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Motherhood Thoughts: Please Stop Meowing
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Slow Cooker Cherry Tomatoes
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A&W Root Beer Bundt Cake & Eyeball Sherbet Punch – EASY Halloween Recipes!
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Toes, let me spoil you!
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Slow Cooker Cabbage and Kielbasa
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Morning Tea Time Walk
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Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes
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Shipping Container Home Reveal Before and After
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Cucumber Peppermint Tea
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Strolling Around NYC With UPPAbaby Vista
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This Week’s Harvest Includes Lots of Greens!
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Banana Oat Bread Cookies
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Napping With DockATot
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1 Pint 10 Minute Raspberry Jam
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Easy Baked Three Cheese Ravioli
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We Won The Cauliflower Battle!
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Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole
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Celebrating Xanadu’s 11th Birthday!
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10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice
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Our First Family Walk

Motherhood Thoughts: Please Stop Meowing

Welcome to my new series “Motherhood Thoughts”.  If you follow me on Instagram you know I’m pretty revealing in my Stories about how hard Motherhood has been for me.  What I realized is that Brooklyn Farm Girl hasn’t dove into Motherhood as deep as I share on social media.  I had a hard time deciding how to transition the blog, if I should even write about the baby, or keep it garden and recipe focused, but then I realized that Brooklyn Farm Girl is now Brooklyn Farm Mama and being a Mother is a huge part of my life.  Traveling through the first 2 months of Motherhood has been a journey.  Every day, I experience something new. Heck, some hours I experience something new.  I’ve had such a outpouring of feedback on my Instagram Stories from other Mothers who have gone through it, I decided I’m going to share on the blog now too.   If you just come here for recipes and nothing more, you can skip these posts and that is totally ok.  But if you want to get to know me, Pamela, then go ahead and read on.    I plan on doing these posts bi-weekly as a diary to look back on.  The post will be scattered with non connected paragraphs of what I experienced that week.   Hope you like it.

Enceladus was asleep, it was the middle of the night, around 2AM and suddenly our cat Xanadu meowed.  Again and again and again.  Xanadu was in our bed in the middle of Matthew and I.  Enceladus was in her bassinet next to the bed.  Matthew and I turned to Xanadu, pleading with our eyes, whispering “Please stop meowing!”.  She continued. “Meow, Meow, Meow”.  Enceladus stirred in her bassinet.  Then I did the unthinkable, I scolded our cat.  Our cat was meowing because she was happy and I told her to stop meowing.  I still feel awful for this.

Enceladus has started to giggle.  I am officially the funniest person in the world to her and it makes me feel awesome.

Blank walls are also hilarious to her.

Cutting baby’s nails are terrifying.  The first time we cut her nails was when she was 2 days old and we cut her finger.  She screamed for a minute and then moved on with life, but it still haunts us.  When she came out of my belly, she had Edward Scissorhands esque nails and was constantly cutting her face.  Nowadays, we’re still terrified of using nail clippers so I bite her nails.  Yes, I cut her nails by putting her nails into my mouth and biting them like a Barbarian.  I googled it though and lots of other Moms do this so it’s totally ok to be a animal to my baby.  Now if only I could work on that sharp big toe nail of hers….

The microwave door closes so loudly!  It’s not until you have a sleeping baby in your house will you realize how loud some things are. I now fear the microwave while she sleeps.

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Slow Cooker Cherry Tomatoes

EASY, SLOW COOKER Cherry Tomatoes recipe! This healthy cherry tomatoes crockpot recipe is ready in 5 hours! Serve these as a side dish, or they make a great sauce on pasta for dinner! You can preserve by canning or freezing them! I love serving them as a Thanksgiving comfort food side dish alongside green beans!

