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Curried Pumpkin Apple Soup

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This isn’t a dish I would have made a few years ago.

That’s one of the things I love about cooking. There’s always something new to taste and try.

I sometimes joke about how particular ingredients are “trendy” in the food world. Garlic scapes were all the rage a few years ago. This past spring, I heard more about pea shoots than I have in my entire life. And, then there’s the hype over the cupcake, wait, no the doughnut… Have you tried making macarons?

The thing is, all joking aside, I love food trends. I love to try new things and expand my culinary horizons. I may not like everything, but I will try anything at least once.Continue Reading

Unprocessed Pumpkin Spice Biscuits

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When it comes to healthier eating, baking is always the part where I struggle the most. I love to bake, and I’m sort of known for it.  I can’t tell you how many times baking has been the thing that has derailed my efforts to eat and live healthier.

I’d like to say that I’ve completely conquered that problem, and I am here to share the perfect solution. I haven’t, and I’m not. But, over the last year or so, I have made a lot of changes to the way I eat and the way I bake. I think they are changes for the better.

When I try to cut baking out entirely, it always backfires. I do well for a while. Then I end up baking a batch of cupcakes or brownies, and I eat entirely too many of them. So, for me, cutting back on baking (but not cutting it out) has been key.Continue Reading

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting (Munching with Maddie)

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I am still having trouble accepting the fact that Maddie’s first birthday has already come and gone.  I know that every parent says that. Cliché or not, it seems like yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital and introducing her to Yellowdog.

Now that she’s well on her way to toddlerhood, I decided it would be OK for her to start eating a few sweets here and there. After all, a girl needs cake on her birthday, right? Up until this point, I’ve been pretty careful to avoid almost all sugar and salt in her diet.  And, I don’t intend to start feeding her cake and cookies on a regular basis (perhaps I should go on the Maddie diet… hmmm), but we’ve started allowing her a treat here and there. In addition to her birthday cupcakes, frozen yogurt is one of her favorite treats. She takes after her mama.Continue Reading

Spiced Pumpkin Yeast Bread

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Ahhh, fall…. It’s my favorite time of year! I could wax philosphical about pumpkins, changing leaves, and crisp air. But, one of the things I love most about the fall is that it’s baking season again! Sure, I still do some baking during the summer, but there’s nothing quite like preheating the oven on a chilly fall morning.

When I think of fall baking, the first thing that comes to mind is pumpkin. Pumpkin bread is one of my all-time favorites. I make a giant batch of pumpkin puree as soon as I find pumpkins at the farmers market. After that, pumpkin bread shows upon the menu at our house every week or so.

Most typical pumpkin breads are quick breads (i.e. not made with yeast), but in the last few years, I have fallen in love with pumpkin yeast breads.  The Pumpkin Pull-Apart Pan Rolls I shared two years ago have become one of my favorites. So, when I was perusing the recipes on the Red Star Yeast website, their Spiced Pumpkin Bread caught my eye. I loved the idea of a not-too-sweet pumpkin yeast bread!Continue Reading

Pumpkin Pudding (Munching With Maddie)

It’s no secret that I love pumpkin… So, once I got in the mood to start doing some pumpkin baking, I wanted to make sure that Maddie got to try a few pumpkin treats, as well.  I’m not quite ready to just give her a slice of pumpkin pie yet, so I decided to whip up something just for her.

If you have kids, I’d love to know more about your experience with feeding them finger foods.  I find that Maddie sometimes gets bored before she’s really full.  I try to give her a variety of things to nibble on, focusing on different colors, textures, and tastes.  But, no matter how hard I try, there are plenty of days where she just decides that she’s not interested in eating more than a handful or two. She’s still nursing, so I don’t expect her to eat a full meal. However, I do notice that she sleeps a bit better when her tummy is full.

One way I have been trying to make sure her tummy is full after dinner is to offer her some puree for “dessert.”  After all, most of the puree packets out there are primarily applesauce with a hint of veggies… They’re pretty sweet.  The thing about puree, though, is that it’s not that filling.  There are a few brands that make fruit and grain blends, and I’ve tried them, but they’re not very thick. So, I have my doubts as to how much grain is really in them.Continue Reading