a farmgirl's dabbles http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com ...sharing my recipe box & a little everyday life Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:00:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Italian Chicken Sausage Soup with White Beans http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/24/italian-chicken-sausage-soup-white-beans-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/24/italian-chicken-sausage-soup-white-beans-recipe/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:00:44 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14149 Is winter leaving you chilled? Set a pot of this Italian Chicken Sausage Soup with White Beans on the stove and let it warm you up. Winter came early this year to the Midwest, and it’s not messing around. It feels like some kind of cruel joke to already have had several snowfalls and a […]

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Is winter leaving you chilled? Set a pot of this Italian Chicken Sausage Soup with White Beans on the stove and let it warm you up.

Italian Chicken Sausage Soup with White Beans - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #chicken #soup Winter came early this year to the Midwest, and it’s not messing around. It feels like some kind of cruel joke to already have had several snowfalls and a couple weeks of donning our fleece hats, gloves, and warm-your-toes Sorels  – especially knowing that it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. After enduring the wrath of last year’s extremely cold temps, I’m just not ready to go through this all again so soon!

But, adapt, we will. We’ll let the fireplace and long hot baths dispel our chills, after shoveling the driveway and sledding down hills. There’ll be pots of coffee. And small hands wrapped around mugs of hot chocolate brimming with marshmallows, too many to count.

And soup. There will be many bowls of steaming, fragrant, delicious soup. Won’t you join me in toasting some buttery garlic bread and putting a pot of this Italian Chicken Sausage Soup with White Beans on the stove?

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Candied Sriracha Cashews http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/21/candied-sriracha-cashews-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/21/candied-sriracha-cashews-recipe/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14129 These Candied Sriracha Cashews are packed with flavor, with a crispy sweet shell that has just a bit of sriracha heat. The perfect nibble for holiday entertaining! If you watched me empty the cart at the end of my grocery shopping trip each week, I’m betting you’ll spy at least one container of nuts on the conveyor […]

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These Candied Sriracha Cashews are packed with flavor, with a crispy sweet shell that has just a bit of sriracha heat. The perfect nibble for holiday entertaining!

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If you watched me empty the cart at the end of my grocery shopping trip each week, I’m betting you’ll spy at least one container of nuts on the conveyor belt. Cashews and peanuts are our favorites, our “regulars”, but you’ll find a number of other nuts in our pantry as well. We go through a good amount each and every week, eating them as snacks, in salads, and on our morning oatmeal. With their combination of good fats, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, nuts are always on our family’s grocery list.

So, naturally, nuts make their way onto our entertaining menus throughout the year as well. It’s a rare occasion when someone isn’t enticed by a bowl of fresh nuts. Especially when they’re done in a new fun way. Let me introduce you to these Candied Sriracha Cashews. They’ll be the hit of your holiday entertaining!

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HiLine Whole Bean Coffee Review + Giveaway http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/17/hiline-whole-bean-coffee-review-giveaway/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/17/hiline-whole-bean-coffee-review-giveaway/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:16:38 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14108 We are loving HiLine Coffee Company’s new whole bean offerings. Be sure to enter this giveaway for your chance to win some delicious caffeination! I am so excited to share about HiLine Coffee Company‘s latest adventure in coffee…whole beans, yay! A few months ago, I introduced you to HiLine and their premium alternative to Nespresso […]

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We are loving HiLine Coffee Company’s new whole bean offerings. Be sure to enter this giveaway for your chance to win some delicious caffeination!

whole bean coffee #giveaway from HiLine Coffee Company - enter at afarmgirlsdabbles.com #coffeeI am so excited to share about HiLine Coffee Company‘s latest adventure in coffee…whole beans, yay!

A few months ago, I introduced you to HiLine and their premium alternative to Nespresso capsules. My favorites are the Broadway, Liberty, and Chelsea, but they’re all good, and at a much nicer price than the Nespresso brand. For more thoughts on this coffee, be sure to read my review here.

And don’t miss out on entering this whole bean coffee giveaway from HiLine Coffee Company – you’ll find the entry form at the end of this post!

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Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Dressing with Sausage http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/13/roasted-garlic-and-mushroom-dressing-with-sausage-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/13/roasted-garlic-and-mushroom-dressing-with-sausage-recipe/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:49:20 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13360 This Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Dressing with Sausage is loaded with flavor and texture, the perfect dish to grace your Thanksgiving table. When you start to plan your Thanksgiving menu, do you find it difficult to narrow down the dishes? I’m horrible about wanting to include too many. Of course, all the traditional family favorites […]

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This Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Dressing with Sausage is loaded with flavor and texture, the perfect dish to grace your Thanksgiving table.

Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Dressing with Sausage - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #dressing vs. #stuffing - #thanksgivingWhen you start to plan your Thanksgiving menu, do you find it difficult to narrow down the dishes? I’m horrible about wanting to include too many. Of course, all the traditional family favorites must be included. And, you know me, I always need to dabble with something new, never satisfied to leave well enough alone. But I’m not complaining or wishing I was less curious about finding new ways to enjoy Thanksgiving eats with my family and friends. No. I’m embracing it. And I’m full-on confident that this Roasted Garlic and Mushroom Dressing with Sausage would be welcome at your Thanksgiving feast, too.

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Harvest Salad with Butternut Squash, Maple Pecans, and Curry Fig Vinaigrette {California Olive Ranch} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/10/harvest-salad-with-butternut-squash-curry-fig-vinaigrette-and-maple-pecans-recipe-california-olive-ranch/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/10/harvest-salad-with-butternut-squash-curry-fig-vinaigrette-and-maple-pecans-recipe-california-olive-ranch/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:28:47 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14055 This Harvest Salad with Butternut Squash, Maple Pecans, and Curry Fig Vinaigrette is fresh and green and full of yummy bites of contrasting flavors and textures. We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, only the second time that our family has taken on this feasting feat in our own home. Blake’s family is coming to stay with us for a few […]

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This Harvest Salad with Butternut Squash, Maple Pecans, and Curry Fig Vinaigrette is fresh and green and full of yummy bites of contrasting flavors and textures.

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We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, only the second time that our family has taken on this feasting feat in our own home. Blake’s family is coming to stay with us for a few days, a visit that we’re all looking forward to. The past couple years have brought health challenges to my mother and father in-law, now in their 80’s. Shingles for Loree, a hip replacement for Archie. So they simply haven’t been up for the 4 hour drive to our home. But they’ve slowly sprung back, thankfully, and are ready to take on a road trip. We’re happily anticipating their arrival.

So, as you can guess, I’ve been pouring over recipes new and old, trying to put together a Thanksgiving menu. I’m grateful that Blake always takes on the turkey outside with the grill or smoker. It’s one less dish that I need to babysit, plus it frees up precious oven space. We’ve all agreed that this grill-roasted turkey with red wine gravy is the recipe for the day. Blake made it once last year and it was wonderful!

Other than that, all I’ve definitely decided on is green bean casserole (the only request from Blake), my chocolate French silk pie with salted pecan crust (SO GOOD!), and this recipe I’m sharing with you today, Harvest Salad with Butternut Squash, Maple Pecans, and Curry Fig Vinaigrette. The salad is fresh and green and full of yummy bites of contrasting flavors and textures, perfect to grace our Thanksgiving table.

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Foolproof Peanut Butter Fudge {2 ingredients!} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/07/foolproof-peanut-butter-fudge-recipe-two-ingredients/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/07/foolproof-peanut-butter-fudge-recipe-two-ingredients/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:40:06 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14040 This Foolproof Peanut Butter Fudge is super quick and easy to make. And it uses just two ingredients. How awesome is that?! I’ll admit that I’m a skeptic when it comes to recipes that brag about using just a few ingredients, while promising that the finished product actually tastes good. While I love having easy recipes […]

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This Foolproof Peanut Butter Fudge is super quick and easy to make. And it uses just two ingredients. How awesome is that?!

Foolproof Peanut Butter Fudge {2 ingredients!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #fudge #peanutbutterI’ll admit that I’m a skeptic when it comes to recipes that brag about using just a few ingredients, while promising that the finished product actually tastes good. While I love having easy recipes in my back pocket, with minimum prep and clean up, I also know that many times shortcuts just don’t cut it. Those dishes oftentimes feel a little thin, like they’re missing something. They leave me yearning for just a little more somethin’ somethin’.

But somethin’ about this recipe for Foolproof Peanut Butter Fudge, with just two ingredients, had me curious. And with not much to lose in both time and money, I set out to prove myself wrong!

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Cheesy Potato and Bacon Skillet http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/03/cheesy-potato-bacon-skillet-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/11/03/cheesy-potato-bacon-skillet-recipe/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 12:28:39 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=14007 Some days, nothing looks better than a Cheesy Potato and Bacon Skillet, warm and comforting. Wouldn’t you agree?! As the cooler temperatures are becoming the norm these days, warm and cozy comfort foods are appearing at our family table more and more often. From soups and chilis to slow cooker favorites, these gratifying meals help to appease the chill in our […]

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Some days, nothing looks better than a Cheesy Potato and Bacon Skillet, warm and comforting. Wouldn’t you agree?!

