First up is pumpkin bread! I chose it because it said, "easy" pumpkin bread. It got this recipe from The SITS Girls, and my only complaint is there was no good way to print it. I had to keep running into the study to check the recipe and then going back into the kitchen (yes, I have an iPhone, no I didn't feel like using it for this).
Here is the recipe (see the link above for complete instructions):
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2 t baking soda
3 C sugar
1 t salt
2 t cinnamon
1 t nutmeg
½ t cloves
½ t allspice
1 large can (30 oz) or 2 small cans (15 oz) of pumpkin
1 C oil
I made two changes. I only used 2 cups of sugar and I used coconut oil (although it doesn't specify). And it was DELISH! I was quite proud of myself. To me, they did not need 3 cups of sugar and I have a serious sweet tooth. The spices are PERFECT and you can taste them all. It was a superb fall treat.
Next, I made slow cooker chicken noodle soup from Cooking Classy. I am actually in the process of making this right now. The ingredients are all cooking in the crock pot now, and I'll shred the chicken and add the noodles in a few hours. Now that it is cold, soup is the perfect meal for my little family, but I wanted to find some soups that do not include Campbell's soups. I'm not bashing Campbell's, I'm just seeking a healthier option.
Here is the recipe (see the link to Cooking Classy for further instructions):
- 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 5 medium carrots, peeled and chopped (1 3/4 cups)
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
- 4 stalks celery, chopped (1 1/4 cups)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth (3 - 15 oz cans)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
- 1/4 tsp celery seed, finely crushed*
- 2 bay leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
- 3 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
I didn't have any celery seed or bay leaves, so I hope it turns out okay, but I had everything else and followed instructions. I'll let you know how it turns out.
Next up I intend to try easy pumpkin swirl brownies (again, I was drawn in by the word, "easy"). They look DELISH! I may make them today and serve them to some friends tomorrow as my taste-testers. Then I may need to try my pumpkin bread again, but I will substitute butter for the oil, or maybe Greek yogurt. I want to make a version my husband will eat (he's anti-oil).
Yep. Mama is in the kitchen!