Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fall. Show all posts

Friday, July 5, 2019

How to make salt and vinegar kale chips in a food dehydrator - the best way to get crispy kale chips that aren't soggy

If you are longing for a healthy vegetable chip that is crunchy and salty with the tang of vinegar but doens't have all the carbs of a potato chip, you are in the right place!

These salt and vinegar kale chips are crunchy and delightful and literally melt in your mouth. 

If you have been eating kale chips from the store, you have NEVER had a kale chip quite like these!

What is the secret to making the best kale chips that melt in your mouth instead have that gross, clumpy waxy feel?

A good dehydrator!
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Friday, February 1, 2019

The recipe is sponsored by Wild Harvest.
The best hearty beef Instant Pot chili recipe with stew meat

If you are looking for an easy Instant Pot chili that's hearty and delicious, you're in the right place!

This beefy chili recipe is a modified version of the stew meat chili my stepdad used to make when I was growing up.

Instead of ground beef, this chili features large, hearty chunks of organic stew meat from Wild Harvest.
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Starbucks knock off caramel apple cider hot seasonal beverage

What are your favorite seasonal Starbucks drinks? If you said the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice (a yummy, hot apple cider drink with cinnamon and caramel!), you aren't alone!

If you want to learn how to make a Starbucks caramel apple spice inspired hot apple cider drink, this recipe is for you!

Starbucks calls their version of this recipe a Caramel Apple Spice.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

How to make delicious gluten free stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas

If you need a gluten free stuffing recipe, you're in the right place! This gluten free stuffing recipe with sausage is so good that nobody will know its gluten free unless you tell them!

This stuffing is perfect for turkey stuffing or just baking on the side as-is (but way tastier than the stuff from Stove Top!).

Whether you need GF stuffing for Thanksgiving, Christmas or just because this recipe will be a hit with everyone!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Homemade chicken soup recipe
There are a lot of things you can do with a whole chicken but one of my favorite things to do is make homemade chicken soup in my Crockpot because it's easy, delicious and super healthy.

By starting with the whole chicken, you don't need to add chicken broth - the chicken makes the broth for you! It turns out absolutely divine and is perfect as leftovers or to freeze for later.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to decorate in rustic farmhouse style for fall

With the leaves changing and the weather becoming more cold and blustery, it's time to decorate for fall! 

Beautiful, farmhouse style decor is the perfect way to decorate with pumpkins and leaves in chic style. 

I love all of these different rustic decor ideas because they will take all the way from first fall to Halloween and Thanksgiving. Just decorate once and you'll be set until Christmas!

I've linked to my favorite farmhouse decor ideas for fall. Some are small projects and others are whole home tours! Be sure to read my blurbs because that living room shot you love might actually have 10 more of the whole house if you click over to see!
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

How to make sugar free, gluten free, keto cloud bread - they taste like scones!
If you loved bread before you started keto or went gluten free, going without can be a hard adjustment to make. What do you eat with your tea? Dessert? As a snack? 

This delicious cinnamon cloud bread is the answer to your bready keto cravings. I like to eat them as-is with a cup of tea or bulletproof coffee. 

If you need a fat and protein boost, smear it with some almond butter and maybe even add a couple sliced strawberries. YUM! 

The inspiration for this recipe came from the "english muffins" recipe on page 158 of Vanessa Spina's book Keto Essentials: Your Complete Guide to the Ketogenic Diet (get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble). 

Her book has all kinds of really creative keto recipes (all of which are also gluten free!). If you're looking for a great keto cookbook, I highly recommend it.

This cloud bread recipe is sweet and spicy and perfect for dessert.

If you want a cloud bread that is more well suited for savory applications, leave out the xylitol, vanilla and cinnamon (but do whisk the egg yolks with the sour cream before adding them to the egg whites on step 5). 

Creative Green Living has an awesome recipe for plain cloud bread. It's perfect for sandwiches or savory applications. I love topping mine with cream cheese, lox and capers for breakfast or an easy lunch.

Unlike other cloud bread recipes, this cloud bread is made with sour cream instead of cream cheese. I find sour cream is easier to mix smoothly and you don't have to remember to set it out to soften!

Cloud bread is also called "oopsie bread" and this cinnamon oopsie bread will be a fun twist for those looking for flavored cloud bread or flavored oopsie bread recipes.

But you didn't come here to hear me ramble. You want to learn how to make this bread! Let's get down to it!
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

how to make roasted red pepper soup - gluten free and whole 30 compliant

This roasted red pepper soup is one of the finest soups that I have created in a while. There is a rich, warm, almost sweet flavor from the roasted peppers and carrots, that is nicely balanced by the drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salty parmesan.  It is delicious. 

