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Ultimate Carrot Cake (URS: Easter Dessert)

2008-March-100

I must admit when I find a recipe I like, well, it’s a keeper. It eventually finds a place in our family traditions, and I’m hard pressed to move it. For instance, every Thanksgiving and Christmas I make Pretzel Berry Dessert. Every year. And only at the holidays. We don’t usually eat it any other […]

Pretzels

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The boys and I had a great time making these for breakfast a few weeks ago. I made the dough in my bread machine very early in the morning. It took about 1 1/2 hours until the dough was ready to be formed. Once they were baked, we brushed them with melted butter and sprinkled […]

Freezer Meal Q & A

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Over the past few weeks I’ve really enjoyed peeking in the freezer to find out what’s for dinner. It doesn’t take much thinking – it’s already prepared! I spent one morning last month cooking up a storm, followed up by a few triple batches of other nights’ dinners. A little pre-prep resulted in meatloaves, meatballs, […]

Gramma John’s Buttermilk Donuts

Gramma John's Buttermilk Donuts

Gramma John’s Buttermilk Donuts have been a favorite in our family for decades. They are delicious and perfect for freezing. My childhood summers were spent in South Dakota and Minnesota. Though I was born and raised in California, my parents were from Minnesota. With loads of family on both sides, and my dad hankering for farm-stomping, […]

What’s Cookin’

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My mom is here this weekend, so we’ve enjoyed lots of laughs and good food. She’s such a fun person to cook for since she likes everything I make. Here’s what is on the menu this week: BreakfastsCinnamon rollsHomemade donuts*Eggs and toastcerealapples and oatmealHot Cross Buns* and fruitPancakes LunchesAsian Chicken and Noodle SaladTuna Pitas*Pasta SaladPB&JLeftovers […]

Asian Chicken and Noodle Salad

2009-April-036

This recipe is inspired by a similar salad from The Pioneer Woman. I’ve frugalized it and tweaked it so that it’s my very favorite salad – ever. 1 pound linguini, cooked according to package directions, rinsed and drained 4 grilled chicken breast halves, chopped 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into […]

Peppery Brisket

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Holiday dinners are such a fun tradition in the life of our family. My own mother made a big to-do out of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. While we didn’t have much extended family who lived nearby, the second cousins once removed and all their kin that did were always included in the festivities. Sometimes Mom […]

What’s on the Menu This Week

We’re coming off a fun weekend with friends, so I’m a little slow getting back into the swing of “real life.” This week we have a family field trip planned as well as dermotology and dental appointments to attend to so planning is the key. In fact, one of our funny little sayings is, “Pre-planning […]