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Rice Noodle Salad with Chicken and Peanut Vinaigrette

A simple, but flavorful salad full of bright and fresh ingredients that will become your new favorite meal. A smooth peanut vinaigrette drizzled over baked chicken, rice noodles and fresh veggies will be your go-to salad this summer.

This Spring I have been really into the salads. Even though it has been a cold, wet spring, I have moved on past the comfort foods. I am so ready for the lighter meals full of fresh veggies and perhaps some chicken thrown in. I am super excited for fresh fruit again! I know the south is in strawberry season, but we won’t be until the end of June. I’ve only planted a few things in the garden that don’t mind the cold weather because anything else will shrivel and die. Kind of how I feel when there is rain day after day and it’s barely out of the 40’s. Good thing…

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Gooey Butter Cake Bars

A chewy, addicting bar with a flaky, tender crust. These will become your new favorite dessert.

Okay GOT fans, how is everyone feeling about this last season? The episode with the battle against the Night King, I don’t think I have ever felt so stressed out about a damn TV show. Seriously! My husband and I looked at each other after the episode and said, how the heck are we supposed to sleep after that!? And this isn’t even real life!! I honestly don’t know. For non Game of Thrones fans, consider…

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Chicken Shawarma Naan Salad with Sweet Potato Fries

Naan acts as a killer vessel for hummus, chicken, sweet potato fries, spinach, cucumbers, avocado, tomatoes, and feta cheese. A fantastic dinner, or great lunch. Incredibly satisfying and filling makes the time to cook and prep all worth it.

Chicken seems to my jam lately. I’m all into chicken dinners these days. It’s always been my favorite type of meat. And that’s coming from someone who could eat meat once a month and be happy. Since my husband is a huge meat person, I compromise as meal planner and do about half vegetarian and half meat meals throughout the week. That way…

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Three Cheese and Bacon Hand Pies

Savory hand pies filled with three different types of cheese, rosemary and bacon. Encapsulated in a buttery, flaky crust, what’s not to love?

What is it about hand pies that makes food that much cuter and desirable? I don’t know, but I’m loving it. It’s almost like a test to see how many amazing flavors you can pack into one little treat. Do you serve it for snack? As a side dish? Or as an appetizer? Or maybe even a midnight snack? The choices are endless! I vote all of the above. And don’t even get me started on…

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Falafel Naan Wraps with Golden Rice

A dinner you will want to have over and over again. Fresh naan is a base for golden rice, veggie and chickpea falafels, shredded lettuce, sliced cucs and a drizzle of yogurt sauce. Meal prep and you could have this all week!

I am so so SO excited to share this recipe with you. Do you remember how I shared the naan with you a few weeks ago? Well, I was just trying to warm you up and get you ready for this dinner. Because dammnnn you need this. Tonight. Right now. This is one of those meals that I could barely contain my excitement for when I put it on the weekly menu. It’s dangerous going into a first-time dinner with high expectations because those can fail miserably. But, I just had the feeling. My mind was seriously…

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Tropical Carrot Sheet Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting

No layering necessary! Untraditional carrot sheet cake filled with crushed pineapple and coconut flakes which yields an incredibly moist cake. Smeared with salted caramel cream cheese frosting, you have yourself the perfect cake.

If you are in need of a one-of-a-kind Easter dessert, here you go. Carrot cake is classic Easter, or at least Spring dessert. At least that is how I envision its perfect placement. Not that I actually follow my own thought line. I almost never make carrot cake for easter. I usually find something that seems way more exciting, or at least peaks my interest a little more than boring ol’ carrot cake. Now, my question…

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Baked Lemon Curd Filled Donuts

No frying necessary! These baked donuts are light and fluffy , rolled in sugar and filled with bright lemon curd. The perfect citrus treat for Spring and Easter!

