Hamburger Helper Copycat Pasta

Hamburger Helper copycat pasta

Hamburger Helper Copycat Pasta

This recipe came about not so much as an accident but as an act of frugality and conservation. A few years ago when I was moving to Michigan, I was trying to ensure that as little as possible went to waste, so after I had packed up everything I could for the movers to take and given away to friends whatever they could use, I was left with a rather random assortment of things and food items. Continue reading

Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Bread

chocolate pumpkin swirl bread chocolate pumpkin swirl bread

I’ve been thinking about this chocolate pumpkin swirl bread for quite some time now, but thanks to our overzealousness at the apple orchard last month, I haven’t been able to bring myself to bake anything that doesn’t involve apples. Last Friday, I baked a cranberry apple crisp (post forthcoming!) and so, with my apple obligation for the day thus fulfilled, I could finally turn my attention to chocolate and pumpkin. Continue reading

Cheesy Texas Hash

cheesy Texas hash

Texas hash made a fairly regular appearance at my family’s dinner table while I was growing up, but for some reason, it was never really my favorite. I liked each of the individual ingredients well enough (rice, tomatoes, onions, ground beef/turkey, and even green pepper, which I realized only recently a lot of people loathe), but it always ranked below other casseroles like macaroni and cheese or tuna noodle casserole in my book. Now, what do macaroni and cheese and tuna noodle casserole have in common that Texas hash doesn’t…? Cheese! Continue reading

Caramel Apple Galette

caramel apple galette Wasem Orchard

A few weeks ago on a Friday afternoon, the boyfriend, Phoebe, and I piled into the car and drove to a nearby apple orchard and pumpkin patch for some good old-fashioned fall-time fun. It was our first visit to Wasem Fruit Farm, but we will certainly be going back (if not this year, then in subsequent years for sure!) – the grounds were incredibly scenic and Phoebe had a blast, sniffing everything within reach. We left with a jug of cider, a bag of doughnuts, and of course, far more apples than we needed. Continue reading