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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 […]

Valentine Bark

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This is a fun and quick recipe I made for our neighbor kids last week.  After seeing it on Kristan’s blog, and knowing I had a block of candy melt in my pantry, I set out to make it right away.  I used Kristan’s concept, but decided to leave out the cherry flavoring, since I […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pumpkin Pie

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When I was was at the Foodbuzz Festival a couple of weekends ago,  Ben decided to buy one of his favorite desserts at the store, pumpkin pie.  There was still about three-quarters of the pie left when I arrived home, and he slowly made his way through it during the week.  After the third or […]

Green Bean Casserole From Scratch

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(Hopefully I’ll snatch a better picture next week, when I make this again during the daylight hours. Until then, please trust me when I say that these beans are goo-oood!)  Only one more week until Thanksgiving.  Can you believe it?  Are you ready?  We finalized our plans yesterday to hop across the street to our […]

Caramel Corn

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If you’ve been reading food blogs for a few years, you are more than likely familiar with my friend’s blog, Elly Says Opa!  And, if you know of Elly’s blog, you definitely know of a blogging event she used to host called Eat to the Beat.  I remember reading the collection of posts in my […]

Chicken Enchilada Soup

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I’m so excited!  Today I’m heading up to San Francisco to meet up with a *bunch* of fellow food bloggers for the 3rd annual Foodbuzz Festival.  We’ll be wining and dining, and attending break-out sessions to learn from the best of the best.  I’ve never been to San Francisco, yet this month I’ll find myself […]

Monster Sugar Cookies

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Do you ever feel like your food is staring back at you?  This weekend, we met up with some of our good friends in Santa Clarita to hang out at the local pumpkin patch.  They have three adorable little boys, and one lucky little princess on the way!  Since seeing them is a rare treat […]

“Brainy” Popcorn Balls

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It is hard to believe that Halloween is less than a week away.  We are excited to take Judah trick-or-treating as this will be his first year actually walking to each house.  Last year we didn’t last long because we had to carry the 23-pound Chick-fil-a Cow up and down the block. Since there are […]

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!” […]

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 […]