Category: Spice Up Your Life

Get ready to ‘caul’ this dish a part of dinner

One of the things they don’t tell you about getting married is that it will change your diet. When we got married, Joey had to give up eating tomatoes as often as he’d like because I’m allergic to them and have to watch my intake if I don’t want to suffer from hives afterward. I gave up eating a lot […]

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Sandwich this recipe into your weekend plan

It doesn’t matter how much I love freshly baked desserts, there’s just something about packaged snack cakes that I love. I wasn’t one of those people who freaked out a few years ago when the world thought the Twinkie would be gone forever, but I can’t say I wouldn’t be more than a little upset if a few of my […]

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As candidates fudge facts, make brownies

The afternoon of the second presidential debate, I decided to try a new recipe for some brownies that promised to create a soft, gooey result. They were cooling on the countertop when the debate began, so I eagerly grabbed a seat in the living room to watch the two candidates answer town hall questions, deciding to grab a brownie if […]

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You ‘oat’ to bake these cookies today

I’ve been in the mood for cookies lately, so last week I tried a new recipe. I scrolled through potential recipes, looking for one that would save me a trip to the store, and I stumbled on one for oatmeal coconut pecan cookies. I happened to have everything I needed in my pantry, so I went to work. The first […]

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It’s time to come out of your shell

I mentioned awhile back that Joey is attempting to decrease his carb intake. I completely applaud his efforts, but for a bread-loving, potato-eating girl such as me, the concept of cutting carbs is a little scary. So I did what I always do when I’m unsure about something: I decided to do a little research. I learned there are lots […]

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Feeling blue? Eat a muffin

A few days ago, I decided I wanted to try making a new muffin recipe, but I was sad to see that I’d exhausted my supply of muffin liners. But then I remembered that the reason I ran out of liners was because I made some amazing blueberry muffins that were still hanging out in my freezer, and after a […]

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When it comes to this recipe, it’s all gravy

With the school year in full swing, it’s time for running to athletic events and concerts, hoping there’s some time in between for a decent meal. The best part about fall arriving is that the crockpot can go into full swing, and we can still eat real food even when we’re on a crazy schedule. This past week, as I […]

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Pack in some brown sugar cookies

When I would help my mom bake, I liked being the one to measure out brown sugar. Unlike the flour, which you had to carefully place in the measuring cup and not tamp down, brown sugar was always meant to be packed in and smooshed down. I still get a special joy from measuring it out. It’s a little like […]

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Sometimes the least is enough

“Teach them to be kind… teach them to think about other people… teach them to look for the good. This is how they’ll change the world.” —Unknown Many years ago I was part of an online writing group. One of the members and I decided to meet in person at an author event being hosted by a bookstore near her […]

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Seal your ‘feta’ with stuffed chicken

When I was younger, our family liked to eat at a Mexican restaurant that has long-since closed. It was quaint and locally owned and delicious. I loved ordering enchiladas, and one evening, while we were looking over the menus, I announced I thought I’d like cheese enchiladas, because I loved cheese so much. My parents were doubtful, but they let […]

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