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Monday, December 5, 2016

Pumpkin Mac and Cheese Holiday Dinner

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One of my favorite things about the holidays is cooking for friends and family. We love getting together all through the season, usually for a dinner on the weekend, when we are relaxed and have plenty of time to visit.

I recently made this Pumpkin Mac and Cheese and it was a big hit. Everyone loved it, and I'll definitely make it again soon. But as much as I love cooking, I always dread the cleaning up afterwards.

When I was at Walmart recently, I bought some Scotch-Brite™ Brand Sponges. I've used them for years and they always do a great job. With all the holiday cooking and baking I'll be doing, I bought plenty to help with cleaning up.

The green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge is great for cleaning tough, baked on messes in your pots and pans. It also cleans oven racks, grill racks, sinks, and even tires.  Use this heavy duty sponge in your kitchen, garage, and outdoors.

To clean this more delicate baking dish that I made my Pumpkin Mac and Cheese in, I used the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge. I want to protect my white bake ware from abrasions and scratches, so using these non-scratch sponges lets me do that. They also clean non-stick cookware, counter tops, dishes, windows, and more.

My family and I are big pumpkin fans, so I am always on the look-out for great tasting recipes that include it. This dish calls for fresh sage, but if you only have dried, that's okay too. But I do think that putting on some fresh sage leaves looks pretty and adds a bit of festivity to the dish.

Recipe for Pumpkin Mac and Cheese


2 cups dried elbow macaroni
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
1 15-oz. can pumpkin (1 3/4 cups)
1 1/2 cups finely grated mixed white Vermont cheddar and mild cheddar, divided
1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage, or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tablespoon olive oil


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large saucepan, cook macaroni according to package directions; drain. Return to pan, cover and keep warm.
Meanwhile, to make sauce, in a large saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Gradually stir in cream and milk. Cook and stir until slightly thickened and bubbly. Stir in pumpkin, 1 cup cheese, and sage.
Remove from heat and stir in macaroni until mixed. Transfer to a 2-quart baking dish.
For topping, in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup cheese, bread crumbs, walnuts and olive oil. Sprinkle evenly over macaroni mixture. Bake 40 minutes or until bubbly and golden brown.
If desired, top with additional fresh sage leaves.

Makes 6 servings.

I use the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge for all of my stainless-steel pots and pans. It does a great job of cleaning them, and removes tough, baked-on messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges.

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Be sure to visit this site to see what other bloggers have done with their Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponges.

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe that leaves your pots or pans needing some extra clean-up?

Leave me a comment below, I'm always looking for yummy new recipes and I'd love to hear about yours!

-Post by Patricia

Friday, December 2, 2016

Legoland IS Awesome! Park and Hotel Review #LEGOLANDCA

*Disclosure: I received 2 complimentary passes and a discount on our hotel room. This is not a paid post. All opinions expressed are my own.

~by Laura

Over time celebrating my son's birthday has turned into an annual tradition to take a road trip to an amusement park. To celebrate my son's 7th birthday we decided to plan a trip to Legoland CA. Legoland has only recently come onto my radar of cool places to go since at 5 my son started to have interest in Legos. My son and husband now play a Lego video game called Dimensions and it has been the cutest thing ever to see them both get into a video game so much. They build stuff together, they play games, they watch the movie all the time and we knew Legoland would be a perfect place to celebrate his birthday.

As we began to plan our trip I would ask other parents if they had been to Legoland and did they have any tips or advise on planning a trip there. Most parents that had been said they loved it and would ask how old my son was. I realized after going most people asked how old he was since it is a park geared at younger kids.

The park is awesome! Everything was made out of Legos, the rides had Lego themes, the decor was Legos too. Everything from Ninjago, Nexo Knights, Chima, Lego City and our favorite Star Wars, was there. As huge Star Wars fans we were thrilled with all the cool displays in Lego Miniland. I was really Wowed by this place. I had no expectation for it since no one I know closely has been there. We did not watch any videos of the park as to not spoil the surprise of what would be there. I did however download the Legoland app. It helped tremendously for showtimes, food choices and the best part, coupons for savings on merchandise.

