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Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

Healthy Pumpkin Muffins

These healthy pumpkin muffins are naturally sweet and made with whole grains, and are perfect for breakfast, snacks, or a dinner side!   I love muffins. The evidence is in my recipe archives. And what really gets me excited is when the muffins are healthy and my kids don't even know it. These healthy pumpkin muffins are one of my favorite recipes. I make them often to accompany soups and stews, to serve with smoothies for breakfast, or for a simple snack after school. This healthy pumpkin muffin recipe is made without refined sugars (just a little pure maple syrup), and is packed Continue Reading →


Five Ingredient Sides for Thanksgiving

Five Ingredient Sides will save you time on Thanksgiving - and there are 8 easy recipes for them here! Bonus: everything is easily made vegan/gluten-free. So I know that I set you up with all kinds of pie recipes this week, and I had so much fun making them, but I didn't forget about the rest of the holiday dinner! I feel like we need something healthy after all that dessert, don't you? I have created 8 different healthy side dish recipes for you today, and all of the recipes have FIVE ingredients or less. How's that for awesome!? The beauty of these five Continue Reading →


DIY Fall Rag Wreath

A DIY Fall Rag Wreath is an easy way to use up your fabric stash and get your house decked out for the season. Pop in a movie and get to tying that fabric! We're taking a break from all the food to bring you a fun little craft project. The gardens are done for the year and it's getting colder outside, so now it's time to find indoor projects to work on. Fall decor, handmade Christmas, and catching up on my reading list are the first things I go to in the colder months. I loved this project and I think Continue Reading →


Simple Pumpkin Donut Holes

Perfect pumpkin donut holes that are done in about 15 minutes!   Few things are more wonderful in my world than a delicious fresh donut in autumn. Sure, donuts can be eaten all year long, but there's something extra magical about a warm donut on a crisp fall day. This recipe for simple pumpkin donut holes is a little different than a traditional donut recipe, but you are going to love them. Here are a few reasons why pumpkin drop donuts are my favorite- Drop donuts only take about 20 minutes to make, from starting to eating. They are easy! I love to make these Continue Reading →


Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers

Sweet, bold, and zesty Sweet Potato and Black Bean Burgers are my favorite veggie burgers around. Today, I'm working with Sabra to introduce a brand new product they have just launched, and I'm super excited about it. Sabra Spreads are the new hummus-based sandwich and burger spread that are going to kick mayo to the curb. With tons of flavor and 75% less fat than their mayo counterpart, there's so much to love. These spreads come in three different flavors, can be found in the refrigerated deli section at your grocery store, and are perfect for all things sandwich! Keep your eyes peeled, Continue Reading →


Naturally Sweetened Low-Sugar Pumpkin Bread

Naturally sweetened and low-sugar pumpkin bread is full of flavor without the guilt.  America's Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out, and I'm so excited about it. The book is called Naturally Sweet and it is going to change your baking. The first two chapters in the book are all about sweeteners in all forms, what they are, how they are processed, and how they work in baking. One of the reasons I like America's Test Kitchen (ATK from here on out) so much is because they take the time to teach you what they did, why it works, and how you Continue Reading →


Homemade Pumpkin Noodles

Aren't these pumpkin noodles pretty?! You are going to love how much fun they are to make and eat! Few things are more comforting to me than homemade egg noodles. When you grow up eating something simple, filling, and delicious, I think you crave that food whenever you need a little piece of childhood in your life. Egg noodles are one such recipe for me (I also am very sentimental over my mom's dinner rolls, and my grandma's cobbler and her chocolate sheet cake). My grandma lives on a gorgeous old farm in Southern Indiana (I wrote about it once if Continue Reading →


40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes

40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Week is coming to a close but we are going out with a bang! Today I'm sharing one amazing roundup of 40 Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Recipes. I've worked all week with Cassie from Wholefully and this post is the pinnacle of all of our pumpkin recipes. Every one of these 40 recipes is either from my site or from her's, so you know that they are bound to be delicious tried and true pumpkin recipes that you'll love to make again and again. Looking over this list just makes my heart happy! There's so many hours work in one place Continue Reading →


Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie

Few things are more delicious than a slice of chicken pot pie on a cool fall day. This hearty one dish meal is one of our favorites. I have made a few changes to this great classic and you are going to love it. Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie is a fun fall dish because it uses pumpkin cubes in place of the traditional potatoes and puff pastry in place of the pie crust. These two little changes make the dish prettier (hello, orange pumpkin) and easier (hello, store-bought frozen puff pastry). This dish only took me about 20 minutes Continue Reading →


Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

I've been on a healthy smoothie recipe kick lately and I wanted to bring some of my fall favorites into it. This Healthy Pumpkin Protein Smoothie is a little taste of fall that you can have for breakfast! It tastes a lot like a simple pumpkin pie filling or pudding, but it's thin enough to drink like a normal smoothie. I love this smoothie because it packs in about 20 grams of protein without any protein powder (and if you did add some, you could easily double that amount). The calories and fat will depend a lot on the type Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting

Easy pumpkin sheet cake with a rich caramel icing that will feed a crowd! Fall is upon us, and that means that wonderful things like pumpkin, boots, hay rides, and pumpkin patches are just around the corner. With the heat of the summer behind us, we tend to have lots of parties and evening outside. We might roast hot dogs or just spend the evening on the porch swing; but either way, gatherings and groups often mean food! This simple Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting is one of my favorite recipes to make in the fall because it's perfect for Continue Reading →


Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas

Welcome to PUMPKIN WEEK! These amazing Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Enchiladas are going to change the way you think about pumpkin. Cassie from Wholefully and I have been planning this week for months, and I'm so excited that it is finally here. We are sharing 7 full days of new pumpkin recipes on our blog,s and then we'll share one massive round-up of all the pumpkin recipes we have on our sites. There are so many delicious things coming your way. Be excited! Today Cassie is sharing a recipe for perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles. These freeze great so make a double batch Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins

Beautiful simple healthy pumpkin cornbread muffins are the perfect side to all your favorite soups and chilis. When I think of fall, I think of soups, stews, and chilis. Then my thoughts move from the main dish to the side dishes that go with those delicious filling meals. I love no-knead crusty bread, pumpkin biscuits, and of course, cornbread! Pumpkin cornbread is a must-make this fall, and I can't wait for you to try it. It's made with whole grains, sweetened with honey, and easily made dairy-free if that's your jam. I love this recipe! The color is beautiful, the muffins are tender but filling, and Continue Reading →


One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

One pot creamy pumpkin pasta with toasted walnuts and parsley is a simple meatless meal the whole family will love. Plus, it's done in 20 minutes! Few things are more wonderful than a hearty rich pasta dish that practically makes itself. You are going to love this One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta. Here's what is awesome about this recipe: It's done in about 20 minutes. It has vegetables hiding in it (the orangey color from the pumpkin just looks cheesy). It's meatless, though adding a little protein to this dish would be a piece of cake (or chicken, for that matter). All of those things make Continue Reading →


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, and Maple

Brussels sprouts: you either 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 Brussels? 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 →


Extra Thick Pumpkin Cake

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 butter, sugar, six eggs (six!), pumpkin, evaporated milk, and then throw in a cake mix for good measure. What?! I don't know Continue Reading →


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

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 Brussels Sprouts is perfect all fall and winter long. This fall 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. Continue Reading →


20 Heavenly Cornbread Recipes

It's no secret that I love cornbread. Today I'm sharing 20 Heavenly Cornbread Recipes with you and 4 of those recipes are my own! My love stems from my Indiana upbringing (because Hoosiers love their corn!) and my love for easy side dishes that my whole family will gobble up. I make a lot of vegetable heavy soups and stews and sometimes they fly with the kids and other time I'm pretty sure half of dinner ends up in the chicken scrap bucket. I often use cornbread as a bargaining chip. "If you eat two more bites of your soup Continue Reading →


Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili is the best of so many worlds. Slow cooker meal? Check. Healthy? Check. Use some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving? Check (but not necessary if you don't have it, see the notes on the recipe). This recipe is also part of the November #eatseasonal group, which means other bloggers have made delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients and you can find links to all of their dishes down below! This group of bloggers has been a huge treat for me to work with this year, and this month is no different. Here's what a seasonal Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Sheet Cake with a Simple Cream Icing

I'm a big fan of sheet cakes because they are pretty quick and easy to make, they bake quickly, they make a bunch (perfect for our big family dinners, parties, and church functions), and because the cake is thin, you can eat a big old square of it and not even feel bad about it. Today I'm sharing a fabulous recipe for Pumpkin Sheet Cake with a Simple Cream Icing. My love of sheet cake stems from my childhood in Indiana. My grandma made the most fabulous chocolate sheet cake and it's very nostalgic for me (I just made that recipe Continue Reading →


