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Quick and Easy Cracker Toffee

Quick and Easy Cracker Toffee

OK, here’s the thing..  I love to cook, but I SUPER LOVE fast and easy recipes.  Those beautiful food pictures you see on Pinterest always look intriguing, but most of the time the recipes are extremely lengthy and require ingredients we just don’t have in our pantry.  That’s why this Cracker Toffee is the PERFECT recipe to Pin.  It’s easy, fast, and can be adjusted according to your taste buds!

Cotton Candy Rice Cereal Treats

Cotton Candy Rice Cereal Treats

First of all, you need to know how the heck I chose Cotton Candy Rice Cereal Treats for my recipe blog this week…. Every week I hold a “Ingredient of the Week” contest on my Facebook page.  I ask followers to comment with an ingredient and then I use that ingredient to create a recipe.  I love doing this because it gets my followers involved and it inspires me for my recipe of the week.  You guys come up with some…

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Pretzel Hand Pies

Pretzel Hand Pies

You guys…  I found this pretzel recipe a while back and never made it…  UNTIL NOW!!  When I held my “Ingredient of the Week” contest on my Facebook page last Monday, my little one picked Dark Chocolate from the cup.  As soon as she pulled this ingredient out, I knew I had to make a salty and sweet treat!!! So….  pretzel hand pies it is! Thank you to my wonderful mother-in-law, Lisa, for this great ingredient suggestion.  I am so…

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A Pumpkin Pie Must!

A Pumpkin Pie Must!

Yes, its that time of year my friends..  FOR PUMPKIN PIE!!!!!!  Pumpkin pie is my all-time favorite dessert.  In fact, every year, since I can remember, I have asked for pumpkin pie for my birthday instead of cake…  says the cake decorator.  I know, I know.. cake is amazing, but there is just something delightfully savory and sweet about pumpkin pie that I just drool over. The spices are amazing and they remind me of my favorite time of year,…

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Chocolate Cake Perfection

Chocolate Cake Perfection

  Let’s just jump right in to this delightful chocolate cake recipe.  It has such an amazing aroma and a beautiful texture!  This chocolate cake pairs wonderfully with all flavors of buttercreams and even different custard flavors.  I do add a little secret ingredient called espresso powder.  So this powder does not add a strong coffee flavor, it just really enhances the rich chocolate flavor. I promise!!  Just give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.     Of course I…

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The Perfect Pecan Pie

The Perfect Pecan Pie

Today I want to honor my Grandma. First things first is that my grandmother LOVED Pecan Pie! Grandma Bonita was a spunky, caring, outspoken, comical, life of the party kinda gal.  She had absolutely no problem telling you what was on her mind…  and 9 out of 10 times it’s what everyone else is thinking, but is too chicken shit to actually say.  You know… she said those kind of comments that only the alpha female can say!  AND IT…

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Italian Fig Cookies

Italian Fig Cookies

Figs, Figs, FIGS…..  FIG COOKIES!!!!!  They are new to my palette and I LOVE them.   These cookies are so wonderfully light, with a hint of sweetness.  I truly enjoy the texture of them as well.  Figs have a soft “meat” that is peppered with tiny seeds that give it a nice crunch.  I searched Pinterest for any and all recipes that involved figs…<!–more–>  I found recipes that were sweet and recipes that were savory.  I want to try them all,…

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Peach and Blueberry Cream Pie

Peach and Blueberry Cream Pie

Oh boy..  it has been a week.. me sick, kids sick..  I feel like I just gave the doctor all of our money!! haha.. but seriously..our poor debit card, she really got used and abused this past week!  This peach and blueberry cream pie made my week MUCH better! Now about the FOOD!!..  I love food.  Does your mouth start watering when commercials come on and they have really yummy looking food?  ok, well mine does..  don’t tell anyone my secret,…

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Quick and Easy Plum Butter

Quick and Easy Plum Butter

Well hello there food loving friends!! It’s been a while and I am so sorry!  I have something pretty exciting up my sleeve, but I’ll save that for another day! Don’t be mad 🙂 For now..  lets check out this super easy and delicious Plum Butter! I took my oldest, Hailey, to Camp Ondessonk.  I went to this camp when I was younger and have been anxiously awaiting the day when my daughter was old enough to go!! AAAAHHHHHHHH…. I…

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Plum Custard Pie with Blackberry Sauce

Plum Custard Pie with Blackberry Sauce

Good morning my friends!! I hope all of my American friends had a great holiday weekend! The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, there is so much to be thankful for on this historic day.  I truly enjoy spending this holiday with family,but a piece was missing this year because my husband had to work. 🙁                 Despite all the rain, the kiddos had so much fun riding the go kart,playing in the mud,…

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