Pumpkin Spice

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This time of year it seems like everyone is looking for pumpkin spice something!

Well, whether it’s your coffee or cookies or sweet potato fries, you can transform them with these 5 ingredients!

Yes, you can buy something called “Pumpkin Pie Spice” at the store, but with the ingredients you probably already have, you can make your own! And this is also great for housewarming or hostess gifts! Just put some in a little jar with a ribbon!

 

  • 3 Tbls Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp Ground Allspice
  • 1 ½ tsp Ground Cloves

 

NOW…here’s how to use it to make a Pumpkin Spice Latte:

Ingredients

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling

1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup hot espresso or strong brewed coffee

Sweetened whipped cream, for serving

  1. Combine the milk, pumpkin puree, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a medium microwave safe bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and vent with a small hole. Microwave until the milk is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk vigorously until the milk mixture is foamy, about 30 seconds.
  2. Pour the espresso or coffee into a large mug and add the foamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice.

 

 

Here’s how to use it to make Pumpkin Spice Pancakes:

INGREDIENTS:

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup milk
½ cup pumpkin puree
1 large egg
2 tbsp vegetable oil or melted butter

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 200˚F. Set aside a baking sheet or oven-safe serving platter.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in a medium bowl. Make sure to blot out any chunks of brown sugar. In a separate small bowl, combine the milk, pumpkin, egg and oil or butter. Stir into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The batter may still be lumpy. Cook pancakes on stovetop or griddle.

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

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Our family LOVES tacos. This recipe is SO great. Just change up your tacos a bit. It’s super simple and a wonderful twist to the norm.

 

5-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 (16 oz) jar of picante

1 package taco seasoning

 

Shells

Shredded cheese

Lettuce

Sour Cream

(whatever else you top your tacos with…I like pineapple!)

 

Combine salsa and taco seasoning in crockpot. Put chicken in and cook for 5 hours on medium…or until chicken can be shredded with a fork. Serve on tortillas with taco toppings.

Back To School Breakfast

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Here’s a GREAT and EASY recipe to serve on the first day of school. (it’s healthy, too…but no one needs to tell the kids!)

 

1 chocolate cake mix

15 oz can of pumpkin

Half a bag of chocolate chips

 

Mix three ingredients together (no eggs, no oil!) Scoop into muffin papers. Bake 15-20 minutes in 350 degree oven for moist and delicious chocolate-chocolate chip muffins!

Chicken Divan

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This is a great way to get your kids to eat green veggies!! This has been a family favorite for YEARS and we thought we shared it years ago. It is super easy and everyone loves it!

 

 

2 cups chopped cooked chicken

2 cups chopped cooked broccoli

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

2 cans cream of chicken soup

 

 

Combine ingredients and put in a 9×13 casserole dish. Bake in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.

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Grilled Summer Squash

Summer Squash Summer BountyThis is one of my favorite summer recipes. And it’s so easy!

 

Zucchini

Summer Squash

Butter

Garlic salt

 

 

Preheat grill for medium-high heat.

Place the zucchini, and squash on a large sheet of foil.

Dot with butter.

Season with garlic salt.

Seal vegetables in the foil.

Place the foil pack on the preheated grill and cook 20 minutes until vegetables are tender.

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BLT Salad

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Don’t you just LOVE a fresh cool BLT in the summer!? I just love all those flavors together! Well, check this out. This is the salad version! SO yummy!

1/2 pound bacon

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 TBS red wine vinegar

1/2 TBS sugar

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil

Croutons

1 pound romaine lettuce – rinsed, dried, and chopped

1 pint yellow grape tomatoes, sliced

 

Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside, reserving 2 tablespoons of the drippings.

In a small bowl, whisk together the reserved bacon drippings, mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar and basil and let dressing stand, covered, at room temperature.

In a large bowl mix together the romaine, tomatoes, bacon and croutons. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well.

 

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Blueberry Buckle

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This is one of my FAVORITE recipes. I love that you can make it with either fresh or frozen blueberries. I now make my own version of the recipe I originally got from Deanna House. It’s just how I like it. (btw…Blueberry Buckle is allegedly called “buckle” because while it bakes the batter rises, but the berries and crumb topping weigh it down. This causes the surface of the cake to buckle…hence the name!)

 

Mmmm…Saturday morning breakfast for sure!

 

2 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup milk

1 egg

2 cups fresh blueberries

 

Topping:

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 cup softened butter

 

In large mixing bowl, sift together 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk together vegetable oil, milk, and egg.

Pour liquid ingredients into flour mixture. Stir just until flour disappears.

Fold in blueberries.

 

Pour batter into a buttered 13×9 baking pan.

In a small bowl, mix together the topping ingredients until crumbly, then sprinkle evenly over the batter.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

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