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2016 Vegetable Garden Totals in Pounds
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Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies
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Must Have Gifts for the Cat Lady In Your Life
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2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments
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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole
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Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway
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My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes
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Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad
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Japanese Curry – Karei Raisu
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Powered Sugar GINGERBREAD Cookies
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Moving Kale Indoors for a Rough Winter
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How To Turn Pumpkins Orange
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My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes
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The Surprise Pumpkins That Took Over Our Garden
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Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas
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How To Make Rainbow Popcorn Balls
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Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
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Frosted Cucumber Cookies
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Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup
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P+M Upstate Adventure: Painting the Interior of the Shipping Container

2016 Vegetable Garden Totals in Pounds

How we grew over 1,100 pounds of vegetables in one Summer! Learn how to grow your own food to last you all year long! Start your own vegetable garden now!

Well 2016 is almost over and it’s been a good year for gardening and growing vegetables. This year we started a new adventure that included building a garden in Upstate New York and then growing our hearts out.  
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Every year we keep a weight chart to track how many pounds of vegetables we grow.    Every harvest weekend we visit the garden, lug pounds of vegetables home in the car and into the apartment and then weigh each vegetable.    It’s a fun way to keep track of what vegetable grew good, or not so great and is a easy way to compare year to year.  

Last year’s totals were: 458 pounds
This year’s totals were (drum roll please): 1147 lb 6 oz

OMG.  That’s over half a ton of vegetables!

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Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies

CREAM CHEESE Christmas Sugar Cookies! These easy to make holiday cookies are so soft because they’re made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla sugar glaze and top with red and white sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

I should have made more of these cookies because after taking some to work and keeping some at home, they were all gone pretty quick!  This is a classic sugar cookie recipe, but we’re updating it by adding cream cheese which is going to make the cookies even more soft and delicious.  

Cream Cheese Cookies!

Have you ever added cream cheese to your cookies before? If not, your cookie loving brain is going to love it!  The cream cheese makes the cookies soft, moist and so good!    If you’re looking for new Christmas Cookies recipes to try, you need to give this recipe a shot! 

CREAM CHEESE Christmas Sugar Cookies! These easy to make holiday cookies are so soft because they're made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla sugar glaze and top with red and white sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

Because I love taking cookies to the next step, I mixed some powdered sugar and milk together to make a light vanilla glaze frosting to dip each cookie in. Finally, add holiday colored sprinkles or chopped up candy canes on top of each cookie and they’re ready to go!   If you’re sharing these with others, make sure to keep a few for yourself because they won’t last!

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

This recipe makes 48 Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies, which I think will last you a few days during the holidays, with a few more to spare for Santa!  If you want to be someone’s best friend, make a extra batch for them as a holiday gift.  Trust me, everyone will be asking you for this Christmas Cookies Recipe! 

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

This will be my final post for the week, so I want to wish you and your family a happy holiday.  I hope you get some time to relax, drink some hot chocolate, listen to the Original Chipmunks Christmas album and eat these Cream Cheese Christmas Sugar Cookies!  See you guys next week!

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

These Christmas Sugar Cookies are so soft because they are made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla glaze and then top with festive sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

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Christmas Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

CREAM CHEESE Christmas Sugar Cookies! These easy to make holiday cookies are so soft because they're made with cream cheese! Dip each cookie into vanilla sugar glaze and top with red and white sprinkles! Recipe makes 48 cookies.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword christmas cookies recipes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 10 minutes
Servings 48
Calories 116 kcal

Ingredients

For the Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of butter softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

For the Frosting

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Additional

  • Sprinkles Decorative Sugar, Crushed Candy Canes

Instructions

For the cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl cream together the sugar, butter, cream cheese, egg and vanilla. Add salt, flour and baking powder and continue to mix until combined.
  3. On a nonstick cookie sheet or silicone baking mats, add tablespoons of dough for each cookie. With the back of a spoon gently press down each cookie to slightly flatten.
  4. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
  5. Let cool before frosting.

