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Blueberry Muffins

My favorite frozen fruit is the blueberry.  I could add those sweet little orbs to any and all baked goods or eat them straight from the freezer bag.  They don’t seem to lose anything by freezing, though, of course, they do tend to leak blue into everything.  When I needed a quick brunch snack the other day, I reached for the blueberries and made these delicious gluten-free, dairy-free blueberry muffins.

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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

Well, I tried and I failed.  That is my story and I am sticking with it.  About a year ago, I decided to divide my blogging time with two blogs: one just for gluten free foods and this one for everything else.  I found that I wasn’t cut out for that much online time.  So, I am back to just one blog and you will find that there is a mix of gluten-free and regular food here from now on.  As a “welcome back to sanity” celebration, I am starting this week off with Gluten Free Peanut Butter Brownie Bites (I’m using the term “sanity” lightly, of course).

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Burrito Dip

A warm, meatless dip that tastes like your favorite burrito

Warm Burrito Dip

Okay, this is the last dip of the season.  I have more up my sleeve for next year, but with the big game coming up this weekend, the time has passed for me to make any more right now.  I am ending my dip mania with a meatless bean affair.  I call it Burrito Dip because my imagination has flown the coop.  Continue reading

Sausage and Black Olive Pizza Dip

Sausage and Black Olive Pizza Dip because not everyone loves pepperoni pizza!

Sausage and Black Olive Pizza Dip because not everyone loves pepperoni pizza!

Have you seen “pizza dip” before?  Have you noticed that it almost always includes pepperoni?  Despite the fact that pepperoni is, in fact, one of the more popular varieties of pizza, I know for another fact (because I take very scientific surveys!) that not everyone orders pepperoni on their pizza.  I happen to have a few of those people living right under my roof.  This sausage and black olive pizza dip is for them, for you, for anyone who doesn’t want plain pepperoni anymore. Continue reading

Pulled Pork Pimento Cheese Smothered Fries #GameDayGrub

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Southern Style Smothered Fries: sweet potato fries topped with barbecue pulled pork and melted pimento cheese #GameDayGrub #ad

I live in the South where football is king and food is a close second.  Every chance we get, we combine the two!  There is nothing like a huge spread of #gametimegrub and a big crowd gathered to watch the exciting games leading up to the big game next week.  My husband was born and raised in one of the cities whose team is playing, so without naming which, I can tell you we are very anxious for another win for the home team.  One of our favorite things to eat while waiting for a first down is smothered fries.  Alexia Foods helps us do just that with their sweet potato and crinkle cut French fries. Continue reading

Reuben Dip

All of the flavor of a traditional Reuben sandwich in a warm dip!

Reuben Dip: all of the delicious sandwich taste in a creamy, warm dip

This isn’t a terribly innovative dip, I have seen similar ones around the internet before.  However, I love Reuben sandwiches so much that I had to try my hand at a warm Reuben dip, too.  Who can resist melted Swiss cheese with a creamy corned beef spread?  I know that I sure can’t.  Continue reading

Warm Lit’l Smokies Chile Dip

Warm Lit’l Smokies Chile Dip is another hearty meat and cheese dip, this time with a little kick of chiles, too.

Warm Lit'l Smokies Chile DipI am at it again.  New Year’s isn’t even a week past and I am thinking about eating more dips.  This time, however, these are pure game watching foods.  Football is gearing up for it’s epic final games of the 2014-2015 year and we need munchies.  We need comfort food at it’s best and have I got a couple of wonderful warm dips for you, starting with this Warm Lit’l Smokies Chile Dip.

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Pimento Cheese: a Southern Favorite

Pimento Cheese is a classic Southern dish that can be used as a dip, a sandwich spread or even as a topping on potatoes or burgers.

Pimento Cheese: a Southern Classic

Although this is a basic dish with two main ingredients, oddly enough, there are as many recipes for pimento cheese as there are cooks.  Some people like it creamy, some people like it thick.  Others like it spicy while still other folks like it mild.  There is no right or wrong way to make it, but I am sure there are some strong opinions.

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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.

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Honey Lemon Lime Raspberry Yogurt Pops

How is that title for a delicious mouthful?  I couldn’t shorten it because all of the flavors of honey and lemon and lime, plus the big bites of raspberry swimming in Greek yogurt all needed mentioning.  These are some great snacks: healthy, full of protein and real fruit.  I even got my harshest critic, The Thinker to enjoy them!Honey Lemon Lime Yogurt Pops with Raspberries: a cool and healthy treat Continue reading

Peach Cobbler Smoothie

Have you noticed healthy foods sound more appealing if they have a dessert in the title?   Case in point: would you rather drink something entitled Rabbit Food Healthy Drink or Carrot Cake Smoothie?  Exactly.  You will totally understand, then if for the next few weeks, I throw some healthy smoothies at you with desserts in their names like today’s Peach Cobbler Smoothie.

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Meatball Quesadillas: an edible spaghetti western

Meatball Quesadillas: a real Spaghetti Western snackThis Spaghetti Western is true convenience food.  And yet, you can make it all with real food, too.  Homemade tortillas, homemade spaghetti sauce, homemade meatballs; this dish can take you hours to make, or you can whip it up in mere minutes.  It all depends on your food philosophy or your schedule.  You could even adapt it to be gluten free. Continue reading

Chicken Alfredo French Bread Pizza

Chicken Alfredo French Bread PizzaYears ago, I wrote my first sponsored post.  The gig was to come up with nine, yes NINE recipes for a well known company.  It was back in the day when my photos were still marginally awful bordering on grotesque.   In the last year, I have been culling those photos and even some of the posts.  This is a rewrite of one of those nine recipes.  Basically everything has changed, including the ingredients (except the chicken and French bread).  This version is MUCH better and surprisingly, there is a gluten free option. Continue reading

Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Hot Baked Buffalo Chicken DipWelcome to Day #6 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan , we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Today is our final day of #AppetizerWeek. We hope you have enjoyed it as much as we have! Should we make it an annual event? I think so! Continue reading

Spinach Squares

Spinach Cheese SquaresWelcome to Day #5 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Whether you are a Broncos fan or a Seahawks fan , we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers. We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.

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Turkey Meatballs with Blackberry Sauce

Turkey Appetizer Meatballs with Blackberry Sauce Welcome to Day #4 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread. Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers.  We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes. Tune in each day starting with Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25. Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs so you do not want to miss one single day. Follow #AppetizerWeek on Twitter to keep up to date with all our amazing recipes and giveaways!

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