I loved that the majority of the rides were family friendly. We love going on rides together, my son can be a little apprehensive of rides when we first arrive at a park so being able to go on as a family warmed him up to going on the kid only rides. We definitely have our favorite rides. My favorite ride is Skipper School were you get to drive a Lego boat through twists and turns in the water, there are no tracks so I was able to speed by my husband and son in their boat. My son's favorite is Driving School, where he drove a mini Lego car through a Lego town, he rode it a few times.

My husband loved the Pirate theme area and Captain Cranky's Challenge was his favorite. It is a big pirate ship that is on a U-shaped track that makes you feel like your in the sea swaying in the waves. Police and Fire Academy ride was a family favorite of ours. Its super interactive as you have to push up and down on a handle as a group to get your car going, then jump out of the ride when you reach the town "on fire" using a water cannon to blast the building. Its a challenge of your family vs another, it made it competitive and fun. We were laughing so much and giving it our all to beat the other families. We also LOVE the characters that walked around. We met Benny from Lego Movie, Kai from Ninjago and Lance from Nexo Knights.

Another aspect of the park that we found fun was the Lego Mini Figure Trading. You can trade a mini figure that you have with any Legoland staff member. They have them displayed on name badges, near food stations and stores. When we first arrived at the park we asked a worker named Steve about the trading figures and where can we get one. He pulled out of his top pocket a Lego guy mini figure and gave it to my son, then said Happy Birthday. So nice of him! The hotel gave my son a Happy Birthday pin and First Time Visit pin and anytime a worker saw his pin they told him Happy Birthday, he loved the attention and birthday wishes.

I would liked to have seen more Lego themed Live Shows. We did watch all the 4D shows which were cool but I do love a live character show. It has been a few years since the Lego Movie has come out so there was not as much Wildstyle or Emmett as I thought there would be, but we did get to meet Benny the Astronaut character. I will admit we turned on the song "Everything is Awesome" a few times on my phone so we could dance to it as we went through the park.

Miniland, USA was an amazing display to see! We spent over an hour looking at the displays of cities and my son even was able to drive a Lego tug boat in the water. We saw mini Las Vegas ( we have family there so it was a cool thing to see) there was New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Hollywood and so much more.

The Star Wars displays were my son's favorite. He wanted his picture with all the cool stuff he saw. We even saw his favorite President, Lincoln.

We stayed in the Legoland Hotel and I will say its worth the money! It really made a huge difference in our experience. We were given early access to the park with the cool Lego yellow bracelets we were given as hotel guest. During the Fall the park closes early, staying at the Legoland Hotel extended the Lego infused fun. The hotel has a giant castle made out of Legos where the kids can play and build Legos in the Lego pits. There is even a Lego playing area in the lobby where you check in at. The elevator is the coolest elevator I have ever been in! My son squealed with joy and started dancing when the disco ball lit up and the music started playing as we made our way to the 3rd floor. We stayed in an Adventure themed room that had bunk beds, a treasure chest, a view of the pool and filled with many cool Lego builds like a scorpion, a monkey and a parrot.

My son's birthday happen to be on a night that the Legoland Hotel was having a Disco Party for the kids. When we arrived my son asked me if they were having the dance party for his birthday, I told him they most certainly are, go have fun! It was so cute to see him dancing his heart out including his cool break dancing moves. I even joined him on the dance floor showing off my embarrassing Mom moves! I will say I did throw in the "sprinkler", some "robot" and a tad bit of square dancing moves. We had such a fun time. Seeing him smiling as he danced around with the disco lights flashing, beams of colored lights all around him made me realize how precious moments like these are. That the time and money spent on our annual birthday adventures are so worth the cost to make memories this awesome.