For the frosting

  1. Mix powdered sugar and milk together in bowl with a spoon.
  2. Once cookies are cool, dip each one into the glaze. Add additional sprinkles or chopped up candy canes on top.

Recipe Notes

Makes 48 cookies.
NOTE: If you are using cookie cutters, you must chill this dough overnight before rolling it out and baking it.

Looking for more cookie recipes? Try my..

Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

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CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sprinkled Butter Cookies

Must Have Gifts for the Cat Lady In Your Life

Must Have Gift Ideas under $20 for the Cat Lady In Your Life! Bonus – all the gifts are available on Amazon Prime!

We all know the lady, that one who loves cats.  She’s the one who shows you cat photos on her phone.  She’s the one who tells you the cutest cat stories.  She’s the one who wears beautiful dresses with cat prints on them.  She’s the one who bakes cookies that cat faces on it.  She’s the one who can be found in a empty bedroom on the ground during a party trying to lure a cat out from under the bed.   Ok, that cat lady is me.  Is it you too?

(me and my best buddy Goblin, making some cat garland)
Must Have Gift Ideas under $20 for the Cat Lady In Your Life! Bonus - all the gifts are available on Amazon Prime!

Because the countdown is on until Christmas I wanted to share with you some of my favorite gift ideas for the cat-loving hostess in your life.

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2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

Well, Christmas is almost here.  Are the cookies baked?  Is the tree decorated? Are the gifts wrapped?  I have at least 1 of those done… the tree is decorated!

2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

Sticking with our tradition we started last year, we bought a live Norway Spruce tree that we will be planting on the land in January to live next to his Brother. The tree is about 3 feet tall, but one day it might grow up to 100 feet! Can you imagine?  Eventually I want the land to be a forest of trees with year plaques on them that we can walk through and tell stories of each holiday.   
2016 Christmas Tree & New Ornaments

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

EASY, SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cabbage Rolls were a big deal in my house.  My Mother is Polish, so the recipe was passed down from generation to generation and ended up being one of my favorite meals she would make.  Just like my Stuffed Pepper Casserole, this is another one of Mom’s famous recipes that my family loves!   And even better is that this Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole only takes 4 hours in the Crockpot! 

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

How to Make Cabbage Rolls in Slow Cooker (Video)

My Mom would add ground beef, rice and tomato sauce into a big piece of cabbage, roll it up, throw it in the fridge overnight to sit and then we would have them for Sunday dinner.  Just the smell of cabbage takes me back to my childhood!

This Cabbage Roll Casserole is a direct spin off my Mother’s Halupkies recipe, but we’re making this in casserole form in the slow cooker instead.

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

  • 1 pound raw ground beef
  • 1 medium size head of cabbage chopped
  • 1 medium sized green pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 15 Oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes undrained
  • 2 15 Oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice (not instant)

 

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

How to Make Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls

All you need to do is add all the ingredients (except the white rice) in the slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hour. Add rice, stir and cook on high for 3 more hours. 

Some people call this recipe “lazy cabbage rolls” but I just call it delicious!  A nice warm bowl of cabbage roll casserole is the perfect dinner for a cold Winter night.  

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Enjoy this Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole!  And if you like it try my Baked Cabbage Roll Casserole!

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SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

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SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!  

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Polish
Keyword cabbage roll casserole, polish recipe, slow cooker cabbage rolls
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 8
Calories 263 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw ground beef
  • 1 medium size head of cabbage chopped
  • 1 medium sized green pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 15 Oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes undrained
  • 2 15 Oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice (not instant)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except white rice in slow cooker. Stir good to combine. Cook on high for 1 hour. Add rice, stir, and cook on high for 3 more hours. Serve in bowls.

Recipe Video

 

Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored giveaway post written by me on behalf of Vintage Charm™ Inspired by Pyrex®. 

Well call me charmed because I’m in love with these vintage inspired kitchen bowls! And it’s your lucky day because a BFG reader is going to win some to celebrate the holidays with!

