NYC Trip Recap

Hey friends! I AM BACK! After a whirlwind 3 days in NYC, I have a lot to share.

Even though I was only there for a short period of time, I got a lot in! Saw some amazing sights, ate some amazing food, and just had a really great time getting away for a bit.

Be prepared. This post is long and picture heavy! But I hope you’ll enjoy reliving my adventure with me. :)

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Recipe Redux #13: Easy Butternut Squash Soup

Well this month’s Recipe Redux theme resulted in a FIRST for me! Usually I have a hard time coming up with something to make, and I’ll admit I was at a loss to begin with, but by the time October got going, I found I had not one, but TWO recipes that I could share! It was hard deciding which one to share (let’s face it, you’ll be getting the other at some point too!), but I am happy with my decision and can’t wait for you all to try this perfect fall dish. A few of you have inquired about this recipe over the past few weeks as it is, so that definitely played into my decision to share this one first! recipereduxbadge But before I get to the recipe itself, I should probably fill you in the theme of course!
October 2014 – Theme

Spooky Spices: You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously conquer that fearful spice. (Or maybe the recipe was a flop – and the spice still give you nightmares?!)

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WIAW: Healthy Snacking & Hidden Veggie Muffins

Musselmans provided me with the samples in this post at no cost to me. All opinions, recipes, and photos are my own.  Fall is apple season of course and I plan on doing my fair share of apple eating this season. Fresh off the tree, in baked goods, in pie, and in applesauce! It’s all so good, fresh, and sweet. What are you favorite varieties? I am partial to empires, fujis, pink ladies, honey crisps, and crispins! But there really are SO MANY out there and during apple season I am always discovered new kinds to sample! Isn’t it amazing that modern agriculture can produce so many new, unique flavors and textures for an old favorite like apples? Musselman’s is all about apples obviously and they are celebrating this time of year by encouraging kids, adults, and EVERYONE to start snacking healthier by incorporating applesauce into your diet.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA If you’ve ever tried to do a recipe makeover before, then I am sure you know how applesauce can be great substitute for typical baking ingredients. I was lucky enough to receive of their kits with some unsweetened applesauce, some Big Cup applesauce, a cute backpack, recipe cards, and a handy list that shows how you can substitute applesauce for things like oil, butter, and even sugar in some cases! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe recipes they sent along looked delicious! But I have to say, all this apple talk inspired me to make my own recipe! I wanted to do something that put a new twist on healthy snacking.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI came up with what I like to call…hidden veggie muffins! Not only are these muffins made with applesauce of course, but they contain veggies that you can’t even taste. How’s that for boosting the nutritional value? They are also gluten free, low carb, sugar free, and high in protein!

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Explore Your Own Backyard: Allentown Art Festival

Happy Weekend! Time for another installment of EXPLORING YOUR OWN BACKYARDexploreyourownbackyard

When I last left you in discussing my exploring adventures, I had taken a solo day trip to Corning, NY to visit the Museum of Glass there! As you may remember, I had the chance to make my own piece of glass fusing and was super excited to see the final result! Well, a friend that lives in town there was able to pick my piece up and send it to me! Unfortunately….THIS is what I saw when I opened the package….. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABroken in two! What a bummer. It was supposed to be a small curved, glass plate. My dad is going to try and glue it, so we’ll see if it’s salvageable!

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Exploring Your Own Backyard: Corning, NY

Since I’m taking a break from exercise and my usual level of activity, I’ve been looking for ways to fill my time. I will be doing a post later this week about all the things I’ve been doing to accomplish this. One of the toughest parts is the weekends. The weekend is when I am usually most active, so it’s been difficult to come up with things to do instead.

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