Melissa

apple pocket pies

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Aren’t these just the most adorable “autumn-y” little apple pies you’ve ever seen? I purchased the little pocket pie maker at Williams Sonoma a few years ago and it works like a charm. I tried to find the mold on their website so I could link to it for you, but I couldn’t find it.…

easy candied apples

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This is an old fashioned treat that I remember eating at little county fairs and around Halloween when I was younger. These really are so easy to make if you have a candy thermometer. Don’t be tempted to cook the syrup too long, or you’ll end up with a candy coating that is too hard…

season of mists

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an early morning sipping scottish breakfast with vanilla almond milk while taking photos on a very misty sorin’s bluff… anniversary flowers and sweet cards from the hubby celebrating our 19th… a few awesome, live music performances including front row seats to this gorgeous, stellar, mind-blowing concert … bbq sandwiches and gyros for lunch at the…

smoky chickpea radish salad

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I know that we’re right smack dab in the middle of the official “season of comfort food.” People don’t usually associate salads with comfort food, but I’m here to tell you that’s all going to change once you try this smoky, hearty salad. Chickpeas and smoked paprika (pimenton) are the stars of the show, and…

salisbury steak with cream gravy

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This is crazy good. It’s hearty, comfort food and not something I would make every week or even every month because it’s pretty heavy. It’s a good “special occasion” dish and something I have to make when the craving strikes…. which seems to be every year when I flip the calendar from September to October…

pepper jack avocado grilled cheese sandwich

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This is ooey, gooey, delicious and healthy! Use your favorite whole grain or sprouted grain bread for these sandwiches. We love it on original Ezekiel bread. Perfect for dipping into your favorite homemade tomato soup, easy creamy tomato soup or bisque! for 3 sandwiches: 6 slices original Ezekiel Bread 4 to 6 oz. sliced pepper…

chocolate chip overload pumpkin muffins

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Ready for more pumpkiny goodness? This time I added a ton of mini chocolate chips for a match made in heaven! Enjoy with your favorite coffee or tea… ~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~ 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin puree 1 and 2/3 cups brown sugar or date sugar 2/3 cup vegetable…

turkey cranberry croissant sandwich

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Get ready to make yummy noises. This is, hands down, one of my very favorite sandwiches. The flaky, buttery croissant, the slightly spicy cream cheese spread, the maple-glazed turkey, a slight crunch from the spring greens and pecans… all topped off with whole cranberry sauce and a little sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper. I…

{better than starbuck’s} pumpkin spice latte

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Looking for a cozy, spicy, pumpkiny beverage to get you started on these chilly autumn mornings? Look no further. These yummy, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are so delicious, and they don’t cost $5 a pop! Move over, Starbucks! for two pumpkin spice lattes: 2 cups whole milk 2 Tablespoons pure canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie…