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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!
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5 Ingredient Healthy Pumpkin Cookies
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3 Ingredient Candied Jalapenos
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My Baby Only Takes 45 Minute Naps
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100 CALORIE Single Serving Brownie
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Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread
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Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling
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Cheap Dinner Recipes for $5 or Less
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What’s Growing Now In Our Vegetable Garden

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?

Baby Pancakes

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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5 Ingredient Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

EASY to make 5 Ingredient Healthy Pumpkin Cookies recipe! These soft Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are sugar free, instead using maple syrup!  Make sure to add chocolate chips on top to make them extra delicious! 

Fall is the best time of the year!  The chilly weather is coming in.  Apple picking is thought of as a weekend exercise (hello apple waffles!).  Apple Juice is a appropriate drink any time of the day.  

You can put skeletons in your front yard.   You can have as many pumpkins in your house as you want.   Fall is all about the best recipes too, that’s why I love these 5 Ingredient Sugar Free Pumpkin Cookies!
Healthy Pumpkin Cookies

With pumpkins ranging from munchkins to pie to giants in our house right now (all from the garden!) I have been baking a few at a time to preserve and enjoy the pumpkin inside of each.   As we’re nearing the end of September I think it’s time we dive right into pumpkin season with a pumpkin cookie that is delicious and light on the calories.  

How to Make Easy Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies are so easy to make and only require 5 ingredients: pumpkin, quiak oats, maple syrup, peanut butter and pumpkin pie spice. They’re all healthy, simple ingredients.

You’ll add your 5 ingredients to a large bowl and use a hand mixer to blend for about 30 seconds. Then you’ll form the dough into tablespoon sized balls, that you will press down to form a cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

That’s it! This simple cookie recipe makes 18 cookies!

EASY to make 5 Ingredient Healthy Pumpkin Cookies recipe! These soft Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are sugar free, instead using maple syrup!  Make sure to add chocolate chips on top to make them extra delicious! 

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3 Ingredient Candied Jalapenos

EASY 3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make refrigerator candied jalapenos!  Use these as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning! 

These 3 Ingredient Candied Jalapenos. Oh goodness gracious.  Don’t ask me how many I ate over the past few days.  Ok, don’t ask me.  Seriously don’t.  Ok I might have eaten a entire jar already and made another today. I said don’t ask me!

Candied Jalapenos Recipe

Honestly, I have no self control with these.

Cowboy Candy

Some people refer to Candied Jalapenos as Cowboy Candy because of how addictive they are to eat!  They’re sugary just like candy, but also spicy due to the jalapenos.  

They’re sweet.  They’re spicy.  They’re just right. They are the perfect combo of sweetness with a kick.  They are amazing on crackers with a little piece of cheddar cheese.  The cheese balances out the heat with a little coolness.    

They’re also perfect chopped up and thrown in hamburger meat for the perfect homemade hamburger.  Try them on top of tacos or nachos too! Oh and they are just the most delicious on top of some pulled pork.  

EASY 3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make refrigerator candied jalapenos!  Use these as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning! 

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My Baby Only Takes 45 Minute Naps

Support and laughter for parents who have babies and toddlers that only take short naps. This is a first hand experience on how I dealt with it.

Hello Sleeping Baby.

Or maybe I should say close to sleeping baby, because first you need your bottle of milk.  Milk always makes you tired.

Sometimes milk will make you fall asleep.  But usually, even though you’re exhausted,  you will fight me for every single nap.

My Baby Only Takes 45 Minute Naps

Ok, now you’re asleep.  It’s time for Mom to work. I will do some house work. I will answer some work emails. I will treat myself to a hot lunch in the kitchen.

Support and laughter for parents who have babies and toddlers that only take short naps. This is a first hand experience on how I dealt with it.

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100 CALORIE Single Serving Brownie

100 CALORIE Brownie is a healthy single serving brownie recipe! This easy microwave recipe makes a fudgy chocolate brownie for one!  These low calorie brownies are perfect for satisfying a sweet tooth!

