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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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Dill Bread

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There's virtually nothing I love more than a loaf of homemade bread, fresh and hot from the oven.  It's a bit dangerous for me, though, because I can easily eat the entire loaf myself. Like, in thirty minutes. When I was single and still had the metabolism to eat whatever I wanted, I had a bread machine I used all the time.  It actually worked quite well, and I was able to have homemade bread with very little effort. After I got married, the bread maker was boxed away into the depths of my basement junk pile storage room.  Later, I decided to make homemade bread without the use of a … {click for more...}



Raspberry Lemonade Fizzy

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It's still miserably hot here.  So hot that you need to take a gallon of water with you just to walk to the mailbox.  Or a huge $1 Diet Coke from McDonald's to run errands at Target. And, because this is the sort of grace and coordination I have, I dumped the entire cup of soda onto my foot today while loading purchases into the trunk. At least it cooled me down for a bit. Speaking of cold, sticky drinks, this is one of our favorites right now. Thaw a one-pound bag of raspberries, reserving the juices.  Puree fruit and juice with 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon vanilla … {click for more...}



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

tropical fruit salad

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...}