Spinach Brownies

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My cousin Erica posted a picture of these spinach brownies on Facebook last week and I thought they looked delicious. I love having something in the refrigerator that’s quick and healthy for lunch and these are just the ticket. They’re good both warm or cold, straight from the fridge.   The boys wouldn’t go near these [...]

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Sparkling Cranberries

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This is my favorite new holiday recipe! I think these cranberries are incredible. They’re both sweet and tart. They have a nice crunchy sugar coating and once you break through it you get surprised with a splash of very tart cranberry juice.  I served them on Christmas Eve.  I made them to sprinkle around my [...]

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Ranch Oyster Crackers

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Our boys LOVE oyster crackers. Not in soup. By themselves. They don’t have a lot of flavor, but that doesn’t seem to bother the boys. They could eat oyster crackers by the barrel.

This summer, I found a recipe for ranch flavored oyster crackers. The recipe called for a package of ranch salad dressing mix. I [...]

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Soft Pretzel Nuggets

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When I first graduated from college, many moons ago, I would often get a pretzel on the way home from work from a shop called Auntie Anne’s. They were my favorite pretzels of all time. Soft, buttery and delicious. For a long time I would get a plain pretzel, then I discovered their cinnamon sugar [...]

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Dark Chocolate and Nutella Puppy Chow

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This summer I made some lowbrow, but delicious snacks for the kids. This was one of them. It’s called Puppy Chow and it’s chocolate and sugar coated Chex cereal. Another was a batch of Ranch Oyster Crackers. Although delicious, they call for a package of ranch salad dressing mix, which contains MSG, so I [...]

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Frozen Lemonade

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This is our drink of the summer. The boys LOVE it! It’s perfect on a hot summer afternoon. The only problem I have with it is it gives me the ice cream headache (scientifically known as sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia) almost immediately.  It’s crazy.  Clearly I’m drinking it too quickly.

I use bottled lemon juice when I make it. [...]

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Coconut Bread

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This is a really interesting coconut bread that looks like it might be similar to a banana bread, but it isn’t. It has a much coarser crumb, and it’s not as sweet as a typical banana bread. I like this bread best toasted or warm with butter. It would be nice with a little confectioner’s [...]

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Homemade Wheat Thins

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One of my sons LOVES Wheat Thins. He would eat a whole box in a sitting if we let him. As store-bought snacks go, they’re not terribly unhealthy, but I believe that everything is healthier when you make it yourself. Wheat Thins have high fructose corn syrup in them as well as monoglycerides. I hate [...]

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Candied Bacon

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Candied bacon. Can you imagine anything better? I’ve made this three times in the last month. It’s delicious, and simple too.

I have tried this with both thick-cut bacon and thinner bacon, and although I enjoyed the thick-cut, the thin is my preference. Watch the bacon while it’s cooking, because it can go from golden [...]

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Granola-Crusted Nuts

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I love nuts, and especially nuts that are glazed with something. This Sugar Spiced Nuts recipe is one of my favorites. I make them all the time. I bring them to family holiday dinners and they’re a huge hit.

I was visiting the Smitten Kitchen site recently and found this granola-crusted nut recipe. They looked interesting, [...]

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