I’m obsessed with this 100 Calorie Single Serving Brownie! If you’re like me then when you make brownies, it’s a batch. There’s 2 of us who live here and the cats can’t eat chocolate, so what do I have to do? Ok, I have to eat them all.  Remember these black bean brownies? Yeah, I would eat them all if they were nearby! 

I mean if not, they go bad and we wouldn’t want that.  I mean, ok, I could share with friends, but I could also not share with friends and just eat them all myself.  This is great, but also very bad. 

Healthy Brownie Recipe

So what do you do when you want a brownie but you don’t want to make a entire batch to prevent the guilt? You make single serving 100 calorie brownies! You microwave them and they’re done in a minute.  

These will hit your chocolate craving without the guilt – isn’t that the best?

A few more facts on these brownies:

They are really good.  Last winter these were our post dinner, dessert favorites.

These are made with applesauce, no oil.  I recommend my home applesauce recipe here.  Yum!

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Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread

This Sugar Glazed CUCUMBER Bread is delicious and so moist!   It tastes just like zucchini bread, but it’s made with 1 cup grated cucumber.  The healthy dessert recipe is easy to make and is a great way to eat your vegetables!  A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked! Everyone in my family LOVES it – even toddlers!

This weekend there were many surprises in the garden. The monster pumpkin plant just won’t stop growing.  There was a 5 pound bag of potatoes waiting for us under the soil.   Carrots were pulled.   Jalapeno peppers were picked.   Cucumbers were spotted.  

These are all vegetables I was hoping for, but maybe in a few weeks…. but in typical garden fashion, they make their own rules and showed up to the party early.  I couldn’t have been more happy to see them!

I saw a few baby cucumbers growing on the vine last weekend but somehow those babies transformed to multiple large cucumbers in just a few days, ready to be picked and enjoyed.    My Half Sour Pickle recipe and Cucumber Tomato Salad is a favorite way to use cucumbers, but I was trying to figure out how to bake with them.  

Baking with Cucumbers!

This Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread was created because of that!  This bread is similar to Zucchini Bread, but instead is made with grated cucumbers.  After the bread cools, a delicious powdered sugar glaze is poured on top to make it really special.    This is our new breakfast recipe that I’ll be making weekly until the cucumbers finish in the garden.

This is one of my family’s favorite cucumber recipes – perfect for Mom and Dad, but also perfect for toddlers and kids! Even my 1 year old loves a piece of this for breakfast in the morning!

This Sugar Glazed CUCUMBER Bread is amazing and super moist! It tastes just like zucchini bread, but it's made with 1 cup grated cucumber. The healthy recipe is easy to make and is a great way to eat your vegetables! A powdered sugar glaze is poured on top once baked! Everyone in my family LOVES it!

Now let’s get baking!

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Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling

HOW TO make the BEST Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling- my most requested Thanksgiving dessert! This delicious homemade Pumpkin Roll recipe is easy to make and walks you through the steps on how to make it.  The roll is so moist and delicious!    Includes how to make video!

The first time I made a Pumpkin Roll years ago I was ecstatic.  There was so much preparation and fear in the roll.  For those who have made a roll I think you can all remember your first time, whether it was a success or a flop.  I researched it profusely online watching rolling videos, looking at step by step blog posts, very intimidated by the rolling process.  

Easy Pumpkin Roll Recipe

How was I supposed to roll the cake without cracking it? How was I supposed to add the cream? What is cheesecloth?  And how was I supposed to get the cake out of the cookie sheet without having it stick at all losing big points in presentation and pretty factor (we all want a pretty roll). 
HOW TO make the BEST Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling- don't worry it's easy!  This delicious homemade Pumpkin Roll recipe is easy to make and walks you through the steps on how to make it.  The roll is so moist and delicious!  My family considers this the best pumpkin recipe and it's always requested for Thanksgiving! 

So I made the roll, I had it timed, I had my supplies ready and the first time – it was a success.  My heart was racing during that very short time frame from getting the cake removed from the cookie sheet (hot!) almost immediately out of the oven, onto damp cheesecloth and roll it (hot!).    

