Category Archives: Recipes

One Bowl Chocolate Brownies (or Brownie Cookies)

Technically, this recipe is to make Brownie Cookies, but I like to make a whole pan of brownies. I love an ooey gooey brownie, ya know, the inside part of the pan of brownies. I do not want the crisper outside pieces, no siree. This recipe is my mom’s and the name “One Bowl” makes me chuckle because I have always […]

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“With The Works” Chili Dog Chili

I can make a case for the Chili Dog on any occasion, so I am making it for the upcoming Super Bowl parties. But, instead of the usual messy chili dog that can be hard to eat if you do not have a table and plate right in front of you and under your chin, this Chili Dog Chili delivers […]

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Cranberry Orange Shortbread Bars

These beautiful flavorful bites of buttery cranberry orangey yumminess are based on a recipe from my grandmother for Apricot Bars and they are so delicious. So delicious in fact, that the recipe popped in my mind when I decided to enter my first ever cooking contest last October. Our local newspaper held a holiday cookie contest and I entered. It […]

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My Three B’s…Bacon, Butter & Brown Sugar

Bacon, butter and brown sugar…my Three B’s. Oh, how I love thee. My husband said that those three ingredients were my “Holy Trinity”, referring to the traditional Louisiana cooking trinity of celery, onion and bell peppers or the French “mirepoix” of celery, carrots and onions. Indeed, they are. But I have never used all three of them in one dish. Butter […]

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Plan for the After-Thanksgiving Meals Too

I spend so much time creating my Thanksgiving Dinner moments that every year, I forget that there are three days after Thanksgiving that require some meal planning too. Not this year! I am ready for the After-Thanksgiving Meal time too. The stars have aligned and I am able to take some free moments to get some foods prepped and into […]

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Homemade Boiled Cider Flavoring

I have seen bottles of boiled cider in my cooking catalogs as a favorite for fall flavorings (how about that alliteration!). It just looks delicious and I can imagine all of the goodies coming from my kitchen made with that boiled cider. Recently, a jug of apple cider that has been in my fridge feeling neglected called to me and […]

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Easy Apple Morning Pies

Somewhere along the way I saw a recipe for making homemade Pop-Tarts and I thought I would like to try it. But Pop-Tarts are so sugary and having grown up in a house with a nurse, I can’t shake the feeling that Pop-Tarts are “Bad”. “Bad, bad, bad”. I like to be bad once in a while. The closer I get […]

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Twice-Baked Asiago Ranch Potatoes

I had no intention of sharing these potatoes with you. Not because I wanted to keep them all to myself, but they were so simple and something that I just whipped up for dinner to go along with my steak. They were just part of dinner. They were Ah-Mazing! Maybe it’s because I under-cooked my steak and was turned off by its bloody […]

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Homemade Croutons – A “Look & Cook”

I have not been doing many “homemade” cooking moments lately because my free time has been spent organizing toys and clutter. Again. It’s my Fall nesting time. But yesterday, I decided that some rolls, who have been around too long, needed to become homemade croutons. After the wee ones went to bed, I set out to toast some up. Oh […]

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Browned Butter & Toasted Coconut Krispie Treats

I am pretty sure that I do not spell “krispie” the same way twice. Is it krispy or krispie? And once you really start to look at the word, it becomes one of those words that looks awkward no matter what way that you spell it, so you start to go a bit buggy. Today, I am in the mood […]

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Cherry Cobbler Breakfast Cake

This pan of heaven came about because I had leftover cream cheese filling from making Fruit and Cream Cheese Turnovers. And because I bought a can of cherry pie filling since I did not have one on hand but had been needing a cherry pie filling pastry bad, real bad. So, my mind got busy and created Cherry Cobbler Breakfast […]

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Funny Face Pizzas & Pineapple Upside Down Cake

First off, I just have to say that I am soooo out of sorts with the overlapping of summer weather where I feel like I can be completely lackadaisical (I always say “laxadaisical”) about my daily routine and totally wing it against the beginning of the school year where I definitely need a daily routine and really cannot wing it […]

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I Went to Yoga & Brought Home a Baby

