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How to Freeze Peaches
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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili
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Jalapeno Mac and Cheese
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Pumpkin Hummus
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Amish Potato Stuffing Recipe
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Cabbage and Noodles
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How to Freeze Zucchini Without Blanching
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Cheesy Green Beans
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Carrot Casserole
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Amish Cinnamon Bread
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Pumpkin Donuts
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Eggplant Veggie Nuggets
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August in the Garden Vegetable Picking
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Ham and Cabbage Soup
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BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs
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Half Sour Pickled Okra
17
We Sold Our Upstate Land
18
Blueberry Overnight Oats
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Cabbage Roll Casserole
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How To Freeze Cake

How to Freeze Peaches

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze peaches, no blanching needed.  This method preserves the peaches up to a year, preventing them from turning brown.  

Do you have a peach tree?  Or maybe your neighbor has one?   Or maybe you went to the farmers market and peaches were on sale?  Or maybe you just love peaches so you want to make sure they’re always in your kitchen?

Either way, here’s the best way to freeze your peaches.  This is my tried and tested method, that prevents the peaches from turning brown and keeps them good for about a year.

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Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

EASY Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili is packed full of pumpkin, ground turkey, beans, vegetables and Mexican spices. This healthy, hearty chili is perfect for chilly fall and winter nights. Serve this pumpkin chili with cornbread or tortilla chips and your favorite toppings. And be sure to keep this recipe in mind for a football watch party, game night, or office potluck!

EASY Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili is packed full of pumpkin, ground turkey, beans, vegetables and Mexican spices. This healthy, hearty chili is perfect for chilly fall and winter nights. Serve this pumpkin chili with cornbread or tortilla chips and your favorite toppings. And be sure to keep this recipe in mind for a football watch party, game night, or office potluck!

In this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili recipe we have the usual chili ingredients, but then we’re adding in pumpkin! Pumpkin works so well in chili recipes because it adds a wonderful creaminess and a very subtle sweet, earthy undertone that takes this recipe to a whole new level of delicious. As an added plus, pumpkin is full of a wide variety of nutrients and is an excellent source of Vitamin A and C. It’s an amazing way to make your dinner or pumpkin brownies more healthy and better for you. Who doesn’t want that?

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Jalapeno Mac and Cheese

This extra cheesy Jalapeño Mac and Cheese with Pumpkin is a creamy, slightly spicy dish that your family will love! It’s pure comfort food, perfect to enjoy this fall season! The ultimate macaroni and cheese recipe!

This extra cheesy Jalapeño Mac and Cheese with Pumpkin is a creamy, slightly spicy dish that your family will love! It’s pure comfort food, perfect to enjoy this fall season! The ultimate macaroni and cheese recipe!

Mac and cheese is one of those classic comfort foods that people always enjoy. It’s fun (and tasty) to mix up the traditional dish from time to time by adding different flavors, like in this pumpkin jalapeño mac and cheese. I’ve simply added in some spice and pumpkin purée to take things up a notch, while still maintaining all the creamy and cheesy goodness.

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Pumpkin Hummus

This savory pumpkin hummus is deliciously creamy and so easy to prep! It pairs perfectly with baked pita chips, crackers, toast, veggies, and even works great as a spread. You’re going to want to serve this tasty, fall-flavored dip for Thanksgiving and other gatherings this fall.

This savory pumpkin hummus is deliciously creamy and so easy to prep! It pairs perfectly with baked pita chips, crackers, toast, veggies, and even works great as a spread. You’re going to want to serve this tasty, fall-flavored dip for Thanksgiving and other gatherings this fall.

Fall is probably my favorite season and I’m so excited to share all of my favorite fall-inspired recipes with you! I know that I tend to go a little overboard with pumpkin recipes this time of year, but hear me out.

This pumpkin hummus dip is worth it. I promise. It’s so delicious. Just get ready to experience a creamy, flavorful, perfectly spiced dip that goes well with so many things and can be whipped up in under 10 minutes.