After it was rolled, I let out a big sigh of relief. I might have even fell on the kitchen floor in victory.  Actually that’s probably what I did, I am very dramatic when it comes to baking success.  I’m just so darn happy.

How to make a Pumpkin Roll from scratch!

-Don’t let the cake stick to the pan when baking it. This is a big important factor.  You have a very short time when you remove it from the oven and flip it upside down to flop onto the cheesecloth. If it sticks, the cake will fall apart, a little or completely.  What saves this? PAM.  Pam is my hero.  What a great name too, right? 🙂  
HOW TO make the BEST Pumpkin Roll With Cream Cheese Filling- don't worry it's easy!  This delicious homemade Pumpkin Roll recipe is easy to make and walks you through the steps on how to make it.  The roll is so moist and delicious!  My family considers this the best pumpkin recipe and it's always requested for Thanksgiving! 

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Cheap Dinner Recipes for $5 or Less

50+ Cheap Dinner Recipes Ideas for $5 or Less.  This is the ultimate list for easy recipes for families on a budget! Also provides tips on how to grocery shop for dinner on a budget and save money! Bookmark this page!

Can we have some real talk?  

Who doesn’t need a budget nowadays?

With rent, health insurance, student loan debt and childcare costs on the rise – does anyone actually have money to save nowadays?  With living costs increasing, but salaries not on the rise, we all need to be crafty with dinner recipes.     

If you’re looking at starting to budget your dinner meals, then you’ve come to the right place.  Maybe you’re looking for a full week’s worth of cheap dinner recipes, or maybe you’re just looking for 1-2 recipes a week. Either way, these recipes will save your family money!

50+ Cheap Dinner Recipes Ideas for $5 or Less.  This is the ultimate list for easy recipes for families on a budget! Also provides tips on how to grocery shop for dinner on a budget and save money! Bookmark this page!

 

 

How to Make Cheap Dinners

Here are some tips on creating dinner recipes on a budget:

  • Always look at what’s on sale.  Look at your grocery ad online before you head to the store.  
  • Improvise your meals depending on what’s on sale.  If the recipe calls for broccoli and it’s not on sale, but cauliflower is on sale, use cauliflower instead.
  • Make a list.  Decide before going to the store what supplies you need.  Don’t go off the list.  
  • Buy in season fruits and vegetables.   If they’re out of season, they will cost a lot more.
  • Visit farmers markets or vegetables stands for better deals.   
  • Buy in bulk if at all possible.  If you use rice often, buy a 15 pound bag of rice instead of buying small bags.  The same goes for beans, soaking beans overnight is going to save you lots of money instead of buying canned beans.
  • Think about leftovers.  If you’re cooking for a family of 2 or 3, can you make enough to last you 2 meals?  Maybe you need to buy a $2 loaf of French bread to last you the additional dinner (and you can freeze bread for later meals!).
  • Grow your own food, if at all possible.  For a pack of tomato seeds that cost $1, you can can enough tomato sauce to last you a year!
  • Buy vegetables in bulk and freeze them! If green beans are on sale, buy a few pounds and freeze them!  Here’s how to freeze green beans.
  • Buying meat in family packs is significantly cheaper than buying 1 serving.  I always buy the family pack of meat and freeze in individual bags once I get home from the store. 
  • Learn to love your slow cooker!  The crockpot can provide cheap and easy meals for families! 

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What’s Growing Now In Our Vegetable Garden

We’re in the middle of August – what are we growing and picking in the garden? Well I’m glad you asked! 

What we’re picking in the garden!

Here’s the main cast of characters in August – tomatoes, peppers, kale, beans and onions!

Full Guide on what vegetables you can pick and grow in your vegetable garden in August. This guide is for Northeast USA gardens.

Matthew decided it was time to pick all the onions from the garden so we could plant a 2nd crop of sugar snap peas in that space.  This weekend we made Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions which is one of his favorite recipes!  
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