Melissa

apple pie smoothie

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I spent the day with one of my besties today. We had a yummy lunch of turkey bratwurst and salad, on her gorgeous screened in gazebo/porch, and then we watched the movie, Sisters, starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. It was exactly the sort of goofy, (somewhat raunchy) humor that I needed today. I love…

apple strudel cheesecake pie

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So it had been a few days since I’d made dessert and Jeff and Grace were sort of hinting that I make something. I decided to reach back into my old recipe collection and make this tried and true favorite. It’s sort of a cross between apple strudel, cheesecake, and apple pie. Thus, the name.…

easy chinese chicken

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A delicious chicken recipe to make when you’re short on time. It’s so delicious and easy to prepare. Serve it with a simple salad and a baked potato or some brown rice. If you’re looking for fancy and complicated, this isn’t that. ~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~ 3 to 4 lb. chicken…

italian tacos

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Do you ever visit my site and ask yourself how in the world I could be posting yet another taco recipe? Do you? Come on. Be honest. Well, I love tacos and I’m not ashamed to say it. And when I say love, I mean luuuuuuurrrrrve. I’m pretty sure I’ve told you all this before.…

scenes from lake superior 2016 ~ part 3

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More scenes from our up north adventure last month! It’s taken me sooooo long to post all the photos because I took so darn many. Can you believe there are still more? Just enough for one more post after this one, so please bear with me. I appreciate everyone who writes to me and tells…

tiramisu

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This time my tiramisu came out super fluffy and delicious. It’s fun to play with the whipped cream to Mascarpone ratio to see what you like best. Sometimes I like my tiramisu dense and almost like cheesecake, other times I like it dripping with so much espresso and rum that I have to prepare it…

honeybunch pumpkin sweetie pie

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This has become one of my favorite pumpkin spice recipes because it’s got all of those heavenly pumpkin pie spices, it’s super easy to prepare, and it’s actually healthy. Oh, and did I mention it’s grain free? Mmmmm hmmmmm… You can make this yummy dessert in pie form as I did today, or you can…

egg roll skillet

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You can use whatever meat you like in your egg roll skillet, or omit the meat and make it for your vegetarian friends. It’s so delicious and easy to prepare. I’ve made it with chicken, beef, turkey, shrimp, and pork. It was awesome every time. for the sauce: 3 Tablespoons lite soy sauce 2 Teaspoons…

health gorp

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With all of the pumpkin and apple baking that’s going on I decided to make a healthy, sweet alternative to all of the cakes, pastries, breads, pies, and other delicacies that have been popping up on Facebook and Pinterest. They’re all yummy, I’m sure, but you can only indulge so much without suffering a sugar…