If you haven’t noticed from my past few recipes, I’m kinda obsessed with my slow cooker right now.   With a new baby and a garden in full harvest our slow cooker has been saving us (and my sanity!).   August and September is always tomato season and we’re left with baskets filled with beautiful tomatoes, ranging from cherry, beef and roma varieties.   My favorite cherry tomato recipe is this creamy sauce, but I wanted to try something new with them so I threw them in the slow cooker and hoped for delicious results!
EASY, SLOW COOKER Cherry Tomatoes recipe! This healthy cherry tomatoes crockpot recipe is ready in 5 hours! Serve these as a side dish, or they make a great sauce on pasta for dinner! You can preserve by canning or freezing them! I love serving them as a Thanksgiving comfort food side dish alongside green beans!  
The verdict? They’re AMAZING!  At first taste my husband said “These tomatoes are something!”.  They sure are!

Did I mention this recipe is EASY?  All you need to do is throw the cherry tomatoes into the slow cooker with a onion, olive oil and salt.  Give them a stir and let the crockpot do the rest of the work.  After 5 hours, the tomatoes will cave in, releasing their sweet juices and you’ll have delicious Slow Cooker Cherry Tomatoes to serve!
EASY, SLOW COOKER Cherry Tomatoes recipe! This healthy cherry tomatoes crockpot recipe is ready in 5 hours! Serve these as a side dish, or they make a great sauce on pasta for dinner! You can preserve by canning or freezing them! I love serving them as a Thanksgiving comfort food side dish alongside green beans!

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A&W Root Beer Bundt Cake & Eyeball Sherbet Punch – EASY Halloween Recipes!

Looking for EASY Halloween recipes? Make this A&W Root Beer Bundt Cake with a spooky black sugar glaze on top! Every party needs drinks so serve this SIMPLE 3 ingredient Eyeball Orange Sherbet Punch with scary candy eyeballs!  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of A&W® and 7UP®. The opinions and text are all mine. 

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! This is Halloween – my favorite time of the year!   What’s not to love?  Halloween is when I start seeing Brooklyn brownstones decorated with ghosts on the porch and zombie arms coming out of gardens.  It’s when you see people dressed up as dinosaurs without anyone even looking twice (I admit this is NYC so that isn’t that strange to see).   It’s when you can throw a Halloween bash with friends and families, bake a A&W Root Beer Bundt Cake, serve Orange Sherbet Halloween Punch and have a blast!
Looking for EASY Halloween recipes? Make this Root Beer Bundt Cake with a spooky black sugar glaze on top! Every party needs drinks so serve this SIMPLE 2 ingredient Orange Sherbet Punch with scary candy eyeballs!

To get you excited for the best holiday of the year – I did just that! I threw an early Craveyard party! But what’s a party without good food? 
Because every party needs a cake, I made a Bundt Cake with A&W Root Beer and decorated it with a black sugar glaze (spooky) and festive sprinkles on top.
EASY Root Beer Bundt Cake decorated with black and orange sugar glaze icing is a perfect Halloween dessert! This amazing cake is a party hit and is the perfect mix of pretty and spooky! It's a easy DIY recipe that kids can help bake too!
 

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Toes, let me spoil you!

Today I’m spoiling Toes with Today with Meox Mix Simple Servings and showing you all the ways we love her!  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

This past July our baby (the furry one) turned 2 years old.  Can you believe that Enceladus was born on Toes birthday? How’s that for knowing our cat family is aligned with some type of animal magic in the world!  Looks like July 2 will forever be the day where we throw a birthday party filled with presents, cake and Meow Mix cat food.
Today I'm spoiling Toes with food! She loves Meox Mix Simple Servings!

We never planned on adding a 5th cat to our family, but in typical cat family fashion, it just sorta happened.  A neighbor found Toes in a restaurant’s back yard.  Toes is a long haired beautiful Maine Coon, so she isn’t your standard “street cat”.  The woman put up “found cat” signs in the neighborhood and online.  No one claimed her.   The woman was going to take her to a shelter that didn’t give high hopes, so I stepped in and said we would take her and find her a new home.  By finding her a new home I didn’t think it was going to be our home, but after I met her for the first time, I came back to our apartment in tears and told Matthew we had to save her, we had to adopt her, we had to love her, we had to spoil her, and she was meant to be in our family.  So that was that. The next morning Toes arrived at our door and along with her came the biggest loving heart you’ve seen in a cat.   How did this cat that immediately jumped on my lap, purred, and head butted my chest end up on the street? I don’t know, but I’m sure glad we were able to save her.

