Pumpkin Spice French Toast Recipe

As the fall season comes, and the weather becomes cooler, I love to cook hot breakfasts.  My family also loves to eat pumpkin this time of year.  Actually the truth is we love to eat pumpkin spice anything!  I love to make french toast as an alternative to pancakes and adding pumpkin spice to this recipe makes it tastes like the holidays.

Today, I share my easy Pumpkin Spice French Toast recipe.  It’s perfect for a fall family breakfast or a Christmas morning brunch.  Make ahead and freeze for a quick breakfast or make french toast sticks for the little ones.  The options are endless!

Pumpkin Spice French Toast  (Makes 4 servings)

4 pieces of apple cinnamon bread

4 eggs

1/2 cup milk (I use almond milk)

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. cinnamon

Whisk together ingredients in mixing bowl.  Pour into a pie plate.  Coat and soak pieces of bread in liquid mixture.  Cook both sides of bread on griddle.  Top with butter, powdered sugar and maple syrup.

Yum!

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What are some of your pumpkin breakfast recipes?  I’d love to hear your amazing ideas! 

Blessings,

Veggie Power Soup Recipe ( How I’m healing my stomach inflammation)

Recently, I’ve been dealing with stomach inflammation issues.  It’s been one week which feels like 3 months.  If you’ve suffered with gastritis, ulcers or any stomach inflammation, you understand what I mean.  I share about my health scare at the ER in this post if you want to read all about my stomach flare up episode.

When I left the ER, it had been two days since I ate.  I lost 5 pounds during that week.  I needed to eat.  I was searching the internet for what foods could help me and not cause any more harm to my gut.  I always use www.dr.axe.com as my go to source for healthy recipes, and healthy remedies.  When I read this article about foods to heal gastritis and ulcers, I created this veggie power soup recipe.  Hoping it would help heal my stomach, lesson the stomach pain and give me nourishment.  If you’re suffering with gastritis, ulcers or any stomach related issues, this veggie power soup will help you like it’s helping me (or help you lose weight and detox which is a good thing)!

Veggie Power Soup (makes 4 servings) 

2 cups of organic Kale

1 cup of organic celery

2 cups of organic carrots ( orange, yellow, purple)

1-2 cups of organic cabbage

1 scoop of bone broth protein powder – I use Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Powder Turmeric

OR  you can substitute the bone broth powder for

4 cups of organic chicken bone broth)

1 tablespoon organic ground Turmeric spice

Place all ingredients in medium sauce pan, bring to boil, then simmer on medium heat for 15-20 minutes.

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Side Note: (I’m not a Dr., but this recipe is what’s helping me, this is not professional medical advice, always seek your medical professional first).

How are some ways or recipes you use to combat stomach inflammation?  I’d love to know what you do!

Blessings,

 

 

 

Healthy Kid’s Lunch: Turkey Garden Pita

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Eating healthier is our goal at the Little Pink Casa lately.  We’re on a new health journey of eating gluten-free.  Although it’s a challenge for Hadara to go cold turkey with giving up gluten, we’re slowing weaning her off.  Hadara’s been such a good sport and support for me through my sudden health challenges that’s she’s excited to try new things.  Hadara is having fun experimenting with food in the kitchen and helping me create healthy alternatives for kids.  Today, we created a quick and healthy turkey garden pita which we think your kids will love!

RECIPE: What you will need to make this recipe is roasted turkey, provolone cheese, organic baby spinach, organic grape tomatoes, dill and non-gmo pita bread.  We cut the pita and cheese into triangles and layered the pita with cheese, baby spinach, turkey and a grape tomato on top with a sprinkle of dill.  We added some strawberries on the side.

Although today’s healthy kids lunch is not gluten-free, you could leave the pita out and make it a finger food lunch or use green leaf lettuce instead of the pita.  Also, chicken or fish would also be a great substitute for roasted turkey.

The healthy benefits about this meal include:

  • no chips
  • no added sugar
  • kids are eating fruits and veggies
  • organic and non-gmo
  • no mayo

Hope your kids enjoy our turkey garden pita.  With a little creativity your kid’s lunch can be both yummy, healthy and fun!

Easy-Bake Oven Unboxing and Baking!

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When I was a little girl, I wanted a Easy-bake Oven so bad!  With pen in hand, I circled the Easy-Bake Oven in our Sears catalog every Christmas season in hopes that I would get it under the tree.  No, I never got my oven, (boohoo) but that didn’t stop me from baking in the kitchen.  Cupcakes and all.  

A couple weeks ago, my niece Harmony came over to visit for a Spring Break sleepover.  Guess what?  She got an Easy-Bake Oven for Christmas!  She brought it with her and wanted my daughter Hadara to use it with her for the first time.  This mama was excited!  

