15 Fabulous Fall Recipes

Fall recipes represent comfort, warmth, family, flavors, and YUM. Pinterest is a great way to find those recipes. In fact, the word “recipes” is one of the top 10 most pinned words within Pinterest. We’ve picked 15 of our favorite fall recipes to inspire you to add new dishes to your cooking repertoire.

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Not Your Mama’s Sloppy Joes

It’s no wonder busy parents have been whipping up batches of Sloppy Joes for their families for ages. They’re tasty, inexpensive and easy to make, creating the perfect meal for busy nights filled with after-school activities throughout the year. But what if we told you we’ve created the perfect Sloppy Joe recipe – not from prepackaged spices, but with fresh, healthy ingredients? With just a few more ingredients and a couple of extra minutes of your time, you can make mouth-watering Sloppy Joes that your entire family will love – AND feel good about the ingredients you’re using. Filled with fresh veggies, herbs and spices, these are definitely NOT your Mama’s Sloppy Joes!

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How to Manage Your Caffeine Intake

There is so much out there about the benefits of caffeine, but there are also the harmful effects of caffeine. Like everything else… if it is in moderation, people can utilize the benefits and avoid the bad effects. To learn more about if caffeine is right for you or if you are intaking too much, try testing your body off caffeine. Learning to read your body when on and off caffeine is a good idea to make sure your body is functioning well without the caffeine and also when on caffeine.

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20 Tips for Surviving a Whole 30

So, you’re thinking about doing a Whole 30, huh? You know the one: the diet where you eliminate all sugar, dairy, legumes, grains, and alcohol, all while following a strict 3-meals-a-day regimen with zero snacking. Doing so for 30 days claims to reap countless amazing benefits, anywhere from headache relief and clearer skin, to weight loss and joint health, not to mention the fact that you might pinpoint any particular foods to which you may have an intolerance. There are dozens of reasons for wanting to try the Whole 30, but actually completing a W30 is a true feat of willpower, and not something to be rushed headfirst into without full knowledge of what to expect. We recently finished a second W30 in January, and learned some things along the way that you might want to consider if you think the W30 is right for you. Here are our biggest takeaways, in no particular order:

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How to Shop the Farmers Market

As summer wraps up, so will the growing season for most produce throughout the country. Now is the best time to hit up your local farmer’s market to experience the freshest fruits and vegetables you’ll get all year round.

Shopping at the farmer’s market during the summer supports the local community and lowers your carbon footprint, ensuring that the items you bring home came from a nearby farm instead of being shipped halfway around the world.

We’ve all been to the market and come home with a bag of artisan pasta, fresh banana bread, and little to no produce. Before you grab your market bags and head out the door we have a few tricks you should know to help ensure your trip is fruitful.

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20 Instant Pot Recipes Guaranteed to Please the Whole Family

So the newest kitchen gadget that has become all the rave is the Instant Pot. This amazing machine has likely become popular due to the rise in working women, extracurricular activities for the kids, and basically the decline of the 1950’s housewife who had the luxury of slow cooking a delicious dinner all day. For some of us food lovers, the idea of being able to putter around in a kitchen preparing a meal, sipping on a glass of wine really would be the epitome of enjoyment, but for same said food lovers the reality might be wrangling three kids home from baseball with an hour til bedtime for homework, baths, AND dinner.

With constant specials on Amazon (our online shopping BEST FRIEND), Instant Pot has stepped in to save the day. Unlike the stovetop pressure cookers of old that our mothers guaranteed would blow up our houses, sending us to the hospital, this electric pressure cooker has all sorts of safety mechanisms, bells, and whistles making dinnertime easier than ever. 

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Whole 30 Summer Side Dish Round Up

As the days are getting longer and the kids are up later celebrating the season of summer, it is time for family gatherings, neighborhood barbecues, and eating outdoors. People are dusting off picnic tables and uncovering grills that have been hiding under tarps and snow for the last several months, but now it is time to enjoy the warm and balmy evenings with great friends and great food!

