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Blueberry CakeBlueberries are not only flavorful and scrumptious; they’re packed with nutritious value, which makes them a fruit that I try to incorporate into my diet whenever I can.  There have been lots of studies done on the health benefits of blueberries and some of the things they’ve discovered are pretty exciting.  So if you’re trying to make healthy food choices for yourself and your family, read on! Read more….

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Healthy Snack IdeasLike you, I’m trying to learn how to eat healthier.  I wanted a long list of healthy snack ideas to choose from when preparing my shopping list, so I decided to create one.  Now I’m sharing it with you in the hopes that you”ll find it beneficial too! Read more….

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homemade pretzelsMy grandchildren really like pretzels.  Do yours?  They like the straight ones, the curly ones and the large pretzel sticks, which we sometimes eat for lunch with peanut butter to dip them in!  So today when they were over we decided to try our hand at making homemade pretzels from scratch. Read more….

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dessert bars

This is the first time I’ve made these dessert bars, so I wasn’t too sure what the result would be.   I was so pleased because they are total ooey, gooey goodness!

My taste testers were myself, my son and daughter-in-law and my husband, Paul.  My son and daughter-in-law loved them; in fact my son has already requested more.  When they were warm out of the oven my husband wasn’t too sure about them, but the next day he commented “you know, these are pretty good”.  And he showed his enthusiasm by helping us to eat the entire 9 x 13 inch pan over the next few days. Read more….

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Vegetable Soup

I’ve never been a big fan of vegetable soup!  In other words, I’ll never reach for it at the grocery store or order it at a restaurant.  But there is one vegetable soup I love.  It’s the vegetable soup my mom used to make for us and the only one I’ve ever made.  Until now I don’t think the recipe has ever been written down, I just make it the way my mom did.

Recently my husband Paul, asked me to make some of “my vegetable soup” (he’s hooked on it now too), which started my thinking that maybe someone else might just like this easy recipe too.  So now I’m sharing it with all of you in hopes that you’ll enjoy! Read more….

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breakfastThis simple little breakfast casserole has been a hit with everyone I’ve shared it with.  I’ve often been asked for the recipe, so I thought I would share it with you in the hope that you’ll feel the same way!

Anytime we have company staying with us or with any family vacation, this casserole is a must.  It’s fantastic because you make it the night before and let it sit in the fridge overnight.  In the morning you just pop it in the oven at 350 degrees and in about 45 minutes you have a delicious, hot casserole. Read more….

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cherry cookies
Do you ever receive recipes from friends or co-workers and even though you have every intention of making them, it just seems that you never actually get it done?  It’s happened to me many times. Recently as I was looking through my recipe binder I came across one of those recipes for cherry cookies.  The recipe was called Cherry Winks and I decided to give it a try.

Anything with cherries, especially maraschino cherries can’t turn out bad, right?   Read more….

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easy dessert recipe

This easy dessert recipe is so quick to make, yet it tastes so good!  You’ll find yourself reaching for the ingredients again and again.  And with all of those beautiful red cherries, I think Cherry Delight is the perfect festive holiday dessert!

The holidays have snuck up on me this year.  Until a few days ago, I hadn’t even given a menu a second thought.  In past years, I’ve tried too hard to make a big dinner, turned down help when offered and ended up stressed out in the kitchen.  I’ve decided I’m not doing that this year.

Here are some of my thoughts on keeping it simple:

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lasagna recipe

Stories of  “Mom and Luke” cooking together in the kitchen!  Episode 1 – Testing the World’s Best Lasagna recipe.

My son is a pretty good cook.  Grilling is his favorite thing to do, but he knows his way around the kitchen too.  For a few weeks he had been telling me about a lasagna recipe he saw on AllRecipes.com.  He said it was called “World’s Best Lasagna”, had over 10,000 reviews and remained a 5 star recipe… and that we should try making it together.  So I took the bait and the lasagna cooking day was planned. Read more….

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Pumpkin Oatmeal CookiesAutumn is my favorite time of year, my only wish is that it could last longer!  I love the crispness in the air, the beautiful leaves, fall festivals and the smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin baking.

I’m ringing it in a little early this year because I’m so anxious to share this delicious recipe for pumpkin oatmeal cookies with you.  It has all of the right autumn ingredients that bring lovely scents to your home and cause mouths to water! Read more….

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