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We dirty a lot of dishes at my house. I have to run the dishwasher every single day. In fact, I could probably run it twice a day, but that is something I absolutely refuse to do. No one should have to do two dishwasher loads a day, so instead, I carefully place it all into one load, kind of like puzzle pieces. Suffice it to say, my dishwasher is one of my very best friends, but paying for the expensive automatic dishwasher soap is not. So today, I’ve got for you my recipe for Homemade Automatic Dishwasher Detergent. There are only 4 ingredients and it takes just minutes to make. Plus, it’s eco-friendly, if you’re into that kind of stuff. Give it a try! Homemade Automatic Dishwasher Detergent! 2 cups … college essay writers for pay

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Oreo Truffles – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

There’s a chance you might just hate me for sharing this recipe. That’s a risk I am willing to take. These Oreo Truffles are THAT good. So good you can’t stop eating them, good. Should you become addicted, I take full responsibility. And guess what? There are only 3 ingredients and 4 steps…just how I like my recipes, short, simple and sweet. Oreo Truffles Ingredients: 1 pkg. Oreos 1 8oz. block cream cheese 1 pkg. of chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate…you choose, they’re all delish)             Directions:         If you want to copy and past this recipe so you can print it, here it is. Oreo Truffles Ingredients: 1 pkg. Oreos 1 8oz. block cream cheese 1 pkg. of chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, white chocolate…you choose, they’re all delish) Directions: Crush Oreos in food processor. (If you don’t have a food processor, … Read entire article »

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Mardi Gras 101 – Kate’s Escapades

Today is Mardi Gras. Don’t live in New Orleans? Never celebrated Mardi Gras? No worries. My philosophy is Never let a good holiday go to waste. So, just for you, dear readers… Mardi Gras 101. What is Mardi Gras? The Romans’ Lupercalia festival was held in mid-February to honor the god of fertility and agriculture, Lupercus. The party had definite Mardi Gras-like qualities, including drinking, feasting and “pleasures of the flesh”. During the Crusades, the carnival-like Lupercalia became adopted as a “last fling” of indulgence before the 40-day Lenten period of penitence. ~Mardi Gras on the Net How did New Orleans become the Mardi Gras capital here in the U.S.? Some think the French explorer Sieur d’Ibervilled introduced Mardi Gras when he landed in what is today Louisiana in 1699. Others say that early French settlers … Read entire article »

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(Almost) Winger’s Sticky Fingers – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

Winger’s Sticky Fingers are my all time favorite ‘goin’-out-to-eat’ food. No joke, I could eat sticky fingers every week, heck, probably two times a week, if I’m completely honest with you. Since eating out at Winger’s every week could get a little pricey, I’ve come up with a solution that can tide me over in between visits. (Almost) Winger’s Sticky Fingers Ingredients: 1 bag frozen pre-cooked and breaded chicken strips (The crunchy or Southern style strips work best,) 6 Tbsp. Frank’s Original Hot Sauce (No substitutes. It must be Frank’s brand if you want it to truly taste like Winger’s Amazing Sauce. Frank’s Hot Sauce can be bought at Wal-Mart.) 1 1/2 c. brown sugar Ranch Dressing (Buttermilk Hidden Valley mix works the best) Directions: 1. Bake chicken strips according to package directions. 2. While chicken is cooking, mix up … Read entire article »

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Pina Colada Cupcakes – Kate’s Recipe of the Week

We’ve been on quite a cupcake kick at our house lately. Last week I shared the recipe for Oreo Cupcakes. The week before that, the recipe for Churro Cupcakes. Today, I’ve got a tropical treat for you…Pina Colada cupcakes. Super easy, super yummy and one of our family favorites. Pina Colada Cupcakes Cupcake Ingredients: 1 box yellow cake mix 3 eggs 2 tsp coconut extract 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 small can crushed pineapple Directions: Mix together cake mix, eggs, coconut extract, buttermilk and pineapple with juice. Pour batter into paper liners, filling 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 15- 18 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool. Whipped Cream Frosting Ingredients: 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1  cup powdered sugar Directions: 1. Pour cream into large mixing bowl and begin mixing on low speed. Gradually increase speed until cream thickens and soft peaks form. 2. Turn off mixer … Read entire article »

