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Addicting Spiced Nuts Recipe

by Holly Duce on March 23, 2014

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Photo Jan 19, 10 03 56 PMThe first time I tried these spiced nuts I was hooked.  They’re really easy to make too and you probably have all of the ingredients in your cupboard already, aside from the nuts.  I used unsalted mixed nuts from Costco (Kirkland brand I believe) which I really like because it includes pistachios where as most other mixed nuts brands do not.

Spiced Nuts

2 Cups mixed nuts
2 T butter
1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1 1/2 T water
3/4 Teaspoon Cayenne
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon Salt


Mix the spices and sugar in a small bowl and set aside.  Toast the nuts in a dry skillet stirring frequently for about 4 minutes.  Be careful not to burn them!  Transfer the nuts to a bowl and set aside.  Add all of the other ingredients to the hot skillet and heat until a glaze forms.  Add the nuts and toss until coated and continue to cook 1-2 minutes.  Put the glazed nuts onto a baking sheet lined with foil and separate the nuts with a fork.  Let rest about 10 minutes until the sugar has hardened.  If the nuts are too sticky you can bake them for a few minutes or toss them with some sugar.  Store them in a Rubbermaid container with a lid.

Warning:  These nuts are addicting!

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Our family has recently started trying to eat a little healthier.  My husband suggested adding avocados to our diet.  I know they’re healthy but other than that, I didn’t know much about them.  Luckily, with perfect timing, I had the opportunity to interview Chef Pati Jinich, host of Pati’s Mexican Table and she was able to answer all of my questions and more!  From how to pick out an avocado at the store to different and unique ways to use avocado, Pati’s knowledge was extremely helpful!  Watch the video above to learn how many calories are in a serving, how big a portion size is, how to store avocados plus lots of great ways to use them! If you’re looking for new tips to jump start your day and boost your metabolism check out these unique, quick and easy recipe ideas for spring time breakfasts using avocados!  From eggs and pancakes, to parfaits and smoothies, fresh avocados from Mexico can be incorporated into any of your morning go-to meals. They’re an extremely versatile fruit that adds creamy, rich texture and nearly 20 good-for you nutrients taking your morning favorites to the next level.

Pati mentions several recipes in the video which I’ll link for you below.  I can’t wait to try some of these!:

Chopped egg & avo sandwich 

Cheese scramble 

Avo mang and berry smoothie

Avo oatmeal and agave pancake 


Pati Jinich was born and raised in Mexico and comes from a family of accomplished cooks. She is the host of a highly popular PBS series called Pati’s Mexican Table, a culinary program which consists of cooking demonstrations, tasting dinners and workshops, and has appeared on The Chew, The Talk, The Better Show, The Today Show.  Jinich has also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Eater, and The Daily Meal.

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Despicable Me is one of MY favorite movies and I had been looking forward to Despicable Me 2 for a long time before it hit the theaters.  We took our kids to go see it and then couldn’t wait for it to come out on Blu-ray so we could enjoy it over and over again at home.  The movie did not disappoint!  Who can resist more of those lovable Minions??

Photo Dec 25, 12 53 04 PMWe gave the movie to the kiddos for Christmas and of course we had to watch it right away so we took it over to grandma and grandpa’s on Christmas morning so we could all watch it together.  My girls always love to snuggle during movie time and I was super happy to have some time off to spend with everyone without distractions.  I got some snuggles too (and Hey!  A sunny Christmas day in the Seattle area!):Photo Dec 25, 1 17 38 PM

Movies are a traditional stocking stuffer in our family but since we knew this one would be loved by the whole family, it was a bonus gift!  Another Christmas tradition in our family is Chex Mix.  My hubby lives for the stuff!

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Every year I try to get him to try a different recipe from the original, maybe a sweet version (to satisfy my sweet tooth!) but he never goes for it.  He made a GIGANTIC batch of original Chex Mix this year but we got this new recipe for Minion Munch Chex Mix that kids (and everyone else but my hubby) will love:

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I’m not that big of a fan of banana with one exception, when it’s combined with chocolate and peanut butter.  YUM!  This unique Chex Mix recipe really hits the mark!  Give it a whirl and be sure to check out for more recipes!