The girls and I had so much fun unboxing it and baking yummy whoopie pies.  Yup, that’s what you call them.  They also did a great job making the video while getting messy in the kitchen!   We learned about following directions and how to wait patiently for the finished dessert.  And I finally got to live out my childhood dream, ahem . . . score.  

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Do your kids have an Easy-Bake Oven?  Did you have one when you were little?  Do you bake with your kids and get messy in the kitchen?  

Quick and Easy Crockpot Chili

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This crockpot recipe screams comfort food, but cooks up quick and easy.  With less than 5 ingredients, it’s a no brainer.  Plus, it’s a delicious and healthy!  My family loves this meal and I’m sure your family will love it too! 

I like to add ground turkey, but you can use any meat or keep it meatless.  Sometimes, I’ll even add beef chorizo to give it a extra kick.  Yum!  My favorite part of this recipe is using the 13 bean soup mix by BoB’s Red Mill.  The variety of beans give the chili it’s unique and tasty flavor.  


This meal is great for a large family or small like ours.  I like to make this for my church fellowship on Saturday and it feeds 12 people with left overs for breakfast (with eggs) or lunch (burritos) the next day.  Seriously, I add some baked corn bread with butter and dinner’s a hit!  So easy.  🙂 

White Chocolate Pretzel Sticks Christmas Recipe

 

Hadara and I had fun mother daughter time in the kitchen Sunday making a yummy Christmas treat.  Combine pretzels, white chocolate and peppermint and what do you get?  A delicious and easy Christmas gift idea!  There’s just something about the combination of salty crunchiness, white chocolate, and candy cane.  Speaking of candy canes, I love the story or legend of the candy cane and how it can relate to Jesus.  In our video today, you’ll see our fun recipe and hear Hadara share the candy cane poem from Ministry to Children with you.  Thank you for watching our video below.

I love making precious memories in the kitchen with my daughter.  We crank up the Christmas/Hanukkah playlist and plug in the lights.  We talk about the meaning of Christmas and reminisce about Christmas past while the wonderful aroma of Christmas fills the air.   During the next few weeks, I’ll be taking time to enjoy my daughter, making those cherished family memories that one day I hope she’ll carry on with her own family.  

 

This season, take some time to get messy in the kitchen with your children.  Cherish the time you have with them.  Forget the schedule, to do list, and keep it simple sweetie.  Joy truly comes from the Lord and He can give you and your family joy through this season.  No matter what you are going through during this time.  Don’t allow the pressures of this world to keep you from truly enjoying what matters most.  Joy to the World, the Lord has come!  Joy to your family today and always.  

Merry Christmas!

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My Easy Peasy Sugar Cookie Recipe Review


Sugar, Sugar, honey, honey . . .  my little girl loves sugar cookies.  She adores them!


From the time she was a baby, I knew she was going to be a vanilla kind of girl.

Sadly, she does not favor chocolate, but she sure loves anything vanilla.

When I worked at the Apple store, (Yes, I really did work there and I admit I am a techy at heart) I made many trips to Paradise Bakery.  That was the place where we found the best sugar cookies and snicker doodles ever.  Hadara was only four when she got hooked on those cookies.

So, my daughter compares every cookie to Paradise cookies when being critical, and that she is!

Last week, she wanted to eat sugar cookies, however, I wasn’t feeling like spending $5 on cookies or wasting my gas to drive across town.

Then, I grabbed my iPad and started to search my Pinterest Yummy Creations board for sugar cookies  galore.  I found a few, so this post is the review of the recipes I found.  

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While I assumed, I’d be making at least two dozen cookies, I was quickly disappointed when I opened the pantry to find my flour somewhat gone.

I poured what flour I had left into a measuring cup and had exactly 1 cup. (Add flour to shopping list).

I did some calculations and this is what I came up with for making 1 dozen sugar cookies just to treat the appetite of a nine year old.

Watch my sugar cookie recipe in action here.




Recipe One- Super Soft Sugar Cookies from the Kitchen McCabe

The Kitchen McCabe

I used the secrets on how to get soft cookies from this recipe only.  Will like to try this one, when I have enough flour next time.



Recipe Two- 1 dozen Cut out Sugar Cookies from Dessert For Two 


I used this recipe for my cookies.  I guess I wasn’t used to using less flour, because it seemed so skimpy to me.  I don’t think the liquid ingredients matched quite well with the dry ingredients ratio, because the dough ended up being dry.  Also, they weren’t sweet enough.  🙁  I only got 10 cookies instead of 12 because I rolled dough out thick to get softer cookies.  I’m sure this recipe would work for thinner cookies though.  


