s’mores bars

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Are you in the mood for s’mores? This easy dessert is great for when it’s still too chilly outside to make the classic, campfire treat. It’s really chocolaty, ooey gooey and sweet. I had a 1 inch x 1 inch square and that was enough sugar for me. Jeff and Gracie have been happily eating…

easiest italian chicken

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This is an awesome recipe for when you’re in a hurry to get dinner on the table and for when you’re craving something saucy and Italian. I always need a little protein with my pasta, and the addition of chicken is so much better than just adding a pound of ground beef to the sauce…

scenes from the past few weeks

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We had a wonderful time with friends at the annual Macy’s Flower Show in Minneapolis this past Sunday. This year’s theme: The Secret Garden. I love this spring tradition of ours, and I love how there can still be snow on the ground in April, but as soon as you exit the elevator on Macy’s…

fresh cottage garden pea soup

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We had such an amazing weekend. I’m so happy that spring is finally here and we can walk around outside without big jackets, boots, mittens, scarves and hats. Everything feels light and fresh and dewy. Soon the trees will be budding and the grass will turn green and I’ll be thinking about planting my herb…

bananas foster buckwheat belgian waffles {gluten free}

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Here’s a fantastic, filling, high protein waffle recipe that is also gluten free. It’s quite a bit healthier than the typical Belgian waffle, but there is a lot of sugar in the bananas foster topping. If you’d like to substitute agave for the brown sugar, you sure can. Some people say that blue agave nectar…

button tarts

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Yippee! It’s the weekend! Well, Friday afternoon… close enough I was planning on spending the day with my dear friend Nancy today, but Old Man Winter (who is suppose to be on vacation now, according to my calendar) is still up there dumping snow on us and laughing. NOT funny, I say! Anyway, our plans…

mexican lasagna

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Yum! Are you ready for this? It’s so good, and good for you too! I love all different kinds of lasagna… (all rolled up, decadent Italian with bechamel, Will’s vegetarian version…) and this hits the spot when you’re craving cheesy, Mexican food. Feel free to use your favorite kind of tortillas for this recipe. Flour,…