This soup is gluten free and has an option to make it paleo, vegan AND Whole 30 compliant - this makes the soup perfect for just about everyone. So bring it to your potluck or as a side dish for family dinner and everyone will be able to enjoy it!

Last week, I wrote about how to easily make your own roasted red peppers, so if you are feeling ambitious, you can make your own roasted peppers to put in this soup.  If you are not up to that, just buy yourself a nice jar of roasted red peppers.  It might not be as satisfying as making your own, but they will work just fine.  

This recipe will help you stick to your New Year's healthy eating resolutions, while still delivering a delicious flavor.  

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

fancy cranberry sauce recipe

Are you looking for a fancy cranberry sauce recipe to bring to Thanksgiving dinner this year? Your friends and family will be so impressed when you show up with the best cranberry sauce ever.

It truly is the most delicious cranberry sauce I've ever had - and it is SO easy to make that this year my 5 year old practically made it (he did need some help with peeling and cutting). Once you've had this slightly chunky cranberry sauce made from scratch, it's hard to go back to the blob in a can!

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Italian style chili that is gluten free and dairy free is the perfect warming soup for fall and winter!
If you feel like having chili for dinner but don't have time to fire up the crock pot, this easy stovetop recipe is for you.

This Italian chili recipe is gluten-free and features the flavors of Italian sausage and winter squash in a hearty, warming chili.

This chili is NOT spicy, which makes it more family friendly. If you love heat, though, add chili powder or hot sauce when you add the spices to bring it to the level of spicy heat you prefer.

This Italian style chili is also a great way to sneak veggies and fiber into your kids. Between the squash, the tomatoes and the beans, they'll have a nice nutrition boost - ans so much tastier than anything you can find in a can!

This delicious chili keeps well - so if you have extras but don't want to eat them the next day, you can freeze it to save for the next time you want chili without having to pull out the crockpot.
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

girl leaf photo
Fall is exploding with color and is just waiting for you to get outside to enjoy it. The kids may be back to school but that doesn’t mean your outdoor fun has to stop. Create a fall bucket list with all the places and activities you’d like to see or do this season. Making a list will help you make time to see all that fall has to offer; the food, fall color, and family fun. To help you get started, I’ve assembled a list of 10 outdoor activities that are absolute "must-do's" with your kids. These are the outdoor activities are fall traditions in our house that we look forward to every year. Take a look and you’ll see just how fun getting outdoors this fall will be.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I love all the flavors of fall - pumpkin spice and apple pie and caramel. One flavor I've been loving to pair with my coffee this year is maple. This delicious coffee creamer marries the sweet flavors of cream, vanilla and maple together to make the perfect coffee condiment. This coffee creamer is all natural and perfect to add to both hot and iced coffee.
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Whole 30 is a fabulous way of getting yourself back in gear for The New Year.  Whether this is your first time through it, or your fifth, a tasty new recipe is sure to help you out.  

This dish is gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian.  Perfect for all your dietary needs, and absolutely amazing!  You can add meat to it if you like, or eat it just like it is!  Trust me, it is plenty filling without the meat!  

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Sunday, November 13, 2016


The world is split in to two kinds of people, those who like Brussels sprouts, and those who don’t!  I must say, I am truly in the like camp, and I think more people would join me if they cooked their sprouts this way!

I think most of us have eaten those over-cooked Brussels sprouts, boiled for too long and all of their colour lost. They just sit on the plate, all pale green and mushy. Well, it’s time to make Brussels sprouts the star of your thanksgiving and Christmas side dishes!

I’ve gone for some classic seasonal flavours to make the sprouts sing-maple syrup and bacon-so that they will compliment your main meal. They are pan fried before being cooked in the oven, so they keep their beautiful colours and remain firm. When pan frying the batches, be sure to add seasoning, as this will help give that lovely salty sweet finish.

Just a handful of ingredients and 45 minutes to make (includes prep AND bake time) these sprouts are easy peasy.  You can also make these the day before you want to serve them, just keep them covered in the fridge and slowly heat back up in a saucepan.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Fall flavors are some of my favorite.  I love crisp apples, sweet butternut squash, the early winter greens and of course, pumpkin.  This fabulous pumpkin milkshake is vegan and refined sugar free due to the maple syrup.  It is delicious with just a hint of decadence.  Perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike!  We couldn't get enough of it in our house, and likely your family will love it, too!  

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016


I've talked before about my large glass jar collection. Not only are glass jars great for holding leftovers, but they make a great craft medium as well. (see all my projects using glass jars here!).