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Slow Cooker Cabbage and Kielbasa

EASY SLOW COOKER Cabbage and Kielbasa recipe! Throw Beef Kielbasa, Cabbage, Onions and Potatoes in a crockpot and dinner will be ready in 6 hours! I serve this healthy dish over egg noodles with rolls – my family LOVES this comfort food meal!

I am back with another slow cooker meal!  Even though it’s not even Fall yet, I’ve been loving my slow cooker this Summer! It’s been a life safer to have a delicious dinner ready when time management isn’t on my side!  With a beautiful cabbage picked from the garden, I was contemplating what I should do with it.  Recently we’ve been loving Slow Cooked Green Beans, so I decided to throw the cabbage to in the slow cooker too!  Boom – this Slow Cooker Cabbage and Kielbasa dish was created! 
EASY SLOW COOKER Cabbage and Kielbasa recipe! Throw Beef Kielbasa, Cabbage, Onions and Potatoes in a crockpot and dinner will be ready in 6 hours! I serve this healthy dish over egg noodles with rolls - my family LOVES this comfort food meal!

Besides cabbage, throw in potatoes and onions to your slow cooker, alongside some beef kielbasa.   I’ve made this recipe a few times in the last month and we love adding carrots in it too!   
EASY SLOW COOKER Cabbage and Kielbasa recipe! Throw Beef Kielbasa, Cabbage, Onions and Potatoes in a crockpot and dinner will be ready in 6 hours! I serve this healthy dish over egg noodles with rolls - my family LOVES this comfort food meal!

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Morning Tea Time Walk

Join me and Enceladus for our morning tea time walk!  Mom finally gets to enjoy tea again! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Straight Up™ Tea and Albertsons Companies. The opinions and text are all mine.

I love tea time. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning, afternoon or night… if you say, “Let’s do tea!” my response will always be “yes!” With the arrival of Enceladus, my daily routine has significantly changed, mostly because I have no routine any more… it’s whatever baby says, I do!  One thing we both agree on is that we start the day off better if we go for a morning walk after her first feeding.  After she’s done gulping her breakfast, I’ll throw on the carrier and we’ll head out for a 2-3 mile walk around the neighborhood.   During this time she usually naps and I get to see the outside world and enjoy some daily sunshine.
Join me and Enceladus for our morning tea time walk!  Mom finally gets to enjoy tea again!

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Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes

SLOW COOKER Green Beans and Tomatoes! This easy recipe cooks fresh green beans, tomatoes, potatoes and bacon in a crock pot for 4 hours.  This is a healthy dish that you can serve over rice or as a side dish to chicken or Thanksgiving holiday dinners.  This has been become one of families favorite meals! 

With garden season under way I’m constantly wanting to come up with new recipes to try.  With pounds of green beans, potatoes just dug up and the start of the tomato season I wanted to create a easy meal that could use all of them.   I googled “Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes” but surprisingly nothing existed that actually used the crock pot so I decided it was time to make my own recipe! 
SLOW COOKER Green Beans and Tomatoes! This easy recipe cooks fresh green beans, tomatoes, potatoes and bacon in a crock pot for 4 hours. This is a healthy dish that you can serve over rice or as a side dish to chicken or Thanksgiving holiday dinners. This has been become one of families favorite meals!

