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Pumpkin Burgers & Fall Family Fun

October 6, 2017

Pumpkin Burgers & Fall Family Fun

Inspired by the flavors of the fall season, we made our very own pumpkin burgers and they were the perfect way to cap off a day spent road tripping and frolicking in a pumpkin patch in picturesque Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. 


Experiencing the change of seasons with kids just get better and better as they get older, doesn’t it? This year Oliver has been watching the trees and studying how they’ve changed colors and noticing when we’ve had a big wind that there are more leaves on the ground. He’s at the age where taking him to a farm to experience some real fall livin’ is better than going to candy store!

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Since having kids, we tend to stick close to home and stay in the city because the kids don’t love being stuck in their car seats for long periods of time. That’s why when we borrowed the Ford Flex for our farm adventure, I was happily surprised that both kids fell asleep. That never happens!

Pumpkin Burgers & Fall Family Fun

We got to Willowbank U-Pick Farm in Port Williams just as they were opening and were the first ones there! It pays to be up early with kids, folks. We drove up to the pumpkin patch and parked the Ford Flex so we could load up our pumpkins. The view of the water from the top of the hill was absolutely stunning. We felt so lucky to have the place to ourselves for about a half hour, before other families started arriving.

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After we grabbed our pumpkins, we went on a tractor ride which was a big hit for both kids. We got a tour of the property and Oliver loved sitting up on the bails of hay as we bounced down the path.

We also hit up their market and got a few treats that really got us inspired to go home and cook up something festive. I had been craving something pumpkin and decided to settle on a pumpkin burger once I saw the jar of homemade cranberry jelly that they sold on site. Basically, this burger was going to be a preview of Thanksgiving dinner!

Here’s everything I used to make these burgers:

  • 1 Cup Pumpkin (Canned is fine, Fresh is good too!)
  • 1 Cup White Kidney Beans
  • 1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Cup of Oats

Pour everything into a food processor and mix until you’re happy with the consistency. You can grind it right down or keep it lumpy, it’s your preference.

Pumpkin Burgers & Fall Family Fun

Heat up a skillet with coconut oil. Shape into medium sized patties and place in hot pan. Cook until golden brown and crispy on the outside (about 5 -8 min. on both sides).

Pumpkin Burgers & Fall Family Fun

When the burger is cooked, the inside will be warm, but won’t become completely hard. Remember, this is a meat-free and egg-free burger. It will, however, taste like biting into a piece of pumpkin pie. So that’s a win, right!?

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We topped our burgers with mayonnaise and homemade cranberry jelly. Thanksgiving in a bun,  ya’ll!

Oliver thought it was pretty cool that we drove out to the country, picked up food right from the farm and brought it home to eat that night. He’s also insanely proud of his pumpkin and gives it hugs daily. Wait until he finds out we get to CARVE the pumpkin! See? Watching the change of seasons through young eyes is such a great reminder to take it all in and enjoy the small things.

Let me know if you decide to try this recipe! Let me know how you liked it or if you made any changes to the recipe. I love to hear when people take a recipe of mine and give it a twist!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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Pumpkin Burgers & Fall Family Fun

Food, Recipe

Easiest Ever Birthday Cake Ice Cream

September 12, 2017

Ah, September! Time to bust out the cozy sweaters and fall pumpkin candles…almost. Where I live, September is notoriously really muggy and still feels a lot like summer and what feels more like summer than a big honkin’ ice cream cone on the back deck. September is my birthday month so you best believe I won’t be doing some boring ice cream. I’me taking the famous two-ingredient no-churn ice cream recipe and turning it into a funfetti-filled birthday cake masterpiece. You ready?

I’m going to preface this by saying this is in no way healthy, clean, or good for you in any way shape or form. But it’s dang delicious and you only have a birthday once a year, so go for it!

If you’ve never heard of the two-ingredient no-churn ice cream, I’m about to blow your mind. All you need is a can of sweetened condensed milk and some whipped cream. Here’s how you do it:

1 14-oz can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream

In a large bowl, whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks start to form. Add your sweetened condensed milk and combine it with the whipped cream.

Now, this is the fun part. You can quite literally turn your vanilla ice cream base into anything you want.

For birthday cake ice cream, you’ll need some cake and sprinkles. For mine, I used some leftover chocolate cake (a great way to use up a cake that’s too dry!) but you can make up a cake with a box of cake mix. I broke up the cake into bite sized pieces and folded it into the ice cream base. I added my sprinkles on afterwards, but they’d be really good folded in, as well!

Pour everything into a container with a tight fighting lid. Freeze the mixture for about 6 hours.

