Old Fashioned Hot Cocoa Recipe

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There is nothing better than hot cocoa on a cold winter's day. And now that Thanksgiving is officially out of the way, the weather here is already starting to cool down. I actually had to have my heater on last night and everything! So, of course, that means that it's officially time for hot chocolate!! While I simply adore hot chocolate, I've actually never been a fan of the pouches of hot chocolate, as I end up with really watery hot chocolate in my giant mugs. But two packages seems like a ... [ Read More ]

Coffee Frosting Recipe

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Coffee has to be one of the most amazing things on the planet. Seriously. I have never been a morning person, and so I'm not really sure what I would do without coffee to help give be a bit of a boost. But beyond that, the flavor is just outstanding (provided you add in a bit of cream and sugar!) with sweet desserts in the afternoon. So, obviously, coffee frosting is one of the best things ever invented. I mean, you really can't go wrong with coffee and cake. I actually came up with this ... [ Read More ]

Using Canned Goods for Pies

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Fall is finally here, and with Thanksgiving only a week away, most people are brushing off their baking skills in preparation of the big day. From stuffing to turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, and rolls, our tables will soon be full of delicious fall foods. But, of course, it simply wouldn't be fall without some freshly baked pies! And, while you can easily purchase pie filling, everyone knows that homemade tastes a million times better. But, did you know that you can actually use your canned ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Doubling a Recipe

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Doubling a recipe is a great way to make things go a little further, prepare for a larger-than-normal crowd during the holidays, or simply have leftovers to reuse later. But, while you can just double everything, there are a few tips that will ensure that your recipe is a success! Check it out below: 1. Not all recipes should be doubled Generally speaking, the more complex the recipe, the harder it will be to double. With some things, you're going to be better off to simply do two batches ... [ Read More ]

For Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey and Tater Casserole

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's safe to say most of us are going to be seeing more turkey than we've seen in.... well, since last Thanksgiving. Somehow, every year, my family and I find ourselves in the kitchen with dinner almost done wondering "How in the world did we get this much food?!" and "What are we going to do with all of it?!" and I am sure we aren't the only ones! When I was growing up it was usually turkey sandwiches with mayo for a while, but I'm here to offer a ... [ Read More ]

How to Roast and Season Pumpkin Seeds

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I recently took a camping trip to soak up the fall season. We sat around the campfire, went hiking, and saw some beautiful views filled largely with colorful leaves. To really get into the fall season, we also got some pumpkins to carve—which led to the most delicious campfire pumpkin seeds! My family actually didn't ever make pumpkin seeds while I was growing up that I remember, so my friends took the lead on this, but I was so surprised by how it easy it was for such a tasty outcome! I ... [ Read More ]

Vegetarian Mexican Casserole Recipe

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As demonstrated with my Slow Cooker Chile Verde, I love spicy food and Mexican cuisine. There is just something about it I can't resist! So, I decided to try a Mexican casserole. Mine was vegetarian, but it's really easy to add either ground beef or chicken. The outcome was somewhat enchilada-like, with a little bit of crunch! Here's the recipe: Vegetarian Mexican Casserole   Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 35 mins Total time 50 mins   Prep is fairly quick and ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Sourdough Starter Recipe

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Sourdough starter is really easy to make as it consists of only two ingredients. It can be used to make a bunch of different things—most importantly, yummy bread. Sourdough starter and sourdough bread is unique for a few different reasons: it doesn't need any commercial yeast, you won't have to knead, and it is uniquely flavored. It will take a little bit of time to get started, but once the process is up and running, it just gets easier. Supplies Rye flour Water Plastic or glass ... [ Read More ]

12 Things To Do With Bananas

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I'm sure we have all had our bananas go bad on us more than once. Unfortunately, with most fruits that over ripen, the only real place for them is the compost. Bananas are a little different, as we all know brown bananas can make the tastiest banana bread. (Wow I feel like I've said banana a lot already— bear with me). But, it doesn't stop with banana bread, and it's good to keep in mind all of the delicious things you can make so your bananas don't go to waste. They can be a great addition to a ... [ Read More ]