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Toblerone Cookies

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Growing up I wouldn’t eat very much chocolate because I didn’t think it tasted very good. Then I went on an LDS mission to Germany and everything changed. I tasted German and Swiss chocolate. I have since become a chocolate lover—as long as it is German, Swiss, or Belgian chocolate. Moser Roth is my favorite brand

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

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This is an amazing recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. Not only is it an easy meal to prepare (10 or so minutes), it is so tasty, versatile, and healthy. Because families have varying spice tolerance, I’ve included instructions for the Mild, Medium, and Hot versions. All you do is throw the ingredients in

Eggnog Floats

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Eggnog is such a festive treat. During the holiday season, I love to eat eggnog flavored treats, drink it mixed with Sprite, and see it on the shelves in the grocery stores. Each year since my son’s birth, I have gotten a McDonald’s Eggnog Shake. It has become a tradition. This year they no longer have them

Crowd-Pleasing Pavlova Dessert

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Pavlova is a unique yet delicious meringue-based cake. It is widely accepted and believed to have been originally created in Australia or New Zealand. It was named Pavlova in honor of Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, during her tour to New Zealand and Australia. Extensive research argues that its creation actually began in Germany. Having lived in

The BEST Stroganoff—Turkey or Beef

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I love hearty meals—especially on cold winter days! Stroganoff is a flavorful, family friendly, and easy hearty meal to make. And this is by far the best stroganoff I have ever had. Anyone I serve it to asks for the recipe. With the new year approaching, many are trying to eat foods with a fewer calories

How to Make Grape Jelly out of Grape Juice

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  My mom grows concord grapes in her backyard. Growing up we would juice them together each year. She would then make a few dozen batches of delicious grape jelly from her homemade grape juice (post here). This is my favorite jelly! It is so flavorful, sweet, and delicious! It is easy and quick to make, especially considering

How to Cook Butternut Squash—the Easy Way

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My parents are big fans of butternut squash and cook it all the time. It is very high in fiber and vitamin A—which is good for your eyes. I’ve grown up eating butternut squash regularly and have enjoyed it with a variety of toppings (many are mentioned below). I invited my parents over to my house

9 Delicious and Quick Canned Chicken Recipes

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I was organizing my canned food the other day and found that I have A LOT of canned chicken. I realized that I need to make more meals with it—especially since it is a convenient and inexpensive way to add protein to a meal. I get a lot of my canned chicken at grocery stores but its also

Homemade Concord Grape Juice

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My mom has been an avid concord Grape grower for 30 or so years. She has many beautiful vines that produce a lot of grapes each fall. I guess playing classical music to them on occasion does work! And yes she really has tried that. Each October we pick the grapes and juice them. Then, throughout the

The BEST Freezable Rolls Recipe

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There are few things I enjoy eating more than bread, specifically fresh, homemade rolls still hot from the oven.  I have been making bread since I was 9 years old, when my Dad bribed me to take over the bread-making job by paying me a dollar for each loaf I made (might as well pay

German Plum Cake

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When I lived in Germany, I often ate German Plum Cake known in German as Pflaumenkuchen or Zwetschenkuchen. I fell in love with the combination of a deliciously moist lemon tart topped with sweet plums baked to perfection. My co-worker received a German Plum Cake for her birthday and we gobbled it right up.  I also got

How to Make Banana Pancakes out of Pancake Mix

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Jack Johnson is a favorite musician of mine. He sings a song called “Banana Pancakes”. A verse of the song goes, “But, baby, you hardly even notice When I try to show you this Song is meant to keep you From doing what you’re supposed to. Waking up too early Maybe we can sleep in

How to Turn a Bread Recipe into a Muffin Recipe

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In order to turn a bread recipe into a muffin recipe you will want to… Raise the temperature you bake the bread at. Typically you will raise it at least 25 degrees Fahrenheit. For example, my banana bread recipe bakes at 350 F so for muffins I bake them at 375 F. Most bread bakes at 350 F

Banana Bread Muffins

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Banana bread has always been a favorite of mine. Today I made Banana Bread muffins because I was short on time and they bake about 25 minutes faster. They are also easier to divvy out if you are gifting them to multiple neighbors (which I’m planning to do) than say a loaf of bread would be.

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