Chicken Chimichangas

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I love Mexican food.  Really, really love it.  I don't understand people when I hear them say, "Oh, I don't really want Mexican food, I just had it last week."  Last week?  I'd be in some serious withdrawal if I had to wait that long. As it stands now, I already keep a running supply of salsa in my refrigerator.  One of my guiltiest pleasures is hiding in the panty, shoving my face full of tortilla chips and salsa, scrambling to hide the evidence when I hear my husband's car pull into the garage. I attribute this to my mother's food cravings when she was pregnant with me.  The story is … {click for more...}

Chocolate Sprinkle Cookies

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So, you know what's not a good idea when cooking with toddlers?  Turning your back for even one second. Because if you do, you'll turn around and find cookies that look like this: And this: Also not a good idea? Loosening the lid on your brand-new, $5.00 bottle of rainbow jimmies and pushing them to the back of the counter, thinking they are "out of reach." The next step of decorating these "quick and easy" cookies involved using the vacuum cleaner attachment for 15 minutes to suck sprinkles out from between the refrigerator and the cabinets and from underneath the end tables … {click for more...}

Sugar-Crusted Raspberry-Blueberry Muffins

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I hadn't planned on posting this weekend, but here's what happened. I woke up at 5:00 am Saturday morning and couldn't get back to sleep.  And instead of being productive, and say, starting housework or laundry, I decided to bake these: Why?  Because I was hungry, I had all the ingredients, and I hadn't yet had enough caffeine to talk myself into cleaning the bathrooms.  Also, I was irritated I actually had a morning to sleep in and couldn't do it. Baked goods make me feel better.   Recipe: Sugar-Crusted Raspberry-Blueberry Muffins Ingredients 2 cups all-purpose … {click for more...}

Citrus Shrimp Tacos with Southwest Cream Sauce

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Stores are taunting me by starting to display pumpkins and gourds and all sorts of fall decor.  I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and they had their Christmas trees out.  Seriously, it's only August and still a million degrees here. It's a cruel joke to play on someone who lives for the fall season. So, to console myself and attempt to enjoy what is hopefully the last vestige of summer, I decided to make sangria. And you know what goes great with sangria?  These tacos: Don't be fooled by my lame-o pictures.  These really are fabulous, especially drizzled with the southwest … {click for more...}

Blueberry-Lemon Cake Donuts – and a giveaway!

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  I may have mentioned my affinity before for kitchen gadgets, especially specialized ones I really don't have space for.  But I keep buying them anyway.  It's like I can't stop myself.  I'm addicted.  But there are worse things--right? And the good news here is that I bought this Wilton cake donut pan not just for me, but for one of you, too. I don't want to be alone in my obsession. Here's how you can have up to three chances to win: Post a comment here, naming your favorite kind of donut. "Like" me on Facebook, then post a comment here letting me know you did. Share … {click for more...}

Spinach, Bacon, Mushroom and Gouda Quiche

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  Um, yummmmmmmmmm. And I don't really even care for egg dishes. I might make an exception for this one.   Really, you have to try it.  Like, today.  Now.  Or tomorrow.  This weekend.  Whenever.  But soon. Recipe: Bacon, Spinach, Mushroom and Gouda Quiche Ingredients Your favorite pie crust. I used this one. 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled into pieces 3 cups fresh spinach 1 cup milk 3/4 cup grated smoked Gouda cheese 3/4 teaspoon salt dash of grated nutmeg 3 … {click for more...}

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...}