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Your Top 10 Favorites of 2011

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This year was a whirlwind for us, as we started settling into our new home in Southern California only to find out we are moving once again across the country.  Our short time here in California was a memorable one.  We explored the many options this sunny state has to offer such as Disneyland, San […]

Bacon Wrapped Cocktail Weenies

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We have only a little over a week before we move to Mississippi, yet instead of being at home packing things up, right now I am in Colorado visiting family for the holidays.  (A trip that was planned before we knew we were moving the first week in January.)  You might say that I am […]

Black Bean Patties with Corn Relish and Avocado Cream Sauce

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‘Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring…because they were all sleeping in from their sugar-induced comas!  ;)  Once you finally wake up today and recover from all of the goodies you ate this holiday season, add these black bean patties to your menu plan to lighten things […]

Peanut Butter Fudge

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This is one of those recipes that once I saw it, I dropped everything and made it.  It contains ingredients I have in my pantry at all times and was the perfect last minute addition to my Christmas baskets this year.  I chose to share this last this week, because even though tomorrow is Christmas […]

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Mix

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Struggling for a way to start this blog post, I typed “Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate” into my Google search tool to see if the results would inspire me.  I bet you can guess the first item listed.  That’s right…a link to Starbucks’ Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate.  And you know what that made me realize?  Many […]

Christmas Baskets Inspiration

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We are so busy getting ready for our move, that it has been hard to keep up with sharing recipes with you.  Even so, I do have a bunch to post!  Right now, though, I’m leaving you with a quick rundown of my Christmas baskets.  Although it is probably too late to use this as […]

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

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My sister in law makes the best mashed potatoes every time we’re together for the holidays.  This year, that side of the family can not all be together, so I asked her to email me the recipe.  These are the gooiest, cheesiest, yummiest mashed potatoes I’ve ever had.  Very simple to put together, but make […]

Salted Caramel Bark

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I don’t remember when it was exactly, but sometime before Thanksgiving (and I actually think it was in October) Ben and I were at Costco and sampled their new Salted Caramel Bark.  Immediately, I knew I had to try to recreate this at home.  It’s a caramel of sorts base with toffee bits and pretzels, […]

Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program: Serve from American Express

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Last week, Ben and I tested out a new payments platform from American Express called Serve.  Foodbuzz and American Express partnered up to give a few of us food bloggers the opportunity to try this new way of paying for dinner at the table.  Serve is a digital payments platform that allows you to manage […]

DIY Camera Purse

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Although this isn’t a recipe and might not seem food-related, it has everything to do with this food blog.  If you haven’t noticed, I take pictures of food.  ;)  Generally, I shoot these food photos inside my home, but the camera I use is also our family camera that is often carried out of the […]

Gingerbread Boys

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Baking and decorating gingerbread boys (aka gingerbread cookies) around Christmas time is a Gladd family tradition.  We do not worry about creating the most elaborate looking cookie, and instead usually focus on how much icing we can fit onto one cookie.   To us, it’s all about having fun together. Here we are as a family […]

Pomegranate White Chocolate Chip Cookies

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The other day, Judah and I wanted to visit Daddy at work (the church office).  In the year and four months that Ben has been an associate pastor, we’ve only done this maybe three times.   Now that we are getting ready to move for his new job as a professor at a seminary, I regret […]

Monster Party (Judah’s 2nd Birthday Party)

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On  Saturday we celebrated Judah’s 2nd birthday.  Right after last year’s party, I knew I wanted to plan a Monsters party for his next birthday.  He was really into monsters at the time, and although cars have taken over his main interests, he still really likes to growl and play monster. Since I had a […]

Stove-top Mac ‘n Cheese

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This is comfort food at its best, people.  This macaroni and cheese doesn’t come from a box, yet it still whips up in less than 20 minutes.  I already have a favorite easy mac ‘n cheese recipe that’s baked, but, it’s always nice to have variations, especially when it means an even more saucy mac […]

Starbucks K-cups Review + A Christmas Giveaway! (CLOSED)

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As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, I was given the opportunity to review the new Starbucks K-cup portion packs.  Starbucks and Foodbuzz supplied me with a Keurig one-cup coffee brewer and two (16-ct.) packages of the Starbucks K-cups to try.  Although I was super excited to receive a Keurig machine because I’ve wanted one […]

Dangerous Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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“Can I have a cookie for breakfast?”  That is the question I asked Ben the morning after I first baked these cookies.  I loved them that much.  There are few cookies in my recipe collection that I deem my ultimate favorite, and it’s usually hard to convince me to add to this list.  But, in […]

DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

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It’s the first day of December, people!  I’m sure I don’t need to remind you, but you only have less than 25 days left for Christmas shopping, and even less than that to prepare your Christmas baskets full of homemade goodies!  Do you have your Christmas baskets planned out?  This year, part of my basket […]

Queso Blanco Dip (White Cheese Dip), The Second and Final Attempt

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I did it, I did it!  Actually, I should be yelling “WE did it!”  One year ago I posted a recipe for Queso Blanco, but it didn’t quite match the wonderful, runny restaurant dip that we love oh-so-much.  It was good in taste, but the texture was a little funny and quickly thickened off the […]

Pause for Prayer for a Friend

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I’ve mentioned before that in the (almost) five years I’ve been blogging, I’ve developed friendships with other bloggers where even though we might not have met in real life, they still are special friends in which I hold a tender place in my heart.  There is an immediate bond with other bloggers about our common […]

Wild Rice with Mushrooms

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Do you have any recipes that you prefer to eat the day after you made it?  This is the exact case for me when it comes to this rice dish.  I’m not sure if it’s because the flavors meld longer, or because the texture improves after sitting in the refrigerator, but this rice won my […]