Even though it’s Summer time I’ve been making slow cooker meals a few times a week because it’s much easier with the baby.   While wearing her I can quickly cut up the veggies, prepare the rest of the ingredients and toss everything in the slow cooker.   Last week I made this Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes dish and it was such a hit that I had to share it with you!
SLOW COOKER Green Beans and Tomatoes! This easy recipe cooks fresh green beans, tomatoes, potatoes and bacon in a crock pot for 4 hours. This is a healthy dish that you can serve over rice or as a side dish to chicken or Thanksgiving holiday dinners. This has been become one of families favorite meals!

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Shipping Container Home Reveal Before and After

Check out the BEFORE and AFTER of our shipping container home!  With hard DIY work, we turned a used shipping container into a tiny house.   The shipping container sits on 7 acres of land in Upstate New York next to our vegetable garden and green house.  With fresh paint, new flooring and colorful furniture we were able to make our dream vacation home on a small budget! 

Remember when we bought the raw shipping container?
Remember when we painted the interior of the shipping container?
Remember when we redid the flooring of the shipping container?

Well you guys……it’s done (for now!).  Here’s our Shipping Container Home Reveal!

Check out the BEFORE and AFTER of our shipping container home! With hard DIY work, we turned a used shipping container into a tiny house. The shipping container sits on 7 acres of land in Upstate New York next to our vegetable garden and green house. With fresh paint, new flooring and colorful furniture we were able to make our dream vacation home on a small budget!

A quick little note about the project if you’re a new reader.  We bought land in Upstate New York to build a eco friendly weekend home.  We’ve always been interested in recycling a shipping container to use for a Summer getaway, so that’s what we did.  The shipping container sits on 7 acres of land, next to our vegetable garden and greenhouse.   The goal of this project was to make a simple, economic getaway so we could run away from NYC on weekends and unplug.  The entire project took about a year and a half but it would have went quicker if we didn’t get pregnant and have a baby in the middle of it!  Also Winters are brutal in Upstate New York so we didn’t get up much during those months.   We have thoughts of expanding the shipping container into 2 or 3 stories and making one side of it all glass windows but we’re still unsure of our next step.  For now, it serves it’s purpose so enjoy the reveal!  Thanks to Hayneedle for working with me on this project!

Check out the BEFORE and AFTER of our shipping container home! With hard DIY work, we turned a used shipping container into a tiny house. The shipping container sits on 7 acres of land in Upstate New York next to our vegetable garden and green house. With fresh paint, new flooring and colorful furniture we were able to make our dream vacation home on a small budget!

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Cucumber Peppermint Tea

CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink.  You can drink it hot or iced.  The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

In August we start to see the Summer harvest really start to shine.  Tomatoes and peppers are picked by the basket,  corn is starting to be made, watermelons grow a few on each vine and the cucumber plants are snaking through the beds.  When we grew cucumbers on the roof in containers they would spread similar to pumpkin and watermelon plants, and now that we’re growing Upstate they continue to spread and become friends with the kale, cabbage and other nearby greens.
CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink. You can drink it hot or iced. The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

With our Summer cucumber harvest I usually rely on my Half Sour Pickles recipe and call it a wrap, but I decided to use some of our cucumbers to enjoy in this refreshing Summer friendly Cucumber Peppermint Tea!  This tea uses 2 garden favorites, cucumbers and peppermint.  Peppermint is a great herb that grows easily in gardens and in pots for smaller spaces.  If you don’t have a garden space, no worries,  you can grow it on a fire escape or windowsill just as good.   Peppermint produces quickly so make sure to keep picking the leaves so the plant keeps growing!  One easy way to use the plant is to drink 1 cup of this Cucumber Peppermint Tea every morning to start your day!
CUCUMBER PEPPERMINT Tea is my favorite Summer drink! This homemade cup of green tea includes cucumbers, peppermint, honey and a splash of lemon juice to make a healthy and fresh drink. You can drink it hot or iced. The health benefits of this tea are great so I love drinking it every morning!

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Strolling Around NYC With UPPAbaby Vista

Looking for the perfect NYC stroller?   Get the UPPAbaby Vista! You won’t regret it!  Read this post for a full review of why it’s the perfect city dweller stroller to grow with! This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY.

