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Thanksgiving Desserts: Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe
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Mocha Latte Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting
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Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe
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Best Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe
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The Best Baby Sleeping Bag – From Sleep to Play!
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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Marshmallow filling
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Homemade Pumpkin Macaroni And Cheese Recipe
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Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole
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How to Store Cilantro To Make It Last For Weeks
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20 Best Leftover Candy Corn Recipes
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Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Bread Flour
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Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits
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Pumpkin Baby Pancakes Recipe
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How To Make Apple Juice
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Crockpot Pumpkin Chili
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Let’s Make Parks and Playgrounds Organic!

Thanksgiving Desserts: Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe

The best FRESHEST easy pumpkin pie recipe you can make! This homemade pie recipe is easy to make with condensed milk, a pie crust and plenty of fall spices. Make sure to add whipped cream to the top of the pie for decoration! This is always the most requested of all Thanksgiving desserts!

PUMPKIN PIE
Easy Pumpkin Pie Recipe

I love pumpkin pies.  I just don’t love it, I LOVE it!  Thanksgiving to me means this delicious sweet pie.  It’s really the only time of the year I make a full pie and eat the entire thing. Ok, I lied about that part, I do it more than once a year. 

So with us picking so many pumpkins from our garden, I decided to make my favorite pumpkin pie from scratch.  From seed to pollinating to picking to baking – this is completely made out of love.

The best FRESHEST easy pumpkin pie recipe you can make!  This homemade Garden Fresh Pie recipe uses fresh pumpkin puree made from scratch from your garden pumpkins.  This homemade pie recipe is easy to make with condensed milk, a pie crust and plenty of fall spices. Make sure to add whipped cream to the top of the pie for decoration! This is always the most requested of all Thanksgiving desserts!

The pie is so tasty due to the freshness of the pumpkin!  This is one of those recipes where it’s so near perfect I probably won’t ever try another pumpkin pie recipe again! 

If you can use fresh pumpkin please do, it really elevates the taste of a homemade pumpkin pie! If you’ve never made fresh pumpkin puree before, here’s a DIY post I made. It’s easy – I promise!  If you want to use canned pumpkin, that’s totally ok too!

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Mocha Latte Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

This Mocha Latte Moist Chocolate Cake is double the chocolate and extra moist.  This easy to make coffee dessert recipe is covered with rich chocolate frosting! 

Do you dream of moist chocolate cake at night? Ok, me too.  This Mocha Latte Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting is double the chocolate and extra moist.   So if you aren’t dreaming of coffee desserts with some chocolate frosting on top, you will be now!

Moist Chocolate Cake

Mocha Latte Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I don’t make cake very often but when I do I like to go the rich route.  The more chocolate, the better.  This cake here is made up of moist chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. It’s a double decker of chocolate love and I hope you’ll be searching for more coffee desserts after trying my moist chocolate cake.

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Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Homemade Granola Recipe

Easy step by step recipe instructions on how to make Stovetop Cinnamon Vanilla Granola!  Once you realize how easy this stovetop healthy homemade granola recipe is to make, you’ll never buy any low carb cereal in the store again!

Do you love granola or granola bars?

I know a boy who does. It’s my other half, Matthew. He loves it.

Last week Matthew became obsessed with granola again.  He goes through these spells of loving it.  There was a time last year where he was ready to have his midnight snack in bed and he realized he was out of granola.

Easy step by step recipe instructions on how to make Stovetop Cinnamon Vanilla Granola! Once you realize how easy it is to make, you'll never buy it in the store again!

What did he do? Did he pick to eat something else? No, he got on his bicycle and ran to the grocery store at midnight to buy more granola!

Talk about dedication.

So yesterday we ran out of granola again.  I went to the grocery store and I couldn’t get over the prices of it. Can someone explain why  granola is so expensive?  Seriously, $8 for 10 ounces?  That’s crazy!

Healthy Homemade Granola

Easy step by step recipe instructions on how to make Stovetop Cinnamon Vanilla Granola! Once you realize how easy it is to make, you'll never buy it in the store again!

