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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup
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First 20 Weeks of Pregnancy
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Easy Pumpkin Pancakes
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Gluten Free Baked Vanilla Donuts with Pink Frosting
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You should grow black beans in your garden!
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Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup
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Small Kitchen Inspiration on a Budget
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Homemade Plain Scones Recipe
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Brooklyn Farm Baby, Being Picked Summer 2017
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A Purrfect Valentine For Your Cats
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Welcome to our greenhouse!
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Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts
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Classic Vanilla Pretzel Milkshake
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Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers
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Chocolate Birthday Black Bean Brownies
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Banana Bread Chocolate Muffins
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How to Presprout Sugar Snap Peas
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Kale Potato Bread Stuffing
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Blueberry English Muffins
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2016 Vegetable Garden Totals in Pounds

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup

SLOW COOKER Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup is packed with healthy, hearty vegetables which is going to warm up your dinner table! This recipe is easy to make – throw all the ingredients in your crock pot for 8 hours and it’s ready! Even better – this meal is economical and doesn’t cost much to make! We love this as a Fall and Winter meal!

This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup warms my heart physically and emotionally.  It’s everything a comforting Winter time soup should be – easy to make, makes the house smell great, is filling and makes me feel warm.  
SLOW COOKER Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup is packed with healthy, hearty vegetables which is going to warm up your dinner table! This recipe is easy to make - throw all the ingredients in your crock pot for 8 hours and it's ready! Even better - this meal is economical and doesn't cost much to make! We love this as a Fall and Winter meal!

On the emotional side it makes me happy because it is filled with vegetables from our Summer garden.   Besides the carrots and celery we are using our canned stewed tomatoes which I can’t get enough of.   We canned so many of these tomatoes I lost track of how many.
Stewed Tomatoes in Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup

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First 20 Weeks of Pregnancy

Talking about the first 20 weeks of pregnancy for a first time mom.  Symptoms, Mood, Weight, Ultrasound Pics, Doctor Visits and more discussed! 

I wasn’t sure if I was going to make these types of posts.  And then I got to thinking more about it and felt it would be fun to look back on one day.  Instead of documenting every 1 or 2 weeks, I’m doing Weeks 1-20… and then probably 20-30 and then 30-40, or something like that.  I guess time will tell as I’m facing new experiences.

So here we are..  I’m in Week 24 now but we’re going to just discuss the first 20 weeks for now.  We’ll save talking about how baby is now participating in zumba classes in my belly for another post.  I guess we can get the stats and dates out of the way first.  We had sex on October 14 to make the baby (hello TMI).  Yes, I know the exact date.  My Doctor never believes that I know the exact date but I know because we were working hard on a job and only had time/energy to do the sexy dance once during my peak ovulation week.  You know how they tell you in school it only takes once to get pregnant?  They’re telling the truth.   My ovulation was peak on October 15.  Before trying to get pregnant I had no idea you could track your ovulation with test strips.   I would highly recommend them, even if you aren’t trying to get pregnant as it’s pretty wonderful to really start to witness how amazing your body is and how in tune we can get.  If you’re trying to conceive I’d also suggest using a app (I used Ovia) that tracks your period, symptoms, etc and lets you know when you’re most fertile.   We took a pregnancy test on October 29, which would be DPO (that’s days post ovulation) 14.    It was positive.   So calendar speaking, we found out around Week 4 we were with baby (to make things more confusing the first day of the last menstrual period becomes the date from which pregnancy is counted to start even though conception occurs about two weeks later.)

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Easy Pumpkin Pancakes

You’ll love how easy this Pumpkin Pancakes recipe is! These delicious extra fluffy pancakes made from scratch are low carb and packed with protein (1/2 cup pumpkin!). They make a healthy substitution instead of buttermilk pancakes. My family considers them “the best pumpkin pancakes in the world!”.

