10 Delightful Hot Drink Recipes for Cold Nights

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The nights are getting colder and colder and that means it’s time to break out the hot drinks! After a long and busy day, there’s nothing better than sitting back and relaxing with a steaming hot drink and good conversation or a good story. Here are 10 delicious hot drink recipes that you’ve just gotta try for the coldest of nights.

1. Caramel Apple Cider

This is a comforting drink that’s pretty easy to make. All you need is apple cider, caramel topping, whipped cream, and a few minutes to whip up this sweet hot beverage.

caramel apple cider

2. Coffee with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has many health benefits, so this hot drink is both healthy and delicious. Make it with a immersion blender, a counter-top blender, or a milk frother to better blend the coconut oil into the drink. You could drink this in the morning, but I love a good cup of coffee after dinner.

Coconut Oil in Coffee

3. Hot Toddy

A hot toddy is a traditional remedy for a cold, but it’s truly a good hot drink to enjoy in cold weather. This recipe combines your preferred alcohol with honey, lemons, apple cider, earl grey tea, and cinnamon sticks.

Hot Toddy

4. Pumpkin Spice Steamer

This hot drink requires only two ingredients and is so simple to prepare! Try this one if you’re a fan of pumpkin but you don’t really like pumpkin lattes, or if you just want to flop on the couch already and want something easy to make.

pumpkin spice steamer

5. Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

This is another pumpkin hot drink, but it’s a little more involved than the previous one. But it’s so good! And it’s perfect for fall parties or a delicious hot drink after a big Thanksgiving dinner.

Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

6. Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

Here’s another hot drink recipe that will work great for a big party. The best part is that all you need to do is put in the ingredients, which include cranberry juice, apple cider, and fresh cranberries, in the crock pot and let it get nice and hot. It’ll make your home smell heavenly and your guests can serve themselves–the drink will always be hot without you having to do any extra work!

Crock Pot Cranberry Cider

7. Hot Coconut Cream Pie

Forgo the dessert after dinner and enjoy this sinful hot drink instead! It’s pretty easy to make as well; you just toss in all the ingredients into a mug and pop it in the microwave. If you’d prefer not to nuke your drinks, you can just as easily heat it up in a pot.

Hot Coconut Cream Pie

8. Wassail

Try this exceptional holiday drink and you just might add it to your list of favorite hot drink recipes for parties and special guests. A combination of apple cider, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, and spices make up this unique version of hot apple cider.

Wassail

9. Khmer (Cambodian Coffee)

Hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk is so good. If you haven’t tried this combo yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s easy to make and fun to drink.

Khmer

10. Hot Tang

Love citrus and hate coffee? Try this unusual hot drink recipe that includes the Tang we all know and love with cinnamon and cloves.

Hot Tang

Warm up your winter nights with these great hot drink recipes. What other hot drink recipes do you love for cold nights? Oh, and don’t miss these 25 Great Hot Chocolate Recipes!

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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The Truth about Apple Cider Vinegar

The Truth about Apple Cider Vinegar

tipsaholic title divider - apple cider vinegarApple cider vinegar is an ingredient in many home remedies and some people recommend a dose or two of the vinegar daily for many health benefits. But is apple cider vinegar really that good for you? Here’s what you need to know about apple cider vinegar before trying it for yourself!

1. There is not much scientific evidence that shows the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not good for you.

It’s important to realize that there are not very many studies being done on apple cider vinegar and other natural remedies. Therefore, it’s hard to say whether apple cider vinegar is truly beneficial because there’s not a lot of strong evidence for it, but on the other hand there’s not much evidence against it either. It’s unfortunate that this is the reality; wouldn’t it be great if more scientists were studying natural remedies? But as long as a health remedy is not harmful, you can experiment on yourself and see what works and what doesn’t work for you, as long as you talk with your doctor before you try anything new.

2. There is some evidence that apple cider vinegar may lower blood sugar levels.

Elevated blood sugar levels are bad for people with type 2 diabetes, but people who don’t have diabetes still can get health problems from high blood sugar levels, such as certain chronic diseases. A common recommendation for keeping blood sugar levels stable is to avoid refined carbs and sugar. However, consuming apple cider vinegar may also improve blood sugar levels as well as improving insulin sensitivity, as shown in several studies.

3. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Many people have claimed that taking a daily dose of apple cider vinegar has helped their health in a myriad of ways. These health benefits include:

  • Clearing up sinus infections and other infections in the body
  • Getting rid of kidney stones
  • Improving sleep
  • Relieving constipation and other digestion problems
  • Fighting overall inflammation and arthritis
  • Removing moles, warts, skin tags, acne scars, and age spots
  • Soothing bug bites
  • Healing cold sores
  • Reducing dandruff
  • Easing sunburns
  • Reducing mucus
  • Lessening allergy symptoms
  • Reliving acid reflux

Will apple cider vinegar work for you in the same ways? Every human body is different, so there’s only one way to find out: try it for yourself.

4. It is generally recommended that you should only consume organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar if you want to reap the health benefits, but there is no proof that it’s “better” than regular apple cider vinegar.

Some studies suggest that it’s actually the properties of vinegar that give you all the health benefits, so you would probably get the same benefits if you took a daily dose of a different type of vinegar, such as balsamic vinegar. Again, experiment with the various types and see what works for you.

5. A daily dose of apple cider vinegar is usually one tablespoon in a big glass of water, at least as a starting point.

Some people recommend that you increase the dosage slowly over time to build up to 2 or 3 tablespoons per day if you find the increased dosage beneficial to your health.