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Amish Potato Stuffing Recipe

A delicious potato stuffing recipe, just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country. You’ll love how easy and authentic this Amish Potato Stuffing is!

Amish Potato StuffingA delicious potato stuffing recipe, just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country.

When I was a kid we would always hit up the weekend markets.  These markets were a mixture of flea markets outside with regular food vendors inside.  I come from near Amish country in Pennsylvania so on the way there it wouldn’t be strange to pass a horse and buggy going by.

Once at the auction first you would browse the treasures outside ($2 rainbow ceramic pie pan!) while working up a appetite.  Next stop would be the Amish stands outside where you could buy fruits and vegetables at discounted prices (hello 4 for $1 corn on the cobs).

Finally you’d go inside and grab lunch or head to the butcher to buy meat for dinner that week.    There was a popular place inside one of these markets that sold a chicken breast stuffed with potato stuffing.

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Cabbage and Noodles

POLISH CABBAGE AND NOODLES or commonly called Haluski is a quick, easy, comforting recipe to make! This recipe is an authentic Polish dish passed on to me by my Polish grandmother! Your family is going to love this traditional bowl of cabbage and noodles for dinner!

POLISH CABBAGE AND NOODLES or commonly called Haluski is a quick, easy, comforting recipe to make! This recipe is an authentic Polish dish passed on to me by my Polish grandmother! Your family is going to love this traditional bowl of cabbage and noodles for dinner!

The season for comfort foods is on the horizon. I can feel the cool weather coming soon and I’m prepared with a stack of cozy fall and winter recipes. This cabbage and noodles dish is total comfort food, but so simple and easy too! I absolutely love sautéed cabbage, especially when it’s combined with onions and carrots and tossed with buttery noodles. How can anyone resist that?

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How to Freeze Zucchini Without Blanching

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!

Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!

If you have a garden you know that the end of Summer brings you lots of zucchini!  Actually, even if you don’t have a garden, but have a friend or family member with a garden, then you probably have a counter filled with zucchini too!  Zucchini, it’s the plant that keeps on giving!

Now what are you going to do with those 15 zucchini? Ok, I have some recipe ideas for you.  There’s Zucchini Nuggets.  Yum. There’s Zucchini Bread with Lemon Glaze.  Classic yum.  And there’s Zucchini Cookies.  More yum.  But you still have 10 zucchini left.  What are you going to do?

Don’t worry – you can freeze zucchini, keeping it to use for a year!  And even better, it’s so easy to do! 

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Cheesy Green Beans

These baked cheesy green beans are flavorful, easy and make the perfect vegetarian side dish. Made with fresh green beans, cabbage and cheese, this dish is sure to be a hit with the whole family! A delicious way to get some veggies into your family’s diet!

These baked cheesy green beans are flavorful, easy and make the perfect vegetarian side dish. Made with fresh green beans, cabbage and cheese, this dish is sure to be a hit with the whole family! A delicious way to get some veggies into your family's diet!

With pounds of green beans and cabbage to be picked in the garden, I have been trying to come up with new ways to eat our veggies. For dinner one night I was craving macaroni and cheese, but I also really wanted to use our green beans and cabbage. So, this unique cheesy green bean casserole meal was created. It’s like macaroni and cheese, but without the pasta!

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Carrot Casserole

This Carrot Casserole is a super easy one-pot meal that combines tender carrot coins with cream of mushroom soup and cheese and is topped with a buttery herbed stuffing. A tasty and inexpensive side dish that’s perfect for a holiday meal or an everyday dinner.

This Carrot Casserole is a super easy one-pot meal that combines tender carrot coins with cream of mushroom soup and cheese and is topped with a buttery herbed stuffing. A tasty and inexpensive side dish that’s perfect for a holiday meal or an everyday dinner.

Our family really enjoys carrots, especially this roasted carrot soup and carrot souffle. We’re also huge fans of this simple carrot casserole, which takes just minutes to put together. This is one of my go-to side dishes! And it’s a must for the Thanksgiving menu!