The room had a locked treasure chest in it with a list of clues to find the code for the lock. We loved doing this as a family. You make your way around the hotel using clues to find numeric answers for the code to the lock. I suggest doing this treasure hunt since it will be fun for your kids to explore the hotel and there is a very special prize inside for your child. We sat outside by the firepit near the pool for a while just enjoying the crisp Fall air and my coffee. My son loved the complimentary apple juice pouches in the room too. After coffee we went to Skyline Cafe to enjoy some cake and sing Happy Birthday to my son. The receptionist at the restaurant named Kaylee was so nice and when I asked her if I could buy a cupcake or slice of cake she said it was free and for us to pick a spot to sit and she would be right out. She was so sweet, she put the number seven candle I brought with me and the waiters and her all sang Happy Birthday to my son. She even re-lit the candle after my son blew it out when they started singing. She went above and beyond for us and made it so special.

A few of the things I loved about the hotel was the bunk beds for the kids. It was so cool and made it feel like a true Adventure room. My son requested that my husband sleep on the bottom bunk, cutest thing ever to see them sleeping in the bunk beds when I woke up that morning for the Free breakfast buffet at Bricks Restaurant. Each night you stay at the hotel you get free breakfast buffet at the Bricks. It is a delicious variety of breakfast items, coffee and even a kids buffet area with huge waffles and fruit. We had fruit smoothies too! One of the Nexo Knight gals that was at the disco party was also at the breakfast buffet. She came over to talk to my son and he told her he remembered her from his dance party the night before. She was super nice to him as were all the Legoland park and hotel employees.

There was so much to do at the park and hotel that we did not get to it all! I recommend a 2 night stay and the 2 day park hopper passes. We had so much to do at Legoland we did not make it to the Sea Life Aquarium. For our next trip there we will stay more days so we can swim in the pool and see the aquarium.

I definitely recommend Legoland and the Legoland Hotel for family vacations! We had an awesome time and made priceless memories that we will treasure forever. I have so many more amazing pictures of Miniland, the rides, the food and hotel, too many to share all in one post. It fills me with joy to look back at the pictures and relive our awesome trip.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Santa's Gingerbread Cookies

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I'm truly grateful for everyone that was able to be with us. The food was so delicious and I pretty much stuffed myself silly, including sampling three different kinds of pie. And we even made it the next morning at 7 to do a little Black Friday shopping.

Now of course it's time to start baking up holiday treats for family and friends. We are big cookie lovers in our house, so every year I make our old favorites and try to make a couple of recipes that I've never made before.

This year I bought the magazine Christmas Cookies, put out by Better Homes and Gardens. It's packed with yummy recipes that I want to try, including this one for delicious Santa's Gingerbread Cookies.

They are easy to make, and my granddaughter Ashley loves baking with me in the kitchen, so we teamed up to make them. I made a couple of changes because I didn't have time to chill the dough as the recipe called for. I honestly don't think it mattered because I can't imagine them coming out any better than they did. I also didn't have any freshly grated nutmeg on hand, so I used ground instead. But I'll give you the recipe as it is in the magazine and you can adjust it if you like.

These cookies are great for giving as gifts, and have stayed super fresh since I made them a couple of days ago. You can make them in different sizes, be sure to adjust the baking time for them.

Recipe for Santa's Gingerbread Cookies


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
dash of ground cloves
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg


In a medium bowl, stir together first 7 ingredients (through cloves). In a large bowl, beat butter with a mixer on medium 30 seconds. Add brown sugar and molasses. Beat until combined, scraping bowl as needed. Beat in egg.
Gradually beat in flour mixture until combined. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll 2 tablespoon portions of dough into balls. Place balls at least 1 inch apart on cookie sheets. Flatten balls slightly.
Bake 13-15 minutes or until edges are set. Do not over bake. Cool on cookie sheets 10 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.

Makes 18 cookies.

-Post by Patricia 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Quick and Delicious Hurry-Up Biscuits

I know everyone is busy getting ready for Thanksgiving right now, my family is too. It's really my favorite holiday, filled with good food, family, and friends, and a chance to stop and reflect on all we're grateful for.

