Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pumpkin Apple Pie & The first week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Blog Hop!

I know it's only September (even that's almost over) but I'm already thinking about Christmas treats. This pie would also be great for a Thanksgiving dessert. It's warm, comforting, a little different than the usual pies. The top is nice and crisp with a hint of sweetness from a sprinkling of sugar. The inside is warm and soft, but firm like an apple pie should be. The pumpkin and spices add a lovely harvest flavor.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip

Dips are great for entertaining guests because they are usually easy and can be made ahead. Dessert dips are even better! This is a super simple dip that people will love and will ask for the recipe. It's also made with lowfat ingredients and everyone knows pumpkin is healthy :). I'm sure that you can come up with even more ideas of dippers to serve it with than I can!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Meatless Monday! Roasted Garlic Potato Soup


It's officially fall and for some people that means more soup, more pumpkins, more apples, more of lots of things reminiscent of autumn. Yay! I love it when it starts to get chilly outside and I can wear warm, cozy sweaters and corduroy pants. In anticipation of fall I made this potato soup which is sure to warm you right up! I almost always serve soup with bread of some kind because I love to dip it in the soup. Do you ever do that?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Lemon Sugar Cookies

Lemon sugar cookies are one of my favorites. I absolutely love that hint of tart in a sweet cookie. I'm also a pretty big fan of lemon filled sandwich cookies, if I do say so. These are quick and easy to make in addition to being simple and delicious! These cookies are chewy on the inside and a bit crisp on the edges, which is lovely I think.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Slow Cooker Stuffed Onions

Meatless Monday is back again and this week I made stuffed onions. How much fun is that? I remember growing up my mom used to make stuffed peppers a lot. One of the great things about stuffed onions (or stuffed peppers) is that you can toss in whatever you have on hand. These are also made in the slow cooker so once the initial prep is done then it's actually done and you can enjoy the rest of your day. Feel free to make this with actual ground beef too!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Mini Spice Cakes and Yay and Yay!

You all know I'm a huge fan of individual desserts. These are perfect for a small group of people and the presentation is so pretty because they don't need to be cut to be served. There are so many different fun ways to mix up this recipe. I kept thinking of ideas as I was making them. It's almost fall, which is super exciting for me. I love fall because of all of the flavors that typically accompany it. These adorable little cakes have just a hint of apple flavor in them and a soft spice flavor reminiscent of autumn. 

Monday, September 10, 2012

Tofu & Bean Chili

I know what you're thinking. Why would I put tofu in chili? Just make vegetarian chili with beans. I could, you could, it would be delicious too! But the tofu adds something to the chili. But, this chili is the best the next day. Don't get me wrong, it's really good (to everyone who tried it at least) the day it's made. But the next day? The tofu sort of becomes part of the chili and it's not as prominent. I did do something different though. I froze the tofu first to get a different texture.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fresh Peach Tart


It's the end of peach season but there are still some good ones that can be found in the store. This tart is a lovely way to use them and feature their bright and sweet flavor. Summer fruits are so much fun to sprinkle on tarts and other desserts. Once fall comes then everyone starts turning to baked pies and cobblers. I've been seeing more and more apple recipes popping up online, including some apples stuffed with cinnamon, sugar, and raisins that are cooked in a slow cooker. That sounds good to me to about now. 

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