin #cats #cat #persiancat #Persian #fluff

 

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Frozen Banana, Watermelon, Orange Smoothie Drink

This drink is the perfect blend of Summertime flavor.. that you can enjoy in Fall!

It has 3 ingredients in it: banana, watermelon and orange juice.    That’s it.

The instructions are easy: Put everything in a blender and mix.

Does this drink get any better?

I’ve been loving this drink for a afternoon snack drink.  You know when it gets to 4PM and you question what you should have for a snack?  Dinner is a few hours away but yet you feel like you’re starving.  You are eyeing up those cookies in the cabinet with a dangerous eye, so quick… grab the fruit!    

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How to Dehydrate Cantaloupe

You might have read my multiple tweets that I was interested in buying a food dehydrator.

You might have saw on Instagram I bought one.

You probably saw on Twitter that I am the happiest girl in the world.

This food dehydrator guys… it’s a life changer.  I can’t believe it took me this long to finally get my dehydrating game on!

With a new shiny dehydrator sitting in my kitchen, I have been asking myself the question of “Can *enter vegetable or fruit* be dehydrated?”.  You name it, I’ve probably thought of it.    Expect lots of dehydrating recipes and experiments in the next few weeks!  I can’t be stopped!

We had a few cantaloupes sitting out that we grew this Summer.  They’ve just been sitting there, begging for attention.  I couldn’t decide what to do with them, besides just eat them like a cantaloupe loving woman.   But then a thought came to myself, “Self, why don’t you dehydrate these babies?”.

How to Dehydrate Cantaloupe

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Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies with Raspberry Jam

These cookies were here and then they weren’t.

Where did they all go?

In my belly.  Real quick.

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These cookies are major yum.  They’re moist but they still have a slight crunch to sink your teeth into.  The peanut butter flavor adds a creaminess while the delicious raspberry jam on top adds a sweetness.  Creamy, Sweet, Slight Crunch – are  you wanting a cookie yet?

When I made these cookies last week I had no idea that I was going to be this addicted to these cookies.  At one point I told Matthew to hide them from me, but before he did it I put all the cookies in my hands and ran away with them.  Please, don’t take away my cookies.

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Soybean Edamame Pesto Recipe

With all the soybeans we just picked I had one idea in mind – Soybean Edamame Pesto!

This pesto is delicious and tastes ultra fresh.  If you have a bunch of soybeans and don’t know what to do with them then it’s even better as this pesto freezes amazing for months so that means you can have some of your Summer harvest in Winter – one of my favorite ways to enjoy dinner!
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The main ingredients in this pesto are soybeans, almonds and garlic.  Many pesto recipes call for pine nuts but have you seen the price of them? Yikes! No thanks!  I stick with almonds that are just a few dollars and last me multiple batches of pesto.  The recipe only calls for 1/4 cup almonds so a $4 container of them can make quite a bunch of pesto!

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