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Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2009
Yum! I refuse to buy boxed mixes, they're so unhealthy with added hydrogenated oil and other additives. So I've been making them from scratch for quite a while but was in need of a new, fluffier recipe. I personally always add vanilla and Pumpkin Pie spice to all my pancake and waffle batters, my family just loves it. I never add any suger either...with the vanilla and Pumpkin Pie spice AND real maple syrup on top (and even sometimes fruits added inside or on top of the pancakes), you just do NOT need any added sugar! I did a taste test with my family (husband and picky kids) and they never knew that I left out the sugar. I didn't tell my husband for months...and we have pancakes or waffles for dinner once a week! Anyway, enjoy your pancakes any which way you like them but remember, from scratch is WAY healthier for you ;o) I'm glad so many have said they already tried this recipe with 1/2 whole wheat flour because I want to try that too. Even healthier.
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Snickerdoodles III

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
I've made these twice now and my entire family loves them. My daughter requested them for her 12th birthday (we aren't cake people in this house, so we put a candle in whatever dessert we choose!). Mine turn out big and puffy every time. I use a 1" scoop for ALL my cookies, works wonderfully. Thanks!
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: May 24, 2010
These were fabulous!!! Moist, enough banana and the crunchy topping....my kids and hubby loved them as well. It's officially in my personal recipe book! Thanks!
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Crunchy Walnut Coated Chicken Strips

Reviewed: Mar. 29, 2012
Fantastic recipe! I used chicken tenders and didn't change a thing. My kids loved it, my husband and I loved it. We all went for seconds! It's already printed and in my personal "tried and true" recipe binder. Thanks so much :)
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No Bake Granola Bars

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2013
One word...Amazing. So easy and fast to make. I made sure to mix the peanut butter, honey and flax really well before adding the other stuff. It's hard to mix, I had to use a large, metal spoon and really go at it. Bare hands would be easiest, like with meatloaf. I pressed the mixture into the 9x13 with my hands, it was easier. In case anyone is wondering, like I was, you don't need to spray/butter the dish or use wax/parchment. It will come out of the (glass) dish just fine. Most likely due to the oils in the peanut butter. The recipe says to cut into 12 bars. I cut mine into 20, and next time will make even smaller. These are SO filling. My bars are roughly 3" x 1 3/4". They are packed with flavor and goodness, so these WILL fill you up and the hunger stays away for a long time. Longer than with store bought bars. Great for an on-the-go breakfast or for your mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. I wrapped individually, put in a tupperware with no lid in the fridge, so they're easy to grab for everyone. You can use any combo of dried fruits and nuts! Oh, I let it sit in the fridge, covered, overnight before cutting (about 12 hours). They tasted best after all the flavors could meld together. Thank you!
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Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple, and Red Lentil Soup

Reviewed: Nov. 10, 2011
Where is the 10 star button!? This is fabulous and I'm sharing it with everyone. I honestly didn't change it too much, but I DID read the reviews first and decided to use olive oil instead of the butter because I eat vegan as much as I can. This soup is GREAT either pureed or kept as a hearty, chunky soup. I actually prefer it as a chunky soup and not pureed just because I really love the textures. I used two HUGE sweet potatoes, more carrot than called for, 2 apples and 1 whole cup of the lentils. Simply because I know how I like my soups and that is hearty and chunky and full of vegetables and lentils. I can't rave about it enough!
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Tuna Noodle Casserole from Scratch

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
I think this is very good! Creamy, and best of all, NO ICKY CANNED SOUP that is so bad for you. I left out the mushrooms because I don't like them. I didn't use celery or onion because of picky kids who wont eat those. I did, however, add onion powder in it's place. It needs a lot of salt and pepper, next time I'll add more.
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Delightful Apple Spice Muffins

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
These are wonderful muffins that both of my kids love as well as my husband and I. I only print and save our favorites in my personal recipe binder and this one made it in :)
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Microwave Popcorn

Reviewed: Jan. 15, 2013
I was so amazed by this idea that I had to show everyone in my family when they came home that day, lol. I'd never heard of this before and yet it makes sense! I even had to post it on Facebook, which I rarely do. Thanks for the wonderful idea!
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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies

Reviewed: Dec. 14, 2009
This is absolutely the BEST rolled sugar cookies I've ever had. They're easy, but better than that they taste so incredibly good and have such a light and fluffy texture. I don't like hard, crunchy, crumbly sugar cookies. Enjoy!
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Baked Slow Cooker Chicken

