Author Archives: Maria Alison

Fall Favorites 2014

My favorite season, hands down is fall. I love cold weather, but I don’t like freezing my butt off. Ya know? I also hate sweating with a burning passion, so fall is my happy place. Spring is close second, it will never compare to the crisp, homey, fresh, and free feeling of fall. I always look forward to the abrupt transition into fall. On day you’ll be wishing for a pool to magically be in your yard, and then when you wake up the next morning to water your garden or hang some laundry to dry, the cold crispy air hits ya in the face like a kiss from heaven. That day was this morning, which was what inspired me to write this post today.

I just LOVE fall! I can’t even put into words how exited I am for this fall. Big sweaters, colorful leaves, relaxing weather, delicious food, and family get togethers, here I  come!

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix

pumpkin pie spice 2 With fall is in full swing, I couldn’t help but notice every dessert I wanted to try to make required pumpkin spice. The problem is, that’s not a spice blend I usually have on hand. So thankfully I was able to find a recipe for homemade pumpkin spice mix in my grandmother’s old cookbook that she gave to me a few years ago. It is always nice when I get to use her cookbook because it feels like we are cooking together even when she is not here.

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Homemade Butter Mints {A Tutorial}

These refreshing homemade butter mints are fantastic anytime. Though we typically eat them after dinner to help digest our food and let us get good sleep. They will also freshen your breath, and that’s always a plus in my book. Cause, I mean, come on. Who likes garlic breath??? Um, no one!

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Soft Gingerbread Cookies

Ya know how sometimes you have a sudden craving for cookies….and you want them now not in 2 hours???? I’ve been having a lot of those lately with fall in full swing. These Soft Gingerbread Cookies only take 20 minute to make so they have been my go to recipe. Don’t ask how many times I’ve made it this week. Just don’t…..

I love mixing the dry ingredients together because it just smells like the holidays. Then when those perfectly soft cookies come out of the oven, I can yell”Cookies!” and count on the cookie trays being empties within minutes…..dontcha just love fall (sigh).

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A Perfect Day…

I am one strange cookie. So the day I am about to describe to you may not be “perfect” by your definition. But to ME, it was a blast.

To start out, when I woke up coffee and breakfast were already made. That by itself, without the rest of the day, was a pretty awesome thing.

Our electric bill for these summer months have been through the roof so wanted to try some campfire cooking to cut back on using the oven, and not have to run the air conditioning all day every day. Meaning today I got to cook potatoes,  bread, beans, and burger patties over the fire. It took ALL day. But it was fun. I personally could stare at a fire like a brain dead pyromaniac…but that’s just me.

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