Pumpkin Cake on Bombshell Bling

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I’m guest blogging today over on Bombshell Bling. I’m so excited that it’s fall and you know what that means – Pumpkin Season! I can’t get enough of pumpkin doughnuts, breads, drinks and of course, desserts! My very favorite pumpkin recipe is this amazing pumpkin cake. My mom would make this every year, and I’m sure I make it at least two or three times each fall. I just can’t get enough of this stuff! It’s got a crunchy streusel top, and underneath is an ooey, gooey pumpkin filling that can’t be beat. Go on over to Bombshell Bling and check it out!

– Natalie

 

Fresh Raspberry Sauce

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This summer I’ve taken my kids strawberry picking, blueberry picking, so of course we had to try raspberry picking! We have this awesome family farm here in Ohio called Johnston Fruit Farms. They are so nice and have great prices on fresh fruit.

We ate a lot of our fresh raspberries, but I made sure to save some for this amazing raspberry sauce. It’s a sweet and tangy topping to ice cream, crepes or cheesecake.

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DIY Kimono

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I’ve been loving all these kimonos in the fashion world this spring/summer. But the prices? Not so much. When I saw this 30-minute kimono tutorial from Merrick’s Art, I knew I wanted to try it ASAP. You don’t need a pattern and it only requires a few cuts. I’ll be honest and admit that I’m terrible at freehand cutting, but it doesn’t really matter for this project!

So as soon as I got my sewing machine back from the repair shop, I drove straight to JoAnn’s to find some fabric. Merrick suggests a jersey knit, but I fell in love with this silky paisley print that I couldn’t pass up (plus it was 40% off). If you go with anything other than knit, keep in mind that you will have to hem all the edges. That was fine with me since I need to practice my sewing skills anyway. I also love this floral print and this paisley one.

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The Blogland Tour

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Hey Friends!

It’s been a crazy busy month for us. I’m always busy with church, but for some reason I decided to also take on coaching my daughter’s soccer team this fall. Imagine convincing seven active 3-year-olds to dribble their soccer balls around in a square in addition to keeping an eye my little 1-year-old. It’s crazy! But we are having a blast!

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Grey Painted Dresser

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A few weeks ago, I was walking in my neighborhood with my kids and found this dresser on the side of the road with a “FREE” sign on it. I knew I wanted it, but I wasn’t sure if I could get it home by myself. Paranoia quickly set in and I decided I had to have it before someone else took it! So I walked back home, strapped the kids in the swagger wagon and drove over. It was a challenge, but I was able to awkwardly get it into the van (with the drawers removed)! Hallelujah!

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Mushroom Grilled Cheese

MushroomGrilledCheese3 As you guys know, I’m all about the benjamins sandwiches (I hate it when I let that slip!). This is a sandwich my mom created a few years ago. It’s a grown-up version of the traditional grilled cheese. The mushrooms are subtle, but add a lot of flavor. Serve it with a side of tomato tortellini soup for a quick and delicious meal. It’s great with Havarti cheese (which I found at Aldi, of course), but you can use whatever cheese you have on hand.

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Tomato Tortellini Soup

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You guys, this is the easiest and most delicious soup! It’s creamy, filling and full of yummy tortellini I first had it at a baby shower my friend Lauren hosted this winter. After enjoying two servings of it, I knew I had to find the recipe as soon as possible. Sure enough, there was one on I Heart Nap Time that fit the bill. I just added some more tortellini since that’s our favorite part!

This goes great with a mushroom grilled cheese (which I’ll be sharing next week) for an easy weeknight meal. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to cook and our whole family loves it.

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20 Reasons to Shop at Aldi

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For the longest time, I was a grocery snob. I loved Costco (and still do!) and bought a lot of name-brand food thinking the quality was superior. Which, in some cases, it is. But my husband, the frugal man that he is, suggested maybe I start shopping at Aldi more to see if we could cut our grocery budget down. I hesitated, as I’ve tried shopping there in the past and couldn’t always find everything I needed. But after this past year, I can now say that I’m a loyal Aldi customer! Here are some of the main reasons I shop there:

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White Chocolate Banana Bread

My neighborhood had a garage sale a few weekends ago. I was so excited to find four of these tiny little loaf pans for 25 cents each. They totally remind me of my childhood, snacking on my own mini loaf of banana bread after school.

I’ve decided to ignore the fact that my husband hates bananas and taunt him with the delicious smell of baked bread, only to leave him wanting. Hey, it’s not my fault I buy bananas faster than the kids can snack on them (ok, maybe it is since I do the shopping).

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