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Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Apple Pie (Recipe Swap: Pie Oh My!)

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Pie is probably one of my very favorite desserts. I have wonderful memories of watching my Gramma John or my mom magically transform fruit, flour, sugar and butter into something amazing. I was about ten when I first tried to do it on my own. Lemon Meringue with fresh lemons from our tree in the […]

Chicken and Bowties (Recipe Swap: Favorite Fall Food)

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I love Autumn. It’s one of the best things about the Midwest. And one thing that I will miss once we move. When the trees turn colors, it’s just beautiful, and every year is different. Dependent on the weather, the leaves vary in their vibrancy. A couple years ago the foliage was full of vivid […]

Bean and Meat Crockpot Enchilada

I made this for lunch last week, and FishBoy11 and Papa were just so pleased. Super easy and very good, especially with the yummy toppings!

Baby Greens with Nuts, Cranberries, Turkey, and Blue Cheese (Recipe Swap: What’s Your Favorite Post-Baby Indulgence?)

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Do you know how much the food rules have changed since I had my first baby? In recent years I’ve been amazed at the growing lists of taboo foods: no alfalfa sprouts, no soft cheeses, no caffeine, no tuna fish, no hot dogs, no lunch meat, etc. etc. My goodness! Most of those were encouraged […]

Sauerkraut and Spareribs (Recipe Swap: What’s in Your Crockpot?)

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One thing that’s true about the approach of fall is that the days get busy. And dinner is the last thing you want to think about in between carpools, homework, and soccer practice. That is where one of my best friends can save the day. Remember the handy dandy crockpot? Well, bust it out, ladies, […]

FishFave: Pretzel Berry Dessert

Pretzel Berry Dessert

This is FishPapa’s all-time Fave come holiday time. The man who “doesn’t like sweets” claims he could eat the whole pan. I guess we do have a dessert to arm wrestle over. You can make this with strawberries and strawberry jello, but we prefer it with raspberries and cranberry or raspberry jello. What’s your favorite […]

Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

Chocolate Mint Snow Top Cookies - These double chocolate cookies are flavored with mint and rolled in powdered sugar. The result is a chocolate mint dessert that resembles a mountain top of snow.

These double chocolate cookies are flavored with mint and rolled in powdered sugar. The result is a chocolate mint dessert that resembles a mountain top of snow. Christmas Cookies are the best. Snowballs, gingerbread, thumbprints — every family has their favorites. And it is so fun to be able to serve an assortment come holiday […]

Nanna’s Toffee Dream Pie

Toffee Dream Pie

This recipe is a family heirloom; my mom has been making Toffee Dream since 1967.  My mom found this recipe in one of my Gramma John’s cookbooks in 1967. It has been a family favorite for over 40 years now. Someone in our family is for sure making it on Thanksgiving or Christmas. The story […]