For this project, you can transform empty glass jars into lacey votive candle holders in less than 15 minutes with just a handful of supplies.
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Monday, September 5, 2016

Do you ever feel like your kids could use more outdoor time? It's easy to get stuck in a routine where indoor play becomes your norm. I had already been thinking I wanted to arrange a playground playdate with some of our friends and their kids to help get everyone outdoors when CLIF Kid emailed me. They want to encourage boys and girls to get more outside time. I love their products and I love this message so of course I said I would partner with them to bring you this post!


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Sunday, August 21, 2016



Do you love apple pie? I sure do. When our local farmers started bringing fresh apples to the farmer's market, my son asked if we could make an apple pie. It was 100 degrees outside, so uh, no. Sorry. BUT I did agree to see if I could make him an apple pie smoothie and I must say I am pretty proud of how this turned out!

Now you can enjoy apple pie all year round - even when it's hot outside - since this is your secret to no-bake apple pie!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015




Can't get enough pumpkin pie in your life? This tasty pumpkin pie oatmeal cooks in your programmable crockpot or rice cooker (this is the one I used) to have a healthy, hearty breakfast ready for you when you wake up. Cooking the oatmeal with the maple syrup helps the sweet flavor permeate the oatmeal - feel free to top it with just a bit more when you serve it.


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Friday, October 16, 2015



Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I want to see a show of hands: who else is excited for fall?! The crisp air, the sweaters, the pumpkin-flavored everything... And I'm obviously stoked for the seasonal decorations. The whirlwind of Halloween through Christmas is about to start, so I've been getting some projects done a little early. One of them is a pumpkin centerpiece for our dining room table and it was SO fast. In retrospect I could've waited until the 11th hour for this one, but oh well. At least it's one less thing on the list, right? Here's how to make one for yourself.

Supplies

  • Fake or real pumpkin (I used a Funkin!)
  • Silk flowers, one large bloom and one small
  • Faux leaves or branches
  • Wire cutters
  • Serrated knife or pumpkin carving kit

Directions

Step 1: 
I was initially going to use a real pumpkin for this, but then I realized two things. One, I would have to scoop out the pumpkin guts and I hate that. And two, the pumpkin would eventually rot and I'd have to take my arrangement apart. If I used a Funkin, I could keep the centerpiece forever! (Or at the very least, I'd have a vessel for a new fall arrangement next year.) So a fake pumpkin it was - but you can totally use a real one if you don't mind scooping pumpkin guts. The first step was to cut out a circle on top and remove the stem. (this is where you'd also remove the guts of a real pumpkin, if that's your choice)


Step 2: 
The rest of the process is easy but if you've never crafted with fake flowers before, I do have some tips for getting a cute arrangement quickly and easily. You'll want to position your largest flowers first. In my case, it was some green hydrangeas.


Step 3: 
The next step is to add some dimension, preferably with a leaf or other non-flower item. I found these excellent red leaves for 50% off at JoAnn. I pulled most of the "branches" off of the bigger stem because the whole thing was pretty big.


I put some leaves beneath the hydrangeas so they hung down over the front of the pumpkin. I also tucked a few of them up into the flowers themselves to fill in some gaps. This part was very unscientific. Just put the leaves where you see a sad empty space.


To get the bottom leaves to stay in place, I bent the ends slightly and hooked them over the edge of the pumpkin. If you plan to keep your arrangement for the long haul, you could use a dot of craft glue on the underside of the branch.

Step 4: 
Finally, you'll add your second (smaller!) flower. I picked ivory because I was already working with two darker colors and some contrast was in order. As with the leaves, I kind of popped these in wherever there was a naked spot. I only had to use three.


One of the flowers went in at the bottom, so I did the same bend-the-stem trick I used with the leaves and hooked it inside of the pumpkin. The hydrangeas are voluminous enough that things don't really move around, anyway.

That's it! Now you can kick back with some apple cider and admire your stylish table.


I know some people are nervous about flower arranging, but cutting the hole in the top of the fake pumpkin was the worst part. I might make a couple of these to give as hostess gifts as we get into party season! A glittery winter version with some frosted leaves in a white pumpkin would be so pretty.

What pumpkin crafts have you made this year? What's in your fall centerpieces?

About the Author: 
Paige Ronchetti is an interior decorator and blogger who writes about DIY projects, decor inspiration, and personal style over at Little Nostalgia. When she's not blogging, she's working with local clients through The Room Kit, her budget-friendly interior design business. Her favorite books are Harry Potter. Follow along on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


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