Banana Crunch Wraps…plus Back-to-School Lunch Recipes

August 11, 2013
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Today’s recipe for Banana Crunch Wraps comes from Attune Foods, but it was actually created by me! Attune just released its Back-to-School Recipes eBook for free download – inside you’ll find my recipe alongside other creative lunchbox ideas from a few of my blogging friends. With a newly minted kindergartener in our house, I can […]

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Summer Grilling…on the Lighter Side

August 6, 2013
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{Thank you to McCormick Grill Mates for sponsoring this post, the second in a three-part series showcasing this summer’s grilling trends.} Our family recently turned an impromptu visit from my parents, who jetted out to San Diego for cool relief from 115-degree temps (!)  in the desert, into an opportunity for a good, old-fashioned Summer […]

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Layered Chicken Enchiladas

July 22, 2013
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Now, if I’d just read the recipe all the way through before I started cooking, it wouldn’t have come as such a surprise to me that this would be a Layered Chicken Enchiladas dish, rather than traditional rolled enchiladas. But, in fact – confession time – I am terrible when it comes to reading through […]

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Chocolate Pudding Pie

July 9, 2013
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I was slicing and passing this Chocolate Pudding Pie at our friends’ beach rental when Stephanie re-appeared in the kitchen with an untouched plate: “Ed says he needs a bigger piece.” Oh yes, a chocolate pie was completely decimated by 4 adults and 5 little kids at Mission Bay last weekend. Ever since 7th grade […]

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Star-Spangled Nachos

July 3, 2013
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The thing is, I don’t even really mind the down-and-dirty movie theater nachos, with slightly stale chips drowned in “cheese sauce” and canned jalapeños. Sometimes that’s just what the situation calls for, and I’m okay with it. But this time I went all the way homemade with these epic Star-Spangled Nachos, down to rolling masa […]

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Peach Bourbon Sweet Tea Lemonade

June 24, 2013
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{Thank you to McCormick Grill Mates for sponsoring this post, the first in a three-part series showcasing this summer’s grilling trends.} When the last time you tried grilling something new? Hopefully this summer will bring lots of fun grilling times your way. I’ve kicked off my summer by grilling a drink! This recipe for Peach […]

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Asparagus Torta

May 31, 2013
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Can anyone tell me what this dish is? I know it’s called an Asparagus Torta…but what is it? I’ve been carrying this recipe around for a few years now, it was printed on the little twist-tie that goes around a bunch of asparagus. It’s a simple little recipe, with a lot of eggs and parmesan […]

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Skillet Green Beans and Bacon…and the Simple Things

May 23, 2013
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I’ve started this post precisely one zillion times. How could it possibly take that many attempts to write up some simple Skillet Green Beans and Bacon? Because, to be honest, my mind has been occupied with lots of other things – national tragedies, tough stuff closer to home. It’s kind of hard to get going […]

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Strawberry Banana Bread

May 11, 2013
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One of my greatest joys of motherhood is having the chance to view the world through the wide eyes of my two little kids. Everything…everything is so much more fun and exciting and vibrant to them. Especially something as simple as strawberry picking. I’ve driven past the family-owned U-Pick strawberry fields in Carlsbad for years, […]

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Avocado Icebox Pie

May 6, 2013
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I hope you didn’t use up all of your avocados for Cinco de Mayo guacamole…if you did, you’re gonna want to get some more! Even the non-avocado fans in my house (which would be everyone except myself) loved this Avocado Icebox Pie. Think cool, creamy lemon pie…with a gentle floral note that you can’t quite […]

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