I love kitchenware that is colorful and has funky designs.   I have a cabinet filled with darling tea mugs because I can’t help myself when I see a new one.  Matthew asks does 1 person need 30 tea mugs?  Of course I do!   Same goes for plates and bowls in the house. Not only do I love a selection of kitchenware because I have to try to take pretty food pictures for the blog but I love them for everyday serving.  Food becomes more fun and loved when you can serve dinner on bunnies eating carrots plates,  drink out of glass etched pumpkin face mugs and eat cookies out of vintage inspired polka dot bowls.

Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway

When I learned that Vintage Charm™ Inspired by Pyrex® was releasing a fun series for the holidays I basically decided I needed to buy everyone who I know loves cooking or entertaining a set.  I also decided I needed to buy myself every design because I’m obsessed with them.  Vintage Charm was inspired by the classic Pyrex opal glass bowls from the 50s and 60s so they released Vintage Charm which puts a modern twist on popular patterns that evoke feelings of nostalgia.    As soon as I saw these polka dot bowls I had to fill them with cookies because it reminded me exactly of being a little girl making holiday cookies in the kitchen with Mom.    

Vintage Kitchen Bowls Holiday Giveaway

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My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The best Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes are here! From potato stuffing, to vegetables, to cheesy casseroles, to rolls – find your entire menu here!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Are you ready for the holiday season?  To help make things easier for you wanted I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.  From stuffing to potatoes to vegetables to rolls, I have it covered for you!  Make sure to check your pantry, and if you don’t have all the ingredients, add them to your grocery list… Thanksgiving is only a few days away!

Amish Potato Stuffing is a delicious potato stuffing recipe,  just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country.  This has been one of my most popular recipes over the last few weeks.  We love it so much I’ll be making it for 2 Thanksgiving feasts this week!
The best Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes are here! From potato stuffing, to vegetables, to cheesy casseroles, to rolls - find your entire menu here!

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Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes.  This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

This is my current go to lunch as well as go to appetizer for dinner parties if I don’t have time to bake some homemade bread.   I love this dish because it’s easy to make, filled with healthy vegetables and is delicious.  If I’m expecting a solo dinner, I can quarter this recipe and serve over some fettuccine noodles and it tastes like a gourmet meal.

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

 I love the taste of lime and cilantro to garnish a dish, but if lime isn’t your thing you could substitute lemon juice instead.   You could also turn this into a full salad and throw it on top of some crunchy arugula – another one of my favorite lunches!  

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

See, isn’t this salad awesome because it’s so flexible?  Hope you enjoy!

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

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Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad

Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad made in 15 minutes! Perfect as a healthy salad or side dish! 

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pound large shrimp - peeled and defrosted
  • 2 large tomatoes - chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups of corn
  • salt + pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 tablespoons lime juice depending on how much lime you like
  • cilantro optional

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Add minced garlic and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add shrimp and tomatoes and continue to cook for about 4 minutes. Add corn, salt + pepper to taste, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and lime juice, stirring for 1 more minute. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Recipe Notes

This makes a great dinner over pasta, a appetizer salad or a light lunch.

 

Japanese Curry – Karei Raisu

Delicious homemade Japanese Curry using beef, onions, potatoes, carrots and curry sauce mix.

I love Curry.  And I’m not talking about Steph Curry because you guys know I’m a Cavs fan.  I’m talking about curry, the delicious dish that can be found in multiple varieties around the world.   In Morimoto’s cookbook Mastering the Art of Japanese Cooking he writes “Japanese curry is like the final whisper in an international game of telephone.  It began in India, moved to and morphed in England, and settled in my home country ….every prefecture and every family has its own version”.

Delicious homemade Japanese Curry (Karei Raisu) using beef, onions, potatoes, carrots and curry sauce mix.

