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What I Had for Dinner Last Night

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After enjoying this for dinner last night, I realized I needed to remind you of it’s goodness, or greatness(!) if I dare.  Do you remember the Loaded Baked Potato Soup? My picture was horrendous, so I may have scared you away (yes, I kept it there but also added an updated one).  It’s one of […]

Pumpkin Bars

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Ben asks for pumpkin bars all year round, but I never cave in to make them until the fall.  Much to Ben’s dismay, the rule in our house is that pumpkin-anything is for the fall season.  I like pumpkin things way too much to risk myself getting sick of it by enjoying it all year. […]

Pumpkin Ice Cream

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Each year I make a note to try pumpkin ice cream and each year I forget until the fall season is over where I’m no longer in the mood.  This time, I didn’t forget.  I have a white board on my fridge where I’ve written all the pumpkin recipes I want to try, and this […]

Oven Baked Tater Tots

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Were you wondering what I did with the excess of potatoes I scooped from these Cheesy Bacon Potato Skins?  I wouldn’t blame you.  You can set your mind at ease knowing that I found use of the extra pulp and made these tater tots.  How could I throw out perfectly good potatoes when I knew […]

Rigatoni di Gregorio

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Rigatoni di Gregorio, or otherwise known as Rigatoni ‘D’, is not a new recipe here and certainly not a forgotten one in our household.  Like many Italian dishes, this Maggiano’s inspired meal can be sort of heavy, so we especially enjoy it in the fall and winter cooler weather. It’s been almost exactly 3 years […]

Snickerdoodle Cookies

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Snickerdoodle cookies have always been something I’ve enjoyed, but never thought about making.  I’m clueless as to why!  These are probably one of the easiest cookie recipes I have ever encountered.  We’ve been enjoying them all week.  They are also great for freezing and then popping in the microwave for a few seconds before devouring. […]

Candy Corn Crunch

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Have I ever mentioned that I do not like candy, with the exception of chocolate?  However, offer me some chocolate M&M’s and I will turn them away.  Bleh.  UNLESS…they are hidden in trail mix, cookies or some sort of bigger dessert.  Then I’ll eat them until my belly hurts! The same goes for candy corn.  […]

Cheesy Bacon Potato Skins

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As luck would have it, I love these potato skins.  Are they good for you?  No.  Are they addictive?  Yes.  See my luck?  Addictive and fattening.  So much for losing that baby weight!  This is another game day must!  I’m posting this early Monday morning so you can run out to the store today and […]

Pumpkin Scones

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Happy October!  This breakfast treat is the perfect way to welcome in my favorite month of the year.  I’m in full pumpkin mode and ready to share my pumpkin adventures with you this fall.  You’ve already seen (and hopefully have tried) the Pumpkin Bread French Toast my family enjoyed this week.  But, I’ve got more […]

How to Cut a Mango

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After taking the plunge to finally learn how to cut up a pineapple, I decided I should take my new confidence and learn how to work with other fruit I may have been intimidated with.  The first one that came to mind was was the mango.  I figured it was a good time to learn, […]

Perfectly Puffy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I know you’re skeptical of “perfect.”  You may have previously bookmarked a “perfect” chocolate chip cookie recipe.  You really don’t think it’s perfect, but you’re going to try it because you wish so badly to find it.  Now you can stop looking, because here it is. I’ve been making these cookies for a few years.  […]

Pumpkin Bread French Toast

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Pumpkin season is here and I am so excited to share this recipe with you.  It is killer!  When we lived in a western suburb of Chicago (up until only a few months ago), we frequented a local breakfast place called Egg’lectic.  They served Pumpkin Bread French Toast that would make even grown men cry. […]

Homemade Baby Food: Finger Toast

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Homemade baby food does not just include purees.  Now that Judah is able to pick up food with his fingers and feed himself, finger toast has become one of our favorites.  I’ve only served it for breakfast, but you can certainly accompany these with lunch or dinner, too. Up until recently, I would cut the […]

Shredded Beef Chimichangas

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Mexican food was never a regular part of my life until Ben also became a regular.  See, my family’s choice restaurant and food was Italian as I was growing up.  I can’t even remember one time when my parents took us out to have Mexican. Enter Ben…whose family adores Mexican food and would often go […]

Pulled Pork

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We love pulled pork, yet I had never made it until this weekend.  I really can’t even tell you why it took me this long to put it on the menu plan. Last Christmas I was given The Pioneer Woman’s cook book.  It’s a great book to not only grab recipes from, but also an […]

Homemade Baby Food: Pineapple

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You saw my lengthy previous post on how to dice a pineapple.  Now, go ahead and use this information to dice it up for your baby, if you think he is ready (*see below).  Judah is now almost 10 months old and eating finger foods.  I’m still serving him some purees, as well, but he’s […]

How to Cut and Dice a Pineapple

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Please don’t make fun of me.  Well, you can make fun of me, but don’t let me hear you.  Six years ago I was making dinner for some friends and included fruit cocktail as a side dish.  This was before Pennies on a Platter, and definitely at a time when I barely knew a thing […]

Voting Is Now Open To YOU

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<Click Icon to Vote> Read my entry here, and don’t forget to vote!  (Voting tab is on the entry page, or by clicking the icon above.)  Voting ends 6 PM Pacific Time on September 23. 

Pretzel Bites, Revisited

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Remember these Ham and Cheese Pretzel Bites?  You should, as they have been one of my highest hitting posts since I’ve shared them.  :)  We’ve been enjoying them in our household since football started up again this season, except now I have variations.  One of them being just plain, no filling, as pictured above. If […]

Foodbuzz Project Food Blog: Ready, Set, Blog!

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You won’t believe it when I tell you.  In fact, I almost kept it a secret, but it’s not possible.  Yours truly is competing in a food bloggers’ challenge (sponsored by Foodbuzz) to be the next Food Blog Star!   Here’s my profile to prove it. Those of you that have been with me for the […]

Buffalo Chicken Bites

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It’s football season and I’m ready for some party food! Let’s take a quick time out from baby food posts, shall we?  We had friends over this week for Monday Night Football and I immediately knew I had to try these Buffalo Chicken Bites that I had bookmarked.  I also knew that if they turned […]