Panera Bread’s Autumn Squash Soup (Knock off)

I was out shopping a few days ago with my BFF, we enjoy shopping together and usually stop somewhere for lunch. On this day we went to Panera Bread for soup. I was thinking about their wonderful Broccoli Cheddar Soup when I went in but then I saw the Autumn Squash Soup and it looked so delicious I had to try it. I was amazed at how good this stuff was, I literally wiped out the bowl with my bread. So, of course, the first thing I did when I got home was look for a knock off recipe and I found this one at

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

I haven't announced it on the blog (until now) but I am having hip replacement surgery soon. Anyhow, in the meantime I'm a bit grounded. Walking or being on my feet for a long time is unpleasant to say the least so I have been filling my time with chores I can do sitting down. I can cook however, as long as its sometime this great tasting quick bread. Its good comfort food too. lol

I mean really, who doesn't love fresh baked banana bread? Want to know how to make it even better? Add chocolate. Yep, chocolate, oh and sour cream. Yum!

Stitch Fix #8 September Review

There it is! That first peek into my latest "Fix". So exciting.

I'm talking about my latest fix from Stitch Fix, of course. I love the whole Stitch Fix experience. The box waiting on my door step, that first peek at the contents, and then the ease of trying everything on in the privacy of my own home. I have actually tried on several items that I would have never picked off the rack for myself and some turned out to be my favorite pieces.

Stitch Fix #7 Complete Review

I thought for sure the excitement of seeing that Stitch Fix box on my door step would have faded by now, but it hasn't! I still love seeing that box and can't wait to get that first peak of what's been chosen for me to try.

Not familiar with Stitch Fix? It's very simple. You fill out an on-line profile explaining your likes and dislikes, pay a $20.00 styling fee, and let your personal stylist do the rest. You choose how often you get shipments and you don't pay anything until you decide what to keep. You can choose to receive accessories too if you like. They have jewelry, bags, and scarves. You have three days to try everything on in your own home with your own accessories. Returning what you don't keep is easy, just put the items you are returning in the return bag that is provided with your order and drop in the mail. You pay no postage to receive or to return! And, the $20.00 stylist fee will be credited toward whatever you keep in that shipment. Plus, you get a $25.00 credit every time a friend decides to give Stitch Fix a try (must use your link). How sweet is that? Want to give it a try? Just click here to get started.

Stitch Fix #6 With Review

I get so excited when I see my "Fix" has arrived. I can hardly wait to get that first peek and then to try everything on. This is my 6th shipment from Stitch Fix and I am still hooked. Not that every fix is a home run, I don't expect all of them to be a 5/5 (5 out of 5 items kept). But I have received some great things and I want to keep them coming!

Nutty Bran Flakes

Okay, so I may have just lost my mind...I actually made my own bran flakes. You may be asking yourself why would I ever want to make my own bran flake cereal when I can just buy it at the store, duh!  Well, for one thing I like knowing what all the ingredients are, another reason is cost, and finally taste!

Easy Dreamy Creamsicle Pie

The weather is hot and humid here this week. A cool, refreshing summer dessert is definitely in order. And what fits that description better than a Creamsicle Pie? Creamsicles, that classic popsicle that brings back childhood memories of hot summer days and playing outside till parents made us come in. Ahhhh...

DIY Felted Wool Dryer Balls

I love my homemade fabric softener but wouldn't it be better not to have to use softener at all? Wool Dryer Balls eliminate the need for fabric softener or dryer sheets. To be honest the only reason I use a fabric softener is to help remove pet hair from our clothing, so that will be the big test for me. Wool dryer balls also cut drying time by as much as half!! Wow, now that's a big savings on the electric bill. And, they last for years.

Stitch Fix #5 With Review

This is my 5th fix with Stitch Fix and I still get so excited when I see that box on my doorstep. That famous box is part of the Fix experience. That's why you see so many users posting a picture of their's exciting. Ahhh, the anticipation, the hope of a good fix, maybe even getting that one perfect piece that will be your all time favorite. ♥  The picture above is the next step of the experience. That first peak, that glimpse of color and pattern. You want to hurry and get the kids off for a nap or whatever you have to do so you can start trying things on.

Pecan Pie Bark

Want something different, sweet, and easy to make? Well this just may be the thing for you. This recipe only has 3 ingredients and just takes a few minutes to make. This is some seriously good stuff! And it makes a great gift around the holidays for family, friends, or coworkers. We love Honey Grahams around here anyway, then add that buttery caramel sauce and pecans....yummy, just yummy.