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Garden Produce….Overwhelmed?

Lets talk gardens.  They can be fun.  They can be intimidating.  They can be overwhelming.  They can be an utter disappointment.  They can be a huge joy. Get it?  They can be a lot of things. If you have a garden or know someone who has a summer garden, then you know some years can […]

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taking advantage of your slow cooker during the summer

It’s July.  It’s hot.  The very last thing we want to do is turn on the oven and “bake” dinner.  So often we think of our slow cooker as a winter kitchen appliance.  Simmering hot soups, homemade apple cider, hot cheesy dips to entertain with…..but are you using it to its fullest in the summer? […]

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3 simple, quick and easy-to-prep freezer meals

I don’t know about you, but lately I am all about using my freezer.  Not just the freezer attached to my fridge, but our big deep freeze kept in our laundry room.  It’s like I want to stuff it with as many meals as possible just in case I come down with the plague and […]

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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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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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