May 19th, 2016

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

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Warning, you may find these Sweet and Spicy Mixed nuts very addictive.   In about 10 minutes you can whip up a batch of this great treat for a quick party appetizer, to package up as a gift- or just to snack on during the game.  They make up fast in a skillet and you can adjust the spicy/sweet flavor by tweaking the spices.  I used a nut mix with pecans, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, and macadamia nuts for this batch, but the pecans are my favorite.


Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts


1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground

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May 5th, 2016

Pineapple Steak Stir-Fry


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My husband and I eat stir-fry a lot – with just the two of us, it’s easy and healthy, and we love it.  Sometimes chicken, sometimes, shrimp, sometimes steak.  We throw in whatever veggies are in the frig and dinner is ready in under 30 minutes.  One night I decided to add pineapple – this is now one of our favorite meals.  Start to finish in about 20 minutes – so easy and so good.





Pineapple Steak Stir-Fry


3/4 pound top sirloin steak
Salt and Pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil (divided use)
1/2 onion,

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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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Caramel Potatoes

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