I know you’re probably thinking “Isn’t NYC in a snowstorm right now, but yet you’re posting a pumpkin recipe?”.   You’re right.  NYC is under a blanket of beautiful white snow.  And I still have over 100 pounds of pumpkins from the Fall garden decorating my apartment.    Can you believe it?   We have big pumpkins, pie size, and munchkins sprawled out all over the apartment just like it was still Halloween.   I have to clear a few out as they go bad, but at this rate I think I’m good to go with fresh pumpkins for at least the next few months! 

You'll love how easy this Pumpkin Pancakes recipe is! These delicious extra fluffy pancakes made from scratch are low carb and packed with protein (1/2 cup pumpkin!). They make a healthy substitution instead of buttermilk pancakes. My family considers them "the best pumpkin pancakes in the world!".

Being a girl who loves pumpkin year round and doesn’t believe that pumpkin only needs to be celebrated in the Fall I wanted to bake up a pumpkin breakfast to satisfy my pancake craving I’ve been having (hello baby!).    Pumpkin pancakes are one of those foods that are near perfection for me.  Throw a little dab of butter on top, definitely add some maple syrup and you have the perfect breakfast (or dinner!).  These pancakes are fluffy, moist and have a delicious flavor of pumpkin and spices to take them to that next level.  Pumpkin pancakes, I love you.

You'll love how easy this Pumpkin Pancakes recipe is! These delicious extra fluffy pancakes made from scratch are low carb and packed with protein (1/2 cup pumpkin!). They make a healthy substitution instead of buttermilk pancakes. My family considers them "the best pumpkin pancakes in the world!".

If you don’t have any fresh pumpkins lying around in March, don’t worry.  You can use frozen pumpkin puree that you kept from your Fall pumpkins (remember how easy it is to make?) or you can use canned pumpkin.  Either way, I hope you enjoy these Pumpkin Pancakes soon!

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Gluten Free Baked Vanilla Donuts with Pink Frosting

GLUTEN FREE Baked Vanilla Donuts recipe with a bright pink frosting on top!  The icing glaze is completely all natural!   These cute donuts are great for birthday party, bridal party and wedding desserts!  They’re always a favorite at PTA meetings too! 

These donuts are stunning.   They are beauty pageant material.    With a golden brown baking finish, and the prettiest natural pink color frosting on top  you might as well call them Miss Donut World 2017.  And the taste?  Oh my! Give the donuts their sash and crown already because they’re delicious!

GLUTEN FREE Baked Vanilla Donuts recipe with a bright pink frosting on top!  The icing glaze is completely all natural!   These cute donuts are great for birthday party, bridal party and wedding desserts!  They're always a favorite at PTA meetings too! 

FAQ for this recipe:

Where can I buy a donut pan?
You can buy one at kitchen supply stores, most large department stores and of course – Amazon!  I recommend getting 2 pans as most recipes make 12 donuts.

Is your recipe right, do I really need to use 6 eggs?
Yes, you really do.   Coconut flour is super absorbent and needs extra liquid in it.   When substituting coconut flour for all purpose flour, you should add 1 extra egg for every 1/4 cup of coconut flour being added.  For example, this recipe when using all purpose flour calls for 2 eggs, but since we’re using 1 cup coconut flour we need to add a extra 4 eggs equaling 6 eggs.   I know this sounds crazy if you’ve never used coconut flour but you’ll be amazed by how much the flour absorbs the liquid.

Can I use all purpose flour instead of coconut flour?
Yes,  use 1 cup all purpose flour and 2 eggs (instead of 6).

My donuts always fall apart when they come out, what did I do wrong?
Most likely you didn’t cook them long enough so please (especially with this recipe) make sure to use a toothpick to insert into a donut to make sure they are fully cooked.  When you are absolutely sure they are fully done, remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. After that I use a butter knife and gently scrape around the edges to remove each donut.  

Do you have any other frosting recipes?
Sure, try chocolate or peanut butter frosting.

Do I have to use beet powder?
Of course not – that just gives them a pretty natural color. If you want to add no color to the frosting, don’t add add beet powder (it will just be a plain white frosting).  If you don’t have beet powder you can use blueberries (great for a natural dye) or food coloring (not so natural).

How many donuts does this recipe make?
It makes 12 dozens.

