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Quick and Easy Soup Beans

Posted by on Dec 30, 2009 in Savory, Treats | 1 comment

One of my favorite feel-good meals, is simple and very, “country.”   Soup Beans or Bean Soup– whatever you call it,  I could eat it, and eat it ’til I make myself sick.  It is also very simple to make, and is always served with warm cornbread.   My kids LOVE it as much as I do– and get excited when mommy makes it. My grandma is the queen of soup beans– and has really perfected the dish.  My mother made it when I was a child, and every time I would go home or go to my grandma’s it was my one request.  But, then I had to learn how to make it myself and for my kids. The only thing that keeps me from making it on a more regular basis, is the lack of  ham bones  lying around my house.  To...

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Melted Snowmen Cookies

Posted by on Dec 18, 2009 in Sweet, Treats | 6 comments

So, the neighborhood kids were going to have a Christmas party– and I volunteered to make the sweets.  My mom had told me about these cute melted snowmen cookies–so, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to give them a try! Since, the week before we got 15 inches of snow, it was also the perfect weather for the cookies! I made simple sugar cookies, in slightly irregular circle shapes.  You can buy the mix, the dough, or make it from scratch.  I feel like I am one of those exercise videos, that tell you what to do if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced. LOL After the cookies have been baked and cooled– (I waited til the next day.)  Make a royal frosting that will be a little on the runny side and with meringue powder in...

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You Spice up My Life

Posted by on Nov 10, 2009 in Savory, Treats | 2 comments

I love homemade everything–if I can figure out how to make it from scratch– I will.  It tastes better, and makes me feel better about giving it to my family.  One thing I have learned to make, that also saves money are spice blends.  Yes, I am still a spice-snob, and do most of my spice shopping at Penzey’s nowadays– but their spice blends as well as everyone else’s are so ExpEnsivE…and you can’t really change them.  So instead, I buy their amazing spices, and make my own blends.  Then I save my old jars, and fill them with my new spice blends–I can give them as gifts or just always have what I need on hand. Here are a couple that I love to make and use a lot of: Taco Seasoning – can be multiplied and adjusted...

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Gourmet Hot Cocoa

Posted by on Nov 3, 2009 in Sweet, Treats | 4 comments

There are some things I have become spoiled in, as I have gotten older.  One of them, is hot cocoa.  This grown-up girl is not settling for those powder packets and hot water ever again.  I am just too old to waste calories on a less than yummy version of what should be a delectable treat. I have tried many hot cocoa recipes, and used a variety of ingredients to get the Hot Cocoa I LOVE!  I know not everyone will think this is the BEST cocoa recipe, because we are all different.  Some of us like it super-rich, some of us like it with a spicy kick.  I like mine foamy, and with a perfect dose of chocolate.  However, after finding the recipe I preferred, I then started to switch the brands of ingredients–and found the best ingredients...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2009 in Sweet, Treats | 0 comments

With trick-or-treat being tonight, and Halloween tomorrow, I realized I am running out of time for creepy treats! So, for snack today, I made the kids Bug-apillars. They are super easy to make, and took less than 10 minutes to put together. You could probably figure out the recipe on your own, but if not: banana, peanut butter, raisins, pretzels Slice banana and put back together with pb in between.  Add pretzels for legs, and raisins for eyes. You could also use fruit roll up or licorice for a tongue, but I didn’t have anything like that. The kids were surprised by their creepy-crawly...

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