Slow Cooker Apple Cider

Slow Cooker Apple Cider is a fun recipe that is just perfect for your next get-together. I love this recipe because you start with real, whole, beautiful apples and turn them into apple cider. It's not mixing juices together, this is the real deal. Ok, it's the slow cooker version of the real deal. The last few years we have taken literally a truck load of apples that grow on our properties (The Shanty has 4 huge old apple trees and the new farm property where my garden is has 15 or so middle-aged apple trees) to a friend's house and Continue Reading →


12 Non-candy Halloween Treats

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Halloween is just around the corner and I thought I would share a cute list of non-candy Halloween treats that are just perfect for trick-or-treaters, to take to school, or to use for party favors. I love stealing candy from my kids as much as the next mom (bring on the Reese's Pieces!), but I also know they are going to get plenty of it. I'm not against them having candy this time of year at all, but I do feel like I don't personally have to add to the crazy amount they are getting. Other people will take care Continue Reading →


White Chocolate Caramel Corn

White Chocolate Caramel Corn is a must-make for the fall. I've been making similar versions of this popcorn for years, but today is extra special because I used two delicious bars of Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE white chocolate for melting over the caramel corn; it really put this version over the top. White chocolate caramel corn is one of my all time favorite treats. It's easy to make, it's perfect for parties and gatherings because it makes a nice big batch, it's pretty inexpensive, and it also makes a simple gift for giving. This post is part of #Chocotoberfest! Did you see Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies because #Choctoberfest (plus a Giveaway!)

I am beyond excited today, because it is October 5.... and that means it is the first day of #Choctoberfest! #Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you'll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. I don't do this type of thing super often, but it's pretty fun every now and again. It's a great way for my to support other bloggers, too. I donated an apron from my Etsy shop to the prize pack, so I hope you enter! I love shipping Continue Reading →


Fall Fruit Pie

Emily from One Lovely Life is here sharing one amazing pie recipe, just in time to squeeze it in before Thanksgiving! This Fall Fruit Pie looks fabulous. I'm not going to have time to try it this week, which means I'll have to have pie next week, :) Pie is a Christmas food too, right?! It's pie season, which basically means it's happiness season. Cake is fine and good for birthdays, but I really feel like pie says "home" and "homemade" more than just about anything. Crispy, crumbly pastry filled with warm fruit filling and topped with a buttery pecan crumble? That Continue Reading →


Caramel Apple Oatmeal

This Caramel Apple Oatmeal is a fun, seasonal way to change your normal bowl of oatmeal into a bit of a treat. 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 Continue Reading →


14 Recipes for the Candy Corn Lovers

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

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 →


Homemade Pumpkin Pie Pudding Cups

Homemade pumpkin pie pudding cups are just the kind of treat to enjoy when you'd like some pumpkin pie, but don't want to make a whole pie. It's that time again! 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less and this month's theme is just perfect for October: Pumpkin! I love pumpkin in everything, from curry to pie. Today's recipe for homemade pumpkin pie pudding in a cup is just the kind of treat to enjoy when you'd like some pumpkin pie, but don't want to make a whole pie. This recipe is naturally gluten-free too, so it's a fun option to Continue Reading →


Sweet and Creamy Cornbread

Fall finally found Southern Utah and I couldn't be more pleased. It's downright chilly when we walk to school in the morning and all I want to make is soup and chili. I am a total soup lover and Henry, my happy second child, is right there with me. The rest of the family likes it fine but they aren't crazy about it like Henry and I are. So in an effort to keep everyone happy and full I plan on serving some kind of awesome bread to compliment a soup/chili/stew meal. Cornbread is one of my favorite sides to Continue Reading →


One Pot Coconut Chicken and Rice

One Pot Wonders make my world a happy place and my friend Emily from One Lovely Life is here sharing an amazing looking dish, just in time for cool fall weather! Take it away girl! 'Tis the season friends! No, sorry, not THAT season. 'Tis the season for stews, soups, and one pot meals. We didn't have it often growing up, but some Sundays my mom would put together a pan of chicken baked over rice. I remember feeling a bit weird that the chicken had bones in it (oh, the horror!), but I also remember LOVING the rice. There's just something Continue Reading →


Fall Straw Art for Kids

I can't believe the first day of fall was yesterday! We walked to school and there was a definite chill in early morning air. I'm going to have to dig out some hats and jackets for the baby before I know it. To celebrate I have a really fun and simple craft for kids. I decided to send both Henry and Kimball to preschool this year (two hours, two times a week), and I decided to put them in separate classes. So four afternoons a week one or the other goes to preschool and one stays home with me and the Continue Reading →


