Recipes

18
Oct
2014

Homemade Pumpkin Butter Recipe

10/18/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Homemade Pumpkin Butter Recipe


Oh I have something delicious for you to try.  I love, love fall and all the flavors that go with it.  Pumpkin is one of my most favorite things though and this recipe is full of pumpkin-y goodness and so simple to make!  It is a lovely gift idea and compliments so many different things- french bread, cakes, waffles/pancakes, oatmeal or even just spread on a cracker. My girls love this in lunchboxes- either spread on a sandwich or I put a small container of pumpkin butter and a few slices of french bread to dip. Just delicious!

I have tried numerous ways to make pumpkin butter- typically it is spices, pumpkin puree, water or apple juice and either white or brown sugar.

I tend to prefer the flavors of apple cider and brown sugar so I have tried many times making pumpkin butter with those ingredients but I come back to plain old white sugar and water with a hint of citrus over and over again.

So here is the recipe I tend to like the best- you can adjust this a little to suit your tastes.  Add slightly more sugar for a sweeter pumpkin butter- I try to use the least amount of sugar that I can (even though this recipe still calls for quite a bit) so I got it down to 1 cup but you can add as much as 1 1/2 cups to suit your taste.

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16
Oct
2014

Parmesan and Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

10/16/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

 

This is one of our favorite side dishes and it is so crazy simple to make.  Whenever I make these potatoes it turns into a bit of a fork fight around the table because everyone is diving in at once trying to get just a few more.  Let me tell you my kids are so picky that rarely happens.

If you haven’t tried fingerling potatoes they are really fast and just delicious- we love them with rosemary and melted Parmesan cheese.  They are a perfect side dish with a simple roasted chicken.

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30
Sep
2014

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits (Copycat Milk Bones Recipe)

09/30/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Homemade Peanut Butter Dog Treats- super easy copycat Milk Bones recipe

I thought it would be fun to post a recipe for homemade dog treats.  Now you might be saying- well I can buy treats for a few dollars at the store so why should I bother making them myself?

For a few reasons- first of all there was a recall last year with certain dog treats from China that were leading to illnesses in dogs.  By making your own treats you can control exactly what goes into it and feel confident that you are giving your dog something wholesome and nutritious.

Second we absolutely love our dog – literally like a family member in this house.  My kids adore him but more often than not his needs tend to get pushed down the priority list.  When it comes to checking off the to do list each day, a walk for the dog or trip to the dog park is more likely to get skipped than say homework or say making dinner. :)  So why not do something special for your pet!  This could be something your kids really get out a kick out of- my girls loved the idea of making treats for our dog.

Third is the price consideration- really good quality treats at a pet store can be fairly pricey.  I just went to the groomer and found small-ish bags of treats priced at $15+.  This recipe is very inexpensive.

And last, what a fun homemade gift idea!  If you know someone that adopted a dog recently, how sweet would it be to put these in a cute jar and drop them off?

Plus how do you say no to this face?

Milo

Hopefully I have convinced you to give this a shot :).   This is for dog treats like you see above that are similar to a Milk Bone except I sneaked in a little peanut butter which makes these smell like fresh baked cookies when they come out of the oven.

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27
Sep
2014

Pumpkin White Chocolate Chip Muffins

09/27/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

White Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins

 

Oh I have a delicious recipe for you to try that is a perfect welcome to fall!  Mix these up and I bet your family absolutely devours them.

These are pretty fast and easy to make and they have the wonderful sweetness of brown sugar and chocolate chips and pumpkin pie spices. You can use either chocolate chips or white chocolate in this recipe.

This recipe is a tiny bit sweet so you can cut back on the brown sugar if you’d like to make it a little bit healthier.

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25
Sep
2014

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

09/25/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes- perfect fast and comforting weeknight dinner

Now that fall is here and the weather is finally getting cooler, I am totally in Crock Pot mode.  Especially since our evenings are filled with dance classes and soccer practice and lots of homework assignments.