And guess what! You’ll be able to scoop out the ice cream with an ice cream scoop. It’s the real deal, folks. Now dig in and enjoy. And party like it’s my birthday month!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

 

Food

My Crowd Pleasing Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

August 15, 2017

Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

When you can walk out to the garden and pick your ingredients to make your salad, you do it.

This summer we’ve had the pleasure of staying at our families cottage on Lake Ontario, spending our days frolicking with the kids and enjoying the wonderful veggies from the garden. When you can have your veggies this fresh, they somehow taste even better.

We had an abundance of Zucchini that needed to be used up and I was craving a nice fresh salad, so I whipped this dish up for the family and it took no time at all. Here’s what you need:

6 cups spiralized (or shredded) Zucchini

1 cup of Cherry Tomatoes, halved

3 Tbsp Pesto (home made or store bought!)

1 Tbsp of Olive Oil

Juice of half a Lemon

1 clove of Garlic, minced

1 Tbsp of Red Onion, minced

Spiralize (This is what we use to spiralize vegetables) your zucchini and put in a large serving bowl. Add in your halved cherry tomatoes. In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and red onion. Pour dressing over the salad and toss. Let sit for about an hour so the zucchini can absorb all the wonderful pesto goodness.

Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

My Crowd pleasing Garden Fresh Zucchini Pesto Salad

If you are meat eaters, chopped up chicken or some fried shrimp would make an awesome addition to this salad. This salad can be served cold on a hot summers day or can be sauteed in a frying pan until the zucchini is nice and tender. Spiralized zucchini makes a great alternative to pasta!

This is a favorite salad over here. We love how quick it is to prepare and how the ingredients are in season and growing only steps from our door. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to be surrounded by such a wonderful bounty!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

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Food

Spicy Thai Chicken Drum Sticks with Hemp Hearts

July 20, 2017

Plain old chicken is boring, so why not shake things up a tad!? These drumsticks took no time to prepare but tasted like I’d slaved over them for hours, if I do say so myself. And we’re all friends here so I feel like I can be real and say I would never ever slave over ANYTHING for hours! 

All you need is:

Mix Toasted Hemp Seeds and bread crumbs in a bowl. Coat drum stick with Olive Oil. Completely coat each drum stick with mixture and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake at 425° for 25 minutes

Serve with a squirt of fresh lime and a nice big salad! Enjoy!

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: Manitoba Harvest sent me product in order to do this post. See my full disclosure policy here.

 

Food

Spice Things Up a Little with Sriracha Avocado Toast & Hemp Seeds

June 27, 2017

Toasted Hemp Seeds are my newest fave way to top everything from avocado toast to a salad! Stick around to the end for the coupon code!

Sometimes I get tired of breakfast food and crave a little something spectacular! But honestly, I’m too busy in the morning to put too much effort into a fancy breakfast for myself. I mean, before kids we always made big delicious breakfasts and were able to take the time to craft something fancy. Lately, I’ve been on a quest to find ways to have some of those fancy pre-kid things in my life without having to sacrifice too much time or effort. Enter Toasted Hemp Seeds.

Manitoba Harvest sent me a bag of their Toasted Hemp Seeds in Sriracha and MAN! What a kick! A little sprinkle on top of my avocado toast and it was transformed into a brunch spectacular. I’ve also been adding Toasted Hemp Seeds to salads to kick things up a notch or sprinkle on top of a chicken stir fry for a little pizzazz, not to mention a big healthy dose of protein and omegas!

For this simple recipe, all you’ll need is:

Presidents Choice makes these awesome Avocado Chunks that are seriously a live saver for me. If you’re like me and it frustrates you to try and buy avocados that aren’t either under ripe or over ripe, these are for you. The chunks are individually frozen so I can just take out what I need and defrost it.

Once the avocado chunks are defrosted, I add 1 tablespoon of Mayonaise and mash up the avocado with a fork until it’s the consistency that I like. I like mine pretty smooth, but everyone is different! Once that’s all mixed you can scoop it out onto your toast and finish it off with a little sprinkle of Toasted Hemp Seeds. You can find these in Sea Salt flavor, too! The Sriracha is just enough spice. My toddler was even loving them and he lets me know when things are too spicy!

Want to grab some Toast Hemp Seeds for yourself?  Use this code: ToastedOnToast to receive 15% off the entire Manitoba Harvest website. The coupon code is good until July 31, 2017.

 

Like this recipe? You’ll love these protein packed overnight oats

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: I am a Hemp Ambassador for Manitoba Harvest and I was sent me some product to try. Opinions are 100% my own. See my full disclosure policy.