6. Don’t drink apple cider vinegar straight-up because it can harm your body.

The vinegar is so acidic that it can damage your tooth enamel and your esophagus.

7. Apple cider vinegar capsules probably don’t work as well.

You might want to avoid the acidic taste of apple cider vinegar by taking capsules, but many capsules are very questionable in their contents and some of them might not even contain apple cider vinegar at all.

If you’re curious about the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and want to try it for yourself, here are 5 delicious drinks to make your daily dose a more enjoyable experience.

Do you take apple cider vinegar? How has it helped your health?

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15 Mouthwatering Soup Recipes

Feeling cold during the fall and winter seasons? Warm up your tummy with a delicious soup! Try all of these 15 great soup recipes during this cold season via @tipsaholic #soups #recipe #soup 15 Mouthwatering Soup Recipes

One of the best things about enduring a cold and windy day is warming up your tummy with a delicious soup! Try these 15 delicious and satisfying soup recipes throughout the cold season.

1. Crock Pot Zuppa Toscana

This is a great soup and so easy to make. Best of all, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to freeze and save for lazy winter days.

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2. “Creamy” Crockpot Chicken and Tomato Soup

Just throw frozen chicken right into the slow cooker when you make this soup and it’ll come out moist and easily shreddable. Enjoy it on a bed of spinach and a few slices of avocado on top.

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3. Paleo Sweet Potato Soup with Bacon

You’ll use a lot of bacon in this soup recipe and you’ll enjoy every spoonful that comes with crispy bits of delicious bacon. This thick soup recipe is also really good with sausage if you prefer that.

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4. Roasted Corn Chowder with Lime

If you like the taste of roasted corn, you’ll fall in love with this soup. You can make this soup recipe with chicken or tofu, but just don’t forget the lime or the cilantro.

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5. Black Bean Soup

This soup recipe could be just another black bean soup if it wasn’t for the sweetness of the sweet potato, along with the cocoa and honey, that gives it an unique flavor.

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6. Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese and Walnut Toasts

Try this soup recipe that combines cauliflower with butter, onions, cream, and parmesan cheese. The blue cheese and walnut toasts elevate this soup into a fancy meal.

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7. Lasagna Soup

Yes, this soup recipe is really lasagna in soup form, complete with a dollop of ricotta cheese on top. Don’t skip this one!

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8. Creamy Tomato, Basil, Parmesan Soup

Tomato and basil soup is a classic, but this soup recipe also includes carrots and celery for even more veggie power.

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9. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

This soup recipe includes all the goodness of chicken enchiladas, only in soup form. I love to top my bowls with a squeeze of lime and a few shakes from my favorite hot sauce.

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10. Shrimp Bacon and Corn Chowder

Shrimp and bacon in a soup sounds kinda fancy, but this soup recipe is so simple to prepare and so good to eat.

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11. Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup

Make this healthy soup in less than 30 minutes and make it creamy with Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream.

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12. Italian Wedding Soup

Assemble the meatballs while the soup simmers and make it simpler by cooking the meatballs right in the soup.

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13. Hearty Beef Soup

Red wine, chunks of beef, and hearty vegetables all combine to make this beef soup recipe that’s perfect for the coldest of winter nights. Enjoy it with a glass of wine and a crackling fire!

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14. Spicy Thai Coconut Soup

This delicious and exotic soup takes only 15 minutes to make. If you can’t find lemongrass stalks at your grocery store, try this lemongrass paste.

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15. Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

If you’re feeling a bit under the weather, try this lemon chicken orzo soup recipe instead of the usual chicken noodle soup. It’s perfect to make when you’re not feeling well, since it only takes 30 minutes to whip up.

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All this soup talk has me thinking about my next big bowl of soup! What are your favorite soup recipes?

For more recipes that are perfect for fall and winter, check out 10 Flavorful Acorn Squash Recipes and 8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes!

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe

 

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On Christmas morning, the last thing you want to think about is what you’ll make your hungry brood for breakfast!  With a little advanced planning, breakfast can be a special Christmas crowd-pleaser without any added stress.  Making the same breakfast every year can be a fun tradition the whole family looks forward to.  So take a look at these holiday breakfast ideas and plan your menu now!

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe

 


Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe1. Pecan Pancake with Caramel Apple Topping, My Recipes – This version of the classic pancake is actually made as a pan-baked jelly roll, instead of individual cakes.  It cooks up much faster with less effort, making it ideal for serving 6 or more people.  All the flavors combine to make a sweet winter treat.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe2. Mock Egg Souffle, The Dating Divas – This dish has all the look and taste of a fancy soufflé, but goes together more like a casserole.  You make it the night before, but can prep it even before that!  Makes the morning simple, since all you have to do is bake it.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe3. Eggnog French Toast Casserole, Babble – Combine flavors of the holidays with classic french toast in casserole form and you’ve got one exciting breakfast!  French toast is a favorite, and it’s much more crowd-friendly when made as a casserole.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe4. Christmas Breakfast Strata, Back To The Book – This is an eye-catching dish that tastes amazing to boot.  Gruyere cheese, sundries tomatoes, and spinach take this yummy strata from your average egg breakfast to a holiday feast!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe5. Christmas Breakfast Skillet, Creamy Crunchy Sweet – This mouth-watering skillet is a hearty, savory breakfast option.  Prep takes only 10 minutes, then you just sit back and let it bake while you open presents!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe6. Cranberry Orange Breakfast Bread, The Lady Behind the Curtain – A yummy alternative to pastries or cinnamon rolls, this recipe is sure to be a hit!  Tastes of the season combine in a sweet bread that takes less time to make than cinnamon rolls or sticky buns.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe7. Three Bears’ Porridge, bugaboo, mini, mr & me – Think porridge is plain old ordinary breakfast slop?  Think again.  The rich and creamy vanilla porridge is topped with fruit filling (or fresh fruit) for a delectable morning meal your family will beg for.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe8. Cream Cheese Filled Wreath, My Recipes – This is a delicious nod to the classic pine bough wreath.  It’s a make ahead recipe you can start over 24 hours before you eat it, which is nice when you expect a hectic morning.  The vanilla icing with light sugar sprinkle look and taste amazing.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe9. Hashbrown Casserole, Ezra Pound Cake – On a cold morning, there’s nothing like wonderful, warm comfort food, and this casserole is just that.  Cheese, butter, potatoes all in a creamy sauce.  Your family will swoon.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe10.  Blueberry Maple Breakfast Bake, Simply Recipes – This is yet another make ahead breakfast.  It’s lighter fare than some other french toast bakes, and the berries add a nice pop of fresh flavor.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe11. Italian Brunch Torte, Taste of Home – This torte is an amazing blend of savory flavors from Italy, including ham, salami, provolone cheese, parmesan cheese and red peppers.  Mix in some Italian seasoning, put it between crescent rolls, bake it up and you’re family will be amazed with this delicious concoction.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe12. Creme Brûlée French Toast, Better Homes and Gardens – Yes, it’s another french toast recipe.  This one is reminiscent of indulgent creme brûlée dessert, and better yet, you make it in the crockpot!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe13. Aebilskivers, Rad Megan – Here’s a traditional Danish treat seems a bit like donut holes – only ten times better.  A rich, buttery flavor and powdered sugar topping ensure that these won’t sit on the table for long.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe14. Baked Berry Oatmeal, David Vale Fitness – If you’re looking for a breakfast with all the flavor and warmth of heavier comfort foods without the added calories, try this delicious version of traditional oatmeal.  It’s oatmeal, but fancy enough that your family will request is on holidays!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe15. Pull-Apart Sticky Buns, The Yummy Life – What do you get when you combine the delicious flavor of sticky buns with make ahead convenience?  A Christmas breakfast miracle, that’s what!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe16. Wonton Breakfast Cups, Cooking With Mel – Cute and bite-sized, these little creations are a happy combination of savory flavors and crisp wonton wrappers.  Bake them up for a healthy take on wontons.  They’re perfect for customization as well, since you can add just about anything you like to eat with eggs into the recipe.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe17. Cranberry Scones, Two Peas and Their Pod – Scones are classic holiday fare, especially when they’re stuffed with cranberries.  These are a lighter option than glazed breads and gooey buns.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe18. Panettone Bread Pudding with Amaretto Sauce, Ezra Pound Cake – This is no ordinary bread pudding.  This is delectable, warm, creamy goodness.  You can make the sauce ahead and whip the pudding up day of.  Combine to wow the crowd.

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe19. Breakfast Biscuit Sandwiches, Delish – Topped with eggs, cheese, country ham and jam, these are some biscuit sandwiches that put restaurant variations to shame!  Make the flaky, buttery biscuits well ahead, then put the sandwiches together in the morning.  Easy and delicious!

 

Christmas is a fun and magical day to be with family. Make it even more speical by making something delicious for breakfast. Here are 20 Tantalizing Christmas Breakfast Ideas - Tipsaholic, #Christmas, #breakfast, #recipe, #cook, #Christmasrecipe20. Monkey Bread Muffins, My Baking Addiction – Your plain Jane monkey bread gets an overhaul in this recipe!  You’ve got all your favorite tastes, gooeyness and fun of the bread in individual portions.   You can have them from bowl to table in less than 30 minutes, so you can savor them while focusing on other Christmas matters!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Refrigerator and Freezer

8 Easy Ways to Organize Your Refrigerator and Freezer - Tipsaholic
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Organize your refrigerator and freezer and you’ll reduce food waste, prepare meals quickly, and clean faster. Take the time to organize your refrigerator and freezer with these eight tips and you’ll find yourself smiling every time you open the refrigerator door.

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Categorize food in clear plastic bins

Putting things in bins is always a great organizing tip and your refrigerator is no exception to this rule. Unpack all of your food, especially kids’ snacks, from their packaging and organize them in clear plastic bins. It’ll be easy for you and your family to find what they want to eat. It’ll look great, too! This organizing trick works well with soda cans, just make sure to grab plastic bins that are designed for cans like this one.

clear bins

Put extra condiments on a lazy susan

Do you love your condiments? Most people store their condiments in the doors of their refrigerator, but maybe that’s not enough space for your collection. Organize your refrigerator and freezer by adding a lazy susan on a shelf. Store the rest of your condiments on it and you’ll be able to quickly find what you need by just rotating the lazy susan.

lazy susan

Get extra space with cabinet shelves

Instead of stacking your plastic containers on top of each other and having to unstack them every time you need something that’s on the bottom, use cabinet shelves to gain extra space in your refrigerator.

