Monthly Archives: May 2016

Bread Machine French Bread

Think that your bread machine is limited to brick-shaped loaves? Think again. This recipe makes two long, narrow loaves. Cut in 1″ slices and toasted, this bread is perfect to float in French onion soup with melted cheese on top. … Continue reading

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Weekly Meal Plan #82

Going into this week, I had a plan: I was going to use up things that were taking up storage space. There were lots of events to plan around this week, so I tried to cram as much as I … Continue reading

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Bowtie Pasta Salad

Our husbands’ aunt makes the salad often for large family gatherings. It’s delicious. It goes well with all kinds of meals, but it’s best with summer fare – burgers, brats, anything off the grill, watermelon wedges, and corn on the … Continue reading

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Weekly Meal Plan #81

My highlight from this week was making Chicken Tetrazzini. And not necessarily because everyone loved it, because they didn’t. I had been in the mood for chicken tetrazzini for months. I hadn’t been making it precisely because I knew that … Continue reading

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Southwestern Salad with Homemade Catalina Dressing

I’ve been making variations of this salad for years. We’d have tacos for dinner one night, and then we’d have little dibs and dabs of ingredients left over – a small dish of corn, a minuscule portion of black beans, … Continue reading

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Chicken Fajitas for a Crowd

Fajitas are a fun party food, but trying to get all the different components to be ready at the same time can be frustrating. That’s why this recipe is such a help: the meat and the vegetables cooking is very … Continue reading

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How to Make Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

Adults and kids alike can rally around cookies and ice cream. And what better way to have a great handheld dessert for your next spring or summer gathering than with homemade Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches? All the childhood joys of … Continue reading

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Weekly Meal Plan #80

In the last few months, I have been using a dry erase board to keep a running list of meals to make during the course of the week, with an abbreviated evening schedule for the week so that I remember … Continue reading

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Showdown!: Homemade Freezer Jam vs. Store-Bought

Katie and I love doing the Showdowns, because having people blind taste recipes is a great way to see whether or not spending the time making something is really worth it. In the case of making strawberry freezer jam, the … Continue reading

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How to Pull Off a Cookie Decorating Party

Christmas is a great time for decorating cookies, but everyone (especially everyone with children) knows that you can come up with pretty much any excuse for making and decorating cookies. Valentine’s Day! It’s the first day of Fall! We have … Continue reading

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