Tasty Fall Recipes

 

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As the chilly weather begins to set in, I’m always in the mood for warm and comforting dishes! There’s something about dishes like chili, soups, roasts, and casseroles that just make me happy when the temperatures drop! My crockpot becomes more prevalent in the fall, too!

We’ve had an unusually hot summer in Colorado this year and we’re still in the mid-70’s to low 80’s these past couple weeks. As much as I love the warmer weather, I’m ready for some cooler temps! This also means that I am in search of cold-weather friendly recipes :)

Check out some of these recipes that have become our new favorites lately!


 

Southwestern Chicken Chili
Super quick and delicious crockpot meal for a chilly fall night!
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ lbs boneless chicken breast
  2. 3 cans petite diced tomatoes (14.5 oz each)
  3. 2 cups medium salsa
  4. 1 (14.5 oz) can corn, undrained
  5. 2 (14.5 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  6. 1 pkg ranch seasoning
  7. 1 pkg taco seasoning
  8. Toppings - cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips ect
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in crock-pot and cook on low 4-5 hours.
  2. Remove chicken from crock pot and shred.
  3. Place chicken back in crock pot and stir.
  4. Serve with desired toppings.
Notes
  1. Makes enough for leftovers too! :)
Adapted from Mommy's Fabulous Finds
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One Dish Chicken & Rice Bake
Serves 4
Quick and easy without tons of clean-up! Mama win!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 3/4 cup uncooked long grain white rice
  4. 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  6. 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
Instructions
  1. Stir the soup, water, rice, paprika and black pepper in an 11x8x2-inch baking dish.
  2. Top with the chicken.
  3. Season with additional paprika and black pepper.
  4. Cover the baking dish.
  5. Bake at 375°F. for 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the rice is tender.
  6. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  7. Stir the rice before serving.
Adapted from Campbell's
Adapted from Campbell's
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Crock Pot Easy Pot Roast
Serves 8
"Moist and juicy pot roast done in a slow cooker with carrots, onion and potatoes."
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
9 hr
Total Time
9 hr 40 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
9 hr
Total Time
9 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 lbs chuck roast
  2. salt and pepper to taste
  3. 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  4. 1 cup water
  5. 3 carrots, chopped
  6. 1 onion, chopped
  7. 3 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  8. 1 stalk celery, chopped
Instructions
  1. Season the roast with salt and pepper to taste. Brown on all sides in a large skillet over high heat, about 4 minutes per side.
  2. Place the roast in the slow cooker and add the soup mix, water, carrots, onion, potatoes, and celery.
  3. Cover and cook on Low setting for 8 to 10 hours.
Notes
  1. I always add additional seasoning to my pot roast- nothing specific and it's usually different each time. Whatever pairs well with each other is my go-to! Also, I RARELY measure seasonings.
Adapted from All Recipes
Adapted from All Recipes
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Stuffed Peppers
Serves 6
Super tasty and easy recipe for those busy nights!
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Total Time
55 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb lean chopped turkey meat or ground beef
  2. 1 garlic, minced
  3. 1/4 onion, minced
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 1 tsp cumin powder
  6. salt to taste
  7. 3 large sweet red bell peppers, washed
  8. 1 cup fat free chicken broth
  9. 1/4 cup tomato sauce
  10. 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  11. Olive oil spray
  12. 1/4 cup reduced fat shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella are my favorites!)
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400°.
  2. Spray a little olive oil spray in a medium size saute pan and heat on a medium flame.
  3. Add onion, garlic and cilantro to the pan. Saute about 2 minutes and add ground turkey.
  4. Season with salt and garlic powder, and cumin and brown meat for several minutes until meat is completely cooked through.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and 1/2 cup of chicken broth, mix well and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Combine cooked rice and meat together.
  6. Cut the bell peppers in half lengthwise, and remove all seeds. Place in a baking dish.
  7. Spoon the meat mixture into each pepper half and fill it with as much as you can.
  8. Place all stuffed pepper halves on the baking dish and pour the remainder of the chicken broth on the bottom of the pan.
  9. Cover tight with aluminum foil and bake for about 35 minutes.
  10. Top with shredded cheese and enjoy!
Notes
  1. We typically eat 2 halves each so this only feeds 3 people when we make it.
  2. Also, we double the meat mixture each time so we can freeze half of it for a later date!
Adapted from Skinny Taste
Adapted from Skinny Taste
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 What are some of your favorite cold-weather recipes? 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Fall has officially arrived! When I think of Fall, I think of changing leaves, chilly mornings and nights, burning firewood, apple picking, and…PUMPKIN