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Another idea is to use a corner cupboard organizer and put it in a corner of your refrigerator. Put your leftovers or your packaged lunches on your shelves and grab what you need without unstacking anything!

corner organizer

Store opened wine with a wine holder

If you like to drink wine, you can easily store leftover wine in your refrigerator with this stackable wine holder. This organization tool prevents your wine bottles from rolling around in the refrigerator or taking up space in the shelves on your refrigerator doors. They would also work great for water bottles and glass soda bottles.

wine holderUse bowls to hold fruit

Round fruit, like oranges and apples, can roll around in refrigerator drawers and become bruised as a result. Grab a few bowls and put them in your refrigerator to hold your round fruit. Very simple and clever! Bonus points if you use pretty bowls in bright colors.

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Keep it clean with refrigerator liners

Make clean-up even easier by using refrigerator liners, such as these fridge coasters. Instead of scrubbing the plastic drawers and compartments in your refrigerator, simply lift up the fridge liners and wipe off the dirt. You could also make these DIY refrigerator liners using placemats.

refrigerator liners

Freeze soup in freezer bags

To save space in your freezer, put soup in plastic freezer bags and lay them flat so you can stack them up. This is much more space-efficient than using bulky containers. Put freezer labels on them to keep track of the contents and the expiration dates. You could simply use masking tape and a sharpie to label them. If you’re not sure when your frozen food will expire, check this guide to expiration dates for frozen food.

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Write on the refrigerator or freezer (yes, really)

Here’s a cool idea: you could write right on the refrigerator or a deep freezer with a dry erase marker to keep track of the food you have in there. Another idea is to paint your freezer (or refrigerator) with chalk paint and write on it with chalk. Fun and practical!

write on fridge

What other ways do you organize your refrigerator or freezer? For more organizing tips, check out Organizing Your Kitchen and Tips for Organizing Your Garage.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

Top 10 Tips for Planning and Organizing Thanksgiving Dinner

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10 Essentials for planning Thanksgiving Dinner

If you have plans to host Thanksgiving dinner this year, you’re probably wondering where to begin. The amount of “to-dos” on your list can be overwhelming and you certainly don’t want to leave anything out! Start here with our list of ten things you need to do to plan and organize the best Thanksgiving dinner ever.

 

1. Make a guest list and get a head count

Invitations need to be extended early if you want certain friends and family to make an appearance. Make a list and start making phone calls and sending emails as soon as possible, and make sure you ask guests to RSVP by a certain date so you can get a final head count.

 

2. Plan your meal and make assignments

Once you know how many guests you’ll have, you can start planning your meal. If you’re planning a potluck be sure to contact your guests and ask what they’ll be bringing, or give them an assignment so you’re sure to cover all the Thanksgiving classics. You’ll want to let everyone know how many people will be coming so dishes can be prepared accordingly.

 

3. Make a grocery list and plan your shopping

Gather the recipes you’ll be using and make a grocery list from them. Plan to buy as many items as you can in advance to be sure that you won’t be hunting for something at the last minute. Some items may need to be purchased closer to Thanksgiving day, so make note of these for a final shopping trip.

 

4. Plan your table and décor

You may want to plan something special for your supper table and holiday decorating, or you may need a few more place settings for the amount of guests you’ll have. If you’re not sure where to start, these simple Thanksgiving tablescapes are sure to inspire you! Add any decorations, dinnerware, and other special items to your shopping lists.

 

5. Make a cleaning and decorating schedule

A cleaning and decorating schedule will be your best friend in the weeks leading up to the big meal. You’ll want to make room in your freezer, arrange for guests who will be staying with you, and complete any DIY decorating projects in advance. Plan to have fresh linens, fully-stocked bathrooms, and plenty of room for all the food!

 

6. Complete your shopping

Make your shopping trips as simple as possible. Have your lists at the ready and take some helpers if needed. You may want to delegate the shopping to a trusted family member if you need to complete other tasks. Make sure your freezer, refrigerator, and pantry are clean and ready for the abundance of Thanksgiving items.

 

7. Plan “busy activities” for kids and adults

The last thing you want is boredom at your fabulous Thanksgiving bash! Come up with some simple crafts, games, or other activities for any children you’ve invited, and make sure there are a few things for the adults to do too, just in case. If you feel out of your element in the entertainment department, you may want to ask a friend or family member to take over this task. Check out Pinterest and other websites for ideas.

 

8. Make a D-day schedule

This may be the most important part of your Thanksgiving organization! When it comes to final preparations, you’ll need a master list for things like what to defrost and when, what to cook and when, what needs to be set up, what needs to be cleaned last-minute, and when guests will be arriving. Ask for help if needed, especially when it comes to the most important tasks like cooking the turkey, making the gravy, and setting the table. You may also want to set out an appetizer or start guests off with something to drink while you finalize everything.

 

9. List last-minute preparations

You can make these things a part of your D-day schedule by placing them at the end. This part of your list should include things like carving the turkey, setting out the gravy, pouring drinks, lighting candles, turning off the oven, reheating pre-made side dishes, adding dressings to salads, and more. Once you’ve got those things under control, be sure to take a breath and enjoy the meal with your guests – you’ve earned it!

 

10. Take it easy after dinner!

Hopefully the stress you may have felt leading up to the meal has abated and you can look forward to dessert. You may need to do a few more things like slice pies or whip a cream topping. Chances are you’ll have many willing hands to help clean up once the food has been eaten. Be sure to wrap up leftovers as soon as possible (within two hours is best). More than anything, take time to sit and enjoy friends, family, and your time together on this wonderful Thanksgiving day!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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10 Flavorful Acorn Squash Recipes

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Have you tried acorn squash yet? They aren’t very expensive and will add a lot of vitamin A and C to your meals. Acorn squash is also versatile! Try these 10 acorn squash recipes for your next dinner… or breakfast or lunch.