Reviewed: Jan. 17, 2013
Thanks for the know-how on how to cook a whole chicken in the crock-pot! I look at this recipe more as a guideline & how to do it in the crock-pot. The spices and other things can be changed up quite a bit. After reading many of the reviews, I just went at it and created my own meal. First of all, I used a solid FROZEN whole chicken! It was about 4lbs and didn't come with the neck/giblets inside, thankfully. It worked wonderfully, which means I can now always have a whole chicken on hand, in the freezer, whenever I need it. I quartered 2 onions, put 4 whole stalks of celery and 4 whole and peeled carrots in the bottom. I then put in 2 c. of chicken broth and about 1/2 c. red wine. Then sprinkled the entire thing w/ my seasonings of choice (McCormick Grill Mates: Montreal Chicken). I rinsed and patted dry my whole, frozen chicken and smeared it with olive oil and the same seasoning. Since it was frozen, I could not get to the inside of the chicken at all. I then put the chicken on top of the veggies in the crock-pot. Cooked on high for about 5 hours, then low for another 3 hours. The chicken fell apart when I tried lifting it, which was fine. The carrots were delicious to eat, I discarded the celery & onions. I strained the liquid into a sauce pan, added some flour and whisked until smooth and simmered for a bit to make an awesome gravy. My 15yr old boy and 12yr old girl and hubby all RAVED about the meal.
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Beef Stew VI

Reviewed: Apr. 26, 2013
I want to give this 10 stars, but it wont let me ;o) A-May-Zing! It was so good, I had to text my husband, who was on his way home from work, telling him that I made an amazing dinner for him. Don't change a thing, if you can help it.
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Pasta with Peas and Sausage

Reviewed: Nov. 20, 2013
This was very good! My young teenage kids liked it and so did my husband, so that itself gives it 5 stars in my book. It fed us for many days. I made exactly as is, but used whatever pasta shape I had on hand at the time.
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Juicy Roasted Chicken

Reviewed: Jun. 22, 2010
I've made chicken this EXACT way for years, and it really is the best. I do use butter instead of margarine, but I doubt there is much of a flavor difference (butter is much healthier because it's all natural, no hydrogenated fats in it).
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Peanut Blossoms II

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2011
These are fabulous! Loved by all and fun to make too. I don't normally like to change recipes, but I don't use shortening. So I used butter in it's place. They are soft and chewy with just the right amount of crisp on the outside. They look exactly as pictured here. I got more like 100 cookies. Baked for 8 minutes, quickly put the Hershey kisses on, then baked for another minute to heat the kisses all the way through. When cooled thoroughly, the kisses remain so soft and the cookie the perfect mixture of chewy and crispy.
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Cheese's Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Reviewed: Aug. 7, 2012
I'm giving this a 5 to be fair since I changed it right from the first time. I was in need of just a macaroni and cheese recipe (without the meat) and this I thought this one would be just as good even without the meat! Anyways, my changes are that I never do put it in the oven. We eat it straight from the stove top, just like boxed mac and cheese. I do not use the onion because my kids and I wouldn't eat it that way. I DO use onion powder though. I just don't want any other textures in my mac and cheese and either do the kids. I also add 1 1/4 tsp ground mustard. This is an awesome recipe and I'm sorry I tweaked it right from the get-go. I really KNOW it would be fabulous with the kielbasa and I do want to try that some time.
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Fluffy Whole Wheat Biscuits

Reviewed: Jan. 13, 2010
I made these exactly as the recipe is written and my 2 kids (ages 9 and 12) and my husband and I all loved them! This was my first attempt at making biscuits from scratch and I'm so glad I used this recipe. We haven't had biscuits in so long because of how unhealthy the store bought ones are. Thanks for a great recipe!
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Beth's Spicy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Reviewed: Feb. 2, 2011
I thought I reviewed this (my recipe box says I did) but I can't find it. I'll do it again since it's been a while. Anyways, these are amazing and I can't seem to keep them around long. I've made them 3 times in the few short weeks since I found the recipe! I've always loved oatmeal raisin cookies, they are my favorite cookies, but these are by far the best! And I know oatmeal raisin cookies! My 15yr old son says he doesn't like oatmeal raisin cookies, yet he loves these. The smell and taste will remind you of fall, but you will want them year round. The raw dough is amazing to eat as well (I'm a raw cookie dough kind of person).
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Quinoa and Black Beans

Reviewed: Sep. 26, 2011
I just made this exactly as the recipe reads (well, I used dried cilantro instead of fresh because I don't use a lot of fresh herbs, therefore they go to waste). It is wonderful...fantastic! My husband loves it too! It is quite spicy, so if you are sensitive to spicy things like I am, you may want to halve the cayenne. Who knew 1/4 tsp. would do that?! Well, probably a lot of you ;o) I also only used one can of black beans only because I didn't read the recipe correctly and only had one can. I must say, though that an extra can would have made this more like "black beans with a little quinoa," you don't need more than one can.
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Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2010
I'd never made fried chicken before and this recipe made it easy! It tasted great, was juicy and crispy. My husband wouldn't stop eating it! Thanks!
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