Candy Corn Ice Cream

I know candy corn can be polarizing but in our family it’s a favorite! We always grab a bag as soon as it hits stores in the fall.

This summer, I didn’t manage to make a single batch of ice cream in the ice cream maker, so I knew candy corn season was the perfect time to break it out – and introduce the kids to this old favorite.

Candy corn ice cream is a creamy treat that tastes just like the original – and requires only 3 ingredients to make!

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Apple Bacon BBQ Chicken

This quick-prep dinner uses just a few ingredients to make a dish packed with flavor. In about 5 minutes, you’ll have dinner prepped – the most time-consuming part is shredding an apple.

Let it simmer all day in the slow cooker or make it quickly in the instant pot – it’s perfect for any night!

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10 Recipes to try this Crocktober

Welcome October, welcome Crocktober!

October is all about sharing slow cooker dishes. It makes total sense – the weather is cooling down and schedules are hectic so it’s the perfect time to break out the slow cooker and make cozy, hands-off meals.

Pictures of slow cooker sandwiches and soup, with the words, "10 Recipes to Try this Crocktober".

I’m excited to share some new slow cooker recipes this month – and some updated favorites. Today, I’m kicking things off with 10 previously-blogged recipes you should add to your meal plan this month!

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Hearty Minestrone

I realized last week it’s officially soup season here – we couldn’t leave the house without sweatshirts in the morning! Really can’t say I’m sad about the return of fall weather.

Cooler days mean I’m craving cozy dinners – and this one just hit the spot! It’s an old favorite – and a fresher-tasting version of the soup you get at an Italian chair restaurant. (If you know, you know!)

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Honey Barbecue Chicken Wraps with Broccoli Slaw

The kids are finally back to school.

After a stint of virtual school and then a year of homeschool, having them back in school feels so weird. We’re definitely out of practice of having to leave the house on time every day.

Cross-section view of a wrap stuffed with barbcue sauce-covered chicken tenders and broccoli slaw.

And, I had totally forgot how done everyone is by the time dinner rolls around. They are tired and hungry and our days of leisurely family dinners are officially on sabbatical. “What can I get on the table quickest?” is the current name of the game.

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Slow Cooker Zucchini Crisp

I was introduced to zucchini pie last summer and instantly loved it. It takes just like apple pie – you’d never know you were eating veggies! While I love pie, I always default to crisps in the summer because they’re easier than dealing with pie crust and you can make it in the slow cooker so no heating up the house! It was a summer goal to perfect a zucchini crisp and I’m so excited to share the results today!

If you have a garden overflowing with zucchini, this is such a fun way to use it up! It really does taste like an apple crisp!

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Strawberry Pesto Brie Bites

What is your go-to summer appetizer? I feel like so many summer favorites are dips – and this is a beautiful change of pace! These bites are full of fresh flavors and a great balance of sweet and savory. They’re a perfect addition to the #FarmersMarketWeek lineup!

The special thing here is that the strawberries aren’t simple on top – they’re blended into the basil for an extra burst of sweetness!

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Peaches & Cream Roll Cake

This week is Farmer’s Market Week and I’m so excited for a week of farm-fresh eats! All this week, I’m sharing some new recipes inspired by the season’s bounty and linking up with my blogger friends to give you tons of inspiration.

First up for me: peaches. Because we’re kind of drowning in them. We’ve been peach picking, and gotten them in our CSA share and I’ve been baking so many things to use them up! This has been my favorite.

This spongy roll cake is easier than you’d expect and makes for the perfect summer dessert! The vanilla cake balances well with a homemade whipped cream and freshly sliced peaches.

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Pork Verde Stew with Cornbread Dumplings

I received product samples from Sam’s Fresh Salsa to help in the creation of this post. All opinions are my own.

Yes, it’s summer, but the weather here hasn’t felt like it the last week or so. All the dreary, rainy days have me craving comfort food so I took one of my summer staples – salsa! – and turned it into the perfect rainy-day dinner.

Tender chunks of pork are stewed in a couldn’t-be-easier verde sauce and then buried in piles of fluffy cornbread dumplings. Finish with a dollop of sour cream and you have the perfect meal!

A bowl with chunks of pork smothered in a verde chile sauce with a cornbread dumpling to the side. The bowl is on an orange napkin and a blue pot is in the background.

I created this recipe for Sam’s Fresh Salsa Blogger Recipe Challenge and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Popsicles

It is summer here and I am so immensely grateful.

I really can’t believe we survived a year of homeschooling – and not just survived but thrived. This year has been demanding and exhausting, but so, so incredibly worth it. With all the chaos happening in the world, I’m so glad our family could take a pause and have our own consistent routine in our own little bubble.

And, I’m so glad it’s done.

Instead of school, we’ve been spending our days playing legos and swimming and working on the garden and playing board games on the deck and eating as many meals outside as possible. It’s been so good for the soul.

Also good for the soul? Homemade popsicles. And these chocolate covered peanut butter ones are the things dreams are made of.

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