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No Mayo Potato Salad
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes
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Easy Way to Freeze Mashed Potatoes!
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Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta
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MINI Sweet Potato Casseroles With Brown Sugar Pecan Topping
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Creamy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Ham Soup
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Easy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake
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Cheesy Chicken Tomatillo Casserole
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Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup
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Slow Cooker Meatball Potato Casserole
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Oven Roasted Tomatillos
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Slow Cooker Cherry Tomatoes
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage
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Pumpkin Cream Pie
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Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes
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Cucumber Peppermint Tea
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Diced Tomatoes Recipe
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1 Pint 10 Minute Raspberry Jam
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EASY Three Cheese Baked Ravioli
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Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole

No Mayo Potato Salad

CREAMY No Mayo Potato Salad that doesn’t require potato peeling!  This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It’s made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer!  It’s a must have your next grilling session!

Potato salad is a family staple at so many events, especially at picnics.  Maybe it’s for a graduation, or a family get together, or a bbq; most likely there is a big bowl of potato salad there.  I love how versatile potato salad can be.  When chilled in the summer, it’s the perfect food to cool off with next to your hot dog.  In the winter time, you can serve it right off the stove to warm you up.
CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling! This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer! It's a must have your next grilling session!  

CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling! This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer! It's a must have your next grilling session!20 Minute Potato Salad – so easy!

This potato salad is made in 20 minutes and only uses 6 ingredients.  And what a bonus, no peeling potatoes, we’re just washing and cubing these red potatoes up!  With every bite you’re going to get a nice crunch of vegetable with the help of celery and onion. 

No Mayo Potato Salad

To make it super creamy we’re going to smother it with Ranch Salad Dressing – this is a no mayo recipe!

CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling! This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer! It's a must have your next grilling session!

CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling! This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer! It's a must have your next grilling session!
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CREAMY No Mayo Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling! This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer! It's a must have your next grilling session! 

Creamy Ranch Potato Salad

CREAMY No Mayo Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling!  This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer!  It's a must have your next grilling session!

Course Side Dish
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red potatoes – washed and cubed
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 cup green onion or yellow onion
  • ¾ cup Ranch Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring pot of water to boil and add potatoes. Simmer the potatoes for 20 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes.
  3. Put all ingredients in bowl and gently toss.
  4. Serve immediately or if preferred chilled, put in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

 

Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes! This healthy dinner is so easy to make as it only takes 5 hours in the crock pot! The meal cooks in a beef broth brown sugar mix that is amazing! It’s one of my family’s favorite comfort food recipes for a Winter night! We love serving it over egg noodles or rice!

Look, I’m not saying all people from the Midwest love Slow Cooker meals filled with meat and vegetable (especially potatoes) but that’s totally what I’m saying.  My husband, a man raised in good ol Ohio, raves about my Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes.   I could give him the option of having a fancy schmancy French cuisine or Slow Cooker Kielbasa for dinner and there would be no discussion – it’s Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes all the way!

FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes! This healthy dinner is so easy to make as it only takes 5 hours in the crock pot! The meal cooks in a beef broth brown sugar mix that is amazing! It's one of my family's favorite comfort food recipes for a Winter night! We love serving it over egg noodles or rice!

This easy slow cooker meal has everything you need for homemade comfort food – meat, vegetables and enough broth to pour it on top of egg noodles!  The meat is beef kiebasa, cut into bite size pieces.  The vegetables are potatoes, celery, brussels sprouts and onion.  The broth is a savory beef broth.
FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes! This healthy dinner is so easy to make as it only takes 5 hours in the crock pot! The meal cooks in a beef broth brown sugar mix that is amazing! It's one of my family's favorite comfort food recipes for a Winter night! We love serving it over egg noodles or rice!

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Easy Way to Freeze Mashed Potatoes!

EASY way to FREEZE Mashed Potatoes! Follow these step by step instructions on how to freeze leftover mashed potatoes and get the magic trick (cream cheese!) to make them taste great! Never throw away leftover Thanksgiving or holiday potatoes again! I always freeze mashed potatoes to serve for quick weeknight dinners!

Ok, it’s a few days after Thanksgiving and you’re eyeing the mashed potatoes suspiciously that have been sitting in the refrigerator.  You don’t think they can last another day in the fridge but you don’t want to throw them away.  Why? They were so good!  Why else? Think of all the money in butter you spent!

Can you freeze mashed potatoes?

