Friday, November 28, 2014

Elf on the Shelf Letter {free printable}

Free printable letter for when your Elf on the Shelf returns. 

Thanksgiving has passed and that means we are full steam into Christmastime! Our mischievous little Elf on the Shelf will be appearing this week so I made a quick little return note from him. Click here if you would like to use the note. You can write in your kids names at the top and your elf's name at the bottom. 

And if you don't yet own an Elf on the Shelf, it's a fun tradition to start! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Mini Chocolate Pumpkin Pies

chocolate mini pumpkin pies
Last year I made mini pumpkin pies... or maybe they should be called pumpkin tartlets, for the kindergarten Thanksgiving pot luck. Either way, we loved these cute little pies so much that I had to make them again. They are easy to make and I love that they don't have any sort of canned condensed milk, just real ingredients like cream. When I spotted Heather Christo's gorgeous Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, I knew I had to add chocolate to these babies. Chocolate and pumpkin is such a fantastic combination - I don't know why it's not more common!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Butternut Squash Toasts Inspired by ABC Kitchen

Butternut Squash Crostini
When I got to spend 2 dreamy days with my dear friend Liz in New York awhile back (she's also the super talented gal who produced the Yummy Mummy Kitchen cookbook trailer!) tasting and ice skating our way through the city, we stopped at ABC Kitchen for their famous Squash Toast. When I got back home I recreated this delicious snack at home. I just found these images I took last year and realized this would be a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, or any fall or winter day, and had to share the recipe with you. You're going to love it!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Quinoa Enchilada Bake with Black Beans and Butternut Squash

Quinoa Enchilada Bake
Last night's dinner was so good I just had to share it right away. Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod had mentioned somewhere on social media that their Quinoa Enchilada Bake was one of their most popular recipes. You know how I adore quinoa. I make a batch every week to add to my salads and wraps throughout the week. So a quinoa casserole sounded like the perfect Monday night dinner on a cool autumn night. One of the most popular recipes here on Yummy Mummy Kitchen is my Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchiladas. One reader on Instagram said it's the best recipe she's ever made! Yippee!  I added roasted butternut squash to my quinoa bake and it added delicious sweetness. I wasn't sure how my little girls were going to respond to this dinner, as one is not a huge fan of quinoa. But covered in gooey cheese, they both ate their dinners without any complaints.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Vegetable Pot Pies with Edamame

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vegetable pot pie recipe
Recently my 7 year old requested pot pie for dinner. I loved her suggestion, as it's comforting for fall, packed with healthy veggies, and I had most of the ingredients in the freezer already. I also make these early and bake them just before dinner, which makes this busy mama's life a lot easier. The small soft veggies are perfect for small kiddies. Did you know that almost 80 percent of Americans fail to consume the recommended amounts of fruit, with nearly 90 percent failing to meet dietary recommendations for vegetables? This recipe is definitely not contributing to that problem!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

20+ Healthier Halloween Snacks & Recipes

I love Halloween snacks, but many of the ideas I've found online are either cake or cupcakes. Kids don't need any sugar before going out trick-or-treating, so I've compiled over 20 of my favorite healthy Halloween recipes to bring to your Halloween parties. And none of them are cake. Enjoy! 


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