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Celebrate National Pie Day with this Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

January 23, 2014 3:45 pm  • 

Celebrate National Pie Day with this Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

It's national pie day! My oldest requested a chocolate cream pie for her birthday last month and I spent quite a bit of time digging through recipes to come up with one. It was delicious and the dark chocolate was a great twist. Today seems like the perfect day to share it.

Dark Chocolate Cream Pie

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Easy crock pot pork roast

January 10, 2014 3:45 pm  • 

Easy Crock Pot Pork Roast

I like roasting meat in the oven but some days it's hard to find the time. The crock pot can be a great roasting substitute. The meat comes out moist and tender. And you can get it started in the morning, so dinner is ready when you get home.

Recently I had some pork loin roast and had the idea of cooking it in applesauce. Apples & pork are a good combination so I figured applesauce would be a good cooking sauce. The results were delicious!

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Holiday Baking: Cinnamon Swirl Bread

December 19, 2013 3:45 pm  • 

Holiday Baking: Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Each year during the holidays many of us bake loads of cookies and other treats. I have a confession to make: As much as I enjoy eating cookies, I rarely enjoy baking them. It just takes so much time. I'm kind of over it by the third cookie sheet. In fact, my cookies tend to get larger & larger as the day goes on just so I don't have to bake as many.

To counteract this issue I've done two things: 1. I no longer bake as many types of cookies. 2. I look for other things to bake that are equally delicious but only require putting one thing in the oven leaving me free to move on to other tasks & activities. With that in mind, I bring you a delightful recipe that will make your kitchen smell wonderful and would be a welcome treat for any friends or family who happen to stop by. It's also a great breakfast accompaniment over the holidays when you might have extra people in your house and a welcome hostess/teacher gift.

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A delicious holiday gift for teachers & caregivers

December 05, 2013 3:45 pm  • 

A delicious holiday gift for teachers & caregivers

'Tis the season to give the hardworking teachers & caregivers in our lives a gift. I like to give our teachers a holiday treat - something they can share if they want to, but is also just the right size to keep to themselves. (Because sometimes a treat kept to ourselves is just plain decadent.) My go-to gift: a homemade goodie with a Starbucks card.

I often make Cinnamon Roasted Cashews because they are definitely something that falls in the treat category. Plus they are easy to make and the whole house smells good while they are roasting.

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Holiday breakfast ideas

November 21, 2013 3:45 pm  • 

Holiday Breakfast Ideas

Oh, Thanksgiving is almost here!! I don't cook the turkey on this holiday (but my tip if you're roasting it is to roast it upside down - then all the juices from the dark meat run into the breast). I do cook a side and some desserts and this is the one holiday where I don't vary much from year to year in what I contribute to the feast:

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Cooking with Kids

Cooking with Kids
November 07, 2013 3:45 pm  • 

Cooking with Kids!

I love getting my kids involved in the kitchen. From a very young age - as in so young I used to plop them on the counter and put a bowl between their little legs - I've had them in the kitchen stirring and mixing. As they get older they can chop and help a bit more. Sometimes I can convince them to follow an entire recipe with just a touch of assistance or even be bold enough to add their own ingredients as we make something together.

I understand that if you aren't too comfortable in the kitchen yourself, it becomes hard to involve your kids. I'm here to tell you not to be afraid! The worst case scenario is that you end up ordering pizza for dinner - and sometimes those nights make the best memories. Have I ever told you about the time that I dropped an entire crock pot full of food... we all watched it shatter and explode all over the kitchen floor... and after a bit of clean up we all went out for burgers. It is a story my kids like to tell to this day.

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Healthy and Fun Halloween Party Treats

Healthy and Fun Halloween Party Treats
October 24, 2013 3:45 pm  • 

Healthy and Fun Halloween Party Treats

I’m not a Halloween scrooge. I like fun-size snickers as much as the next person (perhaps even more), but it does seem like the sugar has gotten out of hand at school parties and Halloween get-togethers. I know I’m not the only one who greets this holiday with a slight dread of future dentist bills and sugar crashes. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of healthy Halloween treats that are fun, fresh and satisfying.

Fun (and healthy) Halloween Treats

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Indulge your craving for pumpkin with this yeast pumpkin bread

October 10, 2013 3:45 pm  • 

Indulge your craving for pumpkin with this yeast pumpkin bread

Every October I post a recipe for something using pumpkin. There's just something about pumpkin flavored foods as the weather turns chilly. Plus, we are big fans of pumpkin around here. Most recipes for pumpkin bread are of the quick bread variety - more muffin-like than bread-like. Delicious but not necessarily something you want to have alongside a bowl of soup for dinner. Today's recipe is the best yeast-based pumpkin bread recipe I've ever found and it's a favorite in our house.

Get out the bread maker (you know the one you got as a wedding gift but hardly ever use) and make this bread. It will make your whole house smell so good that your family will be thanking you before they even try it. And then when they have some warm with butter they will hug you. And then tomorrow when you lightly toast a slice and put apple butter on top... you'll think you've died and gone to heaven.

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Using Fall's Bounty: Whole Wheat Apple Scones

September 26, 2013 3:45 pm  • 

Using Fall's Bounty: Whole Wheat Apple Scones

Here in NWI, it's apple picking season. If you have young children, they've probably already been on a field trip to the orchard or you might be planning a family apple picking trip like I am. It's fun to go to the orchards throughout the months of September and October because just about every week a different variety is ripe and ready for picking. It's also fun to find fresh, local apple varieties in your local grocery or farmer's market. My kids love to pick apples so when we go I end up with far more apples than we can eat as snacks or in lunches. That's when I pull out the baking recipes.


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Muffin meatloaves and bonus zucchini recipes

September 12, 2013 2:29 pm  • 

Muffin Meatloaves and Bonus Zucchini Recipes

If you have a garden or know someone that has a garden, chances are you've got some zucchini in your house. I love zucchini. I even like it raw with a little veggie dip when it's fresh from the garden. Over the years I've posted some yummy zucchini recipes:

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