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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Odds & Ends

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Odds & Ends | The Sweets Life

1. Why Fewer Toys Will Benefit Your Kids. I love this, and I 100% agree with the closing line...I am not anti-toy. I'm just pro-child. Yes to everything on this list! Our kids will have their fair share of toys, and that's completely fine, but I also want to raise Brecken and any future siblings to be resourceful, creative, and most importantly, thankful and appreciative of what they have!

2. We make pizza a lot in our house. I also keep some pizza dough on hand in the freezer so that we can throw whatever random ingredients on top and call it pizza whenever the craving strikes. Needless to say, I found Bon Appetit's list of Common Pizza Mistakes to be very interesting. Some of the tips I was already abiding by, such as par-baking the crust and baking the pizza at a very high temperature, but I definitely need to add more salt to my pizza dough and I'm going to experiment with stretching rather than rolling the dough. [Pictured above: Butternut Squash, Spinach, and Red Onion Pizza with Goat Cheese]

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3. I can't even handle how cool this airstream trailer decorated with all things Anthropologie is! I wouldn't be opposed to camping more than one night (my preferred limit for tent camping!) if this was where I could stay!

4. Last, but certainly not least, a happy SIXTH anniversary to Ryan! While each year has been special and precious in its own way, growing our family this year has by far made for the best year yet! I am supremely blessed by this man who loves his family so well, and I eagerly anticipate the adventures ahead of us!

One Year Ago: Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
Two Years Ago: Ginger Cookies
Three Years Ago: Greek Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Four Years Ago: Twelve in Ten Challenge: The King & I
Five Years Ago: Apple Puff Pancake

Friday, October 24, 2014

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Turkey Pumpkin Chili | The Sweets Life
Turkey Pumpkin Chili 

When cans of pumpkin fill up the grocery store shelves this time of year, I can't seem to leave the store without at least a few cans in my cart. I don't have the pantry space to "stock up" on any item, meaning I pretty much always shop according to my meal plan. The exception is pumpkin, and this couldn't have been more apparent when I recently looked in the cabinet and counted at least four cans of pumpkin taking up space! Truth be told, I'd rather take up precious real estate than be without any pumpkin when the urge to cook or bake strikes. This chili took care of two of my cans (which I promptly replaced!), and ranks high on the list of my favorite recipes I've made this season. 
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Starting with a Whole Foods recipe, I doubled it (because extra chili is never a bad thing!), added a few ingredients, and found myself with a giant pot of comforting (and healthy) chili on the stovetop one Sunday. We ate it, and shared with friends, for a few days and still had enough left over to freeze and pull out for packed lunches a few weeks later. This chili is hearty but not heavy, and pumpkin haters need not worry, the vegetable essentially melts into the rest of the chili, adding nutritional value, but the flavor is completely undetectable. This will be a staple in our kitchen for the next few months, meaning I'm going to need to buy even more pumpkin to have on hand...I'm not complaining!
Turkey Pumpkin Chili | The Sweets Life
One Year Ago: Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing
Two Years Ago: Pumpkin Spice Granola and Spicy Asian Chicken with Brussels Sprouts
Three Years Ago: Pumpkin Roll and Pepperoni Polenta Pizza
Four Years Ago: Amaretto Chunk Cookies and Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
Five Years Ago: Tropical Bran Bread