Category: Spice Up Your Life

Why not ham it up with dinner tonight?

If I ever got to meet the person who invented the crockpot, I would give that person an extremely awkwardly long hug. As our weeks continue to fill with more and more activity, my crockpot has been my saving grace to keep us fed without being forced to go through a drive-thru, and every time I come home to a […]

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Pucker up for delicious lemon pudding cookies

Mother Nature can?t seem to make up her mind as to whether we?re fully in the days of fall or if she wants to hold onto summer a bit more. Despite fall being my favorite time of year and despite the flavors of fall being some of my favorites as well, I?m not quite feeling ready to give up the […]

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This quick and easy gumbo ain’t no crock

I always look forward to football season for many reasons, not least of which is going to Joey?s parents? house to enjoy the games and good food together. Quite often, Joey?s folks treat us to great meals, so last week I decided it was our turn to treat them. Apparently I?m in a bit of a Cajun mood, because I […]

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Cajun chicken rice goes with the grain

When looking back on my childhood, I regularly note times when I?m very sure my parents were shaking their heads in disbelief at me. There was the time my dad cajoled me into tasting a jerky-style dog treat after I remarked at how good it smelled. (In case you were thinking about trying it, don?t do it. They taste awful). […]

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Here?s a good use for brown bananas, bar none

I hate to see food go to waste, so every time I see some bananas getting brown on our counter, and I don?t have time to use them in some baking experiment, they go straight into the freezer with the hope that I?ll find some use for them soon. Recently, I got the ?Why are you keeping so many baggies […]

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Here?s one way to wrap up your breakfast

I normally have three times of the year when I?m an amazing housekeeper: summer, Christmas break and spring break. Otherwise, I?m marginal at best. The school year has our house bustling, moving from activity to activity, often with our cameras in hand to capture our communities at their best in the gym, on the field and in the classroom. It […]

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When life hands you lemons, cherry up

When we were kids, my sister and I often thought having a lemonade stand would be a fantastic idea. Fortunately, my parents were able to convince us that two kids sitting on the side of a dirt road out in the country probably wouldn?t drum up much business. With that said, we still made a lot of the sweet stuff […]

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This chocolate cake will cherry you up

There are tons of kitchen gadgets that I see in stores and think, ?Why would someone need to own this?? And then I remove the pits from several pounds of cherries and realize why things like cherry pitters might be really handy to have tucked away in one?s cabinet. Not only does pitting that many cherries give you a lot […]

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Cherry bars are anything but the pits

I recently found cherries on sale for $1 per pound. I was so excited that I bought three pounds. When got them home, I realized I didn?t really know what to do with three pounds of cherries, so I got online and found some recipes. The first recipe I tried was a huge hit: cherry coconut bars. Joey liked them […]

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Have a ball (or two) with your next meal

Over the past year or so, I have become enamored with any meal that I can double (or triple?or quadruple) and freeze the leftovers for future meals. Between my crazy schedule during the school year to Joey?s crazy schedule with the newspaper, it?s sometimes a miracle that we even manage to get a meal in at all, let alone one […]

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