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Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

October 26th  is National Pumpkin Day. Are you a lover of all things pumpkin?  Well, mark your calendar for October 26th! I love pumpkin, and fall signals it's time to add plenty of pumpkin flavor to my menu.   It’s also October and October also means Halloween.  You should know that Halloween is my least favorite holiday of the year.  When I say the least favorite, I really mean I dislike it.  I don't like the focus on all things macabre.  I don't like scary costumes and masks.  I dislike being subjected to horror movie trailers every time I flip on the television.   Truth be told, I'm not keen on trick-or-treating either.  We do it at my house and I make sure to have full-size candy bars to give out to our neighborhood ghosts and goblins, but I admit I lack enthusiasm for the evening. What I do like about Halloween is the colorful decorations.  That includes decorations on cupcakes and cookies.  That's why I decided to combine my love of pumpkin and decorat
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Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasting Brussels sprouts in your oven is one sure way to get family members to eat their vegetables. This is my tried and true recipe for oven-roasted Brussels sprouts.    You'll be surprised how fast these Brussels sprouts disappear from the table when you prepare them this way.  I continue to be surprised when family and friends ask me to make them for our gatherings.     Make these for weeknight dinners or special occasion meals.  They are a delicious side dish for any occasion. The Best Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts  The Best Oven-Roasted Brussels Sprouts One of the keys to super flavorful roasted Brussels Sprouts is preparing them in advance.  This will allow time for the flavor of the onions, garlic, and bacon to blend throughout.   Mix all the ingredients together at least an hour in advance but even the day before will work.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

As the days shorten and the leaves turn do you find yourself wanting to spend more time in your kitchen? Try baking a batch of these chewy oatmeal cookies with a fall twist. These Cranberry Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies add a taste of fall by switching out raisins for cranberries.  Adding chocolate chips makes a cookie that mixes sweet and tart flavors together that work with the chewy goodness of an oatmeal cookie. Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies Don't you love the texture of a soft and chewy oatmeal cookie?  I'm not a fan of raisins so I prefer substituting dried cranberries for the raisins you might find in a traditional oatmeal cookie.  Adding semi-sweet chocolate chips pairs well with the tartness of the dried cranberries in these cookies.  Feel free to use milk chocolate or dark chocolate chips, if you prefer.

Morning Glory Muffins

Does the weather inspire your cooking? I woke up yesterday at the crack of dawn to a beautiful morning.  The air was still, the sun was rising, and sunlight was breaking through the leaves on the trees in a way that takes your breath away.  Yes, it was a glorious morning, and since I was up I decided to make a batch of Morning Glory Muffins.  I was inspired by the day. Morning Glory Muffins to Start Your Day This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.  When you shop using these links I receive compensation that helps support the publishing of this blog. Morning Glory Muffins Morning Glory muffins are chock full of goodness with dried cranberries. carrots, grated apple, coconut, and walnuts.  They are hearty muffins that will remind you of carrot cake.  This recipe makes twelve hearty muffins, full of "good for you" ingredients.  You'll find them to be moist, not too sweet muffins that are perfect with your morning coffee. These muffins will f

DIY Cheap and Effective Rug Cleaning

I like to use area rugs to make my home feel warm and inviting.  Area rugs help absorb noise and add pops of color throughout your home.  While regular vacuuming is important, you'll want to deep clean your rugs periodically, especially if you own pets,  Today I want to show you how I clean my area rugs.  It is a cheap and effective rug cleaning method. How to Clean Your Area Rugs (This post contains affiliate links for your convenience ) Cheap and Effective Rug Cleaning This post will focus on cleaning polypropylene rugs like I have in my front entry hall and wool rugs like I have throughout the rooms in my house.  Polypropylene rugs are workhorses and take a beating. That's why polypropylene is a good choice for the entry location. Good quality wool rugs are also workhorses and my preferred choice for my home.  They can be pricey, making them an investment decision for many. In my experience, good-quality wool rugs can also be cleaned using this method.  Just be

Mediterranean Chicken-A Skillet Dinner

Are you tired of the same old chicken dishes you've been making week after week?  Are you looking for a dinner recipe that is easy to make but tastes like you spent all afternoon preparing it?  This easy Skillet Mediterranean Chicken dish is just that recipe. (This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience.) Skillet Mediterranean Chicken I knew I had a winner when my oldest son, a pretty opinionated presence at my dinner table, told me this was "one pretty fabulous dinner".  Who can argue with that?

Southwest Salmon with Sriracha Sauce

Salmon is one of my favorite choices for dinner.  I try to eat salmon once a week because of the healthy omega-3 fats it adds to my diet.   The flavors in this recipe will win over non-salmon lovers, too. Hubby is not a salmon lover, so I have to be creative in the ways I serve salmon to him.  This oven-baked Southwest Salmon with Sriracha Sauce is a favorite of his, and I love it, too. Spicy Southwest Salmon with Sriracha Sauce  This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. When you use these links to make a purchase, I receive compensation that helps support publishing this blog. Spicy Southwest Salmon First, you'll want to select your salmon. I always ask to have my salmon cut to order from the thick end of the salmon fillet. I also like to have the skin left on my salmon because it helps to keep the salmon moist as it cooks. You'll find the skin is easy enough to remove before serving when you use a sharp spatula, like a fish spatula, to remove the