Well I’m here to save the day… yes you can freeze mashed potatoes!

EASY way to FREEZE Mashed Potatoes! Follow these step by step instructions on how to freeze leftover mashed potatoes and get the magic trick to make them taste great! Never throw away leftover Thanksgiving or holiday potatoes again! I always freeze mashed potatoes to serve for quick weeknight dinners!

How to freeze mashed potatoes:

Store them in the freezer in air tight plastic or glass containers with completely sealed lids.  You can also keep them in containers and cover with plastic/saran wrap.
EASY way to FREEZE Mashed Potatoes! Follow these step by step instructions on how to freeze leftover mashed potatoes and get the magic trick to make them taste great! Never throw away leftover Thanksgiving or holiday potatoes again! I always freeze mashed potatoes to serve for quick weeknight dinners!

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Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta recipe is great because it’s easy, full of flavor and healthy with vegetables!

Did you guys like yesterday’s post full of beautiful heads of broccoli fresh from our rooftop? Then I guess you wouldn’t be surprised to see a broccoli recipe posted today!  

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta dish is great because it's quick, easy, fresh and full of flavor.

Broccoli Spaghetti Recipe

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta hits all the right spots for dinner.  It’s quick.  It’s easy.  It’s fresh.  It’s full of flavor.  Not only is there broccoli in here but we also add in our favorite sugar snap peas.  The peas aren’t cooked so they supply a nice crunch which screams Summer!  The broccoli is simmered in chicken broth and then it’s added to the pasta to just coat everything in flavor.   

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta dish is great because it's quick, easy, fresh and full of flavor.

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MINI Sweet Potato Casseroles With Brown Sugar Pecan Topping

The BEST BAKED MINI Sweet Potato Casseroles with BROWN SUGAR Pecan Topping! This easy Southern recipe uses BAKED sweet potatoes to really bring out the flavor! There is a delicious brown sugar pecan crumble on top! I love baking these as mini casseroles as it’s a beautiful presentation at Thanksgiving dinner and everyone gets to eat their own! You can even make these ahead of time and heat up!

Next year we are growing sweet potatoes in the garden because this year I finally fell in love with them in the kitchen! You might have seen my creamy Sweet Potato soup last week (if you missed it, it’s here), well now I’m back with a Sweet Potato Casserole in Mini individual size!

These MINI Sweet Potato Casseroles With Brown Sugar Pecan Topping are so cute and so delicious! Everyone gets to eat their own mini casserole so they’re going to be a hit at the next holiday dinner!

Let’s talk sweet potatoes first, ok?  The way to bring out the flavor of sweet potatoes isn’t by boiling them, but by baking them!  Trust me on this!  If you did a taste test with a boiled and baked sweet potato, and then mashed it, you would absolutely agree  that the baked sweet potato is SO much better!  So for this recipe, we’re going to bake the sweet potatoes first before mashing for the casserole.  Yes, I know, it’s one additional step, but it’s WORTH IT!  I would never make you do more work if the pay off wasn’t big!

To bake the sweet potatoes preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grab your sweet potatoes and pierce them with a fork a few times (fun holiday stress activity!). Place the sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet and bake for 90 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Hold the sweet potatoes with a potholder (they’re hot!) and the potato will pop right out of it’s skin. Discard the skin. Use a potato masher or hand mixer to mash the sweet potatoes.   It’s that easy!  Once your sweet potatoes are baked then we’re ready to begin making these mini casseroles!  If you’re worried about the extra 90 minutes of baking time, you could bake these sweet potatoes a day in advance so they’re all ready for you!

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Creamy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Ham Soup

CREAMY SLOW COOKER Sweet Potato and Ham Soup recipe! This easy Crock Pot meal includes ham, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, red pepper, onion, corn and white beans in a creamy cheesy broth! It’s a great idea for leftover ham for dinner and it’s packed with healthy vegetables!

This soup is the real deal.  Your entire family is going to declare this meal the best!  This soup is creamy, comforting and packed with vegetables (sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, red pepper, corn, onion and white beans!).  What’s not to love?

CREAMY SLOW COOKER Sweet Potato and Ham Soup recipe! This easy Crock Pot meal includes ham, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, red pepper, onion, corn and white beans in a creamy cheesy broth! It's a great idea for leftover ham for dinner and it's packed with healthy vegetables!

