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Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potatoes

Rosemary Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes are tender and savory-sweet in this simple, healthy side dish that’s perfect for a regular weeknight or a holiday menu! Sweet potatoes are delicious and nutritious year-round, but fall and winter are the seasons that I find myself really craving them, buying them, and cooking them. Maybe it’s that I’ve always associated sweet potatoes with Thanksgiving. Maybe it’s because this is the time of year I find myself regularly roasting root vegetables, which are then {Read More}

Healthy Apple Butter Bars

Healthy Apple Butter Bars are loaded with oatmeal, chopped apples, apple butter, and nuts for a delicious, wholesome breakfast or snack! We’ve kind of been stuck in a breakfast rut lately, so last week I decided to concoct some new breakfast bars in hopes of bringing EXCITEMENT and ENTHUSIASM to our 6 a.m. weekday dining experience. Or, you know, at least distract three kids from whining and moaning and laying their heads on the table. As I devised my recipe, {Read More}

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

Homemade Pumpkin Butter is a healthy, creamy, easy-to-make spread that’s delicious slathered on toast and waffles or stirred into oatmeal and smoothies! It  should come as no surprise that the Homemade Pumpkin Puree I shared earlier this week has since been transformed into Homemade Pumpkin Butter. Not all of it, actually…I froze a baggie of puree for future pie-making merriment, but then I decided to turn the rest of it into this yummy, lightly-spiced, all-natural spread! Right about now, you {Read More}

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

If you’ve ever wondered how to make Homemade Pumpkin Puree, it’s just a few easy steps to a healthy and delicious base for all of your favorite pumpkin recipes! Sometimes I feel like a fraud of a food blogger for the culinary achievements I haven’t accomplished. I mean, how can I call myself legit when I’ve never whipped up homemade chocolate croissants for a weekend breakfast or lamb chops for a dinner party? I haven’t mastered (or even attempted) an {Read More}

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria

Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria is a festive fall cocktail of white wine, apple cider, and sweet sliced Honeycrisps, perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving and more! Well, we kicked off the week with homemade pumpkin spice lattes and we’re closing it out with an entirely different type of drink…crisp, refreshing, Sparkling Apple Cider Sangria! I’m telling y’all, this is THE bubbly, celebratory cocktail for all of your fall parties and get-togethers, whether that means a tailgating party or a Halloween shin-dig or {Read More}

All-Natural Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer is made with real pumpkin puree and warm spices for all-natural Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home! ‘Tis the season for PSL! As much as I’m a pumpkin lover, the truth is that when it comes to Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks, I can take ’em or leave ’em. However, with the advent of another fall, it occurred to me that perhaps I’ve been missing out all this time. So I decided to devise my own {Read More}

Easy Apple Cake

Easy Apple Cake features a quick cinnamon-kissed batter and a crown of sliced apples for a sweet, simple dessert that’s perfect for fall or any time of year! Three months ago, I shared a peach cake recipe that ended up becoming the “dessert of the summer” around here.  But now that peaches are on their way out for the season (*sniff sniff*), I decided to see if my beloved summer cake could be adapted into something decidedly more fall-like. Enter {Read More}

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Oatmeal

Quick & Easy Pumpkin Oatmeal is a healthy, yummy fall breakfast recipe sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and topped with roasted pumpkin seeds! Big news from outta’ central Texas, folks…it’s the beginning of September and it was in the 50s when we woke up this morning. Furthermore, the high today is only going to reach 85°F! Seriously, it feels like fall, and I don’t recall ever saying that so early in the year. September is usually still blazing {Read More}

50+ Pumpkin Recipes Round-Up

Get ready for fall with this mouthwatering collection of pumpkin recipes, from cakes and cookies, to breads and muffins, to pancakes, waffles, and so much more! Each year on September 1st, I allow myself to crack open that first can of pumpkin (or whip up some Homemade Pumpkin Puree) and get to baking! Well, the magical date has arrived, and this round-up of scrumptious pumpkin recipes is ready to go. The only problem you’ll have is deciding what to make {Read More}

Thanksgiving Salad ~ AKA, Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad

This gorgeous Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is loaded with vibrant colors and flavors and contrasting textures….the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday table! I’m a sucker for a loaded salad. The more contrasting flavors and textures, the better. And if it’s a pretty salad, to boot? Can’t be beat. This time last year, I concocted a festive red-and-green Holiday Honeycrisp Salad using some of my favorite salad ingredients. And, lo and behold, {Read More}

Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili

Chunky, flavorful Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili is a hearty bowl of comfort food goodness, easy to adjust to your preferred spice level and delicious topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro! Hey there, strangers! Well, can I just say that I was NOT intending to go all last week without sharing a recipe. But alas, sometimes life gets in the way of blogging…and unfortunately, last week said life brought us a very sick little 4-year old, numerous {Read More}

{Overnight} Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal {with no burnt edges!}

Wake up to a warm, wholesome breakfast with this Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal…and don’t miss the secret trick to prevent the edges from burning! There’s nothing like waking up in the morning to the heavenly smell of breakfast wafting through the air. And if that breakfast just so happens to taste like pumpkin pie…well, all the better! Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal is a rather lengthy, adjective-heavy title for such a simple recipe, {Read More}

Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat Apple Cider Baked Donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! This past Saturday, the middle child celebrated his birthday. He and his big brother both had flag football games that morning, but the birthday boy was apparently experiencing a touch of Lucky Number 7 magic as he proceeded to score half a dozen touchdowns. Granted, we’re talking about 1st grade teams {Read More}

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

You’re just three ingredients away from this sweet and creamy Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip, a simple, scrumptious recipe for game day, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dessert, or just about any special occasion or get-together! Who’s up for a quick and easy, minimal ingredient, sweet fall treat? We’re talking three ingredients and just a few minutes here, people, for a tasty fruit dip that will get gobbled up in no time! I’m telling you, Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip is going to become your {Read More}

Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins

Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins are soft, moist, and double the fun, split between lightly-spiced pumpkin and a generous dose of chocolate! Well friends, it’s officially September…and that means I’ve officially given myself permission to crack open the first can o’ pumpkin of the season! I wasted no time this year, seeing as how I baked these Pumpkin Bread & Chocolate Muffins on September 1st. Too soon? Perhaps. But when my kids came home from school that afternoon and smelled {Read More}

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup is silky and delicious, packed with vitamins, and as effortless as tossing frozen butternut squash cubes into the crock pot! Well, friends, Thanksgiving week is finally upon us, and I’m assuming y’all are all set on your Turkey Day menu by now? (If not, it’s never too late to check out all of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes…hurryhurryhurry!) I’m also assuming that you’re going to do enough grocery shopping and cooking and dish washing to earn {Read More}

Cran-Cherry Sauce

Sweetened with honey and brightened with citrus, Cran-Cherry Sauce strikes a perfect balance between tart cranberries and luscious cherry preserves, making it the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table! Welp, only a little over a week to go until Turkey Day, friends! Soon I’ll be shifting gears and bringing you Christmas recipes, but not before I share at least one more Thanksgiving dish today…homemade cranberry sauce with a twist! Now everybody knows that homemade cranberry sauce is head-and-shoulders-above the gelatinous {Read More}

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole is lightly sweetened with maple syrup and topped with toasted pecans, making it a delicious and effortless addition to Thanksgiving dinner, while freeing up the oven at the same time! Well, November is already flying by at record pace, so I do believe it’s time to start getting serious about Thanksgiving menu planning. Do you already have a set-in-stone menu that you adhere to each year, or do you like trying new recipes? Orrrr do {Read More}

Holiday Honeycrisp Salad

This gorgeous Holiday Salad is full of flavor and texture, with fresh Honeycrisp apple slices, crunchy candied pecans, chewy dried cranberries, salty blue cheese, and a tangy-sweet apple cider vinaigrette! Well, friends…with Halloween behind us and November well under way, the holiday countdown is officially on! Since I’m one of those oddballs who prefers to give each holiday its due before rushing on to the next one, my thoughts are currently on Thanksgiving, thankyouverymuch. 😉 And this salad, y’all? It {Read More}

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars are soft, moist, and loaded with pumpkin, chewy oats, warm spices, and rich chocolate chips for a perfect fall treat! Happy November, everyone! Are y’all tired of pumpkin yet? Hopefully not, because I have one last pumpkin treat for you this season…and I think it was worth the wait! This past weekend, we celebrated a special milestone birthday for my hubby. As is customary every year, I baked him a homemade pecan pie, since {Read More}

Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread

Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread is moist, tender, and loaded with extra flavor from crispy bacon, gooey cheese, and spicy jalapeño, making it the perfect accompaniment for all of your favorite soups, stews, and chilis! So…I’m posting this recipe today because cornbread accompanies soup, and soup is associated with cold weather, and maybe if we build it, they will come. Or, in this case, maybe if we act like fall temperatures have arrived, they finally will. Because, Y’ALL. It hit 100 {Read More}

