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Summertime Series: Sweet Berries and Basil Salad

July 2, 2010
Summertime Series: Sweet Berries and Basil Salad

This salad is GORGEOUS.  The red and blue would be a perfect addition to your July 4th table or any summer occasion.  The dressing has a hint liqueur in it, but the overall amount is not enough to affect anyone (so it’s safe for your kids!).   Be sure to prepare this the day of...
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Summertime Series: Beer Baked Beans

July 1, 2010
Summertime Series: Beer Baked Beans

Oh, you suckers.  Every time I mention beer or bourbon ya’ll are chomping at the bit to get a look at the recipe.  You’re in luck- this one DOES have beer in it.  You will still have to drink some if you want to get loopy.  And did I mention how good these beans...
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Poop Stories, a Sweet Contest, and More

June 30, 2010
Poop Stories, a Sweet Contest, and More

I’ve been a neglectful blogi this week, so I am making up for it with a true story. Which you will now read. Once, when H was still in diapers, I was changing him after a Number Two.  I was wiping and wiping and wiping and there was a stubborn little bit that just...
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Summertime Series: Tropical Smoothie Pops

June 24, 2010
Summertime Series: Tropical Smoothie Pops

Los Angeles hit 80° yesterday (mid-westerners and beyond, please don’t hate me- our real heat has yet to come), so it was a good day for an afternoon popsicle.  These fruit smoothie pops would satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth, and they are good for you, too! 1 ripe banana 1 cup mango chunks 1/2 cup...
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Succulent Scallops with Farfalle and Peas

June 22, 2010
Succulent Scallops with Farfalle and Peas

We didn’t really do anything very personal for my husband on Fathers Day, so when his birthday arrived the next day, I got a second chance.  This is what I made last night for his birthday dinner.  As Hayden begged for more peas, we cleaned our plates and savored our French Sauvignon Blanc! 1...
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Rosemary Lemon Poundcake

June 15, 2010
Rosemary Lemon Poundcake

We recently received a huge bouquet of fresh rosemary in our CSA box.  I put some of it little vases with water- rosemary will stay looking fresh for awhile if you just keep adding water.  I wanted to cook something different with it, aside from a typical chicken or pasta dish, so I made...
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Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese

June 11, 2010
Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese

Hayden and I eat almond or peanut butter sandwiches for lunch 364 days a year, but this sandwich was a close second.  It tasted so fresh and would make a great lunch or dinner! 4 slices bread 4 slices white cheddar or provolone cheese 1 tomato, thinly sliced 1 handful basil leaves, coarsely chopped...
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Simply Okra

June 9, 2010
Simply Okra

Being from the almost-South, I grew up eating okra.  It was, and still is, one of my favorites.   Hayden loves it, too.  In fact, when I cook it like this, he eats as much or more than I do, and I try to freeze some portions in case he demands MORE OKRA (yes,...
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Electric Beet Hummus

June 2, 2010
Electric Beet Hummus

It’s beet season, again.  Ugh.  I have no problem with beets, but The Boys won’t eat ’em.  Unless… I create this yummy, electric pink beet hummus.  It’s not every day that you get to enjoy something this colorful that didn’t come from a candy machine!  Serve with crackers or pita chips. 3 beets, trimmed,...
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This Post Is BPA, Gluten, Fat, and Sugar Free

June 1, 2010
This Post Is BPA, Gluten, Fat, and Sugar Free

And it’s vegan, too.  Okay, not vegan (remember the wheat-grass fad?  Yuck!). Let’s get on with it. I am a member of a couple of Yahoo groups for mommies, where moms can discuss issues they are having with their kids and get answers from those who have been through it.  For the most part...
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Easy Family Recipes: Creamy Baked Ziti

May 28, 2010
Easy Family Recipes: Creamy Baked Ziti

You can’t really go wrong with warm pasta, sauce, and cheese, but making a pseudo-cream-based sauce for this dish made it even better.  I served it with Simple Italian Meatballs, and my boys went nuts over it.  This is an easy family recipe using ingredients you probably already have on hand.  Oh, and as...
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Simple Italian Meatballs

May 27, 2010
Simple Italian Meatballs

The other day I asked Hayden to choose our main course for dinner: either “spaghetti” and meatballs or fish.  He chose spaghetti and meatballs.  Since he has a hard time with long noodles, I made baked ziti and served the meatballs on the side.  These meatballs are made with simple ingredients, and you should...
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Southwestern Succotash

May 24, 2010
Southwestern Succotash

This dish was inspired by one I like to make with okra.  I didn’t have any so I just used what I had on hand, and it turned out great.  Serve this with tortilla chips or as an accompaniment to a main dish. 2 tbs oil 2 ears fresh corn, shucked and kernels cut...
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Poppy Seed Muffins

May 21, 2010
Poppy Seed Muffins

After pulling these muffins out of the oven, I left them on the counter to cool awhile and went downstairs to clean the bathroom for the third time this week (oh, the joys of living with boys).  While I was scouring, I heard Hayden declare, “I want a snack.”  I shouted up to Scott...
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