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Family Fun: Wacky Family Dinner

I had so much fun putting together our Wacky Family Dinner today. As you may know, today is April Fools Day.  I have always been a little prankster, I could sit down for hours with you and share all of my fun prankster stories from college.  But once I became mom that side of me […]

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How to Make Easy Homemade Chicken Stock

I’m used to calling it chicken broth over chicken stock.  And apparently in the culinary world it’s a debate on whether there’s even a difference in the two.  Some people use the words interchangeably otherwise believe that there is indeed a distinction.  Those who believe that there is a distinction would say if there is […]

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Avocado Salad Bowls: Bacon, Zuchinni and Tomato

Anybody else trying to make better eating choices this new year?  I am, especially after my doctor visit today. I’m sad to report that I gained 4 pounds over the holidays (insert bummed face with pouty lips sticking out).  I was quite disappointed since I had just lost 10 pounds before the holidays kicked off but […]

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Easy Cranberry Orange Sauce

This is the easiest cranberry orange sauce ever!  I really enjoy this flavor combination plus it’s a fun and easy way to spice up  your canned cranberry sauce. If you prefer fresh cranberries you can easily use those which I also prefer but sometimes easy is just as good. Easy Cranberry Orange Sauce 1/2 cp […]

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How to Make Pumpkin Puree in the Crock Pot

I’ve been experimenting with different ways to cook our pumpkins and making pumpkin puree.  I really like the roasted pumpkin method that I share here because it brings out the flavor but I would have to say this is my first choice if I’m in a hurry.  I personally can’t really taste the difference in flavor. I love how […]

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Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

~ The secret is in the roasting~ This Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil Soup is award winning as far as my family is concerned. They LOVE it! My kids rave about it and ask for seconds and want it for lunch leftovers.  I’ve been tweaking the recipe for years and I finally got it to what I consider […]

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How to Make Pumpkin Puree from Scratch

I didn’t realize how much I loved Libby that is Libby’s Pumpkin Puree, until I moved to a place where they don’t sell it.  They also don’t sell pumpkin spice here so I have faithfully packed these two Fall favorite ingredients into my suitcase along with corn tortillas, reeces pieces, Sun chips….. for years but now I […]

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Zuppa Toscana {Olive Garden Inspired}

When I eat at the Olive Garden, I pretty much stuff my face with bread sticks, soup and salad.  When I discovered this Zuppa Toscana recipe I knew I had to try it.  It’s absolutely amazing! With every bite my two year old would say, “Mmmmmm, I like this.” So I looked up online about […]

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Kid Friendly Recipes from Around the World: Easy Korean Beef

I don’t eat beef very much so I have a hard time coming up with creative beef recipes. I make the typical beef meals: hamburgers, meatballs, tamale pie, tacos- and well I think that’s all.  So I went searching online for some more ideas and I came across this super easy recipe called Korean Beef. If you’ve […]

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How to Make a Rotisserie Chicken in the Crock Pot

This rotisserie chicken is one of my favorite recipes to make because from this one chicken I can get at least 2 other meals if I mix the chicken in with other hearty ingredients. Easy Rotisserie Chicken in the Crock Pot Whole chicken 5-8 depending on the size of your crock pot olive oil  Your favorite chicken […]

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Tamale Pie with Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread

I can’t believe I’ve kept this recipe to myself.  I discovered Tamale Pie when I was in college and I’ve been tweaking and trying different recipes for  years but I think I am finally satisfied with my final recipe. Oh and by the way, Tamale Pie is not really a Mexican dish but it does resemble Mexican food in […]

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Pizza Muffins {freezable recipe}

My son will go to first grade tomorrow.  He was getting his getting his lunch ready for school tomorrow and I walked into the kitchen and stopped him just as he was spreading the jelly on some bread.  He looked shocked but everything inside me was screaming this: I will not be a peanut butter and […]

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Grilled Cheese Pepperoni Pizza Sandwich

Do you want to pimp up your grilled cheese sandwich?  This simple Grilled Pepperoni Pizza Sandwich will do the trick. Summer means I am in the kitchen a lot more because I have a full house.  My husband and my three boys are counting down the minutes for me to serve lunch.  I always struggle […]

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Sweet and Savory Green Bean Bundles

Contributing Writer: Leslie Cates from The Cozy Little Kitchen       I’m a Kentucky girl.  Here in the Bluegrass State we love our green beans!  They are especially good fresh from the garden in the summer time.  Although these aren’t garden fresh, they were still so deliciously dressed up in neat bundles tied with bacon and slathered in a […]

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Chipotle Black Bean Bacon Burgers with Mango Salsa

Oh, how I love Mexican inspired flavored food! Chipotle Black Bean Bacon Burgers with Mango Salsa is a fiesta in your mouth. The spicy smoked chipotle and the sweet mango come together to create an explosion of flavor.  My oldest took a quick bite before everyone sat down as he always does, I think he wants to alert everyone […]

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Simple Dinner: Italian Pizza Pie

Are you a pizza lover? If so you’re going to love this Italian Pizza Pie recipe. I love to make homemade pizza so when I first saw this over at Lindsay’s blog, Normal Cooking, I knew I could transform it into a healthier option for our family. I used Quinoa pizza dough and we made […]

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Kid Friendly Veggies: Italian Zucchini Boats

Italian Zucchini Boats smell good while baking and they taste delish! I am so thankful that my husband is not a picky eater because it gives me the freedom to try new recipes and cook whatever I want to experiment with for that day! I am one of those “in the mood cooks” I don’t necessarily […]

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Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake

I absolutely love this Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake! If you like Spinach Artichoke Dip you’re going to love this recipe! It’s perfect for the chilly evenings we’ve had here lately.  I don’ t know about your part of the world but somedays it’s raining non-stop here our Winter season means rain for us. We don’t have […]

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