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10 Recipes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Affecting 1 in 8 women in the US, breast cancer is serious business…and as a woman at risk, this is a cause near and dear to my heart.

Though there are tons of scary statistics out there, there are also thousands of women every year who SURVIVE and even beat this terrible disease…and that’s something worth celebrating!

So in honor of all those fighters and survivors, here are 10 precious pink recipes to honor those strong amazing women everywhere!

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10 Pink Recipes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Strawberry Lime White Chocolate Gooey Bars
Mom On Time Out
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Toasted Coconut Rice Krispie Treats
Crazy for Crust
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Pink Ribbon Cinnamon Rolls
Love From the Oven
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Pink Velvet Swiss Roll
Garnish and Glaze
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Pink Lemonade
Raining Hot Coupons
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Pots de Crème with Rose and Pomegranate
Sugar et al
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Strawberry Cream Mimosa
Swanky Recipes
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Pink Lemonade Sorbet
Sugar and Soul
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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Sally’s Baking Addiction
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Pink Flamingo Vegan Cheesecake Bars
Lunch Box Brunch
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10 Pumpkin Spice Recipes

Tis the season for pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. Candies, gum, breads, cakes, coffees, mints, chips…you name it, it’s been pumpkin spiced.

Now I’m all about pumpkin spice. Made up mostly of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice, it tastes amazing in baked goods of all kinds. It’s also scrumptious sprinkled over oatmeal or mixed into ice cream…BUT there are rules, people! Pumpkin spice gum?? PUMPKIN SPICE BEER?? This is a problem.

Let’s bring it back, people. Back to pies and cakes and scones and all the things that actually highlight the taste of this iconic fall spice.

So if you’re high on the PSL craze, these recipes are for you. Here are 10 PSL-icious pumpkin spice recipes that will get you (and your kitchen) in the spirit of fall!

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Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Lovely Little Kitchen
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Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate
A Night Owl Blog
This Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate is just three ingredients and is so easy to make! Perfect for a chilly fall evening!

Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting
Two Sisters Crafting
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Pumpkin Spice Truffles
Sally’s Baking Addiction
For the best Fall treat, make these pumpkin spice truffles-- they're surprisingly easy and can be coated in white or dark chocolate! Click through for the recipe.

Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
Inside BruCrew Life
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Pumpkin Spice Pecan Fudge
Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
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Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze
Brown Eyed Baker
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Pumpkin Spice Mini Doughnuts
Garnish with Lemon
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Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Damn Delicious
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Pumpkin Spice Granola
A Night Owl Blog
Pumpkin Spice Granola - a sweet combination of your favorite fall spices along with sweet maple syrup, brown sugar, walnuts and almonds.

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11 Delicious Honeycrisp Apple Recipes

The coming of fall means one of my favorite fruits is in season…HONEYCRISP APPLES.

Tasty on their own but super easy and fun to bake with, Honeycrisp apples have become a favorite apple breed for kids and adults alike. They are super sweet, making them a tasty and healthy treat for kids, and they’re packed with a high water content, helping to fill you up with fewer calories.

Like the Jazz and Jonagold apples, Honeycrisps are great for using in pies and in any recipe where you want to add a little refreshing taste and texture. Celebrate fall and rejoice in the tasty loveliness of these amazing apples with these 11 Honeycrisp Apple Recipes!

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Honeycrisp Apple Sangria
Damn Delicious
This. Drink. Is. Beautiful. Hello new Christmas spritzer!
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Caramel Honeycrisp Apple Bars
Imperial Sugar
What goes better with apples than caramel? Look how oooooy goooooy these are!!
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Honeycrisp Apple Hummus
Turnip the Oven
This is the perfect dip for fall football games and blustery movie nights.
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Honeycrisp Apple Turnovers
Pepperidge Farm
Packed with cheddar and cranberries (two flavors that LOVE apples), these turnovers would be tasty for breakfast or dessert!

Brussels Sprouts with Honeycrisp Apples
FOOD52
The perfect compliment to pork, this flavorful side dish is packed with bacon, onions, apples and sage. YES PLEASE!
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Honeycrisp Apple Tart
The Redhead Baker
Simple and rustic, this tart screams fall!
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Crock Pot Baked Apples
Peaceful Bend
Another simple and classic treat, these baked apples would go perfectly with vanilla ice cream…and let’s talk about how AMAZING your house is going to smell…
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Holiday Honeycrisp Salad
Five Heart Home
A delicious salad that will feed a family, this dish also features walnuts, cranberries, and blue cheese (I’d use goat cheese). I’ve made this loads of times and it’s always delicious!
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Vanilla Bean Honeycrisp Applesauce
Self Proclaimed Foodie
If you’ve never had homemade applesauce, you’re missing out. PLUS Honeycrisps are so sweet that you don’t even need sugar for this recipe!
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Honeycrisp Apple Quesadillas
Home and Plate
Another recipe featuring cheddar and bacon, these quesadillas are a game-changer.
Honeycrisp Apple Quesadillas with Bacon and Cheddar | www.homeandplate.com | These honeycrisp apple quesadillas with bacon and cheddar are the perfect lunch or snack and they are school and kid friendly. 

