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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
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Designing a Reading Nook – Need Help!
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M&M’s Deluxe Cookie Pie – Who’s Ready For a Superhero Party?
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#TastefullyCrafted With Green Mountain Gringo Salsa
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Scrambled Eggs With Bacon
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Tomato Tea Recipe
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Soybean Harvest 2014
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Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet Cookbook Release + Slow Cooker Giveaway!
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Baked Sugar Snap Peas
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Recent Harvests From The Garden + Coconut and Milk bars

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!

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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. :)
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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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Designing a Reading Nook – Need Help!

 Hey friends! I need your help today!  Please!

I know how stylish you guys are and I trust your decorative touches, so won’t you give me your input?

Please watch this video below I made where I’m asking for your help in my future reading nook!  I want someplace cozy in our loft that I can curl up with some cats, a cup of tea and a book. 

Below are some of my favorite items I saw when browsing online – which ones do you love?
Do you have any suggestions on comments about a reading nook? What does it have to have?  What shouldn’t it have?

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M&M’s Deluxe Cookie Pie – Who’s Ready For a Superhero Party?

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Pow! 
Zap!
Boom!

Are you a Superhero? Who likes M&M’s

Well today you are! So bring your Superhero powers and grab a piece of my M&M’s Deluxe Cookie Pie!

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I love how fun parties are so I thought to throw a  Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier party.  Not only is there a crumbly pie waiting for you but you’ll also be equipped with a shied and helmet! The helmet doesn’t cover the mouth though which is great for eating a big piece of this M&M pie.  Superheroes have priorities, you know?

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#TastefullyCrafted With Green Mountain Gringo Salsa

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Green Mountain Gringo all-natural chips and salsa. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you guys tried Green Mountain Gringo Salsa?  It’s delicious and is all-natural made in Winston-Salem North Carolina.  It’s gluten-free vegetarian salsa is made of only all natural ingredients, meaning no additives or non-natural preservatives.  

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Their slogan “Just what it needs and nothing it doesn’t” is a pretty great way to approach recipes, especially when it comes to fresh bowls of salsa.  Their ingredients include hand-picked vegetables, hebs and spices  – everything it needs.  How do you think it should be served? Over Green Mountain Gringo’s all-natural non-GMO tortilla strips of course!  Wouldn’t this make a great snack or a appetizer for taco night?

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Scrambled Eggs With Bacon

This post brought to you by Butterball Every Day. All opinions are 100% mine.

This is not scramble eggs with bacon on the side.

Oh no.

This is scramble eggs with bacon.  Together.

I hope I just scrambled your idea of breakfast.   So now let’s enjoy these together.

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Breakfast is one of my favorite meals of the day.  On fast days I grab a bowl of cereal. In the Winter time it’s usually toast, figs and tea.  But on extra special days and weekends, it’s a full on breakfast.  Sometimes it’s pancakes.  Sometimes it’s waffles.  Sometimes it’s a egg burrito.  But my favorite breakfast? Scrambled eggs.  As a kid my Mother would make me scrambled eggs while she enjoyed hers “dippy” style.  I would usually lather my scrambled eggs in ketchup.  Ok I’m lying, I still do this.

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Tomato Tea Recipe

Tomato this.  
Tomato that.    
Tomato everything.  
Tomato tea.  
Did I get your attention?   Yes, tomato tea.
Are you intrigued?  
This tomato tea is out of this world delicious.
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First of all, this tomato tea is super easy and basic.  It has 2 ingredients.  It’s hot.  It’s perfect for Fall.  It’s perfect for a cold.  It’s perfect for a afternoon pick me up.  It’s perfect for curling up with a book.  It’s perfect!

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Soybean Harvest 2014

Soybean season was here… and now it’s gone.   But don’t worry there’s plenty of memories to stick around… like the pounds of soybeans in my freezer right now!

Soybeans are one of my favorite vegetables to grow but it’s also one of the most intense plants once it’s ready to harvest.   Growing, they are pretty easy to deal with.  Give them a little water and a hug every few days ago and the soybeans will grow so bushy and tall you won’t be able to see over them.  But once it’s time to pick these soybeans, then put a day (or more) aside!  Even though they are hard work to pick, they are totally worth it.  Soybeans are a favorite for pasta dishes, stews, stir-fries and currently we are obsessed with soybean pesto!  I’ll be posting that recipe later this week so keep a soybean loving eye out for it!

The soybeans were planted directly in their containers on June 14 and were harvested September 3.  We grow 12-16 plants per 27 gallon container.  You can plant quite a few  soybean plants in containers making them great for small spaces.  Each plant yields quite a number of soybeans too.   Once they’re big enough they tend to support each other and just grow into one another.  We put a few tall garden stakes into the container to try to help support them so they aren’t lying on the rooftop but for the most part they have a mind of their own and just want to grow big.  

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Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet Cookbook Release + Slow Cooker Giveaway!

I’m so happy to announce the launch of Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet Cookbook today! It’s a great book for a great cause!

Whether you’re looking for a simple dinner to make on a busy weeknight or a comforting meal for Sunday supper, Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet has your meal planning covered. Over a month’s worth of slow cooker dinner recipes including Lasagna and Sweet and Spicy Carnitas. All of these original recipes have been created by talented food bloggers especially for this slow cooker cookbook. The food bloggers’ passion for slow cooking is demonstrated in the beautiful photography and delicious recipes they have contributed to this cookbook, a cookbook that we hope will hold a special place in your kitchen for years to come. 
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I was invited along with some other bloggers to contribute a Slow Cooker recipe for this cookbook which is focused on healthy slow cooker dinners for families to enjoy.  What did I made for this? Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas! You’ll have to get the cookbook to get the recipe though! 

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Baked Sugar Snap Peas

It’s a bit funny that I’m posting this recipe just as about we’re to tear up our green beans and plant our Fall sugar snap peas.    Soon our boxes will be cleaned out with long beans and the sugar snap pea seeds will be put into the ground.  Then we’ll start the watch of seeing the peas grow from sprouting from the ground to seeing who can make it to the top of the fence first.

Every year we grow sugar snap peas twice because we just can’t get enough.   They are a favorite crunchy snack but they also go hand in hand with some of our favorite meals.  Give me some sugar snap peas, pasta and a little olive oil and you got a big bowl of happiness.

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With a big harvest of peas I wanted to come up with a recipe that took them to that extra step of yum?  Result: Baked Sugar Snap Peas.

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Recent Harvests From The Garden + Coconut and Milk bars


Yummy snacks and gardening – those go together great, right?

I mean ok maybe not gardening and eating yummy snacks at the same time, but then again, why not?  A little melted Coconut & Milk Fruit Bar running down my hand is a blessing in disguise isn’t it? It’s nothing a little delicious lick can’t clean up.  Real talk.
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For more information contact Pamela at pamela@pamelareed.com.