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This week we will be joined by local dad and chef, Brandon Babiarz from Marshland Restaurants discussing food kids will eat and how to sneak in some healthy ingredients. See our recipes below! Definitely tune in and share your thoughts with us for a chance to win a prize or using the link above nominate your bestie to receive a gift of kindness from us! We love surprising people live!
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Sweet Potato Soup
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This week we will be joined by Dave McLean, local mixologist at The Landfall Restaurant in Woods Hole and guest co-host Alexandra Speck for a fun fall mixology lesson! Drinks and ingredients are below! and it will be updated with exact recipe after our live show airs! We will be doing this again for the Winter Holidays as well!
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1.5 oz vanilla vodka
1 oz pumpkin irish cream
1 oz Kahlua
Scoop of vanilla icecream
1.5 oz deep eddy cranberry vodka
.5 oz gran marnier
1 oz apple juice
½ lime fresh squeezed
1.5 oz caramel vodka
2 oz pinto grigio
2 oz apple cider
Top with Prosecco
Hot Apple Cider
1.5 oz Mt Gay Rum
Hot apple cider
1 oz Butterscotch schnapps
Brown sugar cinnamon rim
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Cape Kids Cast shares an old Tasty Tuesday Mini Apple Pie recipe. It is fun to make with the whole family and is a delicious treat to share with friends!
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Super Simple (3 Ingredient) Dinner
Menu planning and dinner prep doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be as simple as 3 ingredients, yes 3!
*Chicken breasts (I use about 3 for my family of 5.)
*Salsa (Choose your favorite.)
* Black beans
*Put all 3 ingredients in the crockpot. I don’t even drain and rinse the beans, but you could.
*Set your crockpot on LOW for about 6 hours. The setting can be adjusted to suit your time frame and to take into account your specific crockpot.
*When properly cooked, the chicken will be tender, and you can quickly shred it with a fork.
This tasty meal can be eaten as is or you can make some additions.
*Eat with tortilla chips.
*Place on tortilla wraps and roll them.
*Top with sour cream or avocado.
There you have it! It’s a simple dinner with tasty ingredients that your family will hopefully love!
What’s your favorite simple dinner? Share it in the comments below!
Charissa was born and raised on Cape Cod. After 9 years away from the Cape, she and her husband returned home to start their family. A former 5th grade teacher, Charissa has spent the last 12 years at home with her 3 children while working various part-time jobs. Just about a year and a half ago she decided to pursue something she had been thinking about for many years; she started a blog! She loves sharing her passion for living a full life without all the busy over at http://www.thenotsobusymom.com/. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram (@thenotsobusymom) to learn more.
Welcoming Fall with Healthy Curried Lentils
Fall has arrived and along with it the desire for warm hearty food. My husband has created this delicious healthy vegan curried lentil dish that we enjoy serving with buckwheat groats or brown rice. We eat it for one or two nights and then freeze the rest for quick meals another day.
1 bag lentils (27 oz/765 g) + 8 c water
1 lb frozen chopped spinach
1 lb carrots, fresh and diced
1-2 lb onion, fresh and diced
1-2 cans (14,5 oz each) diced tomatoes
4 cloves garlic
2 T garam masala
2 T curry powder
8 oz cashews + 8 oz water in the blender then add extra 8 oz of water
In dutch oven on stove top bring lentils (with the 8 cups of water), carrots and onions to simmer and simmer for 30 minutes. Then add rest of ingredients and simmer for about 90 minutes. For richer flavor cook onions down first. Makes about 8 11oz servings.
What are your favorite healthy go to Fall meals?
Molly, her husband, and their 1, 6 and 8 year split their time between their little piece of the cape in Orleans and Cambridge. She was a kindergarten teacher before her oldest was born then became a SAHM. She loves running, books, supporting literacy, nature walks, arts, craft, knitting and sewing as well as being outside and on the beach!
Including children in the process of meal planning and meal preparation makes it fun and a whole family activity! In this episode, Cape Kids Cast makes their own pizzas! Plus learn more about 4 of our favorite weekend events!
