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homemade pumpkin puree

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Sometimes the pumpkins you grow in your garden aren’t big enough to be your Halloween jack-o-lanterns, so what should you do with all of those pumpkins?  Make homemade pumpkin puree!  It’s so easy to do and it can be used to make lots of yummy recipes!   Give me five minutes and let me show you how to do it!  (And stick around — at the end of the post I’ll share a few of my favorite pumpkin puree recipes!)       How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree           When pureeing our homegrown pumpkins, I...

Santa Christmas cookies

Santa Cookies and other Christmas Traditions

This post contains affiliate links that help support my site.   Since Christmas traditions are really on my mind now, this past weekend I made these cute Santa Cookies that are a tradition in my husband’s family.  You might be thinking, “Christmas traditions?  Already?”  Yes, I know Thanksgiving comes first. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving, too, but it doesn’t take THAT long to get ready for.   Christmastime is magical and to make it magical takes time and preparation.  I have told you before how I like to make Christmas treats ahead of time and freeze them so that...

mission farewell

My Daughter’s Mission Farewell

I am going to be real here for a minute and tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly of preparing to send your child on a mission. This past week has been full of emotions.  My daughter, Kira, is preparing to depart for the Arizona Tucson LDS mission [for 18 months] on November 8th, so yesterday she gave her farewell remarks at church and then we had a luncheon for her afterwards.  The week was full of stress trying to estimate how many people would be there, how much food to plan for, making the food, and shuttling...

dehydrating apples

Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar

This post contains affiliate links which help support this site.   This weekend I have been dehydrating apples with cinnamon and sugar.  It is such a yummy and (relatively) healthy snack.  You may have figured out by all of my recent apple recipes that we have lots of apples at our house right now, so we are doing lots of  food preservation!       Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar             Let’s get started!     Cinnamon Sugar Apples Ingredients   Fresh apples Cinnamon and sugar shaker (if you don’t have one you can mix...

christmas recipes

Christmas Recipes That Your Sweet Tooth Will Love!

Right around this time of year is when I start making my Christmas treats.  What?  Christmas recipes already?  That’s right.  You heard me.  I start making my Christmas treats in October.  Why?  Well, my personal experience is it gets close to Thanksgiving life gets insanely busy with family get togethers, Christmas shopping, and holiday activities, so why not get them done early???  All that I do is put my Christmas treats in  freezer storage bags, press out the extra air, seal them, and then they are all ready!  I take them out the day before whatever event I want to...

caramel apple dessert

How to Make Caramel Apple Dessert Turnovers

This post contains affiliate links which help support this site.   Hey, guys!  I have a bunch of apple pie filling that I canned that I need to use.  I came up with these caramel apple dessert turnovers while I was experimenting with ideas for recipes to use the pie filling.  They were delish and so quick and easy to make!  Sound good? Well, read on my friends because I’ve got the recipe right here for you!         Caramel Apple Dessert Turnovers               Caramel Apple Dessert Turnover Ingredients: Puff pastry sheets Apple pie filling...

homemade applesauce

How to Make Homemade Applesauce in the Pressure Cooker

This post contains affiliate links which help support this site.   This week I have been canning homemade applesauce.  I have a sweet neighbor who has an apple tree and every fall he gives me lots of apples for FREE!  I love being able to build my food storage and having it not cost anything!  Last year I used the apples he gave to me to can some easy apple pie filling, so this year I decided to make homemade applesauce.  I know applesauce is a yummy treat, but did you also know that you can use applesauce in place...

organization app

Organize Your Family with this Must-Have Organization App – Get Cozi!

This post contains affiliate links (which means I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you, on purchases made through links on this site).   I started  looking for organization apps a couple of months ago and I found one that I am really loving.  It was always a struggle for me to feel organized. I just never was on top of things like I wanted to be. Like a lot of moms, I always have so many balls in the air and things slip through the cracks.  The must-have organization app I settled on is called...

emergency plan

How to Make an Emergency Plan for Your Family

This post contains affiliate links to emergency prep supplies I love that you might find helpful.   I have been reminded again how important it is to have an emergency plan as I have watched the news coverage and seen the images on social media of Hurricane Harvey.  Now and then I post about emergency preparedness and this seems like a good time for us all to reevaluate our own preparedness.  Before I go on, I want to say that my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the storm and the flooding that followed.  I am a...

grilled squash

How to Make Grilled Squash

Right now I have a surplus of crookneck squash from our garden, so I’m making some grilled squash to go with BLT’s for dinner tonight.  We are getting LOTS of squash from our garden lately and this is one of my favorite ways to use it.  It is so easy!  You can even cook your meat and your squash at the same time.  You don’t have to run back and forth between the grill and the oven to check whatever else you might be cooking.  It’s all right there on your grill!  Bonus – you don’t have to hit up your...