Be Carton Smart and a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies Too!

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Have you thought about how your food items are packaged?  Do you want to Become Carton Smart

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Tetra Pak carton packages are designed for maximum efficiency and environmental friendliness.  Tetra Pak cartons are made of 70% paper from selectively harvested, re-grown trees that are FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council).  Cartons use 1/3 of the packaging compared to cans…or even an egg!  Cartons are space saving, easy to store and open. Keep your pantry neat and toss your can openers. , stackable and space saving.  I also love that cumsy old me can even drop these and don't have to worry about the mess!  That feature is also a lifesaver if you have kids! 

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The unique packaging process also preserves the flavor and nutrients of food without the use of preservatives.  The cartons are recycleable and result in 60% less landfill waste than cans.  Best of all, the cartons are re-closable so you can use what you need and save the rest for later.

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Do you realize how many amazing food products for your holiday meals you can get in a carton? Just a few ideas are pumpkin pie, green been casserole, or simply cranberry loaf.  I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Most of these ingredients you will easy find right in your pantry.  Here is what you will need

Ingredients:
  • 16 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 T milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 bag chocolate chips

 

Directions:
  1. Preheat your oven to 375
  2. Mix pumpkin, oil, milk, vanilla, sugar, and eggs.
  3. Then add the baking powder, baking soda, and flour to pumpkin mixture.
  4. Lastly, stir in the bag of chocolate chips
  5. Spoon golf-ball sized balls of cookie dough onto greased cookie sheet
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes

This recipe makes 3-4 dozen cookies that are awesome.  I love creating great tasting food with little waste.  If you want to learn more Tweet @CartonSmart or Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest!

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Cans Get Me Cooking; Do #CansGetYouCooking

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As many of you know, my moto on this blog is to make cooking easy. I’m pressed for time and I personally have no issues opening a can to feed my family dinner. If you follow me Facebook, you will know that I have had some medical things come up, and I am currently super tired all the time. By super tired, I mean I am napping all day and then still sleeping at night. Making a huge homecooked meal for dinner just isn’t happening. (And don’t any of you worry. I have seen a doctor who did a ton of bloodwork. I am waiting for my follow-up appointment on 10/10 to see how we proceed from here).

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The best part of using canned food is that you don’t have to feel guilty about it. First, 73% of Americans throw away spoiled fruits and vegetables on average two times a week! I can admit to being guilty of this myself. Those cans in my pantry help make sure nature’s bounty doesn’t go to waste. It also allows my kids to eat more of them, because I always have cans on hand. The canning process locks in foods’ freshness, flavor and nutrients at the peak of ripeness, just hours after picking, and according to a University of California Davis study, many canned fruits and vegetables have the same nutrients as their fresh or frozen counterparts!

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It is totally amazing what you can make from just a couple canned ingredients. One of my new favorite recipes is this Pumpkin Pudding. It’s easy and you make it in the slow cooker. Seriously, what’s not to love?!?!?!

Pumpkin Pie Pudding
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 5 ounce can evaporated milk (2/3 cup) (I used Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk.)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1-layer-size yellow cake mix
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • Frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed (optional)
Instructions
  1. Lightly coat the inside of a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In the prepared cooker stir together pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, and 1 tablespoon of the pumpkin pie spice. Spread batter evenly in the bottom of the prepared cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together cake mix and the remaining 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle mixture evenly over pumpkin mixture in cooker. Drizzle melted butter over mixture in cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2½ hours. Cool, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Topping it with ice cream or whipped cream makes it absolutely irresistible.

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G.H. Cretors Popped Corn

Caramel corn, caramel apples, apple pie and pumpkin spice. There’s nothing like food to get you into the season! How about a story on simple ways to enjoy fall seasonal favorites?

With a history in popcorn dating back to 1885, GH Cretors makes its caramel corn the old fashioned way: by hand, in copper kettles. Cane sugar, brown rice syrup (a non-GMO alternative to corn syrup with a lower glycemic impact) and real butter is heated over a flame and then stirred slowly by hand to develop its rich complex flavor and crunch. Using 100% natural ingredients, no artificial flavors or colors, locally grown Non-GMO popcorn, and special, “mushroom” variety popping corn resulting in wonderfully large, fluffy kernels, GH Cretors offers a healthy twist on a delectable classic snack.

I can honestly say that this is some of the best popcorn I have had. One of my favorite foods is caramel corn, and this carmel corn is absolutely delightful. I could easily have sat down and eater the entire bag in one sitting! It literally melts in my mouth. Bill’s favorite popcorn is the Cheese Corn. It was very cheesy! The Chicago Mix gave us the best of both worlds!

If you are looking for a non-GMO snack or just a great snack over, GH Cretors popped corn!