If acorn squash is new to you, here’s how to prepare it.

Roasted Parmesan Acorn Squash

Roasted vegetables are always so good and acorn squash is no exception to this rule. Slice your acorn squash into moon-shaped slices and enjoy them roasted with grated Parmesan cheese. This is a pretty kid-friendly side dish, which is a big bonus!

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5 Ingredient Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is so tasty, it doesn’t require a lot of ingredients to cook a delicious side dish, as evidenced from this recipe that only uses five ingredients. Even though the recipe description says it’s for breakfast, its also delicious for lunch or dinner!

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Acorn Squash Fries

Everybody loves french fries, but they don’t always need to be made with potatoes. So many starchy vegetables can be turned into tasty fries and acorn squash is one of them!  Try this acorn squash recipe and then try these other healthy fries.

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Acorn Squash Paleo Wraps

If you’re looking for a good gluten-free or paleo recipe for wraps or tortillas, this is a great one. What’s more, this recipe only requires two ingredients. Enjoy them as Mexican tacos, lunch wraps, or alongside a steamy bowl of chili.

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Rice and Mushroom Stuffed Acorn Squash

Instead of serving rice and a vegetable side with your main dish, why not combine your rice and vegetable sides into one delectable package? If someone in your family doesn’t like acorn squash, just serve them the creamy rice stuffing mix. Problem solved.

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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Acorn Squash

When you combine two vegetables to make one vegetable side, you get two sets of nutrients and plenty of leftovers for lunch that week. This recipe is a great example of that and it’s made even better with the addition of chopped dates, walnuts, and a savory sauce of rosemary, mustard, and apple cider vinegar.

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Balsamic Glazed Acorn Squash

This is a pretty simple recipe but still tasty with the help of balsamic vinegar. This easy acorn squash recipe would work equally as well for a family dinner or a big Thanksgiving dinner. Gotta love recipes that you simply chop, season, and throw into the oven!

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Baked Acorn Squash Rings

This exciting acorn squash recipe was created as a healthy replacement for onion rings by covering acorn squash rings with bread crumbs and coconut flakes. Crispy, yet tender inside, what a beautiful combination.

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Roasted Acorn Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Winter squashes can be turned into creamy, thick, and delicious soups. This acorn squash soup recipe is made with sweet potato, coconut milk, and garam masala, which is a great combination for a fall soup that warms you up as it gets cooler outside.

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Acorn Squash Pie with Apples

We can’t forget dessert, can we? Yes, acorn squash can be turned into a yummy dessert that screams fall. Instead of making pumpkin or sweet potato pie again this year, why not try an acorn squash pie? This recipe uses sliced apples as a replacement for a pie crust, but you could still use one when you bake yours.

It’s amazing to see just how many different ways to prepare acorn squash there are. Is this list missing any great acorn squash recipes? Share your favorite recipes with us!

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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12 Spaghetti Squash Recipes

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Spaghetti squash is a wonderful winter squash that resembles pasta when cooked. You can simply swap out pasta with spaghetti squash for your favorite pasta recipes, but why not also try some of these 12 spaghetti squash recipes?

 

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If you like simple and fresh spaghetti dishes with tomato and basil, you’ll like this spaghetti squash recipe. Try roasting your spaghetti squash ahead of time to make this dish even easier to make.

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This recipe uses the spaghetti squash themselves as your bowls so you’ll spend less time cleaning and more time thinking just how delicious your dinner was. To make this recipe faster to cook, try using your favorite jarred pasta sauce.

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Shrimp, dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and tomatoes all in one dish? So very healthy, especially when you sub out noodles for spaghetti squash. Up the nutritional value of this spaghetti squash recipe by adding extra vegetables.

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Love pesto? Try this spaghetti squash recipe that also includes peas and chicken. And it’s so easy and quick to make, especially when you cook the chicken and squash ahead of time.

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Spaghetti squash is delicious, but it can be too light for a main meal unless you add meat and cheese. This recipe uses white beans to make it more filling and thus would be a great vegetarian main dish. It also uses feta rather than the usual mozzarella or Parmesan, which gives the dish a nice kick!

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There’s all sorts of pizza crust recipes out there now, so naturally there’s a pizza crust that’s made with spaghetti squash! It won’t taste like a regular crust, but it’ll still be good and be a great base for you to create a pizza on. Try one of these pizza recipes with this crust!

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This is another spaghetti squash recipe that would work great as a vegetarian main dish, thanks to the portobello mushrooms. I love how the mushrooms act as the pizza crush for this dish. You could add your favorite pizza toppings to make this recipe even better.

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Buffalo chicken recipes tend to include a lot of cheese and hot sauce… and this recipe fulfills that expectation. It’s just a tad bit healthier with the spaghetti squash, but it’s still creamy and delicious, just the way you like your buffalo chicken dishes.

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All the staples of southwestern cooking are included in this spaghetti squash recipe: jalapeno peppers, red bell peppers, black beans, corn, cilantro, and more. Forget the tortillas and try this recipe! Add chopped avocado on top for even more deliciousness.

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Sometimes you just get that craving for take out, like pad thai. But who knows what’s really in those paper containers? Make your own pad thai and make it even better for you by using spaghetti squash instead of rice noodles.

