Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts

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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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Goose applique on a blanket with a ruffle - easy farmhouse style upcycled blanket project

Have you ever wondered what the true cost of all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas would be?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

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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.

I use my slow cooker to make this because it's more energy efficient than using my stove.

This isn't a magical "set it and forget it for 8 hours" recipe but it requires very minimal work from you - which is perfect for a day when you'll be home working on other stuff.

Your soup can cook while you toodle around your house working on other projects. The end result is delicious homemade chicken soup in a rich broth you made from scratch.

This soup is naturally gluten free, is keto friendly and perfect for those following paleo or Whole30 diet plans.

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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, 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, December 3, 2017

How to make sugar scrub with peppermint essential oils
If you want to learn how to make sugar scrub, you're in the right place! This peppermint sugar scrub recipe combines vanilla and peppermint essential oils to get a yummy smelling scrub that you layer to get a pretty candy cane effect - perfect for gift giving!

I love giving healthy personal care products for quick and easy Christmas gifts. Using staples that you already have in your kitchen and some yummy essential oils, you can create a great peppermint sugar scrub that will exfoliate dead skin and smell delicious at the same time! One of the best parts about this project is that you do not have to be crafty to pull it off.

To make a delightful peppermint scrub, start with an organic peppermint oil and combine it with sugar and coconut oil to make an awesome sugar scrub. I love using mine to exfoliate my whole body in the shower or to scrub dirt off my hands after I have been in the garden.

Update: This recipe was originally created by using Rocky Mountain Oils' "Blend of Vanilla" and "candy cane" oils. Due to shortages in the worldwide vanilla crop, vanilla essential oil is in short supply and RMO is no longer carrying it. This recipe was updated in 2018 to reflect oils that are currently available on the market.
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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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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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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for hot cocoa.  My mom used to make it for us on cold winter nights, and would always tell us how when she was a teenager, her dad (my grandpa), would get up with her before school and make her hot cocoa and cornbread on cold winter mornings.  I think the world would be a better place if more dads made hot cocoa for their kids on cold mornings, don't you?

This delicious hot cocoa is not the recipe my grandpa used, but it is rich and sweet, with a light peppermint flavor to make it a little extra special for the Holiday season. It will be perfect for Santa on Christmas Eve, a holiday party or a cold winter morning with your family.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market.
panettone french toast recipe (pannetone recipes)

Have you seen those big red boxes of the Italian fruitcake, Panettone, at Christmas time and wondered what to do with it? I have a delightful recipe for Panettone French toast that is perfect for breakfast or brunch on Christmas morning!

One of my favorite Christmas recipes is Panettone French Toast. Panettone is a traditional Italian bread filled with raisins, candied orange peel and other fruits and it is delicious. This year, Cost Plus World Market asked me to partner with them to show off the recipe - so it's up over on the official World Market blog this week as we focus on Christmas traditions from around the world!

My wonderful Italian grandmother excelled at traditional recipes but wasn't afraid to experiment with new things either. This French toast is a fun twist on the traditional Italian Christmas bread - and something I think Grandma would approve of!
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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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Monday, March 30, 2015

easy to make frozen centerpieces for a Disney Frozen party


When my best friend's daughter turned five, she decided to have a Disney Frozen themed party. I made these easy DIY centerpieces featuring snowflakes and sparkles - everything Elsa loves! This pretty Frozen center piece idea also doubles as a party favor since guests can take them home to use as magic wands! Just let each guest choose a snowflake wand to bring home and practice their freezing powers.

If the birthday kid has a Frozen inspired bedroom, use hot glue instead of wood glue to attach the snowflakes to the wands so you can pop them off after the party and turn them into Disney Frozen bedroom decor! Attach them to the wall or hang them with clear fishing line (high enough not to be a hazard, of course!).

While I made these for a Disney Frozen birthday party, if you need decorations for a winter themed banquet or a snowflake party, these would make great decorations for that as well!
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015




This recipe was inspired by this Coconut Carrot soup recipe which appears on My Wife Makes. It is warm and creamy and spiced without being too spicy. It's a great way to use leftover shredded chicken but stands well on its own without the chicken if you don't happen to have any in your fridge. It's also a fabulous source of vitamin a - you get more than 150% of your recommended daily value in just one bowl!


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014



I love making Christmas Ornaments. So much that sometimes I worry that one year I'm going to run out of room on my tree to hang them up! This ornament was super easy to make and used materials from the dollar store so it's super affordable, too!


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Thursday, August 14, 2014


Coffee creamer is one of those things that really makes or breaks your cup of coffee. Almost all store bought creamers, however, are made with a variety of GMO derived ingredients including corn syrup solids or high fructose corn syrup. EW. Luckily, making your own creamer is super easy and cost efficient, too!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic milk
  • 1 cup organic sweetened condensed milk (I get mine at Trader Joe's)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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Monday, January 14, 2013

How to make an easy DIY wreath that lasts all winter


I love the subtle elegance of white and silvery winter decor. When I took down my Christmas wreath in January, I knew I wanted to do something pretty and classic that would last through the rest of winter. This pretty DIY winter wreath featuring snowflakes was my answer!

To make it, I upcycled a grapevine style wreath I had from a previous project. By giving the rustic wreath an update with paint, glitter and repurposed snowflake ornaments I had on hand I got a pretty winter wreath for free!

This pretty snowy wreath will fit all style of decor including rustic, lodge and farmhouse.

If you decide to make this wreath, won't you share? I'd love to have you share photos of your wreaths in the Creative Green Living Tribe group on Facebook or post it on Instagram and tag @CreativeGreenLiving.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I was on a hunt last week for the perfect spinach and artichoke soup and found this one from Rachel Ray. Using it as a base, I made a few tweaks and added leftover chicken for heartiness.

And it was darn tasty. My husband who does not really like soup had 3 bowls. It's that good.


Spinach, Artichoke and Chicken Soup

Ingredients:
  • 5 organic baking potatoes - scrubbed, peeled and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 onion (finely chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic - pressed or finely chopped
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 quart vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 Tbso dried Oregano
  • Pepper to taste
  • Sea Salt 
  • 2 tsp dried Thyme
  • 1 can (14 ounce) or artichoke hearts - drained and chopped
  • 16 ounces of frozen or fresh spinach
  • 2 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Shredded cheese for garnish (Parmesan, mozzarella or colby jack are all great) 
Directions:
  1. Put the potatoes in a large pot of cold water. Salt the water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until fork-tender (about 15-20 minutes). Drain the potatoes and set aside.
  2. Back in the pot, melt the butter into the EVOO over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft (about 5-7 minutes). Add the boiled potatoes and milk and use the back of your spoon to mash together.
  3. Season with oregano, pepper, salt and thyme. Add chicken broth and bring to a low simmer. Stir in artichokes, spinach and chicken. Cook until heated through, stirring throughout. Stir in Parmesan.
  4. Garnish with cheese on top and serve with crusty bread. 
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