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Hey! Where have you been?!?

Hey there! Hi there! Hello there! How’s everybody been? Things are cooking right along for us and Christmas is going to be here before we know it! The holidays are in full swing with the Gowans, and I’m already inundating Trevor with way too much Christmas music (which is definitely driving him nuts). Since its been a while, I thought I’d check in and let you know about how things are going.  Holiday Baking The fall went way too fast and winter is in full swing here. I’m definitely excited to do some holiday baking, and I have a...

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Homemade Maple Applesauce

Here’s a quick and easy recipe that is a total home run in my house. We were looking for a delicious side dish for dinner the other night, and we have just an overabundance of apples in our house right now (because its fall in Upstate New York!). So, I whipped up this Homemade Maple Applesauce which my kids absolutely love. I think its great that there is zero processed sugar in this while it being super flavorful and seems very rich. Trevor even commented that it was just like apple pie filling. This is just a great example of...

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Roasted Tomato Soup

As soon as the weather gets cool and crisp, I immediately just want to make soup. It drives Trevor nuts because I would love a good homemade soup any night of the week, but we start to get in ruts of Turkey Chili and other old standbys. This Roasted Tomato Soup was the perfect bridge from summer to fall. We had a summers-end bumper crop of the last of our tomatoes that literally filled a huge mixing bowl.  I’ve wanted to try this recipe for quite some time, and it really didn’t disappoint. Just a fair warning: this isn’t...

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My Ultimate Acai Bowl

Note: I received free products for the purpose of this post/recipe. All opinions and photos are my own!  This acai bowl has been my absolute favorite breakfast lately. It’s been a little bit of trial and error, but once I perfected the recipe, I knew I had to share it as part of the Steviva’s Sweeten’ it Up Blogger Recipe Challenge. I pretty much eat this breakfast every morning and its the perfect, healthy way to kick-start your day!  For the blogger challenge, Steviva sent me a bunch of their products and challenged me to come up wth an...

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What I’m Loving Lately

Hey there! Its been a while since I’ve talked about some of my favorites when it comes to recipes, food, motherhood and life in general. I always love to hear what things people are discovering and loving (to see if I would love them as much to) so here’s a little recap of what I’ve been loving lately: Recipes: I’ve been loving quick and easy meals lately, including these summery Caprese salads. I made one a few weeks back and another last night, and its just the perfect way to use ultra-fresh summer tomatoes. I usually layer sliced tomatoes...

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