Feeling lucky?  Enter to win a Despicable Me 2/Chex Prize Pack which includes:

• (1) Box Honey Nut Chex
• (1) Box Chocolate Chex
• (1) Box Banana Nut Cheerios
• (1) Despicable Me 2 DVD
• (1) Minion USB

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A complimentary product/service was provided for this review by General Mills, however, all opinions expressed are my own.  I was not compensated in any other way.  See Mommies With Cents disclosure policy for more details.

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Photo Dec 09, 7 27 52 PMI hate cooking but I enjoy baking, especially during the holidays. There’s no better flavor combination than chocolate and peppermint which seems to be a common theme during the winter months as Christmas approaches.  Me?  I always have McCormick Peppermint Extract on hand because my taste buds don’t care what season it is.  I’m always up for a peppermint treat!  Here’s the most recent recipe I tried from McCormick:

Peppermint Truffle Cookies


8 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate (two boxes)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 cup sugar, divided
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Peppermint Extract
2 cups flour
36 milk chocolate kiss-shaped candies, unwrapped (I used the white chocolate candy cane ones)

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwavable bowl on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until butter is melted. (It took almost the full 2 minutes for me and I stirred halfway through) Let stand 10 minutes to cool slightly. Add 1/2 cup of the sugar, egg and peppermint extract. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually beat in flour on low speed until well mixed.Photo Dec 09, 5 21 26 PMPhoto Dec 09, 5 40 44 PM
  2. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Press a chocolate candy into the center of each ball, forming dough around the candy to completely enclose it. Roll in remaining 1/2 cup sugar to coat. Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets.Photo Dec 09, 5 45 39 PM
  3. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until cookies are set. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

And viola! Delicious and fancy looking treats that are actually easy to make!

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Just one little note — be sure to carefully measure your flour.  I think I mis-measured and the dough was a bit dry and crumbly at first.  I just added a couple teaspoons of water and it did the trick!

McCormick has a ton of yummy holiday recipes on their website.  I’ve already booked marked several that I HAVE to try this year!  You’ll probably see a few of them here on the blog in the coming weeks!


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Apple Cinnamon Chip Bread Recipe

by Holly Duce on November 12, 2013

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The other day out of the blue I had a craving for some apple bread.  Then I remembered that I had some cinnamon chips in the pantry and a lightbulb went off!  I recently discovered cinnamon chips but had yet to try them in anything.  I have to say, this was the perfect way to use them!

Apple Cinnamon Chip Bread Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 apple chopped into smallish bits
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 TBSP vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 bag cinnamon chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Lightly oil a loaf pan or muffin tins and set aside.
  3. Whisk together the eggs, oil, vanilla and milk
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and brown sugar
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until combined.  Do not over mix.
  6. Fold in the apples and cinnamon chips
  7. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle.

Watch the time because our oven seems to be a bit off and I don’t want you to over bake your bread!  Keep an eye on it starting around 25 or 30 minutes.

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Pumpkin Spice bagel


I’m kind of a sucker for anything seasonal or “limited edition”.  Thomas Pumpking Spice bagels are heavenly.  I love bagels to begin with but these soft, perfectly sweet and subtly spice bagels are the stuff of my dreams.  I like them with a little bit of cream cheese but they are delicious plain too!  I ate the whole bag before I thought, hmm…I wonder if they’re good toasted?  Now that I think about it, they’re probably even BETTER toasted.  If it wasn’t so late right now I’d probably head out to buy another package.  They’re definitely going back on the shopping list along with the other seasonal flavors (Cranberry and Gingerbread) that I’m going to have to try now!

You know what else I’m going to have to try?  The French Onion Soup Burger on a Thomas English Muffin.  Doesn’t it look gooooood?!

