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Pumpkin Fun Facts and Simple Recipes

I’m over at Hobby Farms today sharing a fun article I wrote all about pumpkins. I included everything from simple recipes to fun facts and long term storage tips to ways to use pumpkin on the farm. I would love for you to pop on over and enjoy it!

Have a great Halloween!

Find the Pumpkin Article Here.

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Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds with Cinnamon

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Honey Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are a healthy naturally sweetened way to enjoy those little gems that you just dug out of your jack-o-lantern. Or if you plan on cooking a few pumpkins using the perfect method I showed you yesterday, you'll have the seeds to enjoy too. Between scooping out the seeds for roasting and the flesh for cooking I used practically the whole pumpkin. What little skin and pulp was left made for a tasty chicken treat. I think it's fun when everything has a purpose and very little waste is created! I love roasted pumpkin seeds because I think Continue Reading →


The Best and Easiest Way to Cook a Pumpkin

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Have you ever tried cooking a whole pumpkin to use in recipe instead of buying canned pumpkin from the store? I always think that it sounds like a fun idea but I rarely do it. A few years ago I cooked a small pumpkin in the oven and what didn't stick to the pan tasted too roasted to enjoy in sweet dishes. My quest for a better option started early this year when I decided to plant sugar pumpkins in my garden. They grew well and now I have about a dozen sitting on my porch! Sugar, sweet, or pie pumpkins Continue Reading →


Currently: Fall Edition

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Thinking… how fun it was to spend a day in Kansas City and how great it is to come home, though I'm not excited about the days worth of cleaning I now am behind on! I jumped on a plane Thursday morning (which is actually a lot of work when you live 4 hours from the airport), went to ChoppedCon on Friday, and left my hotel Saturday morning at 3am to catch a plane back home to my babies. This was my first conference that was exclusively for food bloggers and it was awesome. It was small and personal and Continue Reading →


14 Sure-to-Please Sweet Popcorn Recipes

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Popcorn! Did you know that the average American consumes 51 quarts of popcorn a year making the Nation's total popcorn consumption over 16 billion quarts of popcorn a year! That my friends, it a lot of popcorn! 70% of popcorn is eaten in the home (and I assume that most of the 30% eaten outside of the home is eaten in movie theaters). It's no secret here that I love popcorn in all forms. I love it hot and buttery and sweet and sticky. In fact, I've never met a popcorn I didn't like. I thought it would be fun to Continue Reading →


Cheddar Bacon Corn Muffins

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Cheddar Bacon Corn Muffins are tender savory muffins that combine three of my favorite things: cheese, bacon, and cornbread. They are amazing! My kids loved them, Husband loved them, I loved them. I served these up with an easy potato corn chowder one night last week and they made for an impressive side. The next morning I fried up a fresh orange-yolked egg and used a halved muffin like a bun. Best idea ever. These muffins would be an excellent addition to just about any meal. Muffins and soup are two of my very favorite fall additions. Fall for us right now Continue Reading →


BPA, Bottles, and Babies: A few things you should know

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that the baby decided he was done nursing at 10 months old, and I was torn in my feelings about the matter. I liked nursing and wanted to make it to a year but I also liked a little bit of freedom that comes with weaning. Finding a bottle that he liked was more of a pain then I thought it should be. I had a few old odds-n-ends bottles and nibbles lying around but he acted like he couldn't get enough out. Some of the bottles were quite old, like six or seven years Continue Reading →


Caramel Apple Oatmeal

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Warm breakfasts on cool mornings are one of my favorite things about fall. Oatmeal is a staple in our house and this is a fun, seasonal way to change your normal bowl of oatmeal into a bit of a treat. Don't worry though, it's still totally healthy and you can make it with naturally sweetened caramel (recipes at the end of the post). The chunks of cooked apples, a little cinnamon, and just a drizzle of caramel make this caramel apple oatmeal a really fun and easy breakfast that will keep you (and the kids) full until lunch. I'm planning on enjoying Continue Reading →


14 Recipes for the Candy Corn Lovers

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Candy corn seems to be one of those things that you either love or you don't. This post is definitely for the candy corn lovers in the crowd! I love candy corn, not so much because it's delicious but because it's so iconic and fun. When candy corn makes it's way into a glass pumpkin candy dish in my house then I feel like it's officially the holidays. That first bag of candy corn of the season is always exciting! We don't actually end up eating much of the stuff, but my is it pretty sitting on the mantel. And did Continue Reading →


Soft Pumpkin Cookies with Sprinkles

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Cooooookies! These gorgeous (and ridiculously fun) soft pumpkin cookies with sprinkles are just the kind of cookie Fall is begging for. Have you ever had those cake mix pumpkin cookies where you add a box of spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and some chocolate chips? I know you have, and you might even love them. But from a friend to a friend, I'm here to tell you that they aren't that good! I know they are popular and all but you kind of get what you put into them in my opinion. Not to mention that 80% of the Continue Reading →