Perfect Apple Crisp

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There is something almost magical about going to a farm and picking apples right from the tree.
The fresh dew on the apples, the crisp air and smells of the orchard, not to mention the freedom to reach above your head and pluck the best looking apple right off the tree makes apple picking a memorable moment. 

We recently took the whole family to the Apple Orchard and picked a whole BUSHEL of apples! That’s a LOT of apples my friend! We were able to walk through rows and rows of apple trees. Every couple of rows there was a new variety. Gala, Jonathan, Honeycrisp, and on and on.  Read more

Marinara Sauce from Scratch

September has been quite a month of getting back into school routines and figuring out schedules for the whole family. Summer is wonderful and fun and full of craziness, but there is something refreshing and liberating about getting into the school routines again and keeping a bit stricter schedule. 
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This year I have two going to school, kindergarten and 2nd grade! But I still have FOUR kids at home!!!! Bwhahahahahaha…. The craziness doesn’t stop! Thank goodness that they all take pretty good and consistent afternoon naps!

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I am really trying to pump out good, healthy, and cheap meals for the family every day. It takes some planning, but it is so worth it! Cooking for the freezer has made things a little easier on those days that things just get a bit crazy or don’t go as planned. This past week I added Marinara Sauce from Scratch to my freezer stock. It is so simple to make and you will just be amazed how amazing the sauce is. Read more

Freezer Tomato Sauce

I really am trying to stock up on essentials and things that our family eats often. Cooking for the freezer has never been more on my mind than the last few weeks. With 9 mouths to feed most meals, it has become a bit more intense around here making sure that we have a good meal for dinner. 

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It’s the end of the summer and I am in LOVE with all of the low priced fresh produce. We have a farmer’s market just one block from our house that I try to get to as often as possible. And a few years ago I discovered this fabulous whole-sale produce market that just blows my mind every time I go. Seriously, I can walk out with a HUGE amount of produce for less than $30. The picture above was a grand total of $27.00!!!! They give huge discounts for buying in bulk. So, when I saw that Roma Tomatoes were $.67 per pound. I had to grab a box.

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This box cost me a whopping $10! I think it was about 18-20 lbs of tomatoes. A LOT of tomatoes. They were just beautiful and super delicious. Read more

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Bread

It’s that time of year again…. the air is starting to get crisp and everyone is talking about pumpkin spice lattes and apple pies. And I must admit that I have even thought about how in the world I am going to fit everyone at our dining room table for Thanksgiving Dinner in just a few months!

Things have been settling in our home and I am happy we are back to routines. The oldest two have started 2nd grade and Kindergarten. They are in a new school and we are so happy with their new teachers and the learning environment which the staff has worked hard to create. There are still FOUR kids at home during the day… (whew!) So, I am working on keeping them busy in the morning and doing a little celebration if I can get all four to take a nap at the same time in the afternoon!!! (YAY!)

This time of year I get the urge to bake! And bake and bake and BAKE! It’s finally not too hot to have the oven on. Of course, on the top of my list of favorite things to bake is BREAD! Homemade bread is just soooooooo good! If you think making homemade bread is too difficult you are so wrong. Start with an easy quick bread like this one. No kneading or waiting for it to “double in size.” This Dark Chocolate Zucchini bread is a cross between a cake and a bread. I love that it is stuffed full of veggies! 

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I promise when this bread comes out of the oven you will have to swat away little hands to allow it to cool.  Read more