When we found out we were going to have a baby I began obsessively researching every type of baby gear that we needed.  One of the biggest decisions was what stroller we should get.  I knew luxury was going to come at a cost, but I also knew that I was going to be spending a lot of time with Enceladus in the stroller so I was ready to splurge on the perfect stroller.   After reading countless reviews and going back and forth on 2 specific strollers we purchased the UPPAbaby Vista and couldn’t be happier!
Looking for the perfect NYC stroller? Get the UPPAbaby Vista! You won't regret it! Read this post for a full review of why it's the perfect city dweller stroller to grow with!

My wishlist for a stroller was:
It had to be a sidewalk warrior.  I wanted sidewalk cracks, bumpy roads and slower walkers (kidding..sorta) to fear me.
I wanted a smooth ride.  Due to the increase construction in our neighborhood I didn’t want Enceladus to wake up immediately after leaving the house.
I wanted lots of storage.   The more room to keep numerous bags and be able to grocery shop, the better.
I wanted ONE stroller, from newborn to a few years old.  
I wanted ONE stroller to grow with incase one baby becomes two babies one day (calm down!).
I wanted it to look really cool.  

Now let’s check each of those off…

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This Week’s Harvest Includes Lots of Greens!

This week’s garden harvest includes lots of greens!  Join me as I show you what’s growing in our garden!

Yup, it’s true! Even though this Summer has been life changing and we’re both sleep deprived, we’ve kept the garden up and running!  Although the garden has received less care and time due to the arrival of our July baby, it’s still producing wonderfully and we’re picking baskets filled with vegetables! So let’s look at this week’s harvest!
This week's garden harvest includes lots of greens! Join me as I show you what's growing in our Upstate New York garden during August!

Right now it’s all about the greens! We’re picking kale, cabbage, broccoli, tomatillos, green beans, sugar snap peas and jalapeno peppers.   Tomato season is about to start so we picked our first cherry tomatoes which I immediately threw up in the air into my mouth! Not pictured are the potatoes and onions which I totally forgot about – sorry!
This week's garden harvest includes lots of greens! Join me as I show you what's growing in our Upstate New York garden during August!

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Banana Oat Bread Cookies

BANANA Oat BREAD Cookies tastes just like banana bread!   This healthy, easy to make recipe makes 3 dozen cookies filled with oatmeal, walnuts, chocolate chips!  These cookies are soft and packed with protein to make the best breakfast or dessert! 

What I love: cookies, bananas, banana bread.  What I don’t love: overripe, brown bananas.   With a bunch of bananas in the kitchen ripening quickly, there’s only one thing to do.. make Banana Oat Bread Cookies!
BANANA Oat BREAD Cookies tastes just like banana bread! This healthy, easy to make recipe makes 3 dozen cookies filled with oatmeal, walnuts, chocolate chips! These cookies are soft and packed with protein to make the best breakfast or dessert!

Do you have a fear of ripe, brown bananas too? Maybe it’s because it’s Summer time but lately my bananas have been ripening at much quicker speeds than usual.  I like to eat bananas when they hit that perfect spot of just turning yellow – but no brown spots on them yet. The timeline for a perfect banana is slim.  Once it starts to brown and turn soft I can’t eat them “raw” anymore.  But that’s totally ok, because soft bananas are like the Cinderella of this story, except they don’t turn into a pumpkin at midnight, instead they turn into delicious cookies!
BANANA Oat BREAD Cookies tastes just like banana bread! This healthy, easy to make recipe makes 3 dozen cookies filled with oatmeal, walnuts, chocolate chips! These cookies are soft and packed with protein to make the best breakfast or dessert!

I have a bunch of banana recipes that I love, like these mini and moist banana muffins, and this banana nutella bread, but now I’m in love with these Banana Oat Bread Cookies!