These donuts are so pretty and yummy! Gluten Free Baked Vanilla Donuts recipe with a bright pink frosting on top! The icing glaze is completely all natural and made with beet powder - which has no beet taste to it! These cute donuts are great for birthday party, bridal party and wedding desserts!

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You should grow black beans in your garden!

HOW TO GROW black bean plants from seeds in your vegetable garden.  Looking for a new plant to grow in  your garden this year?  Try growing black beans!  They’re easy to grow, produce a good yield and store great for recipes!

It’s the beginning of March which means your garden has already crossed your mind. We’ll start planting seeds indoors in about a week for our Spring garden, but it’s never too early to start planning for Summer.   Whenever I post a black bean recipe I get a few readers that say they want to grow black beans.  You know what? You should! You all should! If you are looking for a new plant to grow in your 2017 garden, why not try dry black beans? 

HOW TO GROW black bean plants from seeds in your vegetable garden.  Looking for a new plant to grow in  your garden this year?  Try growing black beans!  They're easy to grow, produce a good yield and store great for recipes!

Quick How to Grow/Harvest Black Beans

The black beans we always grow are Midnight Black Turtle Soup beans from Johnny Seeds.  We’ve had year after year success with them so if you’re looking for a recommendation, get them. We grow our black beans in the “beans” garden bed where they grow alongside dry white beans, soy beans and green beans.  To get a idea of how much time they take to grow, last year we planted black beans  (directly in the soil) on May 29 and we pulled them to dry on September 10.  On average they take 100-110 days to fully mature, ours took 104 days to be exact.  The way that you know the plants are done is when the plants topple over and turn brown.  The other trick is is to shake the bean pod.  If you hear the beans rattling around then you know they’re full developed and ready to be picked.   You’re going to want to hang up your black bean plants to dry for a week so just yank up the entire plant and tie up in some place that will remain dry.   We usually ties ours up in our garden shed.   Once they’re all dry, now comes the fun/terrible part – time to individually pick each pod off the plant, break it open and remove the beans. And just like you have black beans to use and store.

Tips/Info:

If you intend on eating these often, I would suggest growing 15 plants per person.   This should last you throughout all the seasons until you grow again.   If you really love black beans, grow even more!  The black beans won’t go bad, so it’s not like you’ll be wasting them if you grow too many.

Black beans are incredibly easy to take care of, they are kind of no nonsense plants.  Plant them, water them occasionally, give them sunshine and they’ll grow without any additional help.   

You can grow these in the ground or in containers – both work great.

How to grow black bean plants from seeds in your vegetable garden. Looking for a new plant to grow in your garden this year? Try growing black beans! They're easy to grow, produce a good yield and store great for recipes!

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Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup

EASY TO MAKE recipe for Homemade Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. This creamy soup is a healthy comfort dinner food! Best served with biscuits to dip into the chicken broth! Mom, your families are going to love this!

This soup is a Winter comfort food favorite.   It’s so delicious that I can almost guarantee that whenever I make it, we’ll have it the night after again because the craving will still be there.  That’s what happened last week. I made it on Wednesday, we ate it all, we loved it.  On Thursday we decided we were going to make it for dinner again.  And we ate it all again.  

Easy to make recipe for Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. This soup is a healthy comfort food!

The best thing about this soup besides the homemade dumplings (yum!) is that it’s also filled with veggies – potatoes, celery, carrots – everything a good chicken soup should have in it.  

Easy to make recipe for Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. This soup is a healthy comfort food!

FAQ for this recipe:

Can I substitute or add additional vegetables?
Feel fee to make it your own and add additional vegetables if you’re trying to empty out the fridge – onions, peas, green beans, and bite size cauliflower are all equally good in it.  Just don’t skip on the potatoes – never skip on the potatoes!

Can I use chicken bouillon cubes instead of broth?
Absolutely, I do it all the time.   

Can I make this vegetarian?
You sure can.  Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and don’t add in chicken breast.  You might want to add in some additional protein like white or great northern beans. 

