Pumpkin Pie Fruit Roll(Up)s

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The pumpkin love continues. I’ve still got a brioche idea packed away, but in the meantime, I’ve been creating new uses for the pumpkin purée that we made. This time we’re going for homemade pumpkin pie fruit roll-ups. My kids like fruit snacks. There. I said it. I mean, really, what kid doesn’t? I, however, […]

Mustard-Crusted Turkey: Virtual Progressive Thanksgiving Dinner

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We are talking turkey today of the mustard-crusted variety. It may not be as traditional as your favorite roasted one, but it’s juicy and delicious, and it fits in with all the traditional Thanksgiving fare perfectly, livening up your table and giving those relatives something to talk about. One of my favorite movies of all […]

Pumpkin Bread and Cinnamon Cheesecake Spread

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I’ve been enjoying having two of my children sent out the door every morning, waiting to catch a big yellow school bus at the end of the driveway with backpacks and school lunches packed neatly in bento boxes and thermal containers. The day begins for the younger two then, as they run and play together, […]

Perfect One-Dish Dinners: Steamed Broccoli Vinaigrette

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We sit in the pediatrician’s office, the five of us, my four kids and me. They’ve put us in the corner room where there’s a bit more space to roam about as they know I show up with my brood of kids and cramming us into a standard exam room would be near impossible, especially […]

Homemade Pumpkin Purée: Can the Can

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I have a confession. I don’t remember ever buying pumpkin in a can. Ever. I know my mom did when I was younger a few times, but generally, our pumpkin came from, well, a pumpkin. For years in high school I avoided pumpkin pie with it’s brown, creamy texture. Then I realized it was because […]

Quick School Lunch Tip: Peach Freezer Smoothies

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I tend to get a bit greedy with peaches, as in I buy them by the crate. Last week I realized I was either going to need to eat the remaining 5 pounds I had still to get through that hadn’t been processed to freeze or eaten fresh or baked into muffins. I knew I […]

Salted Caramel Ice Cream with Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

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Fall somehow made its entrance last week, and then just yesterday it was October. I am suddenly feeling the push to tell you about pumpkin, apples, baked squash dishes and, well, Halloween treats, but I’m still in ice cream mode. Salted caramel ice cream, to be exact, which isn’t such a bad thing when it […]