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October 20th

Gifts for your Hosts this fall

Over our 14 years of living together in New York City, my husband and I have met some of the most incredible couples. There are certain friends who you just know, will be in your lives forever.
This weekend we went to visit our very close family friends in Boston. They have two boys within the same age range as ours and they all get along famously.
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I do not like going anywhere empty handed. Especially when spending an entire weekend with someone. So I wanted to have some fun with the right gift for our loving hosts. With Little Miss Party in a Box officially launching so soon, I can’t help make a box out of everything! So here’s what my husband and I came up with…
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I am a sucker for wine and cheese. It’s always a go to when having guests – especially when they arrive from out of town. When Eleia opened this box of goodies she immediately poured the wine and set out a few blocks of cheese, grapes and crackers.
Amuse cutting board, $19.95
Gold wine glass writer, $3.95
Set of 20 Fox beverage napkins, $5.95
Jules juice glasses, $2.95
JEFF
Every summer Jeff and Adam enjoy cocktails while BBQ’ing. So Adam thought…why not put together all of the ingredients to stir up a cocktail when we arrive.
Eleia and Jeff moved into a new home almost two years ago but this was our first time visiting them there. These gifts went over pretty well….and didn’t take us very long to break em in.
Harry rocks glasses, $6.95
Recipe cocktail plates, $24.95 (now $16.97!)
Jumbo ice tray, $7.95
Carter muddler, $12.95
Carter whisk, $7.95
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categories: Appetizers, Cocktails, Dinner Party, Food, For Mom..., Gifts, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, Wine and Cheese

October 14th

Turkey in Toronto

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It was Thanksgiving in Canada this weekend. It is my all time favorite weekend to be home. The weather is perfect and the seasonal foods are killer.
We went apple picking on Sunday morning and when leaving the Carl Laidlaw Orchard we couldn’t resist grabbing a couple of pumpkins to make our table festive and the most beautiful flatbread I have ever seen. Spinach, beets and goat cheese and we just had to pop it into the oven for 5 minutes at 350.
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I’m not sure I can properly express how much I enjoy spending an afternoon cooking for a big dinner…with my family. I miss a lot of these functions since I live in New York. There were about 5 of us yutzing around in the kitchen, wine glass after wine glass, chopping brussels sprouts, green beans and figs.
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categories: Appetizers, Chicken & Turkey, Cocktails, Dinner Party, Food, Healthy, Holidays, Little Miss Foodie, Salad

October 10th

Ready, Set, Weekend with the Garden of Eatin’

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Lately, I have been trying to come up with ways to bump up the jam on frozen yogurt treats.
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This is hands down one of the easiest “knock your socks off” recipes you will ever make and I’m betting that a 2 year old could figure out how to put this together.
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One thing I love about this is that you can customize your buttons to your own tastes. What you need is this……….
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YOGURT. Hello? Is this right up your alley? It is mine !!!
Let’s get started.
Grab a cookie sheet and line it with wax or parchment paper. Now grab a container of ANY flavor yogurt. I used 3 because I’m clearly nuts for colors. Aren’t they pretty? Still with me? Okay….onwards to step 2.
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Pour yogurt into small plastic sammie bags and set aside. *Tip: Place the sandwich bag inside a glass and pour in your yogurt. Still good? Now snip a small corner off one corner of the bag but hang on a second……..DO NOT….I repeat……..DO NOT squeeze them because you will end up with yogurt all over your counter and floor…….I know this because I have done it and screamed. Gently lay them down on the counter or a piece of wax paper until you are ready to pipe.
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Pipe small button sized drops onto your cookie sheet and freeze for an hour.
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I mean really. Is this not something you are going to do right now? Of course you are!!!!
See ya next week !!
Debi @thegardenofeatin
xoxo

categories: Baking, Dessert, Food, Guest Post, Little Miss Foodie, Sweets, The Garden of Eatin'