Are dumplings hard to make?
No.  Homemade dumplings are one of the easiest things to make.  It’s really just about mixing some simple ingredients together and then dropping it into hot broth to form the dumpling.   The dumplings might not be the prettiest you’ve ever seen, but they will taste just as delicious. 

Do I need to make a side dish for this soup?
I never do, it’s pretty hearty as is.  I like to serve with some buttered bread or rolls.

How many servings is this recipe?
3-4 supper servings.

How good is this soup?
So good you’ll make it again tomorrow.

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Small Kitchen Inspiration on a Budget

Tracking PixelEasy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Lowe’s.

Based on the many recipes I post here on the blog, and the endless baked goods on Instagram, I spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen. Actually, at a recent therapist visit the Doctor asked me what I do to relax.  I responded “Yoga…and I hang out in the kitchen”.   I love spending time in the kitchen baking afternoon sweets, making dinner, recipe creation and getting my full garden harvest preserving on once Summer rolls around.  During garden season it’s not rare that I have to put one day aside a week to preserve our vegetables, so I consider myself kitchen devoted.

Easy ways to refresh your small apartment kitchen on a budget!

Unfortunately my kitchen is not a dream.   When I moved into my apartment, close to 12 years ago, it was a nightmare.  There was hardly any space to not only cook, but at the bare minimum cabinet space.  I think when we first moved in there was 3 cabinets, a (ugly) sink, a (ugly) stove and a (ugly) refrigerator.  My kitchen loving heart ached.    Thankfully the kitchen and I have grown together and it’s turned into something more pleasing and usable.  Now I have lots more cabinets! I have a island! I have shelves! I have storage! I have a beautiful refrigerator and too many kitchen gadgets and appliances to the point whenever I get a new one my husband asks “Another one?”.  Yes, another one!   So although my kitchen still isn’t the dream, I feel like we’re finally in a ok place with each other. 

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Homemade Plain Scones Recipe

EASY delicious Homemade Scones that are perfect to serve with clotted cream, jam and tea!  This is a one bowl recipe that creates crumbly English soft scones – just like at a tea house.  The secret to this recipe is sour cream! Add blueberry or raspberry to them to make them berry flavored! 

Scones have been on my “must conquer” recipe list for quite some time.  Making the perfect scone is hard and I usually was left with something that was dense and cake-like and not crumbly and light, how scones should be.  But no more – scones, I’ve come and conquered you.   I’m in love with this recipe so much that I worry I’m going to be making these at least twice a week because they’ve become our new favorite afternoon snack (I always have one with my daily tea!).   Make sure to serve them warm with clotted cream and jam.  If you want to add fruit to them, you can totally can, just read my FAQ below for help.  Enjoy!

EASY delicious Homemade Scones that are perfect to serve with clotted cream, jam and tea!  This is a one bowl recipe that creates crumbly English soft scones – just like at a tea house.  The secret to this recipe is sour cream! Add blueberry or raspberry to them to make them berry flavored!

FAQ for this recipe:

Do I need a food processor for this?
In theory, no, but it makes the scones much easier to make and gives them their signature crumbly scone texture.  If you don’t have a food processor you can mix by hand but just make sure you really get that butter to a crumbly coarse texture. To do this you might want to try grating the butter separately to get it crumbly.  In general I think a food processor is a kitchen must have and once you have one you will quickly be using it a few times a week and wonder how you lived without it.

Does my butter need to be chilled?
Yes, the butter should be chilled or frozen.  Using room temperature butter will not result in crumbly scones.

Can I add berries/raisins/chocolate chips to these?
Absolutely.  After making the dough add 1/2 cups of preferred add-in (I love raspberries) and stir them to combine with a wooden spoon. DO NOT PULSE FOOD PROCESSOR WITH ADD-INS!

Do I have to use sour cream?
Yes!  Sour cream is going to make them extra soft.    If you’re worried about them having a sour cream taste don’t worry – they don’t (and this comes from a girl who doesn’t like sour cream!).

How many servings does this recipe make?
I like to cut my dough into 8 big scones, but you could easily cut it into 16 smaller scones.