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Many spaghetti squash recipes require that you roast the squash before you actually put together the dish, but all you need to do with this recipe is to cut it in half and throw it in the slower cooker with the other ingredients. Perfect for busy days!

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This delicious spaghetti squash casserole is a true people pleaser. I’ve made this one several times and everyone, from 3-year-olds to foodie snobs, have told me how much they enjoyed it. Try it soon; it just might make your weekly rotation!

 

Since spaghetti squash can last a long time in your refrigerator or pantry (from 1 to 3 months), go ahead and stock up on it so you can try some of these spaghetti squash recipes! Have I missed anything on the list? Let us know!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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8 Cranberry Inspired Dessert Recipes

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No Thanksgiving dinner is complete without the cranberry sauce. However, you can do a lot more with these tart berries than just make the seasonal side dish. Juicy and tart, cranberries will lend a robust flavor to traditional desserts. Plus, they are considered a superfood rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. Here are eight cranberry inspired dessert recipes for you to try this fall.

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1. Cranberry Pear Tart with Almond Cream

This tart is both elegant and delicious. Pears and cranberries complement each other to provide the perfect bouquet of subtle, delicious flavor.

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2. Cranberry Bliss Cookies

If you’ve ever tried a cranberry bliss bar at Starbucks you’ll definitely want to make these copy-cat cranberry bliss cookies. Plus, who can resist cream cheese frosting?

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3. Cranberry Pie

Combine the tart flavor of cranberries with a light, flaky crust to make a scrumptious, albeit less commonly made, pie.

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4. Cranberry Brie Bites

These cranberry brie bites are the perfect mixture of savory, tart flavor. Serve them as an appetizer or bite-sized dessert.

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5. Orange-Cranberry Yogurt Loaf

Your family will devour this loaf as soon as you pull it out of the oven. This sweet bread is a perfect morning side or post-dinner dessert.

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6. Cranberry Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

These muffins are the perfect after school snack or post-dinner treat. Plus, they are healthier alternative to cake or cookies.

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7. Mini Cranberry Apple Pies

These bite-sized pies will be a hit at your next office party or family get-together. Sprinkle Turbinado sugar before baking for an extra-special touch.

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8. Cranberry Gingerbread Scones

These scrumptious scones marry two holiday-favorite ingredients. You’ll love the unique flavor combination.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and recently moved back to the Pacific Northwest after spending three years in Chicago obtaining her master’s degree in journalism. Clarissa spends her days working as a higher education professional helping graduate students pursue their passions. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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7 Healthy and Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

7 Healthy and Easy Vegetable Side Dishes

7 Healthy and easy vegetable side dish

Sometimes we take the time and energy to plan our main dishes, but forget to plan for our vegetable sides… and we fall back on the same boring vegetable sides that we’re so tired of. No more! Here are 7 healthy and easy vegetable side dishes that you can prepare fast so you can focus your cooking energy on your main dish!

Easy Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

So many people despise brussels sprouts, but they probably haven’t tried this recipe. Any vegetable tastes better roasted rather than steamed and this is certainly true of brussels sprouts. Add a few tablespoons of balsamic vinegar along with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and you’ve got yourself an easy vegetable side dish that even your kids will like.

Garlic Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

Like mashed potatoes, but don’t like how full it makes you? Try mashed cauliflower with garlic, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Just mash it with a food processor and serve! It goes really well with meatballs and sauce or meatloaf or any heavy meat dish. The best part? You can even make it ahead of time and just heat it up when you’re ready to eat!

Honeyed Carrots

Honey and carrots is a beautiful food marriage, when done right. This recipe combines fresh garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh parsley, butter, honey, and olive oil to create a beautiful dish of honeyed carrots. After a couple of minutes in a pan, you’ve got yourself an easy vegetable side dish ready to go!

Garlic Portobello Mushrooms with Pecorino Romano

Cooked portobello mushrooms taste awesome when they’re cooked to the point that their moisture has all evaporated, as evidenced by this great recipe. After you slice and cook the mushrooms with garlic, salt, and pepper, pile the steaming hot mushroom slices on a plate and grate pecorino romano cheese over it for an easy and delicious vegetable side.

Parmesan Zucchini and Corn

Made in only 10 minutes, this vegetable side of zucchini and corn is easy to make and so satisfying to eat. With the addition of dried herbs (basil, oregano, and thyme) and a fresh herb (cilantro), this easy veggie side goes great with a main dish of chicken or fish.

Caesar Green Beans

This green bean recipe is made easy with the help of a bottled Caesar salad dressing and made even more delicious with grated parmesan cheese on top. Doesn’t that sound like something that kids would like?

Lemon Garlic Roasted Asparagus

Whenever I see fresh asparagus in the grocery store, I always pick it up because I know I can prepare it in just a few minutes for a great vegetable side dish! This delicious recipe shows you how. All you need is a lemon, garlic powder, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Toss everything on a foil-lined baking sheet and cook for a few minutes and enjoy!

A beautifully prepared vegetable side dish is a delicious addition to a main dish and it’s even better when you can cook it with minimal effort. What are your favorite easy vegetable side dishes?

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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving Leftovers

10 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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Part of the reason we all tend to overeat on Thanksgiving Day is that we overcook! Even if we’re expecting a crowd, there always seems to be way too much food leftover after the big day. Sure, turkey sandwiches are great, but why not create some new, unique meals with all those Thanksgiving leftovers instead? Think of it as recycling – only much more delicious!