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Now through January 5, 2014 Kohl’s is giving away a $500 gift card every week in the #CookWithKohls Sweepstakes and a grand prize of a $5,000 Kohl’s gift card!  Entering is easy via Instagram or Twitter:

  • First, be sure to follow @Kohls on Twitter and Instagram.  Each week Kohl’s will ask a question (What’s your favorite thing to bake for breakfast? What dish are you craving? Tell us your best grilled cheese tip)
  • Send a tweet, with or without a photo, related to KOHL’S Weekly Topic containing the hashtag #CookWithKohls —OR—
  • Post a photo on Instagram related to KOHL’S Weekly Topic containing the hashtag #CookWithKohls.

Limit one (1) Entry per person per Weekly Period submitted via Instagram or Twitter account. (Do NOT submit the same photo for a given Weekly Period via both Instagram and Twitter. Do NOT submit the same photo for multiple Weekly Periods, as each Weekly Period has its own, independent KOHL’S Weekly Topic.

You can find the official rules here:

A few weeks ago the weekly topic was “What Food Network item could you not live without?”  My question is, do I have to pick just one??  As pictured above, I really love the Magnetic Measuring Spoons Set, Mini Muffin Pan and Carousel Stripe Kitchen Towels.  The muffin tin is really versatile (and who can resist anything mini?!).  The magnetic measuring spoons are genius — I hate having my spoons clipped together with a ring but like them to stay together in the drawer.  Magnets easily solve this problem, plus these spoons are double ended with round and oblong spoons so you can pick what you like depending on the job!  Last but not least, I love the style and color of the generously sized kitchen towels from Food Network.Photo Oct 13, 2 32 00 PMI had a ton of over ripe bananas that I needed to use up this weekend so I decided to make a double batch of Chocolate Chip Banana Mini Muffins using our family banana bread recipe.  Here’s the slightly altered version for the mini muffins:

1/3 cup shortening (I use applesauce instead- works great!)
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together shortening (or applesauce) and sugar. Add eggs. Beat well.

Sift together dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas blending well after each addition. Spoon into paper lined mini muffin tin.  Sprinkle tops with mini chocolate chips. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a tooth pick stuck in the middle comes out clean. Remove from pan and cool on rack.

What are you baking this fall?  Be sure to join in the fun with the #CookWithKohls contest!  Check back here soon because I’ll be giving away a $25 Kohl’s gift card so you can pick up something new from the Food Network collection at Kohl’s for inspiration!

A complimentary product/service was provided for this review, however, all opinions expressed are my own.  I was not compensated in any other way.  See Mommies With Cents disclosure policy for more details.

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Halloween Recipes eBook Only $0.49 This Week Only!

by Holly Duce on October 8, 2013

Halloween RecipesIn this Halloween Recipes cookbook, you’ll find tasty treats that aren’t tricky at all. Whip up ghostly goodies like spider pizza, sloppy goblins and candy corn popcorn balls  and your next Halloween party is sure to be a howling success! Normally $5.99, this week only you can get it for only $0.49!

Here’s one of the recipes from the book:

Frightfully Delicious Dip

14-oz. can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1-1/2 oz. pkg. garlic-flavored soup mix
1 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. sour cream
Mix all ingredients together; spread in a greased 13″x9″ baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes about 4 cups.

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Pecan Cookie Recipe

by Holly Duce on September 30, 2013

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There’s no better season than fall for baking.  I know some will argue that Christmas baking is better but for those that love pumpkin, fall it is!

I’d eat these for breakfast personally but for my kids, they make great after school snacks!

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Pecan Cookies


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

2.  In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and spice.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, cream together shortening, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth.  Blend in instant pudding mix, then beat in eggs and vanilla until the batter is light and fluffy.  Mix dry ingredients into the batter.  Stir in oats and pecans.  Drop dough by medium scoop onto the prepared cookie sheets.

3.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are just starting to brown.  The centers will still look very soft.

