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Decadent Pumpkin Granola

Decadent Pumpkin Granola

Here’s a cool spin on an old classic. This time of year, I love everything pumpkin–coffee, cupcakes, bread, bagels, and now, granola. Yep, granola. Healthy granola, too! Sort of. Everything but the maple syrup, anyway. And really, can’t a girl splurge during the holidays? Yes, yes she can.

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Zucchini Tomato Sauce

Zucchini Tomato Sauce

Talk about garden fresh comfort sauce for my pasta—this is it! This sauce is easy and delicious and can be expounded upon exponentially (can you tell my daughter is learning algebra?). The ingredients are zucchini, garlic, tomatoes, basil and parsley. The solution = gourmet at home.

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Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad

For a heart healthy meal that's off the beaten path, try this Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad. It’s easy and delicious and works well with several variations that will keep it exciting. Chickpeas and avocado healthy alternatives, as well as Mandarin oranges and feta cheese!

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My Garden

When I’m not writing you’ll find me in the garden, chasing butterflies, re-directing ladybugs…  And weeding when my weed-prevention tactics fail me (it happens).

You see, gardening has become a passionate hobby of mine, one I blog about at BloominThyme.  It’s filled with new discoveries each and every day–and we have even begun to discuss the children yet!  I mean, if you ever wanted to know what bees do all day long (and why), learn how many ways you can photograph the same flower without tiring in the process, or unearth a worm and dissect its bowel movements as well as their benefits, then you need to hang out in the garden with a kid.

They are amazing. Not only do my kids and I have fun in the garden, we grow a tremendous amount of vegetables.  From beets to zucchini, carrots to watermelon, we grow it.  And usually eat it.  I’ve learned one of the best things about a garden is you can grow things just for fun, then share them with your entire neighborhood!

Folks hear you have a bounty of sweet onions and garlic, tomatoes and bush beans, let me tell you they come running–from miles around. And who wouldn’t?  You have a knack for this green stuff.  It’s easier than you dreamed possible and you’re more than willing to share — especially when you realize you’ve grown more squash than you can eat in a lifetime. Don’t worry. You’ll find takers. It’s a law of nature:  Have bounty, will trade.

If only for a smile…  But fresh vegetables will that do a person! For more gorgeous garden photos — check my facebook page!