Monthly Archives: December 2014

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is comfort food at its finest: hearty, chock-full of veggies and meat, with a delicious bready topping. It’s a complete meal in one dish! I have had several kinds of pot pie in my life. I have … Continue reading

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Homemade Stock

As is often the case for many of my “resourceful” DIY projects, my motivation for making homemade stock was financial. Sure, there are other benefits: it tastes better, you know exactly what’s in it, and you can cater it to … Continue reading

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Weekly Menu Plan #8

Katie’s plan: This week I have all of my children home all day, my parents visiting from out of town, and my husband off work a few days. Because of the large number of people at my house for most … Continue reading

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Cinnamon Rolls with Orange Glaze

Foods that are only made once a year have the magical power of transporting us to great family memories and strong emotions of warmth, love, and welcome. Usually just the smell of them is enough to bring a smile to … Continue reading

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Egg-Sausage Bake

I have three children and several nieces and nephews, and many are close in age. For a while it seemed like we were planning a lot of baptism brunches. Every time, the first thing Katie and I would say is, “Well, … Continue reading

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Weekly Menu Plan #7

Katie’s plan: Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos with hard and soft shells, rice, salsa, cheese, and sour cream Turkey sandwiches, fresh veggies, apple slices Slow Cooker Greek Pork Roast with potatoes, carrots, and onions, cinnamon rolls, homemade applesauce Pancakes, sausages, and … Continue reading

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Double-Dipped Chocolate-Mint Cookies

Chocolate and mint: one of our favorite flavor combinations, right up there with chocolate and peanut butter. These cookies are fantastic: crisp chocolate-mint cookies coated with both mint-flavored candy coating and melted chocolate. I’m not going to lie to you: … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Showdown: Homemade v. Kit

At Christmastime, we love to decorate our houses with festive touches and bake up dozens and dozens of cookies and treats to feed our families. One of our newer traditions is building and decorating a gingerbread house. In the past, … Continue reading

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Weekly Menu Plan #6

Katie’s plan: Summer sausage, sliced cheese, and whole grain crackers; sliced carrots and celery with homemade Ranch dip; clementines Dinner with family Chickadilla soup with toppings; pigs in a blanket; grapes Jambalaya, frozen corn off the cob, applesauce Birthday dinner: … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Every year, Theresa and I get together with our mother-in-law before Christmas to bake big batches of cookies to split among our three households. We tend to bake from the same favorite recipes every year. But for a few years, … Continue reading

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