Over the weekend I was itching to make something with sweet potatoes so I decided instead of a casserole, I was more in the mood for a creamy Fall soup! 
CREAMY SLOW COOKER Sweet Potato and Ham Soup recipe! This easy Crock Pot meal includes ham, sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, red pepper, onion, corn and white beans in a creamy cheesy broth! It's a great idea for leftover ham for dinner and it's packed with healthy vegetables!

What I love about cold weather soups is that they can be creamy (and cheesy) but you pack them full with vegetables! As I mentioned so many times before I’m in love with my slow cooker, so you’re going to love how easy this is!  

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Easy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

Easy PUMPKIN PIE Milkshake! This easy milkshake recipe uses 1 slice of PUMPKIN PIE to make the BEST tasting pumpkin milkshake!  This drink only requires 4 simple ingredients, including vanilla ice cream and milk!  It’s a perfect Fall Thanksgiving dessert and is a great solution if you have too much pumpkin pie!

You aren’t going to believe this but this milkshake tastes just like pumpkin pie! In shake form!  It’s so delicious!  

This past weekend we stopped at a Mom and Pop ice cream shop.  I asked them what flavor milkshakes they had and they responded “Any type you want.” SAY WHAT.  So I (too) excitedly yelled “Pumpkin Pie!”  2 minutes later I was skipping back to the car with a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake that only cost $4.  After the first sip I was in love.  Immediately I knew I had to make this in my own kitchen!

Easy PUMPKIN PIE Milkshake! This easy milkshake recipe uses 1 slice of PUMPKIN PIE to make the BEST tasting pumpkin milkshake!  This drink only requires 4 simple ingredients, including vanilla ice cream and milk!  It's a perfect Fall Thanksgiving dessert and is a great solution if you have too much pumpkin pie!

What’s the secret of a Easy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake?  Can you guess?  I will give you a hint!  It’s in the title!

Yup, that’s right!  The secret ingredient is Pumpkin Pie (my favorite pie recipe by the way!)!
Easy PUMPKIN PIE Milkshake! This easy milkshake recipe uses 1 slice of PUMPKIN PIE to make the BEST tasting pumpkin milkshake you ever tasted!  This drink only requires 4 simple ingredients, including vanilla ice cream and milk!  It's a perfect Thanksgiving dessert and is a great solution if you have too much pumpkin pie!

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Cheesy Chicken Tomatillo Casserole

CHEESY Chicken Tomatillo Casserole recipe! This easy dinner Mexican casserole uses 1 pound of tomatillos to make a creamy sauce that is layered with tortilla chips, chicken, black beans and cheddar cheese! I love to make this simple dish when my garden tomatillo plants give me too much and I’m left asking asking “What to do!”.

I’m back with another tomatillo recipe!  With another 20 pounds of tomatillos picked from the garden I’m trying to think more outside the salsa verde box and wondering what to do with them!  For dinner I wanted to make a easy casserole that included chicken breasts, tomatillos, black beans and cheese so this Cheesy Chicken Tomatillo Casserole was born!

If you love Mexican casseroles I think you’re going to like this dish!  The tomatillos are thrown into the food processor with a onion, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, cilantro and spices to make a creamy simple sauce.  

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Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup

Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It’s a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself “What should I do with a head of celery?” this soup is always the answer! 

We’ve had good success with growing celery in the garden for the first time this year.  With the end of garden season in sight I’m left with a few  beautiful heads of celery hanging out in my refrigerator.  This leads me to the question of the week “What should I make with lots of celery”?

Sure there’s the easy route of cutting celery up and dipping it in peanut butter for a delicious snack, but I wanted to throw my apron on and come up with something new for the celery.  It was the first day where it felt like Fall, the weather was crisp and chilly and so I was craving something warm.   Ta-da, Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup was born!
Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It's a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself "What should I do with a head of celery?" this soup is always the answer! 

This soup is creamy, delicious and is filled with enough vegetables to make this a healthy comforting soup! This soup uses 1 whole pound of celery.  Most recipes call for just using the celery stalks but I wanted to use everything, so that’s what I did – celery stalks, leaves, everything!   The leaves have so much flavor (and scent!) to them that they deserve to be enjoyed too!
Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It's a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself "What should I do with a head of celery?" this soup is always the answer! 

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Slow Cooker Meatball Potato Casserole

SLOW COOKER Meatball Potato Casserole with a creamy beef gravy is delicious!  This easy to make crockpot recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! This Italian Meatballs dish uses cream of mushroom soup and is filled with vegetables including potatoes, carrots, celery and onion!  My husband officially declares this one of his favorite meals!   This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are entirely my own.

