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Creamy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Ham Soup
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Root Beer Bundt Cake
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Cheesy Chicken Tomatillo Casserole
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Rainbow Glitter Pumpkins
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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

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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Root Beer Bundt Cake

Root Beer Halloween Bundt Cake recipe!  This cake is easy to make and is so moist inside! I decorate it with a black sugar glaze and sprinkles on top for Halloween!  It’s easy to use this recipe for a Christmas bundt cake too!

Did you see my Halloween Party post featuring Eyeball Sherbet Punch?  In the post I mentioned that I made a Root Beer Bundt Cake for Halloween that was a bit hit!  Some of you guys asked for the recipe, so I’m back with pictures and the recipe!

Halloween Cake

This is one of my favorite cake recipes because it’s easy, delicious and perfect for Halloween!   The cake is made with root beer making it moist and soft inside! It’s decorated with a black sugar glaze and festive sprinkles which is the right amount of spookiness!
Halloween Cake Idea

 

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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.  By the way check out my tip on how to store fresh cilantro!

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Rainbow Glitter Pumpkins

QUICK Rainbow GLITTER Pumpkins craft!  This is a easy arts and crafts Halloween activity for preschoolers and kids! We love adding neon color to our Halloween decorations! 

Halloween is usually associated with orange, black and white but who says we can’t add neon rainbow colors to pumpkins and decorations?  With this fun pumpkin craft you’ll soon have neon glitter pumpkins to decorate your entire house with!  

Easy Pumpkin Craft Idea

This is a easy craft that you don’t need a lot of time to do.  If you’re a crafter, you probably already have the supplies in your overflowing craft cabinet too. 

You can pick up the munchkin pumpkins at a farmers market or local store selling them.  Alternatively you could also use fake munchkin pumpkins if they’re out of season. 

How to Make DIY Rainbow GLITTER Pumpkins.  Follow these easy Step By Step Instructions on how to make a easy pumpkin Halloween Craft!  We love adding neon color to our Halloween decorations!  This is a great kids activity, even for pre-school and younger kids! 

Halloween Craft for Preschoolers

This is a easy craft to do with kids and toddlers.  They will love helping you roll the pumpkins around in the glitter.  Warning: Yes, there’s glitter involved in this craft, so make sure to put some newspaper underneath the pumpkins (and probably on the floor too!).   It’s a great sensory activity for kids to learn their colors too!

How to Make Rainbow Glitter Pumpkins. Follow these easy step by step instructions to add neon color to Halloween!

Craft Supplies for Rainbow Glitter Pumpkins:

Munchkin pumpkins (fresh or craft)
Paper Towels  (I recommend Viva paper towels because they are strong.)
Mod Podge
Neon Glitter
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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! Shows you how to cook tomatillo! This tomatillo sauce is DELICIOUS and can be used as a soup stock, chicken tacos salsa, served over rice and so much more! This recipe is canning and freezing friendly, perfect for preserving a overabundance of garden tomatillo plants!

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

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

Tomatillo Recipes

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

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

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