Category: Spice Up Your Life

There’s ‘nuttin” better than these squares

My kitchen is a place where I?m constantly reminded of the wonderful people I?ve been blessed to know throughout my life. From my mixer to my pie pans to my measuring cups, memories of friends and family float in every cupboard and even more hover in my recipe box. There are tastes and smells of my childhood and good meals […]

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A pie this good will drive you coco’nuts’

There aren?t many desserts that I have trouble finishing. Even when other people tap out after a few bites because something is just ?too rich,? I?m not generally one to join them. I tend to be the last woman standing, fork in hand, proud (and full) of vanquishing that delicious concoction. The pie recipe I?m sharing with you this week […]

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A ?parm?anent recipe for your meal rotation

Every time I watch a cooking show, I become keenly aware that the man or woman making that delectable recipe on TV has no intention of being the one who has to do the dishes. I understand that it?s easier to have items pre-measured, but watching those television cooks dirty dozens of little dishes for a tablespoon of this or […]

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‘Chews’ quick no-bake cookies for holidays

I may be in the minority, but I really enjoy making all of the holiday candy and cookies that are popular this time of year. I like melting chocolate in my double boiler and coating everything from peanuts to pretzels, I enjoy mixing up batches of peanut brittle, and I love making peppernuts. The only problem with all this Christmas-time […]

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Time to gobble up turkey chimichangas

After the dishes were finally washed and dried, you waved goodbye to your loved ones, and you finally plopped down, ready to take your post-Thanksgiving breather, I doubt that you were ready to hop back in the kitchen for more cooking. Unfortunately, ready or not, we?re going to have to keep eating?even though it may not feel like it right […]

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Give thanks for sweet potato bundt cake

Being married puts an interesting twist on holiday celebrations. Growing up, Thanksgiving was a coordinated event with a planned time for dinner, expectations of what everyone would bring to the feast, and napkins printed with turkey or cornucopia scenes. Then there are my husband?s free-spirited family traditions that ebb and flow depending on who is available to make the journey, […]

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Ground beef stroganoff recipe is right on

When I was a kid, I remem?ber catching a few episodes of ?Supermarket Sweep? with my mom. For those of you who are unfamiliar, it was a show based on trying to guess prices of items in a grocery store, and each episode would culminate in someone running through the store with a cart, trying to fill it with as […]

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You’ll like chocolate chip banana cookies a bunch

In my humble estimation, the best part of Election Day is that we?re finally done listening to negative attack ads. It?s no wonder most of us have a bad attitude when it comes to politics and politicians. It?s difficult to be positive when no one is putting positive information out there. Just once I?d like to see a campaign that […]

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This quick dish will be ‘pasta’-round the table

The past week was hectic around our house. I hosted our high school?s annual debate tournament on Saturday, Joey came home with all kinds of stories from his adventures at a wedding in Texas and I spent a few evenings at the school for parent-teacher conferences. (As a side note, I had some very pleasant conversations, and it was a […]

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Feel like one smart cookie with this recipe

The Internet is full of promises of des?serts baked in mugs in the micro?wave. To be honest, I haven?t always had a ton of luck with the different ?cake in a mug? recipes out there. I feel like Goldilocks as I wade through the recipes. Some are too moist, some are too dry, and only a few are just right. […]

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