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Spiced cupcakes are filled with fresh apples and then topped with caramel sauce and a thick caramel icing in these Caramel Apple Cupcakes that are perfect for fall.

Caramel Apple Cupcakes - it is fall in a cupcake!



Well, I caved. I know the official start of fall isn’t for a couple more weeks, but I couldn’t help myself. I’ve spent too much time on Facebook and Pinterest lately, and all everyone is talking about is apple and pumpkin. So even though the days may still be hot as can be, it looks like you all are ready to turn to fall.

(But don’t worry – I’m sure I’ll still have another summer recipe or two thrown in the mix before the summer is officially gone!)

I love making cupcakes. I would seriously make a new one every week if I could get away with it. And while I do enjoy eating them, I really have fun creating them. And these Caramel Apple Cupcakes were no exception. I actually ran across a caramel apple cupcake recipe in a cookbook, but the recipe started with a cake mix and the topping was simply caramel sauce drizzled on the top. And while I’m sure those cupcakes were just fine, and maybe even delicious, I knew I wanted something more.
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Biscuits are coated in taco sauce then topped with spiced ground beef and lots of cheese in this family friendly dinner idea.

Taco Casserole - always on the lookout for easy weeknight dinners? This taco casserole fits the bill!



Originally posted July 9, 2009 – I have a lot of recipes here on Taste and Tell. But my favorite thing is when I get comments or emails from readers who have made and loved a recipe. This recipe is one that has gotten some great feedback, so I thought it was time to update the photos and re-share. The entire family actually ate this taco casserole, which is a miracle in and of itself. (Well, Easton mostly just ate the biscuits and picked out the cheese, but it’s progress!) My husband and I couldn’t help but go back for seconds. It may not win any beauty contests, but your family will love it!

I have to admit – sometimes you all surprise me. I’ll post something that I don’t think will be very popular, but it ends up getting the most love. Usually the sweet treats are the most popular, but the Beefy Tex-Mex Stir-Fry I posted earlier this week was quite popular. It just goes to prove that I really think most of us like simple, easy and fast food!
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Skip the box – this stovetop mac and cheese recipe is done in 20 minutes and is creamy and filled with vegetables.

Tuscan Broccoli Mac and Cheese on Taste and Tell



The dinner rut. How many of you have been there before?

Ok, honestly, as a food blogger, it’s not a common problem because I’m trying new recipes so often. But it’s something that I hear from a lot of people. They get tired of making the same things over and over again.

So why the same things over and over again? It may be that people are just comfortable cooking certain dishes. But I think a lot of the time, we start making the same things over and over again because we have found something that our families will eat. And something that the whole family enjoys is not always an easy thing to come by.

But then again, a set rotation of meals can sometimes get boring.
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Grilled cheese breakfast style! A breakfast grilled cheese sandwich recipe has scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese on toast that is cooked in a waffle maker for a fun breakfast idea.

Waffled Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe



It’s no secret that I struggle with breakfast in the morning. I love breakfast – don’t get me wrong. I just don’t love morning. I stay up too late, and I have 2 little boys who have been testing my patience in the middle of the night lately. So this mama is tired in the morning.

Tired mornings started to equal cereal for breakfast more mornings than not. But with the start of school, I made a goal to get rid of our cereal habit. I know I’m tired, but that’s no reason to start the day off on the wrong foot for the kids!
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This old-fashioned oatmeal cake might not win any beauty awards, but one bite and it will instantly become a family favorite!

Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cake



This cake almost didn’t make it to the blog. Here’s how it went down:

I was looking through a family cookbook a little while ago, and came across a recipe from my aunt for this Oatmeal Cake. I was intrigued. It seemed so simple – one of those recipes that you’d whip up on a Sunday night for your family. I wanted to try it, and that family cookbook rarely lets me down.

So I made the cake. Simple enough. Nothing fancy.
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Looking for something new to throw into the lunch routine? This quesadilla recipe is creamy and cheesy and not your typical quesadilla!

Creamy Quesadilla Recipe



Happy September!

I’ve mentioned before, but my daughter started kindergarten this year. She is only one week in, but I feel like we are already starting to settle into a routine. I’ve even managed to bribe her into making her bed each morning before school.

I had these grand ideas of how the days would go once she started school. I had dreams of waving goodbye to her at the bus stop, and then having 4 hours where I could be completely productive. With her away at school, the boys would play nicely together while I worked so that I could be done by the time she got home from school.

Boy – was I wrong!! Granted, we are only a week in, so I’m not giving up hope yet, but the minute Abbi gets on that bus, the boys both break out into super needy, clingy, can’t be satisfied boys.

Productivity? What is productivity?
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