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Butternut Squash Risotto With Mushrooms

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This delicious fall recipe is so easy and delicious!

For those of you that go butternut squash crazy when you feel the leaves starting to change, you will love this!

And what I love so much about risotto is that you could make this a delicious lunch, a simple side dish, or a hearty dinner!

Here is the recipe!


BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTO WITH MUSHROOMS



Ingredients 1 cup arborio rice1 pound butternut squash peeled and diced into 1/2-inch chunks10 ounces mushrooms sliced3 cups vegetable broth5 garlic cloves2 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons butter1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepperasiago cheese finely grated, for garnishInstructions Heat olive oil in a large 5 quart saute pan over medium heat. Add butternut squash, salt, and pepper. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Use a pan sufficiently large so that the butternut squash chunks sit in a single layer on the pan.
Add mushrooms and garlic to the pan, sautéing for a few minutes.
Add rice and vegetable stock. Mix everything together. Br…

Coffee Walnut Cake

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Okay, this cake is a game changer!
If you loooooove coffee, you will absolutely love this cake!

I made this for Juniper's first birthday...obviously not for her to eat but for our family to enjoy.

I wonder what she would have acted like if I gave her a cake with straight up coffee-grounds in it...

And then I made this again a few days later for our life group and it was eaten up...I had a hard time with stopping at just one slice!


This cake is intended to be 2 layers, but one of the cakes ended up falling on the floor when I made it for Junie's birthday, so I had to make another batch and the cake ended up being 3 layers! Whoops!
So to compensate for that, I doubled the recipe for the icing.
I made the regular recipe for a 2 layer cake for our life group.
But regardless of the size cake, I decided that it tastes a lot better and the coffee comes through a lot more if you double the amount of coffee grounds that you put into the icing.

*The icing recipe is the amount if you don…

Come And Sit With Me

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We weren't getting along very well the other day and I really had no idea why.
She had so many toys to play with and I just wanted to sit back and browse my phone because I was still trying to wake up - but still, her tears persisted.

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I put down my phone and sat on the floor and like a miracle, she stopped crying, crawled to her toy box, picked out a toy and brought it near me and started playing with it. I had sat on the floor to play with her in order to see if she would stop crying and it was as if, to her,  I was invisible, as she went on and played with her toys joyfully by herself - and I just sat and watched.
 - What had just happened? I was just sitting in the rocking chair on my phone while she was on the floor with her toys and she was throwing a fit. And now I scoot down to the floor to sit with her and the tears cease and she proceeds to play by herself? -
I was confused.

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Then the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38-42 came to mind -

"As Jesus and the disc…

Youthful Joy

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Our sweet daughter, Juniper Rose, turns 1 year old tomorrow.
Be still my heart.
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I have gotten more and more emotional as this week has gone by, and whenever someone asks me about it, I can't help but well up with tears.
I wish that I could put into words how she has transformed our lives and our hearts, and maybe you yourself can see that within us - but I want to write this out, and show how even her name embodies her character and the transformation that she has brought to our lives.
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I think its funny, and just how God planned, that Juniper was the only name that John Zachary and I agreed on. We did not find out the gender of our baby, so we had to make a list of names for each, and Juniper was always our girl name. And up even until the day she was born, we had not agreed on or chosen a name for a boy.
We had both separately heard the name Juniper before - even before we got married - and decided that we would want to name a child of ours that some day. Not even knowing tha…

Kale, Sausage, and White Bean Stew

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This recipe is from my current favorite cookbook - Dinner: A Love Story.
You can find it on my Resources Tab!!

But this week in our Imperfect Produce order, we got some kale! And we planned on having some friends over for dinner that next day, so I decided that it would be good to use up that kale the sooner the better so it wouldn't go bad.

When I want to try something new I always turn to this cookbook first, its so diverse and just has some really simple and quick recipes, as well as some really different ones that have turned into new favorites.

The best thing about this stew was that it was super quick to make, about 30 minutes and it cooks so fast, so if you are in a rush, you can whip it up right before dinner and its perfect. Plus it tastes really good with parmesan cheese drizzles on top which is always a plus.

Here is this delicious recipe for a cool evening or a fun get-together with friends :)


Kale, Sausage, and White Bean Stew

Ingredients:


1 onion, chopped3 tablespoons o…

Maple Bacon Scones

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I had some leftover bacon from a bread recipe that I tried out and I am soooo glad because that gave me just enough bacon to try out the Maple Bacon Scones!!

Okay, I just have to say that while you are baking these in the over, you mights just die over how scrumptious they make you house smell...and they are just as delicious!

I will absolutely make these again!

This recipe is from The Wood and Spoon Katie's recipes are some of my most favorites, she has lots of my go-to cake recipes as well that I am sure I will get to share sooner or later on here!


So check out her site for more deliciousness, but in the meantime, try these scones out!

Here is the recipe -


INGREDIENTS2 cups (260 gm) all-purpose flour1 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon baking powder½ teaspoon black pepper½ teaspoon onion powder½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold and chopped1 cup cooked, finely chopped crispy bacon¼ cup (60 mL) maple syrup¾ cup (180 mL) whipping cream, plus additional for brushing INSTRUCTIONSIn a large …

Blackberry Coffee Cake

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This week for Bible Study my group decided to do a breakfast and coffee date to get to know one another a little bit better. Each of us were supposed to pitch in with whatever we would like to bring, so I thought what better to go with coffee than a coffee cake!! :)

I struggled for a while to figure out whether I wanted to make just a plain old coffee cake or add something special with it, make it healthier, or make it just really different.
I finally decided on adding some blackberries in it. Sometimes I just love having a little kick of fruitiness within lots of sweet, and fresh blackberries just taste so refreshing to me. There are a lot of older woman in my small group as well and I always think of blackberry pie as something that grandparents make so I thought maybe this blackberry coffee cake would be a hit.

