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Coffee Chat & New Cooks In The Kitchen

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When did you start letting your kids cook in the kitchen? I have always included my kids in meal prep or baking, but for the first time this week I let Gracie and Caleb make a dish all by themselves. Completely on their own. No micromanaging the amounts or the ingredients. No supervising the mess or mayhem. It was terrifying.

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We went over the baked oatmeal recipe with them, clarifying the difference between baking soda and baking powder at least 10 times, and then let them at it.

I have to say, the baked oatmeal was delicious and the kitchen was no worse for the wear. Perhaps even mores shocking was walking into Lily and Caleb CLEANING the kitchen. Lily was rinsing dishes and Caleb was putting them in the dishwasher. Who are you and what have you done with my children?

I love running in the fall. Typically my workout routine involves at least 2 days a week of strength training, but I have such a hard time working out inside when it is 80’s and sunny with a cool breeze


This is my favorite time of year in Pennsylvania, and today I am going to bake my first pumpkin treat of the season. In fact, this usually ends up being the first pumpkin treat I bake every year. My pumpkin muffins with cheesecake filling. They are AMAZING.

I am so thankful every time one of you writes me. I love hearing from you. When you comment on recipes, share how you tried a DIY or just even when you write to say hello. I love putting “faces” to my readers. I am also thankful for my podcast guests. These men and women are just amazing, and I am blown away when they take time out of their day to write me.

Have you listened to an episode of the imPERFECTly emPOWERed podcast yet? I am telling you the people that come onto my show are full of wisdom, and I promise there is something for everyone. If you have listened to an episode, then I would be so grateful if you would leave a review HERE and share the episode on your social media. My guests and I would be so grateful!

This week, we had Dr. Keith Johnson on the podcast covering the business and service side of medicine, its impact on medical professionals, and how it influences the quality of care. Dive behind the scenes with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith and the revolutionary way his P.O.W.E.R program is changing patients’ lives!

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I also shared about the best protein sources for weight loss, and how to unlock the muscle-building power of protein bioavailability with the best protein sources for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

Make this quick and easy shortcake recipe with commonly stocked pantry items for the perfect last-minute dessert.

On the blog, I also shared this tutorial to create a DIY pallet standing desk. Watch me give this modern convenience a vintage old-world writing desk makeover.

Let’s check out more inspiration from this week’s Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop!

When the weather turns cool, few things are better than a great bowl of chili! Try this easy white bean chicken chili with acorn squash.

If you’re planning on doing some apple picking in the coming weeks, this baked apples for two recipe is fast, easy, and delicious served with vanilla ice cream.

If fall mums aren’t your thing, there are lots of different fall decor pieces you can use on your porch – including pumpkin topiaries and faux cabbage.

Looking for a tasty fall appetizer? This bourbon bacon jam crostini is topped with creamy brie cheese and bacon jam to create the perfect bite.

Check out the after of this foyer bench furniture flip that requires only a little bit of sanding and staining to create an organic, natural piece.

This curry chicken and apple salad can be served in cucumber boats or used as a topping on crackers or bread slices.

Have a great weekend!


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    1. Hammer N Hug’s Coffee Chat is the perfect place to get started in your kitchen! Our coffee chat is the perfect place to learn about cooking and all things coffee. We will discuss all the latest recipes, tips and tricks, and chat about coffee beans, roasts and more!
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