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October 17th

Ready, Set, Weekend with the Garden of Eatin’

Please brace yourselves…
I have not been giving intros to Aunt Debi’s weekly LMP Columns but I just had to shout it out for this one because really…this is beyond FABULOUS! Easy as it is delicious and absolutely stunning. I know because I got to devour this bad boy at our dinner for Thanksgiving in Toronto last week. ENJOY!

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Halloween is just around the corner and you know what that means? Oodles and oodles of mini candies laying around the house just begging to be eaten.
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Before I tell you how to make an unbelievably easy dessert with all the LEFTOVER candy your kids have collected, let me give you a bit of history on Halloween in my home. When my kids were small, I sent them packing with king size pillow cases door to door to collect the goods. When they returned, the contents inside the pillow case were dumped onto the family room floor for inspection.
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Inspection was always conducted by YOURS TRULY to ensure the following criteria:
A.   There was nothing sketchy looking inside the bag ( i.e. apples, homemade foods & razor blades)
B.    There were no tampered boxes or unwrapped candies floating around in the pile
C.   There were enough boxes of Kit Kats & Snickers bars to satisfy MY needs for at least a week
D.   There were at least 5 Twizzler packs to ONCE AGAIN satisfy MY needs for at least a week
E.    There were at least 6 mini boxes of Smarties with the same rules above
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categories: Baking, Dessert, Dinner Party, Guest Post, Holidays, Little Miss Foodie, Sweets, The Garden of Eatin'

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'

October 1st

How to build the Perfect Parfait

Ok guys, so I titled this post “how to build the perfect parfait”, but come on now. We all know how to make a parfait. You layer a bunch of ingredients together.  Really. You know it. BUT…just in case…I’m mapping it out for you anyway. And more so highlighting my favorite parfait….
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I’d also like to discuss how breakfast is the most important part of the day but I often find I don’t have time for it. Too many things to do before getting the boys off to school and starting the day. They sleep till 7 and we laze in bed for at least 15-20 minutes so it really doesn’t give us much time to make anything fancy. So our breakfasts are pretty…well….boring. Fruit, yogurt, frozen waffle or fresh toast…a cup of orange juice.
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Well I think it’s time to spice things up. We’re well into fall, October is here and we’re about to enter the holiday season. It’s such a fun time of year and the perfect excuse to change up our culinary routine a bit.The ultimate inspiration for breakfast ideas around my home came from the arrival of General Mill’s Halloween edition of their monster cereals that we received the other day, with new boxes designed by DC Comics. Ah, the memories to my childhood! Look at the count!
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I find giving my children balanced meals very important so these cereals come as a special treat. I thought the best way to enjoy would be layered between yogurt, granola and fresh fruit. Does it get anymore delish then this? And the kiddos did all the work! They chose exactly how much of each ingredient and they got super excited about starting their day with a dish they crafted.
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Any creative ways to use cereal in your breakfast? Tell us! And tag #lmpeats. We’d love to see!

categories: Breakfast, Brunch, Kids eats, Little Miss Foodie, Little Miss Mommy, Sweets

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