Summer Strawberry Salad

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Generally speaking, I am usually not all that much of a salad fan. When I was a kid we ate a lot of salads, always with iceberg lettuce purchased from the store, and all I could taste was the sharp taste of whatever chemicals had been sprayed on the lettuce. Gross! Now, I know that as an adult I could grow my own or even purchase organic and not have to worry about that, but I have trouble shaking that expectation of chemicals and general idea that lettuce is gross. That being said, I have ... [ Read More ]

Pat-in-the-pan Pie Crust Recipe

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When I was growing up, the were two desserts that we nearly always had in the house: chocolate chip cookies and cherry pie. My father absolutely loves cherry pie, although I personally was always more of a pumpkin pie fan myself. So, needless to say, I have made a lot of pie crusts in my lifetime. While traditional crusts are delicious and yummy, sometimes you just don't have time to roll it out and mess with pie crusts. (Especially when I had that tiny apartment in college!) So, needless to ... [ Read More ]

Freezer Pickles Recipe

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I admit I'm not all that much of a canner. I have done some canning in the past (mostly strawberries) but it's not exactly a passion of mine and I currently lack the space to actually can anything. However, one of my coworkers gave me this fantastic recipe for simple freezer pickles and brought me a sample. I don't have any photos, sadly, but let me tell you; they were delicious! Freezer pickles are crisp and yummy and, best of all, require absolutely zero special equipment: all you need is a ... [ Read More ]

Monkey Bread Recipe

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Monkey Bread is one of those delicious treats that I only make every once in a while because it's just so sweet. I've seen dozens of recipes out there and they are all good but I personally find that having a guideline instead of a solid recipe works better for things like this. So, think of this recipe more like a suggestion. And believe me, your family will have absolutely zero complaints! (disclaimer: In the interest of being honest, I forgot to take a picture of my bread so the one ... [ Read More ]

Eggplant Pizza Recipe

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One of my best friends is unable to eat gluten, so I'm constantly on the lookout for healthy, gluten-free food that we can both eat and enjoy. This weekend we experimented with eggplant pizza for a pizza/movie night and I have to say I was startled at how good it was! We actually overcooked one batch a little bit (which made it mushy but not inedible), but overall the taste was excellent. I mean, just look at that picture! Doesn't it look yummy? Here's our recipe so you can try it yourself: ... [ Read More ]

Irish Soda Bread

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St. Patty's day is tomorrow, so to celebrate I thought I'd include a yummy recipe for Irish Soda Bread! I found this recipe online, but it's not only pretty easy but one of my favorite simple bread recipes. It is beyond yummy when made with stew or Welsh Rarebit!! ... [ Read More ]

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

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 If you're looking for a special breakfast for your sweetie this Valentine's Day, then look no further than these decadently sweet white chocolate raspberry muffins! They are delicious paired with coffee and, I haven't tried it, but I bet that you could substitute the raspberries with blueberries or even strawberries and it would taste divine! ... [ Read More ]

Cheesy Bites Recipe

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It's awfully cold here and that always makes me want to snuggle under a blanket and eat lots of soup! Growing up, the favorite soup at our house was always tomato soup, and my mother used to make these cheesy bites occasionally as a treat instead of boring grilled cheese. They taste kind of like extra cheesy biscuits, but they're bite-sized! ... [ Read More ]

Overnight Breakfast Casserole

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I love a good old-fashioned big Christmas morning breakfast just as much as anyone, but that doesn't mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying their Christmas gifts. Here is one of my favorite recipes for an overnight breakfast casserole. Make it on Christmas Eve before everyone goes to bed, and then just pop it in the oven in the morning! Overnight Breakfast Casserole   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 20 mins ... [ Read More ]