April 28th, 2016

Rhubarb Pie Bars

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Okay Rhubarb lovers – this one’s for you!  My mom’s Rhubarb Custard Pie has always been my personal favorite.  I love the mix of the tart rhubarb combined with the creamy filling – perfection.  These Rhubarb Pie Bars have that same great flavor in an easy-to-make bar.  A simple shortbread crust is a yummy stand-in for the pie crust and the taste is just like the amazing pie.


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It seems we can never get enough rhubarb recipes in our family – we are always looking for another fun idea to try.  Some other great favorites include Strawberry

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April 21st, 2016

Veggie Spaghetti

Veggie Spaghetti


I don’t remember when it started, but somewhere in our family history I started to saute veggies to eat with our spaghetti.  Not just eat with our spaghetti, but to eat them on top of our spaghetti.  Once we started, we couldn’t stop, and now this is what spaghetti is at our house.  We love it, and without the veggies, it’s just plain boring.

It’s really quite simple.  Just begin with your favorite spaghetti with meat sauce- the magic happens with you add fresh veggies.


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I added onions, squash, zucchini and pepper, and carrot shreds here –

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April 14th, 2016

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s hard to beat a good chocolate chip cookie, but sometimes I love the addition of oatmeal and lots of chopped nuts.  I like to think that adding the oatmeal and nuts make them a little more healthy {smile}.  These cookies are a classic comfort food – they are easy to make and always appreciated.  They freeze well, so make a double batch and stock up.


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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 cup  butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups flour

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April 7th, 2016

Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Sausage Hash Brown Breakfast


There is something special about a hot breakfast.  I admit we don’t have it often, but when we do it’s a good day.  Breakfast casseroles are a favorite of mine.  I love that they can be made ahead of time and then just popped in the oven for warm, wonderful mornings.

This casserole has all the right stuff – hash browns, sausage, peppers, onions, and of course, cheese.  It’s a perfect combination for breakfast, or dinner.


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A few other of our make-ahead favorites include Overnight Sausage and French Toast Casserole, Overnight Blackberry French Toast,  Sausage

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March 31st, 2016

Candy-Pretzel Flowers

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I made these adorable Candy Pretzel Flowers with my grand kids for Easter last week – we had so much fun. I wanted to share them because I think they are cute not only for Easter, but would be great for Mother’s Day, May Day, Baby Showers, or just as a great activity for upcoming family reunions.  They are super easy and you can customize your M&M colors to match any theme. (Single colors sold online or at Party City.)

All you need are some pretzel snaps (the square ones), candy melts, and M&Ms.


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My granddaughters loved

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