What is clotted cream? You recommend serving with it.
Clotted cream is life changing and whenever possible your scones should be enjoyed with it. It’s a rich, cream spread – kinda similar to butter but thicker and more sweet.  It’s kinda a butter/ice cream mixture if that makes sense at all.  Clotted cream is made by slowly cooking heavy cream for many hours until it thickens up.   You can google recipes on how to make it if you’d like.  It’s easy to make but takes lot of time and needs quite a bit of heavy cream.  You could also just buy it like I do.

Can I put icing on top of the scones?
You sure can but I’d recommend using a light icing if you do.   In my opinion clotted cream and jam are so much better on scones than icing.

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Brooklyn Farm Baby, Being Picked Summer 2017

A seed was planted, the plant is getting bigger, and in July we’ll be able to harvest.  What type of plant are we growing?  A baby!  Instead of our garden, it’s growing in my belly!  Brooklyn Farm Baby is coming in July!

I’ve already shared a few revealing videos and pictures on social media but I’ve kept it completely hush hush on the blog until now.  Being half way through, now at 20 weeks, I wanted to make a post to let you know that we’ll be adding a human baby girl to our family in the Summer.   Are we excited? Yes! Are we terrified? Yes! Are we dreaming of what we’ll be able to teach her and show her? Yes!  Are we in disbelief that a hospital is actually going to let us leave with a baby in our car to take care of for the rest of our lives?  Yes!

Matthew and I have been talking seriously about adding to our family for the past 5 years.  It was always about waiting for the perfect time, but the more I sat with this and grew older the more I came to realization that no time will ever be perfect.  I’m always going to be worried.  I was worried before.  I’m worried during.  I’m going to be worried after.    So last year we started the plan into action with preparation doctor appointments and other things that you do when this is a definite planned pregnancy.    Then the fun part started, you know the part that everyone tells you is going to be romantic and great because you’re going to physically do the sexy dance that leads to a baby.  Then months pass and it’s no longer that fun.  It’s now a schedule.  It’s me texting Matthew with directions like “Ovulation is max peak, be home by 7:30 tonight because I want to go to bed early”.    Oh the romance of having a baby!

18 Weeks Pregnant Ultrasound

She’s gorgeous already!

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A Purrfect Valentine For Your Cats

Show your cat you love them on Valentine’s Day with a tasty meal!

I love our cats so much that I like to make holidays extra special for them, especially Valentine’s  Day.   No, I won’t be sending them flowers or chocolate, but instead I’m going to give them what they really want – a tasty meal!   Toes loves food.  Her favorite hobby is licking gravy out of bowls, while batting her Maine Coon eyelashes at me. One loud purr (she’s really loud) from Toes on my lap, and it melts my heart and makes me spoil her with whatever she wants.  In the morning when my alarm clock goes off, she bursts through the bedroom door,  jumps onto the bed and hops on to my chest purring with morning excitement.  Is she excited to see her Mom? Or is she excited for breakfast?  Well, probably both, so I decided to combine them and give her a great Valentine’s Day breakfast made by her Mom this year.

Show your cat you love them on Valentine's Day with a tasty meal!

First, start out by giving your cat a Valentine.   Hand it to them and watch them either rub their cheeks on it or completely ignore it.  Toes ignored mine, no hard feelings taken.

Show your cat you love them on Valentine's Day with a tasty meal!

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Welcome to our greenhouse!

This post is sponsored by Hayneedle who helped us build a greenhouse so we can grow vegetables in the Winter! All opinions are my own. 

Make gardening season last year round with a greenhouse!  Go green and grow your own! 

I have been so excited to show you what we’ve been doing on the land!  Garden season ended a few months ago so that’s why there there hasn’t  been as many beautiful vegetables to show, but not to worry – we’re still growing! In February! In 10 degree temperature! In the snow!  Thanks to a greenhouse we’re all set up to grow our hearts out 365 days a year now!

Make gardening season last year round with a greenhouse! Go green and grow your own!

