Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

Last week I posted a photo of three pie pumpkins in an In My Kitchen post.  I ended up roasting them and baking cranberry pumpkin cream cheese muffins.  I still had some pumpkin puree left and planned on making this pumpkin soup.

Then Hurricane Matthew happened.  The boys were home for three days of school, plus the weekend.  I was busy keeping them busy and out of trouble.  Josh was out of town.  I had a fridge full of leftovers.  The soup fell to the bottom of my to do list.

My parents came for the weekend, planned long before the hurricane was in the picture.  Josh and I were supposed to go to the Nascar race in Charlotte Saturday night for a work function but the race ended up being delayed a day.  It all worked out, we still got a date night out of it since my parents were already here to watch the boys!

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In My Kitchen – October 2016

Wow, another month has passed and I’m caught with few pictures to share.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a busy month with two birthdays.  I’ll have to settle and use some phone pictures.  Maybe this month I’ll have the time to take actual pictures {note to self}!

We have a lovely new hostess for In My Kitchen.  Please welcome Liz over at Bizzy Lizzy’s Good Things.  She has a running list with links to everyone posting for this month’s In My Kitchen link up.

The month started with a trip to the mountains.  This is my favorite time of year, the weather cools a little and there is so much yummy fresh produce.  We went on our annual (sometimes a couple times a year) apple picking trip to Sky Top Orchard.  This time of the season the galas, jonagolds and golden delicious were ripe.  We picked a half bushel of each.

apple collage

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Spicy Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies

Spicy Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies

I kind of have a thing for spicy and sweet paired together.  I’ve posted recipes for spicy chocolate almonds and double dark chocolate chipotle cookies to name a few.

Earlier this week I posted a salty and sweet popcorn.  While salty and sweet is a great combo, I think I may like spicy and sweet even more.

The idea for this particular cookie came from a show.  I can’t really remember which one, the boys and I watch our share of Food Network and the Cooking Channel!

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In My Kitchen – September 2016

What a crazy month it has been.  Once again time has flown by so quickly, I can’t believe it is already the beginning of another month.  That brings us to another In My Kitchen post, with Maureen over at Orgasmic Chef hosting this monthly roundup as she continues to heal from back surgery.

In our house August was all about back to school.  Okay, maybe it was more exciting for me than the kids!  This year was our second annual trip to the mountains the last weekend before school starts.  We stayed with Oma and Opa and also went camping for one night.

So in our outdoor kitchen we made grits with smoked sausage, zucchini and onions.  It’s always a challenge coming up with a dinner to cook over a camp stove that will handle being packed in a backpack and staying there for over six hours while we hike and setup camp.  We stepped up our game this time by also packing a box of wine, best thing invented ever (so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but boy did it make the trip better).

Camp Dinner

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Easy Homemade Brownies

Easy Brownies

Brownies are one of the easiest things you can possibly bake.  It just takes one bowl and one pan.  Clean up is easy, even easier if you lick the spatula and bowl  before  you wash them!  This is a classic brownie recipe.  It’s the recipe I grew up on.

I find this recipe to be great for kids, it’s that easy.  You can melt the butter and chocolate in the microwave so you don’t even need to worry about little ones trying to use a double boiler on the stove.

Easy Brownies

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Elderflower Limoncello Prosecco


It’s back to school time and that’s reason enough for celebration!  Parents across the country are dancing in the streets as their children go back to school.  I told our principal I would try not to dance as I left the school last week until I reached my car, though there was a spring in my step!

Back when the boys were younger, even before elementary school or preschool I used to host a back to school playdate for our play group.  It was a chance for moms of school/preschool aged children to get together and celebrate the kids being gone either all day or just for three short hours.

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