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Moroccan Lamb & Lentil Stew

Moroccan Lamb & Lentil Stew

It’s official; spring has sprung and the mornings have been (mainly) sunny and cool.  It warms up slightly throughout the day, however there is still a bit of a cool touch in the air.  I can’t wait for it to be summer!  I love heat; I could live in a warm climate all year ‘round!  

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Coconut Cupcakes with Toasted Coconut Frosting

I love Easter.  Marlina is usually home, and this year she actually stayed awake and helped bake cupcakes!  Yes, I felt like I must share this:D  She tells me that she doesn’t take naps at home in PG…but finds my couch way too comfy and calling her name (constantly!).  

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chickpea Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

Last weekend, we went to visit Marlina & Hank’s new place.  We played Settlers of Catan (Marlina was very vicious during that game!), visited, shopped, and ate good food.  One of my favorite things I tried out was a chickpea burger.  It surprised me-I love a good veggie burger (such as my Big Bertha Burger), but haven’t found one since that would compare.  Anyway, this burger left me full for a very long time and more the next day!  I had to make one-so I came up with this one!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Bacon, Eggs, Mushroom & Mixed Green Salad with a Warm Bacon Dressing

I’m trying to be healthier lately…but I'm failing.

Spring means salads, eating healthier and running more.  I need to get my butt back into shape!  I have some goals for this year that I hope to accomplish.  I’ve posted a lot of good sweets lately, and it’s time to refocus!  Even though this salad is great, it’s not one of the healthiest salads out there.  I’m just warning you-because it IS addicting!  I mean, bacon, eggs & sautéed mushrooms…made into a salad is pure heaven!  The warm bacon vinaigrette is perfect with it.  You don’t have to add all the dressing, but if you refrigerate the dressing you may want to warm the container with some warm water so that the dressing is smooth.  

Friday, April 4, 2014

Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon & Boursin

I’ve always loved mushrooms but they were forbidden in our household as a child.  When we were young, Marlina had an adverse reaction to one so my parents assumed she had an allergy..and that was the end of having them in the house.  But once in a while Marlina would sneak a mushroom {at a friends!} with no type of adverse reactions.  However, when my mom found out she was doing this, well, let's say it was not a pleasant experience!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Homemade Fig Newton's

I have strong memories when I think of Fig Newton’s.  Yeah, I’m strange.

I miss my childhood sometimes.

When I was a kid, we would go to my Grandma & Grandpa’s house after school.  They actually weren’t my grandparents but they were my mom’s best friends.  We LOVED visiting them-they always had plenty of food to go around…chow mein, egg rolls & rice {to make our cheeks big and pretty!}.  I remember staring at the Barbie collection for hours, watching TV, playing Nintendo and visiting.  We would also eat lots of Fig Newton’s, or a brand quite similar.  It was always so hard going home!  Nevertheless, when I saw this recipe, I immediately thought of them.  It’s kind of interesting how certain things can trigger memories and make you yearn for simpler times.  Grandma passed away quite some time ago, but I still think of her often.  She was always so kind and caring-a wonderful human being.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Garlicky Shrimp Sandwiches

As I mentioned before, Gavin loves sandwiches.  I always like trying to find new ones that he would love.  So far, none of them can compare to a Chicken BLT that’s made at a local restaurant.  It’s literally the best sandwich ever made.  But we are not talking about that-though I find these pretty close.  I made these sandwiches last year and he loved them-but then I never made them again.   Luckily, I had them on my list to make again-score!  :)

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