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GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Cookies
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Chocolate Banana Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting
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Photographing Cats With Their Favorite Food Is Hard Work!
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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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Chocolate Chow Mein Noodle Cookies
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Farm to Bowl Dinner With Toes The Cat
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Enceladus’s 3 Month Old Schedule + Achievements
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MINI Sweet Potato Casseroles With Brown Sugar Pecan Topping
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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup
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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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No Butter Needed Fluffy Waffles
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This Week’s Harvest Includes 67 Pounds of Tomatoes!
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How the Snoo Helped Our Colic Baby (And let us sleep!)
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Slow Cooker Meatball Potato Casserole
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Oven Roasted Tomatillos
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Enceladus’s First Big Road Trip to Maine!

GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio Cookies

GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio​ ​​Cookies​ are the BEST for CHRISTMAS baking! This easy gluten-free recipe makes 48 spiced pistachio cookies that are dipped in melted white chocolate! They are made with almond flour and teff flour, making a perfectly formed cookie! They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies, perfect for family eating and holiday gifts!

These Gluten-Free​ ​White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio​ ​​Cookies​ need to become a must-have on your holiday baking list! I made them last weekend and they were gone by Monday morning!  They have the taste of a spiced cookie but they’re dipped in white chocolate adding a touch of sweetness to every bite!   Add some festive sprinkles on each one and you have some of the prettiest cookies you’ll bake all season long!

GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio​ ​​Cookies​ are the BEST for CHRISTMAS baking! This easy gluten-free recipe makes 48 spiced pistachio cookies that are dipped in melted white chocolate! They are made with almond flour and teff flour, making a perfectly formed cookie! They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies, perfect for family eating and holiday gifts!

Pistachio cookies are one of my favorites, but they’re even more irresistible when you add in cardamom, cinnamon, and allspice to give more of a holiday taste (and smell!) to them.   These cookies are not overly nutty tasting, but just perfect so everyone loves them.  

GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio​ ​​Cookies​ are the BEST for CHRISTMAS baking! This easy gluten-free recipe makes 48 spiced pistachio cookies that are dipped in melted white chocolate! They are made with almond flour and teff flour, making a perfectly formed cookie! They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies, perfect for family eating and holiday gifts!

GLUTEN-FREE White Chocolate Dipped Pistachio​ ​​Cookies​ are the BEST for CHRISTMAS baking! This easy gluten-free recipe makes 48 spiced pistachio cookies that are dipped in melted white chocolate! They are made with almond flour and teff flour, making a perfectly formed cookie! They are one of my favorite Christmas cookies, perfect for family eating and holiday gifts!

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Chocolate Banana Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting

Tracking PixelCHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE with THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING! This homemade from scratch cake is MOIST, easy to make and slides out of the 8×8 pan perfectly! The peanut butter frosting on top is what I consider the best frosting of all time – my family can’t get enough! If you’re looking for a chocolate birthday cake or holiday gift – make this cake! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bob’s Red Mill.

The season of gift giving is upon us and what’s a better way to say “I think you’re great, Happy Holidays!” than sending someone the gift of Chocolate Banana Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting?
CHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE with THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING! This homemade from scratch cake is MOIST, easy to make and slides out of the 8x8 pan perfectly! The peanut butter frosting on top is what I consider the best frosting of all time - my family can't get enough! If you're looking for a chocolate birthday cake or holiday gift - make this cake! 

I think sometimes the gift of homemade food is overlooked when it comes to the holidays.  Sure, you can brave the holiday lines at the department store to buy your sister those cashmere gloves you saw her eyeing up, but I can almost guarantee you that giving her a homemade cake will make her feel like the best (and loved) sister of all time!   A homemade cake is not only a physical gift, but there’s lots of emotional thought that goes into making it too! 

Did you know that psychologists have found that baking for loved ones promote a sense of well being not only for the recipient but for the baker as well?  Whenever someone gifts me a box filled with homemade cookies I still get weak in the knees and feel like it’s the most special gift ever!  