I just don’t seem to have the time to deal with complicated dinner menus yet I still want warm, comforting meals at the end of a busy day.  So Crock Pot to the rescue!

So if you haven’t tried making Crock Pot Baked Potatoes I thought I’d post about it today.  I do this fairly often in fall and winter because really what is better then a baked potato?  So delicious and a great opportunity to clean out the fridge by topping it with broccoli or red peppers, various cheeses, salsa, leftover chili — whatever you have on hand.

Crock Pot baked potatoes are incredibly easy and they turn out perfectly cooked.  I am not a fan of microwaving potatoes- they always get a gummy taste to me- but putting them in the oven can take so long…. Not really practical for quick dinners.  By cooking these in the crock pot you will get a perfectly cooked Steakhouse style baked potato and literally dinner is done in just minutes.

Oh and you can actually make these to go- that is nice for those of you with kiddos in sports and such.  Keep them tightly wrapped in the foil and they will stay warm for awhile.  Pack a small tupperware container with whatever toppings you like- just slice the potato open and add the toppings and it is delicious.  The foil can even serve as the plate.

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22
Sep
2014

No Bake Monster Treats

09/22/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Monster Treats

I make treats all the time for my girls and these little Monster treats have to be one of my favorites plus they are so incredibly easy!

I absolutely love how they turned out and if you are curious about the taste– have you ever tried White Chocolate Flipz pretzels?  They taste just like that- so I had a hard time not sneaking one or two of them myself :)

No Bake Monster Treats

To make these requires just a few super simple steps- the beauty is that you can make as many or as few as you like.

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17
Sep
2014

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

09/17/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

Well the Pumpkin Spice Lattes have hit the streets and I am seeing pumpkin everything on the internet these days.

I thought I would post a super simple recipe to make your own pumpkin pie spice.  This is a delicious addition to baked goods, sprinkle it on coffee drinks or on top of piles of whipped cream for hot chocolate, on egg nog, on baked sweet potatoes and so much more. Oh and a little tip I learned when I was travelling in Europe from my darling Tanta Inge- just between you and me.  Try sprinkling just a tiny bit of this in your coffee grounds before you brew your coffee.  It adds just a hint of flavor without the artificial taste you sometimes get from flavored coffee grounds.

Now you might be saying- well I can just buy pumpkin pie spice premade at the store- why should I bother making it?

Here is why I like to make it- premade Pumpkin Pie spice is not always available at every store, often it can be a little expensive- especially if you are only buying it for one recipe, I think it is cheaper to make it fresh yourself AND the flavor is so much better.  Fresh pumpkin pie spice will really add an extra oompf to your fall treats.  You can also control the flavor of your spice- I went light on ginger (because I am not a big fan) and heavier on cinnamon (yum yum). You might adapt this a bit to your own tastes.  Most premade Pumpkin Pie spices don’t include allspice and I do like to add allspice to my recipe because it adds just a little something.

Some of you might already have everything you need right in the cupboard but if not hit the bulk spice aisle of your favorite store and you can get the ingredients.

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16
Sep
2014

Homemade Granola Bars (Perfect Lunchbox Treat!)

09/16/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Homemade Chocolate Chip Granola Bars - so fast and absolutely delicious!

Oh goodness these granola bars are so good.  I hope you decide to try them out because they taste almost like a yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookie to me and the first time I made these I just couldn’t stop sneaking bites.  The kids begged to have these in their lunchboxes which is a huge win because they are much healthier then the regular bars you pick up at the store.  And I thought these tasted so much better!

These are not loaded with a bunch of junk so you can even use them for quick on the go breakfast options for the little ones.

These only take a few minutes to make and you can customize them with any flavors you like- chocolate chips, raisins, dried fruit,  nuts., coconut… anything will work.

Here is the recipe and if you do decide to try these please come back and let me know what you think!  I’d love to hear the flavor combinations you choose as well.

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