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Sausage, Sage and Pumpkin Pasta

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in All, Main Dishes | 17 comments

This Sausage, Sage and Pumpkin Pasta is pure comfort food with a seasonal twist. 

Sausage, Sage and Pumpkin Pasta

An oldie but goodie. 

That’s how I know this pasta dish. 

It’s been around our house for years, and it’s one of those recipes that I can’t exactly remember where I got it. Did my friend D give it to me, or did I give it to her? No matter; this Sausage, Sage and Pumpkin Pasta deserves a spot at your dinner table tonight. 

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Gold Rush Cocktail

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in All, Drinks | 2 comments

This Gold Rush Cocktail, made with spicy ginger liqueur, belly-warming bourbon and tart lemon juice, will warm up any chilly fall evening. 

Gold Rush Cocktail

My motto has always been to spend on quality items that really matter and skimp on those that don’t. Like those Restoration Hardware towels I mentioned a few weeks ago. I.Love.Them. Won’t buy any others. My daily t-shirts? Nearly all from Target (bought on sale, of course!). 

So when a cocktail calls for a unique ingredient, I usually make sure I either adore that ingredient and justify the spend or find other ways to use it to get a little more bang for my buck. And that’s how I stumbled upon this recipe for the Gold Rush Cocktail

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in All, Soups and Stews | 20 comments

One of my favorite soups just got easier! Check out this slow cooker version of Split Pea Soup with Ham. 

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Do you have a signature dish? 

I personally don’t, but I know many people do. I kinda wish I did. Take Lisa, for example. She makes unbelievable pies. (If you need further explanation, see here and here.) 

My mom? She can knock any baked good out of the park. (Seriously. My kids think she should open a business selling sweet treats.) 

My mother in law? SOUP. Man, that woman makes a mean soup! 

I remember when Pat and I were first dating. His parents would have us both over for dinner, and she’d pull off the top of the pot to reveal this day-long-simmered, made-from-scratch soup that I would eat hand over fist. Vegetable Beef, Chicken Noodle, Split Pea….whatever the selection, I couldn’t get enough of the stuff. But let’s be realistic; with the schedules of this crew, ain’t nobody got time for anything that requires babysitting all day. So what’s a girl to do when she craves homemade soup but needs convenience? Break out the slow cooker, friends! This Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham has all the flavor of a lovingly-tended, long-simmered soup with all the convenience of dump-and-stir in the slow cooker. Pure brilliance. 

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5 Easy Slow Cooker Meals

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 in All, Tips | 6 comments

Pick any of these 5 Easy Slow Cooker Meals, and dinner will be ready when you walk in the door! 

5 Easy Slow Cooker Meals

I don’t know about your fall, but ours is craaaaaaazy busy. Between the kids’ school and sports schedules, full time employment, volunteer commitments and, oh yeah, a little bit of fun, the days fly by faster than I care to admit. Fortunately I can count on my slow cooker to make dinner nearly effortless. A little bit of prep in the morning assures a warm, comforting meal at the end of a hectic day. 

And since Lisa and I know we’re not the only ones with nutty schedules, we put together a list of some of our favorite Easy Slow Cooker Meals to help you get through “those” nights when everyone is running in different directions.

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Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in All, Baked Goods, Desserts | 15 comments

These Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting are a delicious way to kick off your fall baking. 

Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting  (2 of 2)

Last week was unseasonably cool here which makes me want to do nothing more than crank up the oven and start my fall baking. We’ve been dabbling in a lot of apple recipes lately, which are perfect for everyone making their annual trips to the orchards, but now it’s time to turn our attention to another fall baking star: pumpkin. And we’re kicking off pumpkin season with a classic: Spiced Pumpkin Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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