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Napping With DockATot

Enceladus isn’t a great sleeper during the day (at night is another story – more about that in a future post!).   The only way I can get any work done during the day is by wearing her or putting her down.  But I can’t put her down anywhere, she’s extremely picky about her sleeping arrangements and will let you know it!  Her favorite? The DockATot!  Does your baby love napping with DockATot too?

Doesn’t she look comfortable?
First Time Mom Review of the DockaTot and how we use it as a lounger and travel sleeper. Our baby loves napping with DockaTot!

Since we were expecting Enceladus I had my eyes on the DockATot! So many parents gave rave reviews that this solved all their sleep issues so I had to get one!   What I was most excited about was that this could be traveled with.  Unlike so many other loungers,  this was light, didn’t need to be plugged in and can be carried with one arm (really important!).   Enceladus took her first trip Upstate to the garden last weekend and I was so worried about what to bring for her to sleep in.  The DockATot lets me not go overboard with a bunch of different beds and chairs, all I need is one thing that I can throw in a bag and go!    We will be making a trip later this month to Maine and I’m thrilled to know that this is the only bed that I’ll have to bring for her!
First Time Mom Review of the DockaTot and how we use it as a lounger and travel sleeper. Our baby loves napping with DockaTot!

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1 Pint 10 Minute Raspberry Jam

EASY 1 PINT 10 MINUTE Raspberry Jam!  This simple recipe uses 1 pint of fresh raspberries, honey and lemon juice to make delicious jam!  This homemade jam is healthy and requires no pectin and no sugar! I always make 2 jars – one to store in the refrigerator and one to store in the freezer! 

When Summer gives you fresh raspberries you stuff them in your mouth.  Immediately.  When Summer gives you so many fresh raspberries you can’t fit anymore into your mouth then you make 1 Pint 10 Minute Raspberry Jam!  
EASY 1 PINT 10 MINUTE Raspberry Jam! This simple recipe uses 1 pint of fresh raspberries, honey and lemon juice to make delicious jam! This homemade jam is healthy and requires no pectin and no sugar! I always make 2 jars - one to store in the refrigerator and one to store in the freezer!

I love “1 Pint” recipes because often people aren’t picking or buying 8 cups of raspberries at one time.  If you see a deal on raspberries at the farmers market usually they are by the pint.  Same goes for garden harvest, often you pick 1 pint here, 1 pint there,  berries are so picky (no pun attended) so I’m not often picking them all at once.   This recipe only requires 1 pint of fresh raspberries which is approximately 2 cups worth.   
EASY 1 PINT, 10 MINUTE Raspberry Jam! This simple recipe uses 1 pint of fresh raspberries, honey and lemon juice to make delicious jam! This homemade jam is healthy and requires no pectin and no sugar! I always make 2 jars - one to store in the refrigerator and one to store in the freezer!

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Easy Baked Three Cheese Ravioli

EASY BAKED Three Cheese Ravioli is one of my family’s favorite meals!  This homemade recipe uses wonton wrappers for the ravioli to make it faster and is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese!  Instructions include how to make and bake immediately or freeze for frozen ravioli.  This recipe is sponsored by Peapod.

Do you know what I love? Ravioli! Do you know what I really love? Homemade ravioli!  Do you know what I really really love? Crispy ravioli that is easy to make and filled with three types of cheese!  
EASY BAKED Three Cheese Ravioli is one of my family's favorite meals! This homemade recipe uses wonton wrappers for the ravioli to make it faster and is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese! Instructions include how to make and bake immediately or freeze for frozen ravioli.

Right now I don’t have the time to make homemade ravioli dough so I came up with a simple solution.  Instead of spending hours making dough from scratch, use wonton wrappers!  By using the wonton wrappers you’re going to get crisp ravioli once baked in the oven.  You’re also going to save yourself a lot of time instead of having to knead and let dough rise.    To save even more time, you can freeze these for quick weeknight meals. At the bottom of this post I’m including full instructions on how to freeze this Easy Baked Three Cheese Ravioli!
EASY BAKED Three Cheese Ravioli is one of my family's favorite meals! This homemade recipe uses wonton wrappers for the ravioli to make it faster and is filled with ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese! Instructions include how to make and bake immediately or freeze for frozen ravioli.

