a farmgirl's dabbles http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com ...sharing my recipe box & a little everyday life Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:25:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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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Apple Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Crumble Topping http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/13/apple-muffins-cinnamon-sugar-crumble-topping-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/13/apple-muffins-cinnamon-sugar-crumble-topping-recipe/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:38:12 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13770 These Apple Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Crumble are moist, studded with juicy apple bites, and topped with an irresistible cinnamon sugar crunch. Apple season means good eats…and drinks…around here. I just can’t get enough of the fresh local apple crop. And while I have so many favorite apple recipes that I want to make each […]

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These Apple Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Crumble are moist, studded with juicy apple bites, and topped with an irresistible cinnamon sugar crunch.

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Apple season means good eats…and drinks…around here. I just can’t get enough of the fresh local apple crop. And while I have so many favorite apple recipes that I want to make each year, it’s hard to fit them all in, plus experiment with new recipes. But apple muffins have been on my list for the past couple years and I knew I was due to spend some time getting a recipe down on paper. Ask our girls how many pans of apple muffins they’ve seen come out of the oven the past few weeks (they surely won’t complain about it), and you’ll know how serious I was about getting this recipe just right.

I promise you, these Apple Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Crumble Topping have it all. They are tender with a moist larger crumb, studded with juicy apple bits, and topped with an amazing cinnamon sugar crunch that’s just a bit salty. Perfection, I tell you.

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Decorating Cookies Party Review and Giveaway! http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/10/decorating-cookies-party-review-giveaway/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/10/decorating-cookies-party-review-giveaway/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:01:40 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13801 Have you always wanted to try decorating your own themed cookies? I highly recommend you enter this Decorating Cookies Party Giveaway! Today I am deeeeeeeeelighted to feature this book, Decorating Cookies Party, by my sweet friend Bridget of Bake at 350. If you find fascination in exquisitely decorated cookies, Bridget’s site is the one your […]

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Have you always wanted to try decorating your own themed cookies? I highly recommend you enter this Decorating Cookies Party Giveaway!

Decorating Cookies Party Giveaway - I highly recommend this book from @bakeat350 for learning how to decorate themed cookies! - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #giveaway #cookiesToday I am deeeeeeeeelighted to feature this book, Decorating Cookies Party, by my sweet friend Bridget of Bake at 350. If you find fascination in exquisitely decorated cookies, Bridget’s site is the one your eyes should be feasting on. Her work is so beautiful and inspiring, truly an extension of the joyful person she is. And I’m thrilled that she’s sharing more of her cookies in this new book!

If you’ve ever had the slightest inclination to fill pastry bags with frostings of hand-tinted hues, to decorate some celebratory cookies of your own…this book is for you! After creating some fun cookies with our daughters last weekend, I cannot recommend this book enough. It’s a beautiful book, and brilliant in its instruction. And you could win one in this Decorating Cookies Party Giveaway!

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Harvest Apple Sangria with Bourbon and Thyme http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/06/harvest-apple-sangria-with-bourbon-and-thyme-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/06/harvest-apple-sangria-with-bourbon-and-thyme-recipe/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:58:06 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13750 Whether you’re sitting around the fire pit or entertaining for Thanksgiving, this Harvest Apple Sangria with Bourbon and Thyme is perfect for fall. I’m thankful for apples. Not only are these juicy orbs beautiful and tasty, and so fun to cook and bake with, but they also help me to release my clenched grasp on […]

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Whether you’re sitting around the fire pit or entertaining for Thanksgiving, this Harvest Apple Sangria with Bourbon and Thyme is perfect for fall.

Harvest Apple Sangria with Bourbon and Thyme - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #sangria #apple #bourbon @farmgirlsdabbleI’m thankful for apples. Not only are these juicy orbs beautiful and tasty, and so fun to cook and bake with, but they also help me to release my clenched grasp on summer. Their sweet crunch allows my heart and my mind to transition more gracefully to the next season. To enjoy the here and now, and to embrace the beauty of fall.

