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Avocado Chocolate Pudding

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Do you eat dessert every night?  We don’t, but I really wish we did/could!  It probably wouldn’t be a wise choice, though, because dessert in my mind is something sweet and sugary, usually heavy laden with bad calories that push you over the edge.  I know dessert doesn’t have to be this way, but that’s […]

Shaved Asparagus Pizza

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Wednesday night is pizza night in our home.  It’s the day of the week that Ben teaches late, so for some reason that constituted pizza night in my mind.  Friday seems to be a popular day for families to enjoy their homemade pizzas, but we always seem to find a reason to go out on […]

Roasted Banana Cream Pie with Butterscotch Ganache

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Today is Pi Day, did you know?  Typically, every year I forget about this celebrated day until I open my Google reader and find many food bloggers posting a pie recipe.  Get it? Pi or Pie? Pi Day is not really to celebrate the food, pie, but instead is a day for mathematicians to recognize […]

Chicken Parmesan Pizza

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I love having pizza dough stocked in our freezer.  Just throw it in the fridge in the morning and it’s thawed and ready to shape for dinner in the evening.  Even better is having pizza toppings ready to toss on for a quick meal.  Such is the case with this pizza.  As Josie suggested when […]

Perfectly Puffy Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Cookies

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You must know that my favorite cookies are the Perfectly Puffy Chocolate Chip Cookies here on the blog.  They are Ben’s favorite, too.  But, you must also know that I have played around with different variations of it and this is one of my favorite variations.  It’s just a simple substitution of butterscotch pudding for […]

How To Cook Rice on the Stovetop

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Steps and tips for how to cook white and brown rice on the stove with perfect results. For many years, I would try to cook rice on the stove top with unsuccessful results.  Most times I would end up with crunchy rice, and on rare occasions it would be extremely mushy.  I tried many different […]

Chocolate Chip Bumpy Cakes

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Since the day I shared the original Breakfast Bumpy Cake recipe with you, I have tried a couple of successful flavor variations.  One was suggested by a reader, but this one that I’m giving you today was just an obvious one that popped into my mind one morning.  In my household, we always love a […]

Hot Chocolate Cookies

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Let me start by apologizing.  I have been making these cookies all winter, and now that spring is just around the corner I’m finally sharing this sinfully delicious recipe with you.  For those of you still experiencing winter weather (I know my folks in Michigan are!) then hopefully you can escape the cold to stay […]

Mediterranean Pizza

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We have a new favorite casual dining restaurant, called Newk’s Express Café, here in Mississippi.  Although it’s missing the bakery, this is the closest we have come so far to finding a menu similar to having lunch or dinner at Panera Bread (the nearest Panera to us now is 170 miles away!)  Most of Newk’s […]

Stuffed Cabbage

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If you haven’t tried making stuffed cabbage, you need to.  It’s truly an easy method, and you’ll be surprised at how the cabbage leaves just naturally roll right up and seal around your filling.  My mother-in-law makes an amazing Syrian stuffed cabbage, that I’ll make myself someday and leave you with the recipe.  But, for […]

Mexican Triple-Decker Pizzas

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Lately, all I have been sharing with you are recipes that will satisfy your sweet tooth or serve as a filling snack.  I have been making new dishes here and there, but always for dinner when it is already dark outside and there is no way I’ll get a good snapshot of it.  (Sorry, I […]

DIY Mini Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies

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Everyone’s talking about Whitney Houston.  Most are mourning her death.  I’m not gonna lie, I’m sad as well.  Why?  For one, I was overly optimistic that she was going to have a successful comeback one day.  And, two, she’s partially (let’s say it again, PARTIALLY) responsible for who I am today and holds a place […]

DIY Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

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I know that it’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so I should be posting either a dessert that is in the shape of a heart, or a recipe for a romantic dinner.  If my weekend baking goes well, you’ll see Valentine’s Day cookies on the blog next week, but today I wanted to share a […]

German Chocolate Cake Cookies

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Today is my father-in-law’s birthday.  (Happy birthday Big Daddy!)  Two years ago he was visiting during his birthday, along with the other two sons and their wives, so I decided to make him his favorite, German Chocolate Cake.  The entire family fell in love with the recipe, and I made a mental note to create […]

Homemade Soft Pretzels

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Where I grew up, football was a big deal.  Especially Friday night high school football.  Texas can claim the high school football craze all they want, but I can attest that my home town in Michigan was just as into it, if not more.  If Halloween fell on Friday, it was postponed to Saturday.  If […]

DIY Homemade Honey Mustard Sauce

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The neighborhood we live in now is in stark contrast to the neighborhood we left in California.  Since we moved into townhomes owned by the seminary, you can guess that there are other young family residents, resulting in many other kids for Judah to play with.  Back in California, Judah had no friends his age […]

DIY Homemade Ranch Dressing

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Last fall, I was on a kick for making my own homemade condiments.  Each recipe I tried was successful.  Then, when our move to Mississippi was confirmed, I stopped my new-found love of do-it-yourself concoctions because I knew they would all be wasted as they wouldn’t survive a 3-day journey across the country. Now that […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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We have all heard it by now.  Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes.  So, maybe this isn’t a good recipe to follow her announcement yesterday, because it’s as sinful as any of Paula’s best dishes.  But, we need our cookies and life goes on.  Just resist the temptation to eat these every day…”y’all!”  If you […]

Ranch-style Snack Pretzels

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You almost didn’t get this recipe today.  All odds were counting against it because one, I never planned to post about these pretzels this week since I made them for the first time only last weekend.  And, two, when I finally decided to start editing the photo for it, I realized I lost about 25 […]

Breakfast Bumpy Cake

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My sister occasionally posts on Facebook that she is making “bumpy cakes” for breakfast.  I had no idea what bumpy cakes were, but the image that always popped in my head was a chocolate cake, like this.  I could not fathom why in the world she would be making that for breakfast!  Was it a […]