10 Recipes for Turning Thanksgiving Leftovers into Something New

  1. Turkey Hash with Eggs: you can even use leftovers for breakfast
  2. Turkey Enchiladas: this cheese sauce is amazing
  3. Turkey and Biscuit Casserole: baked comfort food
  4. Stuffing Meatloaf with Marmalade Glaze: stuffing is even better the second time around
  5. Turkey Magiritsa: a great riff on a traditional Greek soup
  6. Turkey Tetrazzini: this creamy pasta feeds a crowd
  7. Creamy Mashed Potato and Leek Soup: when you just want a break from all that turkey
  8. Turkey Croquettes: a great use for leftover turkey and mashed potatoes
  9. Cranberry Nut Squares: cranberry sauce transitions from side dish to yummy dessert
  10. Pie and Cranberry Sauce Milkshake: hope you’re lucky enough to even have leftover pie for this one

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.

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12 Delectable Fall Desserts

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Fall is fast approaching!  That means cooler weather… and all the scrumptious desserts that come with it!  Pumpkin, pear, cherry, apple, cinnamon; the flavors of fall offer a myriad of dessert options.  That old standby, pumpkin pie, is sure to be a hit with friends and family, but if you’re looking to revamp your fall dessert repertoire we’ve got some great ideas for you!  Don’t dump the old classics – everyone craves a good cinnamon apple crisp with vanilla ice cream from time to time – but slip a new treat into your rotation or try it out for a fall gathering to sweeten things up.  These 10 delectable fall desserts are sure to become fast favorites!

 

1. Pumpkin Pie Cake – bugaboo, mini, mr & me:  If you love the flavor of pumpkin pie but want to try it in a new way this dessert is a must!  All the flavor is there, wrapped up in a moist and flavorful cake and topped with delicious homemade whipped cream.3

 

2. Poached Gingered Pears in Chocolate Sauce – Pham Fatale:  This dessert seriously ups the fancy-factor!  No one will believe just how easy it is to make them.  Lemon, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg create a medley of tasty goodness while a dark chocolate sauce is the grand finale.600

 

3. Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars – McCormick:  Though cinnamon is front and center in this super delicious, super easy to make bars, you’ll love the warm, gooey caramel.  Throw in some pecans, vanilla and brown sugar for a completely sweet-tooth satisfying dessert.Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars.ashx

 

4. Cherry Kuchen - Food Family Finds:  Speaking of easy to make, try this moist and delicious sweet cherry kuchen instead of cherry pie.  You’ll love how simple it is and how deliciously everything combines.  There’s no competition between flavors – making this a must-try.Cherry-Kuchen-Cake-Recipe

 

5. Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Mousse – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz:  If you’re a chocolate-lover, this dessert is sure to please!   Whip up the light and fluffy semi-sweet mousse and combine with pomegranate juice, topping with whole pomegranates.  It’s fun marriage of fall flavors.dark-chocolate-mousse1

 

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts - Very Best Baking:  These great mini tartlets are an incredible addition to any fall buffet!  With a crunchy crushed gingersnap base and spiced cream cheese filling you can top these off with whipped cream or sour cream and drizzle on some semi-sweet chocolate for a delectable alternative to pie.28492lrg

 

7. Roasted Pear Dessert – Two a Healthy Life:  If you’re looking for something sweet but still light and healthy, look no further.  Whip this dessert up in a jiff, using fresh halved pears, fig jam and goat cheese.pear001b

 

8. Caramel Pecan Hand Pies – The Cafe Sucre Farine:  It doesn’t take much to make these adorable mini pies!  Pecan pie is a staple of fall, and these little hand pies are sure to be a hit with everyone, especially the kids.  They’ve got all the goodness of the real thing, and they look amazing, too.IMG_9858

 

9. Pear and Dried Cherry Crisp With Walnut Streusel - Once Upon a Chef:  For an easy dessert that takes little time and minimal effort but packs all the punch of combined pear and cherry flavors, this dessert is a go-to!  With an incredible streusel topping, this crisp is a homey comfort food you won’t want to miss.Pear-and-Dried-Cherry-Crisp-with-Walnut-Streusel2

 

10. Pear Right-Side Up Cake – Lunchbox bunch:  Not only is this tart beautiful to look at, but it packs all the flavor you could want in a fall cake.  Mandolin-sliced pears top this super moist cake.  It’s completely vegan.  Even better?  It’s low-fat!pear-cake-1

 

11. Salted Caramel Apple Crumb Bars – Two Peas and Their Pod:  This is not your ordinary apple crumble.  The crumbled crust is moist like cake, while the apples filling combines all the fall favorites – nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice, vanilla – along with a rich salted caramel sauce.  These bars will turn heads!salted-caramel-apple-crumb-bars

 

12. Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle – Rachel Ray:  Trifle’s not just for strawberries, pound cake, cheesecake and other summery fixings!  This trifle is perfect for your fall table with pumpkin mousse, ginger, and cinnamon.  Layer it up with crumbled gingersnaps and top with cream.  Cloves and dark rum deepen the rich fall flavors.l_R180346

 

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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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7 Simple Meals Kids Can Make Themselves

7 Simple Meals Kids Can Make Themselves ~ Tipsaholic.com #kidfood #kidscooking #kidrecipes

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Evenings are often full of homework, extra-curriculars, laundry, and a whole lot of busy. Is it any wonder that it can be difficult to find time to make a meal? Give yourself a break this week! With a little bit of planning and preparation on the weekends, your home can be stocked full of ingredients for simple meals kids can make all on their own.

