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valentinesdaym&mcookies

M&Ms.  Who doesn't love them?  They're great for snacking on.  They're great for rewarding potty training toddlers.  They're great for handing out at Halloween.  They're great for putting in Easter Eggs, Christmas stockings and as a topper on birthday presents.  And we all know that "M&Ms melt in your mouth, not in your hand."  Who Continue Reading...

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Pumpkin Muffins with Cream Cheese Swirl

pumpkin-muffins

Pumpkin is commonly associated with the season of Fall, right?  As well it should be because that's when pumpkins start showing up everywhere.  In lattes, in breads, in donuts, on porch steps, everywhere!  But pumpkin doesn't always have to be eaten in just the Fall.  I was looking in my pantry the other day, spied a random can of pumpkin filling, remembered the cream cheese that I had in the fridge and I knew that pumpkin muffins are perfect even for January!

Now I love it with the cream cheese layer, but that's actually optional. You can skip that step and then you'll have just pumpkin muffins.  Still wonderful in their own right.  The cream cheese does add an extra oomph!  But it does add some complexity.  And if today is a day you just need simple, skip it.  It'll make a little fewer muffins, but that's A-OK!  You'll always have my permission to simplify things in the kitchen. Read More...

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salted-nut-roll-bars

I've posted this recipe before, but I don't think it gets the love it deserves. It's a fabulous recipe and one that I often crave! But I think the reason it isn't more popular is because it was meant for a jelly roll pan. Those are awesome pans, let me tell you -- but they're really only great if you often have need to cook for a bigger crowd AND if you actually have one. (That said, I only used to do desserts on my jelly roll pan, but lately, I've been roasting lots of meats and veggies on them (like fajitas!) and they work beautifully even for that!) Read More...

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Recipe: Snickerdoodle Bars – Freezer Friendly!

Snickerdoodle Bars!

My husband loves the taste of cinnamon.  And why shouldn't he?  It's a great flavor!  I love it with apples - especially in apple crisp, or Chex Mix, dump cake, or cheesecake bars.  So any time I come across a dessert that contains cinnamon, it's definitely worth a try. I was doubtful about it while Continue Reading...

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Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cake

chocolatefudgebrowniecake

It's a cake!  It's a brownie!  It's actually both...so does that make it a cawnie?  Or maybe a broke?  Okay, neither of those are good names, so let's just call this a Brownie Cake.  It couldn't be any easier - it's essentially the marriage between a cake mix and a brownie mix.  Add in some Continue Reading...

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Recipe: Homemade Ice Cream Cake

homemadeicecreamcake

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday dear Money Saver! Happy Birthday to you! Maybe it isn't your birthday.  Maybe it isn't a birthday at all.  Maybe your good friends are returning from living a year in China.  Maybe it's a holiday and you want to p-a-r-t-y with your family.  Maybe it's Continue Reading...

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