Ever since we went apple picking a couple weeks ago, at a local orchard on a gloriously sunny afternoon, not a day has gone by where I haven’t enjoyed a tart-sweet Haralson apple, juicy and crispy and all things fabulous. They are breakfast, lunch, and supper. Baked in an overnight oatmeal or pancakes, pan fried with bites of pork ribs leftover from weekend grilling, or enjoyed in our favorite chunky applesauce, apple bread, and apple peanut butter cookies…I love ‘em!

But this is the first recipe I’ve shared that involves apples in a beverage, and it’s a good one. This Harvest Apple Sangria with Bourbon and Thyme is just the bevvy to help you embrace autumn and all its splendor.

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WÜSTHOF Giveaway! http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/06/wusthof-giveaway/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/10/06/wusthof-giveaway/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:54:30 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13764 Looking to expand your knife block? This WÜSTHOF CLASSIC 7″ Hollow Edge Chai Dao would make an awesome addition. Enter to win one in this WÜSTHOF Giveaway! When we were first married, over 15 years ago, we used wedding money to buy a block of WÜSTHOF knives. Always impressed with their functionality, fit, and excellent quality, […]

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Looking to expand your knife block? This WÜSTHOF CLASSIC 7″ Hollow Edge Chai Dao would make an awesome addition. Enter to win one in this WÜSTHOF Giveaway!

WUSTHOF giveaway

When we were first married, over 15 years ago, we used wedding money to buy a block of WÜSTHOF knives. Always impressed with their functionality, fit, and excellent quality, we’ve continued over the years to add new knives to our collection. They are the beautiful, durable, and hard working pieces that keep our kitchen going.

And that’s why I’m so excited to share this WÜSTHOF Giveaway with you today!

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Nuts and Fruits Energy Bars {homemade KIND Bars} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/09/29/nuts-and-fruits-energy-bars-homemade-kind-bars-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/09/29/nuts-and-fruits-energy-bars-homemade-kind-bars-recipe/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 13:30:45 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13723 Since I’ve been traveling more the past few years, spending more time in airports (sometimes quite a bit more time than ever originally planned, ugh), I’ve come to rely on a few grab-and-go items that give me the energy I need without leaving me feeling bogged down. Every single time I fly, you’ll find me […]

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Since I’ve been traveling more the past few years, spending more time in airports (sometimes quite a bit more time than ever originally planned, ugh), I’ve come to rely on a few grab-and-go items that give me the energy I need without leaving me feeling bogged down. Every single time I fly, you’ll find me with a little bag from home of mixed nuts, mostly lightly salted dry roasted peanuts, with a bit of chocolate (in the form of either chocolate chips or mini M&M’s) and sometimes some dried fruit. It’s my go-to baggie of energy, one that I rely on if the lines are long and I don’t have time to grab anything in the airport.

But if things are going smoothly – or not so smoothly with an extended layover – I either take the time to grab a small meal, a cup of yogurt with fruit and granola, or a KIND Bar. Have you tried those magical nut-filled bars yet? I’m not much for buying granola bars, but I LOVE these homemade chocolate chip granola bars. And I’m not much for candy bars any more, thankfully. I think I ate my life’s ration in junior high and high school. But KIND Bars. They are a weakness for me. I just had to try my hand at them in our own kitchen. These Nuts and Fruits Energy Bars, basically homemade KIND Bars, were awesome to have around last week!

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Jerk Baby Back Pork Ribs {#PorkBucketList} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/09/23/jerk-baby-back-pork-ribs-recipe-porkbucketlist/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/09/23/jerk-baby-back-pork-ribs-recipe-porkbucketlist/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:00:17 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13639 This dish is one that I find myself dreaming of, wishing I had just one or two more bones of its ultra tender pork, sticky from slatherings of BBQ sauce caramelized over the grill. My family savored this heaping platter of Jerk Baby Back Pork Ribs at one of our favorite restaurants, Butcher & the Boar […]

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This dish is one that I find myself dreaming of, wishing I had just one or two more bones of its ultra tender pork, sticky from slatherings of BBQ sauce caramelized over the grill. My family savored this heaping platter of Jerk Baby Back Pork Ribs at one of our favorite restaurants, Butcher & the Boar in Minneapolis. Our entire over-the-top pork meal was a gift from the National Pork Board as they helped me check off a couple items on my #PorkBucketList.

