Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter + a giveaway

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Lot's have happened since my last post! I got to photograph a friend's wedding in Minneapolis this last weekend. If you'd like to see some pictures from it, check out my photo blog. I was hoping to eventually one day start a wedding photography business, but it turns out that shooting weddings is quite difficult and I don't think I'd ever like to do that full time.I prefer to shoot things that stay still, like scenery or food. :) On Monday, We (my husband and I) celebrated our first wedding ...

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Baked Apples

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I've been kind of slacking on the point counting lately since I've been on vacation. Vacations are fun, but it gets hard to track all that food. It's nice to come home and make your own meals after that.Hope everyone enjoyed the pictures from my trip too. See the last 2 posts down from this one. I've got a lot of pumpkin and apples to use up, so be on the look out for those types of recipes. I know a lot of people are gung ho about pumpkin right now since it's Fall, but what about the apple? ...

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Peachy Keen Bars

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These peachy keen bars were a hit last night. Everyone that I had over really liked them. I used apple pie filling because I'm trying to use up all the jars that I canned last year. This is a good recipe to get rid of that with. You can use whatever fruit filling for pies you like with these. The crust  is ust a cake mix with butter and eggs and there's cream cheese underneath that layer. So good. I highly recommend these the next time you have some kind of Fall get together to go too. I ...

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Crock Pot Apple Cider

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Today is the perfect Fall day for apple cider. Cool, crisp, and a little breeze outside. Apple cider in the crock pot is really easy too. Just tie up some whole spices and throw in some cinnamon sticks. Let it cook for 3 hours before a party. Throw in some rum if you're feeling a little fiesty at the time too. This could be served warm or cool. Did you know that apple cider and apple juice that you buy at the store are pretty much the same thing? They both say water, apples, and concentrate ...

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Pumpkin Cake with Cider Glaze

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I'm back to cooking healthier foods now, so you can all relax. No more bacon, I swear! This dessert is super healthy and great for Fall. The glaze has apple cider in it and the cake is just a box of a cake mix and a can of pumpkin. I will add in some water to the cake mix, because the water makes the cake more moist.  Sometimes the cake will be dense if it's just the can of pumpkin. Others will add in some egg whites to the batter too. Throw in some pumpkin pie spice. This cake is probably ...

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


Halloween was a success this year. We hit an all time record. Instead of 4 trick-or-treaters we had 7! I don't know why kids wouldn't want to come to our house since it's probably one of the coolest decorated houses in the neighborhood. It's sad that I have to take down all my decorations this week. I was thinking of keeping my grim reaper up and putting Christmas lights around him. Someone suggested a golden halo and white cloth and he can be an angel. He is weather proof and everything, but I ...

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Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

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Get the perfect pumkin pie portion this Thanksgiving by using cupcake tins. Cupcake tins are pretty amazing. You can do so many different versions of your favorite food in them. How cute would it be at Thanksgiving time to bring out these pumpkin pie cupcakes instead of a regular sized pumpkin pie? Everybody would get their own little individual pumpkin pie. I thought the pie crust would crumble right away when trying to stuff it into the muffin tin but it didn't. Thank goodness! This worked ...

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Pork Chops and Apples

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Tonight, I made a gourmet meal. My new husband had been complaining how I never made him one when I was on vacation all last week. Hopefully he shuts up  and doesn't ask for awhile now. ;) I've been trying a lot of recipes from the Pioneer Woman lately. So far, I've made Homemade Ranch dressing, Sour Cream Noodle Bake, Twice Baked Potatoes, Perfect Pot Roast and now Pork Chops and Apples. All of which can be found on her website or Food Network's website. It would be really neat to be able to ...

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