Simple Hot Spiced Herbal Chai

Simple Hot Spiced Herbal ChaiWhen it’s cold and snowy outside, as it is today, I find myself desiring hot drinks. While I typically drink plain hot herbal tea, I sometimes mix it up with other things. Today, I wanted a Hot Spiced Chai.

 

The warming spices were perfect on a cold, blustery day, heating me up from the inside out.  The richness of the cream made the drink feel like a special treat. … Continue reading

Homemade Maple Snow Candy: A Step-by-Step Guide

The other day we had our first big snowfall of the season. My 6-year-old asked that we celebrate by making Maple Snow Candy, something we read about last winter in a book about American pioneers.

 

It was fairly simple, as candy making goes, to make this candy. It only requires maple syrup, a bowl of snow, and a stove (or a fire – if you want to be really authentic) to heat it.… Continue reading

Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pumpkin Ice CreamThe other day I was talking with a friend who lives in Southern California. When I said something about all of the baking with pumpkin we’ve been doing, she responded, “It’s still 90-degrees here. It’s too hot to bake. Can you make up a recipe for pumpkin ice cream?”

 

So today we hit a high of 72 and I decided it was time to experiment.… Continue reading

The Easiest Way to Roast a Pumpkin (or any other Winter Squash)

The Easiest Way to Roast a PumpkinFresh roasted pumpkin is wonderfully delicious. Taste wise, it’s a big step up from canned pumpkin, like the difference between almost anything fresh and canned. But tackling a big whole pumpkin can feel intimidating, even if my normal method of roasting a pumpkin (or any type of winter squash) is pretty simple.

 

This method of roasting a pumpkin is easier than my normal way.… Continue reading

How to Make your Own Pumpkin Puree

How to Make your Own Pumpkin Puree
I was on my 4th batch of pumpkin puree of the evening before I remembered to take a picture, so my food processor definitely shows some pumpkin accumulation. 🙂

It’s fall, and delicious looking pumpkin recipes are popping up everywhere. They’ll soon be appearing here too. We all love pumpkin.

 

Most of these recipes call for canned pumpkin puree. Did you know that while a can is convenient, preparing your own pumpkin puree is actually quite simple?… Continue reading

Macadamia Nut and Blueberry Trail Mix

Macadamia Nut and Blueberry Trail MixWe eat a lot of trail mix in our house. The simple combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit is easy to grab when we need a quick snack, and is perfect to bring as a snack when we’re on the go. We simply grab the jar out of our refrigerator, toss it into the backpack, and we’re off.

 

Our latest favorite trail mix blend is super simple, but wonderfully delicious (and addictive!).… Continue reading

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds (works for other squashes too)

How to Roast Squash Seeds
Roasted acorn squash seeds. Yum!

Whenever I cut open a fresh winter squash (pumpkin, butternut, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, and so on), the first thing I do is scoop out all of the seeds.

 

Did you know that with just a little bit of extra effort, you can roast those seeds and make a delicious, nutritious snack? Next time, instead of scooping those seeds into your compost or garbage, scoop them onto a baking sheet instead.… Continue reading

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Pudding Pops

Fruit-Sweetened Chocolate Pudding PopsEven though fall temperatures are moving in (especially in the mornings), we still generally have warm afternoons here in the Rockies. And my boys are still going through a ton of ice pops.

 

The other day I decided to make a batch of ice pops that I would really enjoy. My favorite ice pops are those that are rich and chocolaty, so that’s what I made.… Continue reading