The Best Pumpkin Bread

I’ve tried a bunch of different recipes for pumpkin bread and I have to say this one is the BEST! It’s such a simple recipe and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen right now. This bread is packed full of pumpkin flavor, dense and moist and is not too sweet. I’ll definitely be making this recipe over and over again.

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Brown Sugar Topped Banana Bread

I decided to dig through my posts and redo a recipe from 10 years ago! Again, my kids wanted bananas and they didn’t eat them before they got too ripe. I completely forgot I had this recipe and good it is!

The bread is soft and moist, packed full of bananas and walnuts. The brown sugar topping is sweet and adds the perfect amount of sugar to every bite of bread. These would be great as muffins too.

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Pepperoni Pizza Roll-ups

We were invited to our old neighbor’s annual Halloween parade yesterday and I needed a quick recipe to make. It’s a potluck and there’s always so much delicious food. I was looking for an appetizer that would be ok at room temperature, finger-food and would take no time at all to make after a morning and early afternoon filled with lacrosse practice, a soccer game and a quick grocery shopping trip.

These Pepperoni Pizza Roll-ups were perfect! They use puffed pastry, pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni. You could easily switch out the pepperoni to bacon, veggies or omit it all together. What is your favorite pizza topping that you’d add to your pizza roll-ups?

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Weeknight Beef and Broccoli

My kids may complain about not being able to order from our favorite Chinese/Japanese restaurant all the time, but this recipe is just as almost as good as what we get there. It’s a nice change from the regular meals I make and it’s quick and easy to make on a weeknight.

It’s made with simple ingredients and ready in about 30 minutes … perfect for how busy our nights have been come. My kids are back to sports, we’re attending games to cheer on our teams and starting to have evening events for work again.

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Everything No-Knead Bread

We’re all big fans of “everything” bagel season and add it to almost everything – from eggs, avocado to chicken salad and of course on bagels with cream cheese. When I saw this recipe for a non-knead bread made in a Dutch oven, I had to give it a try.

It was really good. I have a few tweaks to try the next time I make it – more seasoning and also letting it proof longer. It was a little cooler than usual when I made this first loaf, and I think the rise could have been better. It’s a good thing we all enjoyed it, because I’ll be making it many more times this fall and winter.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bars

Oh my kids. They want bananas. I buy bananas. They don’t eat bananas … and I end up with more overripe bananas. I needed to find yet another recipe to make and decided to give these chocolate chip banana bars a try. They smelled amazing and looked so good.

My daughter enjoyed them for breakfast, while my son preferred them as an after dinner snack. They remind me of banana bread, but much quicker to make. If you have overripe bananas, give them a try and let me know what you think!

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Mini Peach Crisp

I’m savoring the last bits of summer with fresh peaches from the local orchard. Their peaches have been amazing this year – super sweet and juicy. I picked up one last quart before it all that’s available are apples. These crisps are delicious with a gooey filling and the perfect topping….plus they’re individual sized. No feeling guilty for eating an entire one!

They are simple and easy to make. First you make the filling in a bowl, add it to the ramekins and then use the same bowl to make the topping. Perfect!

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Chunky Monkey Baked Oatmeal

Once again I found myself with way too many overripe bananas and needed to find a recipe that would use up the majority of them. This recipe for baked oatmeal was perfect for that! I’ve found baked oatmeal is a great way for my kids to start the day … it keeps them full until lunchtime and they’re not asking for a snack 20 minutes after eating breakfast.

Of course, when I sampled a small bowl of it, I added a some extras to make it even more delicious. It’s totally not needed and is perfect with a drizzle of maple syrup. The original recipe calls for shredded coconut, but my kids don’t like it, so I omitted it.

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Spicy Sriracha Green Beans

We eat a lot of salmon and I’m always looking for a side dish to go along with it. I found this recipe for spicy green beans and I thought it was a great twist on plain green beans. These were really good – but a little too spicy for my kids. I served them with a side of jasmine rice and air fryer salmon fillets.

I can’t wait to try making them again and turning the heat down slightly. The beans are sticky, spicy and delicious! The recipe is not modified from the original recipe, but when I make it next I’ll use less sweet chili sauce.

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Blueberry Oat Scones

I’m trying to get back into the kitchen and making some new recipes. My daughter was asking for scones and I wanted to use up what I had in my pantry and fridge. I found this recipe that doesn’t use heavy cream, which is great since I never seem to have any on hand.

Both my kids loved this recipe and said it was delicious. I didn’t get a chance to enjoy one as they devoured them pretty quickly. I think I’m going to make these with peaches the next time.

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