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Oven “Fried” Pickles

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Have you ever tried fried pickles?  Although it may sound like something you’d never touch, if you like pickles and you like things fried, you must give them a second thought.  I was first introduced to this southern favorite when I was in college in Nashville (years ago).  In fact, I think I remember the […]

Baked Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

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Ahhhhh, fall weather has finally hit us in Southern California.  You might be sick of hearing me talk about it, but I am so excited I can hardly stand it.  And, according to the 10-day forecast (although often unreliable) these temperatures are here to stay! These pumpkin donuts were appropriate for celebrating the cool breeze […]

Chicken Ranch Pizza

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Sunny and windy.  Those are the two adjectives that describe my weather just about every day.  One is welcomed, the other is loathed, although our patio furniture suffers from both.  The extreme wind keeps us from playing outdoors, while the sun shining through my windows makes this bearable. While staying indoors because of the high […]

Guest Post: Peek-a-boo Ghost Cookies by SweetSugarBelle

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Today is an exciting day for me, because one of my most talented and hilarious food blogging friends is guest posting!  Callye, known in the foodie world as SweetSugarBelle, is who I like to title the Cookie Decorating Queen.  If you haven’t run across her blog yet, head on over there now and say “hello!” […]

Cookie Dough Eggrolls + a Smucker’s Giveaway! (CLOSED)

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This summer, our friends at Smucker’s invited me to create a recipe and share a giveaway with my readers in order to celebrate National Ice Cream month.  You know how much I love National Ice Cream Month, but unfortunately my calendar was full back then.  Even-so, there was no way I was going to completely […]

Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

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I’m sitting here, staring at my screen, trying to figure out how to tell you that these little bites are the closest I’ve come to finding a replica of Chick-fil-A’s chicken nuggets.  These are very close and I am extremely excited to know that leftovers are still in my freezer, ready to be enjoyed at […]

Pumpkin Spice Syrup for Hot and Cold Coffee or Non-Coffee Drinks

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Do I really have to type up a description for this one after tagging it with such a long title?  It’s that time of year again when everyone is talking about the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  If I’m not the only food blog you read (at least I’m hoping you’ve discovered all of those other fabulous […]

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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I made these cookies the other day when searching for a recipe that would remind me of fall (amid our 90-degree temperatures) and included ingredients I already had on hand.  When Mrs. M.O.B. declared that these cookies taste just like autumn, I took her words to heart and chose to make them.  I was hesitant […]

Southern Sweet Tea

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If you grew up anywhere besides the South, you might have been taught that iced tea is seasonal…only for the summer months.  Your mom probably brewed it in a pitcher bathing in the hot sun on your back porch, then served it unsweetened.  I remember my mom doing this, and I loved it. It wasn’t […]

Balsamic Strawberry Pizza with Chicken, Sweet Onion and Applewood Smoked Bacon

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While everyone is talking about all things pumpkin and anticipating fall, here I am posting a recipe for a strawberry pizza.  It’s my second year experiencing a southern California “change of seasons” and quite frankly, it still feels like summer.  This is okay with me, because technically is still is summer.  But, I do miss […]

Green Monster Smoothies

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Interesting title, huh?  This is part of Judah’s breakfast practically every morning.  Judah is a great eater, but I have found it difficult to get enough green veggies into him each day.  He loves carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, etc.  But, when it comes to the leafy greens, I just can’t figure him out. It was […]

Fish Tacos

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Have you heard of Wahoo’s Fish Tacos?  It’s a fast food chain with locations in Hawaii, California, Colorado and Texas boasting an eclectic Mexican/Brazilian/Asian menu with a surfer-dude vibe.  Ben fell in love with the place during his college years and kept telling me about it.  Once we moved to California together, he finally wouldn’t […]

Where Were You That September Day?

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I remember.  I was in college, prepping for an Accounting exam that morning.  One of my suite-mates came out of her room and told us to turn on the TV.  We were shocked, devastated, scared, confused.  Class wasn’t canceled.  I walked out of my dorm room and across the Bison Square, with the eerie yet […]

Havarti and Almond Turkey Burgers

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When most think of tailgating food, the thought of a turkey burger does not pop up, especially with men.  Nonetheless, when I started creating a new cheeseburger recipe for the tailgating season, I could not get turkey out of my head!  So, I followed my instinct and went with it. My husband and I are […]

Back to School Giveaway: Peeled Snacks (CLOSED)

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My little sister, Rachelle, returned back to school yesterday.  She’s now a senior in high school.  I-can’t-believe-it!  Even though she is 14 years younger than me and lives on the other side of the country, we still have a close relationship along with my other sister who is 2 years older than me (yes, poor […]

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies

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Are you like me?  When asked to bring a dish to a get-together, and the host doesn’t request something specific, do you try with all of your might to pick a recipe that goes along with the theme of the rest of the dinner, no matter if a theme is intended?  Even when you really […]

Fried Ice Cream

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In the last two weeks, I’ve been in eight different states and hosted two baby showers.  Traveling is taking its toll on me, but at the same time I’m enjoying every minute.  Before leaving, I had BIG intentions on scheduling posts for you while I was gone so we wouldn’t miss a beat on this […]

Chocolate Chip Scones

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In my opinion, fewer things make a finer morning breakfast than a cup of coffee accompanied with a delicious scone.  Although I’ve enjoyed a handful of different scone recipes in the past, I believe I have finally perfected the ultimate dough formula in these chocolate chip scones.  Everyone has different tastes, but my favorite type […]

The Simplest Tomato Sauce

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You’ve heard it from me once or twice that we eat a lot of spaghetti in my home and I’m not ashamed of it.  My mother instilled this habit on me, so it definitely has become nostalgic.  I already shared with you my favorite spaghetti meat sauce that stores in my freezer, ready to be […]

Sparkling Italian Lemonade

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Have you ever started something, maybe a job, a task, a trip, or a hobby, where you didn’t know how it was going to end up or even how you were going to get there, but you blindly jump-started it and took off?  Then, at some point later you looked back and thought “I am […]

Amish-Style Smothered Mushroom Burgers

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Have you ever had a meal that immediately made you think of someone after the first bite?  This burger made me think of my dad.  My dad is one of those guys that likes his food a little more…well…bland.   I’m not saying this is a bad thing, and I’m definitely not complaining.  He’s pure in […]