4.  Move cookies to cooling rack (I keep them on the parchment so the glaze doesn’t make a mess!).  When cookies have cooled, drizzle with glaze and sprinkle with pecans.  After glaze sets, store in an air-tight container.

Thanks to for the recipe & photo!

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

by Holly Duce on September 28, 2013

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Raise your hand if you’ve had more Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes than you can count already this fall season?  It’s a real budget killer but they’re just so irresistible!  I found a great recipe online at A Farm Girl’s Dabbles so that I could make my own at home and save some money.  Now instead of a once or twice a week treat, I can have a daily Pumpkin Spice Latte!  I altered the original recipe some, adjusting the spices and switching whole milk for 2% since it’s what I normally have on hand.


  • 1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 2 c. 2% milk
  • 1/2 c. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 2 T. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground dried ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
Blend all ingredients in a blender until combined and smooth (30 seconds-1 minute)
Pour about a 1/2 cup of the Pumpkin Spice mixture into a coffee mug.  Add hot coffee and stir.  Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Add chocolate shavings for an extra special touch.  If you like your coffee extra hot you may want to microwave your pumpkin spice mixture for about 30 seconds before adding the coffee.
This recipe makes enough for 7-10 lattes.  Store the mixture in a jar with a lid and refrigerate.  Shake before using. You can store the mixture for around a week in the refrigerator.

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Homemade Blueberry Crisp Recipe

July 25, 2013

We live near a blueberry farm and have already picked over 13 pounds of blueberries this year. We’ve been eating them by the handful, adding them to pancakes and smoothies, and most recently, tried our first homemade blueberry cobbler from a recipe we got from Blueberry Blossom Farm where we picked our berries:   This recipe […]

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Our Favorite Homemade Mac & Cheese Recipe

July 15, 2013

  Funny story.  My Hubs tried to impress me with his homemade mac & cheese recipe when we first started dating.  He boiled noodles, put them in a pan, poured in some milk and put some sliced cheese on top and baked it.  Needless to say, I was not very impressed at the result but […]

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How to Use Up Leftover Watermelon

July 11, 2013

My husband and I aren’t huge fans of watermelon but my kids really like it.  We had a ton left over from 4th of July because apparently none of the other adult guests were fans either. Even though my kids weren’t really tiring of eating watermelon off the rind, I wanted to use it up […]

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Snickers Salad Recipe

July 2, 2013

    Looking for a good dessert recipe for the 4th?  We love the combination of fruit, chocolate, pudding and whipped cream in this “light” and delicious recipe: SNICKERS SALAD 1 large box instant vanilla pudding 8 to 12 oz. Cool whip 4 to 5 SNICKERS bars cut into pieces (use Milky Way if you […]

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FREE Gooseberry Patch Cookbook: Kid Friendly Recipes

April 15, 2013

Download or order your free copy of a brand new Cookbook from our friends at Sun-Maid,packed with 30 kid-friendly recipes using the wholesome ingredients moms love! It’s available as a FREE download in PDF form or you can order the printed book as well!  Here’s a sample recipe from the book: Cinnabunnies 2 c. biscuit […]

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Top 10 Benefits of Green Smoothies

January 4, 2013

I knew that green smoothies were healthy but didn’t quite realize all of the health benefits!  We’ve been enjoying our own green smoothie recipes lately but I’m excited to try some new ones from The New Green Smoothie Diet: Going Green Never Tasted So Good. Top 10 Benefits of Green Smoothies Green smoothies have many health […]

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Celebrate the Holidays with Hersheys!

