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Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars

Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars made with a cake mix base

It’s a new week and my calendar is blessedly empty.  I still have regular things like teaching piano lessons, volunteering at my daughter’s school and church activities, but there are no extra appointments, no company coming, nothing!!  I feel so free!  I am sure that by tomorrow the kids will mention a few extra things they need me to do, but for now, in this moment, I have an easy week ahead of me.  So how do I celebrate?  I make easy meals and easy desserts.   These Fudgy Peanut Butter Bars qualify! Continue reading

Apple Cinnamon Cake

I have had this recipe  for Apple Cinnamon Cake printed out and ready to be made for years.  I saw this cake with globs of apple pie filling in the middle and it screamed “MAKE ME!!!”  Like many of you, however, I printed the recipe and then it slowly made its way into a pile and then to a shelf and then was forgotten.  Then recently, I made up some apple pie milkshakes (and no, there are no milkshake recipes here, sorry), but I only used about 2 Tbsp of a whole can of apple pie filling.  Suddenly, I remembered this cake.  I dug through a few files, found it, made the cake and then promptly lost the recipe.  Luckily, it was only yesterday and my memory extends that far.

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#SnacktoSchool Oatmeal Clusters with Raisins #LoveYourRaisins


It has always been really important to me that my kids love raisins.  From the time they were little, I pushed California raisins as snacks because I knew they were full of fiber, potassium and iron.  Also, I loved the portability of a super naturally-sweet snack.  We could eat raisins anywhere and the kids wouldn’t have smudges on their cheeks or stains on their clothes.  Now that they are mostly older (only one is still in elementary school, while three are in high school and one has flown the coop), they still love them.  While eating them plain is fine, it’s fun to “fancify” them into fun snacks like these Oatmeal Clusters with Raisins.

Oatmeal Raisin Clusters #loveyourraisins #snacktoschool Continue reading

#Manwich Sloppy Joe Lasagna Brings the Family to the Table

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ah school; I love it and I hate it.  I love that the kids are busy, but I hate that the kids are busy.  That busyness floods the family’s schedule with homework, unscheduled trips to stores, school meetings, sports and so much more.  I have to pack up my summer laziness and find my inner organization mojo for another year.  It also means that I need to start making hearty, delicious meals that will bring the family to the table. Manwich is one of my little helpers. With its kid-stopping power, my family is sure to put down their homework, get up from the computer and come in from the yard to sit down to a #Manwich meal, especially if its a sloppy Joe lasagna.

#Manwich Sloppy Joe Lasagna makes an easy weeknight meal

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The Holiday Kosher Baker #cookbookreview

I can never say no to baking books of any kind, especially when they are filled with chocolate, fruit and cinnamon in the form of cookies, breads and cakes. The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional & Contemporary Holiday Desserts by Paula Shoyer is just such a book.  It takes the reader through the year of big Jewish holidays and all of the wonderful sweets and baked goods that go along with them.

Fruit Crisp from the Holiday Kosher Baker #cookbookreview #glutenfree Continue reading

Putting Some Spicy Habenero #SauceOn Southern Food

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I believe in diving into local cuisine.  When I moved to Florida a little over three years ago, I started making all things Southern.   It wasn’t too  long before I made grillades (pronounced Gree-Yahds).   They are seared meat medallions served in a spicy gravy over grits.  Because I moved to Florida from Arizona, there is still a lot of Mexican influence in my cooking.  It should be no surprise that I opted for El Yucateco habenero hot sauce when I made the grillades gravy.

El Yucateca Hot Sauce #sauceon #shop Continue reading

Chocolate Cream Pie

My family loves pie, but it’s gotten to be a bit of a chore for me to turn on the oven.  You know, summer, heat, discomfort; I don’t care to mix the oven with the weather at all.  However, once in a while, a storm blows through and the temperature doesn’t get up to the 90s.  Then, I hurry to the kitchen and turn on the oven.  After all, we might freeze with the AC cranked up and the wind howling outside.  This last storm resulted in a Chocolate Cream Pie for the fam.

Chocolate Cream Pie Continue reading