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Carrot Casserole
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Amish Cinnamon Bread
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Pumpkin Donuts
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Eggplant Veggie Nuggets
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August in the Garden Vegetable Picking
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Ham and Cabbage Soup
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BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs
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Half Sour Pickled Okra
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We Sold Our Upstate Land
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Blueberry Overnight Oats
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Cabbage Roll Casserole
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How To Freeze Cake
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Quesadilla Casserole
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How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose
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Broccoli Leaves Vegetable Broth
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Modern Dollhouse
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Cheeseburger Soup
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Fresh Tomato Salsa
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Butcher Box Review
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Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

Carrot Casserole

This Carrot Casserole is a super easy one-pot meal that combines tender carrot coins with cream of mushroom soup and cheese and is topped with a buttery herbed stuffing. A tasty and inexpensive side dish that’s perfect for a holiday meal or an everyday dinner.

This Carrot Casserole is a super easy one-pot meal that combines tender carrot coins with cream of mushroom soup and cheese and is topped with a buttery herbed stuffing. A tasty and inexpensive side dish that’s perfect for a holiday meal or an everyday dinner.

Our family really enjoys carrots, especially this roasted carrot soup and carrot souffle. We’re also huge fans of this simple carrot casserole, which takes just minutes to put together. This is one of my go-to side dishes! And it’s a must for the Thanksgiving menu!

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Amish Cinnamon Bread

Tender and moist with sweet cinnamon and sugar permeating every crumb, this Amish Cinnamon Bread is not the sort of recipe that one casually bakes and leaves on the counter unattended. It makes for such a delicious treat for brunch or as a snack. It’s also perfect for holiday (or anytime) gift giving!

Tender and moist with sweet cinnamon and sugar permeating every crumb, this Amish Cinnamon Bread is not the sort of recipe that one casually bakes and leaves on the counter unattended. It makes for such a delicious treat for brunch or as a snack. It’s also perfect for holiday (or anytime) gift giving!

Quick breads like this Amish Cinnamon Bread are some of my absolute favorite recipes to make. I love them because they’re so super easy and this one with the swirl of cinnamon-sugar and topped with even more is absolutely heavenly. A thick slab of it is fabulous with coffee, tea, or hot cocoa as a morning breakfast treat, but it also makes a special afternoon snack.

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Pumpkin Donuts

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft, delicious Pumpkin Donuts that are ready in under 30 minutes! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

Baked Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Cake Donuts! This easy homemade recipe makes soft, delicious Pumpkin Donuts that are ready in under 30 minutes! Recipe makes 1 dozen donuts. One of the BEST Fall Pumpkin dessert recipes!

Seriously, I love everything about this time of year. The beauty brought about by the changing of the seasons, the delicious fall produce being harvested daily, and the eager anticipation for the holiday season.

And lets not forget pumpkin! Now is the time of the year that pumpkin reigns supreme. In soups, chili, pancakes, pies and of course…baked goods, like these Baked Pumpkin Donuts!

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Eggplant Veggie Nuggets

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They’re made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

Eggplant Veggie Nuggets are healthy, easy to make and kids love them. They're made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 20 minutes.  Only 111 calories a serving for these vegetarian nuggets.  Serve for dinner, lunch box or snack. 

You guys know I love sneaking garden vegetables into everything, so it might not surprise you that I turned a kids classic dinner food into something a little more nutritious with the help of eggplant!

These taste just like regular “chicken nuggets” but are 100% vegetarian. Instead of meat, we use shredded eggplant.   Not only does my daughter love them, but my meat-eating husband can’t keep his paws off them either.  It’s a win win when I get my whole family to eat more vegetables!

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August in the Garden Vegetable Picking

Look at all the vegetables we picked in our NYC garden in August. Come join me to learn how to grow your own food! It’s easy, anyone can do it!

Hey all,   

It’s the end of August which means we’re spending a lot of time in the garden picking vegetables.   Tomatoes, peppers, kale, carrots, onions, beans, eggplant and so much more is being picked!  This is the time of the year where tomatoes can turn quickly, so we need to keep on top of the vegetables with a couple picking sessions a week. 

Here’s what we’re picking right now!

Vegetable Picking in our NYC August Garden. Quite a haul of veggies!

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Ham and Cabbage Soup

This healthy ham and cabbage soup is a mix of carrots, celery, bell pepper, onion, cabbage and ham, all simmered together in a savory broth. A quick and easy comforting meal that’s full of flavor!

This healthy ham and cabbage soup is a mix of carrots, celery, bell pepper, onion, cabbage and ham, all simmered together in a savory broth. A quick and easy comforting meal that’s full of flavor!

When I’m looking for an easy, cozy recipe idea, I turn to veggie loaded soups like cauliflower soup,  chicken vegetable soup, slow cooker sweet potato soup and this simple yet satisfying ham and cabbage soup.