This year we moved to Nevada, so now I live very close to one of my sons and his family, which of course is wonderful. But my other son and youngest daughter will be spending Thanksgiving back in Seattle due to their jobs, and they're coming for Christmas.

My other daughter, Laura, who is my co-writer here on the blog, always has Thanksgiving in California. I'm hoping one year I can get all of my kids together around one table and spend Thanksgiving together. That would make me so happy. And I hope I haven't confused you, but as the mother of five grown children, they often confuse me!

Which brings me to these yummy and easy Hurry-Up Biscuits. I know how important side dishes are to Thanksgiving dinner, we have our family favorites that are almost the same every year. But I don't think the biscuits should be overlooked, for me they are important for soaking up that delicious turkey gravy.

So I tried out a couple of different biscuit recipes today, and this one was my favorite. Not only do I love the taste, but they are so easy to make. You could pre-make the dough if you like, and pop them in the oven after you've taken out the turkey and letting it rest for a bit.

Simply put the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add 2 cups of whipping cream. Then drop 1/4 cup of dough on a baking sheet and pop in the oven. Super easy!

Recipe for Hurry-Up Biscuits


3 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Add whipping cream, stir just until ingredients are combined.

Drop by 1/4 cupful's spaced 1 inch apart on baking sheet. Bake 17-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve warm with butter or jam.

Makes 12 biscuits.

-Post by Patricia  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Holiday Molasses Cookies

Growing up in Southern California, we never got to do some of the things that I pictured other kids at Christmas time doing. Like playing in the snow, building a snowman, or coming in from the cold with rosy cheeks from caroling and then enjoying a yummy cup of cocoa.

I can remember a few times when my mother pulled the Christmas ham out of the oven and had to wipe the sweat off her face because it was in the 80's outside and felt like a hundred degrees in the house. Maybe I saw too many Hollywood movies and all the impossible perfection they supplied my mind with, but I still feel like Christmas should somehow involve snow.

But there is one thing that happened in my house when I was growing up, and that was Christmas cookies. My mother made dozens and dozens of them for us to eat and give to our teachers and friends. I can remember coming home from school and eating them with a glass of milk, and watching my mom roll dough into a ball and then rolling it around in a bowl of sugar to make Molasses Cookies. I think they were my favorite out of all the kinds she made.

I've said many times that I wish I had some of her recipes, but I never asked her for any, and by the time I was interested she had already passed away. But I think she would have loved and approved of this wonderful recipe I found for Molasses Cookies in Taste of Home magazine. They are wonderful, and smell so good.

These cookies are quite soft, and are quite large too. Shaping the dough into 2-inch balls is the perfect size, I think. And they keep well for a few days in a container with a tight fitting lid.

I made a batch for my family and the grandkids loved them. We also gave some to friends who raved about them too. So they are going to be part of my cookie-making this year, and I'll be sharing them with friends and family.

Recipe for Molasses Cookies


1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups sugar, plus 1/4 cup for rolling dough in
2 large eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; gradually add to cream mixture and mix together well.
Shape dough into 2-inch balls and roll in sugar until well coated. Place 2 1/2 inches apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 13 - 15 minutes, or until tops are cracked. Place on wire racks to cool.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

-Post by Patricia 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Pumpkin and Black Bean Enchiladas Dinner

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I don't know about you, but for some reason these fall days seem to be flying by for me and my family. We recently moved to Nevada from the Seattle area, and it's taking me a while to adjust to all this warm sunshine so close to Thanksgiving. But moving here means we get to spend more time with family and friends, and I'm really loving that.

Getting together with everyone on Thanksgiving Day doesn't always work out, so we enjoy having friends over for dinner either right before or just after Thanksgiving. It's always fun and relaxed, and the meal usually has some traditional ingredients in it.

