Baked GoodsTreats

Oatmeal Cake with Coconut Caramel Topping

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My husband requests this cake every year for his birthday. Two years ago, I made a rookie mistake and substituted half the butter for flaxseed and cut some of the sugar out. That was not the rookie mistake, though. The cake turned out just as moist and delicious as ever. The rookie mistake was telling him that I messed with the recipe. He had no idea until I said something! Lesson learned. Here is the original recipe--the way his momma always made it for him as a kid. (But if you are interested in learning how I made my substitutions,

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BreakfastRecipes

Quick and Easy Breakfast Sandwich

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Sometimes, the kids just need a snazzy tool to motivate them to cook for themselves. That is exactly what my Hamilton Beach Sandwich Maker (aff. link) does for my kids. As long as I keep the right ingredients on hand, the kids take care of their breakfasts (and sometimes lunches, too). Thank you to my dear friend, Louise, for introducing me to this little beauty. Hot Breakfast Sandwiches Quick and Easy breakfast 6 English Muffins (Whole Wheat)6 large eggs6 slices Canadian bacon6 slices cheddar cheese Slice the English muffin and place the bottom half in the bottom ring of the

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RecipesSaladsSides

Mango Lime Pasta Salad

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I'll describe this as a Westernized version of a Caribbean salad. With its big chunks of mangoes, avocadoes, grapes and chicken, this is a crowd-pleaser at Summer barbecues. Enjoy! Mango Lime Pasta Salad creamy pasta salad with Carribean flare 12 ounces farfalle pasta2 large mangos (ripe, see notes)2 large avocados (ripe but firm)2 cups celery (chopped)2 cups red grapes (sliced)2 cups rotisserie chicken (cubed)3/4 cup green onions (chopped)1/2 cup toasted almonds (chopped)Creamy Lime Dressing1 1/4 cups mayonnaise (full fat)1/4 cup apple cider vinegar1/4 cup lime juice2 Tablespoons honey2 Tablespoons dried terragon1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper Boil pasta according to package

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Gluten-FreeMain DishRecipesSoups

Cauliflower and Potato Chowder

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Caulifower is not my kids favorite vegetable. However, they will scarf down a whole head of it in this deliciously creamy soup. Even in the dead of Summer, my kids enjoyed this! Serve with garlic toast and a green salad to round it out. Enjoy! Cauliflower and Potato Chowder Creamy chowder full of vegetables 2 Tablespoons butter1 cup red onions (chopped)2 cloves garlic (minced)3/4 cup bacon (cooked, 6 strips)1 head cauliflower (chopped)3 cups potatoes (cubed)5 cups chicken broth1 cup half and half1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded) In a large stockpot, melt butter over medium-high heat.

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Savory Egg and Cheese Hashbrown Waffles

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These savory waffles are a really quick fix for busy mornings. I love sending the kids off with a well-rounded meal to start their day, and this one fits the bill. I like to serve these waffles with salsa and a hearty smoothie. My toddler eats them best cut in long strips so he can dip them in catsup. Enjoy! Savory Egg and Cheese Hashbrown Waffles quick fix for a hearty breakfast 3 medium Russett potatoes (cooked and shredded, 3 cups)9 large eggs1/2 cup milk2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)1/2 cup green onions (chopped)1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon peppersalsa (for serving)

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Baked GoodsRecipesTreats

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

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Rhubarb and strawberries both come on in late Spring in the Rocky Mountains and both are ready to be picked from the Andersen family garden. Today happens to be the very last day of school for the kids and we are celebrating tonight with Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp ala mode. This sweet and tangy dessert is best served warm so the ice cream can melt on top as you eat it--getting a little cream in every bite. Yum! Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Strawberry Rhubarb Base3 cups rhubarb (chopped into bite-sized pieces)4 cups strawberries (quartered)1 Tablespoon lemon juice1/2 cup granulated sugar1/3 cup cornstarch1/4

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CasserolesMain DishRecipesSlow Cooker and Instant Pot

Instant Pot Pizza Casserole

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Every time I might complain about how much time it takes to make dinner, my husband usually replies saying something along the lines of, "Well, just do something easy--like pizza casserole." Honestly, until a few weeks ago, I had MAYBE made this for my family just once or twice. Apparently, it really made an impression on Neil, because this many years later, he still asks for it. Well, here ya go. This Pizza Casserole is actually quite delightful. While it may not take any less time than my other meals, it is one I can make all in one pot

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Perfect Waffles and Homemade Syrup

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Oh, man. These are the best waffles! And the new waffle iron I bought cooks four of them at a time--making breakfast (or dinner) so smooth. Enjoy! Perfect Waffles and Homemade Syrup whole wheat, crispy, buttery waffles 3 cups Whole Wheat Flour2 Tablespoons Baking Powder1 teaspoon Baking Soda1 teaspoon salt3 Cups Milk6 Tablespoons butter (melted)3 large eggs1 1/2 teaspoons vanillaHomemade Maple Syrup1 cup Granulated Sugar1 cup Brown Sugar2 cups Water1 teaspoon Vanilla flavoring1 teaspoon Mapleine flavoring Whisk together all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center.In a separate bowl, whisk togethether all wet ingredients.

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Favorite Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

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If you stop by our house on any given Sunday evening, there is a very good chance you will find a batch of these chewy oatmeal cookies baking in the oven. We have trouble keeping chocolate chips stocked at our house (one of my kids loves to eat them in bed while she reads, and another has grown tall enough to reach them off the freezer shelf), so oatmeal cookies are our go-to dessert. These are so delicious--not too sweet, crispy on the outside and chewy, caramelized sugar on the inside. Enjoy! Favorite Oatmeal Cookie crispy on the outside, chewy

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RecipesSaladsSides

Mediterranean Vegetable Salad

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This flavor-bursting salad is the perfect side dish to any pasta, chicken or beef dish you are cooking up tonight. Enjoy! Mediterranean Vegetable Salad Side dish for pasta or Italian foods 4 cups Spinach (loose packed)2 cups Arugula (loose packed)1 cup Navy Beans1 cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)1 cup Cucumbers (chopped)1 avocado (chopped)1/4 cup Feta Cheese Crumbles (Mediterranean Herb Style)Balsamic Vinaigrette1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar1/3 cup Olive Oil1 clove garlic (minced)1/2 teaspoon mustard1/2 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper Balsamic VinaigretteCombine all ingredients in jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake until mixed well.SaladCombine spinach and arugula in a large mixing bowl. Pour half the

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