Right now I’m really into Morimoto’s cookbook to get better at Japanese cooking. The book has everything in it from this delicious curry (who my husband rated as “one of the best things you ever  made”) to udon noodle soups, shrimp dumplings, rice bowls, tempura and so much more.   For a holiday gift I’d definitely add Mastering The Art of Japanese Home Cooking to your wishlist.  You can also find more recipes at the #JapaneseHomeCooking book blog party if you make this, fall in love and want to try more! 
Delicious homemade Japanese Curry (Karei Raisu) using beef, onions, potatoes, carrots and curry sauce mix.

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Powered Sugar GINGERBREAD Cookies

Powered Sugar GINGERBREAD Cookies! These cookies are so soft and chewy! This is a easy recipe that doesn’t require you to chill the dough so they’re quick and simple to make! Sprinkle powdered sugar on top to make it look like snow!

This week has been rough so I baked you some cookies.  Not just any cookies, these are one of my favorite recipes during the holiday (the other being my pumpkin roll!). Gingerbread Cookies with Powdered Sugar sprinkled on top!   They have a gingerbread taste that everyone will love, especially around the holidays.  Since I’m terrible at decorating gingerbread men with icing instead I went the easy route of sprinkling powdered sugar which makes a pretty cookie. 

Powered Sugar GINGERBREAD Cookies! These cookies are so soft and chewy! This is a easy recipe that doesn't require you to chill the dough so they're quick and simple to make! They have a pretty powdered sugar decorated top for kids to help with! These are one of the best Christmas cookies to make!

You can make these cookies crunchy or chewy depending on bake time.  I personally prefer a soft chewy cookie, especially when slightly dipped in a cup of milky tea.  Yum!  
Gingerbread Cookies with Powdered Sugar sprinkled on top are one of my favorite holiday cookies. Unlike most gingerbread cookie recipes this one doesn't require you to chill the dough. Recipe makes 2 dozen cookies.

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Moving Kale Indoors for a Rough Winter

How to move your kale indoors if you’re having a extra cold, rough Winter.  This will make sure your kale will survive for a  few extra months!

My prediction is that we might have a bad Winter this year.  Already in the garden Upstate we have nights in the 20’s and a few days of snow.   Plus I saw a white wooly bear caterpillar in the woods and Google told me they were signs of a deep Winter approaching.  The garden is pretty much done for the year minus the collards, Brussels Sprouts and kale.   The collards and Brussels Sprouts will call it quits when they’re ready to but I really wanted to save the kale.  Even though kale is pretty hearty and can withstand cold frost temperatures,  it gets very cold in the mountains so I decided to bring it inside our greenhouse to live for the next few months to make sure it survives.

How to move your kale indoors if you're having a extra cold, rough Winter. This will make sure your kale will survive for a extra few months!

Like my post on bringing pepper plants indoors for the Winter, this has similar instructions.  We dig up the plants carefully and then transplant to new pots.  We’ll water the plants weekly.    Even though it takes a little work to get them dug up, it’s worth it to have fresh vegetables throughout the Winter if you are in a cold climate.

This is our bed of kale.  It’s still looking good but the drop of temperatures caused it’s lower leaves to start to die. Time to save the kale so I can make Kale Salad!
How to move your kale indoors if you're having a extra cold, rough Winter. This will make sure your kale will survive for a extra few months!

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How To Turn Pumpkins Orange

Easy tips on how to turn green pumpkins orange quickly indoors.   This works for small and large pumpkins.

Pumpkins can turn from green to orange pretty quickly and easily indoors.    There’s a number of reasons why you might want to bring your green pumpkin inside, the main ones being change of weather (frost hits the plant) or animals eating your pumpkins.  A few weeks ago after a dramatic drop in the temperature I had to pick many of our big pumpkins that were still green.

Should I pick my green pumpkins?

Pick your green pumpkins!  If weather doesn’t permit your pumpkins to continue growing outside, then it’s time to pick them and bring them indoors.  