 

Chef Salad

Prepare salad ingredients for the week and store them in plastic containers in the fridge. Whenever the kids need a quick meal, they can pull everything out, build a salad, add a bit of dressing, and voila! Instant dinner.

 

Simple Sandwiches

Everyone has to start somewhere, and putting together a good old-fashioned PB&J is a great way to learn. Using a butter knife to spread ingredients over bread is a fabulous fine motor skill that even the smallest children can develop. And hey, the kids can get even more creative trying new combinations like peanut butter and bananas, hazelnut spread and sliced strawberries, or even something new like cream cheese and veggies. And don’t forget old favorites like ham and cheese; pre-sliced ingredients make for even easier prep!

 

Microwaved Bagel Pizzas

The microwave is usually an appliance older kids don’t need to be afraid of. Teach your children how to use your particular model and leave sticky notes with heating directions whenever necessary. Keep a few simple pizza ingredients in the refrigerator – sauce, pepperoni, shredded cheese, and bagels – and kids can make their own bagel pizzas and heat them in the microwave for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.

 

Quesadillas or Nachos

Plain cheese is nice, but if you plan ahead, you can provide the kids with shredded chicken, peppers, and other tasty additions they can place between a couple of tortillas (or layer on chips) and warm up in the microwave. Don’t forget to keep a bit of salsa and sour cream around for dipping!

 

Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

It doesn’t get much easier than this – a little frozen fruit, yogurt, and some granola to top it off make a tasty parfait. Kids will love layering the ingredients and won’t need to come running to mom and dad for help!

 

Chicken Caesar Wraps

Purchase a simple Caesar salad kit from the grocery store, then spend a little time cooking chicken breasts and slicing them lengthwise. Kids can make a wrap in minutes with a tortilla, chicken from the fridge, and lettuces and dressings from the salad kit.

 

French Toast Skewers

Cut your next batch of French toast into cubes and store them in the freezer. When you’re busy and the kids get hungry, they can take some out, warm them in the microwave, layer them on a skewer with fruit, and drizzle with syrup. Yum!

 

Sometimes a busy parent just has to let the kids feed themselves! Try these ideas for no-cook breakfasts if your mornings need to be simplified.

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

10 Breakfast Syrup Recipes for More Flavorful Pancakes

10 Breakfast Syrup Recipes for More Flavorful Pancakes, Waffles, and French Toast! @Tipsaholic


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A warm, rich maple syrup has long been the go-to when it comes to pancakes.  Pure, flavorful maple syrups have even gained popularity as natural sweeteners in recent years. But if you’re all for bucking plain old maple and looking for something new to top off your pancakes, waffles, or french toast, these 10 breakfast syrup recipes will certainly give your taste buds a tickle.

 

1. Lemon syrup

Add a little tang of citrus to your morning stack of hotcakes with this recipe. The buttery richness of the syrup base blends perfectly with the lemon flavors and will taste great over a variety of pancakes. Try it over strawberry, blueberry, or the lemon poppyseed suggested in the recipe!

 

2. Chocolate syrup

Chocolate milk turned into syrup? Yes. Chocolate milk turned into syrup and poured over a steaming pile of pancakes. Don’t be afraid to try this creamy little number – it’s like soaking your breakfast with a rich cup of hot cocoa and makes the perfect syrup for a cool fall morning.

 

3. Buttermilk syrup

If maple is the top dog of syrups, then buttermilk is its sweet sister. Five ingredients and a few minutes foaming on the stove are all it takes! Make this buttermilk syrup a staple for pancake and waffle mornings at your house – you won’t regret it.

 

4. Orange syrup

Feeling a little fancy? An orange syrup like this one is fancy enough for any pancake, even one topped with ricotta and toasted almonds as suggested with the recipe! The ingredients are simple but the mixture goes a long way in making a hearty breakfast.

 

5. Caramel Apple syrup

Butter, brown sugar, and apple cider are all you need to whip together this drizzle-approved syrup. Add a handful of diced apples to your pancake batter – or make the suggested apple cider pancakes – when apple harvest rolls around.

 

6. Peach syrup

Pour this fruity treat over your next stack of French toast and be prepared for breakfast with a punch. Fresh peaches, a dollop of whipped cream, and you’ll be ready to dive in.

 

7. Cinnamon Cream Cheese syrup

Make your plain old waffles taste like cinnamon rolls with this cinnamon cream cheese syrup, or go an even more decadent route by “frosting” some banana bread, zucchini, or apple pancakes.

 

8. Blueberry syrup

There’s something about a good blueberry syrup that takes a waffle to a whole new level. Boil down a simple-syrup of sugar and water and then add a blueberry and maple syrup puree to get this syrup going.

 

9. Coconut syrup

If you’ve been dreaming of a tropical getaway, pouring an incredible coconut syrup over your breakfast might just take you one step closer. Coconut milk provides the base for this syrup, and the rest of the ingredients are simple and sweet.

 

10. Peanut Butter syrup

Have you been known to spread a bit of peanut butter over your pancakes before dousing them in syrup? Skip that step and go straight for the good stuff by mixing up a batch of this heavenly peanut butter maple syrup!

Looking for more amazing breakfast recipes? Try these fun No-Cook Breakfast Ideas!

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.