Once in a while, donuts and I will have a thing. Once in a very great while. I don’t actually do donuts, most of the time. Unless I make them. I never eat purchased donuts. It’s something I stopped doing in high school. For whatever reason. Who knows what was going through my teenage mind back then. I also don’t live near any cities where good donuts are actually a thing. Around here it’s just the gross chain breakfast…

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Raspberry Pomegranate Hibiscus Meringue Cake

White cake, raspberry cheesecake, baked meringue, and pomegranate hibiscus curd come together to make one heck of a cake. Perfect for that special occasion, Monday afternoon, or Easter table.

Is anyone else super excited about the fact that the final season of Game of Thrones is starting TOMORROW? I am super pumped, if you couldn’t tell. My husband and I didn’t jump on to the GOT band wagon until years after it started. I decided to start by reading the books I borrowed from a friend. I like to try to read the books first, but I couldn’t wait. We ended up starting the show before I read all the books. I guess it didn’t matter any way since the show surpassed the books. I consider myself lucky because we were able to binge watch the seasons without waiting a year before the next season…

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Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower

This is a healthier version of butter chicken. Coconut milk makes it rich and creamy while cauliflower is subtly swapped for the chicken. This is an easy, satisfying weeknight meal that will please all at the table.

This dish is for all of those who are still in, what it may seem like, the the throes of winter. We got a big enough snow storm Monday to cancel school. And it has been spitting snow off and on for a few days this week. I know out west is getting hit hard. I feel you people! I find the snow to be beautiful, and I really don’t mind it a whole lot, but I am definitely ready to retire my…

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Toffee Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buttery, soft and chewy cookies filled with chopped chocolate, espresso and toffee bits. Everything is so right about this cookie.

I feel like every time I make a new flavored cookie, it becomes my favorite. And this is coming from someone that honestly doesn’t eat a lot of cookies. Yes, I make cookies every week. But they are mainly for packing in lunches and for a quick dessert for the kids and my husband after dinner. Cookies are definitely not the first thing I grab for when I want a sweet fix. With that being said, there are a choice few cookies that I will go to first. Most of them revolve…

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Naan with Garlic Herb Butter

Fluffy, buttery herbed flatbread is well worth the time for your next curry dipping vessel or extra special sandwich.

This recipe and the recipe that goes with this naan is something I am incredibly excited about. I have dived head first back into baking and cooking. I have been so excited to finally have the capacity to bake again. I fell off the bandwagon for a couple of months due to many things going on in our lives. But now, I am back into the full swing of things. And it helps that the weather has finally broken (fingers crossed it’s for good) and Spring is officially here! There is something incredibly rejuvenating about…

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Brown Butter Maple Chess Pie

Pure maple syrup and browned butter come together to enhance one another in a killer custard pie. A super simple flaky, butter crust brings it all together.

Hello again! I am finally back after a not-by-choice 3 month hiatus. My 8+ year old laptop started having some issues the end of December, which the techs thought were resolvable. Turns out, it was going to cost just as much to fix it as it would be to get a new computer. THANK THE LORD they were able to backup all my data before the computer went totally bonkers. So, to make a long story short, here I am, on a new computer with all my data. It only took three months…

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Eggnog Ice Cream

What’s better than being able to drink eggnog? Eating it in ice cream, that’s what! Creamy, rich and addicting eggnog ice cream that will satisfy any eggnog lover. Or perhaps convert someone on the fence. Enjoy a bowlful while sitting by the fire admiring the twinkling christmas lights.

So, are you an eggnog lover or hater? I am a big time eggnog lover. I don’t know how much I drank as a kid, but probably a lot more than I’d care to admit. As an adult, I have a little more restraint. Or at least I’d like to think I do. My kids have inherited my love of eggnog, much to their father’s dismay. (If you couldn’t tell, he falls into the eggnog hater category.) I always buy a few half gallons for the kids (and myself, who am I kidding?) to enjoy in the evenings during December. Growing up, it was always tradition to drink eggnog while trimming the tree Christmas eve. (Don’t ask why we waited all month…

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Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies with Eggnog and Chocolate Filling

Soft and chewy gingerbread cookies filled with BOTH eggnog/white chocolate and creamy chocolate. These definitely, totally need to be on Santa’s plate this year. This is Christmas in a cookie with all the right flavors and combinations. You cannot go wrong.

