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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