So after I got over (or didn’t get over) my sticker shock, I decided to head back to my kitchen and make my own healthy homemade granola.  The benefits of making your own granola are that it’s much cheaper, you control the ingredients and you get to throw on your kitchen apron.

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Best Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

This is the best Peanut Butter Blossoms recipe ever!  These butter cookies make for beautiful holiday thumbprint cookies! Your entire family is going to love them for the holiday season! 

These cookies were here and then they weren’t.

Where did they all go?

In my belly.  Real quick.

These cookies are a combo of my favorite cookies: Peanut Butter Blossoms and Thumbprint Cookies!  Who says you can’t have 2 of your favorite cookies in 1?

This is the best Peanut Butter Blossoms recipe ever!  These butter cookies make for beautiful holiday thumbprint cookies! Your entire family is going to love them for the holiday season! 

Peanut Butter Blossoms

These peanut butter blossoms are major yum.  They’re moist, but they still have a slight crunch to sink your teeth into.  The peanut butter flavor adds a creaminess while the delicious raspberry jam on top adds a sweetness.  Creamy, Sweet, Slightly Crunchy – are you wanting a thumbprint cookie yet?

This is the best Peanut Butter Blossoms recipe ever!  These butter cookies make for beautiful holiday thumbprint cookies! Your entire family is going to love them for the holiday season! 

When I made these cookies last week, I had no idea that I was going to be this addicted to these cookies.  At one point, I told Matthew to hide them from me. But before he did it I put all the cookies in my hands and ran away.  Please, don’t take away my cookies.

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The Best Baby Sleeping Bag – From Sleep to Play!

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I am OBSESSED with this Baby Sleeping Bag that goes from sleep to play!  It’s so smart and easy!  This is a must have for babies and toddlers! This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ergobaby.

Hi! I’m back with another favorite baby product to share!  This is one of my favorite fall products that I’m going to continue to love through winter and I think you are going to love it too! 

Let me show you why this  Ergobaby On-The-Move Sleeping Bag is the best.   It can basically be summarized in 2 photos.

It goes from this:

To this:

GASP! I know, right?

Yes, that’s right! It goes from sleep to play, which means Enceladus can go from sleeping in her sleeping bag, to immediate playing when she wakes up! I love it!

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Marshmallow filling

AMISH MARKET Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling recipe! This is an easy pumpkin desserts recipe that makes moist pumpkin whoopie pies! These taste just like the whoopie pies you buy in Amish markets in Lancaster County! One of the BEST pumpkin desserts recipes!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies With Marshmallow filling

Have you been to an Amish market? Growing up near Amish Country, I’ve been to quite a few. If there’s anything you should take from an Amish Market it’s this: The Amish know how to bake. Bread, cookies, cinnamon rolls, pies, chocolate candies… and whoopie pie.

AMISH MARKET Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Filling recipe! This is an easy pumpkin desserts recipe that makes moist pumpkin whoopie pies! These taste just like the whoopie pies you buy in Amish markets in Lancaster County! One of the BEST pumpkin desserts recipes!

Oh whoopie pie!
Whenever we visited a market (and to this day) I stock up on these delicious pies. Right there in the market my eyes close, the outer world shuts down. Only me and my whoopie pie exist. It’s a beautiful moment.

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Homemade Pumpkin Macaroni And Cheese Recipe

Homemade macaroni and cheese recipe with creamy pumpkin pasta sauce is the best comfort food. It’s so easy to make! This cheesy macaroni and cheese recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  It’s my favorite homemade macaroni and cheese recipe for Fall!

I know some of you don’t want the summer to end, but I’d like for you to take my hand and enter into Fall’s journey.  It’s full of beautiful leaves, apple cider, chilly nights, comfortable socks, ghosts and goblins, the color orange.

Homemade Macaroni And Cheese Recipe With Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Meta-description: If your kids love homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, my creamy pumpkin pasta sauce is an easy way to sneak in some fiber and vitamins.

Oh pumpkin! Oh this recipe!

First, it was Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies. Then it was Pumpkin Chili. Now I’m pulling out the big guns… Macaroni and Cheese in creamy pumpkin pasta sauce!

