Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes and Walnuts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Grapes and Walnuts from

As I walked up from the mailbox a couple weeks ago, I glanced through the pile of stuff; a bill, some advertisements, blah blah blah, and then something caught my eye. On the cover of the new issue of Whole Living was a pan full of what appeared to be roasted Brussels sprouts with grapes…

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Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte Recipe {real pumpkin}

Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte made with real pumpkin |

This classic post was originally published in September of 2013. It’s officially the first day of fall, so you KNOW you tea drinkers need to get in on the pumpkin spice latte train. Oh, and my kids are no longer sick. Hooray for the passage of time. Four out of five of my kids are…

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Easy Bacon Pea Salad

Easy Bacon Pea Salad from

Salad and I are like *THIS*. That probably comes at no surprise at this point. What you may not know, though, is that I have an especially soft spot for marinated salads. You know which ones I mean… The ones that fill bowl after bowl at late spring and summer parties. The ones in oil…

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Chinese Barbecue Pork (Char Siu), Homemade Five Spice

Chinese Barbecue Pork {Char Siu} made without food colouring!

Are you familiar with Chinese Barbecue Pork {Char Siu}; that flavourful, luscious, sticky-sweet, bright-red pork served in House Special Soup, fried rice, and on skewers at Chinese restaurants? I have a serious fixation on the stuff. I can’t get enough of it. The problem with satisfying my need for it is twofold: I don’t live…

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Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili or Coney Sauce or Chili Fries sauce from

This post was originally published on May 3, 2011. Wowza! It got a little facelift in the form of new photos and a lovely printable recipe. Dig in, friends! Rain, mixed precipitation, and more rain… This has been our weather pattern for the past three weeks.  Add colder than normal temperatures and you get an…

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Dill Pickle Dip

Use Dill Pickle Dip as dip or spread on hamburgers or deli sandwiches for pickle lovers in your life.

Excuse me. Have I told you before that I am a serious pickle maniac? I have never met a dill pickle I didn’t love. You know Cookie Monster? I’m Pickle Monster. Salty, vinegary, crunchy P-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ickles! While we’re at it and I’m confessing things, I should probably mention that I’m also devoted to dip. All dip….

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Everything Soft Pretzels


Did you know February is National Snack Food Month? Its true.  And did you know that I am the (self-proclaimed) Queen of Snacks? It is in veritas.* *Wanton use of Latin proves either my royalty or the fact that I’m a homeschooling mom. I think this calls for a serious application of my snack food…

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