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Cranberry Bliss Bar and Bar Cookie Recipe Roundup

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I absolutely love baking but I tend to be rather busy, especially during the holidays.  I don't always have time to sit around baking 4 different batches of cookies, one cookie sheet at a time.  Making the dough batter is the quick and easy part...usually it is the rolling, cutting, dropping, dipping and baking that take the most time.  If you are pressed for time this holiday season but still want to provide sweets for your family and friends, I highly recommend you look into finding a bar cookie recipe to make your life easier.  Bar cookies … [Read more...]

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Triple Chocolate Peppermint Brownie Recipe

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I am a firm believer in the idea that life is short and you should eat dessert first. Of course, you should totally eat a big pile of organic broccoli and some sustainably caught seafood right afterwards but dessert is a vital part of my diet! I have a serious sweet tooth and one thing I absolutely love is chocolate.  This brownie recipe uses three different chocolates for an amazingly rich dessert recipe your family will love.  I chose to use a combination of milk chocolate for the brownie itself, a white chocolate ganache filling and then a … [Read more...]

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Sweet Potato Pie and Washi Tape Note Card Make a Nice Teacher Gift

Sweet Potato Pie and DIY Washi Tape Notecard

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Ever since my children were in Kindergarten, I have volunteered in their classroom.  I was the mom cooking with them on Friday mornings, reading to them on Earth Day, chaperoning the field trip, and organizing holiday parties.  I loved every moment I spent with them and I learned something very important about myself.  I discovered that I do NOT have the patience to be a teacher!  Seriously, after an hour of volunteering I was about ready to strangle … [Read more...]

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Pomegranate Margarita Recipe and DIY Festive Drink Stirrers!

Pomegranate Margarita Recipe

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BIC® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. With the holidays quickly approaching, I am excited to start adding a few festive foods and beverages into our lives. Eggnog, cranberries, pumpkins and other fall and winter flavors have already found their way into my grocery cart. One of the things I love most about this time of year is definitely the food! If you plan on having company over during the holidays, this pomegranate margarita recipe should be a huge hit, especially if you decide to … [Read more...]

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Creamy Pasta Recipe with Chicken and Roasted Red Peppers

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When I hit the grocery store, I have a few key ideas in mind for feeding my family. I look for whole, fresh, and natural ingredients whenever I can but I also have to feed several hungry people on a limited budget. My solution to healthy eating on a dime is the addition of pasta, rice, or potatoes to just about every dinner I serve. When you are trying to feed hungry, athletic teenagers with an insanely high metabolism, you need plenty of carbs! This pasta recipe will go a long way towards feeding a hungry family but won't cost you a fortune to … [Read more...]

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Cranberry Blue Cheese Spread and Festive Appetizer Roundup

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I have a serious weakness for appetizers.  I will often go to a restaurant and just order a selection of things off the appetizer menu.  That way I get to try small portions of several different dishes and they are easily shared with friends and family.  When we have company over, I would much rather serve my guests a selection of different appetizers than to make a huge sit down meal.  I think that serving appetizers allows more room for mingling, wandering around and chatting, and just general socializing.  A big sit down meal just seems way … [Read more...]

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White Chocolate Dipped Chewy Molasses Cookies

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When I was growing up in New England, my mom used to make homemade baked beans from scratch several times a year.  For those of you who have never had real New England baked beans, you start with a bag of dried beans, salt pork, brown sugar and lots of molasses.  Every time my mom got out the jar of molasses, I was right there at her elbow with my spoon ready to grab a huge dollop for my mouth!  Molasses reminds me of home...it reminds me of my grandparent's house with their cookie jar full of molasses cookies and it reminds me of the holidays … [Read more...]

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Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls with Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting #ChiquitaCookingLab

Banana Bread Cinnamon Roll Recipe

Four days ago I went to the grocery store and spent almost $300 on groceries.  Today, my house is almost bare of anything that the teenagers may remotely consider a 'snack'.  There are no salty pretzels, no sweet treats, and the only fruit left in my kitchen are a few over ripe Chiquita bananas and a can of pumpkin puree.  I'm telling you, these children (and my husband!) eat like linebackers and stay as skinny as twigs!  Since I am NOT going to the grocery store again until Sunday, I needed to do some baking today or the masses will revolt out … [Read more...]

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Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza

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Most days I really enjoy being in the kitchen cooking.  There's something relaxing and satisfying about chopping, mixing and simmering.  There's a sense of satisfaction when all of your hard work comes to fruition in the form of a tasty meal to serve your family.  I am forever telling my kids to learn to enjoy the process of cooking as much as the end product. But, then there are days when I just want to get in, get them fed, and get the heck out of the kitchen as quickly as possible.  That's why I always keep a few key ingredients in my pantry … [Read more...]

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Chilled Pear and Ginger Soup Recipe and a Fall Soup Roundup

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This soup recipe has been sponsored but all opinions expressed here are my own. Fall is one of my favorite times of year for making soup.  So many different vegetables and fruits come into season in the fall that go perfectly in a bowl of soup.  Some of the more common ones like potatoes and carrots of course come to mind.  But you can also create delicious soups with pumpkins, apples, pears and cauliflower, all of which come into season as the weather cools off.  Soup is also very versatile.  You can serve a cold soup as an appetizer or a … [Read more...]

