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Bring some brightness and sunshine to your plate with this sweet fruit side dish that makes you think you are in the tropics.

Tropical Fruit Salad on Taste and Tell

Things you don’t think about before you have children:

That the grocery store you shop at isn’t determined by prices, or product, or distance. You choose the grocery store you go to based on the kind of grocery carts they have.

Let me explain.

Grocery Store #1: I love the store, the checkers are friendly, the produce is fresh. The prices aren’t the lowest, but aren’t the highest, either. But they have these little child-sized grocery carts. I know you are thinking that this is what should make me love this grocery store. But you try getting your shopping done with a 3 year old and a 5 year old trailing behind, pushing their own carts, most of the time running into your ankles and feet. Not to mention trying to keep them out of the way of the other shoppers. And because they have their own carts, they think they can put whatever they want into the cart, which means I’m constantly returning items to the shelves. Not to mention that I’m having to push a regular cart to put the youngest in. Yeah, those trips are not very fun.
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This pound cake is lemon scented and full of chopped pistachios.

Pistachio Lemon Pound Cake on Taste and Tell

This post has been sponsored by Diamond Nuts.

So – The Amazing Race. Who watches??

It has always been one of my favorite reality shows. But man – sometimes I think that it’s not good for my health.

I will usually watch it at night, and I get so caught up in it that it takes me time to cool down before I can even go to bed. You know how I talked about not being a competitive person?? Maybe this is why!! That show seriously stresses me out!

And can I just say that my husband and I would be horrible on this show. You should have seen us driving in New Jersey before we headed home from NYC. Yikes. Even with GPS. (Granted – those roads in New Jersey make no sense whatsoever. At least we weren’t yelling and screaming at each other!!)
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Turn those over-ripe bananas into breakfast with these easy Banana Waffles.

Banana Waffles on Taste and Tell

Photo Updated March 2014

Originally published September 10, 2009 – I can’t seem to get enough of banana recipes lately, so I was reunited with this recipe from the archives. It’s a great way to use up ripe bananas, and a great way to change up your waffle routine. Winning all around!
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Jalapeno halves are filled with a sausage and cheese mixture for a cheesy and spicy appetizer bite.

Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos on Taste and Tell

This post has been created in partnership with Jones Dairy Farm.

So, supposedly, there is this little basketball tournament going on. A little thing called March Madness.

If you know me, or if you have been reading here for awhile, you know that I’m not a huge sports person. I’m not against them, and I don’t hate watching them. I think I’m just missing that competitive bone in my body. I always feel sorry for the loser. So yeah, I have a hard time really getting into the competitive aspect of it all, which is a big part of tournaments like this.

But one thing I am into is the food. Always the food. :)
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Perfect for a brunch buffet or a breakfast on the go, this Southwestern Ranch Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Bread is hearty and full of flavor.

Southwestern Ranch Sausage and Cheese Breakfast Bread on Taste and TellThis is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hidden Valley Ranch. The opinions and text are all mine.

If you are a regular around here, you already know that I have a little thing for breakfast foods. Granted, we don’t normally eat them for breakfast, but I am all about breakfast for dinner. Or brunch. Breakfast foods and I get to sleep in?? Yes, please!! (Although with a 5, 3 and 1 year old, I can’t even remember what sleeping in is!!)

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Hearty and filling, you’ll never miss the meat in these vegetarian Mushroom Spinach Quesadillas!

Mushroom Spinach Quesadillas on Taste and Tell

Can you believe that it’s been almost a full year since my last cookbook review?

Blogging is continuously evolving and changing. I’ve been actually doing a lot of thinking lately, and remembering why I got started on this whole journey in the first place. I will be entering my 8th year of blogging at the end of this month. And to say that things have changed since I hit publish on that first post 7 years ago would be an understatement.

I have loved the journey, but lately, I’ve been missing the good ol’ days. One of those things that I’ve been missing are my cookbook reviews. I used to do them regularly, but in the evolution of blogging, they are one thing that got cut. Well, hopefully they will become more regular around here, because this is one part of blogging that I truly do love. I love cookbooks. Reading them, cooking from them, getting inspired by them. And while these reviews are a little more work, I want to get back to what I really enjoy, and hopefully they are something that you all really enjoy as well.

Bobby Deen's Everyday Eats Review
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