 

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples
The Cozy Apron
Packed with flavor, this is one sandwich that screams fall!
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16 A+ Back-to-School Movies

It’s been a few years now since I have had to worry about back to school time, but there’s no denying that around the end of August, I still feel that little pang of happy anxiety…the fear and excitement of starting a new school year filled with new people, new opportunities, and new SCHOOL SUPPLIES!

I was in the small percentile of nerdy girls who actually looked forward to the start of school. Since I was in band for the majority of my educational career, I met a lot of my high school and college classmates a few weeks before the start of classes. I looked forward to shopping for school supplies and shopping for college text books was always a fun (albeit expensive!) adventure.

Though I don’t have to worry about collecting my school planner and trying to remember my locker combination anymore, I still do love watching other people go through it! Therefore, I’ve collected my top 16 back to school movies, sure to get you in the S-P-I-R-I-T!

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Grease (1978)
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A definite guilty pleasure, Grease holds a spot up there as one of my favorite back-to-school movies. For extra credit, check out Grease 2, where you’ll learn helpful songs that teach you about the months of the year and how plants reproduce. All helpful information.

Animal House (1978)
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The Breakfast Club (1985)
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One of my favorite movies of all time, The Breakfast Club is the ultimate high school movie. With a character to represent every high school cliché, this classic 80’s film teaches us all that, at the end of the day, the labels we strive for never really matter.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
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Back to School (1986)
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To help get his son on the straight and narrow, Thornton Melon (Rodney Dangerfield) heads off to college. In true Dangerfield fashion, hilarity ensues, and the film ends with an ironic message from Dangerfield on how to deal with life’s challenges.

Dead Poets Society (1989)
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If you’ve been lucky enough to have a teacher or professor like John Keating, you best count your blessings. A testament to the importance of language and words, Dead Poets Society is a beautiful film that should be on the syllabus for any student, no matter what their discipline.

Kindergarten Cop (1990)
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Clueless (1995)
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A true time capsule of 90’s culture, Clueless is a joy for those who were products of the time. Based on Jane Austen’s Emma, Clueless is a feel-good film that may look trashy on the outside, but has a heart of gold.

Mr. Holland’s Opus (1997)
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I can honestly say that some of the best high school and college memories I have are of my time in band. The arts are ESSENTIAL to a well-rounded and productive education, and Mr. Holland’s Opus is a sweet dedication to those who continue to fight so hard to keep the arts active in their school districts.

Rushmore (1998)
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It’s a little romantic, a little heartbreaking, a little sad, and a whole lot of funny. Another one of my all-time fave’s, Rushmore is a whimsical and wonderful story of a small prep school and the boy who just couldn’t let it go. Filled with familiar tales of awkward friendships and unrequited love, Rushmore will have you smiling from start to finish.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
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In all honesty, here are the two best things about this film:

  • Heath Ledger
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Aaaand that’s about it.

Election (1999)
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We all know her…the pushy, smart, show-off who overtook the school walls with “Vote for Me” posters. She was on the ballot for Class President, Homecoming Queen, Prom Queen, and graduated valedictorian. Every school has one, and in Election, Reese Witherspoon captures her so perfectly. Her relationship with her teacher (Matthew Broderick) alone makes this one a must-see before school starts.

Remember the Titans (2000)
football team training american football remember the titansThe ultimate in feel-good movies, Remember the Titans will attack your emotional core. Denzel Washington shines as a football coach who has to battle racism, failing students, and a school system that is working against him. Despite all odds, the love and dedication he shows his team make this a heart-warming film that anyone will enjoy.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
harry potter diagon alleyLet’s be honest, when Harry and Hagrid go to Diagon Alley to shop for his school supplies, you can’t help but just squeal with glee! Harry’s introduction into Hogwarts and the wizarding world rings familiar with those going to high school or college for the first time. Meeting new friends, getting used to new professors, and navigating a new landscape are stressors for any student, but Harry and his friends show us that just sharing some jelly beans can go a long way in establishing life-long connections.

School Ties (2001)
https://danhairfield.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/screen-shot-2012-04-22-at-4-03-02-pm.png?w=526&h=329A hidden gem in the back-to-school movie line-up, School Ties stars Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O’Donnell, and Anthony Rapp. Taking place in a private all-boys school, School Ties covers touchy topics such as racism, bigotry, and prejudice and pushes the door wide open on the difficulties students face from their parents and their environment.

Mean Girls (2004)
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The cool girls may not be as cool as you think, and Mean Girls sheds light on what makes the Regina’s of the world tick. HINT: Be weary of those girls with wacko moms…

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Pumpkin Pasties

It’s Harry Potter Week and we’re celebrating this magical wizard all week long! Come back each day for more magical stuff!

Hello, and welcome to Harry Potter week! In celebration of Harry’s birthday at the end of July, this whole week is dedicated to Harry and his magical wizarding world. With fun recipes, crafts, and trivia, this is bound to be a fun few days for all my fellow Potterheads!

