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How to completely complicate a mug of hot cocoa

Ok, to be honest, I didn’t set out to turn hot chocolate into an ordeal comparable to writing the Declaration of Independence.  I was planning to make peanut brittle and didn’t realize I had already bought corn syrup and so there I was with two bottles of what I generally refer to as “kid poison” []

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Cranberry Apple Christmas Crisp

See? Beautiful combo Cranberries don’t get paired up with apples nearly often enough. They go great together and every year for Thanksgiving or Christmas, or often both, I make a simple, slightly sweet dish of baked cranberries and apples with a crumb topping. The bonus—this is a side dish so it is a bit like []

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Cranberry Chutney

Here is one of my most favorite holiday foods. I learned how to make it when Dennis was a baby and have made it every holiday since then. It’s a tradition! It makes a fantastic holiday appetizer and travels well to parties. And it’s allergy friendly! It also works as a cranberry sauce and/or jam. []

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Old Fashioned Berry Jam

This recipe makes about 2 cups of jam. The best part is that you can make it on the fly because there is no need for added pectin! And the second best part is that it’s so easy, kids can do it with little guidance. Ok, maybe that’s the first best part and the no-pectin []

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5 Ingredient Egg Nog Spice Cake

What a stressful night! I had plans to go out to a farewell dinner with some friends before leaving for Pennsylvania. I had been looking forward to this all week, and things were looking good. I had everything timed out perfectly from my shower to Baby Leon’s bath, dinner for the family, and even made []

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Egg Nog Cookies & Cookie Swaps

Last year I hosted a holiday cookie swap. It was tons of fun. We didn’t worry about details like how many cookies everyone had to bring. I just had everyone make a batch or two of cookies and then go around the table taking one cookie from each plate until they had roughly the number []

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Baked Apples AKA Crustless Apple Pie

I can’t believe I went so many years without baking apples. Okay, when my son Max was 6, he had an easy bake oven, and one of the recipes we made regularly in it was baked apples. We’d slice up an apple, sprinkle a little cinnamon on the two or three little pieces that would []

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Homemade(ish) Meatball Soup

My favorite dinner is called, “Super Easy Meal That Isn’t Spaghetti.” Today’s installment is Homeade(ish) Meatball Soup. 4 C broth 1 C pasta sauce 1 C pasta/rice (uncooked) 1 can black or red beans 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables Fully cooked meatballs (or italian sausage or ground beef or “meat” substitute) Combine broth and pasta []

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Sautéed Zucchini Coins with Herbs and Feta

Don’t on picture to enlarge unless you want to fall in love By the end of the garden season generally zucchini is vegetable non-grata around here. Unfortunately, squash bugs decimated our squash plants this year and so we never got around to becoming desperately tired of zucchini. Almost every time I get a few []

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Morel Time!

Treasure of the forest! Every Spring my brother in law monitors the weather to determine the best days for hunting for the illusive morel mushroom. He says there needs to be a fair amount of rain followed by cool (not cold) nights and a few warmish (but not hot) days. Usually Missouri Spring is full of []

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Cauliflower with Curry Butter

You know you’re in a rut when you resort to blogging about cauliflower.  Not that I have any ill feelings toward cauliflower—it has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity  in my house due to its ability to lack carbs yet mimic rice and mashed potatoes—but I’ve always kind of considered it broccoli’s bland and bloated boring []

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Super Tea to the Rescue!

I’ve always imagined someday keeping a huge garden. I picture myself spending hours in that garden and hanging herbs and flowers to dry all around my little cottage. I was talking about this to a friend–it was Blind Wife emeritus, Lindsay, in fact. We’ve both been sick lately, and I was telling her about how []

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Quick, Easy Oven Baked Fajitas

I have to share this recipe today, because it is almost life-changingly quick and easy. I had pinned it months ago, thinking I’d try it if ever in a pinch. Then, the other day, I was having Blind Wife Charlie and her husband Lars over for dinner and a movie. (She had never seen Jaws []

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Nutella Cookies Three Ways

Warning: Do not attempt to even read this post without a glass of milk nearby. That’s how serious the chocolate levels are. In my house, we started out as normal people. We enjoyed sweets. We enjoyed chocolate. We enjoyed all sorts of different things. Then, we bought our first jar of Nutella. I don’t know []

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