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No Soaking Required Slow Cooker Refried Beans
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Goblin and Toes, it’s Chicken Filet time!
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I have a Valentine!
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Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup
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Whole Wheat Slow Cooker Bread
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Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food

No Soaking Required Slow Cooker Refried Beans

DELICOUS, NO SOAKING REQUIRED, Refried Beans! This easy homemade recipe cooks dry pinto beans in the slow cooker! We always make these healthy crockpot beans for authentic Mexican meals, I will never use canned beans again!  Make sure to add shredded cheddar cheese on top!

I love refried beans.  Not only do they make the perfect side with your favorite Mexican dish (for us, usually tacos!), but they make a pretty great meal by themselves too!  Have you ever had a bowl of perfectly cooked refried beans with a little shredded cheese on top?  It’s delicious! 
Refried Beans with Shredded Cheddar Cheese

These homemade refried beans are made from dry pinto beans.  Dry beans are not only super cheap but in my opinion make the best refried beans.  Did you know growing your own dry beans in the garden is easy too?  These refried beans are extra special to me because they are made with our own beans we grew in the garden last Summer!
Garden Dry Pinto Beans

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Goblin and Toes, it’s Chicken Filet time!

If you’re anything like me, you might spoil your cats.  My cats have heated beds, which doesn’t mean anything because they sleep in bed with us.  Not only do they sleep in bed with us, but I curl into a little ball so they can stretch out in the bed!  During the day if they’re sleeping on the couch I will sit on the floor because I don’t want to disturb them!  Occasionally they let me squeeze in between them on the couch for some good ear rubs!

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I have a Valentine!

Hey everybody – Happy Valentine’s Day!

I have a really special Valentine this year.  In fact, it’s her first Valentine’s Day.  Her name is Enceladus…. and I’m kinda in love with her!
Mom With Pink Hair in NYC

Matthew and I are generally excited about holidays, especially Christmas and Halloween, so I knew when we had a child I was going to go a little Mama crazy with activities and dressing up!  There’s just something in me that screams “I’M SO EXCITED TO DO ARTS & CRAFTS WITH MY BABY!”.
Finger Painting With 7 Month Old

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Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup

HEALTHY & CREAMY Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup! This recipe is loaded with fresh vegetables and is so easy to make! Even though it tastes cheesy there’s no cheese in the recipe – it’s amazing! Recipe can easily be made dairy free by using almond milk.

Roasted vegetables don’t get enough love in my opinion.   Magic happens when you crank your oven up to 450 degrees, and roll your vegetables around in olive oil.   Cauliflower and carrots are good by themselves, but ROASTED cauliflower and carrots?  They are amazing!

Roasted Cauliflower Carrot Soup With bread on Side

I had some beautiful carrots that I planned on making baby puree with (which I did – with a kick of cinnamon – she loves it!), but I was left with half a pound of carrots.  I took another glance in the refrigerator and saw a head of cauliflower that was screaming to be used.  I was feeling in the soup mood so I decided to make my family’s favorite cauliflower soup, but with a carrot twist!

This soup is so creamy – but without all the extra fat that usual creamy soups call for! In fact, there is no cheese in this soup! There is only 1 cup of milk, and if you want to make it dairy free you can easily substitute almond milk instead.   

Fresh Garden Carrots with Green Tops

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Whole Wheat Slow Cooker Bread

Homemade Whole Wheat SLOW COOKER Bread recipe that’s so easy to make! This simple recipe is made in the crock pot and uses honey instead of sugar. This bread is healthy and great for clean eating! Use it for sandwiches or for breakfast, I love mine with a little butter and jam!

Remember my 2 Hour Slow Cooker Bread?  I had a few requests for a Whole Wheat version so I baked my heart out one weekend and made this Whole Wheat Slow Cooker Bread, also made in 2 hours! 
Homemade Whole Wheat SLOW COOKER Bread recipe that's so easy to make! This simple recipe is made in the crock pot and uses honey instead of sugar. This bread is healthy and great for clean eating! Use it for sandwiches or for breakfast, I love mine with a little butter and jam!

If you’re anything like me, then you love bread.  No, you don’t just love bread, you LOVE LOVE bread.  I am pretty sure bread is up there in my top 5 favorite foods of all time.  Bread is perfect for sandwiches of course, but it makes the perfect partner for a creamy casserole. 

One of my favorite quick breakfast meals is a slice of bread with butter and raspberry jam on it! It’s perfect!
Whole Wheat Bread with Jam
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Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food

EASY TO MAKE Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food! This recipe makes 64 ounces of baby food for only $10! This simple homemade puree uses fresh fruit that your baby will love! Follow this DIY on how to make it and info on freezer storage!  This is my 7 month old’s favorite combination puree! 

Ok, I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with making baby food.  Did you think that this vegetable garden loving Mama wouldn’t be making baby food?  I love to puree fruits and vegetables in the kitchen and watch Enceladus react to first tastes! 

If you love cooking, then you understand the amazing feeling one gets when you serve friends or family a home cooked meal.  When placing the food on the table in front of your family, you are essentially saying “I love you!”.   So imagine my excitement when I’m cooking for my baby!  

How to Freeze Homemade Baby Food

Enceladus started eating fruit and vegetable purees at around 5 months.  Since turning 7 months old a few days ago, she’s tasted plenty of combinations, but this one is her favorite: Apple, Pear and Banana!  What’s not to love?  It’s like a tropical fruit smoothie for babies!  I’ll be honest, I love this puree so much I might sneak e a few bites in when she’s not looking!
How to Puree Stage 1 Baby Food

Besides the satisfying feeling of feeding your baby a home cooked meal, making your own baby food is extremely economical.  Let’s do some simple math real quick. 

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