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Chicken thighs are coated in a thin powdered peanut butter and flour coating in this Georgia Peanut Fried Chicken that is not your typical fried chicken recipe!

Chicken thighs are coated in a thin powdered peanut butter and flour coating in this Georgia Peanut Fried Chicken that is not your typical fried chicken recipe!
 
 



I love food. Food brings me joy. I love reading through cookbooks, planning out what to make. I love the process of being in the kitchen. I love serving that food to the people around me and the people that I love. And yes, I enjoy eating that food, too.

I mention this, because if you were to take the joy out of food and eating for me, I probably wouldn’t be a very pleasant person. I could never be one of those people who eat a plain chicken breast with a side of steamed green beans for dinner. That’s just not me, and I would find no joy in that.
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Skip the can – this Homemade Bean and Bacon Soup is hearty and filling and filled with veggies and chunks of bacon!

Skip the can - this Homemade Bean and Bacon Soup is hearty and filling and filled with veggies and chunks of bacon!
 
 



Growing up, Sundays were always the same. If we had morning church, we would come home from church, and lunch would be soup and sandwiches. I don’t remember ever having anything but soup and sandwiches for lunch on Sundays.

My mom would heat up several different kinds of canned soup, then make up a bunch of peanut butter sandwiches. We are a family that likes to dip, and peanut butter sandwiches got dipped into the soup. So the majority of the sandwiches were just peanut butter, but there were always some with peanut butter and honey. (And for the record – I must have always loved the sweet and salty combination, because to this day, I love a peanut butter and honey sandwich dipped into my soup!)

One of my favorites on those Sunday afternoons was the bean with bacon soup. I don’t know why I loved it so much, but I would always choose it over the chicken noodle or split pea with ham.
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Everyone needs The Best Blondie Recipe – and this is the one I love! Filled with pecans, white chocolate chips and toffee pieces, every bite is sweet and rich and buttery.

Everyone needs The Best Blondie Recipe - and this is the one I love! Filled with pecans, white chocolate chips and toffee pieces, every bite is sweet and rich and buttery.
 
 


So – I know I went a little bit crazy last month with the desserts. Normally, I make dessert about once a week at our house, and so we definitely had more than our normal sugar fix last month. But I must have gone too crazy, because looking at my blog, I noticed that I hadn’t even posted a proper dessert recipe in over 2 weeks!!

We all know that’s unacceptable, so I had to post a dessert today.

Dessert, you say? Isn’t everyone all about New Year’s Resolutions and eating healthy right now?

Well, I for one could never give up dessert. So I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t swear off sugar as a New Year’s Resolution. ;)
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These Vegetarian Wraps with Beans and Cheese make the perfect grab and go lunch. Filled with cream cheese, refried beans, cheese, salsa, green onions, cilantro and avocado, they will make your taste buds happy!

These Vegetarian Wraps with Beans and Cheese make the perfect grab and go lunch.  Filled with cream cheese, refried beans, cheese, salsa, green onions, cilantro and avocado, they will make your taste buds happy!
 
 



I know I’m not the only one that gets stuck in the lunch rut. I’m the only one in my family who really will eat leftovers, so I’m usually stuck with leftovers. Or if I’m too busy to actually sit down, I’ll end up snacking on the leftovers from my kids’ plates. Really, it’s pretty rare for me to go into the kitchen and make something just for me. Because for some reason, I have this idea in my head that I’m too busy and don’t have time to make myself lunch.

Well, friends, today I’m here to share a super easy, super delicious recipe that is so easy and fast that you will have no excuse to not whip it up for lunch. Or even a quick, on the go dinner!
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A great way to use up leftover ham, this Cauliflower Soup with Ham and Cheese is cheesy and creamy and perfect for a cold night.

A great way to use up leftover ham, this Cauliflower soup is cheesy and creamy and perfect for a cold night.
 
 



I always look forward to the first of the year. Just like I look forward to Mondays. It’s kind of that chance to start over, to get back on your schedule, to get things in order. As much as I love holidays and vacations, getting back into the normal swing of things is kind of refreshing to me.

Part of that getting back to “normal” for me is getting back to regular meal planning and cooking. December really threw me off – I was baking a lot more than normal (typical December) but then the holidays, combined with spending 5 days out of town last week – well, our dinner schedule kind of got out of whack. I’m headed to the grocery store today and I’m excited to be cooking every night this week.
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Quinoa and chicken are combined with quinoa, coconut milk, chiles and other veggies in these easy Thai Chicken Wraps that are a great recipe for lunch or an easy dinner.

Quinoa and chicken are combined with quinoa, coconut milk, chiles and other veggies in these easy Thai Chicken Wraps that are a great recipe for lunch or an easy dinner.
 
 


So, how many of you made some lofty New Year’s Resolutions?

I was actually having a conversation about New Year’s resolutions with my sister a couple of days ago, and the statistics behind how many people fail at their resolutions. I think it’s mainly because of 2 thing: one, people don’t make goals that can be measured. And two, they simply over-do it on the goal-making.

I used to be someone that fell into that second category. I’d make 49 goals, and then get overwhelmed and I wouldn’t stick with one of them. Or I’d make them really big, and fail simply because I needed to take smaller steps to get there.
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