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Cheeseburger meets Tex-Mex meets taco night in these taco spiced cheeseburgers that are served taco style.

Tex-Mex Cheeseburger Tacos



When I first started blogging, I didn’t have any kids. And now I have 3. So my kids have grown up only knowing their mom as a blogger. They know that mom is always taking pictures of the food before we eat, and that they will rarely get the same dinner twice.

But one thing I am loving is that my kids are growing up seeing my passion – my love of cooking. When I first had Abbi, I could imagine cooking with her and teaching her and sharing that love of cooking with her. And now that she is getting older, I’m so happy that she shows so much interest in being in the kitchen with me.
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Fresh basil and pimientos make up the basil cream sauce that is served over crispy chicken. This Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce is a great end of summer supper!

Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce



So, we have a snail problem. It’s crazy. They are all over the place here where we live. For the most part, they stay in the dirt, but sometimes they will venture out over the driveway or onto the patio. I know that they aren’t good for plants (I guess it’s one time when it’s good that we don’t have a garden), and they have wreaked havoc on a few of our plants and a spot in the grass.

The kids like to play with them sometimes, but they gross me out, so I stay away. No thank you.

Although I don’t have a garden, I do have a few herbs in pots in the backyard. I had this Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce on the menu, so I went and cut off some from my plant. I wasn’t paying too much attention to the basil because I had a child in one arm and was trying to gather basil with the other hand. I took the basil inside, set it in the kitchen sink, and went back to cooking.
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Apples are combined with a spiced sour cream mixture, then topped with lots of crumbly streusel in this favorite sour cream apple pie recipe.

Sour Cream Apple Pie Recipe
Photos updated September 2014




Originally posted November 4, 2010 – I recently got together with a few friends for a few hours of pie crust testing. When I took my crust home, I knew exactly what pie I wanted to make! Over the last few years, I’ve made this pie at least once or twice a year. It is my very favorite pie, and even though I love trying new recipes, this Sour Cream Apple Pie recipe is at the top of my favorites list. We are heading strong into apple season, and I think this apple pie is the perfect way to welcome in the apples!

After my Cafe Zupas post yesterday, I had to come back and re-post my favorite Apple Pie recipe!!  I’ve actually been making this sour cream apple pie for years – and if you know me, you know that if I make a recipe more than once, it’s a winner!  This is by far my favorite apple pie.   I actually had a neighbor bring by a bag of apples from her tree, and this is the first thing that came to my mind.
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Short on time? This Skillet Pasta with Sausage is made in one pan and is ready in no time at all.

Skillet Pasta with Sausage



As I was making dinner last night, I just kept thinking to myself just how much I enjoy cooking. I’m pretty lucky that I get to cook for a living, doing what I love to do every day. And the majority of the time, that time in the kitchen is my favorite part of the day.

But there are definitely days when I just don’t want to cook. Days when the kids are crazy (oh wait – that’s every day!) or days when we have been out all day and are exhausted. And honestly – sometimes I just want to take a day off.

For those days, I like to have a few favorite recipes that come together in a snap and that take only a few ingredients. Recipes that I know my family will eat. Last week, I shared our favorite mac and cheese, and today, I’m back with another family favorite that I decided to add a little something special to.
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Skip the take out – this Chinese chicken recipe is a little bit sweet and a lot of delicious!

Daddy Wu's Chinese Chicken



I’ve got lists and lists of recipes that I want to try. When it comes to dinnertime, inspiration is never a problem. We all know I have a cookbook addiction, but then you throw in other recipes I come across and the list is just too long to ever completely tackle.

This is great sometimes – it’s nice to never really feel like I don’t have anything that I want to make, but sometimes there is just so much that some recipes get lost in the shuffle.

Like this Chinese chicken recipe.
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Pizza meets chicken sandwiches in this fun grilled chicken sandwich that the kids will love.

Pizza Topped Grilled Chicken Sandwich

This post has been sponsored by Tyson® Fresh Chicken and I have been compensated. All opinions are my own.




It was rainy and a bit cold yesterday. So last night, I went through the house and opened a few windows, thinking that the cooler temperatures outside would cool the house down easier than the air conditioner. It’s still been quite warm here, but I wanted to take advantage of the cooler night.

As I was opening up the windows, my husband commented that we probably only have another 2 weeks of warm weather before the cold starts creeping in.

I’m so not ready.

I do love fall, but I’m not ready to give up some of my favorite parts of summer yet.

Like grilling.
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