When we had our rooftop garden going we had a small greenhouse that left us able to grow broccoli, bok choy and kale during the Winter months. Once we moved the garden Upstate I was already thinking about Winter growing during the first year.   Because we’re Upstate in the Catskill Mountains we had some things to seriously consider about the greenhouse.  1) It gets really cold.  2)  It gets really snowy.  3)  It gets really windy.    So I investigated greenhouses and figured the Palram HG56 Glory Greenhouse would be best for our situation.  We got it in the 12L x 8W ft size which is more than enough for what we need.     Due to the strong wind on our property, we installed the anchor kit to ensure the greenhouse wasn’t going anywhere. Inside the greenhouse we put down a ground cover and a few bags of drainage rocks on top.

Make gardening season last year round with a greenhouse! Go green and grow your own!

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Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts

HOMEMADE BAKED Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes.  These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery! 

We live in a world filled with exciting donut flavors and combinations. Remember the half donut/half croissant craze?  Have you checked out the exotic flavors that bakeries are offering for donuts?  There’s  Blood Orange, Cafe Au Lait,  Hibiscus, Passion Fruit, Horchata, Matcha and more.   Maybe I’m not foodie adventurous but I love simple donuts.  Sugar, Glazed, Chocolate  donuts – now you’re talking my language.  Because I was craving donuts I came up with this simple Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that I think you’ll love! 

Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!

These donuts are delicious and extra soft! They are made with buttermilk so you know they are going to be moist and soft!  Throw your donut pan in the oven for 15 minutes, let cool for a few minutes and then shake the donuts in a bag of sugar and your Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts are ready to be eaten and enjoyed!

Hope you like them as I do (and I really really like them!)!

Homemade Baked Sugar Donuts recipe that is easy to make and ready in 15 minutes. These simple and extra soft donuts taste just like sugar donuts from your favorite bakery!

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Classic Vanilla Pretzel Milkshake

4 Ingredient Vanilla Pretzel Milkshake! This homemade milkshake recipe is easy to make and is the perfect combo of sweet and salty!  Throw the 4 ingredients in your blender and it’s ready – it’s that simple! Perfect for dessert or a Summer treat!

I know it’s Winter and cold out but I can’t help it, I’m craving vanilla milkshakes!  A few days ago I woke up and couldn’t get milkshakes out of my mind.  So I rushed to the store, mumbling something to my husband about “going to the grocery store, need mikshakes now” as I slipped out the front door.   Quickly I was back home, pulling the blender out of the cabinet to make a homemade milkshake.    To go the extra milkshake mile I wanted to make it really special.  Answer? Pretzels! I love the combo of ice cream (sweet!) and pretzels (salty!). If you’ve never dipped pretzels in ice cream before you’re missing out.    With just 4 ingredients (ice cream, milk, vanilla and pretzels) I had a Classic Vanilla Pretzel Milkshake quickly in my hands to enjoy!

4 Ingredient Vanilla Pretzel Milkshake! This homemade milkshake recipe is easy to make and is the perfect combo of sweet and salty!  Throw the 4 ingredients in your blender and it's ready - it's that simple! Perfect for dessert or a Summer treat!

This recipe is pretty much as easy as it gets. Throw everything in the blender and blend. Then pour the milkshake in a cup, grab a straw and a spoon and enjoy!  I always recommend adding some extra broken up pretzels on top and to stir around.   I love when you get a bite of a pretzel in the milkshake!  Delicious!

4 Ingredient Vanilla Pretzel Milkshake! This homemade milkshake recipe is easy to make and is the perfect combo of sweet and salty!  Throw the 4 ingredients in your blender and it's ready - it's that simple! Perfect for dessert or a Summer treat!

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Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers

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Delicious Stuffed Green Peppers recipe that is smothered in cheese and stuffed with Quinoa and Kale inside.   Enjoy this comforting healthy meal for dinner soon!

I’m a stuffed peppers fanatic. I love them.  It all started in the kitchen as a kid when my Mom made a mean dish filled with green peppers.  I still love green peppers but I love making them a little more garden friendly so for this recipe I added quinoa and kale inside instead of the usual ground beef.  Trust me, you are going to love these.  They are everything a stuffed green pepper should be, including being smothered in tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on top!
Delicious Stuffed Green Peppers recipe that is smothered in cheese and stuffed with Quinoa and Kale inside. Enjoy this comforting healthy meal for dinner soon!

