Decadence!

coconut green tea ice cream

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Whoo hoo! Friday’s here! Gracie and I spent the day in Minneapolis yesterday. We had coffee at Caribou on Nicollet Mall, and lunch at Chipotle. Then we strolled up to Barnes & Noble and looked at magazines and books for awhile. All in all, a fabulous way to spend a hot summer day. Today it’s…

mango tango chicken & pasta salad {in a jar}

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As I’ve said before, we adore salads and meals in jars this time of year. Just pack them on ice and head to a beautiful picnic spot. Jars make pretty, earth-friendly vehicles for food. Here’s my latest jar creation. I made up a big batch of Mango Tango Chicken Salad and layered it with pasta…

cabbage roll casserole {deconstructed cabbage rolls}

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I’m munching on a bit of this casserole as I write this blog post. Gracie and I just took a long hike up Red Wing’s Barn Bluff and now I’m hungry! Cabbage roll casserole hits the spot. It’s good for you, low in fat and high in fiber, but my favorite thing about this casserole…

speculoos chocolate chip banana bread

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Gracie and I made this a few days ago and the entire loaf is gone. It’s SO good! This is a fantastic way to use up some over-ripe bananas that may be lurking on the counter. You can purchase Speculoos Cookie Butter at Trader Joe’s. ~ preheat oven to 350 degrees F. ~ 3 very…

easy bacon wrapped bbq chicken

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This is an easy, delicious way to make chicken. You can grill it or make it in the oven, whichever way you choose. If you decide to make it on the grill, cook it over medium heat and watch it closely so the bacon doesn’t burn. You could always start it on the grill and…

onion & garlic smashed potatoes

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If you like potatoes, you’re going to love these. They’re the perfect accompaniment to grilled steaks or my favorite bacon wrapped bbq chicken. Dress them up however you like. We make them like this… ~ preheat oven to 450 degrees F. ~ 8 smallish russet, red or Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed 1/3 cup melted butter…

dilly salmon salad

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This is a recipe I use to make all the time when Jeff and I were first married, and it’s still a favorite at our house. It’s fast, easy, frugal and delicious. Cold salmon salad makes a wonderful filling for croissant sandwiches or served over a bed of crispy greens. serves 6 6 oz. small…

peppermint bon bon & oreo ice cream pie

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Our summer is off to an awesome start. My birthday week always marks the beginning of summer for me. The kiddos are out of school, the days are long and hot, and we eagerly anticipate the weekends that quickly fill up with all of the things we want to enjoy and accomplish during the warmest…

buddha bowl

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We’re on a bowl kick! We can’t seem to get enough of them. Grain and protein bowls are a great way to incorporate lots of fresh vegetables and lean protein into your diet. You can choose your favorite grain or pasta, your favorite lean protein, and jazz it up with a yummy sauce. The possibilities…

easy oven baked burritos

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I cooked for the first time in 3 days last night. I was busy getting spoiled with fabulous restaurant meals for my birthday weekend. Lobster rolls, Rachel sandwiches, Jamaican jerk chicken… ahhhh…. I love going to our favorite places where lovely people cook food for me and bring it to our table along with a…