Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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I am a little late to the pumpkin party this year.  And by a little, I mean months.  Typically August is when everyone goes pumpkin crazy and gets their first pumpkin spice latte of the year.  Well, it’s basically December now.  But, in my defense, we had such an unseasonably warm fall that I just wasn’t feeling the pumpkin vibes.  I was still all summer veggies and grill vibes.  But, I realized if I didn’t buy my pie pumpkins soon, I wouldn’t get any.  And that is just wrong.  I need pumpkin butter in my life.  So, I stocked up and threw a batch in the crock pot today.  But, I didn’t want to waste all those yummy seeds!  So, I decided to write a quick post about how I roast mine up.  Trust me, roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious even after Thanksgiving has passed.

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Cheddar Jalapeno Spaghetti Squash

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I have a thing for winter squash.  Like, I’m obsessed with it.  It is not uncommon for me to come home with a bushel of miscellaneous squash and a huge cheesy grin on my face.  They are cheap, they store well, they are super nutritious, and they are delicious … what more can you ask for?!  So, today, when I came home with 5 spaghetti squashes and 2 butternut squash, Matt didn’t even raise an eyebrow.  By this point, its common knowledge.  Also, if I am bringing home that many squash, I am more than likely making this cheddar jalapeño spaghetti squash which is seriously one of the most delicious things I make.  Its creamy and cheesy and slightly spicy.  It is basically mac and cheese, but with spaghetti squash instead of noodles.

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Stuffed Pepper Soup

Stuffed pepper soup made with sausage, long grain brown rice, and tomato juice.

Fall is here!  Fall is here!!  We went from 9o degree days to cool, breezy 60s.  Which means one thing:  IT’S SOUP SEASON!!!!  This stuffed pepper soup is one of my favorites and I can’t believe I haven’t posted it until now!  Remember my deconstructed stuffed peppers?  Well, this is basically the soup version.  And it is oh-so-delicious.  It has sausage, brown long grain rice, tons of peppers, tomato juice, and chili sauce to give it that classic stuffed pepper taste.  But, probably the best part?  It’s a one pot meal!  Once you cook the sausage in your soup pot, you add all of your other ingredients and basically forget about it for an hour.  That’s my favorite type of recipe.

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August/September Garden Update

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Hello friends!!  August just FLEW by for me.  What about you?  I can’t believe it’s September already.  And Mid September at that.  Where did the summer go?!?!  This was one of the warmest and driest summers I can remember in a long, long time.  Which means I was outside watering my garden a LOT.  But, it is totally worth it because the harvests are rolling in and tasting delicious and I couldn’t be more excited.  This is the time of year for us veggie gardeners that makes it all worth it.  Huge harvests, tons of veggies, plants at their peak, it’s the best!

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Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Baked Jalapeno Poppers

One of my favorite things back in the day was those TGIF frozen jalapeño poppers that you would pop in the oven.  OMG.  They were amazing.  Remember them?!!?  They probably still exist actually.  Not good for you, by any means, but they were tasty.  Well, now that I keep a closer eye on the things I eat, those are out of the question.  The laundry list of crazy ingredients is just bad news.  Luckily, I have these babies to fill the void.  They taste BETTER than the boxed version and only have a handful of ingredients.  Score!

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