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September 26th, 2014 at 11:33 am

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Recipes

One of my favorite fall flavors is pumpkin. I buy canned pumpkin starting the first week of September all the way through the end of November. Below are several of my favorite recipe links, as well as my personal favorite recipe for pumpkin bars! There are so many delicious options!

Ann’s Pumpkin Nut Bread

Pecan Pumpkin Dessert

Libbys Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Cookies with White Chocolate Chips

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Pumpkin Pie French Toast

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Low Fat Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Pumpkin Bars

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 (3 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup confectioners sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. 
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir dry mix into the pumpkin mixture until thoroughly combined.
  3. Spread the batter evenly into an ungreased 10 x 15 jellyroll pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool before frosting.
  4. To make the frosting: Cream together the cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add confectioners sugar, a little at a time, beating until mixture is smooth. Spread evenly on top of the cooled bars and cut into squares.

Enjoy!

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August 13th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

First Day of School Treats

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The first day of school is a day filled with excitement and nervousness. It also is the perfect day to come together with your child after school to talk. Celebrate with some special treats! Your child will most likely be hot, tired, excited and most of all starving!!

Peanut Butter Sushi

Frozen Grapes – String some grapes on a stick and freeze. This is great for the child that is overheated!

S’mores Brownies

Crudite Platter – If your child loves veggies, cut some up and serve with their favorite dip!

Waffle and Peanut Butter – heat up a waffle in the toaster and cover with peanut butter.

Muffins

Smoothie

Peanut Butter Popcorn

Cookies

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August 11th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Corn On The Cob Made Easy

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Our family LOVES to buy corn on the cob from the local farm stand. It is just starting to hit its peak here in Wisconsin, but in the meantime we have enjoyed summer corn from the grocery store. One of my favorite ways to make it is in the oven. You don’t have to shuck it, remove the stringy things or boil water, all you have to do is cook and enjoy!

Preheat oven to 350˚ F.

Place corn husks directly on the oven rack and roast for 30 minutes.

Peel down the husks.

The corn will be steamy hot when you peel it, so be careful! The strings and husks peel away from the corn easily.

Enjoy with salt and butter, or however you like!

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This same method can be done on the grill, but I like to soak my husk-covered corn in water for an hour or so. This helps prevent it from burning on the grill.

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July 28th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Recipe: PB&J Sushi

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Sometimes we go weeks of just eating peanut butter and jelly every day. I try to mix it up by cutting it into squares, rectangles or even triangles. My kids love it that much! I started using this fun recipe to make it even more exciting. You don’t have to limit yourself to just PB&J though, it works with meats and cheeses. Tip: use a condiment to keep it rolled up and together.

PB&J Sushi

Ingredients : Bread, Peanut Butter, Jelly

Preparation:

First, take a slice of bread and cut off the crust.

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Use a glass or rolling pin to flatten bread.

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Spread on as much peanut butter and jelly as you like! You can also use chocolate or marshmallow spread or add items like bananas.

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Roll up the bread.

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They can eat it as a big roll, or you cut it into smaller pieces. The kids LOVE these, so be prepared to make a bunch!

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What are some ways YOU make food different and special for your kids?

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July 18th, 2014 at 9:00 am

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake Recipe

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One of our go-to desserts for celebrating special occasions is my Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. This is a great dessert that you can decorate or leave undecorated. I personally like to use store-bought frosting to decorate it. I typically use one can of white frosting and one of chocolate frosting. Use your imagination to bring this cookie to life!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • Shortening or baking spray
  • Frosting

Instructions

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 14-inch round deep dish pizza pan with shortening or baking spray.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy in a large bowl. Add eggs, one at a time. Gradually add flour, salt, and baking soda and beat until well blended. Then add chocolate chips.

Put batter in greased pan and bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a cooling rack. Decorate with frosting.

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July 10th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

5-Ingredient Recipes

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I’ve been trying some new recipes, and it seems like they involve so much time and so many ingredients. I try to plan my meals and visit the food store once a week, but that one visit to the food store always takes forever because there are so many things to buy! After a particularly long night of cooking, I decided to check out some simple 5-ingredient meals and was pleasantly surprised at how much less time they took to prep and cook, and how much less cleaning I had to do after! Simple recipes often end up saving you money because there’s less to buy and the ingredients are usually common.