December 19, 2012

I love chocolate but there are two chocolate combinations I especially love and those are chocolate & peppermint and chocolate & peanut butter.  Hershey’s offers two easy holiday recipes that feature both of these great combos.  One uses Hershey’s Kisses and the other uses York Peppermint Patties.  They are super easy to make and oh […]

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Holiday Cookie Recipes: Homemade Peppermint Oreos

December 8, 2012

Last year I made homemade peppermint Oreos for the first time.  I liked them so much, I think they’ll be a holiday staple (but I’ll likely make them a few times throughout the year as well).  I’m a sucker for the chocolate/peppermint combo, besides — these are super easy to make: 2 boxes Devil’s Food […]

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Christmas Cookie Dough Truffles Recipe

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Cookie Dough truffles are fun for any occasion and you can change them up to suit your needs.  Last year I made some for Christmas with red, green & white sprinkles.  They fit perfectly into mini muffin papers. These aren’t hard to make and they are sure to be a hit!  Package a few in […]

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$1 Off Marzetti Carmel Dip + Recipe

October 29, 2012

I found this adorable apple turkey with carmel dip idea on Pinterest and thought it would be a great snack/appetizer for the kids on Thanksgiving.  Then I found this $1.00 off one Marzetti Caramel Dip Product coupon to go with it — even better!  If you’re feeling more domestic, you can use this recipe for homemade caramel […]

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Homemade Carmel Apple Dip Recipe + $1 Off Coupon for Store Bought!

September 24, 2012

I love caramel dip for apples and recently discovered that it isn’t all that difficult to make from scratch.  The recipe is below however if you’d rather just buy a tub of it at the grocery store Marzetti Old Fashioned Carmel Dip is awesome and if you click here you can print a coupon for $1 […]

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Meal Plan Inspiration: Recipes Using 6 Ingredients

September 22, 2012

Meal planning and grocery shopping are not on my list of fun things to do. I’m not very creative in the kitchen and while I do like to try new recipes on a semi-regular basis, I just try to keep things as simple as possible.  I keep thinking maybe when the kids are a little […]

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Athenos Feta Cheese Review & Jonathan Adler Bowl #Giveaway

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I love cheese.  One of my favorite varieties is feta.  It’s versatile and a great way to make pasta or green salads and other dishes go from good to fabulous.  Athenos feta cheese is my go-to brand.    Here are some summer recipe suggestions they’ve provided: Mediterranean-Herbed Scallops – This dish will surprise even the biggest foodies as […]

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Nielsen-Massey Extracts Review & #Giveaway + Recipe!

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    Since 1907 the family owned Nielson-Massey Vanillas company has been creating the world’s finest vanillas.  Today it is run by the third generation of Nielsens who have spent their entire lives researching the best methods to create pure flavors and how to use them to get the best results in recipes.  Some of […]

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Frozen Delights Magazine Review + Recipe!

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If you are looking for the perfect dessert for 4th of July or any other summer gathering, you’ll want to pick up a copy of Frozen Delights: In Hearst’s Frozen Delights, you’ll find delicious recipes to add the “cool” factor your summer. Included are everyone’s favorite ice cream desserts and other delightful indulgences. Dig into show-stopping sweets […]

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Coconut Syrup #Recipe

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If you like coconut you are going to love this recipe for coconut syrup.  It’s super easy to make and tastes delicious!  I’ve only eaten it on Swedish pancakes but it would make a great dessert or ice cream topping as well. Ingredients: 1 Stick butter 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 Cup  sugar 1 tsp baking […]

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$1/2 Puff Pastry + Chicken in Puff Pastry Recipe

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  $1.00 off TWO (2) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry This coupon reminded me of a recipe I haven’t used in awhile.  It’s so good! Chicken in Puff Pastry 1 pkg puff pastry sheets 8 oz cream cheese, softened Garlic Powder to taste 1 Tablespoon dried Parsley flakes 4 halved, boned & skinned, chicken breasts 1 […]

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Chilean Avocados Importers Association Giving Away Free e-Cookbook

February 2, 2012

Are you gearing up for the big game?  What’s a Super Bowl party without guacamole?  If you’re looking for new recipe ideas, the Chilean Avocado Importers Association (CAIA) wants to help!  They are giving away a free e-cookbook simply for “liking” Chilean Avocados on facebook.  You’ll also be entered to win a $1000 gift card! […]

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I Just Got All 3 Of My Kids To Eat Spinach — And Like It!

