May 2012

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Caramel Frosted Cupcakes

If you’re in the habit of enhancing cake mix with pudding, sour cream and butter, you won’t be surprised to know that along with additions to make cake mix taste better, there are things you can do to make the mix serve a few more people. This is especially handy if you’re making cupcakes …

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Published on May 31, 2012
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Sour Cream Chocolate Chip Cake

This recipe is from my friend Marisa, who says it’s her family’s favorite “easy” cake. She usually makes it with chocolate chips, but this week she made it with butterscotch chips in honor of a certain birthday girl who loves butterscotch. No one around here is having a birthday any time soon (thank goodness!), but […]

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Published on May 29, 2012
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Tortilla Soup

by on May 28, 2012 · 10 comments

tortilla-soup

Our family loves tortilla soup, and I make it about once a week with a lot of improvisation based on what’s around. Since I taste as I go, it always turns out well, but rarely is one batch of tortilla soup the same as the last. So this weekend I decided to nail down the […]

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Published on May 28, 2012
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Butterscotch Breakfast Bars

by on May 27, 2012 · 10 comments

Butterscotch Breakfast Bars

I’ve been craving healthier cookies this week — not low fat, just cookies with a little less sugar and more whole grain. This batch did the trick. The bars aren’t super healthy given the butter and white sugar, but they’re a good compromise and something the whole family really liked. For the flour, I used […]

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Published on May 27, 2012
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Rice Krispies Topped Brownies

Wow, I forgot how busy things get during the last week of May. There are graduation parties, Memorial Day gatherings, a few friends with birthdays and for those traveling, last minute planning for summer trips (Woo hoo!). I love it. Everybody’s in a good mood, so in some ways it’s like the holiday season….just hotter. […]

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Published on May 25, 2012
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Tropical Granola for Gift Giving

by on May 24, 2012 · 9 comments

tropical granola

Here’s a handy tip:  Start recycling empty peanut butter jars now so that in December, you can take them out, fill them with treats and give as little gifts. Unlike pickle jars, peanut butter jars are odor free after a couple of washes. This jar is full of the latest, greatest granola. As mentioned, I […]

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Published on May 24, 2012
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Chipotle Brownies

by on May 23, 2012 · 11 comments

Chipotle Brownies

Yesterday I mentioned that I might make Mexican brownies for a teacher event. I did, and here they are! I dropped the brownies off this morning and couldn’t stick around for reviews, but I left some samples with the ladies in the office and will wait and see if they have any feedback. Todd thought […]

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Published on May 23, 2012
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Mexican Cookies

by on May 22, 2012 · 9 comments

Mexican Christmas Cookies

Traditionally, these cookies are for Christmas, but don’t worry. I’m not making them that far ahead of time. This batch is for graduation festivities, particularly, our Teacher Appreciation fiesta. I signed up to make “Mexican Cookies” (because brownies were taken) and decided to go with these. The original recipe is based on one from the […]

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Published on May 22, 2012