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Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Pies)

Chocolate cream pie

Make your own Chocolate Cream Pie from scratch! OK, who’s ready for dessert? I am a big believer in homemade pies. They are not terribly difficult and they taste SO much better than store bought. Don’t even stop in the grocery store bakery when you can make one of these babies at home. On Good […]

Really Homemade Green Bean Casserole

truly homemade green bean casserole

Can the canned cream soups. Make green bean casserole from scratch! This year I decided to take classic Thanksgiving favorites and remove the processed food from them. Last year I took that famous Pretzel Berry Salad/Jell-O dish and healthified it. The result was Raspberry Cream Cups. It mirrors the flavor of the pretzel-berry-jello dessert of […]

Really Homemade Seven Layer Dip

Really Homemade Seven Layer Dip

Thanksgiving is coming! A peek at the grocery fliers tells me it’s true. I love Thanksgiving. It just might be my favorite holiday. Remember, I’m just here for the food. Last year I caused quite a stir with some of you when I suggested omitting the turkey from our Thanksgiving celebration. Well, I’ve been musing […]

Mini Meatloaves and Stovetop Mac & Cheese (URS: Dinners for $10 or Less)

mini meatloaf and mac

Talk about quick and cheap eats! This meal features mini meatloaves full of flavor as well as a made-from-scratch mac and cheese. Filling comfort food that won’t disappoint, all for less than $10. Creating a dinner for four under $10 is not rocket science. Anyone who shops the sales and coupons can probably pull it […]

Vegetable – Beef Minestrone Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Soups)

Vegetable beef minestrone

Minestrone soup, chock full of veggies, beans, pasta, and beef will really hit the spot on the next cool night. We’ve had a few chilly nights this past month, but fall hasn’t really hit San Diego yet. Our locale just doesn’t know the seasons. Summer goes from July to October; Fall lasts from November to […]

8 Quick Breakfasts for the Cool Days Ahead (Apple Cheddar Oatmeal Recipe)

Cheddar Apple Oatmeal

The cooler temps of fall are starting to settle in. Make sure your kids start the day right. Try one of these quick, nourishing breakfast ideas provided by Life as MOM contributor, Jessie Leigh. One of the greatest challenges I think I face in sending my children off to public school each day is ensuring […]

Easy and Versatile Rice Bowls (URS: Picky Eaters)

Rice bowl with beans and cheese

Rice Bowls are an easy and versatile dish to serve to everyone, even picky eaters. I don’t really like to address the idea of “picky eaters” because I think the term is very relative. If someone doesn’t like what you like, you might call them picky. And that’s not really fair, especially to kids who […]

Grill it All! (URS: BBQ Favorites)

grilled corn

There’s no end to all the things that you can grill! Try pizza, meatloaf, and even vegetables in parchment packets. Summer has come to San Diego. We’ve been sweating it for several weeks now. And I shake my head in disbelief that other parts of the nation are reporting cooler temps now that we’re just […]