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Back to the Past 
 
Nov. 22, 2011 6:02 pm 
Updated: Nov. 27, 2011 11:27 am
So I've been slacking on the food blogging lately -- but please slowly put down the acorn squash and garlic press. I've still been busy in the kitchen, trying new recipes and wowing the world with my mediocre cooking skills. I've quickly realized that everything must taste better when 1. you don't have to pay for it and 2. you don't have to prepare it. People really aren't that picky.

Thanksgiving is almost upon us and my pumpkin baby belly can't wait to be filled with blessed deliciousness.  This Thanksgiving, however, I'm heading to the boyfriend's family's which apparently means no traditional foods.  Yes, un-born baby Riley and I aren't thrilled about the un-festive change of pace but we will bear on, as we always do.  I rest assured knowing that this time next year, I'll have my own little family to create time-honored traditions of fighting over the last scoop of mashed potatoes and racing to grab the most comfortable spot on the couch to sleep through boring football games while the men continue in their socially constructed displays of masculinity.

But now, my friends, please take a trip with be back to the past ... because I want to re-live the Halloween magic that was.  My boyfriend, ever too cool, refused to dress up this year but, I simply had to take advantage of the fact that I am pregnant on Halloween.  This may, after all, be a once in a lifetime opportunity.  So, you will see on this post my magical costume-- a pregnant cat... complete with bottle nipples... hence pregnant... It was a major sensation and I have a friend to thank for it.  She gave me permission to steal her original idea and carry on the legacy that is the pregnant cat.

On to the recipes-- here are the latest reviews I have written:

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Country Apple Dumplings

Five stars
HELLO, delicious! These are get-in-my-belly good. They certainly call for a lot of butter but, I followed the recipe and don't have any regrets. If you "are what you eat", I will soon be an apple dumpling.

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Pizza Casserole

Four stars
That's amore-- okay, maybe not quite-- but this pizza casserole is pretty good. It was easy to make and didn't require any fancy, expensive ingredients. I, personally, would have preferred a lasagna or a pizza but the combo deal we've got going on here is tasty and different. I told my gent I felt like it was a fancy hamburger helper meal minus all the sodium and fillers.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

>Five stars
Hello, wonderful! This is my go-to comfort food favorite. Only one puzzle piece missing in this masterpiece- VEGETABLES. I add my good friends, carrots, celery, and frozen peas. If my carrots are fresh, I pre-steam them a few minutes so they are soft (for you softies out there). I serve on mashed potatoes- not a lot, just enough to stretch the recipe and my belly- another option is rice. I always eat two huge bowls and we never have leftovers. Trust me-- your belly wants this.

Well, this was a fabulous success OR as Tim Gunn would say, "Major WOW factor." I cooked this easy feasty for my folks who ranted and raved about it. What a fast, simple recipe, no mess, no fuss recipe -- what more can you ask for? If you like tasting your food, you'll like tasting this. My dad said he could taste every ingredient shining in radiant deliciousness ... well, not in those words exactly...

Well, there they are... I'll try my darndest not to put off the bloggery so long this time.
Also, quick question to you experts out there... how did you all get your cooking level rated?  By having approved recipes?  Also, Allrecipes.com doesn't alert you when someone comments on your posts?  Bummer!
Halloween 2011 - 26 Weeks Yes, I am a pregnant cat, complete with bottle nipples...
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Nov. 22, 2011 6:48 pm
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Baby to you and yours!
 
Nov. 22, 2011 7:03 pm
Thank you, thank you!
 
Nov. 23, 2011 5:14 am
Love the costume! Hope you and baby have a wonderful Thanksgiivng. I'll have to give those pasta shells a try, yummm....
 
Nov. 23, 2011 5:36 am
Thanks! Muy delicioso! let me know what you think when you try 'em!
 
Nov. 27, 2011 11:27 am
I have made the slow cooker chicken w/ dumplings a few times now myself. Super easy and always good. I call it my winner/winner chicken dinner-as it's hard to find a recipe both my husband and I like! Congratulations on your great expectations and happy holidays to you and your family.
 
 
 
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I'm 22 and a momma to a lovely little bundle of love and poop named Riley Rose and another bundle of love and poop, a dog, named Salinger. My human and non-human animal keep me pretty busy. When I'm not changing diapers, acting as a human cow, or vacuuming up shredded tissues, I am a wizard in the kitchen, whipping up tasty vegetarian concoctions that are kind to my animal pals. Allrecipes.com is my best friend and I try to return the food love by leaving recipe reviews and ratings that have a pinch of self-serving-humor.
My favorite things to cook
All things delicious-- anything sweet and ovenly is heavenly
My favorite family cooking traditions
My cooking tradition was disinterest and scoffing at all things culinary. For 18 years, I rejected the notion that I would ever be found slaving in the kitchen. Much to my mother's dismay, I denied all her attempts at teaching me how to cook. After leaving for college and realizing that good dinners don't grow in microwaves, I had to attempt to learn my way around the kitchen. After many failed recipes and trash bags full of inedible food, my kitchen thumb is now as green as the neighbor's jealousy at how delicious my apartment smells. Food should be fun but sometimes cooking new recipes can be stressful. Thanks to allrecipes, I get to learn from everyone else's mistakes, too bad I didn't learn that sooner.
 
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