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No Bake Creamsicle Pie

I buy giant bags of chocolate chips from Costco, and if I don’t have something sweet on hand, my family will dig into the bag. Simply to prevent my chocolate chip stash from being pillaged, I try and make one dessert a week.  An easy go-to is my homemade brownie mix, which yields a decadent, fudgy treat. If you want something lighter, this Creamsicle Pie is a lightening-fast offering. This pie is airy, flavorful, and tastes exactly like a Creamsicle. [click to continue…]

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I’ve been making my own hummus for years, and started feeding it to my kids as soon as they were able. My mother accused my then-toddlers of having garlic breath because of their love of hummus! I make so many variations with roasted bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, rosemary, and the list goes on. I found another fun way to eat hummus with this Layered Greek Dip. You can buy the hummus, but store bought is expensive, and homemade is just better. Plus, it’s easy!

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My 13 year-old daughter Anna isn’t picky, and even eats raw onions. But she has this funny quirk, where she doesn’t like tomatoes, but likes them on BLTs, and they’re a must on hamburgers. And my North Carolina girl gasps with joy when offered a fried green tomato. However, even the sweetest summer tomato by itself or in a salad is unpalatable to her. It’s the same with oats. She won’t eat oatmeal, but begs for overnight oats. Anna gets teased about not knowing the pleasures of Coco Puffs and other junk cereal, but her breakfast chocolate treat, chia seeds and all, is more satisfying, and actually healthy!

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I love kitchen toys, and especially my pressure cooker. You can take tough, economical cuts of beef and make it tender in 12 minutes. Dry beans, which can be fussy to cook on the stove top and all day in the slow cooker, takes 20 minutes. The only downfall is, you cannot sneak a peak and see how the dish is cooking. If you follow instructions though, the results are magic.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna

I never knew about the 9×13 slow cooker until my friend Tracy brought one to a homeschool potluck. I was amazed that someone like me with unconventional  kitchen toys like a deli slicer, hadn’t heard of the casserole slow cooker. This size makes it easier to slow cook ribs, casseroles, and just cooks individual cuts of meat better in my opinion. Instead of stacking all the ingredients on top of one another, they can lay side-by-side.

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