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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, French-Style

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There are primarily two methods in making ice cream.  One is called Philadelphia-style and only requires mixing together your cream and sugar with another flavoring, then dumping into the ice cream maker.  The other (my favorite) is called French-style and includes cooking up a custard base to give the ice cream a richer taste and […]

DIY Homemade Flour Tortillas

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It seems many bloggers have a bucket list of sorts.  Most of them have publicly written about them and call them a 30 by 30 list (30 recipes they want to try before turning the age of 30) or 101 things I need to do before I die, etc.  I’m here to admit, I definitely […]

Chipotle Shredded Pork Enchiladas

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Now that I live in Southern California, I’ve been diving into the world of Mexican food.  I’ve shared with you before that I’ve never been a fan, until recently.  Ben is partially responsible for my conversion, but I think the other reason is because I’ve finally been exposed to good Mexican food.  Through-out my childhood […]

Iced Coffee

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**This recipe has been updated.  Please click here for the newest version.** If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, a few months ago you probably noticed my update about enjoying a vanilla iced coffee that I made at home.  Iced coffee is an addiction for me during the spring and summer months, and I […]

Five-Minute (Healthy) Chunky Monkey Ice Cream

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If you haven’t splurged and bought your ice cream maker yet, then today is your lucky day.  Here is a perfectly delicious ice cream recipe that does not use an ice cream machine, and instead uses a blender or food processor (whichever you have on hand).  Or, maybe you are on a strict dairy-free diet […]

Baba Ghanouj (Baba Ghanoush)

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When we moved here last August (to the middle of nowhere) from one of the best food cities in America, I was skeptical on trying any of the local restaurants.  Much to my delight, we have found a couple of very appetizing “mom-and-pop” restaurants that we love.  Our favorite is a Middle Eastern joint located […]

Cherry Sorbet

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Sorbet (also known to some as sherbet) is a nice low-fat alternative to ice cream.  Made mainly of fruit mixed with water and its juices, the flavor is brightened with the addition of a little bit of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice.  The icy coolness becomes a refreshing indulgence right after any meal. […]

Sweet Cherry Pie

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Sweet Cherry Pie, homemade with fresh cherries, can be a bit tedious but is well worth the steps involved.  This still sounds strange to me, coming out of my mouth, as I’m embarrassed to admit that up until only months ago I thought I did not like cherries.  Even more embarrassing is the reason why.  […]