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Monday, October 31, 2011

Get in my belly: EASY granola (Use those pumpkin seeds!)

Wondering what to do with all those pumpkin seeds? Make granola!
Go here for an easy how-to for roasting pumpkin seeds.

Here is an easy, low-fat toss and bake recipe that I pulled from Real Simple years ago. It's very versatile - I usually throw in whatever I have on hand or need to use up. This also makes a great gift.

Makes 6 cups | Hands-On Time: 05m | Total Time: 35m


4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick cooking)
1 cup sliced almonds (I used walnuts, unsalted cashews & sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (preferably unsweetened)
1/4 cup unsalted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds) or shelled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup dried fruit (such as cherries, cranberries, figs, raisins, or currants)

Heat oven to 350° F. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the oats, almonds, coconut, and pepitas with the maple syrup, oil, and salt.

Bake, tossing once, until golden and crisp, 25 to 30 minutes.

Add the dried fruit and toss to combine. Let cool.

Nutritional Information
Per ServingServing Size: 1/4 cup
Calories 141
Fat  6g
Sat Fat  1g
Cholesterol  0mg
Sodium  41mg
Protein  4g
Carbohydrate  19g
Sugar  9g
Fiber  2g
Iron  1mg
Calcium  22mg

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Get in my belly: Perfect Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)

Now that all guts and seeds are out of your pumpkin - get those seeds roasting!

Eat them as a tasty snack or add them to salads, soups or granola. Like this recipe here.

Here's a quick how-to I found at all-recipes:

1.  Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings. (This is easiest just after you've removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried.)

2.  Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet, stirring to coat. If you prefer, omit the oil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.

3.  Sprinkle with salt and bake at 325 degrees F until toasted, about 25 minutes, checking and stirring after 10 minutes.

4.   Let cool and store in an air-tight container.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Grab Your Apron - @ErinHealyBooks is giving away a KitchenAid prize pack and throwing a #FB party!

Let the flour fly! Beginning October 24th, Erin's celebrating the release of her latest page turner, The Baker's Wife, with an outstanding KitchenAid baking prize package giveaway that includes a brand new KitchenAid Mixer, cook books, and all you need to whip up some fabulous bread or sweets! Then and on November 10th she'll be wrapping up the release of The Baker's Wife with an Author Book Chat Party on Facebook! Don't miss a minute of the fun!

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • Empire Red 4.5 QT Ultra Power KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • Black & White Kitschy Apron
  • Black Silicone Oven Mitt
  • Black OXO Rolling Pin
  • Wilton 9X5 loaf pan
  • At My Grandmother's Knee Cookbook by Faye Porter
  • Second Helpings with Johnnie Gabriel Cookbook
  • The Baker's Wife by Erin Healy
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 9th. Winner will be announced at The Baker's Wife Author Book Chat Facebok Party. Erin will be wrapping up the The Baker's Wife celebration with a book club chat and giving away a bunch of "sweet treats"! So grab your copy of The Baker's Wife (it's okay if you don't have one yet- you might win one!) and join Erin on the evening of November 10th for a book chat, some "baking" trivia and lots of "sweet" giveaways (books, and Amazon, iTunes & Starbucks gift certificates)!

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends. Hope to see you on the 10th!

Monday, October 17, 2011

@DeeanneGist is giving away an iPad2 & throwing a #FB Party!

Deeanne is thrilled to introduce Georgie and Luke to the word in her latest novel, Love on the Line. To celebrate Deeanne's publisher, Bethany House, is hosting the Love on the Line iPad2 Giveaway, blog tour and an Author Chat on Facebook! Enter today and follow the link below to RSVP for Deeanne's rip-roarin' Facebook Party!

Read what people are saying about Love on the Line here.

One fortunate winner will receive: 
  • A Brand New iPad2 
  • An Autographed Hardback Copy of Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 7th. Winner will be announced at Deeanne's Author Chat Facebook Party. Deeanne will be wrapping up the Love on the Line celebration by chatting with friends new and old! So grab your copy of Love on the Line (it's okay if you don't have one yet- you might could win one!) and join Deeanne on the evening of November 8th for a rip-roarin' book chat, a little trivia and lots of giveaways (books, and Amazon, iTunes & Starbucks gift certificates)!
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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends. Hope to see you on the 8th!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – warm up with a Kindle Fire from Susan May Warren

Warm up to Christmas early this year with Susan May Warren's Baby, It's Cold Outside! To celebrate the release of her new Christmas book with Summerside Press, she and the publisher are giving away a Kindle Fire and hosting an early Christmas Party on Facebook!

Read what the reviewers are saying here.

One festive winner will receive:
  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside by Susan May Warren
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. Giveaway ends on 10/26!

