Fall to Me

Wow i’ve pretty much fallen off the planet! My sewing machine has been collecting dust, i’ve purged craft supplies of all kinds, I’m just not in a creative season. We are in a busy season as most are during summer but i’m also just in a season where most of my time is spent working or reading or doing bible study or prepping for a 5k. I’ve finished my christmas gifts except for my husband but we went with bought gifts this year it was just easier. (The only redeeming factor is we did our best to buy from brands that give in some way). That all being said the fall is upon us in 2 days!!! So since i’m busy at bible study, and leadership training, and going on camping trips my creativity has gone to the kitchen! I wanted to share a few of the recipes i’ve been trying out lately some better then others all thanks to pinterest! (if you don’t know I’m a pinterest-a-holic then you don’t know me!) Now please note most of these are fallish recipes and even though its been a hot hot hot few weeks i started in with my first fall recipe mid august. 🙂

Ok now before you scroll for those recipes i just want to say that today i baked a pumpkin apple pie all of my own recipe creativity i plan to share it so check in hopefully tomorrow it will take me a bit to type up the recipe. Ok now onto the pinterest ones……

Chocolate applesauce bars @Sarah Goodman

Apple sauce bars

apple enchiladas and more! Preheat to 350 she forgot that part.

Apple Enchiladas (now note i don’t use the apple pie filling they suggest i found another recipe i prefer that you mix fresh apple slices with 1 box vanilla pudding mix, 4tbl water, and some cinnamon)

Cookie Dough Bites. No raw eggs & no baking! Only 5 ingredients!

Cookie dough bites

Pulled Pork Stuffed Sweet Potato from www.thenovicechefblog.com<--- Cooked 8/22/12 so AMAZING!!!!

Pork stuffed Yams


Did you think i only bake? I don’t I do cook real food to!

No-Bake Peanut Butter Squares: Just 4 ingredients. @briana J and @beth Weems this is what i made today

Peanut butter squares (YUMMMMM!)

roasted lemon garlic herb shrimp... looks delish


Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad | Skinnytaste

The best shrimp dip you’ll ever try!!!!

baked parm zucchini, 50 calories for entire recipe!

our current addiction- Baked zucchini

Flourless Zucchini Brownies<---- OMG these sound AMAZING!!!!

Flourless zucchini muffins (let me tell you these bad boys rocked!!!!!)

Ahhhh apple picking season comes with fall!!! I made our regular apple bundles but i’ve also whipped up some of the best apple sauce i’ve made yet!!!!

Crock Pot Applesauce | Skinnytaste<--- gonna pop this in tonight so i can wake up to the smell!!! (idea from a commenter i think is genius!)

check it out so easy!!!! i didn’t have a cinnamon stick so i used just seasoning.

and lastly my son helped me make these cookies. he liked them as did my husband and me the pumpkin lover wasn’t super impressed!

Low-fat Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies. Spike day here i come!


Well i’m off to type up the easies pie recipe you ever did make that sounds super gourmet and had everyone impressed! Be sure to check back!!!!


Choc Chip cookies

Oh man we found a new recipe that we are loving. i make a dough batch mondays pop it in the freezer and we coook up just a few everyday for a little treat after nap. ready for the recipe? Wish i could call it my own but its off the Trader Joes whole wheat flour packaging (do you like TJ? do you have a whole wheat flour recipe you like to share?)

Ok here it is..

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 granulated sugar

1 cup softened butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 package choc chips


Preheat oven to 375. and ere is were i don’t follow the recipe… mix it all together! (i’m sure it helps to mix dry and wet seperate i don’t bother cookies are cookies i’m not going for perfection here!) scoop and bake!

So yum!!!!!

I will say i have discovered the difference between shaping dough and just scooping it out. when i shape it into balls i get much fluffy cookies were when i scoop it out they are much flatter. either way these cookies don’t last till daddy gets home.


We’ve been cooking….

You all know pinterest is my friend, possibly one of my best friends!!! One of the things i love most about it is all the recipes we get to try out that we wouldn’t normally find. But lately we’ve expanded away from there a bit here is what we’ve been cooking up…..

For easter we got to try out a few fun ones, resurection rolls and dying eggs with koolaide….

We’ve also decided to start receiving a CSA basket from Farm Fresh to You. Its amazing! if your interested tell them i referred you and let me know i have a code so you can get $10 off! Yummy produce!!!
We also recently purchased a Vitamix which we are so excited about!!!! We’ve been going crazy with all the yummy smoothies around here ( all of them from the vitamix cookbook)
 We’ve cooked up a lot more stuff thanks to pinterest so check back soon i’ve got more to share!

Party Time!

