Dreamy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Dreamy Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Earlier this week I was talking with my blog buddy, Shayla.  She lives in Oklahoma and I live in Virginia, and both of us (as I suspect much of the country) have been melting in the heat.  We are both lovers of fall, and both of us have seen no sign of changing leaves or frost on the doorsteps.  Where is fall, already? Yes, I know...its early September, and fall doesn't really start for another few weeks.  But, come on mother nature, don't you know this is my favorite time of year?  Enough with the hot, humid days.  Bring on the cool, crisp days of fall. Well, Mother Nature may or may not be listening to me, as we have yet another day in the 90's today in Virginia.  I've really been craving the flavors of fall, but just can't bear to turn on my oven, or suck down a hot pumpkin spice Continue Reading...

Fall Favorite Pumpkin Bread

Fall Favorite Pumpkin Bread

Did you know that the meteorological start to fall lands on September 1st?  I know its still a couple weeks away, but that is just one more reason to call an end to the heat sweltering days of summer, usher in the crisp, colorful days of fall and mix up a batch of my delightful Fall Favorite Pumpkin Bread.   Without a doubt, fall is my absolute favorite season - college football, cooler weather, soup and stew for dinner, back to school, and pumpkin bread - all of these things make me so happy and provide such a feeling of warmth, security, friends and family.  What better way to celebrate the meteorological start to fall that making Pumpkin Bread? When September 1st rolls around, I am usually the first in line to get a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, and a slice of their Continue Reading...

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

  Harrison and I came back to my home town, Burke, SD to visit my family for a couple weeks.  Unlike last summer, they've had lots of rain and sunshine, which has helped the local crops and gardens grow leaps and bounds.  My dad's strawberry patch is no exception.  I've never seen strawberry plants as full and plentiful as these. Dad has picked several gallons of strawberries so far this summer, filling up their freezer for fall and winter.  Since they have a nice sized rhubarb plant, I thought hmmmm, what could we make with copious amounts of strawberries and rhubarb?  Jam!!!  I raided mom's basement pantry of miscellaneous jars, picked up some jar flats, and pectin at the local grocery store, and pulled out the big pot.  In a couple hours we had several jars of sweet, Continue Reading...

Easy Iced Coffee

Easy Iced Coffee

I have to tell you, that I really love coffee.  If it wouldn't keep me up at night, I would drink it all day long!  It's one of my favorite parts of the morning - I walk over to my trusty Tassimo coffee maker and brew me up a nice cup of joe.  However, when it gets hot like it did here yesterday (90 by noon!), I really love nothing more than an iced coffee. Now don't get me wrong, I delight in a great Starbucks iced latte like everyone else, but its not always great on my wallet.  So, I'm gonna fill you in on how to make a fabulous tasting, and super easy iced coffee right at home. A great tip to making iced coffee is using coffee ice cubes.  Making coffee ice cubes is about as simple as it sounds.  Pour some brewed coffee in an ice cube tray, and freeze.  You can use regular Continue Reading...

Pina Colada Smoothie Two Ways: Breakfast or Cocktail

Pina Colada Smoothie Two Ways: Breakfast or Cocktail

In my opinion, nothing says summer like a really great smoothie or shake.  This smoothie delivers excellent texture, flavor, and just the perfect amount of sweetness. This smoothie is ideal for breakfast or a great snack for you and the kids on a hot afternoon.  With just a bit of prep before hand it literally takes about 5 minutes to have this cool, frosty drink in hand. You can also adapt this drink making it a fabulous cocktail and wonderful to sip on the patio at the end of a great summer day. Here's the recipe: [mpprecipe-recipe:10]   You'll find that you don't need any additional sweetener, as the pineapple, banana and coconut do the job. Adaptation for Pina Colada Cocktail: substitute 1 1/2 c. vanilla ice cream, for the greek yogurt add 2-3 Continue Reading...

Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Super easy from Scratch

Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Super easy from Scratch

How many mornings has this happened?  You or your kids say, "We/I want pancakes!"  You proceed to your pantry all to discover there is no Bisquick or any other mix on hand, and the freezer is void of anything resembling breakfast.  I'm here to tell ya - You don't need it!  Scratch pancakes are super easy to throw together, and in my opinion, taste WAY better than any mix you could buy at the grocery store.  Not to mention, its way cheaper, too! [mpprecipe-recipe:9] **This recipe has been adapted by Family Fare: A Guide to Good Nutrition, published by the US Department of Agriculture, Revised , July 1974.   One happy boy on the first day of summer break.  That smile makes it all worth it! Hope you Enjoy! Erin   Continue Reading...