Category: Spice Up Your Life

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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Nothing boring about going granola

One of the best parts about being on break from teaching in the summer is that I have time to eat breakfast at home every morning. I normally don?t get fancy with my morning meal?I tend to alternate between raisin bran and sugary kid cereal?but I love having time to just sit and eat. During the school year, I normally […]

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Cobbler is a ?berry? good summer dessert

Several weeks ago, my sister was kind enough to water our plants and bring in our mail while we were gone for a conference. This past week, I returned the favor while she vacationed. Of the two of us, I got the sweet end of that deal. When I house-sat last summer, I was inundated with fresh veggies from my […]

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Crock pot garlic potatoes gives more to ?clove?

I don?t know about all of you, but I was almost relieved that Mother Nature finally decided it was summer this past week. I?m not a huge fan of the heat, but my allergies were thankful we weren?t swinging back and forth between cool and hot days. This past week, I had the opportunity to spend a few days out […]

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