Monday, September 1, 2014

Hello September.

Today, is my favorite day of the year.

September 1.  

I look ahead and it's all fall and Christmas in our future.  Sweaters, cocoa, football, fires, leaves, boots, soups, jackets, pumpkins, carols, twinkle lights, frost, family and friends.

We live in such a chaotic (and often scary) world that I really find embracing the simplicity and small delights of fall and Christmas almost therapeutic.  

This fall in my kitchen, we're making simple suppers every night.  I'm using my slow cooker, making soups, baking treats and goodies and drinking a lot of coffee.

In the months ahead, look for recipes to compliment the season, simple entertaining tips, party ideas, cozy morning breakfast recipes, fun giveaways, and lots of love.

It's not just all fall over here, it's all fall on my Pinterest boards too.  Take a peek...

And for some Fall Fashion, you can even follow this board too...

Happy September 1st to you!  It's going to be a great season :).

Tomorrow, Meal Planning Monday is on a Tuesday... come and take a look!

And the winner of our $500 Williams-Sonoma Pin it to Win it giveaway is...

Staci Otten!

Congratulations Staci!!!  I am emailing you this morning.  You have 48 hours to email me back and claim your prize.

Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bar #54 Apple Magic

I'm not quite sure why they're called "magic bars" but you know what I'm talking about, right?  Those bars that pretty much have everything but the kitchen sink in them...and they're perfection.  

The kids and I decided to make a magic bar that had grated apple right down in the batter...and then we complimented the apple with butterscotch chips...and then we ate them...because they were so good!

September is all about the apple.  Whether you eat them raw, in a savory dish, in a muffin or a should eat them.  Celebrate September with an apple...with an Apple Magic Bar.

**I used two Granny Smith apples, but any apple will work.  Peel the apple first and then use your cheese grater to grate the apple.  You can substitute applesauce if you prefer.**

Shopping List
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup grated apple (about two apples)
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup toffee pieces (found on the chocolate chip aisle)
1/2 cup butterscotch chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease (I used Pam) a 9x13 baking dish.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cake mix, oil and eggs with an electric mixer.  Slowly beat in the apple and cinnamon until just combined.  Spread batter in the bottom of your prepared pan.

Drizzle the can of condensed milk down over the top of the batter.  Next, sprinkle the pecans, toffee and butterscotch chips down over the top (you can add a little more of each if you think it needs more).

Bake 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean.

Remove from oven and let cool a minute before slicing and serving.

A little apple, a little cinnamon, a little crunch on top...and a whole lot of fall yumminess.


And if you like this recipe, you will probably like these too...

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day Menu

I am so thankful that Kensington's first week of school ends with a three day weekend.  Hallelujah. 

This weekend, we're going to finish up our season by the pool and that means, we're eating outside too.  Labor Day should be easy, right?  No fuss, just simple and relaxing.  

Here's my Labor Day menu...grab something cold to drink, your swimsuit and a few friends and enjoy your three day weekend.  Happy Labor Day friends!

This Black Bean Dip can be eaten with chips...or just a spoon.  Seriously, I can eat a whole bowl of this yummy goodness!

On the grill, try either my Meatloaf Burgers...

...or try my Bleu Cheese Baked Steaks...

And for you Labor Day dessert...

And don't forget what's going on this weekend...

...I'm giving away a $500 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card!  
You just need to Pin it to Win it!  Details here.

And starting Monday...

...grab your coffee, your jeans, and a cozy blanket.  We're going to settle into fall y'all.  
(I'm so excited about fall that I can hardly stand it!!)

Have a wonderful weekend friends!!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Pin It to Win It $500 Giveaway!

Today marks the 3 year anniversary of the Mix and Match Mama brand!!

Three years ago today, I published my very first recipe and began cultivating Mix and Match Mama. I had no idea what would happen...I really kind of assumed just a handful of friends and my parents would read the blog.  Now, three years later, Mix and Mama has exceeded my wildest dreams.  Hello...

...I get to be a part of the Paula Deen Network!

I really just wanted to set out and create simple and yummy recipes busy women could make on hectic weeknights.  I never wanted  my recipes to be fancy or complicated...I wanted them to be simple, easy, yummy and perfect for busy families.

Without all of you, none of my dreams could have come true.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading my blogs and making my recipes.  There is no greater compliment to me than to hear someone say they made one of my recipes for their family.  Thank you so much.  My heart is so full of love for you.

I want to celebrate this anniversary with a gift to YOU!  
Today is my Pin in to Win it giveaway!  

I picked my favorite food retailer, Williams-Sonoma and purchased a $500 gift card to giveaway to one lucky reader.  

Here's how this giveaway works, in order to be entered, you have to follow me on Pinterst (food lovers heaven) and pin 10 images of either my Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas recipes (all things coming up!) to enter.  You can enter as many times as you want (so if you pin 20 images, you're entered twice, 30 images, three times, etc).  You have to pin it to win it!

I already have a pinterest button that pops up on each food image.  Just click the image and go!

Thank you again so much for sharing your dinner table with me.  I am forever thankful and grateful.  So many blessings are happening with Mix and Match Mama and I thank each of you for being a part of it.

Contest ends Monday at midnight and the winner will be announced Monday morning!  The winner's Pinterest boards will be verified upon winning.  Enter Rafflecopter below to win!  Good luck!

Follow me on Pinterest: HERE

Fall Recipes to pin: HERE
Halloween Recipes to pin: HERE
Thanksgiving Recipes to pin: HERE
Christmas Recipes to pin: HERE

And FYI: if you win the gift card, here are some fabulous things you could buy...

Happy Anniversary to me and YOU!!  And happy pinning too!!


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