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We Won The Cauliflower Battle!

After years of failing at growing cauliflower we switched to a new variety and grew over 20 pounds of cauliflower! Learn how we grow cauliflower from seeds that can withstand Summer heat and result in a big cauliflower harvest!

I’m not sure if you remember but a few months ago when planting our seeds I talked about how Matthew didn’t want to grow cauliflower this year because he thought it was a lost cause.  For so many years we used up space in the garden to get lackluster cauliflower results (if any).  Cauliflower has always been one of the harder vegetables for us to grow, and it’s been difficult for us to get anything but a few florets of harvest.   Because I couldn’t give up on the cauliflower, I talked Matthew into trying one more year.  Instead of trying our usual variety, I researched the different options and decided we were going to grow Snow Crown seeds to see if it made any difference.   With hearts in my eyes and rainbows in the sky, it worked!  You guys, it worked so great!   In the last 2 weeks we’ve picked close to 20 pounds of cauliflower!  
After years of failing at growing cauliflower we switched to a new variety and grew over 20 pounds of cauliflower! Learn how we grow cauliflower from seeds that can withstand Summer heat and result in a big cauliflower harvest!

I’m so happy we pushed for one more year with the cauliflower and decided to try a new variety.  We went with Snow Crown because it was labeled as being able to be harvested in Summer or Fall so I figured it could take the heat.  Although Upstate is much cooler than NYC, it still does have days in the high 80’s (and sometimes 90’s) so it was important to find a type that could handle hot days.  When we used to grow on the roof in NYC the cauliflower would never last past the beginning of June, so it’s exciting to see it grow through July now!
After years of failing at growing cauliflower we switched to a new variety and grew over 20 pounds of cauliflower! Learn how we grow cauliflower from seeds that can withstand Summer heat and result in a big cauliflower harvest!

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Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole

CHEESY Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole! This loaded recipe is simple to make with fresh vegetables and cream of mushroom soup. I love serving this easy to make casserole as a chicken side dish or a vegetarian main dish. During the Summer I always use fresh cauliflower and sugar snap peas straight from the garden!

When the garden gives you 7 pounds of cauliflower and 8 pounds of sugar snap peas in one week, you make Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole!   And you add shredded cheddar cheese, because you should always add cheese on top!
CHEESY Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole! This loaded recipe is simple to make with fresh vegetables and cream of mushroom soup. I love serving this easy to make casserole as a chicken side dish or a vegetarian main dish. During the Summer I always use fresh cauliflower and sugar snap peas straight from the garden!

This is usually how it goes during garden season.   July brought us a big harvest of cauliflower and sugar snap peas, where we picked 8 pounds of peas last week and I’ll probably be picking 10 more pounds this week.  Sugar snap peas are best fresh so I’m always excited to create recipes that use multiple cups of them (this recipe uses 5 cups of peas!).   
CHEESY Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole! This loaded recipe is simple to make with fresh vegetables and cream of mushroom soup. I love serving this easy to make casserole as a chicken side dish or a vegetarian main dish. During the Summer I always use fresh cauliflower and sugar snap peas straight from the garden!

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Celebrating Xanadu’s 11th Birthday!

Celebrating Xanadu’s 11th Birthday with lots of cat food! Show your cats you love them by throwing them a birthday party feast! This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.

