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This Slow Cooker Double Hot Chocolate is thick and creamy and is perfect for a cool fall evening or winter's night. With a combination of Silk Chocolate Soymilk, half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, and marshmallow cream, this warm beverage is a guilty indulgence you won't want to stop drinking!
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This Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup combines all of your favorite chicken enchilada flavors: Tex-Mex spiced chicken, sauteed peppers and onions, and lots of gooey cheese - without all the fuss!
Surprisingly easy to make and truly delicious, this Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake is the ultimate in fall dessert decadence! Believe me, you'll want this cake on your holiday table!

Cucumber Salsa

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Apparently, my son has decided one of his new favorite activities is serving as my personal trainer.  Not that I don't need one, mind you, but he's tough. When we get home after work in the evenings, he immediately sticks my iPod in the Bose and flips it to Pink's "Perfect."  And then insists I do sit-ups. To the entire song. This might be okay if I was in any sort of shape.  However, my exercise routine typically involves seeing how quickly I can hit the ice cream supply after dinner. Anyway, this recipe may not give you a rockin body, but it might at least offset the margaritas … {click for more...}



Italian Chicken in Red Wine

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We try to eat a lot of lean meat around our house.  As a mother to a toddler, it's important to me to set a good example regarding healthy eating habits. So, I wait until the Doodlebug is in bed before I raid the pantry for my secret stash of chips and candy. Anyway, I'm always looking for ways to dress up my chicken dishes, because really--a person can only eat a chicken breast with brown rice so many times before experiencing a breakdown resolved only by the consumption of a large supreme pizza and a pan of turtle brownies. Not only is this recipe fairly healthy, it comes together … {click for more...}



Homemade Toaster Pastries with Apple Compote

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I discovered early on in my relationship with my husband that his favorite dessert is apple pie.  Of course, I did what any girl in a new relationship would do--I attempted to impress him by making one from scratch. I toiled over this dessert for what seemed like hours.  And I have to say, it turned out pretty darn well.  He ate  it, complimented me, and I was quite pleased with myself. The next time I decided to make an apple pie, I didn't have time to make one from scratch.  So, I cheated.  I bought refrigerated pie crust and a can of apple pie filling.  And my husband couldn't tell … {click for more...}



Cherry Limeade Pie in a Jar

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It's amazing the things you think you'll never do until you have kids.  Like, congratulate someone on using the potty while you're at Barnes and Noble.  Willingly host a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese (and enjoy it).  Prepare hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls for dinner and consider them "fine cuisine." Or wear a swimsuit in public. Okay, this might be something many of you do with no problem at all, but not me.  I'm fairly modest, and also, I like my hair and makeup to stay dry and pretty.  Seriously, I think the last time I wore a swimsuit in public was on my honeymoon in Jamaica … {click for more...}



Tropical Fruit Salad

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Given the choice between fruit and a buttercream-frosted cupcake, my son will choose fruit every time.  My husband finds even vanilla ice cream "too sweet" and much prefers carrots and Ranch dip to any form of dessert. What is wrong with these people and why are they in my house? I, on the other hand, have to make deals with myself in order to eat healthy.  For example, if I eat well all week, I can reward myself by purchasing Martha Stewart's "Cookies" recipe book or "How to Cook With Butter" by Paula Deen. I'm always looking for ways to liven up my fruit dishes so that I'm not … {click for more...}



Grilled Potato Salad

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My husband and I took this week off work for a stay-cation.  As our (un)luck would have it, we're setting record temperatures here in Kansas, and it's too hot to do anything but sit on an air-conditioner vent and eat ice cubes.  Plans for the zoo and mini-golf?  Not happening. It was 111 degrees here on Sunday.  No joke.  I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to be that hot anywhere outside of the Mohave Desert.  Maybe not even there. So, not being in the kitchen is top on my priority list this week, at least not while the oven and/or stove is on.  Am I cooking everything I possibly can on … {click for more...}



Strawberry-Orange Bread

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I'm a waste not, want not kind of person.  My husband and I generally eat a lot of leftovers throughout the workweek, mainly because we want to teach our son the value of money and the importance of using what you have.  Also, because I'm lazy. However, any time we host any sort of food-related event at our home, we always purchase waaaaaaaaaay too much food.  I have this fear that people will have to end up splitting the last chicken breast into three portions or taking only miniscule servings of potato salad so that there is enough for everyone.  And then that they'll have to stop at … {click for more...}



Best Sugar Cookie Icing Ever

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The Valentine’s Day that my son was two years old, I decided I’d attempt to bake and frost heart-shaped sugar cookies to send with him to Mom’s Day Out.  I wanted to be one of “those moms”—moms who sort of breeze into the room airily with a plate of fresh-baked goods and wave off compliments with, “Oh, it was nothing, really.  Just whipped these up in a flash.”  And mean it. However, I am not one of those moms.  Baking is a chore for me, and most often times, a near disaster.  But really, how hard could sugar cookies be? Apparently, much harder than I anticipated. Oh, the cookies … {click for more...}



Fourth of July Fun

I typically don't do a lot for the Fourth of July, since my son's birthday is just a few days later and I usually spend the holiday time frantically preparing getting everything ready for his party. But when I saw this great idea from Family Fun and realized I already had all the ingredients, I determined I had a few extra minutes to fit these in: And since we had to eat breakfast anyway, I decided to make these strawberry and blueberry star scones: And, simply using red and blue food coloring, these fun pancakes: Also, since two boy scouts live on our cul-de-sac and we … {click for more...}



Chicken Salad Sandwiches

  I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in the Midwest, it’s hot, hot, hot.  I think I saw actual steam floating off my dash yesterday when I left work.  My plants are suffering, no matter how much water we try to give them; my husband has resorted to using our son’s slip and slide to attempt relief; and my makeup instantly evaporates when I walk outside.   I am not one of these girls who have a “shimmery” appearance in this kind of weather.  Unless by shimmery, you mean sweaty. Trust me, it’s hot.  And this is coming from a girl … {click for more...}