RESOURCE Bonus– Best Chocolate Chip COOKIES from Handle the Heat –  great baking tips for all cookies!

Did you know if you add 1 Tablespoon of corn starch to every cup of flour to any cookie recipe, they will turn out soft and almost perfect?    I’ll have to try that next time.


My Review of Recipe Two

What I liked about the recipe: 

My cookies did come out chewy and perfect in texture.  First time ever!  So hooray for the tips on getting soft cookies from recipe one.


Butter cookies are so yummy.

What I didn’t like: 

The dough was too dry and crumbly.  Had to work with it after I took it out of mixer to get a right consistency.


The cookies weren’t sweet enough.  I would add 1/3 cup more sugar next time.



What I would do different: 

Make the full recipe with 3 cups of flour.  The 1 cup flour ratio to liquid was just too dry.


I wouldn’t use the mixer.  I feel the mixer didn’t mix it enough.  t think the good ole hands will do the trick for this recipe next time.

My Results

My daughter iced them with lemon frosting and rainbow sprinkles.  Didn’t she do a great job?

All in all, it was a pretty easy and tasty recipe and like my video shows, pretty fast.

Within 30 min, we had milk and cookies, yum!  These cookies satisfied the craving. 

That’s faster than I could go to the store and buy them!

One of the many reasons I love to bake and cook in my kitchen.

Who would have thought?! 

 Do you have a easy peasy best ever sugar cookie recipe? 

Got any tips for making soft chewy ones? 


How about a gluten-free recipe or alternative for white sugar recipe? 



Blessings and Shalom, 





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My Early Morning Adventure in the Kitchen {Banana Pancake Muffins}

One morning, I woke up and thought . . . hmmm. . . I really feel like making banana muffins. 

I asked myself, “Could I make muffins from pancake mix?”.  

I grabbed the box of Krusteaz Pancake mix, my iPad and I was off on my pancake muffin adventure! 

Did you know that on the Krusteaz website there are many recipes you can make with their various forms of pancake mix? 

I’ve always liked how Krusteaz pancakes turn out which makes me partial to this particular pancake brand.  In my opinion, they are the closest to Cracker Barrel, which are my favorite pancakes of all time.  Yum! 
I was impressed.  🙂

So, with some over ripe bananas, and pancake mix, I attempted some yummy easy peasy muffins. 
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I’m sharing my Banana Muffin recipe with you after I adapted and modified it from the Krusteaz blueberry muffin recipe.   


Do you have any quick tips on making the best muffins? 

What is your favorite pancake mix? 

Do you love Cracker Barrel like I do? 


I’d love to hear if you make this recipe and how it turns out? 

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Blessing and Shalom, 





Banana Pancake Muffins  
2 1/2 cups Krusteaz Pancake Mix* or any Pancake only add water mix
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 banana
You can also add nuts to your preference.

Preheat oven to 400°F.
In medium bowl, stir together pancake mix and remaining ingredients until moistened.
Do not overmix.
Spoon batter into lightly greased or paper-lined muffin pan, filling 2/3 full.
Bake 14-16 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.


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Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

So I decided it was time to make a change.  Our family began this gluten-free lifestyle recently, on a whim.  I’m on day 29 today.   We are trying it out to see how eating less gluten, wheat, etc. . will be better for us.  It never hurts to try, right?

The searching for gluten free recipes started days into this decision and being the research queen that I am, I found great resources, blogs and pins that were a lifesaver.


Then the day came.  Princess and I got a sweet tooth and wanted some crunchy chewy yumminess.  But what’s a girl to do on this gluten free new adventure?  I discovered a couple of good peanut butter cookie recipes.  I checked the ingredients, and had to take a double take.  No flour?  Now how can you make cookies without flour?  Yah right.


I looked deeper into this.   I couldn’t believe it!  I just had to give the recipe a try.  Yes, they baked.  Yes they looked like cookies.    Those Peanut butter cookies were delicious and healthy! Score.  However, I tweaked it and made my own with brown sugar instead of no sugar or white sugar.  I like it better with brown sugar.  

So, if you are a gluten free vet or a newbie like me, I’m sure you will find this recipe unbelievably simple and satisfying.


Blessings and Shalom, 






Printable Recipe

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies

Servings:  Makes one dozen cookies 
Prep Time:  5 min   Cook Time:  10 min  Total Time:  15 min 

Ingredients 

1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract 
Instructions 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla til well combined. 
  3. Using a small cookie scoop, or tablespoon, drop ball of dough 1 inch apart on baking sheet. 
  4. Flatten dough balls with a fork, making a criss cross pattern. 
  5. Bake cookies for 10 min until they are golden brown around edges. 
  6. Allow cookies to cool before taking them off baking sheet

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