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Fruit and Nut Trailmix

Every year my family takes a two week vacation “out west” to visit my husband’s family and friends in Utah.  And since we can’t afford to fly, we drive.  We usually break the 24 hour drive up into a couple days, the first being the longer of the two stretches on the road.  Yes, that […]

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Rice Pudding

Every Christmas growing up my mom made rice pudding. To be honest, as a kid I didn’t really like it. I would eat it every year though in honor of the tradition. When I eat it now, however, I wonder how I never liked it!!! It’s the most delicious, wonderful, creamy dish ever.

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Black Beans You’ll Want To Eat

I really do like black beans. I usually just buy a can, and they are always a great addition to many of my meals. I just haven’t ever thought of beans being rich and flavorful…until recently. I made the most beautiful and delicious bean discovery. Delicious to the point that my 6 year old has […]

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Butternut Squash Delight

If you haven’t caught on by now, I’ve got a lot of butternut squash around my house at the moment. I even found more in the trunk of my car that I hadn’t unloaded yet! Good thing it hasn’t been so hot that it got roasted or moldy! For this side dish I did the […]

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Stove Top Brussel Sprouts

I like brussel sprouts, I saute them on the stove top quite a bit…but they don’t quite do it for me. Every time I eat them it’s almost anti climactic. Which is sad. So the other day I came home the my husband Matt had cooked dinner. I gratefully partook. Then I tasted the brussel sprouts. […]

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Bow Tie Pasta Chicken Salad

Bow tie pasta combined with spinach, cranberries, honey roasted peanuts, chicken, fresh parsley, and a homemade sweet teriyaki dressing…need I say more??? This salad is SO GOOD!  My mom makes this all the time when she is hosting us. First off, it makes a ton, so its great because it will either last throughout the weekend, or […]

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Zucchini and Quinoa Toss

Just when I thought it was impossible to think of anything else to do with zucchini, quinoa came knocking on my door. I have used quinoa before with no problems (and lots of enjoyment) so combining the two as the season of zucchini approaches just seemed like a natural fit! This is a great dish […]

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Chickpea Feta Salad

Chickpeas, feta, parsley and a few more key ingredients will keep you coming back for more when you make this simple salad! This simple dish blew me away! It has so many flavors that all blend well. I was very happy with how this turned out. I’ve been experimenting lately with bean salads. I love chickpeas (aka […]

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Zucchini Steaks

  This little dish was inspired by my friend who typically makes these in the oven. Since it was beautiful out and I was calling them zucchini steaks I thought I’d grill them! I’m glad I did, they turned out fantastic! In the words of Clare’s dad, “I’d give it a 10 star rating.” I’m […]

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Homemade Pancake Mix

Make your own pancake mix with simple ingredients including flour, sugar, and powdered milk. Making pancakes without pancake mix sometimes seems like too much work (when in reality, it really isn’t…but you know how it is)! I have seen recipes for homemade pancake mix before but I didn’t really feel like making it. I didn’t […]

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