Cape Kids Cast ~ Real Kids, Real Talk!
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My Favorite Gingerbread Recipe
This gingerbread recipe has been modified from a Joy of Cooking recipe. It is my favorite because it is vegan and doesn’t require any refrigeration!
Almond Butter Kisses Cookie Recipe
Christmas cookie baking day is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. I love the smell of cookies baking all day long with holiday music playing and the entire family and our friends working together to make some tasty treats!
Peanut butter kisses were always one of my favorites to make with my parents and grandparents growing up along with my grandmother's M&M Christmas cookies. After my son was born we found out he was severely allergic to peanuts which came as a total shock. I have been a major peanut butter love my whole life and I had to remove it completely from our home. Lucky for us he is not allergic to tree nuts so we are able to substitute almond butter and other choices. A few years ago I took the recipe for Peanut Butter Kisses and substituted almond butter and them came out amazing. My son who refuses all kinds of "butter" substitutes enjoys these cookies and I catch him trying to sneak them all the time just like I did as a child! Plus they are pretty darn close to the original peanut butter ones, to the point that I have actually grown to enjoy this option more. Feel free to substitute any other type of "butter" option that will work for your family. These make perfect gifts for teachers, friends and family and they were featured on a Cape Kids Cast where Ethan touts them as a great peanut free option.
Christmas M&M Cookies Recipe
Growing up I was always thrilled when the holidays rolled around because it meant that we would be making Christmas cookies!
One of my favorite cookies to make every year was my grandmother's Christmas M&M cookie recipe. I have fond memories of making these both with her and with my parents. Years later my parents gave me a photocopy of her recipe and it brought tears to my eyes to see the recipe written in her handwriting. Every year now I make the same cookies with my kids and even though she never met my children it makes me always feel like she is with me.
These cookies are very addicting and believe me when I tell you that you and the kids will not be able to eat only one. We even featured them on a Cape Kids Cast! So get your mixing bowls out and have the kids get their aprons on, it's time to make some cookie memories for the holidays!
Falling Out of Summer
Inevitably, most of us are eagerly anticipating fall and all the joys it brings by these last weeks of summer. We are ready for less traffic, kids back to school (if they go), cooler weather, and fun fall activities. We are compiling a list of the closest harvest favorites that will be posted here soon. Many will be off Cape, but are worth the drive! If you have an activity or a place to recommend, reach out to us so we can make sure it gets on the list!
We wish you all a happy Labor Day weekend and first week back to school! In case you are eager to get your fall baking going, below is a delicious pumpkin cranberry muffin recipe our family loves. Hope you enjoy trying it too!
Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
1.5 cups cooked pumpkin puree (or canned pumpkin)
1/4 cup oil or applesauce
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup orange juice
3 tsp ginger root grated (or 2 tsp ginger spice)
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1.25 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp ground cloves
3/4 cup dried cranberries (or fresh crushed/finely diced)
1. Mix all dry ingredients together EXCEPT brown sugar
2. Mix all wet ingredients together
3. Combine them, adding small amounts of the dry ingredients into the wet to incorporate
4. Do not overmix!
5. Mix together brown sugar and cranberries
6. Fold in cranberry mixture (you can add walnuts, raisins, pumpkin seeds, ect too!)
7. Spoon into muffin liners/tins
8. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Brianna is a native Cape Codder and homeschooling mom of 4, a six year old girl, three year old boy, and twin 7 month old boys. She enjoys nature exploration, beach days, snowboarding, baking, fishing, travel, crafting, and writing, as well as geocaching, hiking, and picnicking with her children. She runs a blog and Facebook page called "The Mostly Crunchy Mama" and owns a children's consignment shop in Orleans called Little Codders. She enjoys staying up late long after the kids have gone to sleep to indulge in homemade desserts, to sew, write, coupon, and generally catch up on life without little hands needing help. An avid volunteer with 14 years of experience working with the American Cancer Society, as well as several other organizations, she has a background in business management but left behind her career after deciding self employment was a better fit for family life and a good work/life balance.
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