Today we’re kicking things off with a tasty Harry Potter-inspired recipe. Direct from the Hogwarts Express, these Pumpkin Pasties are sure to please wizards and muggles alike. Though they’re not quite as exciting in the summer as they would be in the fall, these tasty pumpkin pockets are the perfect snack for when you’re sitting down to watch or read Harry Potter for what’s sure to be the billionth time by now.

Though I’m not a huge pumpkin fan, I really liked these pasties. A little sweet, little spice, and a touch of brisk fall air makes these Pumpkin Pasties a must-have for those looking to have the full Harry Potter dining experience!

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Pumpkin Pasties

Ingredients:

Pasty Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 4 tablespoons ice water

Filling

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse a few times to combine.  Scatter the butter and shortening over the flour mixture.  Pulse about 15 times until the mixture resembles coarse yellow meal, with no white powdery bits remaining.
    Tip:  Your butter and shortening need to be VERY cold.  I cut mine into pieces then put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes before adding them to the flour. 
  2. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl (it will be very crumbly, it’s okay!).  Sprinkle 4 tablespoons ice water over flour mixture.  Toss together until it starts clumping together.  I found it best to just go in there with my hands and mix the dough until it all gathered together.  Gather dough into a ball, then pat it into a disk.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. Combine pumpkin, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl.  Mix well and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Roll out dough 1/8 in. thick.  Cut out circles with rim of glass or biscuit cutter (I used a 3 in. round biscuit cutter).  Place cut disks on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in center of each circle of dough.  Moisten edges of dough with water.  Fold dough over filling and crimp edges together with a fork.  Cut slits on tops to make vents.  Sprinkle with raw sugar, if desired.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Serve warm!  With a 3 in. cutter, this recipe made about 10 pasties.

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12 Ways to Cook with Beer

On January 16, 1919, the US government ratified the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, prohibiting the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors for beverage purposes”. It remained in effect until 1933, when the 21st Amendment revoked prohibition.

Today beer and other alcoholic beverages have a much better reputation, especially with creative chefs and bakers. The health benefits of beer are said to be better than those of wine and the idea of craft brew and at home brewing has many adventurous beer-lovers aching to try the newest beverage on the market.

With the release of thousands of flavorful and lagers,  cooking with beer has never been more exciting. I had a blast pulling together these delicious recipes and I wish there was time to include even more!

From the traditional beer bread and beer braised meat to the more original use of beer in various desserts and side dishes, this collection of beer-themed recipes helps celebrate and honor this well-loved beverage.

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1.  Beer Braised Chicken Tacos with Beer Corn Tortillas from The Beeroness

2.  Guinness Chocolate Pudding from Sprinkle Bakes

3.  Honey Beer Bread from LuLuLu at Home

4.  Braised Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Beer from A Spicy Perspective

5.  Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken from How Sweet It Is

6.  Beer Battered Onion Rings from Pennies on a Platter

7.  Sourdough Beer Pretzels from Sugar Crafter

8.  Chicken with Honey Beer Sauce from So, How’s it Taste?

9.  Founder’s Porter Macaroni and Cheese from Michigan Beer Blog

10.  Beer Braised Pulled Pork from Domestic Fits

11.  Beer Battered Asparagus from CraftBeer.com

12.  Teriyaki Porter Drumsticks from The Brooklyn Brew Shop

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Pepita Pesto Pasta with Roasted Squash

I love cooking with squash in the winter and fall.  If you get it at the right place and time, you can get an awesome deal, and 1 medium butternut squash can easily feed several people.

While I have to credit Rachel Ray for this delicious meal, I will say that this is no where near a 30 minute meal, as she claims.  It does take some time, but it’s well worth the wait.  Perfect for a cold winter night, this meal is soul food at its finest.

You can also liven this dish up by adding some sausage, like we did here, or some blackened chicken.  The squash is good in this recipe, but I think using a meat would be much better.  And I don’t recommend altering the pesto at all…it’s so good just as is!  If you don’t like pumpkin seeds or have any allergies to them, they can easily be omitted without loosing flavor, but the pesto is my favorite part of this dish!  I might make it again in the summer to marinate chicken or maybe fish.

Pepita Pesto Pasta with Roasted Squash

Ingredients:

  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. quinoa penna or whole wheat penne
  • 1 ½ lbs. butternut squash or pumpkin—pealed, seeded and cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Nutmeg, for grating
  • 1 cup chopped parsley and cilantro
  • ½ cup grated romano cheese
  • 1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 lime, juiced

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.

2. While the pasta is working, on a baking sheet, drizzle the squash with oil and season with salt, pepper, and grated nutmeg. Roast until tender and charred at the edges,, about 18 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, using a food processor, pulse 1/3 cup oil, the herbs, cheese, peppers, garlic, pumpkin seeds, and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Add the pesto, reserved pasta cooking water and squash to the drained pasta. Toss gently and serve.

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