Bold Chipotle Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce

Bold Chipotle Coca-Cola Barbecue Sauce from

Even after 18 years of marriage and 17 years of parenting, my husband and I are still a little uncertain about what our role is in celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for each other. We’ve tried everything from the Mama Bear-too-cold approach (resulting in breakfast comprised of carrot sticks, olives, graham crackers, and milk…

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Rhubarb Cheesecake Pie

Rhubarb Cheesecake Pie for #DairyMOOnth #sponsored

Disclosure: I am proud to present this recipe in partnership with the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council. The recipe and opinions remain my own. Rhubarb Cheesecake Pie is a marvel of a dessert. It manages to marry my twin dessert obsessions -fruit pie and cheesecake- in one perfectly creamy, delightfully tart, easy-on-the-eyes package. Rhubarb…

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Dark Chocolate Almond Frozen Yogurt Pops

Dark Chocolate Almond Frozen Yogurt Pops from #AussieStyle

I’m clearly on an ice pop kick. I could blame the weather; it has been hot, after all. I could say I do it for any or all of my five kids. The truth is, though, that I love them madly. I love having a variety of frozen pops waiting for that moment that I…

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DIY Freezer Pops {Ice Pops}

DIY Freezer Pops {Ice Pops} from

DIY Freezer Pops {Ice Pops} have made me a hero in my home. All five of my boys have a mania for freezer pops in the summer. They go bonkers for the little frozen tubes of sweet ice. If left to their own devices, they would eat through one of those massive bulk boxes from…

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Ginger Switchel Drink {non-alcoholic refresher}

Ginger Switchel Drink made with water, honey, raw apple cider vinegar, and lots of ginger.

I’ve got a little food related obsession to share with you.  I know it’s not entirely surprising coming from me, but this one is for a very old-school beverage; Ginger Swichel Drink. How old school is it? Well, it originated in the Caribbean and made its way to the American colonies by the late 17th…

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Slow-Roasted Rosemary Garlic Almonds

Slow Roasted Rosemary Garlic Almonds are an easy, healthy snack for warm weather months.

My friend Lisette is a good person to befriend. She’s funny. She’s charming. She has exquisite taste and a generous laugh. And wherever she goes, she has snacks. Good snacks. She has bags of granola bars, homemade energy bars and her signature Slow Roasted Rosemary Garlic Roasted Almonds. My children hover around Mrs. Heckathorn on…

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Soy Sauce Eggs

Soy Sauce Eggs soaked in soy sauce, garlic, ginger, rice vinegar, green onions, and fresh hot pepper.

My bonus mom, Val, was an amazing cook. She had the ability to take the most humble ingredients and turn them into food that wasn’t merely great, it was an experience. Val’s Soy Sauce Eggs are the perfect example of her ability to make comfort food exciting. How can egg possibly be exciting? Val made…

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Brown Sugar Strawberries and Cream Tartlets

Brown Sugar Strawberries and Cream Tartlets with thyme

This is the story of a dessert that shouldn’t have turned out. It should’ve been an abject failure, but instead, it turned into a giant kitchen redemption tale and an awfully wonderful Mother’s Day treat. It is the tale of Brown Sugar Strawberries and Cream Tartlets.   It started out with a beautiful recipe. One…

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Hard Cider Sangria-by-the-Glass

Hard Cider Sangria-by-the-Glass is fresh fruits soaked in crisp hard cider with a lime ice pop stir stick.

I have a weird relationship with summer. Humidity and extreme heat (and mosquitos) are on my “make me cranky” list. But the food? Oh the glorious food and drink of summer. There’s a romance to all those perfectly fresh and ripe fruits and vegetables and the pockets of smells of grilling burgers and goodies as…

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