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SLOW COOKER TUSCAN CHICKEN STEW

Two weeks ago was still pretty summery.  Last week was winter {see my Instagram :( :( :( }.  This week seems to be pretty autumny.

Mother Nature is trying to keep us on our toes.  I have to check the Weather Network before dressing in the morning!

Whatever the weather is doing, I am doing my own thing.  It’s called soups and stews.  And big chunks of bread.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew

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PUMPKIN DONUTS WITH MAPLE-CINNAMON CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

These spiced pumpkin muffins are topped with a creamy, amazing maple-cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Pupmkin Donuts with Cinnamon-Maple Cream Cheese Frosting #pumpkin

Someone stop me.  Please!

I have another pumpkin recipe today!

Let’s recap: Pumpkin BiscuitsButternut Lasagna.  And now Pumpkin Donuts.  And this is coming from a non-pumpkin person.  What on earth is going on?!

Like any obsession, this one is just going to have to run it’s course.  So here we go.  Pumpkin Donuts.

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CHEESY CHICKEN, BUTTERNUT AND SAGE LASAGNA BAKE

This lasagna tastes so creamy and indulgent, you’d never guess it was lightened up with butternut squash and a Greek yogurt ‘bechamel’ sauce.  

Cheesy Chicken, Butternut and Sage Lasagna- you'll never guess this is lightened up with a Greek yogurt 'bechemel' sauce and butternut squash #lasagna #pumpkin

This recipe makes me feel nostalgic.

Not back to the 90′s-nostalgic, but one-year-ago-nostalgic.

Almost one year ago {plus a few weeks}, Kai was born.  You know the saying “the days are long but the years are short?”  Well, I finally get it…I seriously can’t believe that he is almost a year old.

But.  There have also been some seriously loooong days, especially early on.  Lucky for us, my mom stayed with us and helped out so much with the laundry and cooking meals.  She was paid in baby snuggles ;)

One night, a few days after Kai was born, I requested Two Peas and Their Pod’s Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese for dinner. I was a starving hungry new mom craving comfort food {nothing gets your appetite going like having a baby, seriously!}, and completely intrigued by this whole butternut squash-cheese-pasta thing.

And.  It was amazing.  So amazingly creamy and cheesy, but with the hidden butternut squash, slightly lighter than a normal Mac and Cheese.  Totally satisfied my comfort food cravings.

And butternut squash officially moved to the top of my fall 2014 experimentation list.

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SPICED BAILEYS ICE CREAM FLOATS

Baileys and cinnamon make for a fall {and adult} twist on a root beer float.  The easiest dessert you’ll ever make!

Spiced Baileys Ice Cream Floats #baileys #icecream

So, hi.  You guys want to know what’s stressful?

Photographing root beer floats.  With a baby who awoke, mid-photo-shoot from his nap and demands cheerios!  More cheerios!  NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!

Root beer everywhere…ice cream melting way too quickly.

Mmm hmmm.  Lots of cheerios were flung.  Lots of Baby Baluga was sung.  Lots of root beer went everywhere.

But let’s just pretend that you are relaxing.  Yes.  You are very relaxed.  It is Friday…you want a dessert.  And a cocktail.  And ice cream.  And…here is the perfect combination of all three.

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