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Best Stuffing (and Artisan Bread) on the Planet!

Confession: I love Stove Top stuffing.  And I know I’m not alone, because Target wouldn’t waste an end cap filled with it for three months straight if no one was buying.  However, our family has been trying to cut down on processed foods lately.  So, what’s a girl to do, just a couple weeks away from Thanksgiving?  Turn to the pros, that’s what. Read More »

Food

Our Favorite Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

If you’re like us and love restaurants that are super low-key but have great food, then today’s post is for you!  Don’t get us wrong, we are huge advocates for eating super duper healthy most of the time, but it’s fun to go out have something sweet or awesomely greasy once in a while too.  We aren’t going to put anything into our bodies that just tastes okay–if it’s greasy and high in fat and calories, we want to make sure it’s delicious and worth it! Read More »

Celebrate,Decor,Food

Halloween & Day of the Dead

In America, most people are familiar with Halloween, but only in recent years has the Day of the Dead tradition increased in recognition and popularity.  We thought it would be fun to explore the history behind these holidays, and share a craft/treat that can be used for both!

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Celebrate,Food

Jack o’lantern Pizza

By Laura

Years ago, my girls desperately wanted to get Papa Murphy’s jack o’lantern pizza, but at the time there was no way we could afford to eat out.   So, I grabbed my trusty pizza recipe and thus began our tradition of making jack o’lantern pizzas on Halloween before the kids headed out to trick or treat.  They’re the perfect choice, because they’re both fun and functional–even if dinner gets cut short by the neighbors begging to get started, the pizza is still great later.  And of course, you could also just use refrigerated pizza dough to speed up the process.  After all, you’ll need that time to get the kids in their costumes.

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Food

Butternut Squash Soup

Happy Monday!  Hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was crazy busy–we’ll fill you in on a part of that tomorrow.  Which reminds me: don’t forget to subscribe to our blog before noon tomorrow, so you can have a chance at winning “Our Favorite Things” subscriber box!

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Food,Making HerStory

Martha Soriano Paynter

Martha is Melessa’s sister-in-law. She was generous enough to invite us into her home to share her story of growing up in Mexico and teach us how to cook her family’s favorite comfort food, chilaquiles  (find the recipe below).  Welcome, Martha!

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Food

Fast Meal: Black Bean Burgers

By Laura

Our family had black bean burgers for the first time this summer, and now we love them (especially with sweet potato fries).  I tried some pre-made patties from the store, but I was not impressed–I won’t even go into my kids’ reactions.  When I made this recipe, however, the angels were singing!  My girls devoured them, and I didn’t even feel guilty about having a second.

This is a great meal for weeknights, when I don’t want to spend much time cooking.  I also love it because the ingredients are usually in my pantry and fridge.

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Food

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars

 

By Laura

Years ago, my friend Elizabeth gave me this recipe (based on a similar but less tasty Martha Stewart version).  It quickly became a family favorite!  I stock up on canned pumpkin and chocolate chips every fall, so we’re always able to enjoy these treats.  Bonus: they’re incredibly easy to make, so kids can help!

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Food

Going Bananas with Apples!

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By Laura and Melessa

Nothing says “fall” to me more than apple treats! I love going to the local apple orchard (or, if I’m lucky, a friend’s apple trees for freebies) every fall. Melessa and I both have our favorite apple recipes. I firmly believe in scouring the internet and potlucks to discover mine, but Melessa is far more creative and has invented some of her own! Read More »

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