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A great use of leftover ham, this French Bread Hawaiian Pizza has ham, bacon, pineapple and lots of cheese, all baked on top of a loaf of French Bread.

French Bread Hawaiian Pizza - a great way to change up pizza night!

One thing is for sure – when I find a flavor combination that I love, I go for it. And go for it all the way.

Case in point – red velvet. I started making red velvet recipes here on Taste and Tell years ago, and loved it so much that I just kept going. And then even wrote the cookbook on the subject.

There is another flavor profile that is becoming pretty familiar around these parts, as well. Those flavors from our family favorite – the Hawaiian pizza.
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Sweet and refreshing, this Cherry Coconut Smoothie is only 115 calories and 3 ingredients!

Cherry Coconut Smoothie - only 3 ingredients for a great pick me up!

For someone who doesn’t really do the “diet” thing, I sure have amassed a collection of healthy eating cookbooks over the past couple months!!

Ok – that’s not to say that I don’t eat healthy. Because for the most part, I try to keep things pretty balanced. I know that I cannot survive on brownies and doughnuts (darnit). But to try to live without them would be just as bad.


In between the splurges are the every day, normal meals that I try to keep on the healthier side. So “diet” cookbooks are great to have on hand to pick and choose recipes from.
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Sweet, tart and salty, this Berry Balsamic Chopped Salad Recipe with Grilled Chicken is perfect for a light dinner or lunch, or great as a side dish.

Berry Balsamic Chopped Salad Recipe with Grilled Balsamic Chicken

It’s funny how having children can change you. I’m not talking about how the food on your plate is never your own again, or how you carry toys and suckers in your purse instead of make up. I’m talking about physical changes – not of the body shape type.

Before I had kids, my hair was pretty straight. It would get a little out of control if I didn’t dry it and go over it quickly with a straightener, but for the most part, it was straight. But with every child, my hair has grown in with more and more wave to it. So much, in fact, that I find it practically impossible to have it truly straight anymore, unless I want to spend an hour trying to straighten it.

And some of my tastes in food – specifically cravings – have changed as well. When I was pregnant with my first, I didn’t have any crazy food cravings (no pickles and ice cream for me) but I did fall in love with scrambled eggs on a tortilla with pickled jalapeños. I can’t tell you how many times I ate that when I was pregnant with her. And funny enough, the craving came back when I was pregnant with my second and my third.
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Not your typical taco – these guacamole tacos have flour tortillas filled with an easy guacamole, then served with a tomatillo sauce that is filled with chunks of steak.

Guacamole Tacos with Tomatillo Steak Sauce - an inside out tacos that you will not be able to stop thinking about!

Photos Updated February 2015


Originally posted June 15, 2009 – There are some recipes in my archives that pop into my head from time to time, recipes that are really memorable, recipes that I can’t believe I haven’t made again. These Guacamole Tacos are one of those recipes. I often think about them, thinking back to how much I enjoyed them the first time. So I had to make them again. Honestly, I was worried that they wouldn’t be as good as I remembered them being, but luckily, they were! I love this twist on a taco, with the guacamole stuffed on the inside and the steak sauce on the outside. I can guarantee that it won’t be another 5 1/2 years until I make them again!! Read the rest of this entry >>

These moist, dense and fudgy Coconut Flour Brownies will convert you even if you aren’t grain free! Dairy free option is also included.

Coconut Flour Brownies - rich and fudgy, you will not believe these are grain free!

I often realize just how lucky we are that we don’t have any food allergies or intolerances in our house. I know a lot of families that have to alter diets and cooking styles to deal with different conditions.

Because we don’t have any diet restrictions, I’m not used to cooking or baking for people who do have those restrictions. Every once in awhile, I’ll volunteer to bring a meal to another family, and every once in awhile, I’ll be faced with one of these allergies or intolerances.

So, while I don’t have to bake grain free on a normal basis, I’m always willing to practice up whenever I have the chance!! And I was given the chance with this cookbook, Everyday Grain-Free Baking by Kelly Smith.
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Cookies for breakfast? Yep – with these Breakfast Cookies with Peanut Butter, Banana and Chocolate Granola are a delicious way to wake up in the morning!

Breakfast Cookies Recipe with Peanut Butter, Banana, and Chocolate Granola - an easy breakfast for busy days

We tend to get into daytime food ruts in our house. Dinnertime isn’t a problem, since I love trying new recipes often for dinner, but breakfast and lunch are a different story.

Lunch is usually peanut butter sandwiches. Or soup. Or peanut butter sandwiches again.

Breakfast, we usually go with oatmeal (for Abbi), yogurt (for Camden), and cereal (for Easton). They always want pancakes, but this mama is usually so tired in the morning that pancakes only happen about once a week.

So really, it’s pretty boring. And with how much I love food, it really should never be boring.
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