Pumpkin seems to be everyone’s favorite Fall smell and taste! You can incorporate pumpkin in to so many things, and, REAL pumpkin is SO good for you! Of course, if you’re only using it in cookies, pies, cakes, sugary beverages, and the such, you’re losing most of the nutritional aspects. However, a tasty pumpkin sweet treat here and there is just perfect! :)

I was craving something sweet with pumpkin and didn’t want to have to pick up anything from the store! I found this awesome, and, incredibly easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. Uh, YUM. Pumpkin AND chocolate? I’m there! I only had milk chocolate chips on hand (blame it on the husband who got the wrong kind at the store ;) ), but, they still turned out so good!

This recipe is perfect for a quick weekend treat and it makes a bunch- which is good, because, it’s hard to stop eating them…oops.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
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A quick and easy Fall pumpkin cookie- perfect for kids and adults alike! Yum!
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Cook Time
12 min
Cook Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 c. pumpkin purée
  2. 3/4 c sugar
  3. 1/2 c oil (I use canola)
  4. 1 egg
  5. 2 c all-purpose flour
  6. 2 tsp baking powder
  7. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  8. 1/2 tsp salt
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1 tsp milk
  11. 1 c chocolate chips
  12. 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, stir together pumpkin purée, sugar, oil and eggs.
  2. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Add flour, baking powder & soda, cinnamon, salt, stirring until well mixed.
  4. Stir in vanilla and milk.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by heaping teaspoonful onto your cookie sheet or baking stone. You can place them fairly close together because they don’t spread. They just puff up.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Notes
  1. I doubled the batch and it was oh so worth it :)
Adapted from Happy Hooligans
Adapted from Happy Hooligans
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What are your favorite pumpkin recipes? Do you have any other favorite Fall recipes? Tell me below! :)

 

 

 

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DIY Cleaning Slime

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I know when I was little, I loved slime, silly putty, and other fun textures. Our amazing guest blogger, Edna, has a great slime recipe, but, it’s not just any slime! It’s CLEANING slime! Plus, you can have your kids help you :)

Check out the recipes below and read about this awesome time saver!


 

Slime. Have you ever wondered what that gelatin-looking, fun-to-play-with substance is about? Well, it is a cool way to entertain your kids. But aside from the fun factor, it can actually be used to get rid of nasty particles, crumbs and grime that your computer keyboard harbors or for just about any hard-to-reach place and corner you can think of.

Now, there are a few ways to make your own cleaning slime. Most recipes include borax, but for extra safety you may want to skip it over. In that case, just scroll down to the end of this article to check out a few slime recipes without borax.

P.S. You can ask your children to help you make slime. Fun is guaranteed! It’s a great way to bond with your little ones. Plus, kids love science projects!

So let’s get started!

Slime with Borax
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Ingredients
  1. 4 oz water
  2. 4 oz Elmer's Glue-All*
  3. 4 more oz of water
  4. 1 tablespoon of borax**
  5. 2 bowls
  6. 4 drops of food dye (optional)
  7. *You can also use school glue
  8. **It's best to use powdered borax because it dissolves well into water
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together 4 ounces of water and 4 ounces of Elmer's glue. Stir continuously. If you would like, you can also add a few drops of food dye. As you know, store-bought cleaning slime comes in different colors. So make it look funny.
  2. Now, add four more ounces of water and one tablespoon of borax in a separate bowl. Stir and wait for the borax to dissolve into the water. When it's done, transfer the borax solution into the other bowl and stir well. Your slime will begin to form in a while.
Notes
  1. Note that your finished product may not look exactly like its store-bought counterpart, but just remember that you are using far less stuff to make it and no chemicals are involved. So clearly, it's not going to be 100% the same as its store-bought version.
  2. Keep your make-at-home slime in a plastic bag if you are not going to use it straight away. It can be stored for weeks.
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Slime with Liquid Laundry Detergent
This recipe is even easier and faster to make. You need only two ingredients to get things going.
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Ingredients
  1. Liquid laundry detergent
  2. ¼ cup of Elmer's glue
Instructions
  1. To get started, add ¼ cup of Elmer's glue in a bowl and then pour a tablespoon or two of liquid laundry detergent (it's best to opt for an organic laundry detergent since store-bought products are loaded with chemicals you don't want to use in your green cleaning kit).
  2. Stir until your slime is formed. You may need to work with your hands, too.
  3. If necessary, add more laundry detergent or glue.
Notes
  1. Note that there is no need to use food dye if your laundry detergent is colored.
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Slime with Cornstarch
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups of cornstarch
  2. 1 cup of water
  3. A few drops of food dye (optional)
Instructions
  1. Fill a cup with water and pour a few drops of food dye. Give it a stir.
  2. Transfer about 50% of your water into a bowl.
  3. Now add all the cornstarch and begin to stir.
  4. Little by little add the rest of the water.
  5. Now, get your hands dirty and stir all the mixture around. It looks yucky but it's so much fun. When the mixture solidifies, your slime is ready to use. Simple and easy!
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And there you have it, your homemade slime to play, um, clean with. Hope you have a nice slimy week, folks! And happy cleaning!

