Favorite Fall Foods

Do you love fall as much as I do? One thing that I don’t love about Florida is fall. Now come January, I’m going to be showing off all my working by the pool Instagram photos, like this one.

But for now I’ll just have to pretend it’s a little cooler than the 82 degrees on my car thermometer by making some of my favorite fall recipes.

Tonight we even started discussing our Thanksgiving plans I all my fall favorites started coming to mind.

One of the things I love about fall flavors is that they are things my kids already love. Because they love apples it is easy to convince them to try a new apple recipe, and if you have kids you know that getting some of them to try new things is quite the challenge.

Below you will find some of our favorite fall flavors and how we incorporate them into some delicious dishes. (scroll down to the end for a coupon for a free carton of Silk Almondmilk)

Pumpkin

You can’t really have fall without pumpkin, right? There are so many delicious pumpkin recipes from curried pumpkin soup to chocolate pumpkin swirl cake there is something for everyone.

Even my kids who don’t love pumpkin love these pumpkin donuts. They are easy to make and a fun treat for an after school snack or weekend breakfast.

Maple

I love any and all things maple but this maple oat bread is my absolute favorite. It tastes great served by itself with butter, but becomes out of this world amazing when you turn it into French toast.

My kids talk about this bread like they talk about their favorite toy. I’m pretty sure some of the folks running for office should be handing out slices of my maple bread instead of promises this week. They’d definitely win!

Almonds

My family loves nuts and almonds are so good for you. My mom keeps jars of nuts on the kitchen counter so it is easy to grab a handful on the go.

This almond swirl oatmeal is a healthy favorite in my house and is made with Silk Almondmilk. When I first bought Silk Almondmilk my husband was hesitant about trying it.

After he tried it in his cereal he was hooked. He actually prefers the taste to regular milk! It is delicious in cereal or oatmeal and you can also use it in recipes like this fruit and veggie smoothie or this dairy free pumpkin spice latte.

Apples

Who doesn’t love apples. They are delicious by themselves and can be served with everything from nut butters to ice cream. They are in season right now so it’s a great time to stock up and make all your favorite apple treats.

While you’re baking make some delicious apple butter stuffed French toast. It is delicious and an awesome breakfast on a cool fall morning.

Caramel

If I’m being honest, caramel is on this list for one reason. Carmel corn! I cannot get enough of this stuff. It is one of the few sweet treats I absolutely love.

I make it almost every year and give it as gifts at Christmas, but the reality is I make it so I can eat all the kernels not pretty enough for gift giving.

Lemons

What do lemons have to do with fall? When we lived in Florida a few years ago we had a gorgeous lemon tree in our backyard. Every year around the middle of November the lemons would ripen and we would pick over 100 pounds of lemons.

From lemon poppy seed bread to lemony asparagus pasta, for two years we tried almost every lemon recipe we could find because we had such an abundance.

Ice Cream

I know what you are thinking. Ice cream is not a flavor of fall. I agree, when served straight out of the carton.

However, when you take ice cream, cover it with cinnamon and sugar, broil it and drizzle it with chocolate and serve warm it becomes a perfect fall treat, oven fried ice cream.

The ice cream cookie cake is also one of our favorite Thanksgiving desserts. You can make it ahead of time keep in the freezer for several days.

Sweet Potatoes

Here’s another healthy option that is super cheap this time of year. Sweet potatoes are delicious by themselves and are a quick side dish to prepare.

You can also make sweet potato chips or wow your Thanksgiving guests with this maple pecan sweet potato casserole.

Chicken

Chicken pot pie, chicken and corn chowder, chicken and dumplings, smothered crockpot chicken… need I say more?

S’mores

Y’all know how much I love s’mores. I love them so much so that I’ve figured out how to turn them into muffins.

A few weeks ago we had our first bonfire of the season and the only thing missing was s’mores. We’ll definitely have to rectify that during the next bonfire.

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Dare to Try a New Vegetable

This post is in partnership with the #V8VegOut campaign. All opinions are my own.

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If you are like me you eat the same vegetables day after day, week after week. In fact many of my favorite veggies are on this list of the top ten vegetables consumed in America.

  1. Potatoes
  2. Tomatoes
  3. Sweet Corn
  4. Onion
  5. Lettuce
  6. Cucumbers
  7. Bell Peppers
  8. Carrots
  9. Cabbage
  10. Broccoli

I would argue that potatoes are not really a vegetable but I would be getting off topic. More often than not delicious vegetables are ignored or even forgotten because we’ve never tried them or learned how to prepare them.

