Sweet and Spiced Acorn Squash Soup

Sweet and Spiced Acorn Squash Soup

A yummy soup for a cold day! So, this past growing season my compost pile produced several acorn squash plants and a bounty of fruit! I was super excited and couldn’t wait to use them. The year prior we had grown them for the first time, however, we planted too many. This year we only planted 3 plants BUT they didn’t grow for some reason šŸ™ Obviously you can understand my surprise when I saw these acorn plants growing beautifully out of my compost pit, of course the dilemma became…

How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin and Squash

How to Cook Fresh Pumpkin and Squash

Making homemade pumpkin made easy! It’s easy to grab a can of pumpkin but sometimes from scratch is best, especially when you have grown the pumpkin or squash in your own garden, but looking at a pumpkin or squash, it’s hard to vision them as delicious food and treats… however, turning them into yummy food is much easier than it sounds! Here’s how to cook fresh pumpkin and squash… First let me say that you can technically cook any pumpkin, though the smaller ones are usually easier to handle. Pie…

Maple Pie with Walnut Crust

Maple Pie with Walnut Crust

Have you ever heard of a maple pie… neither had I! Ok, so as part of our children’s home school studies, we wanted to incorporate life skills, like baking, and while learning about Canada, I found this maple pie with walnut crust recipeĀ and thought I would give it a try. Before I go any further, prior to this pie, I had only made one other and it was a pumpkin pie, which was good, making the crust made all the difference! I also should note that up until this pie,…

Easter Cupcakes

Easter Cupcakes

These Easter cupcakes were a hit but I will go on the record and say that I am not a fabulous baker, I would like to be, but I am not. I can follow a recipe but I can’t just “Martha Stewart” some awesome tart with folded in blood oranges. Cakes frighten me because I haven’t mastered the “how to’s” of icing and it looks more like a blob. Not to mention that my family and I try not to eat too much sugar, though we love making special occasions…

Easy Easter Bark

Easy Easter Bark

We all want things to look nice and I really appreciate the time people put into many of the thingsĀ that I see on places like Pinterest. Of course many of them are so over the top, I mean there are preschool treat bags that took more time, money and effort to create, then many people put into their wedding favors. Personally, I am for things being appealing but on the easier side of things and that is where my easy Easter bark comes in! You really couldn’t ask for an…

Making Jell-o eggs

Making Jell-o eggs

When I was younger my grandmother made eggs in jello molds for Easter, they were cute and yummy and I thought why not give them a try. I didnā€™t think they would be terribly hard and so I set out to make jell-o eggs. It is important to say that you need to start with a specified egg mold or, I as I used, a plastic egg (I used jumbo) without holes in them. Those might be hard to find but without them obviously the jello mixture will run right…

Easter treats

Easter treats

  I don’t know if it is that as Easter comes, so does Spring, but I find myself in a frenzy of crafts and recipes at Easter time, more so than even Christmas. I wanted to make some Easter treats and found myself with these hits! Chocolate Nests These are so good, like so good, and very rich so one of these is a delicious treat. My family loved them, even my husband, and they are very simple to make. What you will need… 1 package of dark chocolate chips…

Festive Deviled Eggs

Festive Deviled Eggs

  With Easter comes tons of boiled eggs and probably deviled eggs. If you use regular food coloring to dye your clean, boiled eggs, keep the dye and make some festive deviled eggs. After the kids find all of the eggs, it becomes time to make something of them. Deviled eggs are a favorite and to make festive deviled eggs, carefully crack the eggs and remove the shells, rinse the eggs and place an egg in a jar or cup of dye and allow them to sit for a few…

Groundhog Day, it’s silly but fun!

Groundhog Day, it’s silly but fun!

Happy Groundhog’s Day Every year peopleĀ mention how stupid Groundhog Day is, but I personally like it. Groundhog Day may seem like a crazy holiday to celebrate and trust me we don’t go crazy, I mean it is a day about a rodent predicting the weather, but I like to have fun with my family and any time I can squeeze a little of that in, I try. I think groundhogs are cute and there is something about the ritual, the hoping that spring will come quicker. It is a little…

Pumpkin Treats

Pumpkin Treats

  Holidays are so special! As a family, you only get so many together, yes the kids will come back again and someday with their children, but it will never be the same as when they were all small, so I try to make them special and memorable, especially since my husband and I don’t have a large family to share it all with. One of the ways I do that is with treats, here is another easy but fun and delicious treat for the Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving seasons!…