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My friend Pamela just shared her famous Baked Potato Salad with me last week, and I’m telling you, you’ll all be making this potato salad for every summer potluck party you go to. It’s soooo good. It’s creamy, sausagey, hot and delicious. And since I already have a few picnics lined up this summer, I’d […]

Last weekend we toasted marshmallows up the canyon, but we only had chocolate chips for our S’mores. We’d never used chocolate chips before, so it was a new experience. Jordan and I ended up having ourselves a friendly competition to make the perfect S’more. Since we both think our own method is the most clever, […]

As strawberries are right at their peak, I thought I’d share some yummy recipes I’ve made in the past. Because aren’t strawberries everyone’s favorite fruit? (Click on each photo to get to the recipe!) Other yummy strawberry recipes around the web: Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes by Love and Olive Oil Stuffed Chocolate Strawberries by Beantown Baker […]

Emily from Freshly Baked by Georgie Tees is here today as my guest sharing a favorite recipe Chicken Divan… aka Chicken in a Pan with a Tan! One of my favorite dishes growing up was my mom’s Chicken Divan, aka Chicken in a Pan with a Tan. This creamy, cheesy, broccoli-filled casserole has since become […]

Rhubarb mixed with strawberries is a perfect combination, a little tart and very sweet. And with rhubarb in season, I had to make a yummy dessert. I’ve shared my Mom’s delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Cake before, so I tried making a pie this time, perfect for a Mother’s Day dessert. Recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Pie: […]

Grilled cheese sandwiches are made in many different ways, something I learned this last weekend at the Grilled Cheese Invitational. Today, for my own grilled cheese masterpiece, I’m sharing something I learned from a Make and Takes reader. Thanks to Jody, who commented on the Homemade Bread Crumbs post, I’ve been making good use of […]

I Heart Grilled Cheese

by Marie on April 22, 2009

What’s one of those staple go-to meals that you feed your family at least once a month? That’s right, a grilled cheese sandwich. Well, it’s National Grilled Cheese Month (didn’t you know) and Kraft Singles is sending me to LA for the Grilled Cheese Invitational of which they are a sponsor. I’m going as their […]

Ciaran is here from PopShopology as my guest today. She’s prescribing some kitchen essentials to help us Stay Sane In the Kitchen. Do you find yourself drawn to housewares when you’ve had a bad day? Is Williams-Sonoma your “Happy Place”? Here’s five retail therapy prescriptions sure to lift the spirits of a gadget freak, without […]

What could be better than cookies filled with Cadbury Creme eggs? I think nothing!! As these chocolaty creamy nuggets of goodness have already been deemed My Pure Beauty, I can not tell you how happy I was to find this recipe from Beantown Baker. I used a Cake Mix recipe for the cookie, but there’s […]

Marshmallow Bunny Treats

by Marie on April 1, 2009

Isn’t he cute? We made him out of pink strawberry marshmallows. He’s almost too cute to eat, but my kids loved picking him apart for a snack. Supplies for Marshmallow Easter Bunny: large and small marshmallows toothpick – broken in half mini m&ms or other tiny candy Cut one large marshmallow in half lengthwise and […]

My son was eating some peanuts the other day and while chewing, commented, “Mom, I’m making peanut butter!” Well, that sparked today’s post. I thought, yes, let’s make our own peanut butter, why not! We even made a video of it, as well as how to make easy peanut butter cookies with that homemade peanut […]

Root Beer Cookies

by Marie on March 18, 2009

Lindsey from Cafe Johnsonia has a beautiful blog with beautiful food. She’s here today, sharing a yummy treat with us, a childhood favorite. Enjoy! I was so happy when Marie asked me to write a guest post. Then I remembered… I’m not so crafty. But I do like to cook and bake. As I thought […]

We’re making more rainbows today. This is a great activity to do with the kids, helping them to see that when colors are mixed, they make something new. Supplies for Milky Rainbows: Milk or water – If you don’t feel comfortable drinking milk with food coloring, you can use milk that’s past it’s date OR […]

Lotsa Hotsa Taco Filling

by Marie on March 4, 2009

My big brother Randall is joining us today in the kitchen. He’s one of those great dudes that shares his talent of cooking with the family. He currently lives in Chico, CA, but graced us with his presence a few weeks back, sharing how to make his Fantastic-o Spicy Hot Tacos! He likes them HOT […]

Carina is a fun friend of mine who writes a hilarious blog at The Jet Set and a lovely architectural design blog at Mid-Century Modern Utah. Today she’s sharing a magic trick with us, well that’s what I think it is. It’s an amazing microwave cleaning tip, making all that yucky stuck on grim disappear! […]

Healthy Snacks for Kids

by Marie on February 25, 2009

Head on over to one of my favorite food blogs This Week For Dinner to read more about one of my family’s favorite snacks. These little yummy green things are super healthy and tasty too! Can you guess what they are? Come find out.

Mini Meatloaves in a Muffin Tin

by Marie on February 18, 2009

Don’t you just love these cute Mini Meatloaves? I love cooking things in muffin tins. It makes everything so tiny and cute to eat. Remember these Pop Up Pancakes? Yum! Well, these Mini Meatloaves in a Muffin Tin are perfect for dinner served with little mini carrots and baby asparagus! This idea came from the […]

Who needs more Valentine’s treat? Me!! Just dip heart shaped pretzels into candy melts and chocolate and give to loved ones on Valentine’s Day. They’re the perfect shape and a yummy treat! Supplies for Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Hearts: tiny twist pretzels melted chocolate melted candy melts, found in the baking or cake decorating isle. I […]

Heart Shaped Creature Cookies

by Marie on January 28, 2009

We’re making heart shaped sugar cookies into heart shaped creatures cookies. We made Paper Heart Shaped Creatures last year and thought they’d make cute little cookies too. Here’s our cute Butterfly! Supplies for Heart Shaped Creature Cookies: sugar cookie dough heart shaped cookie cutters – all sizes frosting candy – conversation hearts, red hots, licorice […]

L.O.V.E. Shaped Candy Canes

by Marie on January 21, 2009

We’re spelling LOVE with our left over Holiday candy canes. I posted last year how to make Candy Cane Hearts, so this year for Valentines I thought we’d shape them into Love Letters. Take off the plastic on your candy canes. It doesn’t matter if these break from opening, as they need to be all […]

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