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Amish Cinnamon Bread

Tender and moist with sweet cinnamon and sugar permeating every crumb, this Amish Cinnamon Bread is not the sort of recipe that one casually bakes and leaves on the counter unattended. It makes for such a delicious treat for brunch or as a snack. It’s also perfect for holiday (or anytime) gift giving!

Tender and moist with sweet cinnamon and sugar permeating every crumb, this Amish Cinnamon Bread is not the sort of recipe that one casually bakes and leaves on the counter unattended. It makes for such a delicious treat for brunch or as a snack. It’s also perfect for holiday (or anytime) gift giving!

Quick breads like this Amish Cinnamon Bread are some of my absolute favorite recipes to make. I love them because they’re so super easy and this one with the swirl of cinnamon-sugar and topped with even more is absolutely heavenly. A thick slab of it is fabulous with coffee, tea, or hot cocoa as a morning breakfast treat, but it also makes a special afternoon snack.

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Pumpkin Donuts

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft, delicious Pumpkin Donuts that are ready in under 30 minutes! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft, delicious Pumpkin Donuts that are ready in under 30 minutes! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

Seriously, I love everything about this time of year. The beauty brought about by the changing of the seasons, the delicious fall produce being harvested daily, and the eager anticipation for the holiday season.

And lets not forget pumpkin! Now is the time of the year that pumpkin reigns supreme. In soups, chili, pancakes, pies and of course…baked goods, like these Baked Pumpkin Donuts!

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Eggplant Veggie Nuggets

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They’re made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

You guys know I love sneaking garden vegetables into everything, so it might not surprise you that I turned a kids classic dinner food into something a little more nutritious with the help of eggplant!

These taste just like regular “chicken nuggets” but are 100% vegetarian. Instead of meat, we use shredded eggplant.   Not only does my daughter love them, but my meat-eating husband can’t keep his paws off them either.  It’s a win win when I get my whole family to eat more vegetables!

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August in the Garden Vegetable Picking

Look at all the vegetables we picked in our NYC garden in August. Come join me to learn how to grow your own food! It’s easy, anyone can do it!

Hey all,   

It’s the end of August which means we’re spending a lot of time in the garden picking vegetables.   Tomatoes, peppers, kale, carrots, onions, beans, eggplant and so much more is being picked!  This is the time of the year where tomatoes can turn quickly, so we need to keep on top of the vegetables with a couple picking sessions a week. 

Here’s what we’re picking right now!

Vegetable Picking in our NYC August Garden. Quite a haul of veggies!

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Ham and Cabbage Soup

This healthy ham and cabbage soup is a mix of carrots, celery, bell pepper, onion, cabbage and ham, all simmered together in a savory broth. A quick and easy comforting meal that’s full of flavor!

This healthy ham and cabbage soup is a mix of carrots, celery, bell pepper, onion, cabbage and ham, all simmered together in a savory broth. A quick and easy comforting meal that’s full of flavor!

When I’m looking for an easy, cozy recipe idea, I turn to veggie loaded soups like cauliflower soup,  chicken vegetable soup, slow cooker sweet potato soup and this simple yet satisfying ham and cabbage soup.

There’s nothing better than a hearty soup loaded with veggies, and this Polish ham and cabbage soup is always a great bet. It’s satisfying, packed with nutrition and is ready in about 45 minutes. It’s just like the one Grandma makes! Ham and cabbage soup is the perfect lunch or dinner for when you’re wanting something hearty and comforting.

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BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs recipe that my family loves!  Throw these boneless chicken thighs in the crockpot for 2 and a half hours and then serve over rice for a easy complete meal! Keto and low carb recipe. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

You guys! These BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs are SO GOOD!  They’re lick your fingers good!  You know how I know that?  Because my toddler was licking her fingers after clearing her entire plate!

Why I love Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

It’s easy!  Throw it in the crockpot – aka, my favorite kitchen invention ever.
It’s delicious! Soy sauce, BBQ sauce, ketchup and brown sugar make one heck of a delicious sauce.
It’s fast!  This meal cooks in 2 and a half hours.
… and did I mention it’s delicious?