To make the recipe easy to follow, check out the video I made.  Are you hungry yet for these Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers?

The mixture inside is quinoa cooked in chicken broth (so delicious – I could just eat this as is!), fresh kale and a cup of tomato sauce.  Once everything  is mixed then start filling each pepper.
Delicious Stuffed Green Peppers recipe that is smothered in cheese and stuffed with Quinoa and Kale inside. Enjoy this comforting healthy meal for dinner soon!

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Chocolate Birthday Black Bean Brownies

CHOCOLATE SPRINKLED BROWNIES made with BLACK BEANS and APPLESAUCE (healthy and low calorie!) that are easy to make!  These homemade chocolate brownies are super fudgy and moist! My family considers this the BEST brownies recipe!  The rainbow sprinkles on top make the brownies really pretty!

Right now I’m bean obsessed.  We’ve been cooking our dry black beans we grew in the garden during the Summer on cold nights and it’s been such a treat to enjoy those grown with love beans during the Winter.  I’ll be sharing a “How to Grow Black Beans” DIY soon because they’re so easy to grow and for me they’re one of the proudest garden accomplishments! I mean seriously how cool is it to grow your own beans?  So cool!  What else is cool? Using black beans to make chocolate brownies!  Did I mention that they’re extra delicious too?

CHOCOLATE SPRINKLED BROWNIES made with BLACK BEANS and APPLESAUCE (healthy and low calorie!) that are easy to make!  These homemade chocolate brownies are super fudgy and moist! My family considers this the BEST brownies recipe!  The rainbow sprinkles on top make the brownies extra fun!

You might associate black beans with tacos, salsas and salads pretty easily, but hopefully I’m able to persuade you to try baking with them because they make delicious desserts too.  In the past I’ve baked with black beans, kidney beans, red beans and have had yummy results so I wanted to use our black beans in a new super chocolaty brownie recipe.  This recipe calls for 1 15 oz can of black beans which you’ll add with the rest of your ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth.  Because I wanted to use my homegrown dry beans, I did a overnight soak of my beans and then cooked them to get my 15 oz can worth. It’s a little extra work with dry beans, but it’s worth it if you want to give it a try.  If not, it’s totally ok, just make it easier for yourself by using canned beans! 

Here’s my garden beans, dry and cooked.
Cake textured Rainbow Sprinkled Chocolate Brownies made with Black Beans and Applesauce! These Chocolate Birthday Cake Black Bean Brownies are going to change your life! Read More

Banana Bread Chocolate Muffins

BANANA BREAD Chocolate Muffins with CHOCOLATE Frosting!  This easy recipe is made with 3 bananas (that makes it healthy, right?) and tastes just like banana bread!  These muffins are moist and extra soft!  My family says this is THE BEST banana dessert! 

Do you love banana bread? I hope your answer is “Yes!” because I have a real treat for you.  I love banana bread myself.  I will admit as a kid I had too many pieces of convenience store banana bread topped with cream cheese.  Obviously nothing beats homemade banana bread, especially the smell that comes out of the oven when it’s done baking.  Can you close your eyes and just imagine that smell?  Hope you’re getting hungry!
BANANA BREAD Chocolate Muffins with CHOCOLATE Frosting!  This easy recipe is made with 3 bananas (that makes it healthy, right?) and tastes just like banana bread!  These muffins are moist and extra soft!  My family says these are THE BEST banana dessert!

 These banana muffins taste just (and smell just like!) baked banana bread.  To make them even sweeter, I topped them with a rich chocolate frosting.  Banana and chocolate are a great combo (like this ice cream) but it even tastes better in muffin form!   

BANANA BREAD Chocolate Muffins with CHOCOLATE Frosting!  This easy recipe is made with 3 bananas (that makes it healthy, right?) and tastes just like banana bread!  These muffins are moist and extra soft!  My family says these are THE BEST banana dessert!

