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she {hearts} two ingredient muffins

For several years now, these muffins have become an annual fall favorite in our house.  They are so easy to make, which I LOVE, and they are very moist and yummy!

Ingredients needed, only two things, 1 can of pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) and 1 cake mix box of your choice.  Simple!

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she {hearts} two ingredient muffins
  • 1 can of pure pumpkin
  • 1 box of cake mix, your choice
  1. Mix can of pumpkin and cake mix together till you can no longer see powder from cake mix.
  2. Add extra ingredients like chocolate chips or nuts or raisins if you desire.
  3. Place mix into cupcake liners and fill to the top.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350F.
  5. Enjoy!

If you don’t want muffins, you could use same idea and make a cake!

Mix ingredients together like above, place in greased 9×13″ cake pan, bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes or until done when tested.  Let it cool and top with cream cheese frosting.

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she {hearts} rudabegga’s

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I am a coffee lover.  I don’t like to add anything to my brew- just yummy, black coffee.  Lately, I have been craving iced coffees.  I have a difficult time making iced coffee at home that is strong enough for me, yet not bitter, so I began searching for the perfect brew for my iced coffees.  This is where Rudabegga’s Artisian Coffee Concentrate comes and saves the day!  I was so excited to find a concentrate that was delicious without adding in a ton of calories, carbs, and artificial sweeteners.

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You might be wondering what makes this concentrate so special.  This is the key… cold brewed coffee!  That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your coffee hot.  It means that the concentrate is made using a cold brewing process.  It makes the coffee smooth and it goes down so easily.  No puckering when you drink this coffee!  It is also so gentle on your gut and there is no irritation after you enjoy a delicious cup of Rudabegga’s joe.

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Rudabegga’s doesn’t stop at coffee.  They offer healthy soaps, body butters, bath salts, and even original pieces of art work!

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She {hearts} mamatea

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Drinking red raspberry leaf tea has become a routine part of my pregnancies, since this tea can help prepare your uterus for labor.  Some varieties of prenatal tea can have “lackluster” flavor, but not mamatea!  Mamatea is delicious and full of great flavor, as well as blended to be perfect for each phase of motherhood (preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum).

Developed and hand-blended by a mom, mamatea is organic and all-natural.

I have been enjoying the Pregnancy Tea each day as I prepare for labor and delivery of my third baby!  The tea tastes subtly of citrus and strawberry.  I can’t wait to try the New Mama Tea once my baby arrives!

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I steep 1.5 tsp. of loose-leaf tea in a muslin pouch for 8 minutes (sometimes longer).  You can also use a metal tea infuser.

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If you’re looking for a great-tasting tea for any stage of pregnancy, mamatea is definitely the way to go!

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She {hearts} Kidsme

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 photo IMG_0521_zps44194d3f.jpgKidsme feeder is an award winning baby feeder. The design is sleek- the silicone sac looks almost like a pacifier, with handles allowing baby a comfortable hold, and a lid that serves as a nice “practice cup.”

Honestly I’m not sure how the silicone sac would hold up to teeth, which my other three all had by the time they began solids, but my guess would be not well long term (replacement sacs are available) /*update* company noted they have not had issues with teeth affecting sac/. However with Bo, who is still toothless at nearly 7 months, I’ve found the Kidsme Feeder to be a great transition from exclusively nursing to eating solids- particularly since I don’t bother with baby food and just feed my babies off my plate. The feeder encouraged him to learn to chew without the danger of choking which especially gives my husband piece of mind. After using the feeder for a few weeks he now has been gumming bites like a pro by himself, though we still use it occasionally so he can easily self feed!

The feeder is dishwasher safe, and doubles as a teether- just pop in some ice or frozen food. Another thing I love is that the sac sizes are interchangeable, which means you can purchase one feeder in small or large and additional replacement sacs in the other size separately.

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She {hearts} Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

I’ve been doing my best to make our breakfasts lately, instead of just relying on a box of cereal.  Price wise and health wise, I believe that it’s much better to eat a homemade whole grain muffin than “whole grain” cereal from the store.

My sister in law brought me some zucchini from her garden recently, and I decided to try my hand at whole grain zucchini muffins.  I added some cocoa and chocolate chips to make them more appealing to the kids, but otherwise, these are super healthy.

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I started by milling 1 cup of soft wheat in my Nutrimill.  I use my mill on a daily basis.  Whether I’m making muffins, bread, biscuits, or cakes, I try to use whole grains as much as possible.

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To the flour, I added quick oats, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

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After whisking that together, I stirred in the chocolate chips, extra virgin olive oil, honey, zucchini, and buttermilk. (I normally add an egg, but I forgot this time!) 

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I used a large cookie scoop to fill my muffin liners, and then popped the pan in the oven for about 20 minutes.

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Mmmm… delicious whole grain breakfast!

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Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins

Whole Grain Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins

  • 1 cup Soft Wheat Berries (measure before milling)
  • 1/2 cup Quick Oats
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (I use Redmond's Real Salt)
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Zucchini
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk (I use 1/2 cup milk with 1 Tbsp vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 egg
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mill wheat.
  3. Add the rest of the dry ingredients. (Quick oats, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips.)
  4. Whisk together.
  5. Stir in the wet ingredients. (Zucchini, buttermilk, honey, oil, egg.)
  6. Scoop into lined muffin pan with a large cookie scoop or spoons. (I love using parchment liners.)
  7. Bake for approximately 20 minutes.
  8. Remove muffins from pan and allow to cool on a cooling rack.

She {hearts} brine

We’ve recently started brining our pork, chicken, and turkey. It adds a whole new level of juicy goodness to these easy-to-dry out meats!

Here’s a great article if you’d like to understand why brining works.

Brine

 

 

Pendergrass Brine

This will be enough to brine a turkey. Cut the recipe in half for smaller batches of meat.

A gallon and a half water
4 lemons
4 limes
2 oranges
2 onions
4 bay leaves
Tablespoon black peppercorns
Tablespoon thyme
2 cups kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar

Bring to a boil, then cool to room temperature. Put brine and meat in a container large enough so that the meat is covered. If needed, add a bit more water. Cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours. Drain brine. Rinse. Pat meat dry. Then cook and enjoy!

She {hearts} Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken

I have really been looking for some new recipes for the Summer. Especially since it has been so hot, it is nice to use the crock pot instead of heating up the house even more by using the oven. I cooked this last week and we have already had it again. My husband Kenny really likes it and says it is even better the next day.

Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken

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Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken

    Ingredients:
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (1 oz) envelope ranch dressing mix dry
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon (optional for sprinkling on top)
  • Egg Noodles
    Instructions:
  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray or line with a slow cooker liner.
  2. Place chicken breasts inside slow cooker.
  3. In a small bowl, combine cream of chicken soup, chicken broth and dry ranch dressing mix. Pour evenly over chicken breasts.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 3-4 hours or until done.
  5. Remove chicken and stir in milk and cream cheese until smooth and melted into sauce.
  6. Shred the chicken then put it back in to the slow cooker and make sure to cover with sauce.
  7. Serve over hot cooked egg noodles and pour on some extra sauce.
  8. If desired, crumble some cooked bacon over top.