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recipe: baked breakfast taquitos

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I am constantly trying to do better about eating breakfast.  Like many, most mornings are rushed, and we are running out the door.  So, I am trying to find some recipes that can be made ahead, and even freeze for when we are in a hurry in the mornings.

I am more of a savory person when it comes to breakfast, I love omelets, breakfast burritos, and the like.  So, breakfast taquitos were right up my alley.  Easy to make, and these ones are baked in the oven to get that nice crispy outer layer of tortilla!

These would be perfect for your Christmas or New Years Day brunch!

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recipe: whole wheat pumpkin waffles

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It is a great time of the year to fix your family some pumpkin waffles for breakfast!  Pumpkins are highly nutritious, so I decided to add some puree to my homemade whole wheat waffle recipe!  I added some classic pumpkin pie spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice.  They are so tasty and flavorful! Serve them with a little maple syrup, and they are a perfect addition for your table this holiday season!

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celebrate: thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you are having an amazing day shared with the ones you love!

I thought I’d share with you a fun “Turkey Snack” that the kids will love regardless if it is Thanksgiving day or not.  My children are constantly asking me for snacks all day.  So one day I decided to surprise them with a fun snack shaped as a turkey, they thought it was so cool, and “gobbled” it right up!

With a little imagination and effort, it isn’t too hard  to make a fun snack for the kids.

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FYI: French Baguettes

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The French baguette has such a rich history.  It is probably one of the most famous bakery items to come out of France.  They are known for their beautiful crunchy, flaky crusts, with a soft chewy center.

The term “baguette” was not always used for bread.  The French used this word back in the day to describe objects that were long and skinny, but as the years went by, this word became linked to the long skinny loaves of bread made in France.

If you have been to France, you know that there really isn’t anything quite like the bread there.  It doesn’t seem like it could possibly be duplicated.  Some will say the secret is in the flour in France, some will say the water, some will say it is the steam ovens that create the perfect outer crust, and some will say it is years of practicing the perfect baguette making technique.  But, I gotta say, I haven’t had bread anything near as good as the bread in France, so one of the above is perhaps the secret.

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FYI: whoopie pies

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Whoopie pies have been around a long time, they have recently made a big comeback!  The whoopie pie is a little bit of cake, a little bit of pie, and a little bit of cupcake.  It is characterized by two cookies sandwiched with an amazing spread of sweet frosting in the middle.

The story is that they originated in Pennsylvania Amish country, where the Amish wives would make them for their husbands, and put them in their lunch pails, and when they opened them up come lunch time, they would yell, “Whoopie!”

Pennsylvania, Maine, and New Hampshire all have claims to be in the birthplace of the whoopee pie, but the state of Maine has gone as far as to say it is the official state pie!

Click here for an amazing pumpkin whoopie pie recipe!  Perfect for the season!

{all photos by Caroline Armelle Drake}

recipe: potato green chili corn chowder

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Fall is my favorite, because I love to make soup like it’s going out of style!  My family teases me on how much soup I make during the colder months, but I just can’t help myself!

This soup is a great mix of bold flavors from the diced green chilies, bacon, and spices.  It would be a great addition to your fall festivities!

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how to: Ombré Caramel Apples

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Fall is here, and so is caramel apple season!  I love to make caramel apples when the apples are in season, this year I decided to do something a little bit different.  I was inspired by the current ombré trend, and decided to make an Ombré caramel apple!

It really was easy to do, the hardest part was waiting for the layers to dry in between.  But, it was all worth it after I cut up my first ombré striped slice!

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