 If you spend a few months growing a pumpkin then you know the heartbreak if you don’t get to see it turn orange.  Right now with the temperatures changing it’s the perfect time to bring your pumpkins indoors to turn orange.  After they turn orange you can continue to let them decorate your home,  or eventually cut them open and bake them for pumpkin puree. November and December are great times to decorate and bake with pumpkin!Easy tips on how to turn green pumpkins orange quickly indoors.   This works for small and large pumpkins.

I turn pumpkins to their bright orange color the same way I turn  my tomatoes red.
Easy tips on how to turn green pumpkins orange quickly indoors.   This works for small and large pumpkins.

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My Favorite Pumpkin Recipes

This is a great collection of pumpkin recipes – from savory macaroni and cheese to sweet whoopie pies.   Enjoy these pumpkin recipes during Fall season – the best time of the year!

I usually don’t do round up or collection posts but noticing that it’s the end of October and my life revolves around pumpkins, I wanted to put together a quick post of my favorite pumpkin recipes for you to enjoy this Halloween weekend!  I hope you have a great holiday weekend.  If you make any of my recipes let me know in the comments or share a picture on Instagram and tag it #brooklynfarmgirl.

Extra soft Pumpkin Sourdough Dinner Rolls.   These rolls have a subtle pumpkin flavor and make the perfect roll for Fall dinners and holidays.
This is a great collection of pumpkin recipes - from savory macaroni and cheese to sweet whoopie pies. Enjoy these pumpkin recipes during Fall season - the best time of the year!

Looking for a easy pumpkin recipe? This is it!  These Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are made with just 5 ingredients!   Add chocolate chips on top of the cookies to take it to the next level of yum!  Recipe is Sugar Free, using maple syrup instead.
This is a great collection of pumpkin recipes - from savory macaroni and cheese to sweet whoopie pies. Enjoy these pumpkin recipes during Fall season - the best time of the year!

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The Surprise Pumpkins That Took Over Our Garden

This is the story of what happens when you accidentally track a pumpkin seed into the garden.  We plant pumpkins in the garden but they have specific beds to grow in.   Somehow a pumpkin seed from our compost bin got stuck to someone’s shoe and it got planted right in the middle of the garden, right in the onion bed.  It changed everything.

The Surprise Pumpkins That Took Over Our Garden

We noticed the pumpkin plant a few months ago.  We didn’t cut it down because we thought it would just stop growing.
The Surprise Pumpkins That Took Over Our Garden

In a few weeks it grew.  Much bigger.
The Surprise Pumpkins That Took Over Our Garden
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Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas

Lime Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas is a delicious healthy side dish made in less than 30 minutes.  These make a fantastic dish to serve with chicken or to have on the holiday dinner table.  Recipe uses 2 cups dry lentils and 1 1/2 cups fresh sugar snap peas.  

I first made these Lime Lentils during the Summer when we were in peak Sugar Snap Pea season.  I loved how easy they were to make.  I loved how economical the dish was (dry lentils are cheap!).  I loved how fresh the dish tasted due to the crunch of the peas.   A few months later it’s still one of our favorite side dishes.

Lime Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas is a delicious healthy side dish made in less than 30 minutes. These make a fantastic dish to serve with chicken or to have on the holiday dinner table. Recipe uses 2 cups dry lentils and 1 1/2 cups fresh sugar snap peas.

Lime Lentils Recipe

You’ll  need 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas. The fresher the better.  These were just picked from the garden.
Lime Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas is a delicious healthy side dish made in less than 30 minutes. These make a fantastic dish to serve with chicken or to have on the holiday dinner table. Recipe uses 2 cups dry lentils and 1 1/2 cups fresh sugar snap peas.

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How To Make Rainbow Popcorn Balls

How to Make RAINBOW Popcorn Balls with marshmallow! This easy DIY recipe walks you through how to make popcorn balls that are colored using food dye and karo syrup! They’re a great snack and dessert for birthday parties!

Rainbow Popcorn Balls

Do you remember my Inside Out party I threw a few months ago? One of my food centerpieces were these Rainbow Popcorn Balls!  There’s something about bright rainbow colors that makes me happy!  

