No matter how you carve, slice, steam, roast, drink it, I LOVE PUMPKIN! (Carve as in pumpkins, slice as in pie, steam as in cook, roast as in seeds, drink as in latte….)
This year I carved one pumpkin and cooked another. I wish I had taken a picture of my carved pumpkin before I fed it to the buffalo. Next year…. My other pumpkin I cooked in a way similar to how I steam squash. Scoop out the seeds and goo in the middle, peel, chunk it up, and steam it until soft. I had SO MUCH pumpkin! I used some of it for my healthy organic pumpkin brownies and some of it I used for these scrumptious whoopie pies.
Here’s what I did:
Mom’s Comfort Food Tuna Casserole is home to me. My mom is an amazing cook and out of ALL the mouth watering recipes, this is the one I love the most and request for my birthday. This ooey gooey tuna casserole makes so much that this time I baked half of it in a casserole dish and froze the other half for another time. Even then, there were leftovers!
Here’s what I did:
My family LOVES this recipe! My boyfriend’s daughter loves the Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from Panera Bread so when I saw this recipe, I had to try it! I changed the ingredients a little bit and we fell in love! Now it’s a once a week recipe for us.
No complaints here since it’s also on the healthy side of things! [Read more…]
Everyone should have Homemade Vanilla Extract in their cupboard! This is an easy, feel-good concoction. You can choose what potency or proof you want your vanilla to be. Bear in mind the alcohol cooks off during baking.
I purchase vanilla beans from a food co-op. Do yourself a favor and get organic. It’s just the right thing to do! Slice two or three beans lengthwise. Do not cut them in half. The goal is to just open them so the alcohol can mingle with the inside of the beans.
Challenged by my sister Chris to come up with a healthy brownie recipe a few weeks ago after she published her own healthy brownie recipe, I came up with this pumpkin brownies recipe. Knowing me well, Chris nailed it when she said that I’m an organic, natural kinda person. I like that she makes me think and urges me outside my comfy box, but — gee! I’ve got stuff going on and little time to come up with a wa-zoo recipe! Ah, the pressure….
Being the season for pumpkins, I knew my first healthy ingredient! In addition, adding veggies to dessert makes it healthy automatically in my opinion. Right? Right?
Anyway, following is my Healthy Pumpkin Brownies Recipe in response to her challenge.
Creepy Crackled Halloween Eggs are the perfect Halloween snack! It’s a creative and spooky way to serve up those every day eggs with a little Halloween excitement. Children will have fun making them. They are easy, affordable and a better choice than candy!
Here’s what we did:
Healthy brownie recipe? Really? Is there such a thing? Maybe, but do they taste as good as the real thing? I’m here to say, YES, THEY DO!
Emily and I differ on recipes like this. Just be warned… she is a very natural, organic type of person and I am a “if it tastes good, I like it!” type of person. She would frown on the artificial sweetener portion of this recipe so I challenge her to give me her BEST all natural ingredient brownies that are still healthy in calories. Think she will? Hmmm…
Emily chiming in here: I have accepted Chris’s challenge. You can compare this recipe with mine and let us know which recipe is your favorite. I do strive to use all natural ingredients, and I do NOT like artificial sweeteners. I guess my Sis and I will have to agree to disagree on this. (I’ve read the science behind why artificial anything isn’t good. That’s a topic for another blog post someday.)
While we wait, let’s feast on these delicious 37 calorie brownies! Do let us know your thoughts on these brownies. How is the taste? How is the consistency? Are they lacking anything by using lower calorie ingredients?
This pickled beets recipe, while not only fun to make, is also delicious! Yesterday I cleaned up the rest of my garden. As soon as it’s tilled, it will officially be put to bed. Ahh. Most days I’m more tired than my garden and wish for a “long winter’s nap”. Of course, with lots of produce canned and frozen, my winter will be filled with delicious home-grown meals. Having pickled beets at the ready is one of my favorite delicacies!! [Read more…]
Every year Bill’s daughter asks for ice cream cake for her birthday. This year, I decided I would make one for her. I browsed Pinterest for ideas of easy to make ice cream cakes and saw a couple different possibilities. This is how I cook and create anything I do. I compare a few ideas, take the parts I like, and concoct what works for me. This Reese’s Brownie Toffee Delight Ice Cream Cake was AMAZING! The entire family loved it! All three of us participated in the creation, but it was extremely easy to do. In our house we believe in affordability, ease, and taste. For a 13th birthday celebration, TASTE is priority. This has all we were looking for and was a true success!
Here’s what we did:
On my windowsill above the sink sit jars of Fire Cider and herb flavored vinegar. Now is the time to start these if you want them ready for gift giving during December. Use Fire Cider daily to kick-start your day. A teaspoon – tablespoon should do the trick. It may also be used to help your body fight common colds. One sip will heat your insides! Herbal vinegar is a fun ingredient for salad dressings or marinades. Let your creative mind play with what herbs to use. [Read more…]
This Ayurvedic Squash Apple Soup is so delicious! While it’s great to make it with newly harvested ingredients knowing everything is fresh, make this anytime. And make it often! Preparing and eating this warms me on the inside almost as much as this soup.
When people talk of doing something from start to finish, I always think of planting the seed, tending the crop, harvesting the produce, and preparing nutritious food. I also think of collecting buffalo fiber in the field, having it cleaned and carded, spinning it into yarn, and knitting socks – but that’s another blog post.
Tomatoes don’t speed up their ripening for the cold weather. Yes, you can pick tomatoes and put them in a cardboard box or paper bag to ripen quickly but what about the ones that don’t ripen? I’ve never tried fried green tomatoes but every fall I am reminded of them. One of our Dad’s favorite movies was Fried Green Tomatoes (Widescreen Collector’s Edition). In fact, it seemed every time I went to visit him, he was watching that movie. He said he never tried fried green tomatoes. I wish now I had made them for him. He would have loved them! So this easy Fried Green Tomato recipe, I dedicate to Dad.
Pumpkin Seeds are one of the best parts of Halloween! There’s nothing like slow roasting pumpkin seeds on a cool crisp October day while the family carves their pumpkins and decorate for the Fall. Below is my recipe for how to roast pumpkin seeds:
1. Select a pumpkin.
Remove the insides (pulp and seeds). Creating a jack-o-lantern is optional but a lot of fun!
I made this easy Mexican Spaghetti Squash recipe for my family, and they went nuts for it. I actually had to go buy more squash to do it again! The kidney beans make it seem like a meat dish while the zesty sauce adds a lot of flavor to it. It’s a healthy recipe but has the comforts of a hearty meal we crave in the cooler months.