These Pumpkin and Black Bean Enchiladas are a favorite recipe of mine. They taste delicious and the pumpkin gives them an earthy flavor that I really like. And of course, they're pretty spicy too, which can sometimes give me heartburn and really interfere with enjoying my holiday meal.

I know a lot of people who are like me and don't eat their favorite holiday foods because they are afraid of getting heartburn. If you suffer from heartburn, you know just what I'm talking about, and how it can come on so quickly and severely.

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And it sure is a lot more fun to cook your favorite recipes like these enchiladas when you know you can eat them!

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Now I'd love to share this yummy recipe with you for my enchiladas. The recipe makes eight, which will be enough for 4-6 people, and it can easily be doubled. I also like adding either chicken or leftover turkey if it's after Thanksgiving.

These also have onions and jalapeno peppers in them which give them their spiciness. Do be careful when handling and slicing the peppers because you can irritate your skin from the oils. Wash your hands well after touching them. 

Recipe for Pumpkin and Black Bean Enchiladas


2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 15-oz. can pumpkin
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cups cooked and chopped chicken or turkey
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
8 6-inch corn tortillas
1 cup salsa


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add onion and jalapeno pepper, cook 5 minutes, or until onion is soft. Stir in pumpkin, 1 1/2 cups water, chili powder, salt, and cumin; heat through.

Place beans in a large bowl, mash slightly with a fork. Stir in half of the pumpkin mixture, chicken or turkey, and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Spoon a generous 1/3 cup bean mixture onto each tortilla, roll up tortillas. Place seam sides down in prepared baking dish.

Bake, covered, 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered 10 minutes more or until heated through. Serve with salsa spread on top.

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Do you suffer from frequent heartburn and wish you could find relief to enjoy the holiday foods you love? What's your favorite food that you love to eat, leave me a comment below, I'd love to know!

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Monday, November 7, 2016

German Apple Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

I don't know about you, but Halloween sort of exhausted me this year. Between cooking and baking, and parties and trick-or-treating, I needed a rest. Of course, these are all things I love doing and love spending time with my family, but it's a nice lull right now before the Thanksgiving madness starts.

I've been wanting to make this German Apple Cake for awhile now, ever since I saw the recipe in one of my Taste Of Home magazines. The combination of apples and walnuts are one of my favorites, especially during this time of year. The recipe actually calls for pecans, but since I had just bought a giant 5 pound bag of shelled walnuts, I used them instead and it worked out great.

I like this cake as one you can take on a fall picnic, or tailgating at the game, or to someone's house. It's sturdy and smells and tastes just like fall. The cream cheese frosting is one of my favorites, and absolutely worth the effort to make it. I really don't like the taste of already-made frosting anymore even though it's convenient in a pinch. But honestly, there's nothing like homemade.

Recipe for German Apple Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting


3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups chopped and peeled apples
3/4 cup pecans (or walnuts)

For frosting:

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; add to egg mixture and mix well. Fold in apples and nuts.
Pour into a greased 13x9-inch baking dish. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Add confectioners' sugar, beating until smooth. Spread on cooled cake.

Makes 12 servings.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Turkey Pumpkin Sliders for Game Day Dinner and Giveaway #FosterFarmsGameday

* I was sent product coupons for my recipe. All opinions expressed are my own.

I must admit I am a bit of a bandwagon kinda gal when it comes to football. I know this may cause some die hard fans to gasp but I am a football fan and that is all that matters to me. I like to root for many teams and have a favorite of the 2 teams that are currently playing each time. I will always root for home teams near me out of loyalty to my area of course first. This time of year we like to watch college football sometimes more than NFL since it is people in school earning degrees and doing sports I find it an inspiration to my son to watch

A big part of football watching for many families is the food they eat during the game. There are many go to recipes for burgers, wings and dips that are traditional at a game day gathering. I wanted to try something a little more Fall inspired for my burgers this time. I found inspiration in one of my favorite Fall treats pumpkin spice! I added onions and pickles to help balance the sweetness of pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.