Yesterday was Launch of my pinterest party month. I started it off with a pinterest party with friends from church. 3 hours of no kids, a yummy lunch and crafts!

It started out to be 3 crafts… an apothecary jar, a tinted masson jar and a scarf. But then i worried that the jars would go so fast that there would be so much down time. So i pulled out the etching cream and some coffee mugs with chalk board paint, oh and some scrap fabric for headbands just in case! (ok so i went from not enough to fill time to overly ambitious) But Hey we still had fun and how was i to know the girls who came were AMAZING perfectionists (unlike myself, all though sometimes i aspire to be that detailed).

We did have fun though! These are the pinterest links to the projects that inspired what we made and the food we ate if you are intersted in any of them….

T-shirt yarn woven into headbands. Too cute!

chalkboard mugs DIY

Glue dollar store glasses onto candlesticks = Apothecary jars

T-shirt scarf tutorial

How to make Infinity Scarves. So great.

color glass jars with mod podge and food coloring.

glass jars turned vintage
The tutorial is here:  http://bridalbuzz.blogspot.com/2009/01/glass-jars-turned-vintage.html

Glass Etching

Easy peasy glass etching tutorial (you can reuse the etching cream!)

Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwich

quinoa salad

oreo truffles (no baking!)

What do you have up your sleeve this month?


Pinterest Recipe’s

I was a soup making fool last week! I don’t think my beautiful cast iron pot has ever gotten so much use out of it! So i wipped up some veggi stock and some Stew. Click the links for the recipes…

Yesterday i did some lentil soup in the slow cooker.

And for Saturday Breakfast we had yummy waffles.

And last week for dinner we had this yummy jam packed with veggies Casserole!


Remember to see what i’m looking to cook go here. To see what i’ve cooked look here.

New Recipe Addict

I’ll admit i’m adicted to trying new recipes. I’m not really a food person & I don’t have strong tsense of smell which is linked to your taste buds &  then your food cravings; that gven i tend to eat plainer foods & a lot of the same things. However I love new recipes! I love cooking and baking even if the recipe doesn’t sound like something i’d eat (i’m also very picky!). Lucky for me i married a food lover so he tries all my new recipes. Lately he has been lucky enough to eat all new & non of y standard staples which get old for him. Of course they all came Pinterest, My favorite place in the world! Are you on there yet? do you need an invite?

That being said here are the latest recipes we’ve tried, and let me tell you all of them were hits! especially these first two….

sweet potato & black bean veggie burritos

Sweet Potato and black bean veggie burritos

pesto lasagna, this sounds so good. I'm not really a pesto person but i might try this. ----> AMAZING

Pesto Lasagna

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce - OMG SOOO Good and it got me 3 jars for future use!

Slow cooker marinera

- 4-5 chicken breasts, cut<br />
- 1 cup packed brown sugar<br />
- 2/3 cup vinegar<br />
- 1/4 cup Sprite or 7-Up soda<br />
- 2 -3 tbls minced garlic<br />
- 2 tbls soy sauce<br />
- 1 tsp (regular black or cayenne) </p>
<p>Place chicken in crock pot. Mix all remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Serve over rice or noodles.

Brown sugar garlic chicken (slow cooker)

Baked Chicken Casserole..it was goood!

Baked chicken casserole ( we used crescent rolls instead of bicuts)

and lastly this one wasnt new but i had never made it… its a crusted chicken & black bean casserole. Soooooooooo Good!!

So what new recipes are you tying? how often do you try them? You can see whats to come in my kitchen here.

Well off to cook more, Happy cooking!

**** All photos are from pinterest & link to the recipe******

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Christmas Trifle

Inspired by this pretty Red Velvet Trifle I decided to make my own for Christmas dessert. I had intended to follow the recipe exact with the exception of replacing the chocolate ganache with chocolate pudding. Well and i used boxed red velvet cake! But I was in a hurry and didn’t pay attention and ended up altering the recipe, i didn’t realize it until later that evening after everyone had eaten and fallen in love with my dessert.  So here is mine…



1 box red velvet cake (follow ingredients on box)

1 pkg cool whip

1 box cook and serve chocolate pudding

chocolate chips to taste.


Cook box of cake according to the box in a rectangular cake pan or baking dish.

While cake is cooling cook up cook and serve pudding and place in fridge to cool (you could sub with instant pudding if you like, either way i suggest letting it cool and thicken either way)

Once all is cooled cut into squares.


First layer is squares of cake, top with chocolate pudding and then cool whip.

Repeat until you reach the top of your Trifle dish ending with cool whip. (for me this was 2 layers)

Garnish the top with cake crumbles and chocolate chips.

ENJOY! It was very yummy!