Three years ago I went to my early morning prenatal yoga class and came home two days later with a baby. I kinda had a feeling that it would be the day because it seemed like I was having contractions. You would have thought that by my third pregnancy I would know the signs of labor and not be surprised, […]

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Individual Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream Treats

I saw a beautiful chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake on a blog called “Sweet Phi” and it stuck in my brain. I could not stop thinking about it. The chocolate ice cream and peanut butter cups just taunted me. Her dessert just looks amazing and chocolate and peanut butter is one of my favorite combos. I ended up tweaking the […]

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Sweet & Salty Sunflower Seed Snack

I promised you the recipe for these Sweet & Salty Sunflower Seed Snacks so…here it is! And I actually had the recipe ready the day after I promised it to you but I decided to post it on another recipe site that I participate in. I participate in the “Tasty Kitchen” recipe sharing network but have not shared very much there […]

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Egg & Hash Brown Frittata

Technically, a Frittata is a baked omelet full of any goodies that you like. I just happen to like to add a hash brown crust to mine before I add the egg mixture. Is it still a Frittata if it has a crust? Let’s say that it is, otherwise it is too late in the evening for me to be […]

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Fruit Turnovers with Cream Cheese Filling

Turnovers are such an easy and fun addition to a “Breakfast in Bed” menu, or any breakfast for that matter. Unlike pie dough where I am a bit picky, the store-bought refrigerated puff pastry dough is just fine for me. I had planned on having cherry turnovers but could not find a can of cherry pie filling in my cupboard, […]

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Orange Zest Whipped Cream

It does not get much simpler than this Orange Zest Whipped Cream, but boy does it deliver on taste. I added it to a “Breakfast in Bed” menu and I have to say, it very well may have been the shining star that morning. The subtle fresh citrus taste added just a touch of brightness to the bowl of fresh […]

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“Breakfast In Bed” – A Classic Menu

I am not sure if I have ever had breakfast in bed, if so, it was in a land far, far away. Actually, if truth be told, I prefer to eat lunch and dinner foods for breakfast and breakfast foods later in the day. Those close to me know that I would pick a chili-dog over an egg for breakfast. […]

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Swiss Cheese Omelet

The Swiss Cheese that my husband purchased at a local Farmer’s Market made its way into an omelet for breakfast and it was heaven on a plate. Melty ooey gooey cheese and personalized fillings made us happy people Sunday morning. His omelet had mushrooms, onions, garlic, sausage, peppers and tomatoes, in addition to the Swiss Cheese. I preferred an omelet with […]

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Pork Fried Rice, a “Look & Cook” Meal

If you haven’t heard me say it before, I will say it again…I love “Look & Cook” meals. Those meals that come together just by looking at an idea and then heading off to create magic. This Pork Fried Rice is one of those easy versatile dishes, made easy by using the foods that you have on hand. No need […]

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Happy Hour – Family Style

The cheese started it. A Swiss cheese that my husband picked up at a local farmer’s market last Sunday gave him endless pleasure and he hadn’t even taken a bite until Tuesday evening. It was the thought of the cheese and how he would eat it that was so pleasurable. I know the feeling and have been there myself, many times. And […]

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Homemade Watermelon Popsicles

Watermelon is just one of those fruits that I automatically think of for refreshing summer treats. The color is amazing, a real treat for the eye. The flavor is so sweet and mellow. The crunchy melty texture is pure fun. And served cold, is it so perfect for summer. So, since the calendar says that it is summer, even though […]

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Aunt Nore’s Peas & Bacon Potato Salad

This has been my favorite potato salad recipe ever since I was a kid. My Aunt Nore makes it and I have never seen it anywhere else. I may find out that I live a limited life, but I have been around a few potato salads and have never seen this one. The pop of the sweet peas is complemented by […]

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Peanuts & Ice Cream Parfait

Ever since I picked up these taller size mason jars and then the colorful lids, I have been dreaming about the treats that I would make with them. While traveling on Road Trip, I decided that it should be an ice cream treat and over this past weekend, I knew that one treat needed to be the Peanut Buster Parfait […]

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