Turkey Pumpkin Sliders Recipe

1 lb. Foster Farms Ground Turkey
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup diced red onions
1/2 cup diced dill pickles
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
dash of salt and pepper

Combined all ingredients in a bowl. Form into small round patties. Place in pan to bake in oven at 350 degrees F. for approximately 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Your oven may vary on time. Allow to slightly cool and add toppings per guest taste.

Serving sliders at a Game Day gathering makes it easy to grab and eat while still sitting on the couch and watching the game. I serve two at a time to my family and let them add the toppings they like. I enjoy cooking with Ground Turkey for the lower fat content and variety of ways I can use it in everyday recipes. Foster Farms Simply Raised Ground Turkey is 100% natural*, California-grown with no added hormones, steroids or antibiotics ever. Visit for delicious and easy party meal ideas.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Praline Topped Apple Bread Recipe

Last night we celebrated Halloween with family and a few friends who came over for dinner and trick-or-treating. It was a lot of fun, especially since out new neighborhood here in Nevada is so walker friendly. My grandchildren brought home a ton of candy, so of course they thought the night was a huge success. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, and this year made it all the better by sharing it with those we love.

So now that the month of November is here, I wanted to share this yummy apple dessert with everyone. There's something about November that makes me want to make cozy apple recipes, they just speak to me of home, and family.

This recipe for Praline Topped Apple Bread is from Taste Of Home Fall Baking Magazine. I've really come to love this magazine and the cookbooks too, they are filled with wonderful and easy recipes for home cooks.

I made this apple bread for my family and it was a big hit. The flavor is rich and intense, and the apples and pecans blend together beautifully. I'll be making it again for friends and neighbors at Thanksgiving, this time in miniature loaves. The little loaves are so cute, and a food gift is always special and appreciated.

Recipe for Praline Topped Apple Bread


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1cup sugar
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
2 large eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped apples
1 1/4 cup chopped pecans, divided
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/2 cup packed brown sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, beat sugar, sour cream, eggs and milk until well blended. Stir into flour mixture just until moistened. Fold in apples and 3/4 cup pecans.

Transfer to a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

In a small sauce pan, combine butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar, boil 1 minute. Spoon over bread. Sprinkle with remaining pecan. Let stand until set.

-Post by Patricia 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Fall Field Trips and Keen Footwear #boundlesswonder

* I received a pair of Keen shoes to review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Post by-Laura

The Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The cool air, the falling leaves, nature turning colors, it's amazing. It is also a time for pumpkin patches and trips to local farms to see all the Fall foods being harvest. We recently visited a local farm in Auburn CA on a school field trip for my son. I knew when we were getting ready for the day that it would require more than his favorite Keen sandals that I cannot get off his feet, he only wants to wear them. He tried wearing his Keen sandals in the rain the other day, I had to put my foot down on that. He did wear his new Keen Encanto Wesley High Top sneaker on this field trip.

I knew from previous years I did not want him wearing clunky rain boots on this field trip so he could run and play without burden. The Keen kid shoes offer him the flexible support he needs and with a padded collar for comfort. The shoes are okay for light rain but not puddles so I knew they would be perfect for a sunny Fall day on the farm. This is also his first big boy tie shoe that I am excited to be teaching him to tie his shoes on.

We walked all over this amazing big family farm for a few hours. We explored our way through a kiwi maze, we gathered chestnuts and ate them freshly roasted, we visited a "haunted" bathroom and explored a pumpkin patch all without the battle of him complaining boots are too heavy or uncomfortable.

He will definitely let me know if he does not like a shoe I have bought him. He will not wear one and will give a very detailed reason as to way. Over the last few years switching to Keen footwear as a regular shoe for my son he no longer complains of achy feet. I love the quality and durability of Keen footwear. My son always outgrows a Keen before he totally beats it up, to me that is a great shoe!

I loved seeing my son smiling on a beautiful Fall day exploring a family farm. We learned so much from the family farm about harvesting, planting, growing and ways to incorporate farming into our own lives.

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