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An Easy and Festive Fall Juice Recipe

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I look all around the Internet this month and I see a common theme...everyone seems to want to turn things orange in honor of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Fall.  Orange is a beautiful color, but I prefer it come from nature and not from a little tube of food coloring.  Don't get me wrong...I have a fondness for orange Cheetos and have been known to sneak a few candy corn on occasion but those are things I avoid on a day to day basis.  Natural orange things like carrots, squash and pumpkins, however, can be eaten in great abundance with … [Read more...]

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Homemade Pretzels with Beer Cheese is a Delicious Oktoberfest Recipe!

Homemade Pretzels with Beer Cheese

My husband and I love traveling, although we don't get to go as often as we should. One place we have been to quite a few times is Cincinnati, OH because we have family there. With a strong German heritage on my husband's side, we were immediately drawn to a restaurant nearby called Haufbrau House.   Every time we go, we make sure to get their homemade pretzels which are honestly to die for.  They serve them with a delicious beer cheese and the whole experience is just magical.  I decided to try making homemade pretzels myself to see if I could … [Read more...]

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Easy Shepherd’s Pie Recipe with Leeks

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I received product samples for this shepherd's pie recipe at no charge to facilitate this post.  All opinions expressed here are my own. With the beginning of fall comes my desire to get back into the kitchen and cook more.  The weather is cooler and I have a serious need for 'comfort food' when the days start getting shorter.  Shepherd's pie just screams 'comfort food' in my mind.  It is a British meat pie with a mashed potato 'crust'.  It has gone through a number of variations over the years in terms of the type of meat used, whether … [Read more...]

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Easy Kid Friendly Recipe: Chicken and Fruit Kabobs with Peachy Dipping Sauce #MonkFruitInTheRaw

Easy Kid Friendly Recipe Peach Dipping Sauce

This easy kid friendly recipe is part of an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Monk Fruit In The Raw. I received product samples to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation How many times a day do moms hear the words "I'm hungry" from their kids?  If I had a dollar for ever time I heard that I would be a very rich woman lounging on a beach somewhere very secluded!  Kids are hungry about 472 times a day.  And if left to their own devices, mine would probably eat their … [Read more...]

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Pumpkin Pie Homemade Pudding Recipe

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Fall is finally here and with it comes a plethora of pumpkin recipes!  YAY!  I love pumpkin...we put it in pancakes, soup, pie and even homemade pudding!  Yes, you can make a homemade pudding that tastes exactly like the inside of the pumpkin pie!  If you have never made your own pudding from scratch, let me assure you that it is NOT difficult!  You do not need to rely on that little box from the grocery store filled with artificial colors and flavors.  This pudding recipe takes less than minutes to make and is filled with all natural … [Read more...]

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Breakfast Casserole with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

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When my kids were little I was that mom who used to put zucchini in their scrambled eggs.  In fact, there were sweet potatoes in pancakes and shredded carrots in muffins.  If I could find a way to sneak a vegetable into my kids mouths, I did it.  Getting your kids to eat nutritious foods isn't always easy....sometimes you have to be a little bit sneaky!  I came to discover that it is really pretty easy to find places to put vegetables, especially in a breakfast casserole like this one! There are a lot of breakfast casserole recipes out there … [Read more...]

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5 Ways to Preserve Hot Peppers

How to Preserve Hot Peppers

In late spring I planted many different varieties of hot peppers.  Of course, I couldn't just plane ONE of each of these varieties...oh no!  I had to plant at least two of everything I bought.  Which means that as we head into late summer and early fall I now have so many hot peppers I don't even know what to do with them all.  For months I have been giving them to neighbors, cooking with them, dehydrating them and then just turning a blind eye to the full pepper plants.  Every time I go out there I bring in yet another basket full of hot … [Read more...]

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Pumpkin Crepes with Maple Creme and a Breakfast for Dinner Recipe Roundup

Pumpkin Crepes Recipe with Maple Creme

This pumpkin crepes recipe has been sponsored by Foodie.com but all opinions are my own. Do you ever get tired of hearing your family complain about what's for dinner?  Ewww...why did you put beans in that? Why are we having fish AGAIN.  What's this green stuff?  My kids and husband are pretty good eaters but they always seem to have SOMETHING to say about dinner!  Except on nights we do breakfast for dinner!  Those  nights are always filled with plenty of YAYS and requests for seconds!  Those are always good nights!  Because I am a huge fan … [Read more...]

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Homemade ginger syrup recipe and what to do with it!

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was horribly nauseous for about 10 hours out of every day.  Whoever started calling it 'morning sickness' got it totally wrong for me.  I was sick from lunchtime until bedtime for 6 months.  Since ginger is such a great anti nausea treatment I started inhaling it every way I could find it.  Ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger snaps and even hard ginger candies went with me everywhere.  The nausea went away when my daughter was born but I had developed a taste for ginger that has stuck around ever since.  It is … [Read more...]