Sloppy Joes in Corn Tortillas

Jalapeño Basil Pork Chops

Flank Steak Pinwheels

Chicken Parmesan

Express Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Sundried Tomato Chicken

Black Bean Quesadillas (or any quesadilla, in fact!)

“Last-Minute” Lasagna

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July 7th, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Texas Caviar Recipe

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During the summer I love to use fresh ingredients to make our food. One of my family’ go-to summer favorites is Texas Caviar.  We use this with our favorite tortilla chips or eat it as a side dish. This also keeps in the fridge for several days!

Ingredients
  • 2 small jalapeños
  • 1 cup chopped peppers (any mix of colors)
  • ¼ cup red onion
  • 1 can of black beans and 1 can of another type of bean (or 2 cans of black)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup of chopped celery
  • ¼ cup of chopped cilantro
  • ¼ jar of italian dressing (your favorite)

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Instructions
  1. Chop up everything and put in a bowl. Mix in Italian dressing and let sit a minimum of 2 hours in fridge. Add cilantro at end and mix in.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips or as a salad.
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June 26th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

4th of July Desserts

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Fourth of July fun is only a week away and chances are you’re thinking about what goodies to make for the occasion. Keep a BBQ simple with the standard staples like burgers, hot dogs and side salads, but make sure you WOW with the desserts! Red, white and blue, stars, sprinkles and more, there are tons of festive dessert recipes that are as lovely to look at as they are to eat. Check out these great 4th of July desserts…which one will you make this year?

Sparkler Cupcakes 

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American Flag Strawberry Shortcake

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Jell-O Firecrackers

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Spangled Ice Cream Sandwich Pops

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Stars and Fruit Bowl

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Inside American Flag Cake

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4th of July Trifle

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Strawberry Firecracker Cake Balls 

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Star Spangled Ice Cream Pie

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Red, White and Blue Tie Dye Cake

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June 12th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Homemade Snack Alternatives

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As a child, I went food shopping with my mom every Sunday. She always had a list of meal ingredients and such, and as we walked down each aisle there was always something I wanted that wasn’t good for me. Fruit rollups, cookies, potato chips, sugary cereals etc. filled with tons of high fructose corn syrup, sodium, and additives. You can give your kids what they want with these healthier alternatives, and save money at the same time!

Cheesy Goldfish Crackers

Apple Chips

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Homemade Fruit Rollups

Homemade Fruit Snacks

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Hummus

Healthy Oreos

Peanut Butter Cookies

 

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May 19th, 2014 at 8:36 am

Creating On-The-Go Meals

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If your life is anything like mine, in late spring and summer you are always on the go! My biggest struggle with this is trying to create healthy meals  instead of running through the drive-thru of the nearest fast food restaurant. Here are some of my favorite  ways to make dinner fast or even carry it along while on the run.

Sandwiches
Sandwiches are a great go-to for dinner or lunch! I make up a batch of chicken or tuna salad and fill pocket bread or pitas to eat on the run. You don’t even have to make a sandwich necessarily…skip the bread and eat it alone with a fork, or just put the salads in a container and carry along some pretzels or crackers to scoop it up. Sandwiches can be paired with fruits, veggies, crackers or baked chips. Think of different options that your kids may like. Even some cheese on bread makes a good option for picky eaters.

Sometimes for lunch in between activities, a good option is cheese, crackers, and a simple meat (turkey slices, pepperoni, even sausage pieces). Cut up a bunch at the beginning of the week and this makes a fun snack to have in the car.

My kids also love the lunch packs that can be bought at the store. Recreate them for less expensive on-the-go alternatives.

Crock Pot Meals
When I am busy, making a meal in the crock pot is the best way to make a good meal for the evening. Plus, the crockpot won’t warm up the house as much as regular stovetop or oven cooking! Even something as simple as throwing chicken breasts in the crock pot with some cream of celery soup makes some good filling  on a bun. Try this with beef or pork also. Once it has cooked, pull it apart with a fork and make it into sandwiches or with a pre-made side dish.

Freezer Meals
Grab a meal out of the freezer you can cook without preparation, making dinner a little easier. Sometimes a frozen pizza or other frozen meal from the grocery store is okay. Time can slip away when you have a home, family, a job, etc., so don’t beat yourself up if you can’t make a healthy dinner every single night! Consider it a “treat” night for the family.

 

Check out these great ideas to organize eating in the car! I will definitely be trying these out…

Cereal Box Meal Tray

Sectioned Muffin Tin

Basket Meal

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