Homemade Macaroni And Cheese Recipe With Creamy Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Meta-description: If your kids love homemade macaroni and cheese recipe, my creamy pumpkin pasta sauce is an easy way to sneak in some fiber and vitamins.

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Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole

This Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole takes less than 30 minutes to create. With just 4 ingredients and one pan, it isn’t a regular family favorite on our table but this is my cheat meal when it comes to easy dinner recipes. The best part is everyone wants a second helping!

Easy Dinner Recipes

After a hard day at the office or running after kids, creating a meal is often the last thing we want to do. That’s when we need easy dinner recipes. And this is one tops my list. You can create this Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole in less than 30 minutes. And it doesn’t require any prep time, cutting veggies or marinating the chicken. 

If you’re short on time, opt for frozen meatballs. I often call this recipe by leftover meatball casserole. If there’s any leftover meatball from previous dinners, I freeze them, especially for this recipe.

Texas Toast Casserole

Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole

These meatballs are delicious. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. 
What else is delicious? Texas toast.
What else? Cheese.
What if you add them all together for a quick easy weeknight casserole? You’ll love it!

This Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole takes less than 30 minutes to create. With just 4 ingredients and one pan, it isn’t a regular family favorite on our table but this is my cheat meal when it comes to easy dinner recipes. The best part is everyone wants a second helping!  

Start with your meatballs. I used pre-cooked meatballs for this Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole. Cook them as per your box instruction. As your meatballs is cooking, start making your Texas Toast (homemade or bought in a box!. 

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How to Store Cilantro To Make It Last For Weeks

HOW TO STORE CILANTRO to make it last for weeks! This easy trick shows how to keep cilantro fresh in water in your refrigerator to last for 3 weeks! It’s the perfect way to store cilantro for a long time!

I’m back with another tip to help your vegetables last longer! Remember how I shared my tip on how to store lettuce to keep it fresh for a month?  Or how about the best ways to store bananas?  Well this trick will keep your cilantro fresh for weeks!

HOW TO STORE CILANTRO to make it last for weeks! This easy trick shows how to keep cilantro fresh in water in your refrigerator to last for 3 weeks! It's the perfect way to store cilantro for a long time!

Storing Cilantro

Cilantro – are you one of those people that love it or hate it?  I love it! But my issue with cilantro is that it never seems to last long enough to use it all.  Often recipes only call for a small amount of cilantro, and it’s hard to find things to do with a whole bunch of it!  With this tip you’ll no longer have to let your cilantro go to waste!

You guys know I don’t like to waste anything we grow.  I’ve showed you how to make tomato powder out of tomato skins, and how to make mint tea, but now I wanted to show you my trick on how to how to store cilantro to make it last longer!

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20 Best Leftover Candy Corn Recipes

20 Best LEFTOVER Candy Corn Recipes! Every Halloween we’re stuck with leftover candy corn, so here are delicious recipes to use it up!  From candy corn cookies, cakes, popcorn balls and snack mix – learn how to create some amazing, delicious, and even healthier, fall season candy corn treats.

Do you have leftover candy corn? Of course you do – that’s why you’re here!  Well I got some great recipes for you!

Leftover Candy Corn Recipes

There’s no denying that candy corn is a tasty treat on its own, but add it to some cookies or brownies, or even create a beverage that’s inspired by this classic Halloween candy? Well, that’s innovation at its finest and we’ve got 20 of the best candy corn recipes to offer up as proof.

What can I do with leftover candy corn?

From waffles to pretzels, from drinks to jellos, from cakes to bites and bars, we’ve got the candy corn recipe extravaganza covered. Go beyond the orange, yellow and white tiny triangle confection and learn how to create some amazing, delicious, and even healthier, fall season candy corn treats.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Bread Flour

CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Bread Flour! My husband declares this the best chocolate chip cookie recipe!  This easy recipe makes 2 dozen homemade cookies.   Save this recipe – you’re going to love it!

