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No-Roll Pie Crust

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Years ago, I took a pie-making class with the hope of impressing the Tall Boy - who I later found out didn't even like crust.  The class was actually a lot of fun, and I have to admit, there is nothing quite like a light and flaky, homemade pie crust. But holy cannoli, it's a lot of work. And typically, if I'm making something to go inside of a pie crust, I'm already spending more time in the kitchen than I probably want to. So when I found this recipe of a no-roll pie crust, I felt like my prayers had been answered.  Now, if I could just find a recipe for "no-roll" over the waist of … {click for more...}



Caramel Apple Salad

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Seriously, despite all of the high calorie, sugar laden foods I've been posting lately, we do try to eat healthy around our house.  But when it gets right down to it, I really enjoy making baked goods and other yummy treats to send with the Tall Boy to work and with my son to Mom's Day Out (preschool starts in September--how did he get this big so fast?  I need wine.) so people think I'm the coolest wife and mom ever. I don't keep any of the cookies, cakes and cupcakes I make around my house.  You know why?  Because the Tall Boy and my son share some mutant gene that allows them to eat … {click for more...}



Strawberry Milk-Cakes

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  After making cookies and cream cupcakes a few weeks ago, I decided I would try a strawberry version to send to school with the Doodlebug.  I'm finding out many things as a parent, namely that strawberry cake is the preferred confection of children across the nation.  Maybe the world, I don't know. Someone explain this to me.  Cheesecake, I get.  Wedding-white, yep, I'm with ya.  Lemon and chocolate?  I'm down with those, too.  But strawberry cake?  Not so much.  I mean, I'll eat it--it is cake after all--but it would never be my first … {click for more...}



Chocolate Almond Coffee Cake

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I did something crazy the other day.  Something I would not normally do, and would in fact, typically go to great measures to avoid.  But it had to be done. See, I decided on Friday morning that I needed wanted to make a coffee cake for breakfast over the weekend.  Because we all know that "coffee cake" is just an acceptable way to eat dessert for breakfast. Since I had no time other than my lunch break to grab the ingredients, I was forced to run to sounds-like-not-so-small-Mart to get them.  Shudder.  It was a madhouse.  A disaster.  An environment that had me wondering why people … {click for more...}



Grandma’s Filled Cookies

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I loved going to my grandma's house on Christmas morning: celebrating family, the excitement, the anticipation, the wonder of the season, and the food...oh, the food. And by food, I mean cookies, cakes, candy, fudge, pies--you name it, grandma had it.  Even better, it was all within my reach.  Trays of cookies on the endtables, bowls of candy on the buffet--ahh, sweet glorious sugar coated heaven. Until the year I ate so much I got sick. But that's a story for another day. This story is about grandma's raisin-filled cookies, which somehow I never had the opportunity … {click for more...}



Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Enchiladas

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While I'm not a huge breakfast fan, I am a fan of food in general.  Actually, no, no, no...let me rephrase that: I love many breakfast foods, including waffles, crepes, pancakes, scones, cinnamon rolls, muffins and coffee cakes.  Not so much on the savory stuff.  Carbs and me, we're the best of buds. The problem with this--besides the imminent possibility of having to wear elastic waist pants--is that the Tall Boy doesn't care for any of those items.  And since compromise is an important part of marriage, I feel compelled to make things he likes every now and then.  Sigh. And really, I … {click for more...}



French Toast Cake Balls

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When I was pregnant, my friend Chandra took a cake decorating class at a craft store near out home.  At the time, I didn't really even care for cake, but my hormonal, hungry self was ready to eat anything. So when my friend brought over huge HUNKS of buttercream frosted cake on a weekly basis, I found myself sneaking into the kitchen late at night for just one more bite because "the baby wanted it." Suddenly, I was transformed into a cake conessieiur.  A cake snob.  Nothing had ever tasted better to me than buttercream icing.  I found myself eating it by the spoonful, … {click for more...}



Cream Cheese Enchiladas

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TBIM!  Too Bad It's Monday! Like that saying?  I'm so clever, I tell you what.  It's my new catch-phrase for the day.  I'm thinking of copywriting it, but that would take time and work, and I think we've already established that I'm typically looking for ways to avoid work, not make more. Mondays are always a bummer for me.  Even though I do actually enjoy my "real" job, it's a bit depressing to think about another five long days away from my little Doodlebug.  He's growing way too fast, and every moment away from him digs at my heart. On the other hand, the nice thing about Mondays … {click for more...}



Coconut-Lime White Chocolate Cookies

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I'm not a very patient person.  Just ask my parents, my husband, my kid--when I decide I want something, I pretty much want it right now.  Can you see me stomping my foot?  'Cause I am. You should see me at the grocery store.  I've got my detailed list, organized by section, and when I grab that cart handle, I'm a woman on a mission.  You'd better get out of my way, because I don't have time to dilly-dally.  I have more important things to do in life than spend time deliberating over what brand of brown rice to purchase. I don't like to wait, is what I'm trying to say. So when I saw … {click for more...}



Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

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You know what's great about cupcakes? Pretty much everything. Kids love them.  Adults love them.  They're perfect for birthdays, showers, work functions, or you know--just on a Thursday. Plus, they provide built-in portion control.  Unless you eat the entire batch.  Just sayin'.  Which is quite possible in this instance--because holy cannoli--these are fabu. Chunk up your Oreos (one per muffin cup) and place in your tins. Note to self: don't leave the package of Oreos in your car on a 108 degree day and expect them to chop nicely.  Not happening. Whisk together … {click for more...}