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With Neal now in town, I have begun to test different recipes that I have mentioned in previous posts, especially those that highlight delicious fall flavors.

My first recipes to attempt was: Pumpkin Muffins.  This was a super simple recipes that called for yellow cake mix with pumpkin mix.  To kick the flavors up a notch, I added a 1/4 teaspoon of the following: allspice, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon.  Also, I added about a 1/2 cup of coconut for texture.

Two ingredients.... Yes, just two!

Cream Cheese Frosting

For a bit of sweetness, I pulled together a homemade (of course) cream cheese frosting.  This I made up and was pretty simple: cream cheese, lemon juice and sugar.

Finished Muffins

Neal wasn’t too keen on the idea of cheese as a frosting.  In fact he grimaced a bit.  I however, loved them…and they are perfect for upcoming fall mornings.

For Satuday night’s dinner, I decided to take a crack at the Stuffed Bell Peppers.  This was especially fun, because Neal and I made the dinner together as if it was the most normal thing in the whole wide world.  (When in fact, it’s something we rarely get to do.)

This was another pretty simple recipe, and easily convertible into being vegetarian.  Instead of using a sausage for the stuffing, I subbed it with mushrooms.

Filling & Peppers

Onions, Mushrooms, Peppers and Garlic (the Stuffing)

Before going into the oven....

Finished meal, served with a garden salad

We did set off the smoke alarm once, but that’s part of the learning/cooking process. This dinner was surprisingly filling, and pretty healthy.  Veggies, long grain rice with delish salad.  After, we watched a movie with air popped popcorn (my personal favorite). All in all a pretty normal Saturday night and close to perfect.

Now, for the tonight’s dinner: Cheesy Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes. The biggest piece of advice for anyone testing this recipe,  cooking the potatoes takes over an hour so be prepared.  This part is super important, because otherwise you can’t scoop out the goodness of the potatoes.

My four "large" potatoes....

The stuffing for twice baked potatoes

Stuffed Potatoes... with a side salad and tilapia

The other tip that I would make would be to make sure to pick out the largest potatoes you can. Otherwise you will pierce the skin, making it “unstuffable”.

So far, the record is 3-0.  As in, I would recreate all of these recipes at one time or another.  Neal’s enjoyed them all, expect for the cream cheese frosting.

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