Baked GoodsRecipesTreats

Snickerdoodles (Made with Butter)

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Why bake with shortening when you can use butter instead? Years ago, I learned that butter can be substituted for shortening if you omit 1 tablespoon of liquid for every half cup of shortening the recipe calls for. For example, the original recipe from an old cookbook calls for 1 cup shortening and 2 tablespoons milk. To make an accurate substitution, omit both tablespoons of milk, and use 1 cup (2 sticks) butter instead. Viola! These are the moistest on the inside, crispiest on the outside, buttery, cinnamon-y cookies you will ever put in your mouth. Enjoy!! Snickerdoodles (Made with

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Appetizers/ DipsGluten-FreeRecipesSmoothies

Frozen Peach Smoothie

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Peach season is just beginning in Utah, and you will want to have this recipe on hand. We have peaches in the freezer all year long because all three of our trees are producing now. This is one smoothie that my spinach-hater absolutely loves--because there's no spinach in it, of course. I hope you love it too. Enjoy! Frozen Peach Smoothie 2 cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk3 cups peaches (frozen)1/2 cup pineapple chunks (frozen)3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate (frozen) Combine all ingredients in the blender in the order listed. Blend 1 minute on high speed until smooth and creamy. Add

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Hamburger
Main Dish

Homemade Hamburgers

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Frozen patties are NO MATCH for these juicy and flavorful burgers. I have finally mastered the recipe for perfect hamburgers. Served between one of Uncle Jesse's sliced pretzels (recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction) and you have the makings for a burger sent from Heaven. Yuuummm!!! Enjoy. Homemade Hamburgers 2 pounds ground beef (80% lean)2 large eggs4 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce2 teaspoons dehydrated minced onions2 teaspoons garlic powder1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon pepperBurger Toppings8 hamburger buns8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese (sliced)2 medium tomatoes (sliced)8 leaves lettuce1 cup dill pickles (sliced)1/2 cup ketchup1/2 cup mustard1/2 cup mayonnaise Heat outdoor grill to 450 degrees. Clean

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RecipesSmoothies

Blueberry Ginger Smoothie

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We drink this smoothie once a week. It's delicious, refreshing, and an incredible immune booster. I'll prove it. Blueberries: antioxidants, Ginger: anti-inflammatory, Bananas: Potassium; Spinach: antioxidants; Kefir: probiotics. Did I mention it is delicious? I have a supply of to-go cups and cute straws in my storage room just so I can make this smoothie for friends and neighbors who are sick or just need a boost so they know I love them. I dare you to try it. And then make one for your neighbor. ENJOY! And, take my word for it, you want to drink this one with

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CasserolesMain DishRecipes

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

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This stuff is so good it won first prize at our neighborhood chili cook-off in 2013. True Story. Homemade Macaroni and Cheese 3 cups elbow macaroni pasta (dry)1/3 cup yellow onion (minced)1/3 cup flour3 cups milk2 1/4 cups cheese1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper1 1/2 teaspoon salt Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package.Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, cook the onions in the butter until tender and transluscent.Mix in the flour to form a paste. Pour in half of the milk and whisk until well combined with a

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RecipesSauces and Dressings

Homemade Catalina Dressing

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One Sunday in 2021, I started out making our family's favorite chicken dish, Cranberry Chicken. Unfortunately, we were out of the main ingredient for the sauce--Catalina Dressing. With a little searching and improvising, I have come up with a dynamite recipe for making the stuff from scratch. I have made Cranberry Chicken with this homemade Catalina dressing 4 times now and I don't think I will ever go back to buying the bottle. It takes just a blender and 5 minutes of total prep to whip up. Enjoy! Homemade Catalina Dressing super quick to make with no questionable ingredients 1/2

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Appetizers/ DipsMain DishRecipes

Chicken Pillows with Creamy Lemon Sauce

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January 20, 2007--the day I was introduced to chicken pillows AND also the day Neil asked me to marry him. Now, we try to make the same meal he "made" for me on our engagement anniversary. Unfortuately, we forget almost every January 20th, so we end up making this meal on Valentine's Day. The pillows he made for me were made out of a Pillsburry pastry can, but mine are made with my whole wheat pizza dough. Both versions are amazing. Serve these with a rice pilaf, Red Jello with whipped cream, and steamed carrots and you get the legendary

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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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