There’s nothing better than a hearty soup loaded with veggies, and this Polish ham and cabbage soup is always a great bet. It’s satisfying, packed with nutrition and is ready in about 45 minutes. It’s just like the one Grandma makes! Ham and cabbage soup is the perfect lunch or dinner for when you’re wanting something hearty and comforting.

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BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs recipe that my family loves!  Throw these boneless chicken thighs in the crockpot for 2 and a half hours and then serve over rice for a easy complete meal! Keto and low carb recipe. 

Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs

You guys! These BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs are SO GOOD!  They’re lick your fingers good!  You know how I know that?  Because my toddler was licking her fingers after clearing her entire plate!

Why I love Easy Slow Cooker Recipes

It’s easy!  Throw it in the crockpot – aka, my favorite kitchen invention ever.
It’s delicious! Soy sauce, BBQ sauce, ketchup and brown sugar make one heck of a delicious sauce.
It’s fast!  This meal cooks in 2 and a half hours.
… and did I mention it’s delicious?

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Half Sour Pickled Okra

If you like okra, you’ll love this half sour pickled okra recipe.  These picked okra are crunchy, easy to make in the refrigerator and no canning is needed.  This is one of my favorite healthy veggie snack treats!

You cannot let summer end without making this pickled okra recipe. It’s one of my favorites! I’m sure all of you are going to enjoy this pickled okra recipe just as much as I do. It’s crispy, crunchy and SO addicting.

My Half Sour Pickles are such a favorite recipe on the blog, being made by thousands of people world wide.  I’ve gotten so many requests for a Pickled Okra recipe, so here I am!   You ask and I deliver! 

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We Sold Our Upstate Land

We sold our land Upstate.  We built a garden, greenhouse and shipping container home.  But now this chapter ends.  Here’s why. 

It has taken forever, but we officially closed and sold our Upstate property. It’s no longer ours.  I feel lots of emotions.  I’m sad because Matthew and I had so much fun tearing that place up to make a garden and building a little shipping container home.  I’m mostly sad because we planted our Christmas trees there and I won’t get to see them grow.  Heartbreak.  But I’m also relieved and excited for the future in NYC.

We sold our land in Upstate New York.  We built a garden, greenhouse and shipping container home.  But now this chapter ends.  Here's why. 

We bought the property because we needed some time to get out of the city and get back to our small town roots (no pun intended).   We wanted to get out of NYC on the weekends,  tear up grass if we wanted to without having to apply for 5 different NYC permits, and plant a giant garden.  We wanted to escape during the Summer every week, spend all day gardening, and then sleep under the starry skies to the sounds of coyotes (it was scary at first).

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Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats is a quick breakfast that’s waiting for you in the morning! Healthy ingredients include oats, blueberries, milk, maple syrup, flaxseeds and cinnamon!

Blueberry Overnight Oats is a quick breakfast that’s waiting for you in the morning! Healthy ingredients include oats, blueberries, milk, maple syrup, flaxseeds and cinnamon!

I can’t get enough of blueberry overnight oats. It’s easy, quick and perfect for those summer days where you wake up, leave your air conditioned bedroom and the humidity just smacks you in the face tossing you back into your bedroom to cry under your chilled blankets.

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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cabbage Roll Casserole has all the same flavor as classic baked cabbage rolls, but with way less work! This unstuffed cabbage roll casserole combines layers of meat, rice, tomatoes and cabbage for an easy adaptation of the classic cabbage roll that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

Cabbage Roll Casserole has all the same flavor as classic baked cabbage rolls, but with way less work! This unstuffed cabbage roll casserole combines layers of meat, rice, tomatoes and cabbage for an easy adaptation of the classic cabbage roll that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

If you love cabbage rolls, but don’t love all the work involved, this easy baked cabbage roll casserole is for you! It’s definitely one of my favorite meals to prepare.  It’s super easy, hearty, filling and the perfect choice for an easy dinner option.

As a girl, I would always look forward to when my Mom told me it was Cabbage Roll night!  Her cabbage rolls were passed on to by her Polish Mother, and now I’m sharing it in casserole form. 

I’ve always been a fan of baked cabbage rolls and as delicious as they are, I’m not a fan of how much work goes into making them. There’s boiling the cabbage, making the filling, wrapping everything up and then the bake time, it can turn into an all day affair! This cabbage roll casserole has all the same yumminess as the traditional cabbage rolls, but with a fraction of the prep time.

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How To Freeze Cake

Easy step by step directions (with pictures) on how to freeze cake for months.  Now you can freeze slices of your birthday and wedding cake!  The cake tastes super fresh with this method! 