CHOCOLATE BANANA CAKE with THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER FROSTING! This homemade from scratch cake is MOIST, easy to make and slides out of the 8x8 pan perfectly! The peanut butter frosting on top is what I consider the best frosting of all time - my family can't get enough! If you're looking for a chocolate birthday cake or holiday gift - make this cake! 

First, let’s talk about this cake before we get to my favorite peanut butter frosting.

This is a Chocolate Banana Cake.  I want to tell you up front it is not “too banana-y”.  So if you have someone in the family that isn’t a big banana fan don’t be scared of this cake.  The cake is made with semi sweet chocolate chips and cocoa powder so it’s very decadent with chocolate.  

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Photographing Cats With Their Favorite Food Is Hard Work!

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tender & True Pet Nutrition. All opinions are 100% mine.

So here was the idea.  I was going to tell you all about how much our cats love Tender & True cat food (because they do).  I was going to photograph Toes specifically because she is always my food model, because well…. the lady loves food.  But then I took out a few cans of Tender & True food and instead of Toes, all 5 cats showed up.  Go figure!  One sniff of their favorite food and I’m surrounded by my fur babies!

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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! 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!

Here’s how to do it:

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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Chocolate Chow Mein Noodle Cookies

CHOCOLATE CHOW MEIN Noodle COOKIES are my family’s favorite! This easy no bake recipe only requires 4 ingredients! They’re simple to make and you only need chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chow mein noodles and peanuts! I love adding a dash of salt on top too! They are so much to make with kids! Make them for parties, dessert, bake sales or a alternative to Christmas cookies!

These Chocolate Chow Mein Noodle Cookies are delicious and completely addicting!  Even better is that they’re made with only 4 simple ingredients, they don’t require baking and are kid friendly to make!    I made these for a friends party, but they were so good that Matthew and I gobbled them up at home causing me to make a second batch!
CHOCOLATE CHOW MEIN Noodle COOKIES are my family's favorite! This easy no bake recipe only requires 4 ingredients! They're simple to make and you only need chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chow mein noodles and peanuts! I love adding a dash of salt on top too! They are so much to make with kids! Make them for parties, dessert, bake sales or a alternative to Christmas cookies!

Even though these are called “cookies” they’re really not cookies at all, but I find them to be a delicious cookie substitute for holiday gifts, bake sales, and even leaving out for Santa (wink wink).  They’re not made with flour or butter, but instead only require 4 simple ingredients – chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, peanuts and chow mein noodles.  Yup, chow mein noodles!  You can use the skinny ones that come in the can or you can use the wide ones that are usually sold in a bag, I prefer the wide ones.
CHOCOLATE CHOW MEIN Noodle COOKIES are my family's favorite! This easy no bake recipe only requires 4 ingredients! They're simple to make and you only need chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, chow mein noodles and peanuts! I love adding a dash of salt on top too! They are so much to make with kids! Make them for parties, dessert, bake sales or a alternative to Christmas cookies!

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Farm to Bowl Dinner With Toes The Cat

 
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tender & True Pet Nutrition. All opinions are 100% mine.
 

If you know Toes you know she loves 2 things the most, food and snuggles.  So as you can imagine, a day filled with delicious food and cuddling would make Toes one happy girl!  If you follow this blog you know I’m a big fan of farm to table living and recipes, so when it comes to my cats I’m a big believer in farm to bowl too.  Ok, farm to bowl to table because sometimes Toes is fancy and eats at the table! Don’t tell her Dad though, it’s our secret!

With the baby here, we’re still juggling how to spend time with our 5 furry babies and 1 human baby.  As I mentioned earlier in a post, Enceladus is 100% a cat lady already.  She LOVES the cats and the cats LOVE her.   Since Toes and Goblin are the youngest, I imagine one of them is going to become her best friend in the years to come which is really exciting.  I think Toes is going to especially become her best friend when Enceladus starts “accidentally” dropping food from her high chair.  Speaking of food, here Toesey Woesey!