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Half Sour Pickled Okra

If you like okra, you’ll love this half sour pickled okra recipe.  These picked okra are crunchy, easy to make in the refrigerator and no canning is needed.  This is one of my favorite healthy veggie snack treats!

You cannot let summer end without making this pickled okra recipe. It’s one of my favorites! I’m sure all of you are going to enjoy this pickled okra recipe just as much as I do. It’s crispy, crunchy and SO addicting.

My Half Sour Pickles are such a favorite recipe on the blog, being made by thousands of people world wide.  I’ve gotten so many requests for a Pickled Okra recipe, so here I am!   You ask and I deliver! 

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We Sold Our Upstate Land

We sold our land Upstate.  We built a garden, greenhouse and shipping container home.  But now this chapter ends.  Here’s why. 

It has taken forever, but we officially closed and sold our Upstate property. It’s no longer ours.  I feel lots of emotions.  I’m sad because Matthew and I had so much fun tearing that place up to make a garden and building a little shipping container home.  I’m mostly sad because we planted our Christmas trees there and I won’t get to see them grow.  Heartbreak.  But I’m also relieved and excited for the future in NYC.

We sold our land in Upstate New York.  We built a garden, greenhouse and shipping container home.  But now this chapter ends.  Here's why. 

We bought the property because we needed some time to get out of the city and get back to our small town roots (no pun intended).   We wanted to get out of NYC on the weekends,  tear up grass if we wanted to without having to apply for 5 different NYC permits, and plant a giant garden.  We wanted to escape during the Summer every week, spend all day gardening, and then sleep under the starry skies to the sounds of coyotes (it was scary at first).

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Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats is a quick breakfast that’s waiting for you in the morning! Healthy ingredients include oats, blueberries, milk, maple syrup, flaxseeds and cinnamon!

Blueberry Overnight Oats is a quick breakfast that’s waiting for you in the morning! Healthy ingredients include oats, blueberries, milk, maple syrup, flaxseeds and cinnamon!

I can’t get enough of blueberry overnight oats. It’s easy, quick and perfect for those summer days where you wake up, leave your air conditioned bedroom and the humidity just smacks you in the face tossing you back into your bedroom to cry under your chilled blankets.

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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cabbage Roll Casserole has all the same flavor as classic baked cabbage rolls, but with way less work! This unstuffed cabbage roll casserole combines layers of meat, rice, tomatoes and cabbage for an easy adaptation of the classic cabbage roll that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

Cabbage Roll Casserole has all the same flavor as classic baked cabbage rolls, but with way less work! This unstuffed cabbage roll casserole combines layers of meat, rice, tomatoes and cabbage for an easy adaptation of the classic cabbage roll that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

If you love cabbage rolls, but don’t love all the work involved, this easy baked cabbage roll casserole is for you! It’s definitely one of my favorite meals to prepare.  It’s super easy, hearty, filling and the perfect choice for an easy dinner option.

As a girl, I would always look forward to when my Mom told me it was Cabbage Roll night!  Her cabbage rolls were passed on to by her Polish Mother, and now I’m sharing it in casserole form. 

I’ve always been a fan of baked cabbage rolls and as delicious as they are, I’m not a fan of how much work goes into making them. There’s boiling the cabbage, making the filling, wrapping everything up and then the bake time, it can turn into an all day affair! This cabbage roll casserole has all the same yumminess as the traditional cabbage rolls, but with a fraction of the prep time.

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How To Freeze Cake

Easy step by step directions (with pictures) on how to freeze cake for months.  Now you can freeze slices of your birthday and wedding cake!  The cake tastes super fresh with this method! 

Call me crazy but sometimes there is too much cake!  Instead of letting it dry out and go to waste you should freeze your cake slices to enjoy for months after your celebration.  Follow these steps to enjoy frozen cake that tastes as good as when it was fresh.  

Easy step by step directions (with pictures) on how to freeze cake for months.  Now you can freeze slices of your birthday and wedding cake!  The cake tastes super fresh with this method! 

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