January 28, 2012

Inspired by Cassie Green from Green Grocer Chicago, I decided to try to get my kids to eat some greens via a smoothie.  It was much easier than I expected it to be.  There are a few factors I think played to my favor: My son’s favorite color is green so I got him excited […]

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Dinner @ 6: Ham & Cheese Casserole — Recipes Using 6 Ingredients

January 28, 2012

Each week Dinner @ 6 will highlight a recipe using just 6 ingredients that was submitted by a reader. This week’s recipe was submitted by Ashley: Ham & Cheese Casserole * 1 (32 ounce) package frozen hash browns * 8 ounces sour cream * 1 (10 1/2 ounce) can cream of chicken soup * 1/4 cup butter, melted […]

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Can A Smoothie Make You A Better Person? #KBS2012

January 25, 2012

Can a smoothie make you a better person?  Cassie Green from Green Grocer Chicago thinks so!  I tend to agree.  Starting your day off with a healthy breakfast smoothie can give you energy and ward off hunger.  I know that I can be really grumpy when I’m tired or hungry so a smoothie like the […]

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Halo SleepSack Review & Giveaway

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While most crib sets come with matching crib bumpers, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises against their use due to the risk of SIDS.  HALO innovations just introduced it’s Safe Sleep Crib Set to create a safe sleeping environment for babies.  The sets includes a HALO SleepSack wearable blanket, a SleepSack Swaddle, 2 coordinating soft […]

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Cookie Dough Truffles For Birthdays, Christmas & More!

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This weekend I made Cookie Dough Truffles for my daughter’s 3rd birthday party.  These truffles are fun for any occasion and you can change them up to suit your needs.  Last year I made some for Christmas with red, green & white sprinkles.  They fit perfectly into mini muffin papers. These aren’t hard to make […]

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Schwan’s Review & Giveaway

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Raise your hand if you’d like to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with your family? I’m not much of a cook so I always welcome anything that will make my life easier in that department.  Schwan’s always comes through.  You’d never guess that these meals came from the freezer.  In fact, […]

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Slow Cooker Mondays: Chicken Corn Chowder

October 31, 2011

Today I made Chicken Corn Chowder in the Crockpot.  I love being able to smell dinner cooking all day and looking forward to just dishing up rather than cooking.  This is the first time I made this recipe which I found at Cooking with Sugar.  There are some changes that I’ll probably make next time […]

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Halloween Recipe: Pringles Brownies

October 30, 2011

  Here’s a fun holiday recipe provided by Pringles: Pringles Ghoulish Brownies INGREDIENTS: 6 ounces baking chocolate, unsweetened 3/4 cup unsalted butter or margarine 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 3/4 cup flour 1-6.41 ounce can of Pringles Original or 1-5.71 ounce can of Reduced Fat Pringles Original 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans […]

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Slow Cooker Monday: Beef Stew

October 24, 2011

Carol‘s recipe for this week’s Slow Cooker Monday post is beef stew.  Be sure to check out all of the posts in the Slow Cooker Mondays series for more yummy recipes for fall. Ingredients 2 pounds of beef for stew, cubed 4 cups of beef broth 1 tsp of salt, pepper to taste 3-4 potatoes, peeled and cubed 3 carrot […]

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

October 24, 2011

I posted this last week but it was along with another post. I seriously cannot keep these in my house they are that good. I wanted to share it again in case you missed. We all love these muffins and they get eaten up very quickly. So quickly, in fact, that I don’t even have […]

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Chicken: Our Family Staple

October 22, 2011

Aside from tacos, beef stroganoff and spaghetti &meatballs, our family rarely eats anything besides chicken, at least at home.  I’m pretty picky when it comes to the chicken I cook too.  Costco’s boneless skinless frozen chicken tenders are a staple in our house. Occasionally we buy the boneless skinless chicken breasts too but I prefer to […]

