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Homemade Mocha


I love the smell of coffee. I love the flavored coffee-type drinks from Starbucks. But I can’t stand the taste of plain coffee… not even with milk and sugar.

Recently at Bible study one morning, I was extra tired. I knew I needed some caffeine… but I wasn’t willing to choke down that dark liquid. I coffee-ghiradelli-double-chocolate-hot-cocoa-packetrummaged through the teas, looking for something that might do the trick. I came across a packet of hot chocolate and the light bulb over my head suddenly went on.  (more…)

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies


I found a delectable recipe one day floating around on facebook, so I traced it back to it’s source to get the full set of directions. After all, who doesn’t love molten chocolate oozing out of the center of something yummy, like a cookie??

My first (double) batch I made for our Sister Splash women’s night at church… and they disappeared like… well, not like hotcakes, but like hot cookies! Ooey-gooey cookies!

I made them again for my small group last night, and again they were a hit! I think I may have found my new go-to recipe when I need to bring a desert. So here is the recipe for you:  (more…)

The “I Hear Colors” Cinnamon Rolls


When was the last time you had homemade cinnamon rolls?

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Octo-dog


I love summer foods, especially picnic food! As a kid, I especially loved hot dogs. Now that I’m older and sometimes in the care of other’s children, I’m always looking for something fun that kids will actually enjoy eating. (I like to be the “cool” babysitter!)

So one time I stumbled across this really great idea for hot dogs. With a knife, you slice straight down into the hot dog, about half-way down. You make 4 cuts, which will create the 8 legs. If you want to get fancy, you can carve out little eyes and a mouth on each of them. (more…)

Pineapple Delight


I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with some of my friends from Fellowship Church. We had an “It’s Not Easy Being Green” party, where everything was green-themed, including the food. So for my food items, I brought a fruit salad made entirely of green fruits (grapes, kiwis, Granny Smith apples, and pears) and Pineapple Delight (also known as Men’s Delight).

Pineapple Delight is what you would call a “salad” in the Midwest, meaning that it is usually Jell-O based and has some type of fruit in it. This is one of my favorite salads – I remember my great-grandmother making it for holidays. And it is very easy to make.

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A Spoonful of Jelly Makes the Oatmeal Go Down!


I love oatmeal. It is just one of those yummy comfort foods that’s great any time of the day. The other day I was in the mood for a bowl, so I grabbed some quick oats and started microwaving them. I then began looking for the brown sugar and cinnamon to put on them. I searched high and low, but the brown sugar was not to be found! Well, now what was I going to do? Plain oatmeal isn’t all that great.

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Lasagna Alfredo


Lasagna is one of those really great foods – most of your recommended food groups contained in melodious melding of ingredients. But sometimes I want lasagna without the acidity of the red sauce base. That’s when I stumbled across a really great alternative: Lasagna Alfredo. It has become one of my favorite foods and quite easy to make. And if you buy noodles that do not need to be boiled first (there is a lot of moisture in this recipe, so the noodles come out perfect), it saves time! (more…)

Chinese Chicken Bake


This is one of those recipes that I found on a box somewhere – but I have no idea what box it came from. The picture looked good, so I decided to try it. And it is delicious! I have made it quite a few times, and it never disappoints. (more…)

Cracker Bark


Cracker Bark (otherwise known as Saltine Toffee Cookies) is a wonderfully easy treat that has become a huge hit in this house! It totally fulfills the sweet-tooth craving when the urge hits. After getting some as a gift, we looked up the recipe on allrecipes.com to get the exact directions, and found the specifics here. (more…)

Power Balls


I love these peanut butter treats. They are packed with all sorts of good things such as protein, and they are delicious! And what’s great is that they mix together quickly and are no-bake. I sometimes eat one or two in the morning for breakfast and it easily tides me over until lunch. (more…)

Wassail


Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green;
Here we come a-wand’ring
So fair to be seen.

Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail too;
And God bless you and send you a Happy New Year
And God send you a Happy New Year.

Have you ever wondered about that song? I often wondered what “wassailing” was. In college, I found out. ‘”Wassail’ comes from the Old Norse ‘ves heill’–to be of good health. This evolved into the tradition of visiting neighbors on Christmas Eve and drinking to their health.” (Cited here.) (more…)

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