When my husband tasted this meal, his first words (with eyes closed) were “This is good.  Real good.”  I immediately agreed! Not only does this Slow Cooker Meatball Potato Casserole taste great, but it smells amazing too!  Don’t you love the way your home smells after you’ve been slow cooking a home cooked meal all day long?  

For this dish, we’re slow cooking Italian meatballs, potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion in a delicious cream of mushroom soup/beef onion mix gravy to make one delicious casserole!  
SLOW COOKER Meatball Potato Casserole with a creamy beef gravy is delicious!  This easy to make crockpot recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! This Italian Meatballs dish uses cream of mushroom soup and is filled with vegetables including potatoes, carrots, celery and onion!  My husband officially declares this one of his favorite meals!  

The recipe calls for 1 pound Italian-Style Meatballs.  I used Carando Abruzzese Italian Style Meatballs, which are blended with cheese and herbs.  
SLOW COOKER Meatball Potato Casserole with a creamy beef gravy is delicious!  This easy to make crockpot recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! This Italian Meatballs dish uses cream of mushroom soup and is filled with vegetables including potatoes, carrots, celery and onion!  My husband officially declares this one of his favorite meals!  

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Oven Roasted Tomatillos

EASY, OVEN ROASTED Tomatillos Recipe! Shows you how to cook tomatillo! This tomatillo sauce is DELICIOUS and can be used as a soup stock, chicken tacos salsa, served over rice and so much more! This recipe is canning and freezing friendly, perfect for preserving a overabundance of garden tomatillo plants!

This year our tomatillo plants did a great job in producing tomatillos!  We started growing tomatillos a few years ago on the roof and they were so successful, and easy to grow, we made them a permanent plant in the garden.   Of course, when we first started growing tomatillos I think we had 6 plants, but as is garden life, now we’re up to 20 something plants.

 In all honesty, it might be too many tomatillo plants for the average person but if you love salsa verde and tomatillos as much as me it’s just the right amount! One reason why I love growing a overabundance of tomatillos is becase I get to make Oven Roasted Tomatillos!
EASY, OVEN ROASTED Tomatillos Recipe! This tomatillo sauce is DELICIOUS and can be used as a soup stock, chicken tacos salsa, served over rice and so much more! This recipe is canning and freezing friendly, perfect for preserving a overabundance of garden tomatillo plants!

Tomatillo Recipes

These Oven Roasted Tomatillos are so easy to make and are perfect for the answer to the question “I have too many tomatillos, what can I make?”.  Not only can you serve them immediately for dinner (recipe ideas below!), but they freeze and can amazingly well!

I just froze 10 full bags of these Oven Roasted Tomatillos so I make make Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos in the Winter! Who doesn’t love garden goodies on a cold Winter day?
EASY, OVEN ROASTED Tomatillos Recipe! This tomatillo sauce is DELICIOUS and can be used as a soup stock, chicken tacos salsa, served over rice and so much more! This recipe is canning and freezing friendly, perfect for preserving a overabundance of garden tomatillo plants!

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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!

Slow Cooker Tomato Recipe

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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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage

EASY SLOW COOKER Kielbasa and Cabbage 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 Kielbasa and Cabbage dish was created! 
Cabbage and Kielbasa in Crockpot

Besides cabbage, throw in potatoes and onions to your slow cooker, alongside some beef kielbasa.   I’ve made this kielbasa and cabbage slow cooker recipe a few times in the last month and we love adding carrots in it too!  The ingredients are incredibly simple, you might already have everything in your kitchen!
Fresh Kielbasa Ring

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Pumpkin Cream Pie

No Bake Pumpkin Cream Pie recipe!  This pie is so easy to make! Ingredients include instant Pudding, Cool Whip and pumpkin puree.

“It’s too early for pumpkin” is one statement you’ll never hear me say.  Never ever.

It’s always time for pumpkin  Always.  That’s why I start the day with these Pumpkin Pancakes and end the day with this Pumpkin Cream Pie! Hah.

Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie is a delicious no bake recipe! Ingredients include instant Pudding, Cool Whip and pumpkin puree. It's the perfect Fall pumpkin recipe!