Farmstand One Pot Wonder

One Pot Wonders are dishes that you kind of throw everything in the pot, let it cook, and then it is done! I've made the One Pot Wonder Pasta with fresh tomatoes and basil from Barefeet in the Kitchen lots of times (it is awesome!), and we really like it. I thought I would share with you one of our family-favorite "one pot wonders" that is just perfect for this time of year! Farmstand One Pot Wonder is green beans, new potatoes, onions, and ham that are all cooked in one pot. Half way through the cooking time you can place a Continue Reading →


It’s time to Back-to-School Shop till you drop (with a 25% off coupon!)

This is my last post for Lands' End and I just have to say this whole thing has been so much fun for my kids and I. It's not every day that that some food loving hobby farmer (and her future little farmers) in the middle of no where get to be included in such fanciness. Thank you so much for enjoying the journey with me. Here's what's in it for you. I hope that I've given you some knowledge about what Lands' End in has to offer us mommas of school aged kids (great quality clothes that are a built Continue Reading →


Extra Chunky and Naturally Sweetened Granola with Walnuts

Just over seven years ago I remember stepping on the scale in the doctor's office and seeing what it read. 201 pounds. I didn't say anything at the appointment but I came home and cried later that day. Hitting the 200-pound mark, even at 38 weeks pregnant was a total self-esteem crusher. I was so upset and disappointed to weigh that much. I weighed 203 pounds the morning she was delivered one week later. Fast forward to today. I stepped on the scale and it read 199.6. I did a happy dance and resisted the urge to call my husband to Continue Reading →


Whole Grain Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake from Texanerin Baking

Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Today's post is from Erin. She's my healthy dessert idol! She's never met a recipe that she couldn't improve with whole grains and my, is she good at it! If you are looking to be a little more healthy but still enjoy your desserts and baked goods, Erin and her blog are the place for you. Enjoy!   Hi everyone! I'm Erin and blog over at Texanerin Baking. Originally Continue Reading →


Butternut Squash and Ginger Bread Pudding from Wholefully

Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Today's post is brought to you from Cassie over at Wholefully. Cassie is a fellow Hoosier, but lucky for her, she's still living in the grand state of Indiana, blogging about a healthy lifestyle and her newest adventures of moving to her childhood home in the middle of no where. She's is awesome! Her blog is real and honest and full of great recipes and inspiration for Continue Reading →


Smoky Sweet Potato Apple Soup

Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Today's post is brought to you from Vijay who is the mastermind behind the really fun website called NoshOn.It. They feature food bloggers from all across the web every day. You can sign up to get their emails and have the recipes sent right to your inbox... easy! And they always feature the coolest people, like me :) Vijay was one of the very first people to Continue Reading →


Cheater Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

Happy Monday! My mom left this morning after a glorious week of hanging out with our little family to help take care of the new baby. We crafted and enjoyed precious time together. When you live thousands of miles apart, any time together is precious. I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite recipes of hers today in honor of her departure. This cheater gooey pumpkin butter cake is something I can remember her making when I was a kid. I think she first tried the recipe to take to a church activity and when she brought the Continue Reading →


Fall Porch Awesomeness from The Happy Scraps

Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. Thanks so much for reading and enjoy Amy, she's a lot of fun and a great friend in real life!    I'm so excited to be here today, visiting Melissa's blog.  I had to chance last April to get to know Melissa in real life, and she is super sweet!  I'm Amy and I blog over at The Happy Scraps.  I am the mom of 4 boys, and love to Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancakes from One Lovely Life

Hello all! While I'm enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite recipes with you. First up is Emily from One Lovely Life. If you are a regular reader you know that I adore Emily. Long before I dreamed of a food blog of my own I was reading hers. One Lovely Life is the very first food blog that I ever followed and she is the one who truly inspired me to start a little blog of my own. Not only Continue Reading →


Caramel Apple Cake

Caramel Apple Cake is something that I've been making for years. It's quick, easy, and is just plain good. I always make it with whole wheat flour too, so when I eat it for breakfast there's not as much guilt! I'm not the only one who eats cake for breakfast right?! It can't be that different than a bowl of sugar cereal :) This cake has the texture of a quick bread (like banana or pumpkin) more than a cake. It's slightly dense, super moist, and those little bits of apple that are baked to tender perfection really make it delicious. Continue Reading →


