(11) Eleven Autumn Recipes Featuring Pumpkin

Today is National Pumpkin day so it's a great time to repost this - a list of yummy pumpkin recipes to welcome Fall.

If you need pumpkin pie spice and you don't have it in the pantry, you might already have the spices to make it yourself;

Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 t cinnamon
1/8 t nutmeg
1/8 t allspice
1/4 t ginger

Eleven Autumn Recipes Featuring Pumpkin

Pumpkin Griddle Cakes

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

Double Layer Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Dessert (Made with a Dry Cake Mix!) 

Pumpkin Pie made with Apple Butter

Pumpkin Spice Cookies with Penuche Frosting 

Low Carb, Sugar Free Pumpkin Bars

3 Layer Pumpkin Bars

Pumpkin Muffins with Flaxseed





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Reposting: My Natural Flea and Tick repellent and de-wormer for dogs - Garlic

This is the amount of garlic I use for both dogs. I stir it in & divide the food between the two dishes.

Originally posted in 2014 

I actually don't recall the last time I saw a flea.  And in this area, picking 15 ticks off a dog after playing outside would be normal if you aren't actively treating your lawn and brush and woods for ticks.  We maybe have 2 ticks found per year. Mosquitoes are thick here too, but we've watched; they don't land on the dogs.  They hover, do a couple circles and fly away.

When we brought our dogs home in June of 2012, we found ourselves caught up in the vicious cycle of pharmaceuticals and chemicals that have become commonplace to give dogs for fighting mosquitoes, fleas and ticks and de-worming after the dogs would ingest a random flea from biting at an itch. 

That was not ok with me.  My dogs were miserable from the effects of all those chemicals being put into their body to repel fleas and ticks and kill off parasites in their digestive tract.  (A monthly cycle of lethargy, shakes, throwing up, diarrhea, going 'off' their food for a couple days, dispelling the dead {and still live} worms from the flea eggs that hatched in their digestive systems... and repeat every single month).  I asked my vet's office;  "It's been 3 months in a row of this cycle of flea's and de-worming.  Is this just what I should expect? Is this what I'm going to have to do year round in the Southern states?"  She said, "Yep.  Pretty much."

That's when I started to do my own research.  And after a few weeks of research, I decided to take the advice of a 90 year old farmer and start giving my dogs garlic.

It's unfortunate there is so much misinformation being spread about garlic for dogs, but I'm not going to get into that argument.  It's easy;  if you don't want to give your dog garlic, then don't.  I'm not telling anyone to.  What I'm doing is simply saying "hey, this is what I use and it works for me and my dogs."

Garlic is a natural antibiotic,antifungal and antiviral.  Garlic boosts the immune system, makes dogs less desirable to fleas and ticks and is a natural antiparasitic.

In 2012, I embarked on my 1 month 'garlic' trial for my two dogs.  No more chemicals.  Just garlic and only garlic. I started to add it to their food in the morning and evening.  At first I worried they wouldn't like the taste or strong smell so I actually cooked it the first couple days!  By the third or fourth day I was cooking it in a bit of water in the microwave.  Finally, I decided to just add it straight to the bowl and see what they thought.  Gobbled it right up.  No more cooking.  Just a spoonful of garlic with every meal.

After 1 month I saw such an improvement, I continued it on a 3-month trial.  Wow. We never went back.  We didn't have to.  For the past 4 years, my dogs have been getting fresh garlic every night with their food.  Fleas and ticks don't like my dogs.  We simply don't have issues with them anymore.  Mosquitoes don't like our dogs.  They avoid them.  We haven't had to deal with worms or de-worming in over 4 years.  And this is in the deep South!  Where fleas and ticks and mosquitoes are awful!

I don't measure, I just add a scoop to their dog food, mix it up and serve it. But I did find this recommendation on using fresh garlic from The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn.

10 to 15 pounds: 1/2 a clove
20 to 40 pounds: 1 clove
45 to 70 pounds: 2 cloves
75 to 90 pounds: 2.5 cloves
100 pounds +: 3 cloves

This photo was from the original post in 2014 - it's been 4 years (2016) now.

Originally posted in 2014.  Photo from 2014.

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Good Ol' Southern Homecookin' Y'all - Quick & Easy Side Dish - Green Beans with Mushrooms and Bacon

It's a day/night I really don't feel like cooking but I know everyone is going to be really hungry after a busy, full day.  So, into the Crock-Pot when some BBQ Beef Ribs and I didn't think about it the rest of the day. 

That evening I took the ribs out, put them under the broiler (we were out of propane for the grill and I didn't feel like cooking over a campfire that night - all 3 great ways to finish up the ribs for serving) and got the juice from the ribs simmering on the stove with some brown sugar sweetener and reduced sugar ketchup to make a sauce.  It was NOW that I started to think of a side dish.  About 5-10 minutes before serving time. 

Time for some good old Southern style cooking y'all.  Green beans with bacon and mushrooms it is!  You can absolutely use fresh or frozen green beans for this; just cook them on the stove or in the microwave first until tender while the bacon is cooking.

Green Beans with Mushrooms and Bacon

4-6 slices of bacon
1 small can of mushrooms or about 1/2 cup fresh, sliced mushrooms
1-2 cans green beans of your favorite brand and style or fresh/frozen pre-cooked til tender on the stove or microwave

In a large pan fry the bacon, flip and continue cooking til just beginning to crisp.  Add the mushrooms. Continue cooking the bacon and mushrooms together until the bacon is dark golden and crisp and the mushrooms are golden.  Add the drained green beans.  Heat through, season with salt and pepper and serve.

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