Pumpkin Pie (or Butternut Squash Pie)

– – – A classic Pumpkin Pie recipe. There really is no dessert more classic for Thanksgiving than Pumpkin Pie.  Even after a big dinner, and a turkey filled belly, there’s always room for pumpkin pie. With a big scoop of whipped cream.  Oh my. Pumpkin pie made with homemade pumpkin puree is the absolute best kind of pumpkin pie.  I do use canned pumpkin which is delicious, but a freshly made pumpkin puree is ah-mazing in a pie.  Just make sure to use baking or sugar pumpkins for your pumpkin puree…Halloween pumpkins are not great for pies! But did you know that you can also use pretty much any kind of fresh squash puree in a pie?  It’s true.  I have made butternut squash pies with homemade butternut squash puree, and they are delicious.  They’re very similar to pumpkin pie, but I actually think they’re a little more creamy and rich…so so good. The big question though, is do you take your pumpkin pie with whipped cream, or a scoop of vanilla ice cream? This recipe makes enough filling for 1 pie.  But if you wish, you can double the recipe to make 2 pies.  Enjoy! – – – […]

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Halloween Decorating Ideas

Here are some Halloween Decorating Ideas to inspire you this spooky season! I really love to decorate inside our home for Halloween.  I love the transition from a simply decorated fall home, to a spooky but fun Halloween house.  But I especially love that the kids love it.  For them, it adds to the excitement that Halloween is coming! This year I changed things up in the Halloween decor department.  I try very hard not to over complicate things, and use a lot of the same decorations from past years.  But this year I was in Michaels in August, and their shelves were FULL of amazing Halloween decorations.  I try not to get tempted, but I saw these fuzzy black and white skull pillows, and decided right then and there, that I had to have them. And then one thing led to another, and the next thing I knew I had a cart full of pumpkins, pillows, string art, candle holders…and on and on.  But I can use it all again next year.  Decorating our home for the seasons, is just what I like to do, so I gave in to a little temptation this year, and I love how […]

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Easy, Hearty, and Delicious Vegetarian Meal Ideas

These Easy, Hearty, and Delicious Vegetarian Meal Ideas are sure to satisfy everyone at the dinner table! – – – – – Hearty and healthy vegetarian dishes are a welcome addition to our dinner rotation!  I especially love vegetarian options because they are easy to create and they’re delicious.  If you’re looking to add some non-meat options to your own dinner rotation, I’ve gathered up some delicious vegetarian meal ideas for you.  You won’t even miss the meat! These Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers are a delicious meal idea!  They’re loaded up with rice, beans, vegetables and topped with cheese.  They’re hearty, healthy and really really tasty.  I’m sharing this recipe over on the Kendall-Jackson blog, so make sure you head over to grab it! This Winter Vegetable Soup is loaded with vegetables…chickpeas, cauliflower, tomatoes, cabbage and more.  This recipe makes a big batch, so it’s big enough to share!  Serve it up with fresh Mozzarella & Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread. This quick and healthy One Pot Coconut Chickpea Dinner can be on your table in less than one hour!  Serve over rice and with fresh cilantro. Have this hearty Corn & Potato Chowder on your dinner table in less than 45 minutes!  Serve with fresh bread and a salad for […]

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What’s For Dinner? Beef Stroganoff Meatballs Menu

This comforting dinner menu includes Beef Stroganoff Meatballs, egg noodles, glazed carrots, a simple tomato salad and carrot cake for dessert! – – – – – – Welcome back to What’s For Dinner!  This week it’s all about comforting fall & winter meals.  Think delicious and hearty meatballs with noodles, seasonal side dishes, and cake for dessert!  So good. And all very easy to assemble.  In fact, you can have this Beef Stroganoff Meatballs dinner on your table in 1 hour or less! Beef Stroganoff Meatballs Menu Main Dish:  Beef Stroganoff Meatballs with egg noodles Side Dish:  Glazed Carrots Side Salad: Tomato Salad with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette Dessert:  Carrot Cake Sheet Cake These Beef Stroganoff Meatballs are delicious and hearty, and ready in less than 1 hour!  Serve with egg noodles, or any favourite noodle. Glazed Carrots are our most favourite way to enjoy cooked carrots.  They’re buttery and a little bit salty and a little bit sweet. Yum. This Fresh Tomato Salad with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette can be made in 15 minutes, and is a great side dish.  Tomatoes paired with fresh basil, it just doesn’t get more delicious than this. This Carrot Cake Sheet Cake with a Cream Cheese Frosting is tender, sweet and so delicious!  This […]

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Apple Coffee Cake

This Apple Coffee Cake is a delicious cake for dessert, coffee dates with friends, or as a snacking cake! Delicious vanilla and apple flavours! – – – – – – A few years ago when my babies were teeny tiny, I used to get together with friends so us moms could visit each other with our babies.  Those days were some of my favourite times…I miss them. Sigh.  One of the things we always used to do when we got together was bake something when it was our time to host.  Then we’d eat it all over copius cups of coffee…so good! We had a lot of delicious baking during those days, but there was one recipe in particular that I loved, and it was this Apple Coffee Cake that an old friend made.  I loved it then, and now it’s a family favourite…. For Thanksgiving this year I decided to make this Apple Coffee Cake and take it home to my parents.  So on the day we planned to travel, I made this cake and the first one I made I measured the butter wrong.  Seriously, how many times have I baked a cake?!  But I accidentally got distracted, as […]

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Puffed Wheat Squares

These Puffed Wheat Squares are a classic dessert right out of childhood!  This No-Bake, simple to make treat is a crowd pleaser! – – – – – – Who remembers puffed wheat squares from their childhood?!  Puffed wheat squares are the best! My mom used to make them for my sister & I when we were young, and now I make them for my own kids.  And every time I make them, I’m reminded how much I really love this little treat…but they have to be soft.  No hard as a rock puffed wheat squares are accepted over here!  I like them pull-apart soft and chewy, so I actually add a little less than the recommended amount of puffed wheat. Chocolatey.  Soft.  Chewy.  Delicious.  I could eat the whole pan.  For real.  I have to keep these up on the high shelf because I actually can’t resist them. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do! Print Puffed Wheat Squares Make in an 8 x 8 pan. Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife Ingredients 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup corn syrup 3/4 cup sugar 1 tbsp brown sugar 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 tsp vanilla 6 cups puffed wheat Instructions In a saucepan […]

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Turkey & Brown Rice Soup

This Turkey Brown Rice Soup is a great way to use up turkey dinner leftovers!  It’s simple to make, and so delicious! – – – – – – This soup is one of my favourites to make. It’s hearty, loaded with turkey, vegetables and rice, making it so comforting.  And it’s a perfect soup for all of your holiday turkey dinner leftovers!  I love being able to use up turkey dinner leftovers and create a brand new meal.   Sometimes I’ll make homemade stock from the turkey carcass and use it to make this soup, even though I’m often exhausted (in a good way) after hosting holiday dinners.  But when I do actually make stock I’m always so glad that I took the time to make it for the base of this soup.  It’s very easy, and so satisfying to know it was homemade!  But sometimes we don’t feel like making stock, and that is just fine!  Pre-made chicken or vegetable stock is perfect in this recipe. For this soup, I add as many leftovers from our turkey dinner as I can…including leftover Wild Rice Stuffing (I just remove the raisins).  If there are leftover carrots or green beans, I add […]

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