Sara and I are on our way home from Des Moines today! If you haven’t had a chance to vote today in the Better Homes and Gardens cook-off and you’re feeling the urge, please click here to vote for us. And don’t forget to enter the current giveaway for the Non-stick Porcelain Cookware! Somehow, in…

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding
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People ask me all the time how I come up with recipes.  Sometimes I base things off of foods I’ve tried somewhere and try to replicate, sometimes it’s just blending flavors that sound good together, sometimes I daydream about food, sometimes it’s completely accidental, and often- it just happens out of necessity!  This is one…

Cowboy Quesadillas
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It seems like everyone I know had a magical experience during their first couple of years at college. Or maybe that’s just a stereotype and I don’t really know what everyone else was experiencing, but I do know that for me, it was hard. Like…worse than middle school (I actually have very happy middle school…

Spanish Rice
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For a lot of years I was scared of anything involving a candy thermometer. It just all seemed so hard and complicated, not to mention dangerous (If you didn’t know, I tend to be a bit accident prone in the kitchen. And in life in general.) But then I tried it and discovered it wasn’t…

These honey caramel apples are a snap to make - only two ingredients!
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Okay.  Raise your hand if you remember the world before blogs.  I do.  At least I remember the time when I had no idea what a “blog” was.  A few of my friends started writing them and I thought it was weird.  And cool.  At the same time.   And then I discovered food blogs.  Wha?? …

Baked Potato Soup
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Sara and I both have this problem where we both have this ONE RECIPE that is always getting the boot because something more timely comes along. I’ve literally had my recipe on the calendar for more than a month now, and it was all set to go today, and then…something happened. I was perusing my…

{Pumpkin & Cream Cheese} Whoopie Pies
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If you missed the announcement, Kate and I will be traveling to Des Moines, IA this month (anyone from there??) to participate in a cook off at the Better Homes and Gardens test kitchens! We came up with this killer recipe which we hope will wow the judges. Update:  We won the BH&G Cook-Off!  Take…

BBQ Bacon Sliders for the Better Homes and Gardens Cook-Off!
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These Reese’s peanut Butter Bars only take a few ingredients and you don’t even have to bake them.  The best part?  They taste just like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Seriously, they’ll make you swoon.   Ingredient Notes Graham Crackers – Do you seem to always have an opened package of graham crackers that are a little…

Reese's Peanut Butter Bars {No Bake!}
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I wanted to show you some of the fun I’ve been having with my Silhouette machine! If you’ve been around here long enough, you know I love beautiful packaging.  The great thing about a cute little box or bag is that it makes it perfectly acceptable to give away just a tiny bit of food.  …

When a Foodie gets Crafty...
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So last week, Sara announced that in a few weeks, we’ll be jet-setting off to the Better Homes and Gardens headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa and competing in a cook-off against 4 other bloggers. Um, yeah, we’re just a little bit excited! Part of the fun is that we get to be part of launching…

Kansas City Barbecue Sauce
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I posted this recipe waaaaay back in the very, very early days of the blog and I’m posting it again today not only because it’s such an amazing, creamy, velvety smooth cheesecake, but also because I know that cheesecakes scare a lot of people, so I want to do a little troubleshooting to make sure…

Creamy Cheesecake
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Unlike a lot of foods requiring oil frying, these little beauties are SO easy and they won’t totally trash your kitchen. They’re awesome on top of salads or burgers, or for a topping on casseroles or even just to snack on. You’ll need three bowls. One with an egg and a little milk, one with…

How to: Make Crispy Shoestring Onions
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