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As the cooler temperatures are becoming the norm these days, warm and cozy comfort foods are appearing at our family table more and more often. From soups and chilis to slow cooker favorites, these gratifying meals help to appease the chill in our bones.

Potatoes are great any time of year, but when the weather turns colder is when I really crave them. Mostly my yearnings involve a heaping pile of simply mashed potatoes, with a pretty little pool of sweet, creamy butter. But I also like to mix things up. Here’s a cozy side dish that we’ve been enjoying this fall that’s definitely passable as a main dish, too. This Cheesy Potato and Bacon Skillet is so much fun to serve. Some days, nothing looks better than a hot skillet of potatoes, bacon, and golden bubbling cheddar. Wouldn’t you agree?!

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Spiced Maple Chicken Burgers with Sweet Potato and Apple Hash http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/27/spiced-maple-chicken-burgers-sweet-potato-apple-hash-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/27/spiced-maple-chicken-burgers-sweet-potato-apple-hash-recipe/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:57:16 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13898 Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this recipe for Spiced Maple Chicken Burgers with Sweet Potato and Apple Hash is pure deliciousness! One of the ways to my husband’s heart is definitely through good food, just as the ol’ saying goes. But specifically, for my man, it’s all about breakfast. Full on, no holding back, a heaping […]

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Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this recipe for Spiced Maple Chicken Burgers with Sweet Potato and Apple Hash is pure deliciousness!

Spiced Maple Chicken Burgers with Sweet Potato and Apple Hash - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #chicken #breakfastOne of the ways to my husband’s heart is definitely through good food, just as the ol’ saying goes. But specifically, for my man, it’s all about breakfast. Full on, no holding back, a heaping plate of delicious breakfast comfort food, complete with meat, eggs, and some kind of potato side dish. And if there happens to be something sweet on the table, say a caramel roll or my family’s favorite buttermilk pancakes, all the better to top it off.

This recipe for Spiced Maple Chicken Burgers with Sweet Potato and Apple Hash is sure to keep the heart of any man, woman, or child happy at the breakfast table!

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Blendtec Giveaway {2 winners!} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/22/blendtec-giveaway-2-winners/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/22/blendtec-giveaway-2-winners/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:00:50 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13956 Hi, friends! Today I’m sharing a super awesome Blendtec Giveaway, along with a few of my blogging friends. It’s our way of saying thank you, we appreciate you! Everyone knows that Blendtec makes some pretty wonderful, powerful blenders. Smoothies, soups, nut butters, batters, sauces…this is your machine. And here’s your chance to win one of […]

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Hi, friends! Today I’m sharing a super awesome Blendtec Giveaway, along with a few of my blogging friends. It’s our way of saying thank you, we appreciate you!

Blendtec Giveaway {2 winners!} - enter at afarmgirlsdabbles.com! #giveaway

Everyone knows that Blendtec makes some pretty wonderful, powerful blenders. Smoothies, soups, nut butters, batters, sauces…this is your machine. And here’s your chance to win one of two prizes in this Blendtec Giveaway!

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Pickled Vegetables {quick and easy refrigerator pickles!} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/20/pickled-vegetables-recipe-quick-easy/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/20/pickled-vegetables-recipe-quick-easy/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:15:38 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13869 Use whatever veggies you fancy for these quick and easy Pickled Vegetables. They’re crunchy and tangy and completely irresistible! It’s the simple homemade foods in life that give me the most joy. A cup of steaming hot coffee topped off by an easy froth of warmed half and half (using this tool) and a generous […]

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Use whatever veggies you fancy for these quick and easy Pickled Vegetables. They’re crunchy and tangy and completely irresistible!

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It’s the simple homemade foods in life that give me the most joy. A cup of steaming hot coffee topped off by an easy froth of warmed half and half (using this tool) and a generous shake of raw sugar, a robust sun-dried tomato spread to slather across a wrap for lunch, a perfectly charred and caramelized sugared ribeye pulled off the grill. Yes, this is the very best stuff. Quick and easy, full of flavor, and made with my own two hands.

Now here’s another easy recipe I’m so happy to share with you, my latest pickling obsession. The recipe is highly adaptable. Use whatever veggies you fancy (my favorite combo is English cucumbers, cauliflower, carrots, and a variety of sweet bell peppers), just promise me you’ll make a batch. These Pickled Vegetables are crunchy and tangy and completely irresistible!

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