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Pumpkin Mousse

A few years ago I made a pumpkin mousse instead of a pie for Thanksgiving, and it was wonderful. Since many of us don’t really care for pie crust, I decided to bring out this old recipe once again. It’s been a while, and if you follow my Instagram, you saw that I royally messed up this super simple recipe! Ended up fixing it and it turned out fine. Here is how to make it. Ingredients 1 (15oz) pumpkin 3 cups heavy cream 3/4 cup super fine sugar 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice 1 tbsp vanilla extract Ginger snap cookies for garnish, or graham crackers Whipped cream or vanilla ice…
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Haricots Verts Casserole

Just a little twist on the classic green bean casserole – a staple at Thanksgiving tables tomorrow. Ingredients 11 x 7 baking dish + non stick spray 12oz haricots verts 2 tbsp canola oil 3 cups sliced mushrooms 1/2 cup chopped onion / shallot 1 tbsp flour 1 cup unsalted chicken stock / vegetable stock 2 tbsp heavy cream salt and pepper 3 tbsp parmesian reggiano, grated 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs Directions Trim and blanch the haricots verts and place in the baking pan. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium hi heat Add the 3 cups of mushrooms and the onion or shallots. Cook until…
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Pumpkin Spice Latte Bread

If you’re really looking to spice it up this Thanksgiving, this bread is the answer. We love breads because they travel well – no worrying if your pie plate is safe in the trunk, or on so-and-so’s lap, or if your crust is done perfect and not gooey in the middle. Lets be honest, we don’t even like the crust! So really, just make something that is super flavorful for Thanksgiving dessert. A homemade bread pulls double duty, too. It’s flexible. Well, I guess pie is too. But bread can be served with coffee or milk any time of day. You can warm it, or eat it ala mode, or…
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White Chicken Chili

Baby it’s cold outside! We were not ready for the 18* Wisconsin weather this morning. Well, let me re-phrase that. I was not ready for this bitter cold. My kids on the other hand, all they can think about is, “MOM IS IT GOING TO SNOW? WE LOVE SNOW!” This chicken chili recipe will warm you up in no time. And if it happens to snow, you’ll be prepared for 3 nights of dinner, easy. That means you can snow blow your driveway and not worry about your tummy. This recipe makes a lot. So with that, we have thought of how we might recycle the leftovers. Chicken Chili over…
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Slow Cooker Chili

Chili is one of the best winter comfort foods – and it’s super easy to make and very flavorful. We also love how verstaile chili is, and if you have some nice tupperware, it’s very freezer friedly. So go ahead and make a double batch. For those busy winter nights after school, you’ll thank yourself for an easy meal. My kids are spice sensitive. Many kiddos don’t like spicy foods, so this recipe is amazingly family friendly. It’s a very flavorful recipe without a ton of heat. If you want extra heat, you can always add more seasoning to your individual portion. Or cool it down with some sour cream.…
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Cranberry Oat Breakfast Bars

Recently I attended a yoga retreat with my friend Misty who brought these amazing bars along as a snack.  Misty is an incredible woman who helps at our school a LOT (she’s my work wife, we joke), so I knew her treats would be as amazing. And they were! The Cranberry Oat Breakfast Bars are the perfect treat – not too sweet and super healthy. And since Craisins (dried cranberries) are a safe, PN/TN free food, I thought this would be a perfect recipe to add to our mix of healthy snacking. Also, kids approved today when we made this recipe for breakfast – crumbles well over yogurt if you’re…
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Whole Wheat Banana Oat Muffins

We are having a beautiful fall; however, it is almost winter in Wisconsin. The days are darker, colder and comfort food is on our minds. This week we decided to make some healthy-ish breakfast muffins (always comforting) since we have a lot of activities. If the kids want to sleep in a little, these muffins allow them to eat in the car on the way to school + activities. And since I made them, I feel OK with that! Prep time is about 10 minutes, then they bake for 18. If you want to get it all done in 1 batch, have two cupcake pans sprayed or lined and your…
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10 Minute Baked Potato