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Eating Organic Foods With 9 Children To Feed? Absolutely!

How in the world do you feed nine children!? AND organic foods at that? Prioritize. It really is that simple. Whether the children were planned or not, they’re here now, and beyond breastfeeding or formula, it’s now time to move them onto solids. Perhaps you’re one of those crunchy mommas who want nothing but the most naturally grown and chemical free foods to ever touch your child’s lips – or you’re just good with wholesome food, organic on occasion is fine. Either way, you really do want organic, but let’s be real. Organic foods are 40-100% MORE expensive than their conventional counterparts, so let’s set aside feeding one child organic, but NINE!? Yes, and with a budget most families are on for a family of 4-6!

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10 Whole 30 Week Night Crock Pot Dinners

The Whole 30 can be a daunting challenge for those who are accustomed to swinging through a drive-thru, grabbing take-out, or just whipping up a pre-packaged meal for dinner. The thought of having to plan out and prepare 3 meals a day for 30 days can be discouraging. Add to that the busy lives we all lead, whether working 10 hour days or toting kids to and from school, doctor appointments, and soccer, the thought of having to cook a meal EVERY night is overwhelming. However, after completing one Whole 30 and now six more, this new, healthier way of eating has become a way of life for my family.

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Six restaurants to visit in and around Minneapolis

The Minneapolis area is a beautiful place to live and visit. If you are planning a trip this summer, consider visiting Minneapolis to explore a new city. This area of our country offers so much, from all the attractions at The Mall of America to art museums, world class hotels, and incredible dining. Foodies, pay attention! You will want to hit up this area immediately. The dining choices are endless, and the food experiences are memorable. Here are six of our favorite restaurants to visit in and around Minneapolis.

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12 Cocktails for your Mother’s Day Brunch

Celebrating brunch as a family is sometimes harder than it initially sounds. In addition to cleaning the house, now you have to make a big meal first thing in the morning, not to mention wrangling the rest of the crew into proper clothing for Grandma. After all that’s said and done, you’ve earned a drink. 

Our rule for brunch drinks is that if it has fruit in it, you can have it with breakfast. We’ve selected a handful of our favorite brunch cocktail recipes for you to try out for your Mother’s Day celebration. There’s even a few options for those of you who can’t currently enjoy the full strength version of our choices! Don’t worry, we’ll make sure to put back a few in your honor.

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Muffins & More Recipes for a Beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and for those of us with littles, a day to ourselves is usually not in the cards. Our kids are more excited to celebrate us than we are, and just love showering us in homemade cards and gifts, breakfast in bed, or brunch with the family. Although you may be leaving brunch prep to the hubby this holiday, and knowing that the kids will want to help, leaving him with a few tips or easy recipe suggestions would be kind to say the least.

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10 Easter Sides Anyone Can Make

One of the best parts about holiday get togethers is eating delicious food. Whether you treat Easter as a pot luck or you pride yourself in cooking the entire meal yourself, these side dishes are tasty, simple, and sure to be a hit with your guests. We’ve got you covered on all the good stuff — fresh salads, roasted vegetables, and creamy mac and cheese. Read on to discover 10 Easter sides that anyone can make.

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An Edible Easter Basket… Yum!

When it comes to the family Easter spread, why not leave the main meal to Grandma and the scrumptious sides to siblings! Everyone knows dessert is the best part of a holiday spread, and Easter is no different. This edible Easter basket will have everyone ooh’ing and aah’ing, and the best part is that you can make it as easy-peasy or over-the-top as you’d like.

This cupcake is adaptable to your cooking comfort, but doesn’t skimp on cuteness. Keep it simple and allow the taste of the cupcake to speak to your stomach, dress it up to let your inner kitchen goddess out, or make it a fun activity to do with the kids. Whatever you decide, the edible Easter basket will be a hit!

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