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I Love Fall

22 Aug

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I realize it’s still August and it’s pretty hot right now (90 and humid).  But a girl can dream about Fall.  I love Fall and all that comes with it.  The leaves changing, the crisp air, apple picking, pumpkin carving … I could go on and on.  I think it’s just a magical time where everything is harvested before the winter and nature gives you one last beautiful glimpse of color before the stark white winter.

Fall also brings delicious treats like simmering pots of chili, caramel apples and pumpkin pie.  I am one of those girls that’s also a sucker for a Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Going to the pumpkin farm with that yummy drink in my hand is pure heaven.  What do you love about Fall?

xoxo

Jennifer

What’s in Your Garden?

18 Aug

Every Spring I start a vegetable garden in my yard as well as a few pots of herbs.  My kids help pick out the vegetables we will grow each year.  This year we focused on a variety of tomatoes, green peppers, carrots, broccoli and spinach.  We already ate all the carrots, broccoli and spinach.  But the tomatoes and green peppers are just about ready to pick.  tomatoes greenpeppersI feel like growing your own vegetables inspires healthier eating.  My kids learn so much about where food comes from when you start with a bed of soil and some packets of seeds.  And when the vegetables are ready to pick, we all discuss what we should make with our fresh veggies.  The green peppers are perfect for chicken fajitas and stuffed green peppers.  The tomatoes are great for BLT’s and homemade marinara sauce.

Do you grow your own vegetable garden?  What kind of vegetables do you grow and what dishes do you make?  Share in the comments … I love to hear from you!

xoxo

Jennifer

Summer Party Favorite: Peanut Butter Bars

10 Jul

This weekend I have two parties to attend and was asked to bring a dessert.  When it’s summer, I always fall back on my Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bars.  This recipe was handed down to me years ago and has been a favorite ever since.  People always ask me “Are you bringing your peanut butter bars?”  I could probably make them in my sleep (although I’d rather not).  I thought I’d share the recipe so you, too, can be the hit at your next Summer BBQ or get together.  If you make them, let me know how everyone liked (or LOVED) them!

75648_977Dorothy Congdon’s Peanut Butter Bars

3 c. graham cracker crumbs

1 stick butter, melted

2 c. powdered sugar

18 oz. peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)

Frosting:

1 (12 oz) pkg. milk chocolate chips

1 stick butter, melted

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, powdered sugar and peanut butter in a bowl until moist.  Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Heat butter and chocolate chips until melted.  Pour on top and smooth with a knife.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Cut into squares and serve.  *You can substitute margarine for butter and use semi-sweet chocolate chips if you prefer.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Jennifer