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Oreo Cupcakes – Kate’s recipe of the week

Who doesn’t love the deliciousness of Oreos? And what’s more yummy than a cupcake? How about mixing the two  together to make one scrumptious treat…Oreo Cupcakes. Here’s the recipe. Oreo Cupcakes Cupcake ingredients: 1 box chocolate cake mix 1 cup sour cream 1 tsp. vanilla 3 eggs 18 – 24 whole Oreo cookies Directions: Mix together cake mix, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla. Place a spoonful of batter in bottom of paper liner. Place a  WHOLE Oreo on the spoonful of batter, lying flat. Fill with more batter until 3/4 full. Bake at 350 for 15 – 18 minutes. Cool completely. Oreo Frosting Frosting ingredients: 1 stick butter, room temperature 3 3/4 cups powdered sugar 3 – 4 Tbsp. milk 2 tsp. vanilla 12 crumbled Oreos (regular size, not mini) mini Oreos Frosting Directions: Place butter in mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, 3 Tbsp. milk, and vanilla. Beat frosting … Read entire article »

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Super Easy Recipes for Super Bowl Sunday –
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Let’s just be honest here, for many, the Super Bowl is as much about the food and commercials, as it is about the game itself. I already shared a few of my favorite Super Bowl commercials here. Now for the good stuff, munchies for the “Big Game”.  This year I’ll be serving Chicken Nachos Grande, Cowboy Salsa with chips and Churro Cupcakes. Chicken Nachos Grande Ingredients: 1 Rotisserie Chicken, deboned and shredded 1 package frozen steamable rice (white or brown) 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces) 1 cup frozen corn 1 cup shredded cheese 1 can green enchilada sauce (16 ounces) tortilla chips or flour tortillas 1 sm can sliced black olives sour cream Directions: Preheat oven to 450. Mix all ingredients (except tortilla chips) in large bowl. Spread evenly into 9 x 13 baking pan, sprayed with cooking spray. Top with olives. Bake for 20 … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the Week – Waffle Iron Turtle Cookies

Waffle Iron Turtle Cookies? What in the world is a Waffle Iron Turtle Cookie? It’s exactly what it sounds like it is…a cookie that looks like a turtle, cooked on a waffle iron. Crazy, huh? Who knew you could make cookies on a waffle iron? Apparently my friend and neighbor Linda did. I found this recipe she submitted in our neighborhood cookbook. It sounds just kooky enough that I HAD to give it a try. Waffle Iron Turtle Cookies Ingredients: 2 squares unsweetened chocolate (2 ounces) 2 eggs 1 cup flour 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 cube) 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla melted peanut butter chips (or chocolate chips or whatever other kind you fancy) Directions: In a pan, melt chocolate squares and butter over low heat, stirring constantly. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and then stir … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the Week – Easy Cheesy Potatoes

Today’s recipe is one of my family’s all time favorites – Easy Cheesy Potatoes, more commonly known as Funeral Potatoes around these parts (these parts being Utah, of course). I suppose the name stems from the fact that it is a requirement that this potato dish be served after every funeral in Utah. Not baked potatoes, not mashed potatoes, not even potato salad or potato chips will do for the after funeral meal. I think it’s one of those strange Utah laws kind of like the one where it is illegal to fish while on horseback, or the one where daylight must be visible between dancing couples. Anyway…the great thing about these  cheesy potatoes is that they are yummy beyond words, super inexpensive and simple to make, and can easily be … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: My quest to simplify supper

