Creamy Cheddar Potato Soup

This hearty, creamy soup is full of potatoes and ground turkey, and contains cheddar cheese for added flavor.

Sharing today’s recipe presents a bit of a dilemma.  Namely, how do I get a good picture of potato soup?  The dish is a bit tricky to photograph.  Oh, well.  I’m still learning and that’s ok! 🙂

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Raspberry Thumbprint Shortbread Cookies

One of my favorite cookie recipes – these buttery shortbread cookies are topped with raspberry preserves and drizzled with glaze icing. 

Guess what?  All of my Christmas decorations are up!  I finished decorating the tree yesterday afternoon and am enjoying its twinkling lights from my chair in the office.  I also hung Christmas lights, snowflakes, and sparkly poinsettias all over the house, so it looks a bit like a winter wonderland. 🙂  The temperature even got down to 40 degrees last night, so it almost feels like winter here too!

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Butternut Squash Spelt Oatmeal Pancakes

These light and fluffy oatmeal pancakes are made with whole grain spelt flour and oats, and get their sweet, nutty flavor from butternut squash.

Considering the length of the title, I’m not sure I even need to write a post.  It would take someone five minutes just to get past the title. 😉  I feel a little ridiculous publishing a recipe with five words in the description, but hey.  All of those words are VERY important for an accurate presentation of these delicious pancakes.

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Chicken Packets

 Always a favorite at our house – chopped chicken, cream cheese, and seasonings are wrapped in crescent roll dough and baked until golden! 

As much as I enjoy trips to the beach and springs, I’m happy to announce that the heat seems to be backing away down here in the sunshine state!  (Watch me say that and then it becomes hot again.)  For the next week, at least, we are supposed to have some gorgeous weather.  It looks like Thanksgiving Day is actually going to be comfortable instead of hot like it was last year.  I like defined seasons, with cold and some snow in winter, a mild/cool spring and fall (with flowers in spring and colorful leaves in fall), and then a warm summer so I can go swimming.  So, I’m excited that the weather is supposed to be nice next week!

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Fudgy Candy Oat Bars

A brown sugary whole wheat and oat crust is topped with a gooey, sweet layer filled with red and green chocolate pieces. 🙂

Since my Christmas decor is going up this week, I think the first holiday recipe of the season is in order.  So, I present these Christmas Fudgy Candy Oat Bars!  This recipe is actually a new one instead of an old favorite.  Most of the Christmas ideas I’m sharing this year will be old recipes instead of new, but I made these bars last Friday and they turned out well, so I decided to go ahead and post them first.

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Slow Cooker Chili

This super easy Slow Cooker Chili is great for a cold day when you don’t feel like cooking! 🙂

Well, folks, I just can’t wait any longer.  Christmas decorations are going up this week!  I’m planning to find some inexpensive, fun decor in addition to our usual Christmas tree, and make the house as festive as possible this year. 🙂  While at Wal-Mart last week, I bought a scented candle that smells like balsam and fir.  I lit it the other day while working in the kitchen, and it reminded me so much of a real Christmas tree that I decided I was going to put up my decorations early this year!

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Butternut Squash Oatmeal Cups

These healthy little muffins are made with oats and whole wheat flour, contain lots of butternut squash, and get a protein boost from Greek yogurt.

I like pumpkin.  Pumpkins and I have a pretty good friendship.  They’re versatile, tasty, and they remind me of fall days and Thanksgiving.  However, there is another “vegetable” (it’s technically a fruit but we won’t go there) called butternut squash.  I really like butternut squash.  It’s sweet, nutty flavor beats pumpkin every time, and for me personally it is associated with way more childhood memories than pumpkin.

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Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

Cheesy, creamy, and made with whole wheat noodles, this macaroni and cheese takes less than 30 minutes to put together!  Great as a side dish, or even the main dish with a veggie on the side.

Remember a couple of days ago I told you I was feeling a little sick-ish?  Well, yesterday that kind of turned into a full blown head cold and fever.  So, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time sitting around.  Even though I don’t enjoy being sick, it’s kind of nice to have an excuse to read and write for much of the day.  I love to do both, but I tend to get distracted by other things when I am well, or I feel like it’s lazy for me to sit and read/write when there are tasks that need to be done.

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