Call me crazy but sometimes there is too much cake!  Instead of letting it dry out and go to waste you should freeze your cake slices to enjoy for months after your celebration.  Follow these steps to enjoy frozen cake that tastes as good as when it was fresh.  

Easy step by step directions (with pictures) on how to freeze cake for months.  Now you can freeze slices of your birthday and wedding cake!  The cake tastes super fresh with this method! 

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Quesadilla Casserole

This Quesadilla Casserole is an easy Mexican casserole recipe that includes layers of tortillas, ground beef, black beans, corn and cheese, all baked together for dinner perfection. A quick and simple meal that the whole family will love!

This Quesadilla Casserole is an easy Mexican casserole recipe that includes layers of tortillas, ground beef, black beans, corn and cheese, all baked together for dinner perfection. A quick and simple meal that the whole family will love!

I make Mexican food for dinner at least once a week, I often whip up Chicken Tortilla Soup, Slow Cooker Chicken TacosMexican Lasagna or this fabulous Quesadilla Casserole. Add your favorite toppings and watch the rave reviews come in!

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How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose

How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose.  This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months. Follow these step by step instructions!
How To Store Onions Using Pantyhose.  This is a great and cheap way to store onions to make them last for months. Follow these step by step instructions!

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Broccoli Leaves Vegetable Broth

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves – learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

What the heck do I do with broccoli leaves?

Short answer – make this vegetable broth and eat them!

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Modern Dollhouse

Step by step instructions on how to build a modern dollhouse for your kids.  Easy to make DIY plans and can be completed in 1 day.  Final cost is $35 for a life long toy that can be passed on for generations.   Post written by Matthew.

Step by step instructions on how to build a modern dollhouse for your kids.  Easy to make plans and can be completed in 1 day.  Final cost is $35 for a life long toy that can be passed on for generations.

How To Make a Modern Dollhouse 

One of the most exciting things about being a Dad is getting creative and building things for my daughter Enceladus.  She recently started to discover her imagination when playing with her  toys so I thought it was the perfect time to build her a dollhouse for her little people and animals. 

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Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup is a comforting blend of ground beef, potatoes, vegetables and cheese, that’s easy to make in 30 minutes. A hearty dinner option that’s popular with both kids and adults alike!

Cheeseburger Soup is a comforting blend of ground beef, potatoes, vegetables and cheese, that’s easy to make in 30 minutes. A hearty dinner option that’s popular with both kids and adults alike!

This Easy Cheeseburger Soup Recipe has quickly become one of my all time favorite meals – it is simple, uses ingredients I often already have on hand, is incredibly easy, and tastes AMAZING!

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

FRESH Tomato Salsa made with roma tomatoes straight from our garden! This easy homemade salsa recipe is made in minutes with tomatoes, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, and red pepper flakes! Friends BEG me to make this salsa because it’s everyone’s favorite! Serve with chips or with your next Mexican meal!

FRESH Tomato Salsa made with roma tomatoes straight from our garden! This easy homemade salsa recipe is made in minutes with tomatoes, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, and red pepper flakes! Friends BEG me to make this salsa because it’s everyone’s favorite! Serve with chips or with your next Mexican meal!

This right here is my go-to salsa. This Fresh Tomato Salsa wins hearts and it makes bellies happy! It’s a win-win situation! We make this salsa all the time to snack on, it’s also one of my most requested recipes to make to bring to friends’ houses during the summer!

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Butcher Box Review

Full review of Butcher Box from a family who eats on a budget.  Includes unboxing video of Beef & Chicken box.  

Our family has started using Butcher Box and we really like the convenience and cost of the service.  As a food lover on a budget, I’m always looking for ways to help our grocery bill, while providing quality food.  Here’s my full review of Butcher Box.

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What is Butcher Box?

Butcher Box is a meat subscription service that delivers meat to your doorstep.  The box gets delivered monthly or bimonthly, depending on your preference.   Butcher Box provides high quality meat, at a fraction of the cost that you pay in the grocery store.

Full review of Butcher Box from a family who eats on a budget.  Includes unboxing video of Beef & Chicken box.  

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce

ROASTED Cherry Tomato Sauce is sweet, creamy and SO EASY to make! This is the best recipe for growing garden tomatoes! You can serve immediately on pasta, can it or freeze it! Find out why thousands of people love this sauce!

ROASTED Cherry Tomato Sauce is sweet, creamy and SO EASY to make! This is the best recipe for growing garden tomatoes! You can serve immediately on pasta, can it or freeze it! Find out why thousands of people love this sauce!

My life has officially been taken over by tomatoes.   Is there anything else to talk about except tomatoes right now?    Tomato this, tomato that, do the tomato dance.

Do you know how many cherry tomatoes are in this big bowl below? 16 cups! And there’s a few plants that need to be picked… so double that or more.  And that’s just cherry tomatoes!

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