Fudge Cakes

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz Fudge cakes are so delicious on their own that we don’t bother to frost them. Thus becoming a favorite of the packed lunch crowd. Super easy and oh so delicious! Pre-heat those ovens to 325 degrees. In …

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Strawberry Bread

Right now I just want to chill for a while. Take a hiatus from all the craziness. To clean my house, see my family. Just see some movies and pick some strawberries. -Lauren Ambrose We are very spoiled here in Southern California. For several reasons but what I’m talking about is having amazing local fruits …

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Oven Fried Hawaiian Chicken

The Spanish introduced the first pineapples to Hawaii. The state is now one of the top pineapple producers in the world, producing one third of the world’s pineapple crop and 60 percent of the world’s canned pineapple. Oven Fried Hawaiian Chicken is a great way to utilize the cheaper whole cut- up chicken or frankly …

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The Ultimate Chicken Nachos

There will always be a reason why you meet people. Either you need them to change your life or you’re the one that will change theirs – Angel Flonis Harefa I was standing in line at the market waiting to be helped by the butcher, who had a couple people out sick so he was …

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The Mountains Are Calling

“It’s just nothing but rock, and there’s nothing to keep you from falling off the side.That’s why they call it the Devil’s Slide.” – Patricia Havens, a founding member of the Simi Valley Historical Society It is hard not to fall in love with the mountains and hills that surround Simi Valley, California. When I moved …

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Home-Style Baked Chicken

I think careful cooking is love, don’t you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who’s close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give. -Julia Child A funny thing happened on the way to the kitchen to cook some home-style baked chicken for the ol’ family. The Handsome Prince …

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The Best Chocolate Explosion Cake

Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me. -Audrey Hepburn Leap through my time warp back to my childhood. Every birthday that was had… The best chocolate explosion cake was served. My mother even shipped me this cake when I was away working …

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Making Memories On A Budget

Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them. -Bob Dylan When the kids are out of school for break, everyone is now racking their brains to figure out what fun activities they can make work into their budget. We want to do “fun” stuff with our children but sometimes it seems like …

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Bursting At The Seams

  “When I Fall Asleep I’d Like To make Myself Believe That Planet earth Turns Slowly It’s Hard To Say I’d Rather Stay Awake When I’m Asleep Because My Dreams Are Bursting At The Seams.” -Owl City, Fireflies Welcome to the Fly on the Wall- Bursting At The Seams, a group challenge about what someone …

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The Tape Collector

    “You know what your problem is, it’s that you haven’t seen enough movies – all of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.” -Steve Martin Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap- The Tape Collector. This week 12 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to …

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7-Up Cake

A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges. -Benjamin Franklin 7-Up Cake might sound a bit strange but I assure you it might be one of the most moist bundt cakes you’ll make. It has a light tangy lemon lime flavor that will blast you back to holiday dinners …

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Dear Karen-No Fail Whole Wheat Bread

“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.” -Robert Browning   There is an advent calendar that is sweeping the internet. This isn’t the kind where we get to open a little cardboard door and get a chocolate that day. Nope. It is about friendship, love, food …

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The Auto Show

“The quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten.” -Sir Henry Royce on the value proposition of the Rolls-Royce automobile The Auto Show- Wordless Wednesday

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Cheese Crispy

The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath. -W. C. Fields It is not hard to make a cheese crispy. Takes about six minutes to make them start to finish. My crew loves a cheese crispy with a homemade soup, stew or salads. Just another fun addition to a meal …

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Our Nutty Thanksgiving Table

  I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. -Jon Stewart I know how meals go down at my place but I often wonder what is really being served around those tables elsewhere. …

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Warmed Hazelnut Vanilla Milk

  “Opie, you haven’t finished your milk. We can’t put it back in the cow, you know.” – Aunt Bee Taylor Warmed hazelnut vanilla milk came from our love of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf’s steamed hazelnut milk. I had to give up my passionate love affair with coffee (for health reasons), a few months …

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Traces Of Nuts

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“I wonder if things can happen too early or too late or if everything happens at exactly the right time. If so, how sad and beautiful.” ― Simon Van Booy, The Secret Lives of People in Love You know how the awesome Fly on the Wall posts work by now. Today, 13 excellent bloggers invite …

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Rice Pudding

“It does not happen all at once. There is no instant pudding.” -W. Edwards Deming This rice pudding recipe could be considered a “lighter” version of the old traditional rice pudding that I grew up loving. Nothing wrong with whole milk and butter at all, in moderation. It ends up so creamy and great anyway, …

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In The Wild

Houston, we have ‘possum. We live squarely in suburbia. Tract houses in a planned community. Our carefully plotted rows of homes, on a semi quiet street, in our bubble, also happens to be surrounded by some of the most breathtaking mountains and open areas. It doesn’t feel like we live in the wild but more …

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DIY Instant Hot Chocolate

Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time. – Henri Frederic Amiel Our kids love hot chocolate, especially as the winter months bring cooler temperatures, when we go camping, during “s’mores nights” by the fire pit and …

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French Toast

Penny:  I’ll tell you what, next french toast day, I’ll make you oatmeal Sheldon:  Good lord, are you still gonna be here next french toast day? – The Big Bang Theory French Toast is not a hard dish. It requires ingredients and patience. If you wait for your pan to warm before you begin, you …

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Sail Away

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain Welcome to Secret Subject Swap- Sail Away. This week, 12 …

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Frosted Apple Cake

“Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don’t count on Golden Delicious.”   Frosted Apple Cake is dense, moist and also made from most things found in the pantry. When I get a great deal on apples, this is one of the first apple treats coming out of my oven. It definitely …

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Chocolate Cherry Cake

“You have treated the arts as the cherry on the cake. It needs to be the yeast.” -Mallika Sarabhai One of the kids had a sick pal so we dropped off her school work at her house. When her mom opened the door, the chocolatey scent drifted out to the porch with us. I asked …

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Whipped Angel Toffee Cake

If you look over the years, the styles have changed – the clothes, the hair, the production, the approach to the songs. The icing to the cake has changed flavors. But if you really look at the cake itself, it’s really the same. – John Oates This may be the easiest most delicious cake you’ll …

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Welcome To The Family

“What a wee little part of a person’s life are his acts and his words! His real life is led in his head, and is known to none but himself.” -Mark Twain You know how the awesome Fly on the Wall posts work by now. Today, 13 excellent bloggers invite you to catch a glimpse …

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Have You Purchased Pantyhose For Your Onions?

If we can put a man on the moon, we can make pantyhose comfortable. -Sara Blakely There is nothing freaky going on around here in the wee hours of the morning with my onions and hosiery, I promise. Have you ever looked at the sale advertisements from local markets and found some great bulk produce …

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Applesauce

“Your mind has turned to applesauce.” -Steely Dan For years I purchased the convenience of applesauce in a jar at my local market. Honestly, I just never gave any thought to making it myself when it was so handy. Fall often brings excellent prices on apples and my crew starts requesting that I make hot …

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Spinach Artichoke Dip Pasta

“Life is like eating artichokes, you have got to go through so much to get so little.” – Thomas Aloysius Dorgan   This little gem was brought to us by locusts, oops… I mean teenagers. What happens when you have made a delicious dinner for your family and suddenly the number of people in your …

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