Oh my lanta, the countdown to Christmas has commenced! Unless you start the countdown December first, or in November, then apparently I am way behind the time. But I only just realized that we’ve reached the single digits of days remaining. Eeep! Surprisingly this Christmas I am not feeling particularly overwhelmed. I was better organized with my present purchasing, which made everything…

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Lemon, Cranberry Gingerbread Cake

Moist, seasonally spiced gingerbread cake is topped with fresh cranberry sauce and a bright and creamy lemon mousse. This showstopper dessert would be an excellent addition to any upcoming holiday parties, meals or just for your own family dinner. Make ahead and keep in the freezer until ready to serve!

Hello Christmas cake! Or if you consider gingerbread and/or cranberries to be a Thanksgiving flavor only, then make a mental note to make this for Thanksgiving next year! I like the idea of gingerbread and cranberries being ideal flavors for both holidays. This flavor concept came to me in the beginning of this year, but then it kind of got forgotten during the summer months and warm weather foods. When…

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

These bad boys are christmas in a cupcake. Warm spices fill these moist cupcakes to create the ideal holiday dessert. A light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is filled with cinnamon to top off the already perfect gingerbread cake. Perfect for your upcoming holiday party or to make with your kids.

It seems I have been alternating between peppermint and gingerbread themed desserts of late. My youngest daughter doesn’t like peppermint (she can’t be my kid!), so I can’t make evvveerrryy thing peppermint. Even though I’d like to. So gingerbread is my next top choice. The smell of gingerbread is Christmas to me. The smell of all the warm spices together, filling the house with their divine scents, is comforting and warming to the soul. Even better if there is Christmas music playing in the background, gentle snowflakes falling outside, Christmas lights twinkling, and the smell of the Christmas tree and garlands draped…

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Amish Cinnamon Bread

This aromatic bread has a lovely crunchy exterior, while the inside is bursting with cinnamon flavor and incredibly moist. This is a wonderful bread to gift to a friend, or enjoy with your family. Everyone will come back wanting more.

So, I’ve decided this may have to the be the month of sweet things. I may have time to throw in a soup recipe or two, but sweet things will prevail. But hey, it’s December. Let’s indulge and enjoy ourselves! We have January to reset those resolutions. Ha! Just kidding, I don’t set resolutions. But anyway, it is the month…

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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate and peppermint come together to create a soft and chewy cookie perfect for Christmas. The cookie dough is rolled in peppermint, which creates a beautiful red, crackly crust on the outside. These are irresistible and perfect for this time of year.

To be honest, I really wanted to call these Christmas crack cookies. Buuutttt, I thought that might not be appropriate. You never know who you may offend these days, so I tend to play it cool and neutral. That’s partly why you won’t see any political posts. But mainly that’s because I hate talking politics with anyone. It can stir up..

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Gingerbread Cake

This classic gingerbread cake is tall, moist and full of spices. It’s a super simple cake that bakes beautifully into this fragrant, tall cake that is irresistible. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar or a dollop of freshly whipped cream, and you have yourself the perfect holiday dessert.

It's the time of the year when gingerbread and peppermint everything is exploding all over the place. I kind of love it. I adore gingerbread and peppermint, and I only allow myself to indulge in these glorious flavors during the month of December. So, needless to say, I am diving in head first. I have several gingerbread recipes to share with you in the upcoming week or two that I am pretty excited about. Now for peppermint…

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Chop Suey

Chop suey with a new face lift. This transformed dish is now bursting with more flavor and is the perfect comfort food dish for the colder months. Hamburger, pasta and tomatoes come together to make your new favorite dish.

This is actually a recipe I posted years ago, but I felt it needed a serious update. It is a favorite recipe in my family, one that my oldest requests all year long. I try to save it for the colder, winter months because it is an ideal comfort food. It also makes excellent leftovers. Over the years, I have tweaked the recipe nearly every time I make it. I finally found the perfect changes that result in a super flavorful meal the first night. Generally..

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