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Perfect Bread Machine Bread

Perfect is a word that perfectly describes this bread.  It has the perfect texture – not the dense rocks that normally come from a bread machine.  This bread is light and airy with a flaky crust.  It also has the perfect flavor.  It’s delicious enough to be eaten on its own with some butter and […]


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Comforting Beef Stew

It is FINALLY fall here in California! I am loving the crispness in the air, and being able to have the windows open all day.  It might be a little too cold to have the windows open all the time…but I’m seven months pregnant so it feels wonderful!  My poor husband came into the cold […]


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Chocolate Dipped Cookies

Chocolate! Need I say more? I was craving chocolate and cookies, so I decided to combine the two with these delicious chocolate dipped chocolate chip cookies.  You know it has to be amazing if the word “chocolate” is in the name twice.  Double the chocolaty goodness! I have tried in the past to simply dip my […]


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Slow Cooker Black Beans

I remember my mom making homemade beans when I was little.  The house would feel all warm and cozy as the beans simmered on the stove.  Fast forward a few years, and I am now married to a Colombian, who could probably eat rice and beans with every meal.  I’m not big on canned beans […]


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Moist and Delicious Apple Coffee Cake

We are finally starting to see just a little bit of fall here in California!  We got a few light sprinkles yesterday and it put me in the mood to bake.  I have been seeing a TON of fall recipes using pumpkin, but what happened to the apple?  I love the smell of apple and […]


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Fall Salad

It has been a few weeks since I’ve had a chance to post.  Life just gets crazy sometimes.  At least I’m back for my favorite season. Fall. I love everything about fall.  The crisp, cool weather, getting to wear boots and sweaters, and most of all the homey, comfort food that fills the home with […]


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Buttery Lime Rice

  Why does it seem like the dishes that are the most simple are the easiest ones to mess up? It took me awhile to really perfect rice. Rice! We would sit down to a fancy dinner where I could nail the soufflé or the baked Alaska….but the rice would either be crunchy, soggy, or […]


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Flaky Breakfast Cups

  Mornings tend to be a little rushed at our home, and as much as I love the idea of our whole family sitting around the table eating pancakes and drinking coffee together, it’s just not reality.  Usually, my husband eats his breakfast on the way to work.  He loves these breakfast burritos! I wanted […]


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Tilapia with Mango Salsa

  Cooking has been a hobby of mine since I was a little girl.  I’ve always loved the challenge of making something new and impressive.  I love the smell of homemade bread in the oven and being able to tell everyone at the table that it’s made from scratch.  Now that I’m all grown up […]


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Sparkling Fresh Lemonade

  A few weeks ago, our family went to the county fair. It was so fun to show our little man all the farm animals and take in the exhibits and the wonderful fair food.  It was a blistering hot summer day in July, and we were dying of thirst.  One of the booths was […]