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Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole - YUM!!

  I’m all for comfort food, and when I saw The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for Chicken Spaghetti a few years ago, I thought, “Is there a way to make that better?” The answer is no. It’s just about perfect the way it is. Canned “cream of” soups and all. BUT, when one craves Chicken Spaghetti, and one doesn’t necessarily have all the ingredients to make THE Chicken Spaghetti…one must improvise. Truly, some of my favorite recipe twists come from taking a recipe, perusing my pantry and fridge for things I already have on hand, and then making it work. Or doing things like grabbing…

20 Game Day Recipes To Keep Your Belly Full!

  It seems like whenever we host a friends for the Big Game (or another popular televised sporting event), it’s a last minute decision. Inevitably the weeks leading up to the day are really busy, and it’s not until Friday or Saturday that we both say, “Hey. Maybe it’d be fun to invite a few people over.” Then a scramble for yummy game day recipes ensues. As the host, I love when appetizers and meals are simple to prepare for a crowd. I like them even more if they can be made ahead, so that I can actually hang out and…

Yummy Banana Zucchini Muffins!

  Digging in the freezer the other day, I realized I managed to forget about three bags of frozen shredded zucchini from last summer. Whoops. The good new is, frozen zucchini lasts forever. The bad news is, I wonder how long it would’ve stayed hidden had I not been burrowing down to the bottom of our freezer chest. Oh well. There are worse problems to have! Shredded zucchini is the perfect muffin combo to go with the couple of straggling, over-ripe bananas I always seem to have on my counter. The addition of zucchini and banana to muffin batter keeps baked muffins moist (never mind…

  It’s chicken noodle soup season!! And, not only because I’m looking out at the three feet of snow we got from Jonas this weekend (also affectionately known as “Snowzilla2016” and “Snomageddon2016”). The last time we saw anything like this in Maryland, it was because of the “twin blizzards” of 2010. It’s snow joke. (Ha-ha) Chicken Noodle Soup Winter’s the best time for soups and stews, simmering away stove-top or in a slow cooker. Makes you all warm and cozy just thinking about how comforting a steamy mugful is, right? I have about 20 cups of chicken stock stored in my…

Homemade Snickerdoodles are THE BEST!

  Even though I don’t consider myself much of a baker, I make a lot—A LOT—of homemade cookies. A couple years ago I stopped buying packaged cookies from the grocery store. Homemade cookies are SO simple and quick to make (like, done in 20 minutes). And let’s be honest, they taste way better, too. It started to seem absurd to spend $4 to $5 on a package of mediocre cookies, when I could make amazing chocolate chip cookies for a fraction of the cost, with most of the ingredients already on hand in my pantry. Am I right? So, on the…