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Feb 132017
 
Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs

It seems like we are constantly prepping for a party, or brainstorming our next party these days. Between four kids’ worth of birthday bashes, then holidays, summer barbecues, and get-togethors just because, there is always something I need to cater. I started experimenting with coming up with easy party food because really, not that many people appreciate the fancy stuff anyway. Don’t waste the energy! Go simple! Plus, the kids ….

Nov 282016
 
Peanut Butter Candy Bar Cookies

These unassuming cookies make it count on the inside! This is the perfect cookie to make in advance for Christmas. They freeze well and they can help use up that leftover Halloween candy! This is how I keep myself from eating all of the candy. Of course, I then need to keep myself from eating the cookies, which is why I put them in the deep freeze with the holiday ….

Oct 222016
 
Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

Now that I’m recovered from the surgery, it is time to get back into the power lifting groove. I am a big fan of the protein smoothie. I am always strapped for time when it comes to a real meal and I find I enter into over-trained territory very easily due to lack of eating. I will forever be a fan of whey. Since it is October and everyone is ….

Sep 012016
 
Gluten Free Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

We are busy, busy, busy getting ready for fall, school, and acclimating to being a bigger family, but we still need to make sometime for the yummy stuff! Glazed Cinnamon Rolls (Gluten Free, Egg Free) 1/4 packed brown sugar 4 tablespoons cinnamon 1 stick melted salted butter 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons gelatin powder 3 cups gluten free flour mix 1 1/4 cup milk 3 oz cream cheese 2 ….

Jul 152016
 
Chow Mein Stir Fry with Pea Pods, Carrots & Shirataki 'Rice'

When I was a little giril, my mother went to this dingey take out joint for chop suey chow main on occasion. I’m sure it was about as authentic as chow mein in Saint Paul in 1982 could be.  Although, it was nothing like what I see in take out places now. My mother even actuually came up with what she called chow mein hotdish, because you know, Minnesota.  It ….

Jun 172016
 
Spinach Pepper Salad with Grilled Chicken

*Sponsored by Mezzetta Are you tired of Summer cooking yet? Of course not! The June rain storms are just clearing up! Right now, the only thing really thriving in our garden is spinach , so we have had an awful lot of salads. Since salads are one of my favorite meals, no problem. At least we can still take advantage of summer grilling and outdoor dining. We are a spicy ….

Jun 132016
 
Midwest Summer Crab Salad

Outdoor dining and sipping wine on the patio is one of the best parts of summer. Not to mention summer salads! My husband and I are big salad eaters. We often feed the kids something more substantial and then after they go to bed, is when we indulge in a fresh salad with vegetables from the garden. Every now and then I get a hankering for a seafood salad, but ….

Jun 082016
 
Country Style Pork Ribs (Grilled)

It is time. Time to clean up your grill and get ready for the Summer grilling season. Those of you living far enough South always have grilling season. Us Northerners are not so lucky. sometimes you just don’t want to shovel the grill out of a snow bank and sit in subzero temps tending to it. The prep for grilled pork spare ribs can be simple or complicated depending on ….

Mar 102016
 
Tangerine Pineapple Smoothie

Actually, it is a clementine pineapple smoothie. well, we had both in the fridge and they intermixed. Is there even a difference? And it has vanilla protein powder. Actually, if you’re are not in a smoothie-for-breakfast mood, and more of a tropical-mind-altering mood, you can swap out the protein powder for rum. It could be like a jazzed up mai tai with a twist. Or a pina colada if you ….