Halloween Trail Mix

Halloween Trail Mix // Erin Skinner from The Speckled Palate for My Cooking Spot

With Halloween just around the corner, I’m thrilled about the overabundance of candy in my grocery store.

And with this overabundance of said goodies, I find myself making all kinds of semi-healthy snacks to keep myself from inhaling the entire trick-or-treat candy stash days before costumed children come knocking on our door.

It’s self-preservation, of sorts.

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Chicken Pot Pie Pockets


There’s a chill in the air, and the colder it gets, the more we crave hot food! These chicken pot pie pockets are the perfect mix of a home-style food with convenience. 

To make these, I used The Pioneer Woman’s recipe (with a few tweaks) for the first half of the recipe.  Since I made a few changes, here is my version of her recipe, altered for pie pockets.
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Apple Pie Dip with Cinnamon Pie Crust Chips


Apple Pie Dip with Fried Pie Crust Cinnamon Chips

The weather is finally starting to cool in California (and by cool, I mean high 60s, low 70s), but that is good enough for me! I have a theory, starting September 1st is beanie season. I grew up in Vermont, so September is really when it starts to cool down. However, in California, we are still pushing 80-degree weather here, and people kind of look at you like a crazy person when you are wearing a beanie with shorts and a t-shirts. Now that we are in the middle of October, it should be completely acceptable to wear beanies, chunky sweaters and boots.  I am totally ready for a change in wardrobe!

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Healthy Pasta with Garlic Cream Sauce: Fave Foods Made Healthy Series

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There are many things that I am working on attaining.  A long list of things; be it in the kitchen or in life, things I want or am striving to learn or do better.  But there is one thing that I feel I excel in, not that I don’t continue to expand and evolve and learn anew anytime that I am able.  This one thing is pasta.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner, in the early rays of a sun lit afternoon or the wee hours of the night at three am; I can whip up a plate of mouth-watering pasta.  As long as I have a box of noodles the possibilities are endless.  It has nothing to do with what I have in the cupboard or the fridge.  In fact, I take it as challenge the barer the kitchen is!  My secret is not only in the simplicity of the dish, but also the quality of the ingredients.  I mean come on, let’s be honest, if you are making a dish with three ingredients, you can’t skimp on the quality of what you use!

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