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May 26, 2014 11:51 am 
Updated: Jun. 1, 2014 5:25 pm
I wanted to share a couple of recipes from last week that I liked.  The first is a follow up from my last blog entry about Kraft macaroni and cheese.  I am working on finding some quicker recipes since every night cannot be a new, complicated recipe night.  You can find this recipe and many… MORE
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May 17, 2014 6:12 pm 
Updated: May 20, 2014 1:19 pm
Today I want to write a little bit about boxed Macaroni and Cheese... especially the Kraft variety.  I think if you ask people about this, you will get a very wide array of answers, from positive to negative, and everything in between.   For college kids, it might be the first meal you… MORE
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May 6, 2014 9:14 pm 
Updated: May 13, 2014 11:05 am
Tonight Kelly and I went to a workshop called "Find Your Purpose" as part of the Blue Zones project here in Cedar Rapids.  Blue Zones is a certification health program for your city or state to achieve based on a commitment to wellness.  Iowa actually has many cities already committed to… MORE
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May 3, 2014 10:28 pm 
Updated: May 6, 2014 11:13 pm
I attended a bridal shower for a co-worker during work this past Friday, and we played the cutest game as part of the shower.  We split into teams and the leader told us we had a list of ingredients on the table.  We had 8 minutes to come up with a recipe, cook it, and actually make something… MORE
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Apr. 27, 2014 7:35 pm 
Updated: Apr. 28, 2014 6:59 am
Today, I went to the March of Dimes event 'March for Babies' which was a 2.5 miles walk in Cedar Rapids this morning at 9:00am.  Unfortunately, it was so cold and windy!  Other days this past week were pretty nice, but then last night, it started storming.  I got up this morning a little… MORE
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Apr. 22, 2014 9:04 pm 
Updated: May 9, 2014 11:22 am
Wow, today is the third day in a row for my blog; I think it's a new record!  I'm  happy I am still sticking to my cooking plan this week.  Tonight was another kind of late night.  I didn't get home until around 6pm, and started dinner around 6:45pm.  I really wanted to make the Taco… MORE
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Apr. 21, 2014 9:06 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2014 11:30 am
Even though I got home from work tonight at 7:00pm, I am really proud of myself because I stuck to my cooking plan for the week.  Since it was already so late, I had to check through my options I had planned from the Taste of Home Annual Recipes 2014 and decided on Tex Mex Sloppy Joes and… MORE
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Apr. 20, 2014 10:22 pm 
Updated: Apr. 21, 2014 8:37 pm
Since my last entry, things have still been very busy.  These are some highlights from the last month.  My husband's birthday was at the end of March, so we had a nice day visiting Waterloo/Cedar Falls and going back to places where we used to go a lot when we lived there.  I also gave him a… MORE
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Mar. 24, 2014 7:49 am 
Updated: Mar. 30, 2014 11:02 am
I don't know where this month is going!  I keep wanting to sit and take some time to update my blog this month, but it doesn't seem to be happening!  But I think this morning, I am going to to take a few minutes to update on lots of random things that have been going on this month.  Not as… MORE
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Mar. 2, 2014 8:41 pm 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2014 9:00 am
It is -6 degrees outside right now.  On March 2nd.  That pretty much sums it up, don't you think?  Wind chills tonight are predicted to be in the -20s with record lows, and single digits tomorrow.  What???  My husband and I went for groceries earlier tonight, so this way we can at least stay… MORE
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About Me
My favorite things to cook
My favorite things to cook would have to be dinner options. This is the main meal I cook most days and this is where I try the most new things. I absolutely love pasta or any Italian dish, and so does my husband. Macaroni and cheese is really becoming my favorite food, and there are so many ways to change it up! Pasta and macaroni are my go-to favorites!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My grandma is a fantastic cook, so I love going to her house for any meal, especially holidays. I love her ham balls, chicken casserole, and chocolate chip pudding cookies. Eating these foods always reminds me of being at her house. I love whenever I visit her that she always has afternoon tea around 3:00pm. I think this is a nice little tradition and want to keep it up myself.
My cooking triumphs
I think the best thing I ever made was BBQ beef brisket out of the Food Network magazine. Pretty much anything I make from this magazine I consider a triumph, but I could not believe that I made this brisket; it was that good. This is definitely one I would use to impress people, plus you cook it in the slow cooker, so it is really minimal work!
My cooking tragedies
I remember I made some kind of dinner casserole and I think I accidentally used condensed milk instead of evaporated milk - it was so sweet and just gross! The first time I tried to make homemade spaghetti sauce, the recipe just said to use ground beef and diced tomatoes and that the tomatoes would cook down. I'm not sure what I did wrong, but this did not work and I have found a new recipe since. I also remember burning some butter or something on a flat baking sheet; the smoke alarm even went off and I threw the pan away!
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