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Coconut and Lemon Blondies

Our dear friends often babysit our kids so my husband and I can have a date night. Since they won’t let us pay them, I decided to bake them a special treat as a thank you. My three year...

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Penne with Shrimp and Roasted Vegetables in a Roasted Garlic Lemon Sauce

We had friends over for dinner and I wanted to make something light, healthy and filling so I decided on pasta with shrimp and veggies. The flavors combined well and the pasta dish turned out really delicious. The roasted...

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Chicken, Basil and Orzo Soup

My daughter woke up with a stomach ache so I decided to make her a pot of homemade chicken and orzo soup for lunch. The soup needed to be nutritious, delicious and mellow on the tummy. I had left...

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Sloppy Joes

Okay, so this isn’t a culinary masterpiece but it is an easy dinner when you have left over ground beef and hamburger buns to use up. I wasn’t in the mood for anything fancy and I was really tired...

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Zucchini Bread

My amazing neighbor Jack has been giving me loads of fresh zucchini from his beautiful garden. We love zucchini bread so my kids and I decided to make a couple of loaves. This was my best batch of zucchini...

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Pork Tacos with Fresh Pico de Gallo and Gaucamole

We love Mexican food, especially tacos. I had ripe avocados to use up and a pork tenderloin in the fridge, so I decided tacos would be a great dinner. I made fresh guacamole (see link to recipe below) and...

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Coconut, Chocolate Chip and Almond Cookies

It was a rainy day and I wasn’t looking forward to another game of Candyland so I suggested making cookies. My children happily agreed and away we went. The coconut, chocolate chip and almond combination were fantastic together –...

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Grilled Asparagus and Zucchini Spears with Parmesan Cheese

We were grilling some chicken for dinner and I decided to make a quick marinade for some asparagus and zucchini. The marinade was light but full of flavor and so good. I loved the fresh basil and garlic with...

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Meg’s Strawberry Lemon Jello Pie

My five year old daughter, Meg, wanted to make a special dessert for friends who were coming for dinner. After careful consideration, she decided on a Strawberry Lemon Jello Pie. Meg had so much fun making her first pie...

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Balsamic, Dijon and Garlic Grilled Chicken Breasts

It was a beautiful day today, so grilling was a must. I was in the mood for a big salad (with lettuce from Jack’s garden) and grilled chicken breasts. I wanted to marinate them in something light and tasty...