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Happy Easter

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Happy Easter from the Andersen Fam. Surely, we will never forget Easter 2020--the year we took the sacrament, sang Easter Hymns, and watched devotionals from home. If we have to be quarantined, at least we can do so during the Spring when the earth around us is waking up from the cold, and believers are celebrating the Resurrection of our Savior. There's probably something significant about that. We feel hopeful that this COVID-19 season will pass and life will be normalized soon. Until then, we are grateful for our own health-something we will never take for granted after this experience.

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Mini Churro Muffins (Whole Wheat)

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It's Spring Break this week and the plan was to be playing in the sand and theme parks in Southern California. Since the whole world is shut down by the Corona Virus, we are at home making the best of quarantine life. Yesterday we would have been playing at Disneyland, so we decided to pretend we were there with some simple activities. It started with a cute little 'Disney marathon' where the kids dressed in their Mickey Mouse t-shirts, loaded their bikes and strollers, and we listened to theme park music while jogging around the neighborhood. While eating parfaits for

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Gluten-FreeMain DishRecipesSalads

Cowboy Hats (Wyoming Style Taco Salad)

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There are a few foods I grew up assuming the rest of the world loved just as much as I did. After I left Wyoming, I learned that not everyone eats their chili with cinnamon rolls or jelly on their grilled cheese sandwiches. To each his own, I guess. The first time I made my husband "Cowboy Hats" for dinner, he was skeptical. Once he realized it was just a slightly sweeter version of ground beef and bean taco salad, he trusted my meal-planning judgment. I like to make this dish for our Taco Tuesdays, but it is always served

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Shamrock Breakfast Bagel and my Irish ROOTS!

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To celebrate having just found out who my 3rd Great-Grandparents are, and to honor the upcoming St. Patrick's Day, here's a festive meal idea full of green goodness. But first, let me just say I have been searching on Ancestry.com and familysearch.org for over 8 years to learn who my ancestors are. I have been hung up on this one couple. Just this afternoon, I found a headstone and marriage record online that confirmed who my Great-great-Grandma Mae's parents are. My 3rd Great Grandpa Andrew Sullivan was born in the Southern corner of Ireland and emigrated to America sometime in

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Appetizers/ DipsMain DishMeals for One

Chicken Pesto Pizza

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Remember all those pucks of frozen pesto sauce I stored in my freezer last Fall? They often make an appearance on my favorite pizza on Friday Pizza Nights. Click here to make my whole wheat pizza crust in your Bosch mixer. Or, of course, you can always use a pre-made crust from the store if you must. Enjoy! Chicken Pesto Pizza The most flavorful, delicious pesto pizza 12 inch Whole Wheat Pizza Crust4 ounces Pesto (or 1 pesto puck)1 Cup Rotisserie Chicken (shredded)1 medium Vine Ripe Tomato (sliced thin)1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese (shredded) Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. If necessary,

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Main DishRecipesSoups

Simple Chicken Noodle Soup

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One day this winter, all four of my kids had the barfs. To make matters worse, I didn't discover the issue until right before my play practice. So, my poor husband had to take care of everyone by himself. Not something I should talk about before selling you a great recipe, right? Wrong. After they all emptied their stomachs and had a good night's rest, my kids REALLY appreciated this simple, nourishing soup! I appreciated how fast it was to whip up. Thank goodness it was only a 24 hour bug. They were bouncing off the walls in no time.

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RecipesSaladsSides

Caesar Side Salad with Homemade Croutons

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Most often, this salad is requested as a side dish for dinner. I think it's the homemade croutons that win everyone over. They are so easy to make and taste a million times better than the bagged stuff. Make this a main dish for lunch or dinner by adding some cooked rotisserie chicken. Enjoy! Caesar Side Salad with Homemade Croutons Perfect side dish for Italian dinner night 8 Cups Chopped Lettuce (Romaine or Green Leaf)1 1/2 Cups Grape Tomatoes (halved)1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese (shredded)1/4 Cup Caesar Salad Dressing2 teaspoons Lemon JuiceHomemade Croutons3 slices Bread ((4 Cups) cubed)1 1/2 tbsp olive

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Waldorf Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

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Here's a great side salad that goes well with anything- casseroles, chicken, steak, pork- you name it! The sweet dressing and candied nuts are the selling point for our family to eat lots of spinach. Enjoy! Waldorf Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Sweet and savory salad with a nice crunch Waldorf Salad8 Cups Spinach (loosely packed)1 1/2 Cups Celery (sliced)1 large Apple (sliced)Poppy seed Dressing1/3 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar1 Cup Vegetable Oil1/2 Cup Honey1/2 Cup Yellow Onion chopped1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard1 teaspoon salt1 1/2 tablespoon poppy seedsCandied Walnuts1/2 Cup Walnut Halves2 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar1/4 teaspoon Salt Poppy seed DressingIn

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BreakfastMain DishRecipes

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

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Our mornings go reeeally smooth when the kids make their own breakfast. When toast and cold cereal won't cut it, the kids pull a breakfast burrito from the freezer and microwave it for 45 seconds. Boom! Round it out with a piece of fruit and glass of milk, and my kids head to school with a happy tummy. If I give myself about 60 minutes, I can assemble 24 burritos for the freezer. Pro-tip: recruit the husband to help and it takes half the time. It is also really helpful to get all ingredients chopped, whisked, and in place before

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Baked GoodsBreakfastRecipes

Mini Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins

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When I want to totally impress my kids after school, I bake them a batch of these delicious blueberry muffins. They are a bit sweeter than most muffins I make, and they make the kitchen smell like Heaven on Earth. One of my readers suggested Trader Jo's blueberries for making the best muffin. I often use Costco blueberries, and while they are pretty big berries for a mini muffin, they suit us just fine too. Enjoy! Mini Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins The best whole wheat blueberry muffin recipe Dry Ingredients2 1/2 Cups whole wheat flour2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon salt1

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