This is a nice and simple recipe, it could be made in an 8x8 tin and cut into squares or you can serve it in a round pan, this one I made I served it in a pie dish, just cau…

Under His Wings

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I know that if I wanted to, I could obsess and obsess over making sure that I do everything right to make sure my daughter lives a beautiful, safe life where she is loved well and loves others joyfully.

I know that before I became a wife and mother that I would try, hard as I could, to make sure that every little event and detail in my life would go according to plan, in the instant that I snapped my fingers and said that I was ready.

Oh, and those events had to be perfectly chosen by me as well, because who wants something to happen in their life that they didn't expect, right?


It seems silly. Like, "Okay Mindi, hasn't it been engraved in your mind yet that life just doesn't work out that way, exactly like your own perfect plan?" But I do know that this is something I still struggle with, wanting to take control and plan every single detail. And I still get very upset when I'm shaken by something that I didn't expect - even the smallest detail.
And I'…

Blueberry Lemon Zest Breakfast Cookies

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I LOOOOOVE breakfast. If I could, I would go out to breakfast every single day. My husband could care less about breakfast (which secretly breaks my heart) but anything that I make that has the word 'cookie' in it - he goes crazy for.
That is why these breakfast cookies are soooo good!
I love anything with a blueberry and lemon combo - the little bit of tartness is just so refreshing. And these are egg-free and dairy free, they can be make gluten free, and maple syrup is used to sweeten then instead of any processed sugars.
These are super easy to make, bake for just 20 minutes. And its a great on-th-go breakfast too if you have busy mornings.
And lastly, this recipe is from Love and Lemons Cookbook - if you love a little bit of lemon in anything like I do, you will love these recipes too.
Give these breakfast cookies a try!!

Blueberry Lemon Zest Breakfast Cookies
Ingredients:
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (flaxmeal) + 5 tablespoons warm water1 cup oat flour (made with 1 1/4 cup …

Pineapple and Coconut Upside-Down Cake!!

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Doesn't this just sound like summer?!

Well..my father-in-law will eat this any time of year! He loooooves pineapple and coconut. He is from the Virgin Islands so maybe he just likes tropical kinds of stuff? I don't know, but for his birthday I was given the challenge to make him a birthday cake that he would love!

So a little about Frank.. he is very picky and doesn't like sweet things..but pineapple upside down cake is his favorite. Weird, right?

So I came up with an idea to make a healthier version (basically cutting down the sugar) and adding some coconut flavor to it as well since he loves coconut so much.

And he liked it!!!  :)
We all sat around the table and discussed how it could even be better though, so I am going to add the improvements that I want to make to this recipe.

Try something a little new and different and give this a try! It also gives you a little practice and allows some creativity for designing the pineapple top!




Papa Frank's Favorite Birthday Ca…

Grapefruit Tart with a Coconut Crust!

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Well, I guess this week has been a week of making recipes with different and new ingredients!
Grapefruit was another fruit that I got from my Imperfect Produce box this week - so I figured I better figure out how to use it :)


This recipe is sweet, tangy, and the crunchy crust is to die for!!
This recipe is adapted from Zainab Storms, and I put in my own twist of using coconut oil instead of butter, and coconut sugar instead of regular sugar - just to make it a tad more healthy and add a little more of that amazing coconut flavor!!


Here it is!



INGREDIENTS:CRUST:1 ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs¼ cup granulated sugar¼ teaspoon salt⅓ cup unsalted butter, melted½ cup unsweetened coconut flakesFILLING:¾ cup sugar3 tablespoons cornstarch1 ½ cups grapefruit juice3 egg yolks6 tablespoons butter, cut up1 drop red food coloring
DIRECTIONS:
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a long rectangular tart pan (or a 9-inch round tart pan) and set aside. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt in the …

Eggplant Lasagna Rollatini

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Okay my gluten-free friends, this one is for you!


I had so much fun making this, I really enjoying trying to cook with new ingredients and this was my first time using eggplant - and I would say it was a success!!

Plus, this was actually super easy, not much work and not many ingredients either!

Again, this recipe is a new one from one of my all-time favorites: Lexi's Clean Kitchen
Check out her site here: www.lexiscleankitchen.com and her cookbook is also on my resources page!!



I just used one eggplant for this recipe, and it ended up making 15 strips to roll up. I also added in some spinach on top of the bottom layer of sauce because I had some that I wanted to use up! I had a little bit of the ricotta cheese mixture left over when I was done filling the rollatini, so I just took bits of it and tossed it on top of the mozzarella cheese!

Hope you guys love this as much as we did - definitely something I am going to make a regular in our house!!

Here is the recipe -

What you need:


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Chicken Pot Pie with a Special Delicious Crust!

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Who doesn't love a good chicken pot pie?!

I think my favorite thing about making chicken pot pie is that it is easy to duplicate and make multiple meals out of!
And I personally think that just buying a rotisserie chicken from your grocery store makes it all the more easy.. it gives you tons of left over chicken for another recipe and saves you tons of time!

Another one of my favorite things about this recipe is the special cheddar cornmeal rosemary crust. ITS SO GOOD! It gives this pie a more rustic taste which I love.

And one more favorite thing about chicken pot pie! You can make them so diverse! In the one I made last night I put in carrots, peas, and corn because I had an extra frozen bag in the freezer (along with the chicken of course).
But you can always mix it up! Some people love adding potatoes in their pot pie, which I think is delicious too, and I was tempted to add in mushroom lasts night as well - which would have been delicious but I decided that I better save my m…