Apple Cake🍎

Apple Cake🍎 I have been waiting to get my hands on my mom's old cookbook. It was in storage for a couple of years while they got settled here in Florida. Now that I have it, I may not give it back.

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And You…

By Ali Salvatore There's really much more I've got my eyes on! I had to share...

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Slow Cooker Blizzard Soup

This is my sister Jen's Blizzard Soup in the slow cooker version! It is easy, filling, and delicious! It is on the top list of my families favorite soup/meal.

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Super Pretzel PB&J

With the first day of school right around the corner Rachael Ray Magazine editors challenged me to come up with an after school snack using Super Pretzels. 🥨

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School Mode

I'm feeling it.  We have school starting in 2 weeks and I am feeling the stress of it.  Getting all of the supplies, uniforms and backpacks.  It's a lot.  And once school starts we are going non-stop from morning until night.  It's always a rush to get to school and to get homework done and to eat a healthy dinner early enough so everyone gets to bed on time and feels good for the next day!  I'm tired thinking about it.    

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Sweet Cherry 🍒 Pie 🥧

Cherries are one of my favorite fruits. Right now they are in season and so good. We are having Sunday dinner at my parent's place and I said I'd bring dessert. I instantly thought of cherry pie.

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Smoothie Bowl

So, I love my smoothies and I love my acai bowls and I really love make ahead meals that are healthy!  This is basically a smoothie made into individual servings and frozen till ready to eat just like the acai.  These smoothie bowls are perfect for an after school snack on the go!    

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Make Ahead

I have two boys that are growing fast and are always hungry.  I'm constantly looking for healthy snacks and meals to fill their bellies up so they stop eating!

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Acai Bowl

In the summer I always crave something cold and healthy in the morning to start my day.  Most of the time I make my smoothie, but recently I've been on an Acai bowl kick instead. It is so refreshing and healthy!

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Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe is a veggie my mom frequently makes.  It is packed with nutrition and is delicious!  I don't make it much because half of my family likes it and half of them don't.  But I love it when it's made right.  And my mom makes it perfect.  I love it tossed with pasta, of course.  But you can make it as a side dish to sausages or any meat.

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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

This pulled chicken recipe is super easy and you only need a couple of ingredients.  I love serving this on top of the shoepeg corn salad with a side of cornbread.  You can enjoy a summer meal without having to BBQ...

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Meal Plan 2

I sometimes wish I had a meal plan for the week...  So I'm kind of making these for me to refer to as well as all of you that need healthy, quick dinner ideas to feed your family.

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Meal Plan

A couple of people mentioned they wanted to cook dinner during the week, but needed help with some easy ideas.  It is not an easy task getting healthy dinners on the table that everyone will eat after a full day of work.

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Fancy Beans

This is a recipe I got from the back of a can of Bush's Beans.  I have changed it a bit over the years.  It is an excellent side dish that I usually serve with white rice and store bought Rotisserie chickens for a quick, healthy dinner! 

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Stove Top Chicken Soup

The smell and taste of homemade chicken soup is so comforting. If you are hanging out at home and have time to cook, this is a great meal to prepare early.

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Simple Egg Salad

With Easter around the corner most of us will have a lot of hard boiled eggs hanging around. In my house we actually love hard boiled eggs with a little salt and pepper, so we have them around all the time.

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Bowties with Broccoli

It's not a secret that I love pasta and I love vegetables.  So, this is one of my favorite inexpensive, quick dinner meals!

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Momma’s Meatballs

I can make these every day for a year and they still won't be as perfect as my mom's.  Not sure what she does to them.  But this is her recipe and they are amazing!  Sunday dinner usually has these on the menu.

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Annie’s Crumb Cake

Take a break in the the middle of the day. Sometimes all we need is a cup of coffee and a little piece of cake to keep us going for the rest of the day😊. You don't have to tell anyone you had a piece of cake in the middle of the day or that... Continue Reading →

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Holy Guacamole

Avocados are amazing. In my house, we all love them. I can't keep up with buying them.  They are expensive! I complain because I find my husband's avocado pits all over in cups because he has been trying to grow an avocado tree for years. But I wish he'd grow one already. It would save us some money!

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Simple Side

This is one of those side dishes that can be thrown together last minute. We all have some sort of rice in our pantry and veggies that need to be used. As well as rice I always have a bag of frozen peas. I served this with salmon and it really was amazing! But remember you can use any rice or vegetables that you have available.

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Mita’s Slow Cooker Chicken

This is another one of Mita's recipes. It's simple and tasty! You can use this chicken for any of your Mexican dishes that calls for shredded chicken. I usually use it for my chicken tacos. In the shell, I layer a simple coleslaw salad, then the chicken, top with Mexican shredded cheese and home made... Continue Reading →

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Blizzard Soup

My sister Jen has been making this lentil and sausage soup for a while.  She was stuck home in a blizzard, so I was finally able to get her to write down the recipe for me.

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Salsa Salsa

We all love salsa. It's spicy, healthy and goes great with chips or on your tacos. I didn't know how much I really loved salsa until I had this one! One of my closest friends, Mita, is an amazing cook! She specializes in Indian and Mexican food, but can cook anything. We met when our... Continue Reading →

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Shhh.. it’s a secret

I've been eating homemade chicken soup since I'm a little girl. My grandma used to make it and freeze it in containers. My mom did the same thing.  My mom's note:  She used to make it the day before, because overnight the fat settles on the top.  She would scoop off the fat, heat and serve.  ... Continue Reading →

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Friday Night Pizza

Many people enjoy ordering pizza on a Friday night. It's affordable, fills the family and no one has to cook. We just can't seem to find a good pizza place to order from in Florida. It stinks! That's why I usually make homemade pizza on Friday nights. It's still affordable and fills the family, but... Continue Reading →

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Fill em Up!

Believe it or not, when I make salmon everyone eats it!  I never have any left over. It seems like when I make it, nobody gets filled. So I usually make this orzo side dish along with it to fill them up and it is amazing! I love pasta and I love vegetables, so for... Continue Reading →

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Fresh Market Meal

Both of my sisters do a great job of balancing their full-time work with family life.  Neither of them ever feed their family dinner by driving through a fast food window.  It's not an option.  But how do they get a healthy meal on the table when there is only so much time in the... Continue Reading →

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Smoothies

Good morning!  Smoothies are a quick breakfast when you are rushing around in the morning and want to eat clean! I prepare our smoothies for the whole week so we can grab them on the go, in the am or whenever.  I feel like it can't be done without the NINJA!  In my opinion a... Continue Reading →

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Zucchini Pie

You may have the last bit of zucchini growing in your garden, so don't miss out on this special zucchini pie recipe!

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Labor Day Menu

Labor Day is a day we celebrate the working men and women. Most people take advantage of this day by celebrating the end of summer with family and friends. 

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