Thai Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

IMG_2742 Four. That’s how many times I’ve made this soup in the last month. My husband and I had a family house warming party on the Saturday after Christmas and my mom recommended we make this soup. Since she was coming up for the party I had blessing of making it together. Everyone loved it! Then I made it again the following weekend for guests, and two more times since then when we had company over for dinner. It’s the perfect home-run homemade meal because it’s both simple and incredibly full of robust flavor! You could also saute everything in a regular saute pan instead of a soup pot if you want to make this in your crock pot! Read more of this post

Honey Apple Challah

honeyapplechallahHolla at ya girl I finally made Challah! I followed this recipe precisely from Tori Avey — I didn’t make substitutions or changes, so this post is more of a review rather than a recipe post. To confess, the only Challah I’ve had is from my favorite bakery Great Harvest, so I don’t have much to compare it to. However, even with the addition of apples and honey in this homemade recipe I still prefer Great Harvest’s version. The Honey Apple Challah recipe has a bit of a sourdough-y taste to it whereas Great Harvest’s is much sweeter. Don’t get me wrong, the Honey Apple Challah was quite delicious, especially when toasted! I didn’t love it as is though like I loved Great Harvest’s version plain. So, my hunt for the tastiest Challah recipe continues! Nonetheless these looked beautiful and my coworkers LOVED them, so maybe I’m just being too picky ;)

Hearty Vegetable & Grain Soup w/Stuffed Mushrooms

soupandmushroomFall is for warm comforting bowls of soup. This weekend we had the delight of having my cousin and her husband over for dinner, and these carnivores didn’t miss the meat in this hearty vegetable & grain soup with stuffed portobello mushrooms served on the side.
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Pumpkin Mini Muffins & Bars – all natural, gluten free, sugar free, vegan.

pumpkinbarsmuffinsAnother pumpkin recipe! Sick of ’em yet? :) I aspired to make some raw vegan pumpkin bars, for which the pumpkin filling part of it was PERFECT! But unfortunately the base that I made for a crust was way too overpowered by the taste of molasses (who knew that just two tablespoons of molasses can totally overpower a recipe?!) It was way too strong to eat, so since I no longer had a base for my pumpkin filling I decided to switch gears. To the raw vegan pumpkin filling I added 2 flax “eggs”, applesauce, gluten free flour, coconut & safflower oils, salt, and baking powder. Now I had a perfect batter for a homemade vegan pumpkin mini muffin recipe or also a homemade vegan pumpkin bars recipe.

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Chai Me! Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Mix

chaiI’m a big fan of Big Train Vanilla Chai latte mix. And per usual, if I really like something that is store bought I’ll have a go at making a homemade version of it. This homemade vanilla chai tea powder recipe is absolutely divine and my husband loves it too. I make it using hot water as the base and top it off with almond milk. Since fall is upon us I couldn’t resist adding some pumpkin pie spice to the chai tea latte recipe, but that’s just my personal preference. ‘Tis the season :) Read more of this post

Carrot Ginger Soup w/Multigrain Blend & Veggies

carrotgingersoupcookedI love shopping at Trader Joe’s, especially when their samples are right on the money because they’re generally SO incredibly easy to throw together. Last time I went to Trader Joe’s they were sampling their Carrot Ginger Soup combined with their Multigrain Blend with Vegetables. Sold. I just threw this together at home today and added two organic sweet potatoes to the mix; it was the perfect cup of soup on this beautiful fall day. The soup is gluten free and vegan (besides the honey) and the multigrain blend is vegan/vegetarian, but not gluten free. You could easily make a homemade version of this in the crock pot! My husbands satisfying quote after scarfing it down, “Mmmm. *Pause* That was really good.”

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Pumpkin Glazed Pumpkin Donuts w/ Pumpkin Pie Spice Cinnamon Sugar

pumpkindonutsNeed I say more? Nope.

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Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Gluten Free Granola Bars

granolabarscutThat Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola recipe was sooo tasty I had to make it again. But this time I adjusted the ingredients to reflect that of the season…pumpkin with walnut! It’s very similar to my homemade gluten free Sweet Cranberry Pecan granola, clusters, or bars recipe, but I with just a few additions (pumpkin and more spices) and adjustments (1/2 cup more oats, walnuts instead of pecans, 1/4 cup more cranberries, 2 TBsp more oil).

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Puppy Chow! No really, homemade dog food recipe

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All dogs are different (obviously…) and may tolerate certain foods differently. This recipe I made for my chihuahua mix is based off of the recommendations found on this site for homemade food recipes for adult chihuahuas:

60% of protein from lean turkey, lean beef, chicken, a little chicken fat is good, fish (mackerel or herring but no more than twice a week) organ meats, lamb, eggs in moderation,

40% vegetables carrots, green beans, broccoli, peas, spinach, pumpkin, celery, cauliflower, cucumbers (broccoli and cauliflower may cause gas) Pumpkin is excellent for diarrhea and soothing the tummy.

10% carbohydrates white rice, brown rice, potatoes  (must be cooked), oatmeal.

I give my dog half the daily recommended portion because she still eats half of her regular dry food. Read more of this post

Homemade Honey Pecan Butter

pecanbutterNothing fancy here! Just combine on full speed in a food processor: 2 cups raw pecans, 3 Tbsp honey, and 20 vanilla sweet drops (optional) until it turns into pecan butter! This homemade pecan butter is delicious on toast, pancakes, waffles, or as a dip for sliced apples. I also used it in my chewy coconut cookies recipe.