Author Archive | Ally

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B.L.T. Guacamole

Spring is here {although, us Iowans may beg to differ}, so that means fresh, light and easy to prepare dishes are headed to the table….at least in my family.  Warm weather tends to get us outside, firing up the grill and not making such heavy-laden dishes like soup, casseroles and stews. It also is a […]

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mom’s meatloaf burgers

It is almost burger season, folks.  Almost.  Our grills will need to get dusted off soon {unless you are one of those year around grillers} so that we can all indulge in a good old American burger.  I am pretty sure people around the world answer “burgers”, when asked, “What is American food?”  I mean, […]

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Homemade Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Food is always a topic of conversation at our house.  A typical day in the life of a mom is: make breakfast, clean up after breakfast, prep lunch, serve lunch, clean up after lunch, find a snack, serve the snack, clean up after the snack, make dinner, serve dinner, clean up after dinner….oh, and sometimes […]

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lazy day {slow cooker} meatballs

In our house, we have found that our kids will eat almost anything that is in a fun shape or can be used as a “dipper”.  And by dipper, I mean dunking something in a sauce {ketchup, ranch, applesauce, mustard, etc.}  Kids find that fun and entertaining, and well maybe us adults do too! Meatballs […]

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raspberry thumbprint drops

Most of us are up to our ears in holiday cookies this time of year and I love it!  I am not ashamed to say that I enjoy a sweet treat after EVERY meal.  It is just who I am.  Just a little piece goes a long way with me. I recently got together with […]

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deep dish spinach artichoke pizza

I’m not sure who came up with the ever-so-popular spinach and artichoke combination, but I do think we should thank them.  You see this combo on every menu from national chain restaurants to local establishments.  Most everyone who even claims they do not like spinach, nor artichokes, like the dip. I’m sure the loads of […]

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sweet potato streusal muffins

I’ve been know to dump almost anything into muffin batter.  The husband jokes that we’ve never had the same muffin because I cannot leave well enough alone.  It’s true.  I’m a little obsessive about muffins.  I probably have 10 different variations of muffin recipes on my blog devoted to them {and those are the ones […]

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creamy, chicken & wild rice soup

This creamy, hearty, stick-to-your-ribs soup is a family favorite.  My mom starting making this many years ago, often serving it up during the holidays, and since passed the recipe on to me, and well, if my husband had his way, I’d been making it once a week. But, since I do the meal planning and […]

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls {no yeast required}

There is nothing better than biting into a freshly baked cinnamon roll, especially a homemade freshly baked cinnamon roll.  But, let’s be honest who actually bakes homemade cinnamon rolls anymore?  It seems to be a lost art. So, lets bring it back. I know you are thinking – yeah, right – I barely have time […]

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What’s For Dinner: Waka Waka Wonton Salad

So, I’m about a day late and a dollar short on sharing this wonderful salad with you for your Labor Day festivities. I’m sorry. Life got in the way. You know the husband, kids, blog, work and well, just life. But trust me on this, you can still take this to all your tailgating parties, […]

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What’s For Dinner: Garden Lasagna

For whoever has a summer garden, this dish is for you.  I currently have 17 tomatoes sitting on my kitchen counter, along with ump-teen green peppers and one giant zucchini.  In the attempt to have at least one meatless meal a week (although, the husband still frowns on that), I threw together this Garden Lasagna […]

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What’s For Dinner: Burrito Bowls

This quick and easy dinner will have everyone asking for more!  Use a crock pot and rice cooker to save time! Burrito Bowls 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts salt chili powder 1 can of Rotel Tomatoes 2 cups of white rice chopped cilantro 1 T. butter juice of 1 lime black beans salsa shredded cheese […]

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