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Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip

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This Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip comes together in less than 30 minutes and is the perfect crowd-pleasing appetizer! I made this Gooey and Cheesy Warm Bacon Dip last Sunday while we were watching the Chiefs play Miami.  Dip + Sunday afternoon football is a must, yes? ;-) When I asked the Tall Boy what I should call this dip, his answer {as his mouth was stuffed full} was, "Mmmmmm...BACON." I can't say that I blame him.  Bacon is pretty much the bomb on its own.  But paired with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream and then slathered on French bread slices -- well, it … {click for more...}



Ham and Cheese Egg Bake

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This Ham and Cheese Egg bake is super simple to make, is light and fluffy, and is great for entertaining or just a lazy Sunday brunch.  Try different combinations of breakfast meats, cheeses and veggies depending our your family's tastes. Last weekend we had a long {long} weekend, and by the time Sunday morning rolled around, I was exhausted.  We left Thursday at lunchtime to head to my college alma mater for ESPN game day {tailgating + long football game = one tired me!}.  The next morning, we shuffled over to Kansas City to spend some time with my friend Chandra {of the lovely Plaid … {click for more...}



Easy Speedy Taco Bake

Need ideas for a quick and easy weeknight meal? This Easy Speedy Taco Bake is impossibly easy, and comes together in about 45 minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Need ideas for a quick and easy weeknight meal?  This Easy Speedy Taco Bake is impossibly easy, and comes together in about 45 minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand. So, I'm going to be really honest with you today. More days than not, we eat meals like this Easy Speedy Taco Bake for dinner.  Even though I spend most of my waking hours thinking about food, photographing food and/or blogging about food, the reality is that we're not eating gourmet meals at my house. First of all, we don't eat gourmet because whotheheck has time to eat like that?  I'm like most … {click for more...}



Spiced Pumpkin Butter

Making your own Spiced Pumpkin Butter is a snap, and you can do it for just a fraction of the cost of store-bought.

Making your own Spiced Pumpkin Butter is a snap, and you can do it for just a fraction of the cost of store-bought. It's wonderful spread on toast or muffins, or added to your coffee, hot chocolate, or oatmeal! I might have mentioned before how much I love Williams-Sonoma and all of their cooking gadgets and (un)necessities.  And this time of year, they sell a magnificent jarred pecan pumpkin butter.  But at the rate that I can consume it, I’d need a small loan to fund myself through the season.  Not only that, but I have this thing about making things from scratch. You know, that … {click for more...}



Creamy White Chicken Chili

This Creamy White Chicken Chili is the perfect alternative to the traditional tomato-based soup. Packed with spicy flavors, this hearty stew is the perfect way to warm up on a crisp fall night!

This Creamy White Chicken Chili is the perfect alternative to the traditional tomato-based soup. Packed with spicy flavors, this hearty stew is the perfect way to warm up on a crisp fall night! Okay, so let's talk about this chili for a minute. It's not particularly photogenic, and in my rush to get this off the photography table and into my mouth, I forgot to garnish it with the additional chopped red onion and shredded cheddar cheese that it really deserves. All that aside, I'm here to tell you that you should absolutely make this Creamy White Chicken Chili. I first posted this … {click for more...}



Grandma’s Pumpkin Snack Cake

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This Pumpkin Snack Cake is packed full of fall flavors, and topped with a easy cream cheese cinnamon-dusted frosting! Is it fall weather in your neck of the woods yet?  Here in the midwest, we're finally getting some cooler days - while we were still in the 90's at the beginning of the week, the high tomorrow is forecasted to be 58 degrees, with rain.  That's perfect fall baking weather, if you ask me.  Especially when that baking involves pumpkin. I swiped this pumpkin snack cake recipe from my grandma's recipe box, although I think it's a pretty standard/popular pumpkin cake … {click for more...}



Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse

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This quick and easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse is the perfect start to your day - it's packed with protein and is an awesome way to stay satisfied throughout your morning! I'm not really sure that Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse is the right title for this protein-filled snack. But "fluffy chocolate whipped Greek yogurt layered with creamy peanut butter Greek yogurt topped with chocolate and peanut butter granola" seemed like too much of a mouthful. Historically, I'm an oatmeal eater for breakfast, but every now and then I get bored and need to switch things up a bit.  But if I don't … {click for more...}



Win a Blendtec!

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We are so excited to be teaming up with Blendtec and a handful of the best bloggers around to bring YOU a chance to WIN A BLENDTEC of your very own! The process is simple, just enter using the rafflecopter below for 22 chances to win this amazing blender! Oh and did I mention? Blendtec is throwing in one of their famous Twister Jars just to sweeten up the deal! With a Blendtec Blender and the Twister Jar you aren't limited to just smoothie making. Did you know that you can make peanut butter, almond milk, pasta sauce, muffin batter and a zillion other things with a Blendtec?! It's true! … {click for more...}



Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins

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These delicious Blueberry Cream Cheese Muffins bake up perfectly light and moist, and are topped with an almond struesel.  Perfect for a weekend morning paired with a cup of coffee, or a quick grab and go breakfast. If you can't tell by all of the breakfast muffins on my blog, we really {really} like eating muffins.  I typically make them on Sunday mornings, so that I can indulge in one and send the rest to work with the Tall Boy for breakfast throughout the week. The cream cheese in the batter keeps these muffins nice and moist, with just the right amount of fluffiness.  If you like … {click for more...}



Easy Lunch Box Ideas: Back to School

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It's only the second {full} week of school for us and I'm already struggling to think of fun and healthy lunch box ideas.  And truth be told, many days I'd sacrifice either the "fun" and maybe even a "healthy" lunch as long as it's something Doodle would actually eat.  But if I can pack a lunch that encompasses all three of these things, then I'm really in business. I have a tendency to pack the same items every single day.  And Doodle isn't much help unless he's presented with a list of options.  So, I put one together for both of us.  And maybe you, too?  Just choose one from the main … {click for more...}