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Whole Wheat Cinnamon Applesauce Loaf

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Sometimes a recipe from my own blog archives comes to mind to make. That was the case with this Whole Wheat Cinnamon Applesauce Loaf! It’s been years since I’ve made it, but when it came to mind this weekend, I had to get out the ingredients and toss it together. It’s a good thing we did because it was gone in about 12 hours – the kids couldn’t get enough! We smothered it in butter, of course, and they asked … Read More

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Easy Weeknight Chili

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I realized today that the chili recipe I make nearly weekly in the fall and winter months doesn’t even have a place on the blog! I have some VERY dated chili recipes but this has been a recipe that’s evolved over time and become what it is today. It’s my go-to. The BEST easy chili ever! If you’re in need of a recipe to make your go-to recipe, this one is it. Easy Weeknight ChiliIngredients 1 lb. lean (at least … Read More

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No-Bake Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

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Hi, friends! Checking in today with a pie recipe to share as we head into the month of November. This Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie is the perfect pie for those who are novice pie bakers, who don’t care to turn on the oven or who want pumpkin pie with a sweeter and more dessert-like taste and texture. It can be made with just a couple ingredients and a few minutes time. Just mix everything together and pop it in the … Read More

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Veggie-Packed Pasta Bake

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I’ve been in a serious dinner rut over here. Anyone else? While I love cooking, this season with little kids makes dinnertime prep challenging. If I wait until the 5 pm hour to decide and prep what to eat, that’s when disaster strikes and I resort to take-out or frozen pizza. So, if you’re like me, the secret is prepping in advance with dishes like this veggie-packed baked lasagna. It can be made in advance, is packed with savory root … Read More

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How I Make Amazing Coffee and Lattes at Home

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About a month and a half ago, a friend of my kept talking about making amazing lattes and coffee at home. She had been using Cometeer Coffee flash frozen coffee pods – small shots of espresso from specialty coffee roasters – to make lattes and cups of coffee (Americanos). I finally caved and ordered a subscription box. Typically I’m not a huge fan of subscription services, but I’m also a BIG fan of great coffee, so I decided to give … Read More

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches with Zesty Carrot Slaw

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Hi, friends! We are in full school mode over here and paired with football season, kids activities, work schedule getting busier and more, it’s easy for dinnertime and healthy meals to fall to the back burner. Our slow cooker is invaluable to me during the fall and winter when time is usually easier to come by during the earlier hours of the day and increasingly hard to come by as the day goes on – with school pickup, needier kids, … Read More

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Easy Idea :: Kiddie Happy Hour Platter

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We’ve gotten into a bit of a summer rhythm of doing “kiddie happy hours” with snack plates pretty enough for adults but made for little eaters to enjoy. I’ve found that if I can get ahead of the hangry meltdowns things tend to go much better, but if I don’t plan ahead, my kids eat junk and fill up on foods that aren’t so healthy. My solution? Kiddie Happy Hour! Lately I’ve been lining a large baking sheet with parchment … Read More

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Best Easy BLTs

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One of my absolute favorite meals in the summertime is a BLT sandwich. I mean is there anything better? Crazily enough, it wasn’t until Joe and I got married that I ate my first BLT. Can you believe it? We always say that Truett’s birthday (early August) is the best time for BLTs because everything is at it’s peak of garden freshness, but let’s be honest – we eat BLTs on the regular around here in the summer. This basic … Read More

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Harvest Blend Freezer Burritos

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Let me preface this recipe by saying that Joe doesn’t think this is a “legit” breakfast burrito because it doesn’t have egg included, but for someone like myself I’m more than happy to bypass the eggs and fill this burrito with things like meat and roasted veggies. Of course the options are endless when it comes to what you could put inside. Think of this as a starting point for your breakfast burrito experiments – but the sky’s the limit … Read More

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Crispy Pita Pizzas

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One of the things I think I’m best at in the kitchen is finding ways to satisfy my craving for something less healthy for a delicious, healthier alternative. Does that mean I don’t eat pizza on the regular? Absolutely not! I eat pizza on the regular. But for someone who could eat pizza daily, I find it’s sometimes helpful to have a swap like this in the back pocket. In fact, I think I may prefer this version most days! … Read More

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Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs (e-book preview)

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I’ve been embarrassed to admit that it’s taken me SO MUCH LONGER than I had hope to put together my Easy Weeknight Meals e-book. It’s not that the task at hand was all that challenging – I’ve developed hundreds upon hundreds of recipes over the year for the blog and in my former line of work as a recipe developer and food editor. But when I set out to put together this e-book last summer, it seemed that every time … Read More

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Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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Truth be told, I’m a little worried with the way winter is going that if I don’t publish this slow cooker soup recipe now – in February – it may get too warm soon to post it and have it be seasonally appropriate. In all seriousness, we have had such a mild Iowa winter with temps coming up to the mid 50’s later this week, that I hardly know what to do with myself. Joe and I joke ever now … Read More