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Cheesy Zucchini Noodles Bake with Roasted Corn and Red Pepper http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/09/15/cheesy-zucchini-noodles-bake-with-roasted-corn-and-red-pepper-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/09/15/cheesy-zucchini-noodles-bake-with-roasted-corn-and-red-pepper-recipe/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:20:37 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13605 I caved in about a month ago. I let myself buy a spiral vegetable slicer, a kitchen gadget that I had repeatedly told myself I didn’t need. First off, where was I going to store it in our small kitchen, already bursting at the seams? And then what if I didn’t even like the thing? What if […]

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Cheesy Zucchini Noodles Bake with Roasted Corn and Red Pepper - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #zucchini #zucchininoodles @farmgirlsdabbleI caved in about a month ago. I let myself buy a spiral vegetable slicer, a kitchen gadget that I had repeatedly told myself I didn’t need. First off, where was I going to store it in our small kitchen, already bursting at the seams? And then what if I didn’t even like the thing? What if all the hype didn’t quite measure up? Then what?!

But after visiting my friend Joanne in NYC this past summer and eating the wonderful raw zucchini salad she served one evening, plus having a convincing conversation with Liz about this crazy zucchini noodle maker contraption, I knew that I needed one. Yes, my spiralizer questioning zoomed quickly from a held-off want to a burning need in one lovely New York City visit. And you know what? I can say that I love my new kitchen gadget. It makes the most awesome textured raw zucchini “noodles” salads. And here, with this Cheesy Zucchini Noodles Bake with Roasted Corn and Red Pepper, I have ventured into placing those noodles in the oven, too. I think my friend Amanda, Queen of Zucchini, would be very proud of how far I’ve come since getting my hands on her newly released cookbook, Smitten with Squash. I’ve truly taken her love of squash to heart!

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Fiesta Dinnerware Giveaway! http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/09/15/fiesta-dinnerware-giveaway/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/09/15/fiesta-dinnerware-giveaway/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:18:15 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13624 It seems that I’ve admired Fiesta Dinnerware forever, but it wasn’t until just a couple years ago that we ditched our everyday cheap white dishes and invested in our own set of Fiesta, in a mixed color scheme of scarlet, turquoise, lemongrass, and sunflower. I am so happy with the shapes, sizes, colors, functionality, and quality of every […]

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Fiesta Dinnerware #Giveaway! Enter at afarmgirlsdabbles.com to WIN pieces in their newest "poppy" color! #fiestaware It seems that I’ve admired Fiesta Dinnerware forever, but it wasn’t until just a couple years ago that we ditched our everyday cheap white dishes and invested in our own set of Fiesta, in a mixed color scheme of scarlet, turquoise, lemongrass, and sunflower. I am so happy with the shapes, sizes, colors, functionality, and quality of every piece of Fiesta that we own, and it’s so much fun adding new pieces to our collection. So when Fiesta contacted me after seeing some of their dinnerware in my photographs, asking if I’d like to receive some pieces in their newest color “poppy” (Fiesta introduces a new color each year), I was excited to check it out. That pretty bright reddish-orange color would be awesome for fall!

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Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork {#slowNwholeCookbook} http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/09/08/slow-cooker-island-pulled-pork-recipe/ http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/2014/09/08/slow-cooker-island-pulled-pork-recipe/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:00:56 +0000 http://www.afarmgirlsdabbles.com/?p=13562 Slow cooked pork, fork-tender and saturated with flavor, is one of my favorite dishes of all time. Today I’m sharing this wonderful Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork recipe from Jill Holland, Chef Instructor at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. This recipe is included in the just released slow cooker cookbook “Where Slow Food and […]

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Slow cooked pork, fork-tender and saturated with flavor, is one of my favorite dishes of all time. Today I’m sharing this wonderful Slow Cooker Island Pulled Pork recipe from Jill Holland, Chef Instructor at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. This recipe is included in the just released slow cooker cookbook “Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet”, a labor of love that has been put together by my friends Christine and Jennifer, with brand new recipes contributed from an amazing group of food bloggers. Together, we are sharing our best slow cooker recipes and raising awareness for September’s Hunger Action Month with Feeding America. Won’t you please join us?

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