But, wait there’s more! Join Susan May Warren on 10/27 for merriment and a few early Christmas presents at her Baby, It's Cold Outside Christmas party! Grab your Christmas sweaters, socks and pj’s and join Susan and a few friends for a fireside chat about her recent books (Heiress & Baby, It’s Cold Outside), holiday traditions, favorite Christmas recipes, a trivia contest and more! Invite your friends and don’t miss the fun!

RSVP here and we'll see you on October 27th at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Get in my belly: Cheesy Eggs!

This is my family's favorite breakfast ... when I say I'm making "cheesy eggs" everyone says, "Yeah". We also refer to this recipe as "cheater eggs Benedict". The real name for the recipe is Creamy Poached Eggs and came from the Better Homes & Garden Cookbook I received early in my marriage. I've updated the original recipe just a bit.

We like it on thick slices of multi-grain toast or English muffins. Sometimes we add spinach, bacon or sausage.


S. Wongkaew
Creamy Poached Eggs 
Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook * 1930-2000
Serving Size : 4
3/4 cup shredded cheese (cheddar or a mix of whatever you've got)
3-ounce package cream cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1/2 cup milk 1/8 teaspoon pepper 4 eggs 2 English muffins or bagels -- split and toasted

1. In a medium skillet, combine American cheese, cream cheese, milk, and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat till the cheeses melt. Remove from heat.

2. Break one of the eggs into a measuring cup. Carefully slide egg into cheese mixture. Repeat with remaining eggs. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, or till the whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard.

3. Top each muffin or bagel half with a cooked egg. Stir cheese mixture with a wire whisk; spoon over eggs.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Get in my belly: Quinoa and Cannellini Bean Soup With Andouille Sausage

At first glance this soup seemed odd to me ... several of my favorite ingredients, but I wasn't sure if they would all go together harmoniously.

Well, I'm pleased to report that they do. GREAT fall soup and super easy! Invite some friends or family over and share. (recipe courtesy of Nugget Markets.)


2 quarts chicken stock
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced ¼ inch on the bias
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 large carrots, sliced into coins ¼ inch thick
2 large ripe tomatoes, diced
6 ½ ounces (½ package) "Aidell's" Cajun Andouille sausage, cut into thin slices
1 14 ounce can Cannellini beans or other type of canned bean, drained
1 cup quinoa
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ cup flatleaf parsley, coarsely chopped

Heat olive oil in a large stockpot on medium heat; add onion and garlic and sauté until onion becomes translucent. Add carrots and celery and continue cooking for 1 minute. Add Andouille sausage, cumin, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper to stock pot, then add chicken stock. Bring stock to a simmer and add diced tomatoes, Cannellini beans, parsley and quinoa. Simmer soup for 10 more minutes or until quinoa grains are fully cooked and begin to burst.

Ladle into bowls and serve with rustic bread.

Win a KindleTouch from Patti Lacy!

Patti Lacy is celebrating the release of her latest book, Reclaiming Lily,  with a KindleTouch Giveaway, blog tour and FB Book Chat Party!

Follow the blog tour and read the reviews!

Patti and her publisher, Bethany House, are giving away a Reclaiming Lily prize package worth over $150 to one lucky winner!!!!

Enter the Reclaiming Lily Giveaway and you could win:
  • A brand new just released KindleTouch with Wi-Fi
  • $25 gift cetificate to Amazon.com
But, wait there’s more!

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. Giveaway ends on 10/19! Patti will be announcing the winner of the Reclaiming Lily Giveaway at her Party on Facebook October 20th! She’ll be hosting a book club chat of Reclaiming Lily (it's okay if you haven't read it - you could win a copy!) and giving away other fun prizes! (signed copies of her books and gift certificates to Amazon.com, Starbucks, & iTunes!). Don’t miss the fun at Patti’s FB Author Page on 10/20/11 at 5pm PST ( 6 pm MST, 7 pm CST, & 8 pm EST)! RSVP today!
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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Get in my belly: Minny's Chocolate Pie

Have you read The Help?

Seen the movie?

Then you know all about Mrs. Minnie's FAMOUS Chocolate Pie!

Well, the good folks over at Food & Wine Magazine recreated the delish food from the book in their August issue. We love the recipe for Minny's Chocolate Pie (but of course this version is sans poo!) because it's easy AND good!


1 packaged pie dough crust, such as Pillsbury (I make my own)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
© Con Poulos
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
Whipped cream, for serving

Preheat the oven to 350°. Ease the pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate and crimp the edges decoratively. Prick the crust lightly with a fork. Line the crust with foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 15 minutes or until set. Remove the foil and weights and bake for about 5 minutes longer, just until the crust is dry but not browned.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk the sugar with the cocoa powder, butter, eggs, evaporated milk, vanilla and salt until smooth.

Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake for about 45 minutes, until the filling is set around the edges but a little jiggly in the center. Cover the crust with strips of foil halfway through baking. Transfer the pie to a rack and let cool completely before cutting into wedges. Serve with whipped cream.

MAKE AHEAD The chocolate pie can be refrigerated overnight.

Super easy and delish!