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Christmas Crunch Cookies

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I’m.so.tired.  This week has been a busy yet very fun week.  Saturday was Judah’s first birthday party (so fun!), Monday we had a Christmas party to attend, Tuesday we hosted the college girls for a Christmas baking night and last night we hosted the Ugly Sweater Christmas party where we ate the sweets we baked.  […]

College & Career Ladies’ Christmas Baking Extravaganza

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Last night was one of the most amusing nights I’ve had in my kitchen.  The reason?  I had the opportunity to share it with eight other fun gals (nine, if you include the precious 18 month old!) Ben and I lead the weekly college/career Bible study group at our church.  We’ll be hosting the Ugly […]

Green Chile Beef Empanadas

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The shredded beef I used in these empanadas has become a staple in our house.  It’s so versatile and easy to fix up that I’ve been wanting to put it on the meal plan week after week.  Of course, that’s a bad idea because we do not want to get sick of it, but I […]

Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies

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These next couple of weeks I’m predicting you’ll see quite a few sweets posted here.  I’ll admit, it’s not only because I’m making them for holiday parties or gift baskets, but partially because when winter hits my sweet tooth enhances.  The other day I was thinking about how I haven’t been using a couple of […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

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Tempt me with any chocolate and peanut butter dessert and I’ll most likely give in.  Who can resist such a winning combination?  If you are also on the chocolate peanut butter bandwagon, try biting into a soft chocolate cookie and being surprised with a peanut butter filling!  Ooh-la-la! I made these for our friends’ son […]

Corn Casserole

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Corn Casserole is one of my favorite sides during the holidays or at potlucks during any time of the year.  It is the easiest recipe to throw together and can be prepared with various ingredients mixed in.  Me?  I like it in its simplest form, with mainly cheese, corn and corn bread.  Mmmm…mmmm…good! Some people […]

Soul Sweet ‘Taters

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This is my third and last installment of my sweet potato recipes this week. My family will need to take a vote on which one should be made for Thanksgiving next Thursday. I already asked Ben, and he surprisingly didn’t vote for his favorite “life-changing” marshmallow variation but asked for this one instead! The best […]

Candied Yams

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A few weeks ago I picked up this month’s issue of Better Homes and Garden magazine.  I should sign up for a subscription, but I usually just grab it from the news stand around the holidays.  This year there is a feature of Tyler Florence’s Thanksgiving recipes.  The one dish that caught my eye right […]

Sweet Potato Casserole

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Do you call it Sweet Potato Casserole or Sweet Potato Pie?  It’s like poh-tay-toh or poh-tah-toh in my book.  Thanksgiving is officially NEXT week.  Can you believe it? NEXT week!?   I’ve never roasted a turkey, therefore I have no tips for you there.  So, I decided that this week I’m going to focus on three […]

Queso Blanco, The First Attempt

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Queso Blanco… it’s that yummy white cheese dip that you enjoy at *some* Mexican restaurants.  Ben and I love it, but it’s proven hard to find.  Even more difficult is finding a recipe for it!  I’ve been on the lookout for a few years now, so you can imagine my “hip-hip hooraying” when I saw […]

Halloween Candy Bark

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Happy day after Halloween!  Are you recovering well from candy overdose or are you (like me) still indulging in all its sweetness?  :)  I bookmarked this recipe a few weeks ago to share with you today, so that you can make use of your leftover Halloween candy in a more creative way than just shamelessly […]

Pineapple Mango Salsa

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It may seem untimely to post such a tropical recipe in the middle of Autumn.  But, I really couldn’t wait any longer to share this with you, and soon another recipe where I used this salsa again.  I made this for the first time last month and wish I had been making it all summer! […]

Candy Corn Crunch

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Have I ever mentioned that I do not like candy, with the exception of chocolate?  However, offer me some chocolate M&M’s and I will turn them away.  Bleh.  UNLESS…they are hidden in trail mix, cookies or some sort of bigger dessert.  Then I’ll eat them until my belly hurts! The same goes for candy corn.  […]

Shredded Beef Chimichangas

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Mexican food was never a regular part of my life until Ben also became a regular.  See, my family’s choice restaurant and food was Italian as I was growing up.  I can’t even remember one time when my parents took us out to have Mexican. Enter Ben…whose family adores Mexican food and would often go […]

Irish Soda Bread

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Saint Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and this is the only St. Patty’s Day themed recipe I got around to making.  Not surprising since this takes literally 5 minutes to whip up and only 40 minutes to bake.  It’s probably the easiest quick bread I’ve made. Soda breads can include extra add ins such as raisins, […]

Split Pea Soup

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Definitely not a fan of split pea soup.  Then why am I posting it?  Because Ben loves it and you might love it.  Me?  I do not like the texture.  I tried this in good faith, hoping I would enjoy it, but I just couldn’t eat more than two spoonfuls.  Ben gobbled up two bowls […]

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

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Maternity leave has been the best time of my life.  Spending 12 weeks, 24 hours a day, with my new son, Judah, has been such bliss that I can’t believe it is almost over.  It’s flown by, and now I return to my full-time job this Thursday. Not only does this mean less time with […]

Paczki

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Happy Fat Tuesday! Paczki are a traditional deep-fried Polish doughnut, typically topped with powdered sugar or icing and filled with fruit preserves or a custard.  Here in the Midwest, paczki are consumed heavily the day before Lent to celebrate the traditional attempt to use up any eggs, lard, sugar and fruit which are forbidden during […]

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

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Hot Chocolate is a favorite drink in our house during the winter, especially on snowy days like we’re having today.  We will drink all kinds of hot cocoa, from the cheap Nestle and Swiss Miss, to the gourmet Ghirardelli. We love it in all forms. I think I have found my favorite hot chocolate option […]

Feta Stuffed Mushrooms

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Before I even had this food blog, I made stuffed mushrooms that pretty much resembled the kind you can buy at your favorite chain restaurant.  You know, the kind that has some crumbled meat, cheese and maybe even breadcrumbs for the filling?  They were good, but for some reason I never made them again.  I […]