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Chocolate Almond Yogurt Smoothie

I don’t know what is happening to my memory. My kids tease me all the time. When they need something from the store they know to just write it down, because I will forget. It must just be the simple things because I can remember lots of stuff. Things pop into my head for no []

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Cinnamon French Toast

Last thing I remember it was Tuesday, since then life has been crazy and stressful. Tuesday is when the Black Forest Fire began here in Colorado and we live close to the Northwest part of the fire. We are about 10 minutes driving from that point, so it was quite nerve-racking to be on guard []

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Smokey Spinach Pizza

Pizza has always been a comfort food for me.  The crust is the most important part, it has to be crisp and chewy.  Layer your favorite topping on a good crust and you’re just about guaranteed to have a great pizza. I use to be strictly a pepperoni pizza fan but I’ve come to prefer []

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Texas Cowboy Caviar

A few days ago, I was reading Two Healthy Kitchens blog, they had posted a recipe for Rainbow Pepper Salsa. Not only did it look amazing, it reminded me of this appetizer I love to serve at parties.  It’s pretty hard to go to a party or potluck in Texas and not see this delicious []

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French Baguettes

Bread…my ultimate weakness. I love the smell of bread baking in the oven, it makes the whole house smell wonderful! Baguettes take a little preparation, but are fairly simple to make. With four basic ingredients: flour, water, salt, and yeast you can bake your own bread 😀 I’ve tried several different baguette recipes and this []

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Chocolatey Chocolate Chip Cookies

I like to have homemade cookies in the cookie jar, usually they are oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Problem is, my son  is the only one who eats them. My daughter will have 1 or 2 when they are hot out of the oven and then could care less. So, I’ve been playing around with this []

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Wholesome Oatmeal Muffins

I have always loved oatmeal, it is one of those foods I could easily eat everyday. Now, my husband and son literally gag trying to eat oatmeal, the texture always gets them. So, to get them to eat oats I add them into breads, cookies, muffins, meatballs and meatloaf. Oats have the highest amount of soluble []

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Cherry Almond Oatmeal Crisp

I do love fresh foods! When foods are fresh they have their best flavor and highest nutrient content. Fresh fruits and vegetables are nutrient dense, so you get lots of great nutrients for the calories. Their color is eye-catching and their sweet fragrance draws you in…that is just what happened to me with cherries. Cherries are []

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Margherita Pizza

I always prefer to make foods myself rather than buying ready-made. Yes, it takes a little more effort but the end result is always worth the time.  I have been obsessed with making my own pizza for years. To me a good crust and sauce makes the pizza. In the beginning they were not so []

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Snickerdoodle Muffins

My daughter loves to be in the kitchen and now wants to be more involved in cooking and baking. The city we moved from had a summer cooking camp where the kids would learn kitchen safety, food handling, cooking techniques, etc. Each week of the camp they would teach things like italian cooking, cooking with chocolate, []

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Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

I have always been a fan of biscuits. A fresh, hot biscuit topped with butter or jam…yum! I can still remember the first time I made biscuits in my high school home-ec class. I still remember how surprised I was at how they were so easy to make. That class was awesome, I learned so []

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Apricot Glazed Chicken

I walked into the store and was drawn to these beautiful glowing golden orange apricots. Let my start by saying…I’m a big sucker for fresh fruit. If fruit were a clever predator, I’d be a goner real quick. I just can’t resist their bright colors and sweet fragrance. Half the time, I don’t need these []

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Chunky Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip

Chips and dip, veggies and dip, fruits and dip, wings and dip…I think you get it, I am a huge fan of dips.  I think they can be a great snack food when made healthy, like my Chunky Blue Cheese Yogurt Dip… I used Greek Yogurt (0% plain) and reduced fat blue cheese crumbles to make this []

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Golden Apricot Salad Dressing

It happened again! I bought some apricots that weren’t quite ripe. I figured that’s okay, I set them on counter and next thing I know they are overripe. They smell so sweet, but are just too squishy to eat raw. My solution is Golden Apricot Salad Dressing… Apricots Apricots are a good source of vitamin []

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Grilled Honey Lime Chicken

I’m not complaining, but the weather here in Colorado is wacky! One day it is 90 and the next its in the 60’s. When we moved here and found that most homes don’t have an a/c, I was quite surprised. Coming from Texas, it is kind of strange to live in a house without an []

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