Category Archives: Fall

Broccoli Cheese Soup

20150216_112858The weather around here has been cold and windy recently. It can chill you down to the bone!  In these conditions, not much can satisfy like a hot steaming soup to warm up body and soul.

Though this broccoli cheese soup is made completely from scratch, using only real foods -it comes together very quickly, uses simple ingredients, and contains tender carrots and broccoli with a luxurious, thick and creamy, cheesy broth.

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Apple and Caramel Sauce (Ice Cream Topping)

20141116_144111Here is a super simple recipe you can make in less than 30 minutes, all on the stove-top!

Caramel and Apples are one of those truly great combinations. Spoon it on top of ice cream and you will feel indulgent!

I did not use exact measurements for this one,so it might be a little like following your Grandmother’s recipes…you know, a little of this and a little of that. But please don’t let that discourage you from trying a batch for yourself. This one is quite easy and there is a bit of wiggle room in there for amounts depending on your preferences.

So, here we go:

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Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Chowder

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Where soups are concerned, I think this one is my very favorite!

My sister-in-law, Christa, first introduced me to her version of this soup many years ago, which is very similar to the way I now make it.

Hearty and comforting, this soup is creamy and cheesy, a little bit thick- like a chowder- and filled with tender chunks of chicken and vegetables like carrots, celery, potatoes, corn, and onions.

P1050641I love it all over again…every time!

Not only does it taste great on a chilly evening for dinner, it also warms up to make wonderful leftovers that taste just as good for lunch the next day.
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Fried Apples

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I have had fried apples on my mind ever since my Grandmother last visited a month or so ago. We were on our way to the apple orchard and discussing good ways to prepare apples. She reminisced about the absolute deliciousness of Fried Apples.

So, last night, I decided to get my fix, and serve fried apples with our turkey dinner. And I’m with Grandma- they really were yummy!

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The apples were soft, the syrup was thick, sweet and buttery and the flavors spoke of fall with spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger coating the apples.

What a treat!

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How to Cut Butternut Squash

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I remember the first time I wanted to prepare butternut squash. I stood looking at that oddly shaped thing on my counter and wondered how in the world I was going to get to the good stuff inside.

I don’t remember exactly how I ended up cutting it that time, but through trial and error I have learned an easy method that works well for me.

Here’s what you do:

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12 Homemade Fall Favorites

PicMonkey Collage fall with revised textIf you are like me, the nip in the air, the crispness of the blue sky, and the gorgeous display of gold, red, and yellow leaves makes you happy because it is fall!

Fall also means ‘hello’ again to many yummy treats that we’ve missed since this time last year- like a lot of apple and pumpkin, soups for chilly nights, and winter squash!

Here are 12 of my family’s fall favorites…all homemade- no mixes and very few processed ingredients. (with the notable exception of the ‘Fall Snack Mix’…had to throw that one in there, though!) 🙂

From soups to sweets to veggies!

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Crock Pot Applesauce (low sugar)

P1050255Many days throughout fall, as long as I have apples, my house is filled with the sweet and enticing smell of this crock pot applesauce.

I think this just might be my favorite ‘apple’ treat that I look forward to eating when apple season finally arrives.

My very favorite way to enjoy this applesauce, is straight from the crockpot- still hot, then slathered on top of a freshly made buttered biscuit!! O my goodness- talk about YUMMY! In my opinion, this is a hands-down winner, a beautiful pair, and something you must make as soon as possible!

But, I must admit, I do also love to eat P1050257this applesauce cold from the refrigerator the next day, too!

I go back and forth as to which I like better!

The preparation couldn’t be simpler. The ingredients are few, and the amount of sweetener used is minimal- allowing the sweetness of the apples to do most of the work, while also keeping a little tartness in the mix, too.

Fill your crock pot in the morning, and enjoy the smell as the apples cook all day. By dinnertime, you will end up with a delicious chunky applesauce.

Here’s how you make it….

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Homemade Chili

P1050218I love chili! Don’t you? It’s a cold weather classic- perfect for fall parties, chilly nights, football games, or even as yummy leftovers for lunch! (Hubby and I both thought it tasted even better the next day!)

This is a hearty, traditional and family-friendly chili made with tomatoes, onion, garlic, beans, herbs, spices, and ground beef- and not super spicy. (This is one of those recipes I like to use some of my preserved tomatoes from the summer’s garden!)

Growing up, Mom always served chili over rice with cheese on top that melted into the chili to make something delicious! So, that’s how I do it too!

If you like, think ahead and prepare the beans in the slow cooker earlier on in the day. (instead of buying them canned) and bake a dish of Baked Brown Rice while the chili is cooking!

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Pumpkin Drop Biscuits with Cinnamon Butter

P1050162Perfect for a special fall breakfast, or served along with a steaming soup, these pumpkin biscuits with cinnamon butter are delicious and a perfect seasonal treat! All my kids and my hubby loved these!

Pumpkin is not only a fall-favorite, but it is also very good for you. It is low-fat, very high in vitamin A and fiber, to name just a few of the health benefits! That’s even more reason to bake up more pumpkin goodies this time of year, right? (as if we really needed a reason!)

P1050151These slightly sweet biscuits are made will all wheat flour, milled flax seeds are also tucked in, and the use of pumpkin keeps them moist- and of course, lends the wonderful pumpkin nutrition, flavor, and color, too!

And then, an easy cinnamon butter gives the perfect compliment to these biscuits. Don’t skip it! It’s really the special touch.

I’ve already made this recipe twice in one week, and I’m anticipating a few more batches before pumpkin season is over!

Enjoy!

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Irresistible Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

P1050135It’s fall! Time for colored leaves, crisp air, blue skies, and a lot of pumpkin and apple recipes! I know I’m not alone. Pumpkin desserts are a favorite this time of year, from the traditional pumpkin pie to all sorts of delectable goodies.

Among my “must-make” fall recipes each year is this cake. As usual, I like it simple: just a plain Pumpkin cake topped with cream cheese frosting. However, this fall favorite of mine is far from boring because the cake is so wonderfully moist and dense, and the icing is extra thick and creamy. You just don’t need any frills to make it special!

One special feature I love about this cake, is that it is stored in the refrigerator, due to the cream cheese frosting. And I think this is what really makes the cake so delicious. There’s just something about those perfect slices of pumpkin and cream cheese, right from the refrigerator- cool and creamy.

I’ll admit something.. I ate the leftovers of this cake for my lunch… more than once this week. Not dessert after lunch, but lunch itself. Healthy, huh? But, I couldn’t resist! ( I did also feel appropriately guilty about my indulgence after the deed was done!) But it was so good!

You’ll be coming back for more, too- I promise.

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