My husband won’t stop talking about these Chocolate Chip Cookies!   He recently told me they were his favorite cookies that I make, which surprised me.  After all, they were kinda a accident….!

I was craving cookies so I decided I was going to make my favorite chocolate chip cookies.  I got out all the bowls and supplies, except the flour.   That’s because I quickly realized we were all out of all purpose flour!  What’s a girl to do when she wants chocolate chip cookies? She improvises! So I decided I was going to make cookies with bread flour.  The results..

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Chocolate Chip Cookies Made with Bread Flour are so chewy and delicious!   I will always have bread flour in the cabinet now specifically for cookie making! Who knew bread flour could transform a cookie to be so good!

Bread Flour Recipe for Cookies

So the science of why these cookies are so chewy is because bread flour produces more gluten, causing a more chewy cookie.  The results is crispy, chewy cookies, which are dare I say: perfect!

CHEWY Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Bread Flour! My husband declares this the best chocolate chip cookie recipe!  This easy recipe makes 2 dozen homemade cookies.   Save this recipe - you're going to love it!

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Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits

DELICIOUS easy to make Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits recipe!  Recipe includes step by step pictures!  These Southern style homemade biscuits are made from scratch with diced up jalapeno peppers.  They are best served with a warm comfort food casserole!

Want to know a true story?  I made these buttermilk biscuits twice.  In one week.  I nearly ate them all.  I’m thinking about making them again.   Right now.

The Best Buttermilk Biscuits!

These buttermilk biscuits are what magical bread dreams (we all have them, right?) are about.  They’re flaky, they’re moist, they’re full of flavor and you just can’t get enough of them.   More specifically these are buttermilk biscuits which makes them ultra deluxe and ultra moist.   Like my gif shows, buttermilk makes everything better, don’t you agree?

Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits

These biscuits also have jalapeno peppers in it for a slight bite of heat.  The jalapenos are a great balance for that buttermilk giving it a little something special.  I chop the jalapenos up pretty fine so they’re evenly distributed and not overwhelming.   Between these biscuits and candied jalapenos I’m eating quite a bunch of jalapenos this Summer!

DELICIOUS easy to make Jalapeno Buttermilk Biscuits recipe!  Recipe includes step by step pictures!  These Southern style homemade biscuits are made from scratch with diced up jalapeno peppers.  They are best served with a warm comfort food casserole!

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Pumpkin Baby Pancakes Recipe

Pumpkin Baby Pancakes Recipe for babies, toddlers and parents!  This easy pancake recipe is great for baby led weaning for first foods!  These pumpkin pancakes are healthy and nutritious!  Serve for breakfast or dinner – freeze leftovers for busy mornings or daycare!

It’s September… so it’s officially pumpkin season!  I mean ok, it’s 95 degrees here, but let’s pretend it feels like Fall, ok?

Because I look forward to pumpkin recipes so much, I wanted to be able to make my baby a pumpkin recipe – perfect for those chubby little fingers of hers!  So many of you loved my baby led weaning cookies and baby led weaning muffins so I figured it was time to share the baby pancakes Enceladus is currently loving – Pumpkin Pancakes!

Baby Pancakes Recipe

So what is baby led weaning?

A short answer to a possible very long answer is that baby led weaning (or BLW as the Moms on the playground call it!) encourages your baby to feed themselves instead of eating purees from a spoon.  We started Enceladus very early with baby led weaning, and there were some learning curves in the beginning (totally normal) but I really feel that feeding herself has not only made her more independent, but also more open to tasting EVERYTHING. 

Seriously, there’s no food she won’t try.   Put a food in front of her and watch her eat it!

Pumpkin Baby Pancakes Recipe for babies, toddlers and parents!  This easy pancake recipe is great for baby led weaning for first foods!  These pumpkin pancakes are healthy and nutritious!  Serve for breakfast or dinner - freeze leftovers for busy mornings or daycare!

Plus now she loves cooking with Mama in the kitchen…. even though it gets dangerous sometimes!  
Baby Helping Mom in Kitchen

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How To Make Apple Juice

How to Make Apple Juice with a Juicer!  Easy step by step instructions on how to make fresh, healthy apple juice.   Save this recipe for when you go apple picking!  Also includes how to freeze juice!