For example I had to turn our pumpkins into a rainbow earlier this week.  It’s like sprinkles, everything is better with rainbow sprinkles!  Or how about my Birthday Sprinkle Muffins?  They’re cute and delicious!How to Make RAINBOW Popcorn Balls! This easy DIY recipe walks you through how to make these marshmallow popcorn balls that are colored using food dye and karo syrup! They're fun for Halloween, Christmas, Birthday Parties and more!

One taste of these Rainbow Popcorn Balls will have you amazed by how delicious they are, but yet how easy they are to make!   

How to Make RAINBOW Popcorn Balls! This easy DIY recipe walks you through how to make these marshmallow popcorn balls that are colored using food dye and karo syrup! They're fun for Halloween, Christmas, Birthday Parties and more!

 

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Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole

INSTANT Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is a comfort food recipe that will have your entire family begging for more!  It uses Instant Mashed Potatoes so it’s easy to make.  It’s the perfect side dish for the holidays because it’s cheesy and delicious and only takes 5 minutes to prepare, 25 minutes to bake.

Before we know it the holidays will be here and we’ll be planning our dinner menu with friends and family.  I wanted to share with you one of my favorite holiday casserole dishes that I think you’ll like because it’s super easy to make and is pure comfort food.  The casserole only has 4 ingredients: mashed potatoes, broccoli, cheese and crackers.  

Who doesn’t love those ingredients?  I was serious when I said this was comfort food.  It only takes 5 minutes to prepare, 25 minutes to bake.  What you’re left with is a cheesy delicious casserole that will make everyone at the dinner table happy, including you because it hardly took any work to make!

Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is a comfort food recipe that will have your entire family begging for more!  It uses Instant Mashed Potatoes so it's easy to make.  It's the perfect side dish for the holidays because it's cheesy and delicious and only takes 5 minutes to prepare, 25 minutes to bake.

The dish is easy to make as it’s just 4 level steps.  First you spread out the mashed potatoes.  Next comes the broccoli on top.  Then sprinkle your cheese.  Finally, add your crumbled up crackers.  
Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is a comfort food dish that will have your entire family begging for more! It uses Instant Mashed Potatoes so it's easy to make. It's the perfect side dish for the holidays because it's cheesy and delicious and only takes 5 minutes to prepare, 25 minutes to bake.

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Frosted Cucumber Cookies

CHEWY Frosted Cucumber Cookies made with 1 cup grated cucumber to make healthy cookies! It’s the perfect easy cookie recipe to make with kids to show them vegetables can be yummy! The cute cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the sugar frosting on top! Who knew baking with cucumbers could be so delicious!

Cucumbers aren’t just for making pickles with (although they are sure are yummy).  You can also bake with cucumber, similar to how you’d use zucchini or pumpkin (check out my Cucumber Bread recipe!).  All you have to do is remove the seeds and grate the cucumber to get a similar texture.  

Chewy yummy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies but made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some nutrients! The cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the frosting on top! It's the perfect cookie to make for your family!

Cucumber Dessert Recipe

I’ve been using cucumber in multiple baking recipes this Summer, like this Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread, and we’ve been loving it! 

For this recipe I was inspired by Oatmeal Sugar Cookies that I used to love as a kid.  This recipe uses no oatmeal, but it has the same chewy consistency, along with the sugar frosting.    The cucumber is hardly tasted in this recipe, but slightly visible with beautiful green specks decorating the cookie here or there.

Chewy yummy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies but made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some nutrients! The cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the frosting on top! It's the perfect cookie to make for your family!

After family and friends tell you they love the cookies then you can tell them they are made with cucumbers.  They will be shocked, trust me, I do it all the time!   Then they’ll ask you for the recipe! 

Chewy yummy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies but made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some nutrients! The cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the frosting on top! It's the perfect cookie to make for your family!

Enjoy these Frosted Cucumber Cookies! I think you will love these healthy-ish cookies!