Mummy Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial

Last week I did a fun guest post over at The Ribbon Retreat. The Ribbon Retreat is an Idaho-based company that sells all lovely things sewing... not just ribbon! I met them at a blogging conference this spring and finally got around to doing a little work with them. They sent me all the supplies for this awesome project (and more!) and I went to town. I need a sign on my craft room door that says "will sew for pretty fabric" because it is so true! So thanks a million Ribbon Retreat... I can't wait to work on our Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Caramel Spice Waffles with Caramel Maple Syrup

Fall is in the air and I can think of nothing better than a cool Saturday morning munching on these decadent waffles. These perfect Pumpkin Caramel Spice Waffles with Caramel Maple Syrup are everything their name implies and more. SO good. It seems like fall is the true beginning of the holiday season because there is always something fun to do. Weekend plans like apple picking, pie making, going to the pumpkin patch, or taking long Sunday drives to go "leaf hunting" happen with as much joy and excitement as all the holidays that follow. If I know that we Continue Reading →


Glow in the Dark Mummy Bag

I"m over at The Ribbon Retreat Blog today sharing a full tutorial on how to make this adorable mummy trick-or-treat bag! This bag has a secret too... you can add a glow stick over the eyes so that it glows on Halloween night. What kid wouldn't love that! So pop over and check out the details! And thanks a bunch on all the love for my 10 Secrets to Raising Happy Kids posts. You guys are the best! Have a great day.


One Dozen Amazing Pumpkin Recipes

Hello all! Fall is in the air and I plan on doing my part as a blogger to fill your fall-time needs. I asked on my Bless this Mess Facebook page if you all liked "round-up" style posts. The answer I got back was a big yes! Someone mentioned that too long of a list was overwhelming and a short and sweet compilation of recipes might be better. I thought that was an awesome idea so I asked a few of my blogging friends to send me their favorite pumpkin recipes to share. It was really fun to see what they Continue Reading →


10 Delicious Apple Recipes

I decided to bug some of my favorite bloggers for their best apple recipes to share with you. I chose 10 of my favorite apple recipes and they are just in time for fall. No apples you say? Well come pay me a visit! These recipe all look amazing, and I know they won’t disappoint! Enjoy…


White Chicken Chili – lightened up

Good morning. This is my very first time posting a recipe using WordPress and I'll be the first to admit it is very very different. I'm using a plug-in of sorts to create the recipe and the printable version, so if anything is off please let me know. New Years is the perfect time to recommit to eating well and this recipe is a healthy and delicious place to start. Lightened-up White Chicken Chili is made by sauteing onions and peppers and then adding raw chicken breasts and water. By cooking the chicken right in the soup the flavor is full. Continue Reading →


5 Easy Turkey Crafts for Kids

My kids love to craft; I've trained them well. I wanted them to make some fun things for a friend we visit at the care center in town, for grandma, to send my mom in the mail, and to hang on our fridge. We ended up with a couple of different fun projects that I wanted to share. I also like to have a few fun crafts ready for all of the cousins to work on while dinner is coming together on Thanksgiving Day, so some of these were our trial run for Turkey Day. A few weeks ago I did Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing

I shared this fun recipe for Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing over at Honey Bear Lane a few weeks ago and thought I'd post it here in case anyone missed it. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! I just can't get enough of the stuff this time of year. Pumpkin cupcakes with a whipped cinnamon icing should probably make it onto your to-do list for the weekend. Now, I'm not eating sugar until Thanksgiving (you can read my meal plan for tasty healthy eating here), so you enjoy one of these for me, OK? Pumpkin Cupcakes with Whipped Cinnamon Icing Adapted from Joy of Baking Printable Recipe Makes 12 Cupcakes For the Continue Reading →


Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! From my little haunts to yours.Hope you have a ghastly day!Q: What type of ghost haunts a chicken coop?A:Hilarious right? Bonus points for you if you noticed the creeper behind me in the middle ghostly picture. Serisously, go back and look!Happy Halloween,Keep in touch! Blogging is way more fun when I get a chance to connect with you. I frequent Facebook and Pinterest most, so by all means, tag along and say hello.


Natural Fall Decorations

Remember when I painted the hutch I bought at a garage sale? Well I love it dearly. It's nice to have all of my pretty things out for display, and I find myself using them a lot more because they are so accessible. I also love that I have a new spot to decorate and change with the holidays and seasons. I don't own many decorations; we move way too much to haul stuff like that around. I find myself looking for and enjoying decorations that we can make or that come from nature (and go back to nature when I'm done via Continue Reading →