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Harvest – Book Review

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I was recently sent a copy of the book Harvest by Stefani Bittner  & Alethea Harampolis to review. I received the book for free as part of the blogging for books program, all of the ideas and opinions presented here are mine and unbiased.

Harvest Book Review

First off, I’m a sucker for a beautiful book. The photography in this alone makes it worthy of a spot on my book shelf. Harvest is a mix of cookbook, craft book and garden manual. It covers 47 different crops and gives you many creative ideas that you can easily swap ingredients for.  [Read more…]

Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe with Game Board Case

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Entertain your favorite little goblins with a game of Halloween tic-tac-toe! Paint a game board on a wooden box to double as a carrying caseHands down my most pinned post ever is my Ladybug vs Bumble Bee Tic-Tac-Toe game. It’s been about 4 years and I’m thinking she needs a comeback. What better time than Halloween right? The new version features a hand painted board on a nifty box that doubles as a home for the creepy crawlies when they aren’t in use. I was sent the paint I used for this project by DecoArt as a part of their blogger outreach program. As always, all opinions & ideas are my own.  [Read more…]

Pumpkin Gingerbread

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I have a serious problem not buying anything with the word fall on it. Honestly, if Tampax had a fall variety pack I’d buy enough to last me a year a pack or two. That’s how I found myself the proud owner of the Sam Adams Fall Variety Pack. I’m not an adventurous beer drinking, I pretty much only drink wheat beer. But the case said ‘fall’ and ‘pumpkin’ so I really had no choice and I brought it home. Knowing full well I won’t drink more than 4 bottles from the entire freaking case!  Well done Sam Adams… My solution was to turn the undrinkable (to me) bottles into something I can enjoy. First up is my rendition of the Gramercy Tavern Gingerbread recipe made fall appropriate with a few modifications and the addition of pumpkin (of course!) for a spicy, dense pumpkin gingerbread.Spicy, sticky and moist, this pumpkin gingerbread is the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of coffee and a dollop of whipped cream [Read more…]

Halloween Confetti Pumpkin Pancakes

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I’m made my fair share of pumpkin pancakes and I’ve finally figured out my perfect recipe (at least for now!). My first requirement was that it used a whole can of pumpkin. I’m not about to waste my time on a pancake recipe that uses a tablespoon or two of pumpkin. It took some messing around with ratios to find a good batter consistency that tasted like pumpkin with a bit of spice. They are dense and a little creamy thanks to the pumpkin which also adds a nice sweetness.Pumpkin, Spice & everything nice come together for a Halloween breakfast treat of pumpkin pancakes jazzed up with black & orange sprinkle confetti [Read more…]

Autumn Puppy Chow Trail Mix

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My family is weird. If you knew me at that would not surprise you. Every fall my mom, sister, grandma and an assortment of children go to Critz Farms for the Fall Festival. We’ve been going since I was pregnant with Mary, so this will be our 4th year. They have this giant corn maze, and hidden inside it are craft punches. If you find 4 you get free apple fritters. This is where the crazy comes in. My mother WILL NOT stop until she has all punches.

Mix chocolate coated cereal with a few salty & sweet treats to make a batch of puppy chow trail mix to bring along on your next hayride or pumpkin hunt [Read more…]