Author Archives: Carol

Barbecue Baked Beans

Barbecue baked beans . . . an all-American food perfect as a side dish at your barbecue. And, bonus, it cooks in a crock pot so you don’t have to heat the house with the oven. And while the cocoa bean is still my favorite bean, this bean rocks in… Read more

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Taco Melts

It’s fast. It’s warm. It’s good!   1 lb. ground beef, browned 2 T taco seasoning 1/3 c water 1 c salsa 2 c shredded Mexican cheese 1 16.3-oz. can Pillsbury Grands biscuits 1 T butter, melted 1 c sour cream,… Read more

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Barbecue Chicken

Boneless, tender and flavorful with caramelized barbecue glaze . . . you can’t ask for much more. Unless you dream of a back deck on the beach with twinkle lights, a hammock and piña coladas. Or a giant flat screen with surround sound and a deep… Read more

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Limeade

If you want to experience pure happiness, blow up your floatie, put on your shades, throw a backyard pool party, and serve limeade in the floatie drink holder. Make sure to use boatloads of crushed ice (in your drink, not your pool…hahaha!) and… Read more

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Strawberry Syrup

I find the most creative ways to get fruit in my diet. Haha! Just kidding. I love fruit. But I never miss out on the chance to add some sugar and butter and turn it into sweet syrup. It will start your day off right. Good morning,… Read more

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Homemade Peanut Butter

I feel really sorry for the word homemade. Somehow it got a reputation for being uncool. It probably started in junior high, when we learned that store bought is so much better. I’m pretty sure that was just the cool kids talking, though. They… Read more

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Watermelon Raspberry Juice

I’ve been making watermelon slushies and smoothies all week and haven’t found one we like. It’s been hilarious to watch the kids try each recipe. I’ve never quite seen faces twist that way. Alas, my sister, Jane, came to the rescue when she… Read more

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Chocolate Milk

Today at our house the excitement (yay, let’s have chocolate milk) changed to despair (no! we don’t have any chocolate syrup) but quickly transitioned to relief (we remembered you can make your own) and ultimately landed on elation (this… Read more

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Homemade Ranch Dressing

Yes, a redundant post. More for the sake of search results than anything. I mean, what if you typed in “homemade ranch dressing” but got nothing? You can’t be expected to know that it was filed under “ranch dressing mix”. Life shouldn’t… Read more

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Ranch Dressing Mix

Lately I’ve been playing detective, getting to the bottom of the mysterious contents of taco seasoning mixes. And ranch dressing packets. Come to find out, you can make your own incredible ranch dressing. No more panic when you run out of ranch… Read more

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