As soon as Toes hears the pantry door open that holds her food, she comes running!  One crack of the food can and Toes is circling my feet, meowing, begging for food! It always cracks me up because those 10 seconds it takes for me to bend down and put the food in the bowl seem like eternity to her!

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Enceladus’s 3 Month Old Schedule + Achievements

A complete schedule of a 3 month old baby, including sleeping and eating!  This also lists achievements and other things we saw her do for the first time!  This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY.

Hey everybody, I hope your week is off to a good start!
A few weeks ago, I thought I would document the day of our 3 month old.   Before I had a baby, I thought I would be able to work during the day, or at least wipe my mouth filled with chocolate when the UPS man knocked at my door.  How naive I was!   

While preparing for a baby, or even now, I enjoyed reading other parent schedules.  I don’t think we should ever compare our schedule to another family’s as everyone is different, but I always found it helpful and fun to prepare myself for the next few months!

A complete schedule of a 3 month old baby, including sleeping and eating!  This also lists achievements and other things we saw her do for the first time!  (Enceladus, with her favorite toy (“Butter”) at 3 months old.)

Here is her 3 month schedule.  (This was when she was 3 months, 4 weeks).

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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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Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup

I LOVE this SLOW COOKER Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup! This CROCKPOT recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours! It’s made with dry onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup to make a comforting gravy your entire family is going to love! I always serve on egg noodles or with mashed potatoes! This is one of my favorites simple weeknight meals!

I hope you had a great weekend!  This past Sunday we cheered the runners on outside our apartment during the NYC Marathon! The weather was chilly and the raindrops were falling so I knew we were going to have a comforting slow cooker Sunday night meal!  I made this Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak with Cream of Mushroom Soup and it was the perfect dish to say goodbye to the weekend with. This Slow Cooker meal is creamy, comforting, hearty and just warms the heart in the way that home cooked meals should.
I LOVE this SLOW COOKER Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup! This CROCKPOT recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours! It's made with dry onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup to make a comforting gravy your entire family is going to love! I always serve on egg noodles or with mashed potatoes! This is one of my favorites simple weeknight meals!

Salisbury Steak has been one of my favorites since I was a child but I wasn’t in the mood to do a baked version, instead I wanted something to throw in the Slow Cooker and make dinner easy.   I love creamy slow cooker meals, like Meatball Potato Casserole, and Sweet Potato and Ham Soup, so I gave this a extra creamy gravy made with cream of mushroom soup! 

The actual Salisbury Steak patties are easy to make.  Throw ground beef, dry onion soup mix,  bread crumbs and milk in a bowl and mix around with your hands, and then form the patties.  A helpful hint: use lean, less fat ground beef.   If you don’t use a lean beef, it’s going to make your creamy gravy more on the greasy side.  This can totally be made with non lean beef, but I think it overall tastes better with a 90/10 blend.   After you shape your steak patties then roll around in a dusting of flour.
I LOVE this SLOW COOKER Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup! This CROCKPOT recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours! It's made with dry onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup to make a comforting gravy your entire family is going to love! I always serve on egg noodles or with mashed potatoes! This is one of my favorites simple weeknight meals!

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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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No Butter Needed Fluffy Waffles

NO BUTTER NEEDED Fluffy Waffles! This easy breakfast recipe calls for applesauce instead of butter making these waffles a healthy option! I love these homemade from scratch waffles, they are so fluffy and my family always says they’re the best Saturday morning breakfast!

There’s something about Saturday morning that makes everyone want a home cooked breakfast.  For many it’s the time to relax with the family and take a breather from the work week.  As a little girl I always looked forward to Saturday morning breakfast, usually shared with a girlfriend of mine that would sleep over on Friday night.  As soon as we woke up, we would head downstairs to watch Saturday morning cartoons and wait for Mom to bring in delicious smelling breakfast!  Sometimes it would be cinnamon rolls, sometimes it would be blueberry pancakes and sometimes it would be the fluffy waffles!  With a craving for waffles I wanted to relive my childhood Saturday mornings so I made these No Butter Needed Fluffy Waffles! I hope you like them as much as I do!
NO BUTTER NEEDED Fluffy Waffles! This easy breakfast recipe calls for applesauce instead of butter making these waffles a healthy option! I love these homemade from scratch waffles, they are so fluffy and my family always says they're the best Saturday morning breakfast!