You guys know me well enough to know that cooking is not my forte. It’s not that I can’t and not that I don’t like to on occasion. It’s just that it seems senseless to struggle away over a meal only I will end up eating. Because Colton is way too picky for his own good. But recently, I’ve been thinking about really going healthy with my food choices. This decision is made even easier since I’m determined to eat from my own garden, expanding on the tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and herbs and taking things to the next level. I’d probably even get egg-layin’ chickens, a cow and a pig if I thought I could get away with it. Some of you may think it’s too early to think about gardening. But … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the Week – Corn Bread Sloppy Joes

Here’s a fun and easy twist on the old standby Sloppy Joe recipe that’s sure to be a hit with the kiddies and adults, alike. I’m betting it will also be a hit with the head chef in the house, because, like all of my recipes, these Corn Bread Sloppy Joes are super quick and easy to prepare. Corn Bread Sloppy Joes Ingredients: (The ingredients in the photo are doubled because I feed a small army at my house.) 1 package corn bread mix (81/2 oz.) 1 egg 1/3 cup milk 2 lbs ground beef 1/2 up chopped onion 1 jar (26 oz.) spaghetti sauce 1 cup corn 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies 2 packets Sloppy Joe seasoning mix 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese Directions: Prepare and bake corn bread according to package directions, using the egg and milk. In a large skillet, brown … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Recipe of the week – Creamy Spiced Apple Dip

Here’s a really yummy new recipe for apple dip. It’s super easy and super delicious. All you need are some sliced apples and a few basic ingredients and you’ve got a great snack or appetizer. Creamy Spiced Apple Dip Ingredients: 8 oz. cream cheese 1 tablespoon peanut butter 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme Apple wedges Directions: In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, peanut butter and pumpkin pie spice until creamy and blended. Fold in marshmallow creme. Serve with apple wedges. Enjoy! … Read entire article »

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Liz’s recipe:Easy Bacon Cheesy Frittata

I know, I know. It’s something of a miraculous nature when I post a recipe, but this one is so easy, I couldn’t resist. This is another perfect dish for breakfast or brunch. And if you’re anything like Kate and I, chances are, you have breakfast for dinner once every week or so – and it’s perfect for that too! Now, on to the recipe! Bacon Cheesy Frittata: Ingredients: 6-8 eggs 1 pound cooked bacon, crumbled 1 c. milk 1 t. salt 1/2 t. pepper 2 T butter 1-2 cups shredded cheese Directions: Melt butter in baking dish Beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper Pour egg mixture into baking dish Sprinkle bacon and cheese over eggs Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes, or until center is set. This recipe is very versatile, too. You could substitute (or add) sausage, cubed ham or other meats in place … Read entire article »

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Liz and Kate’s Top 10 Stories of the Year

Here we are, people: New Year’s Eve 2010. Tomorrow, we herald in a new year -2011 – sure to be full of new rants and raves, recipes and reviews. Who knows what Liz and Kate will get into next! Meanwhile, we’d like to close out the year with a few of our favorite stories from 2010. So without further ado… Kate’s Top 10 Stories of 2010 Kate goes on an adventure to a bomb shelter Kate’s recipe of the week – Cake Ball Pops Kate goes on an adventure to the Demolition Derby Kate goes on an adventure to the Muse Resistance Tour 2010 Kate goes on an adventure Guy Feiri Style Kate goes on an adventure to the Holi Festival of Colors Part 1 and Part 2 Kate goes on an adventure – Have press pass, will … Read entire article »

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Christmas Craftdown, week 5

I guess you realize Christmas Day is days away. Well, not me. I’m in denial. Still a ton of things to do. Like craft some more creations. This week, we’re featuring five crafts or edible ideas so let’s get to it! Susan’s Chicken Tacos Holiday Wassail Candy Crackers Pine Crafts Bowls made from vinyl records m m My cousin Susan has been quite an asset to our craftdown. This week, she sent in a recipe that sounds great for those busy holiday nights. It’s perfect for the family, or a dinner party: Susan’s Chicken Tacos 1 cup frozen corn 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained 16-ounce jar mild salsa 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 1 1/2 pounds) Place first 3 ingredients in a slow cooker and stir to combine.  Arrange chicken on top.  Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.  Remove … Read entire article »

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