Pumpkin Bread

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Don’t you love the different seasons… and all the good food that accompanies them?

My grandson, Adam, was over the other day and he wanted to bake something. He flipped through my recipe book, Homemade with Love, and this Pumpkin Bread is what he decided on making.

He got out all the ingredients, followed the recipe to the tee and made us all a delicious fall treat. Grandad really loved it!

This pumpkin bread is wonderful for autumn breakfasts and can be made into muffins, too!

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Peanut Butter Christmas Kiss Cookies

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Peanut Butter Christmas Kiss Cookies have been a long-time Christmas cookie tradition in our home for many, many years. Everyone looks forward to these special sweet treats! This version of the recipe includes colored sprinkles and peppermint kisses!

This is a great cookie recipe for kids to make with you, too, because they can easily help with many of the steps…such as rolling the dough into balls, coating the balls with sugar or sprinkles, unwrapping the chocolate kisses, and also adding the kisses to the cookies.

So, gather your little ones in the kitchen and make some Christmas memories!

Here’s the recipe.

  • Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Christmas sprinkles
  • Peppermint Hershey’s kisses (any kind work, if you don’t care for peppermint)

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Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods

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‘Tis the season for so many wonderful things. Every day in December seems to bring about some sort of special activity, festive sounds, nostalgic feelings, or sweet treats to eat! It really is a special time of the year.

Some of my grandkids were with me last week, so we decided to make these yummy chocolate-dipped pretzels.

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Apple Crisp

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We’ve had a great crop of apples from our apple trees this year, so it’s been nice to have extra apples readily available to do all sorts of cooking and baking!

Usually Rick loves and prefers anything chocolate, but this is one exception! Apple crisp has been a favorite now for many years. He loves to eat it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

So, since it is apple season, what better better time than now to share this delicious, homemade recipe with you…..

  • 4 cups sliced apples (approx 4-5 large apples)
  • 1/ 1/3 c. Brown sugar
  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 c. oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2/3 c. butter, softened

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Coconut Oil Candy Bars

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Now, here’s a new favorite recipe in our house!

We have several in the family cutting back on, or cutting out, sugar for the time being. But, sometimes you just need a little something for that sweet tooth!

So, here is a chocolate recipe that is good for you, and oh so delicious- with only a small amount of honey as a sweetener.

And even better, it’s super easy to whip up too!

  • 2/3 c. melted coconut oil
  • 2/3 c. cocoa- I use dark chocolate cocoa (such as Hershey’s ‘Special Dark Cocoa”)
  • dash of salt
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1/4 c. honey

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Fresh Blueberry Crisp

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Want a special July treat? I just finished making a fresh blueberry crisp!

We order blueberries from some Mennonites who travel up to New Jersey and bring back 10 and 20 lb. boxes of berries. Boy, are they tasty.

We LOVE Apple Crisp, so I thought I’d try a Blueberry Crisp tonight, and boy, it’s almost gone. Everyone’s had seconds!

Here’s how you make it…

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Summertime Snacks From A to Z

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Kids are always up for a snack, aren’t they?!

It’s a good idea to have plenty on hand for hungry bellies throughout the summer!

Sometimes it’s hard to think up something new or different for snack time. You know there are plenty of options, but your mind goes blank when you are trying to make up your grocery list. (or does that only happen to me?!)

So, let’s have a little fun with it-  Snack Ideas from A to Z to give you a little inspiration!

Ants on a Log (celery with peanut butter and raisins)

Banana Smoothie (1/2 cup sliced banana, 1/4 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth)

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Springtime Tradition- Fresh Strawberry Jam

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Boy, do we ever love the month of May when the strawberries are ripe and ready to be picked!
We have a strawberry farm nearby, and it’s become a fun spring-time tradition to pick fresh strawberries several times during the month and make some of our favorite recipes!

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Dirt Cake

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dirt cake pic monkeyWhat kid doesn’t like dirt? What about edible dirt?
Well, here’s a recipe for a “dirt” cake that’s sure to delight boys and girls alike!
It’s just a fun idea to make special memories with your little ones.
This was a favorite with one of my daughters, especially. She LOVED gummy worms and this creative little dessert just delighted her.
Go have some fun with your kids!

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