I love “No butter” recipes for a few reasons.  First, how many times have you wanted to make a recipe and went to grab the butter to find out you were either all out or only had a tablespoon left?  It’s happened to me too many times! Secondly, no butter means healthier, which means you can have more waffles!  So you can see these No Butter Needed Fluffy Waffles are a total win.  Isn’t it great how that works out?
NO BUTTER NEEDED Fluffy Waffles! This easy breakfast recipe calls for applesauce instead of butter making these waffles a healthy option! I love these homemade from scratch waffles, they are so fluffy and my family always says they're the best Saturday morning breakfast!

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This Week’s Harvest Includes 67 Pounds of Tomatoes!

Another week, another big vegetable haul!  As we wind down the garden season this year, we are still left with a bounty of vegetables to pick!  Last weekend we had over 100 pounds of vegetables to bring back to New York City so let’s dive in to see what we’re still harvesting Upstate!

To summarize we picked tomatillos, dry beans, pie pumpkins, celery, corn, potatoes, onions, broccoli, carrots, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, beef tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and roma tomatoes! Whew! That’s a lot of vegetables!

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How the Snoo Helped Our Colic Baby (And let us sleep!)

Review of the SNOO Bassinet from a mom who’s baby had colic for 12 weeks!  We love the Snoo and it helped her so much to sleep through the night! 

Have you heard of the SNOO bassinet?  I like to describe it as the most modern, beautiful, amazing, life changing baby bassinet ever.  If there’s one item we couldn’t live without (besides food and diapers) in Enceladus’s first 3 months it would be the SNOO.  SNOO, I love you.  I love you so much.

If you follow me me on social media or read back posts you will know that for the first 12 weeks Enceladus had a pretty severe case of colic.  To be blunt, it was terrible for everyone involved and we went through a dark emotional time.  At around the 12 week point we started to see the light and at 14 weeks I can safely say she conquered colic. WHEW! (For those parents dealing with colic, this article helped me SO much.  I would read it in bed at night after bad days and it made me feel commodity with the author.)  During her 12 weeks with colic, we tried everything.  Not only was she crying 8 hours a day but she would not nap during the day, it was a nonstop day of baby tears and anger from wake up to bed time.  I googled everything to try to help her colic.  We bought every product marketed as colic relief.  You name a swaddle, gripe water, sleeper, rock and play, pacifier, bottle, formula, probiotics etc and I will tell you we tried it without much success.  We saw the pediatrician multiple times and tried acid reflux medicine.   At around 9 weeks I was ready to cut off my pinky finger and give it up in a human sacrifice to solve her colic because it was heart breaking to witness. The one thing that kept us sane, and sleeping, during the 12 weeks of colic was the SNOO.  

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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! 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!

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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Enceladus’s First Big Road Trip to Maine!

We took our 2 month old baby on a 11 hour road trip and survived! Here’s everything we brought with us and other tips to make it a success! This post is in partnership with buybuy BABY.

Next week Enceladus will turn 3 months old and she’s already a road trip expert!  We took a road trip to North Carolina when I was 35 weeks pregnant so it’s no surprise she’s comfortable with long drives already!  A few weeks ago we headed to Maine for a friend’s wedding and I fell in love… with Maine!  It was my first time visiting and it is BEAUTIFUL!  I’m not sure if we visited during peak season, but I couldn’t get over how beautiful the coast was.  I’m already considering that this might need be our yearly vacation spot! 

Seriously, isn’t it beautiful?  I feel like every spot we went to had postcard worthy views!

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