Pumpkin Maple Pie with Fresh Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie

Every year, my husband starts to ask for this as soon as the pie pumpkins come to the produce stand, so I adapted their recipe to include fresh pumpkin. I adore cooking with fresh ingredients in season! Last year, I used an heirloom pumpkin called a “candy roaster” and it was HEAVENLY! Definitely ask for it at your local produce stand. So how do you make a pumpkin pie from…

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Hoisin Pork Wraps | Gluten & Dairy Free

I love to post meal ideas for busy moms. Of course, if you are not a mom, and you find yourself busy… or not busy… you may like them too. My friend Kay made my family a meal last week because my husband is in Pakistan for a professional educators’ trip. Yes, Pakistan, you read that right. I’ll have lots to write about when he comes back. The meal was…

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Busy Mom Meal Plan: Venison Chili and More

On Sundays, I usually try to keep the schedule clear, so I can catch up on the to-do list before starting another week. Many of my friends love hearing what I’m making, and I love sharing ideas. Click here to see my previous Busy Mom Meal Plan posts.  This week’s plan  includes one new recipe and several old favorites. I try not to make more than one new recipe each…

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Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Coffee Rubbed Pulled Pork

Usually, the ingredients, Coffee Grounds, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper, and Pork do not grace my lips in the same sentence.  In this case, however, they combine to help create the MOST delicious Pork Barbecue I have ever tasted! I got this recipe from a friend of mine, Rick.  He said he got it from a newspaper a long time ago, but couldn’t remember where. If you’re skeptical on this one, trust…

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Leftovers? Try This Turkey Corn Chowder

Turkey Corn Chowder To make thicker chowder, blend or process half of the corn until smooth before adding it to the soup. If you want cheesy chowder, add 1/2 cup shredded cheddar with the bacon. For lower fat, omit bacon, and add more salt. 6 fresh medium ears or 3 cups frozen corn, thawed Whatever amount of cooked turkey you have, cubed! (2 cups?) 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup…

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Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls or Pops

If you need an excuse to make decadent desserts, the Christmas holiday provides the perfect opportunity. And, of course, you must practice and taste test several times before serving your creations to guests, neighbors or teachers. I promise if you make these Peppermint Oreo Cookie Pops for your next office party, teacher gifts or just because, you will be the talk of the town! The recipe was for cookie balls,…

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2 Weekly Menus to Pre-Cook on Sunday: Salisbury Steak and More

Since I went back to work full time about two years ago, I’ve been striving to figure out how to make our extra-busy lives work smoothly. When I’ve had time to blog, a weekly menu plan is usually what comes out.  I imagined that people were kind of bored with that until I received requests on Facebook to share my meal ideas. These are not fancy, but they work for…

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Working Mom Weekly Meal Plan: Bowtie Pasta Bake and More

It has really surprised me how many people have given me feedback as I’ve posted my weekly menu plans. And it seems that’s the ONLY thing I’ve had time to post on the blog. I thought I’d write a little about the process I go through each weekend to help you start to create menus. Remember: every mom is a working mom, it’s just that some of us have less…

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Make-Ahead Meal Plan: Meatball Sandwiches and More

It’s true that all moms are working moms. Whether you work outside the home or in the home, juggling weekday meals with work, school, and evening activities is always a challenge. Last week I shared my meal plan, and several people said it helped them with ideas for their own families. Tonight, I pre-made my meals again. This time, I only had about an hour with which to do it,…

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