For example have you ever heard of a oca? It is similar to a yam and very popular in South America.

What about a romanesco?

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This cauliflower variant is high in vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber.

What about a sunchoke? This vegetable is actually native to North America and can be used as a low-starch substitute for a potato.

You don’t have to travel overseas or consume crazy looking vegetable to try something new. There are many awesome vegetables sitting in the produce section of your local grocery store or farmer’s market just waiting for you to try them.

Most of the time we think we don’t like vegetables because we haven’t had them prepared correctly. For years I thought I didn’t like brussels sprouts, then I had some prepared by my friend Allie and realized I just hadn’t had them prepared the right way.

They are delicious!

Another vegetable I didn’t try until I was older was spaghetti squash. This awesome winter vegetable tastes great as a replacement for spaghetti and if a great gluten free option for dinner.

Spaghetti Squash with Chunky Tomato Sauce

Just last week I learned that the reason I did not like kale was because of the bitter stems, when they are removed kale is delicious in a salad, cooked, or in a smoothie.

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This month I’m daring you to try something new. I noticed that the top ten vegetables were mostly summer vegetables. I’m encouraging you to try something new, perhaps a winter vegetable?

They’re on sale and very fresh this time of year and I’m sure there are a few that haven’t been in your shopping cart this season or maybe ever!

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If you are unsure of how to prepare a vegetable do a quick google search and I’m sure you’ll find more than enough ideas.

Here’s a list of winter vegetables to help you get started.

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Belgian endive
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cardoons
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chicories
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Parsnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Tunips

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V8 wants you to share your dare on social media with the hashtag #V8VegOut. V8 wants you to celebrate veggies and join the community here.

If you need veggie inspiration follow V8 on all their social channels.

Next month I’ll be sharing some of the new vegetables we tried and a few tricks to get the kids to try them too!


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Jif Almond & Cashew Butter $200 Giveaway!

Have you tried Jif Almond and Cashew Butters yet? If not, you need to pick up a jar next time you are at the grocery store.

A few weeks ago I made this delicious gluten free chocolate chip cookies cashew cookies. So good!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookies | The Happy Housewife

If you don’t have a sweet tooth (I think there might be three of you out there) you can spread Jif® Almond & Cashew Butters butters on your favorite snack or even add to a smoothie.

Today I’m giving away an awesome prize pack from Jif® that contains the following:

  • Jif Almond and Cashew Butters

  • $200 Visa/American Express Gift Card

  • Jif notepad

  • Recipe Cards using Jif® Almond & Cashew Butters

I highly recommend whoever wins this giveaway make the Almond Oatmeal Breakfast Bites from the recipe card. They are delicious and a great fast food snack!

To enter this giveaway leave a comment sharing how you would enjoy Jif® Almond or Cashew Butter. Giveaway ends September 12, 2014. 

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.

This post is a sponsored partnership with Jif®.  All opinions and sticky fingers are my own.  


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Jif Whipped S’mores

You know that moment when you discover an awesome food pairing? That happened for me a few years ago when I was at a party and someone decided to make s’mores with peanut butter cups instead of chocolate bars.

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As someone who isn’t always excited to change from routine, I was a bit apprehensive of this new s’more recipe. But one bite convinced me otherwise and my biggest issue now is keeping the most loved peanut butter cups in the house for the nights we have a fire.

With Jif Whips, my problem is solved!

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When Jif® sent me some of their new whipped spreads to try I was excited to see the s’mores variety! We like s’mores so much around here I even created a Pinterest board dedicated to the delicious treat. Maybe it is because they remind me of camping, cool fall nights, or just because they are pretty delicious, but I was excited to try out this new flavor from Jif.

Since my girls love peanut butter, what better way to try Jif Whipped S’mores than on a peanut butter cookie. My kids love freshly baked cookies and I thought topping one of their favorite cookies with a fun whipped spread would make it extra special.

Think peanut butter s’mores without the mess.

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We piped the Jif Whips on the cookies because my girls are very into decorating right now.

If you don’t have peanut butter cookies in your house, you can always spread Jif Whipped S’mores on graham crackers, use it for dip with cinnamon goldfish, or even pretzels for that salty/ sweet combination.

Sunday, August 10 is National S’more Day (who knew?) so grab some Jif Whipped S’mores and celebrate with a fun snack!

S’more photo credit: James Lee

I’ve partnered with Jif® for this post, all opinions and chocolate fingers are my own. 


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