Melissa

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…

gracie’s iced pumpkin spice cookies

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My daughter, Grace, has been on a mission to create simple, delicious and healthy treats. These little cake-like cookies are only 40 calories a piece when they’re unfrosted, and they’re mostly sweetened with healthful stevia. You can ice them with a simple powdered sugar icing (as shown above) or you could just dust them with…

chicken in a waffle

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Here’s a recipe that was inspired by a new Minnesota State Fair favorite. The Blue Barn was selling these beauties for just shy of $10 a piece and people were going nuts over them. I immediately thought these would make a fun, occasional snack or dinner. They’re so easy to put together and SO delicious.…

sesame seared ahi tuna

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We’re still having fun celebrating our 19th Wedding anniversary! I woke up to a huge bouquet of fresh pink and purple Alstroemaria flowers, French press coffee, and our favorite bagels and lox breakfast. We want to cook something slightly fancy, delicious and healthy for dinner tonight and we’re thinking this sesame-seared ahi tuna with sushi…

red quinoa tabbouleh salad

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I’ve always been a fan of tabbouleh, and now that I have this little recipe in my bag of tricks, I make it all the time. It’s much healthier and lighter than the bulgur wheat version, and I honestly think it tastes better too! Quinoa is a wonderful substitute for bulgur, rice and cous cous.…

scenes from the past week

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  An early morning photo shoot in my beloved Red Wing Minnesota, brisk autumn walks, a good book and a cuppa next to a warm fire, a road trip with my friend Nancy: breakfast at the adorable Homemade Cafe in Pepin Wisconsin (We had the yummy blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup, cheesy hashbrowns, bacon,…

caramel apple oatmeal cookies

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We’ve been out and about today, having so much fun celebrating our anniversary. I just got a few free minutes, so I decided to check in and quickly share this recipe that has you all so excited! I’ve been getting requests for it ever since I shared the photos a couple days ago on my…