Because I have so much pumpkin love we grow pumpkins twice a year, so we have a few to harvest in the Summer and a few to pick in the Fall.  Fall’s pumpkins are already planted and have started to produce a few flowers.  We were planned to have 2 pumpkin plants but somehow we have 10.  I say “somehow” because the truth is this is my doing.  I always want more pumpkins so I saved all the seedlings and secretly planted them.  Surprise, a rooftop pumpkin patch!  A dream come true (I hope!)….

Pumpkin Cream Pie recipe

This weekend I took these 2 beautiful pumpkins we grew and gave them a good roasting to make homemade pumpkin puree.  This is my walkthrough on how to make your own pumpkin puree, it really is the best.
Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie is a delicious no bake recipe! Ingredients include instant Pudding, Cool Whip and pumpkin puree. It's the perfect Fall pumpkin recipe!

I’m always amazed by how much fresh puree can come out of pumpkins.  Puree can then be frozen to enjoy baked pumpkin treats for the next few months.  Think pumpkin bars, pancakes, waffles, pies, pudding and more!  Here’s 4 cups worth just singing my name to come bake with it….
Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie is a delicious no bake recipe! Ingredients include instant Pudding, Cool Whip and pumpkin puree. It's the perfect Fall pumpkin recipe! 

And with today being the first day of September (!) I think we all have pumpkin on our minds.  Soon the word will be popping up in our RSS feeds and magazines. Pumpkins and red leaves will soon be spotted on sidewalks and store shelves.   Let’s get in the Fall mood with some Pumpkin Cream Pie.  Is there anything that says hello Fall more than this?
Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie is a delicious no bake recipe! Ingredients include instant Pudding, Cool Whip and pumpkin puree. It's the perfect Fall pumpkin recipe!

This Pumpkin Cream Pie has all the workings of a magical treat. There’s vanilla pudding mix, pumpkin puree (canned pumpkin), pumpkin pie spice, Cool Whip and milk all poured into a pie crust.
Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie is a delicious no bake recipe! Ingredients include instant Pudding, Cool Whip and pumpkin puree. It's the perfect Fall pumpkin recipe!

The pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice gives it that Pumpkin Fall flavor we all love so much. And isn’t everything just a little bit yummier when it’s included with a graham cracker crust?
Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie is a delicious no bake recipe! Ingredients include instant Pudding, Cool Whip and pumpkin puree. It's the perfect Fall pumpkin recipe!

So go ahead and dive into Fall.   Dive right into this Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie.
 Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie is a delicious no bake recipe! Ingredients include instant Pudding, Cool Whip and pumpkin puree. It's the perfect Fall pumpkin recipe!

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Pumpkin Pudding Cream Pie is a delicious no bake recipe! Ingredients include instant Pudding, Cool Whip and pumpkin puree. It's the perfect Fall pumpkin recipe!

Pumpkin Cream Pie

No Bake Pumpkin Cream Pie recipe!  This pie is so easy to make! Ingredients include instant Pudding, Cool Whip and pumpkin puree.

Course Dessert
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 3.4 ounces packages of Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • 1 9 inch graham cracker crust

Instructions

  1. Combine milk and pudding mix in deep bowl. Mix with hand mixer for a few seconds to combine them.
  2. Add pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and Cool Whip to bowl and mix on low speed until all is combined.
  3. Pour filling into graham cracker crust.
  4. Put in refrigerator for at least 5 hours, preferably over night, to set.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

 

Are you excited for Pumpkin season?  Tell me in the comments!

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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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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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Diced Tomatoes Recipe

HOW TO MAKE diced tomatoes recipe from fresh tomatoes.  Step by step instructions walk you through the beginning all the way up to freezing them. This is a great way to preserve your garden tomatoes!

It’s raining tomatoes still.  A ton of them!

Right now we have a explosion of cherry, roma and beef tomatoes of all sizes currently occupying our counter.    I love seeing a kitchen full of fresh vegetables but it also gives me a slight overwhelming fear of anxiety because I know I have to go to work on them and start preparing our tomatoes to last the next few months.

We pretty much only buy tomato sauce or tomato products during the months of May and June.   July, August and September gives us fresh tomatoes by the basket full while October-April supplies us tomatoes that were canned or frozen months prior.   It’s always a special feeling when its a cold Wintry day and you can still enjoy some fresh tomatoes you grew months prior when the garden wasn’t covered in snow.

Diced Tomatoes Recipe

 

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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 Three Cheese Baked Ravioli

EASY Three Cheese Baked 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. 

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 Baked 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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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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