Spiced Pumpkin Bourbon Cocktail – Day 7!

Day 7 was a chilly, fall festival day and this drink was the perfect ending to a day spent outside. The spices in this drink warm your insides and make you want to cuddle under a comfy blanket and watch fall harvest Hallmark movies! Ingredients: 2 oz bourbon 2 T canned pumpkin (or fresh puree) Read More

TJ’s Pumpkin Rolls – Day 6!

Happy Saturday! Today’s post is a little bit of a cheat, but we will be on the road for a while with a packed day so no cooking on my agenda! Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls are what inspired the 31 days of pumpkin.  Our little guy had a different brand of rolls that were loaded with Read More


Cranberry and Pear Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette – Day 3

Welcome to day 3 of the 31 Days of pumpkin! It’s a million degrees outside and I’m totally over it, but I will not let the pumpkin lovers in my life down!  That is why my choice for today is a salad (for the hot day) and a pumpkin vinaigrette (because it IS fall). The Read More


31 Days of Pumpkin!

Happy October everyone! Even though fall technically started two weeks ago, I personally don’t feel like it’s fall until October 1st.  It’s going to be 85 degrees here in Illinois on Wednesday, but I’m not going to let that mute my need for pumpkin everything! Our little guy is obsessed with all foods containing pumpkin Read More


Homemade Elderberry Syrup

It’s flu season.  Or it’s STILL flu season.  I’m not sure there was a break from it this year.   For the last six months it has felt like someone has always been sick in our house.  We are over it. Last year we were turned on to Elderberry Syrup.  After researching a more holistic Read More

Bantam Bagels

So our little guy was sick last week and he hung out with me one day while his other half was in school.  We ran a few errands and ended up at the Starbucks inside our local Target. (Whomever came up with that idea is a GENIUS!). I’ve been telling the kids how I used Read More


Caramel Pork Ribs

I am NOT a huge fan of ribs, but my hubby is.  I had just purchased My Paris Kitchen by Dave Libovitz and this is the first recipe that I had to try.  That says a lot coming from someone that doesn’t like ribs too much. This recipe was super easy to make and the house smelled Read More


Skinnytaste Chicken Parmesan

This recipe is one of our family’s favorites!  It’s super healthy and easy!  It comes from one of my favorite cookbooks. Sometimes I serve it with a salad and vegetables, other times with wholewheat spaghetti. INDREDIENTS: 4 chicken breasts, fat trimmed, pounded thin, sliced in half lengthwise to make 8 3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs (wholewheat or Panko Read More


Cook once for multiple meals

We are all busy and looking for ways to maximize our time.  I have such high hopes for meal planning and prep, but it never comes to fruition.  Once the weather starts to turn chilly we start stock piling freezer meals for days where there just isn’t enough time or energy to cook from scratch. Read More


Chocolate Banana Bread

This banana bread from One Upon a Chef has made it’s way into our breakfast rotation!  (I promise I’ll post recipes for lunch and dinner soon!) The kids looked at it, found it unappealing and started to whine.  When I told them there were bananas, chocolate AND chocolate chips, they hesitantly took a bite and their eyes Read More