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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Favorite Fall Recipes {pumpkin muffins, gameday chili, and crock pot faves}

Now that it is {officially} fall , I will welcome the season with open arms!!
Oh fall, how I love thee, how I have missed thee!!

One of the ways you know fall has arrived in our home, is smelling these delicious treats baking...
I L-O-V-E pumpkin pie spice!  

Don't they look delicious?  I promise they are!  Here is the recipe if you'd like to make some!

{Mini Pumpkin Muffins}

I leave out the nuts and orange zest.  You can make them even healthier with some substitutions,
I use whole wheat pastry flour at times, you can add ground flax seed or wheat germ.
Today I just made the good ol' regular version.  The recipe calls for a hearty amount of pumpkin,
so that makes me feel good my boys are getting all of those healthy vitamins in.
They gobble these right up!



the chili you take home to meet mom for the first time 
the man's man's chili

First the nice, dressed up chili version, serve with blue corn tortilla chips or Trader Joe's sweet potato tortilla chips.  While I am not a big fan of the sweet potato, they are so good!!  Then, the nitty, gritty, {insert manly growl} chili.  It has to cook a whole day {not really but it does taste better when you do}. The process is to be revered.   You eat it straight from the bowl, no fork, no spoon, just corn chips. GRRR.


{Neiman Marcus Chili Blanco}

A staple in our home on Halloween night, although I won't wait that long to make the first batch.  I have made this for more than 10 years, back to our apartment days.  Everyone, loves this, it's a great dish to bring to a party, especially reheated in a crock-pot.

A few helpful hints on the Neiman Marcus Chili Blanco.  Buy Great Northern Beans in a can.
The first few times, I dried the beans, etc.  Honestly the ones in the can taste great and save so much time.  Use a blend of Monterrey Jack cheese and White Cheddar.  Add it in about 30 min. before serving.  When ready to serve,  place more cheese  it in the bottom of the bowl and add chili on that?! I don't think there can ever be too much cheese!


{Boilermaker Tailgate Chili}

OK, so this one had to be expected.  Matt and I are both Purdue alums.  This is his absolute favorite.
The beer choice is important, no wimpy beers can be chosen, nice hearty beer is a must.  You could probably add anything you wanted to it and you wouldn't notice.  If you're looking to put some hair on your chest, this chili is for you!


Around these parts dinnertime can be tough to get on the table. I LOVE my crock-pot as we call it up here in the North.  While I do use it year-round, I would say it's best when the weather turns cooler and I can cook some of our fall favorites.  Although what I love most is having dinner ready as soon as the crew is hungry.

{Healthy Chicken and Potatoes}

Our home smells the absolute best when this is in the crock-pot for dinner.  There is a bit of cooking on the stove beforehand, but so worth it for all of the flavors.  Absolutely delicious with herbs de provence, moist tender chicken, and vegetables my boys can't get enough of!

{Chicken and Dumplings}

This recipe is so simple and you probably  have most of the ingredients on hand.  I use the refrigerated biscuits as well, but the new Simply Buttermilk Biscuits.  This one fits the comfort food bill.

{Salsa Chicken}

I have mentioned this staple of ours before as I made it for the little boys' birthday party.  Oh there are so many variations and things you can do.  The salsa does matter, I usually use Newman's Own, I love Newman's products and that all of their profits go to charity.  And besides that it just plain good.  Soft corn tortillas are the request here with lots of different toppings, guacamole a must!

Happy Fall everyone!!! Enjoy!!!



  1. So many good recipes, yum. I love fall!

  2. Um, this all sounds like Heaven Michelle!!! Can I just come over and bum off of you? Seriously, my mouth is watering for some chili right now!

    loves -

  3. Love all the chili recipes!
    BUT, where can I get those cute glass bottles?

  4. Breann, c'mon over! :) Me too Jessica!!

    Kayla, thanks!..the bottles were from ready made coffee drinks, these were the Archer Farms {Target} brand. :)

  5. These all sound so good. I'll be adding them to my fall and winter recipes! Too bad it still feels like summer here... the bad thing about living in Florida!


  6. I LOVE fall :) pumpkin and I are best buds, especially during this season. and chilli is always the best dinner option on a chilly and gloomy fall day!

  7. Oooh, yummy! I really enjoy this time of year for cooking things that are warmer, and more comforting and just yummy!! This gorgeous list is already making my tummy rumble!!



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