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12 No Bake Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

12 No Bake Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us and I couldn't be more excited. I thought a roundup of 12 no bake dessert recipes for Thanksgiving would be the perfect thing to share today. Need a last minute dessert idea? I've got your back. No bake recipes are generally pretty easy to put together, they can often times be made in advance and kept in the fridge, and they don't take up room in your oven when other things are needing to get baked. I dream of double ovens one day, but that dream sure isn't a reality now. If you have a turkey going Continue Reading →

Tried and True Thanksgiving Recipes from me to you! (All recipes from my blog, so I know they are great!)

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This post is making me so very happy. I was feeling like I didn't have much help to offer you in the kitchen when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes because I don't have a roasted turkey, stuffing, whole ham, or mashed potato recipe on my blog. Not one! But the more I got to thinking, the more I realized that I have TONS of recipes that you might really love to enjoy with your friends and family this holiday season. I have collected some of my favorite tried and true Thanksgiving recipes from my table to yours. I know they are Continue Reading →

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, and Maple

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Brussels sprouts, either you love them or you hate them, but I'm here to convince you to love them. Let's address something I just learned though. Did you know that the little vegetable I'm referring to is actually Brussels sprouts with an "s" on the end of Brussel. I literally just learned this a week ago and my mind is still blown. How have I lived 30 years assuming they were called Brussel sprouts sans an s. Did you know this?! Surely I'm not the only one who's been calling these by the wrong name for years. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, Continue Reading →

Ponderize Week 3


How is our goal of ponderizing and not yelling going for you? The no yelling bit is going really well still for me. That fact that I'm going to tell you about it is super motivating, but more than that is I've felt very lifted up in your kind words, emails, and messages to me. I am not alone in this struggle and if you've gotten into the habit of yelling, you aren't alone either. Thank you for helping me to not feel alone, there's so much power in support. I wanted to ask you all another question. How can I teach Continue Reading →

15 Stunning Sweet Potato Recipes

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Turkey Week is upon us! How is it already the end of November?! Thanksgiving is one of my very favorite holidays because food and family all mixed together is kind of my jam. I love my mom's roll, I'm a huge fan of all things pie, and then there's the sweet potatoes. My sister-in-law Beth makes the most amazing sweet potatoes. They are such a fun vegetable that I thought it would be fun to dedicate a whole post to sweet potato recipes. I got to thinking about my favorite sweet potato recipes and then I thought, wait, aren't they called Continue Reading →

DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls

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I bet some of you are thinking, "What on earth is she talking about?!" So let me tell you just what Felted Wool Dryer Balls are. I had never even heard of dryer balls until sometime last spring. I started reading about them, made them, and now I really love them! These would be a really unique and practical gift to give, plus, they are really kind of pretty. I love homemade gifts that I can use and not just have to dust or eat! DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls are little balls of foil that you wrap in wool yarn. Continue Reading →

Gift Guide for the Parent who loves Reading to their Kid(s)

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I love reading to my kids. As I was pondering the kinds of gift guides I would share with you all this year I just knew that I wanted to do a reading centered one. I saw a little picture on facebook the other day of a bookstore front that had these words painted on the window, "There's no app to replace your lap. Read to your kid!". I LOVED it. It is so very true, and I know you fun parents and grandparents who enjoy my blog feel just the same way as I do. Happy reading friends (and happy Continue Reading →

Extra Thick Pumpkin Cake

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I'm a huge fan of dense, sweet, moist, and extra thick cakes; add pumpkin and a little pumpkin pie spice to that combo and I'm sold. This extra thick pumpkin cake is the stuff my dreams are made of! I saw this recipe on my friend Carrian's site and just knew that I had to make it. The recipe is different from any I've seen and I just knew it would be a good one. You mix together all kinds of butter, sugar, six eggs (six!), pumpkin, evaporated milk, and then throw in a cake mix for good measure. What?! Continue Reading →

Prepping the Chickens for Winter + a video


We spent the bulk of a Saturday in the garden preparing the chickens for winter. We normally move their coop and run around once a week so the hens have fresh grass under them (I have two of each coop/run combo, 4 hens in one, 3 in the other, and Roostio the Rooster just roams free around the garden). When winter comes though moving them around gets a lot harder to do and the grass isn't there anyways. So we decided we'd stick them right in the middle of the garden (which finally had a hard freeze and died last week). They'll stay Continue Reading →

Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

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Don't let the cooler weather make you feel like salad season was put away with your swimming suit and beach towels. This Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussel Sprouts is perfect all fall and winter long. This salad is filling and just perfect for the main dish at lunch. The apples and nuts are crunchy and sweet, bacon is never ever bad on a salad, and those shaved brussels sprouts are my favorite. Raw brussels sprouts taste like a mild crunchy cabbage. They are really pretty in the salad and add a fun unexpected element. You Continue Reading →