The article is kindly contributed by  QualityCleaningLondon Putney

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Our Favorite Snack & Dip Combos for Get-Togethers!

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As the holidays approach and football season picks up, get-togethers with family and friends are happening all the time! Sometimes, planning what to bring isn’t as planned as you expected and you rush to throw something together.

Check out some of our favorite snack and dip combinations and make your side dish super quick and easy! :)

Appetizer Dips

  • Tortilla Chips & Salsa
  • Tortilla Chips & Guacamole (my favorite- my husband hates guac! I don’t understand it!)
  • Pita Chips & Hummus
  • Veggies & Hummus
  • Artichoke Dip & Crackers
  • Veggies & Ranch
  • Tortilla Chips & Buffalo Chicken Dip

Dessert Dips

To make your transporting and clean up even easier, enter to win some Rubbermaid Tupperware and a Party Platter!

What are some of your favorite combinations? Tell me about it on Facebook!

 

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DIY Diaper Pail Fresheners

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Babies are stinky. Toddlers are stinky. Diaper pails are SUPER STINKY.

I’ll be honest…I usually “forget” to take out the diaper pail trash and then lovingly ask my husband when he gets home- “Babe, I totally forgot! Can you take out Lil’s trash for me? Thanks! Love you!”

Horrible, I know. Imposing that horrendous stink upon him after a long day is cruel, huh? However, on most days, diaper pail fresheners can help A LOT to avoid gagging until you pass out while trying to dispose of that bag in record time. 

There are tons of fancy fresheners that you can buy from the store or order online, but, they are way over-priced and either 1.) full of other chemicals or 2.) nothing more than ingredients you probably have at home already!

So, we decided to make our own pail fresheners and we’ve been doing it since our girl was itty bitty! 

These diaper pail fresheners are super easy and only have 3 ingredients, plus, the batch makes a TON so you’re set for a couple months. I found the original “recipe” from One Good Thing By Jillee!

DIY Diaper Pail Fresheners
Yields 12
A quick, easy, and inexpensive way to keep your diaper pails smelling fresh...well, as fresh as can be expected ;)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups baking soda
  2. 1 – 2 cups distilled water (or you can boil your water for 10 minutes.)
  3. Peppermint essential oil (or whatever oil you choose. Citrus would be good too!*)
  4. Silicone mold or muffin pan
Instructions
  1. Add a 3 to 4 drops of essential oil to approximately 1/2 cup water.
  2. Pour the water/oil mixture into the baking soda and mix well.
  3. Continue to add water until you have a THICK paste.
  4. Divide the mixture into your molds or muffin tin cups.
  5. Let dry 24 to 48 hours until completely hardened. **
  6. Once hardened, store in an air-tight container (I use a nice Rubbermaid Tupperware and store them in the freezer!)
Notes
  1. * Ideally, choose a scent that is a little overpowering so it can battle the stink!
  2. ** The disks NEED to be COMPLETELY dry or else they will crumble apart all over- ideally, letting them dry for the full 48 hours is best
  3. *** I have read you can crumble the used disks into a load of laundry, but, my disks STINK after being in the pail so I toss them after a few trash changes.
Adapted from One Good Thing by Jillee
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Have you ever made your own deodorizing disks to freshen up different things? These disks can be used for so much more than just diaper pails (stinky gym bags, regular trash cans, general room fresheners, etc.)!

Let me know how these work out for you! I love them! :)

 

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