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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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Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in All, Desserts, Sponsored | 53 comments

Birthday celebrations don’t get much sweeter than this Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake! 

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

My little guy turns 9 on September 28th. Not sure how that happened, but it certainly calls for a celebration. Birthdays are a big deal in our house. We have several traditions in our family which get a little more meaningful every year, especially when one of them is that you don’t have to do dishes on your birthday. Now that the kids have more responsibility around the house, these treats take on a whole new meaning. The birthday boy also gets to pick his birthday dinner and dessert. I’ve talked before about how Charlie tends to go the nontraditional route on his birthday desserts. It used to always be this tart, but this year he requested a Raspberry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake, and I was more than happy to oblige.

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Heirloom Grain Salad

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in All, Main Dishes, Sponsored | 0 comments

Add variety to your dinner rotation with this nutritious and delicious Heirloom Grain Salad.

Heirloom Grain Salad
One of my many favorite things about fall is the ability to get back into a routine. Sure, I love the carefree months of summer as much as the next gal, but having a schedule is a good thing for this crew as it helps us readjust to our school rhythm again. 

(In case you’re wondering, I was definitely one of those moms where naptime and bedtime were not to be messed with when my kids were toddlers. Apparently my fanaticism served us well as my kids still need/want their sleep!)

But that’s not to say that new routines aren’t a bit of a challenge to get used to. The juggling act of school, sports schedules and homework can be dizzying. Meals need to be quick and easy to serve and packed with nutrients to get us through our busy days. Empty carbs just don’t fit the bill. Enter the Heirloom Grain Salad

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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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Cheesy Sausage Dip

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in All, Appetizers | 1 comment

This hot Cheesy Sausage Dip is made with just 5 ingredients. Appetizers don’t get much easier than that! 

Cheesy Sausage Dip

I’ve recently decided that I have a love/hate relationship with fall. Hate because I know winter is inevitably around the corner. Love because nothing beats snuggling in a sweatshirt in the morning and then lapping up the warm sun in the afternoon. I adore apple season and fall baking and those crisp, cool nights that make for great sleeping weather. I love college football and all the food that goes with it, which means I’m always on the hunt for new appetizers. I made this Cheesy Sausage Dip last weekend, and I’m not sure why it hadn’t hit my radar screen earlier. And just to make sure you don’t make the same mistake, I’m here to tell you that you should make this Cheesy Sausage Dip TODAY.

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