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies {Healthy Oat Smoothies}

A thick, creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie is a cinnamon-spiced, honey-sweetened fall spin on a healthy oat smoothie! Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin…it’s that time of year, y’all. And I’m trying not to go overboard with the pumpkin recipes that I share here, but I must admit that my mind is constantly pondering which of my favorite, tried-and-true recipes I can pumpkin-ify. My kids are obsessed with Healthy Oat Smoothies, and I’m not about to argue with any breakfast or snack consisting of {Read More}

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Squash

Cinnamon Maple Roasted Squash features vitamin-packed butternut squash coated with coconut oil, maple syrup, and cinnamon, then roasted until tender and sweet for a gorgeous, golden fall or winter side dish! If summer produce is best eaten fresh, fall produce was made to be roasted. Roasting is actually my favorite way to enjoy veggies year round, but I tend to shy away from it during the hotter months, seeing as how it can quickly heat up the whole kitchen, thereby {Read More}

Halloween Candy Corn Bark

Sweet and salty Halloween Candy Corn Bark features white chocolate studded with candy corn, pretzels, and peanuts, then drizzled with semisweet chocolate for a fun and tasty treat! The other day, I asked my Facebook followers if they prefer their Halloween treats to be cute or scary/gory. The consensus was for cute treats, which is totally how I feel about the matter. I mean, who wants to eat a cupcake that looks like a brain when you could enjoy festive, {Read More}

Macaroni & Cheese Soup

Creamy, decadent Macaroni & Cheese Soup topped with crispy bacon is the ultimate cool weather comfort food! I’ve got four words for you today, friends: Macaroni and cheese SOUP. The End. And now onto the recipe! Okay, okay…just kidding. We’ll get to the recipe shortly. In the meantime, you wouldn’t want me to skip over the flowery descriptions and glowy photos of this deliciousness, now would you?! So! Mac & Cheese Soup. It’s a thing, y’all. In fact, it’s a {Read More}

Apple Pie Caramel Apples {Disney Copycat Recipe}

Tart green apples coated in chewy caramel, dipped in white chocolate, and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar are an uncanny copycat of Disney’s Apple Pie Caramel Apples…and they truly taste like apple pie! Happy (almost) fall, y’all! What say we celebrate with some mouthwatering Apple Pie Caramel Apples? Many of you know that I’m a monthly recipe contributor over at Lil’ Luna, and this past summer, Kristyn asked me to share a recipe for these Apple Pie Caramel Apples during {Read More}

Perfect Chicken & Dumplings

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings is a comfort food classic, featuring flavorful broth loaded with tender chunks of chicken, sweet carrots, fresh thyme, and fluffy dumplings. I absolutely can’t wait to share today’s recipe with y’all. In fact, as I type this, my mouth is watering and I wish I had a big bowl of chicken and dumpling goodness in front of me right now…at 11:17 p.m. Consider it a late, late dessert, or an early midnight snack, or maybe just {Read More}

Pumpkin Gingersnap Icebox Cake

Pumpkin Gingersnap Icebox Cake is an easy, no-bake fall dessert of pumpkin, cream cheese, and fresh whipped cream layered with gingersnap cookies that transforms into soft, creamy cake after chilling in the refrigerator! Have you ever enjoyed the wonder that is icebox cake? It’s really quite amazing. What starts out as a whipped cream-based mixture layered with some sort of cookies/graham crackers/wafers turns into a soft, moist, creamy concoction, totally reminiscent of cake. And today, I’ve got a pumpkin variation {Read More}

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Tender apples, warm cinnamon, and sweet maple syrup flavor this wholesome Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, sure to become a new fall favorite! Y’all already know that I’m a baked oatmeal aficionado, so it should come as no surprise that I’ve concocted a new seasonal rendition for you. This autumn, how does a big serving of Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal sound? It’s loaded with chewy oats, studded with chunks of apples and crunchy pecans, spiced with cinnamon, and sweetened with maple {Read More}

The Best Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

This wholesome, easy-to-make Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is extra flavorful thanks to a few secret ingredients…and it’s the perfect get-well-soon recipe for making it through cold and flu season! Anytime a member of my family gets sick, I get the instant, insatiable to urge to whip up a giant, nourishing pot of homemade chicken soup. However, a couple of weekends ago, when I found myself on the receiving end of a lovely cold that came on overnight and left {Read More}