What?! Did you even know this was such a thing? We were in a hurry the other day, yet we were all craving a good, hearty meal. We had potatoes, steak, mushrooms and a bunch of herbs and shallots in the fridge. With less that 20 minutes to get dinner on the table, we googled this potato recipe, and now it’s a game change for us. All you need is a baked potato or 4. Rinse well, poke with a fork all over. Pop into your microwave for 5 minutes. Check on it, flip it, put it back in for 5 more minutes. I’ve made potatoes this way 2 times…
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Halloween Party Menu

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate – it can also be one of the trickiest when you have to think about food allergies. This is one of the reasons why we always host a party, we are in control of the menu. This year I have the pleasure of hosting with a good friend of mine, and let me tell you, it’s so much easier having a buddy to plan and prep with! Here is what we have decided on for food: Appetizers Taco Dip Veggie Tray Fruit Tray Cheese + Triscuits Mains Macaroni & Cheese Bar Bacon Sausage Chives Salsa Avocado Parmesan Curls Crock pot meats…
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Birthday Totes 'n Treats

Happy Birthday, Christopher! Thank you ALL for coming to make this day special. We hope you had a wonderful day celebrating! Lets talk about those treat bags! They are 100% nut free. Nut free candies are listed below with ingredient labels. Also, those cupcakes were made in a special nut free facility known as Nutphrees Bakery! Nutphrees now distributes to Whole Foods Madison. We decorated these cupcakes with some non-food, fun little Spider Man toppings! The label and contact info is below. Their recipe is the same we use at home and they are made in a dedicated, nut free facility in Chicago. Want to make your next gathering nut…
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Sheet Pan Apple Pancake

Last week we visited a local apple orchard, Eplegaarden. It’s an old Norwegian farm where the owners have done a wonderful job of preserving it. There is a small picnic area so you can bring in your own treats (and take the garbage when you leave), a real pick your own pumpkin patch, raspberry picking, apple picking, sweet bakery area (don’t forget your epi-pens! Be safe and eat your own treats. Farms and Orchards are NEVER safe.) and some animals. We went mid-week and there were the only ones picking apples when we got there. I much prefer this, compared to the long lines and huge crowds at some pumpkin…
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Chicken Enchilada Melt Subs

Happy Fall! It’s October 1st and we couldn’t be more excited about this month’s upcoming festivities; orchards, pumpkins, lattes, leaf piles, leaf peeping, camp fires, parties and trick-or-treat! Halloween is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate. As the kids get older, and our time to make meals becomes less and less due to their involvement at school + activities, my blog posts containing elaborate meals is diminishing by the day! I’m peeking back at prior posts thinking, “how the heck did I have TIME to make all that food?!” And the reality is, I didn’t. Opportunity Cost {A benefit, profit, or value of something that must be given up…
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Hide & Eek Boutique Halloween Cookie House

Today I spoke with Tom in cusomter relations at Taret’s Corproate office in Minneapolis, MN, regarding these adorable Chocolate Halloween House Cookie Kits pictured below. I have excellent news for you friends! It’s a nut free cookie house! Chloe and Carter are going to lose their minds when I bring this out at the end of the month for us to assemble! Allergens: Wheat, egg and soy. May contain: Milk. Tom went above and beyond and sent a note out to the production crew to make sure that there was no chace of cross contact with nuts in the facility. He knew that most DIY cookie houses were made in…
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School Safe with Allergies

The beginning of the school year is always so exciting and I wanted to just take a second and repost this great article published by Allergic Living Magazine, “Food Allergies at School.” The article is a great tool for preparing for back to school and understanding laws that support food allergy. This was interesting to me since I did not realize food allergies were considered a disability. 2. Understand the Supporting Laws There are laws that can support your child with food allergies to have a safe and inclusive school year. Below are the primary laws to review. • Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Amendment Act of 2008: The ADA is a federal civil…
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