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Simple Homemade Buttermilk Syrup Recipe

While I was on my mission in Hamburg Germany I had breakfast a few times in the Mission President’s home. His wife made the most incredible Buttermilk Syrup. It was truly so amazing that here 10 years later I still remember how good it was! She gave me the recipe. Unwittingly, I wrote the ingredients

How I Satisfy My Caramel & Cake Cravings in About 150 Calories

Many of you know that I recently had a baby. Throughout my pregnancy I tried not to gain too much weight. I did well as I just gained over 15 pounds. After having my 7 pound baby, I had lost most of that 15 pounds. What I was totally not expecting was gaining after my

How to Make Homemade Ranch Dressing or Dip

When I started cooking and especially when I worked in fine dinning restaurants I found that things taste better (for the most part) when made from scratch. Fine dinning chefs (the good ones) make even staple products like ranch from scratch. Sometimes it can be a bit intimidating for me to make a food from

The Best Slow Cooker Fajita Recipe

Recently, I’ve experimented making slow cooker/crockpot fajitas. The first time was not so great. I put the onion and peppers in too soon and they got too soft. This resulted in a soup-like consistency. The second time they turned out perfect! I made them for Cinco de Mayo for my family who all said they

My Mom’s Strawberry Dream Cake

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and I couldn’t help but think of this cake. My mom has been making this Strawberry Dream Cake for over 40 years. As a little girl I would help her make it. It was my favorite request for my birthday. My extended family has come to love it as well.

The Best Mexican Meal—Your Family Is Sure to Love

I love Mexican food, the authentic stuff and the American-Mexican as well. Today we are having a little get together and since it is Cinco de Mayo, we will be having a Mexican meal. My daughter (5 months old) has an authentic dress that my mom just bought her on their recent cruise to Mexico. 

Chicken Fiesta Nachos Recipe

Hey Live Like You Are Rich readers! Kristin from Ro*Tel here. I am excited to be writing for Anita today! Let me tell you a little about myself… I live in the Windy City, a.k.a. Chicago, with my Bichon Frise, Joey. When you live in a city full of hustle and bustle, you can never

Restaurant Worthy Slow Cooker Roast Beef Dinner

This is an amazing and easy dinner that is very filling and great used as left overs. The Lion House, a very famous restaurant in my area, was kind enough to share. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family has over the years. Instructions: Add broth, carrots, and potatoes to crock pot. Rub

No Bake Homemade Banana Cream Pie

This banana cream pie is super easy, convenient, and delicious! I make it for family gatherings and special occasions (like my son’s birthday). Everyone loves it. First, make the crust (instructions below). Just a tip: if you don’t have a blender, or if you didn’t buy the crumbs pre-crushed at the store. break the graham

Delicious Homemade French Toast Recipe

This is an AMAZING french toast recipe that I’ve been making for years. Recently, I volunteered to make it for my entire extended family and they all loved it. There are three tricks to make this unique recipe the best french toast ever. The first is to use cinnamon swirl bread. I buy mine from

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Piccata

I’ve found that making dinner is cheaper, easier, more flavorful (usually), and less work if I use my Crockpot/SlowCooker to prepare it. By throwing a few ingredients in around lunchtime we have a warm, flavorful, and healthy meal at dinner time. One of my favorite combinations is lemon, garlic, chicken, and capers. The chicken is lightly

Non-Alcoholic Mojito Recipe

Just because I don’t drink alcohol doesn’t mean I miss out on amazing tasting beverages. I love non-alcoholic Mojitos. A virgin Mojito is a wonderful mixture of lime and mint—bubbling with sweetness. If you haven’t tried a Mojito yet, you are missing out.  They are a great drink to serve to guests or just enjoy

Strawberry Banana Colada Recipe

We were headed to our favorite ice cream place for family night this week when we passed a yummy looking shaved ice booth. We flipped a U and came back around to give it a try. I had the Strawberry Banana Colada and boy was it good! Since our family night, I have been thinking

Lemonade with Simple Syrup Recipe

This amazing lemonade with simple syrup recipe is super easy. It is super easy to make and very delicious. The secret? Use simple syrup (recipe here) and of course use ripe lemons. Directions If you haven’t yet, please make the Simple Syrup (recipe found here), then proceed. 1- Juice ripe lemons (you’ll need about 8 Large lemons

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