Nov 22, 2015

Wake up to Breakfast Already Made: Overnight Crockpot Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Recipe

A few years ago I created an over night crock pot apple pie oatmeal recipe that was truly life changing for my husband and I.  Simply put steel cut oats in a crockpot on warm the night before you go to bed and you will wake up to perfectly cooked healthy oatmeal.  This is great if you don't have time to make breakfast in the mourning, or need to cook breakfast for a lot of people (simply double or triple the recipe).  My husband has made oatmeal in a crock pot the night before for breakfast since I first wrote this post.  This has also been one of our most popular recipes, so when Columbia Empire Farms sent me a sample of their pumpkin butter of course I had to make a pumpkin pie version with it!  

Nov 13, 2015

How to Close Gaps and Insulate Outlets and Light Switches: Energy Saving On a Budget

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This time a year in MN is all about getting ready for winter. .  In this post we will learn how to seal your electric switches and outlets in the most effect way.  Years ago we had an energy audit from some local gov program.  We paid $30 for it and it was a joke.  They didn't even have thermal cameras and basically just told use we need to get insulation in the attic and new windows.  We have an old house so that was no surprise, nor was it helpful.  They gave us foam electrical outlet switch sealers, child proof electrical outlet plugs (yes they help keep cold air out too) to all of our outlets, and florescent bulbs (which we already had too many off and I'm not fond of the mercury in them.

Sep 24, 2015

Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispy Bars (GF No Bake) Perfect for Pot Lucks and Lunches!

My husband needed to bring a dessert for an office potluck, so I wanted to make something everyone would like (who doesn't like chocolate and peanut butter), uses simple ingredients (uses ingredients in most peoples pantry's), not too unhealthy (I wouldn't call this health food but it is healthier than normal Rice Krispy bars), is easy to make (no bake all you need is a microwave and a bowl an spoon), transports well (my husband commutes on a train to work), and doesn't need refrigeration.  Or in other words the perfect potluck dessert.  This would also be great for lunches, picnics, road trips, holidays, gifts, etc.

Sep 6, 2015

Light Cucumber Lime Vodka Coolers

This Labor day weekend here in Minneapolis has been down right tropical.  Highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s, and humid.    I know this is likely the end of summer here.  In fact it could likely go from 90s to 60s here soon, so I am going to enjoy summer while it's still here!  What better way than with a cucumber Lime cooler?  This is so refreshing it's perfect for a hot day.  Even better it's light enough you can have more than one!    

Aug 23, 2015

How to Create an Enchanted Fairy Forest Garden

created by Sebastian Meyer For the movie Snow White and the Huntsman
Every year before spring, I start dreaming of my ultimate garden and yard.  I let my landscaping dreams go wild.  The reality is I usually just have enough energy to focus on planting and harvesting our vegetable garden.  So while I know it's likely I won't get around to implementing most of any of my landscaping ideals, I still love to dream about it.