Chewy yummy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies but made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some nutrients! The cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the frosting on top! It's the perfect cookie to make for your family!

Chewy yummy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies but made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some nutrients! The cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the frosting on top! It's the perfect cookie to make for your family!
Chewy yummy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies but made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some nutrients! The cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the frosting on top! It's the perfect cookie to make for your family!

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Chewy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some healthy nutrients! It’s the perfect easy cookie recipe to make with kids to show them vegetables can be yummy! The cute cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the sugar frosting on top! Who knew baking with cucumbers could be so delicious! 

Frosted Cucumber Cookies

CHEWY Frosted Cucumber Cookies made with 1 cup grated cucumber to make healthy cookies! It’s the perfect easy cookie recipe to make with kids to show them vegetables can be yummy! The cute cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the sugar frosting on top! Who knew baking with cucumbers could be so delicious!

Course Dessert
Servings 24

Ingredients

For Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter - softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup grated cucumber peeled, seeds removed, drained - see notes
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

For Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl mix butter and sugar together with hand mixer. Beat in egg.
  2. Add in grated cucumber and stir with a spoon.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and continue mixing.
  4. Add chopped pecans into the bowl. Mix so equally distributed.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge overnight.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 2 cookie sheets.
  7. Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls and place on cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 12-13 minutes. Allow to cool.

For Glaze

  1. Mix powdered sugar and milk together in bowl with a spoon.
  2. Once cookies are cool, dip each one into the glaze.
  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To get 1 cup grated cucumbers: peel your cucumbers, remove the seeds and grate with cheese grater. After cucumbers are grated, drain them for 30 minutes to remove excess water.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie.   Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans! 

I didn’t plan on posting 2 tomatillo recipes this week but when you have a 10 pound basket full of tomatillos staring at you from the kitchen counter you might be persuaded.   It finally feels like Fall in NYC and I wanted to use the tomatillos in a Fall recipe instead of the usual salsa I make.  

henever I think of tomatillos my mind always goes to soup so I decided to follow this path and come up with a Mexican inspired soup that uses tomatilos, as well as other garden fresh veggies: black beans, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and corn.  

 This tomatillo soup tastes delicious and has a deep flavor due to the vegetables and spices.  It’s a comforting soup but doesn’t feel heavy like many other Fall soups.    I suggest serving this alongside some rolls or biscuits for dipping.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

It warms my heart (literally) to see so many of the vegetables we grew in this soup.   The stars of this soup are the tomatillos which are filled with tasty juices that are going to be released in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

The other personal star in this soup are the black beans.   Last year we started growing our own dry beans and since then I’ve been hooked.  We grow a few different dry beans during the Summer so we can enjoy them in the Fall and Winter.  

This recipe calls for 1 cup dry black beans but if you don’t have the time to soak them you can also use 1 can of black beans.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

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P+M Upstate Adventure: Painting the Interior of the Shipping Container

What a difference a fresh coat of white paint makes in the shipping container!

It’s been a bit since I talked about the next plans for the shipping container.  This Summer has been dedicated to getting the garden up and growing, with little time to do anything else on the land. With Fall arriving, we’re going to be spending some time getting the shipping container live-in already.  If you guys didn’t read, Matthew and I bought some land in Upstate New York to build a weekend getaway. We got a shipping container delivered to turn into a house.  We have big dreams, but we need to take baby steps due to time/budget.     For the time being, we’re making it pretty and cozy to spend our weekends in as it’s a bit of a mess now.    

We bought the shipping container used because it was much more economical that way.  Even though we will have to do extra work, I definitely think it’s worth it for the price difference.    In the next few weeks we’ll be working on walls, flooring and doors.    First up is painting the interior of the container as it was dirty and had lots of marks due to cargo it spend lugging over the past few years.    Eventually the shipping container will be insulated, so this is a temporary solution to making it feel like home while cleaning it up.

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After:
shipping-container-after-painting

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