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Schwan’s Recipe Contest: The Search For the Perfect Pizza

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What’s the recipe for your favorite pizza?  Schwan’s wants to know! Enter the Schwan’s Starter Crust Recipe Contest on from now until October 31st for a chance to win big!  If there’s one thing my whole family will eat, it’s pizza.  When I have the time I make my own wheat pizza dough but I love the […]

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Slow Cooker Mondays: Beef Stroganoff

October 17, 2011

Carol cooked up a Beef Stroganoff recipe that’s perfect for a cold Fall day for this week’s Slow Cooker Monday post.  Be sure to check out all of the posts in the Slow Cooker Mondays series for more yummy recipes for fall. Ingredients: 1 cup of beef broth 2-3 steaks cut in 2 inch strips 2 tablespoons of […]

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Savvy Sunday: Spending Individual Time With Your Kids (+ a Pumpkin Muffin Recipe!)

October 16, 2011

We have three kids ages 4, almost 3, and just turned one.  My husband works full time outside of the home and between all of my projects, I pretty much work full time IN the home.  It’s difficult to find quality find to spend together as a family, let alone individual one-on-one time to spend […]

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Slow Cooker Mondays: Hawaiian Meatballs

October 10, 2011

This recipe is great for parties (think football Sundays) as well as a weeknight meal when served over rice.  Be sure to check out all of the posts in the Slow Cooker Mondays series for more yummy recipes for fall. . Hawaiian Meatballs 2 pounds of frozen meatballs 1 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. cornstarch 16 oz. can […]

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Homemade Carmel: Perfect for Dipping Apples In!

October 9, 2011

I usually have heavy cream left over after making White Chicken Chili or Fettuccine Alfredo and since there isn’t a whole lot it can be used for, I usually make homemade carmel sauce with what’s left. Here’s the recipe. Homemade Carmel Sauce 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup water pinch of salt […]

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Cupcake Cake Bites: A Tutorial

October 3, 2011

When I first saw cupcake cake bites on Bakerella I knew I had to try them.  My daughter’s first birthday party was the perfect opportunity since I had decided on a cupcake theme.  Here’s what you’ll need to make cupcake bites: 1 boxed cake mix, any flavor (red velvet works well) (+ eggs, water, oil […]

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Slow Cooker Mondays: White Chicken Chili

October 3, 2011

Welcome to our second post in the Slow Cooker Mondays Series.  This week I made a White Chicken Chili.  There’s nothing better to warm up with on a fall day than a nice warm, hearty chili and this one is my favorite!  Be sure to check out all of the posts in the Slow Cooker […]

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Slow Cooker Mondays: Creamy Potato Soup with Dumplings

September 26, 2011

It’s here!  Our first post in the Slow Cooker Mondays series.  Each week we’ll be bringing you a new slow cooker recipe to try — Perfect for the fall weather!  This week Carol made Creamy Potato Soup with Dumplings.  I’ll definitely be trying this one myself because it sounds delicious and I’ve always wondered how […]

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

September 25, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes COOKIE DOUGH 2 1/2 C flour 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking soda 2 sticks softened butter 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla 1/3 cup milk 1 cup mini chocolate chips Directions: Beat butter and sugar.  Add milk and vanilla.  Stir in remaining ingredients until […]

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Chef Boyardee House Party

September 22, 2011

I’m hosting a Chef Boyardee House Party this Saturday.  I’m really looking forward to getting together with my friends.  We’ll be trying out a couple of new recipes that feature Chef Boyardee Products.  I’ve chosen to make Taco-roni and Pepperoni Spaghetti Bake.  I’m especially looking forward to trying the Pepperoni Spaghetti Bake as I think […]

