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How to Cut Watermelon Smart

Everyone in my family loves watermelon! We are constantly eating it in the spring and summer time. Although I don’t love the drippy mess all over the kitchen floors, clothes, and faces, watermelon is totally worth it. In an effort to cut down on the mess and make eating watermelon a bit easier on us, I

Roasted Zucchini Recipe

I love fresh veggies that can be seasoned, prepped, and cooked easily for dinner or snacking. Zucchini is one of those veggies. Slicing it up and tossing it in herbs, some olive oil, and then sprinkling parmesan over it makes a delicious and vitamin-rich side or snack! This is one of my favorite zucchini recipes.

How to Make Grape Jelly out of Grape Juice

  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

Taiwanese-Inspired Dipping Sauce

When I lived in Taiwan and taught English, I had some really amazing dipping sauce and none have ever compared since… until I found this recipe. You can basically dip anything in it and it is delicious. From pot stickers to wontons, dumplings to lettuce wraps and more. You can also pour it over rice and/or

Game Day Cheeseball

To celebrate the football season I made this ‘Game Day Cheeseball.’ It is very simple really. You need just a few ingredients and about 7 minutes to make it. Then pair it with crackers, veggies, or chips. Directions: Warm up the cream cheese in microwave (about a minute and a half, stir well every 30

Slow Cooker/Crock Pot Ranch Carrots

Baby carrots can be deliciously flavorful and pleasantly soft with only a few minutes of preparation and cooking time in a crock pot. The carrots end up being cooked al dente (soft without being overcooked or mushy). They hold their shape but are easy to chew. I originally created this recipe for my 10 month old and 2 1/2

Spinach Artichoke Cream Cheese Spread

I’ve made this a few times in the last few weeks. One for a family party, once for me, and once for a big party of women (church gathering). This is an awesome recipe that tastes better than most restaurant spinach artichoke dips. So far most everyone who has tried it has loved it and

Pear Avocado Salad

Today I am being featured over on Blendtec.com for my favorite salad ever—my pear avocado salad. It’s so good that I actually get cravings for it. It has a genius mixture of flavors that range from tangy to sweet to salty, and it is full of textures: smooth, crispy, crunchy, and juicy. I highly recommend

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 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

Clean-Eating Twice Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Hi Live Like You Are Rich readers! Tiffany here, from Feel Great in 8. I am the creator and host of the Feel Great in 8 Challenge, an 8 week competition that challenges you to get healthy physically, mentally, and spiritually. I also share healthy recipes and tips on the Feel Great in 8 Blog!

Quick Garlic Bread Recipe That Isn’t Too Buttery or Garlicky

My mom had a lot going on with 5 kids and a household to run. She made family dinners almost every night. As a mom I’ve come to admire and appreciate her consistency and diligence even more! When it came to making homemade meals she tried to keep things simple. We grew up loving this

Chicken with Rice and Velveeta Cheese Dip

This two ingredient 5 minute to make cheese dip is amazing. It has a wonderful well-rounded taste of cheese, very mild spice, and depth of flavor.  It is better than any chip dip you can buy pre-made off of the shelves at the stores as well. I’ve been making it since I was a little girl

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