I thought about doing this post and thought it might be too simple, but simple recipes are always the best right?  So I decided to do it, so here I am. Hello.

I love fresh apple juice bought from the farmers market stands.  Last year I got my hands on a juicer (thanks Dad!) and ever since then I’ve been livin la vida juicing!  When we went apple picking last year I spent hours making cider over the stove, simmering it and adding spices, and yes it was delicious – but it was a long process.  

how to make apple juice with a juicer

With my juicer  I have fresh apple juice within minutes.  So I’m going to show you how to make apple juice!   Juicing, it’s changed my life.  

Also I’d like to mention that when I made apple cider last year Matthew was very so so on it, but this year when I’m making it au naturel he can’t get enough.  He’s buying me apples left and right, throwing them at me, leaving them under my pillow.  I get the hint! 1 ingredient apple juice is great!

Healthy Apple Juice Recipe

So the ingredients in this recipe is: Apples.  That’s it. No sugars.  No honey.  No water.  No spices.  Just good ol apples.  And a smile.  Every recipe should have a smile.

How to Make Apple Juice with a Juicer!  Easy step by step instructions on how to make fresh, healthy apple juice.   Save this recipe for when you go apple picking!  Also includes how to freeze juice!

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Crockpot Pumpkin Chili

EASY Crockpot Pumpkin Chili recipe. This easy slow cooker dinner is healthy made with ground turkey, beans, vegetables and Mexican spices!  Add shredded cheddar cheese on top!  You can freeze leftovers for your family! 

In this Crockpot Pumpkin Chili recipe we have the usual Chili ingredients, but then we’re throwing in pumpkin because whenever you can you should throw pumpkin into any dish.   Here’s the great thing about pumpkin, it’s full of great nutrients but hardly changes the taste of meals.  It’s an amazing way to make your dinner or pumpkin brownies more healthy and better for you.  Who doesn’t want that?

Now I know what you might be thinking.. usually “Mexican” and “Pumpkin” don’t usually go together, but in this recipe they are best friends.  They are holding hands, whispering secrets (not about you), planning adventures – they are great pals. 

What I’m saying is that you’re going to love this Crockpot Pumpkin Chili! It’s one of our favorite Fall Slow Cooker Meals!

Crockpot Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin Chili Recipe

This pumpkin chili recipe is so easy to make and only takes 5 hours in your slow cooker!  First you’ll want to brown the ground turkey in a pan with the peppers before throwing it in the crockpot.  After that, throw all your other ingredients inside!  

I love beans in my chili so I had to add both black beans and kidney beans.  Also I love using ground turkey for chili as a healthy alternative to ground beef.

So what makes this Chili Mexican? Well we’re going to spice it up with green chiles, salsa verde, cumin and we’re going to throw corn into this!  If you want you can even throw avocado, shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream on top when it’s done!

EASY Crockpot Pumpkin Chili recipe. This easy slow cooker dinner is made with ground turkey, beans, vegetables and Mexican spices!  Add shredded cheddar cheese on top!  You can freeze leftovers for your family! 

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Let’s Make Parks and Playgrounds Organic!

Tracking PixelLet’s make our parks and playing fields organic!  Learn more to make change locally to protect our children from pesticides!  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stonyfield® FIELDS Initiative.

Rain or shine, we have a weekend event.  It involves 2 parents, 1 baby, a swing set and a box of chalk.  Do you know what time it is?  It’s playground time!

Since Enceladus took her first swing on a swing set (in January!) she’s fallen in love with the playground at our local park.  Now many months later, if we stroll by a playground, she immediately starts kicking her legs and pointing to it.  Looks like it’s time for a pit stop!

Living in NYC, you work with what you have in regards to play spaces outside.  We have beautiful parks (Fort Greene and Prospect Park are our favorites!), but we also have wonderful neighborhood playgrounds.   Not only is it a place for little ones to run around and be kids, but it’s also a great place to meet your neighbors!

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