A few weeks ago Xanadu Pluto turned 11 years old.  Oh my, 11 years old already…?!   Is this what it feels like when suddenly your daughter asks to buy lip gloss on her 11th birthday?   Heart break.  I consider Xanadu my baby.  We adopted Xanadu when she was 3 months old in 2006.  At that time we were a 1 cat household (Essy was the only one) and we only lived in NYC for a year.  We had no experience with Siamese cats, but decided after a visit we were going to bring her into our home.  Matthew went and got her while I straightened up the house to await her arrival.   I had everything ready for her – new toys, a new bed, cat food and plenty of treats.  Why wouldn’t she fall in love with her new family?   When she arrived at our apartment, we took her to the bathroom for a transition period.  Essy was outside the door listening as this new cat meowed her way out of the travel carrier.  Have you ever heard a Siamese cat meow?  It sounds just like a baby, and it’s slightly terrifying when you hear it at first.    I can only imagine what Essy was thinking!

Celebrating Xanadu's 11th Birthday with lots of cat food! Show your cats you love them by throwing them a birthday party feast!

As Xanadu meowed after leaving the carrier, she quickly let her Siamese cat traits be known.  Within 5 minutes she was standing on 2 legs, clawing at the bath towels, wrapped in them, tearing them down.   Matthew and I looked at each other, both love in our eyes, realizing she was going to be a handful.

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10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice

Tracking Pixel10 MINUTE Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice dish!  This EASY clean eating recipe is made with Minute Rice and served with fresh Brussels Sprouts and cherry tomatoes! This wholesome meal is gluten free and vegetarian – make it for a work lunch or easy dinner! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Ready to Serve Organics.

Who knew that once you had a baby you immediately forgot to feed yourself.  On the first day home I already found myself looking at the clock at 5PM and remembering I never ate lunch.  After this repeated for a few days, along with 3 hour sleep nights, I knew I was going to have to change some things and make sure I was getting the calories and nutrients needed for baby and me.  So I opened up the cabinet and pulled out a couple cups of Minute® Ready to Serve.  Then I opened up my refrigerator and pulled out Brussels Sprouts and tomatoes.  In 10 minutes I had a delicious lunch ready to serve, along with leftovers for the next day.  High 5 to Mom for making a wholesome,  yummy lunch – 10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice!
10 MINUTE Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice dish! This EASY clean eating recipe is made with Minute Rice and served with fresh Brussels Sprouts and cherry tomatoes! This healthy meal is gluten free and vegetarian - make it for a work lunch or easy dinner!

The Minute® Ready to Serve Organic Red Quinoa and Brown Rice with Garlic only takes 1 minute to make which is amazing.  It’s a perfect solution for a fast lunch when trying to eat better.   While the rice is cooking, throw the Brussels Sprouts in a small pot of water to boil to soften them up so you can easily cut them up.  While they’re boiling, chop up your tomatoes too.  Once the Brussels Sprouts are done, drain them, and throw everything together in a bowl.  Just like that, your 10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice is ready to be served!
10 MINUTE Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice dish! This EASY clean eating recipe is made with Minute Rice and served with fresh Brussels Sprouts and cherry tomatoes! This healthy meal is gluten free and vegetarian - make it for a work lunch or easy dinner!

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Our First Family Walk

Time to go on our first family walk with Enceladus while wearing our lillebaby tokidoki Complete All Seasons carrier!  This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY.

This past weekend we decided to head out for our first family walk.  I’ve taken Enceladus on multiple walks by myself (I hope you’re watching my adventures on Instagram Stories by the way!) to the studio, grocery store and other random places when I feel like we need to get out!   She loves strolling around in her UPPAbaby Vista, and surprisingly handles bumps in the sidewalk like a pro without even opening her eyes!
Time to go on our first family walk with Enceladus while wearing our lillebaby tokidoki Complete All Seasons carrier!

I want to make it a mission to do one weekly thing as a family, so we headed out to show her how lucky she was to live in Brooklyn!  It just happened that it was also National Ice Cream Day, so we had to stop for ice cream too…..!  

Now only if she could remember her first walk with us, but she was passed out and snoring the entire time!
Time to go on our first family walk with Enceladus while wearing our lillebaby tokidoki Complete All Seasons carrier!

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