October 9th

BuckEye Luke

September was a fantastic month. The weather was gorgeous and the farmer’s market has been a delight. So much fresh and seasonal produce to choose from and tons of pretty flowers. I just love dahlias.
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These days my home revolves around classes, meals and snacks. As we’ve been playing around in the kithchen to figure out what the kids would like best…Erin made some BuckEyes to snack on and boy did they go over well with Luke…
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Buckeye recipe
Box of confectioners sugar
3/4 cups butter (stick and a half)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 jar creamy peanut butter
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
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Mix peanut butter, butter, sugar, vanilla extract until smooth. Doesn’t have to be perfectly smooth, as the next step is to roll mixture into balls (size is up to you!) and place on baking sheet (or plate) lined with parchment paper. Place into fridge for at least an hour to chill.
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Once the peanut butter balls have chilled, put chocolate chips into microwave safe bowl and heat for one minute and stir, then heat for additional increments of 30 seconds until smooth, stirring after each time. (You can also use a double boiler but that is beyond me.)
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Take peanut butter balls out of the fridge and, using a toothpick, dip each ball into chocolate 2/3 of the way. If the balls are falling off the toothpicks, you can also rest them on top of a fork to dip. Place finished balls back onto parchment paper-covered cookies sheets and into fridge to cool. Finish by pinching toothpick holes closed, or adding your own garnish and enjoy!
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categories: Baking, Food, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, Sweets

October 3rd

Ready, Set, Weekend with the Garden of Eatin’

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How many recipes can you think of in under one minute that contain an apple as an ingredient.
I thought of 25 but you are only getting the recipe for ONE that’s not on this list….
APPLE CRUMBLE
APPLE PIE
APPLE CRISP
APPLE SAUCE
APPLE BUTTER
APPLE FRITTERS
APPLE BROWN BETTY
APPLE CAKE
APPLE CIDER
APPLE JUICE
APPLE BLOSSOMS
APPLE COBBLER
APPLE MUFFINS
APPLE SCONES
APPLE BUNS
DRIED APPLES
CARAMEL APPLES
APPLE CHUTNEY
APPLE PANCAKES
APPLE STUFFING
APPLE CREPES
DUTCH APPLE PANCAKE
APPLE TURNOVERS
APPLE SLAW and last but not least….
BAKED APPLES
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If you have had the chance to pick your own apples during the Fall season and have exhausted your list of baking and cooking with them, why not indulge in a little decadent treat? Chocolate covered apples with two ingredients.
Here’s what you need:
AN APPLE
SOME MELTING CHOCOLATE
And a stick.
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Well? Are you not going to do this? Of course you are!  I love this so much because not only is it SUPER DUPER easy and delish but look at the result of your efforts. STUNNING WITH A CAPITAL S.
Here’s how you Jack up your Apples:
Wash your apples. Place a lollipop stick in the centre of your apples. Now melt your chocolate in a deep bowl – Here’s a little tip for microwaving or melting any chocolate. I like to add a couple of drops of vegetable oil to the chocolate to give it a nice sheen. Start your microwave at 20 seconds on high and stir the chocolate at 10 second intervals until it is JUST MELTED. When I say JUST, I mean JUST….otherwise you will end up with BURNT chocolate and even though the people I live with would eat ANYTHING in any FORM if it smells like chocolate and has dropped on the floor, you don’t want it to taste gross. Now dippity doo your apples, oh…make sure they are dry…..then place on wax paper to harden.
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I got a little carried away here and melted some colored chocolate for decoration BUT you can literally go wild with this recipe. You can roll em in sprinkles, nuts, dried fruit, coconut or drizzle with white or colored melted chocolate. If you are rolling them in a topping make sure you do this quickly before the chocolate hardens. They make an awesome tablescape display for the holidays if you use themed colors….once again….put on your thinking caps and use your imagination….An APPLE a DAY will keep the DOCTOR away….unless it is drenched in chocolate in which case your doctor may just show up at your door to EAT one.
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See ya next week!
Debi @thegardenofeatin
xoxo

categories: Baking, Dessert, Dip, Food, Guest Post, Little Miss Foodie, Sweets, The Garden of Eatin'

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