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How to Presprout Sugar Snap Peas

Easy step by step instructions on how to presprout Sugar Snap Peas.  By doing this you’ll be sure that the seeds won’t rot before they sprout under the soil resulting in a successful plant and pounds of sugar snap peas to pick!

Presprouting Sugar Snap Peas is a important step to growing big Sugar Snap Pea plants.  By doing this you’ll be sure that the seeds won’t rot before they sprout under the soil (due to temperature).  It also guarantees that you won’t be wasting your time planting some seeds that might not even sprout at all causing you to wait and fall back in the garden season schedule.

Easy step by step instructions on how to presprout Sugar Snap Peas. By doing this you’re promised that your seeds won’t rot before they sprout under the soil resulting in a successful plant and pounds of sugar snap peas to pick!

This is our quick and easy method for presprouting peas. We’ve been doing this for the past many years with a successful sugar snap pea harvest twice a year.  

Directions:
Step 1:  Drop your peas in some water to get them wet.
Easy step by step instructions on how to presprout Sugar Snap Peas. By doing this you’re promised that your seeds won’t rot before they sprout under the soil resulting in a successful plant and pounds of sugar snap peas to pick!

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Kale Potato Bread Stuffing

This Kale Potato Bread Stuffing is a comforting side dish that goes perfect with a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner.  You’ll love how the top is slightly crispy too! 

I love stuffing.  I’ve shared my Amish Potato Stuffing and Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole before but wanted to share with you my current favorite side dish, Kale Potato Bread Stuffing!   This recipe uses my Amish Potato Stuffing as a base but I threw in kale to add some greens.  Since the dish has a whopping 4 cups of kale in it, you don’t even need to make a extra vegetable to serve at dinner. 

This Kale Potato Bread Stuffing is a comforting side dish that goes perfect with a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner. You'll love how the top is slightly crispy too!

This is the perfect side dish to a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner.  It’s also a great dish to serve for large potluck parties (think of the upcoming Big Game!) as a small serving of it goes a long way in hunger and taste.  
This Kale Potato Bread Stuffing is a comforting side dish that goes perfect with a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner. You'll love how the top is slightly crispy too!

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Blueberry English Muffins

HOMEMADE Blueberry English Muffins!  You’re going to love this easy to make breakfast recipe! Save money and start making your own English muffins instead of buying the store bought ones.  These ones are much more delicious and healthy! I love having one of these muffins with a cup of tea! 

I’m starting 2017 with a bang – homemade Blueberry English Muffins!  These have been on my “must make list” for quite some time since every morning I start my day off with one.   I decided I was sick of buying the store bought version (plus they’re sometimes hard to track down) so I wanted to start making my own.  Surprisingly these homemade English Muffins are easy to make and don’t require that much time waiting for the dough to rise.    Once you’ve made your own batch of these I bet you’ll never buy them again!  Hope you all enjoy… and Happy New Year!

HOMEMADE Blueberry English Muffins! You're going to love this easy to make breakfast recipe! Save money and start making your own English muffins instead of buying the store bought ones. These ones are much more delicious and healthy! I love having one of these muffins with a cup of tea!

You're going to love this delicious Blueberry English Muffins recipe! These are even better than the store bought muffins because they're homemade! If you've never made homemade English Muffins before don't worry - they're easy to make!

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2016 Vegetable Garden Totals in Pounds

How we grew over 1,100 pounds of vegetables in one Summer! Learn how to grow your own food to last you all year long! Start your own vegetable garden now!

Well 2016 is almost over and it’s been a good year for gardening and growing vegetables. This year we started a new adventure that included building a garden in Upstate New York and then growing our hearts out.  
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Every year we keep a weight chart to track how many pounds of vegetables we grow.    Every harvest weekend we visit the garden, lug pounds of vegetables home in the car and into the apartment and then weigh each vegetable.    It’s a fun way to keep track of what vegetable grew good, or not so great and is a easy way to compare year to year.  

Last year’s totals were: 458 pounds
This year’s totals were (drum roll please): 1147 lb 6 oz

OMG.  That’s over half a ton of vegetables!

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