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Graveyard Chocolate Cake

September 18, 2011

Strawberry Ghost Graveyard Cake Prep time: 30 minutes Bake time: 25 minutes Yield 12 servings Serving Size: 1 slice Strawberry Ghosts and Tombstones 1 container (1 pound) Driscoll’s strawberries, divided 3 Milano cookies 1 cup white candy melts 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted Assorted Halloween sprinkles,like Jumbo Ghost Sprinkles 6 cream […]

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Broccoli Cheese Soup Recipe + Bread Bowl Recipe

September 6, 2011

One of my favorite soups is the Broccoli Cheddar from Quiznos.  I recently discovered that I could closely duplicate the recipe at home and that it’s filled with veggies I had no idea were even in there!  It’s simple to make, especially with a food processor. Broccoli Cheese Soup Ingredients: 2 carrots 1 large onion […]

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Dinner @ 6: 6 Ingredient Recipes

August 22, 2011

Each week Dinner @ 6 will highlight a recipe using just 6 ingredients that was submitted by a reader. This week’s recipe was submitted by Jodi: Quick Carmel Popcorn 4 Quarts freshly popped Popcorn 1/2 stick butter 1/2 cup Brown Sugar 4 ounces light corn syrup 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts 3 Tbs vanilla Melt […]

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All About Olives + Two Yummy Summer Recipes!

August 16, 2011

My family loves olives. We use them on everything from pizza to tacos, in pasta salads, even as a snack. Olives are versatile and add great flavor to many dishes. We always keep some on hand in the pantry. Lindsay Olives even has a recloseable container making them easy to take on-the-go for snacking, barbecues […]

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$600 AXP Gift Card Giveaway #spon

August 5, 2011

Are you ready for you chance to win $600?  Can you make a yummy dish with just 6 ingredients?  I can!  This is one of my favorite recipes and it’s so easy! Fettuccine Alfredo 8 oz cream cheese (1 box) 4 oz butter (1 cube) 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1 cup whipping cream minced […]

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Are You BBQing Today? Check Out These Recipes from Omaha Steaks

July 30, 2011

  I marinated the meat and was all ready to grill last night and the BBQ went kaput.  Total bummer!  These recipes make me want to run out a buy a new one IMMEDIATELY! Texas BBQ Bacon Burger: Ingredients: 1 each Omaha Steaks Burger 1 each Kaiser Roll Sprinkle Omaha Steaks Seasoning 2 oz Sautéed […]

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Recipe Mom: Free Family Recipes

July 7, 2011

I don’t know about you but I can always use new ideas for dinners for the fam. Get Quick and Easy Recipes & Cooking Tips the Whole Family Can Enjoy when you sign up for Recipe Mom’s Free weekly email! Check out the Mommies with Cents recipe category for recipes that our family enjoys.

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Big Book of Cupcakes Review & Giveaway

July 7, 2011

White Cake ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup shortening 2 cups sugar 4 large eggs 2 ¾ cups all-purpose soft-wheat flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1 cup buttermilk 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract 1 ½ tsp. almond extract Paper baking cups Vegetable cooking spray Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Beat […]

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Take the #Carrabbas Pasta Personality Quiz

May 18, 2011

Have you ever wanted to know what kind of pasta dish you were?  Ok, probably not, but pasta dishes from Carrabba’s can explain what type of personality you have.  For example, my personality states, “You’re truly one of a kind, like Carrabba’s Penne Franco. You like to keep things fresh and exciting. So next time […]

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BornFree Review & Giveaway

May 9, 2011

BornFree is a line of baby products which includes bottles, cups, accessories and more that are free from potentially dangerous chemicals including BPA, Phthalates and PVC.  BornFree cups and bottles feature a unique venting system that is designed to reduce colic and ear infections.  My favorite product from the line is the Twist ‘N Pop. […]

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Free Recipe ToolBar

April 25, 2011

I am constantly looking up recipes online.  I am so disorganized when it comes to saving recipes.  Now you can get easy access to thousands of delicious meals from Food Network and Epicurious–Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts. It’s continuously updated with fresh meal ideas at your fingertips. No registration required and it’s totally free!  Download […]

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