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Jun. 6, 2013 11:17 pm 
Updated: Jun. 24, 2013 11:59 pm
In western civilization, as in any culture, there are milestones that mark the transition from youth into adulthood. I became an adult sometime in the past 10 years, and for my little sister, her trek into adulthood is about to begin as she graduates high school and moves out of my parent’s… MORE
Oct. 27, 2012 11:36 pm 
Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 8:18 pm
It's the time of year when spook is in the air and everything wants a little something sweet to whet their appetites until Halloween, and all the candy it brings, is upon us. Adults and children alike celebrate this time of year across the nation. But why wait until the night of Halloween for… MORE
Caramel Corn Treat Bags make a spooky yet tasty, portable treat for kids to munch!
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These Peanut Butter Crunch Balls are addicting!
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These Individual Vanilla Cheesecakes were the star of the party!
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Caramel Corn never tasted so good!
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Apr. 24, 2012 10:23 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012 2:32 pm
I love butter. What's not to love about it, really? It tastes great, whether it's used in a savory application, a sweet application, to bake delicious treats or to add an extra bit of delicious creaminess.  Being a fan of butter, I find myself in a bit of a conundrum. What is my favorite… MORE
Vanilla Buttered Popcorn.
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Steak with garlic butter.
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Apple Pie - crust made with butter!
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Olive Cheese Bread - a delicious mix of cheese, butter, mayo and olives.
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Jan. 11, 2012 11:40 am 
Updated: Jan. 12, 2012 12:29 pm
A new year means it’s time to make some resolutions!This year, I have two healthy resolutions I’m looking forward to keeping.The first is to cut soda back out of my diet. I was soda-free for five years, and last year, for some reason, I picked up the bottle again and started drinking. True, I… MORE
Oct. 8, 2011 8:10 pm 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2011 9:06 am
Tonight I had a few of my friend's over for the Barber Foods Allrecipe Allstar dinner party I was to host this month! I have to admit; I've never hosted a "dinner party" before but I figured it's just like any other party with the addition of dinner :-). I made some Quick Yeast Rolls that… MORE
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Jan. 10, 2011 3:12 pm 
Updated: Jan. 11, 2011 9:47 pm
Today, over at Adventures in Lunch, we have steak cubes over garlic mashed potatoes. Both recipes are posted, and make for one deliciously comforting lunch. I've been in a comfort food kind of mood, I guess. I also made some Brigadeiros, a recipe that can be found right here on… MORE
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Jan. 7, 2011 10:26 am 
Updated: Jan. 22, 2011 11:16 am
As I sit and look at the clouds in the sky I think of the ultimate comfort food: Soup. Soup is anything but boring. So much can be done with it. Today, in the blog Adventures in Lunch, I have posted a delicious Black Bean and Pepper soup. The greatest thing about this soup is that… MORE
Jan. 6, 2011 10:10 am 
Updated: Jan. 7, 2011 9:33 am
Some would think so - and I happen to be one of them!  In today's Adventure in Lunch I combine chorizio, black beans and quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) and make one delicious soup! For any and all who love Chorizo - this soup is for you! And don't be intimidated by the Quinoa, it… MORE
Jan. 5, 2011 11:46 am 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2011 12:45 pm
I'm a HUGE fan of Stroganoff, so when I started my lunch blog, I knew I had to think up more ways of eating it. Today's blog post has the recipe for my favorite stroganoff sandwich. That's right - sandwich! Please check out Adventures in Lunch for more info! MORE
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Jan. 4, 2011 10:14 am 
Updated: Mar. 25, 2013 3:13 pm
This is a great spread to add to any sandwich! This is brought to you by the Adventures in Lunch blog. This recipe yields 1 serving - perfect for a sandwich! 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise ¼ teaspoons Smoky Paprika 1 dash Garlic Salt 1 dash Granulated Garlic (or Garlic Powder) 1… MORE
Smoky Paprika Mayo
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About Me
I hope to be a future teacher. Right now I major in English and Political Science. One day I might aspire to be a local politician - who knows! Maybe even an acclaimed author. Oooh, acclaim! Right now my possibilities are endless. I also love to cook. I live with my best friend, my god child and my boyfriend. We're all a happy little family in which I do all the cooking since no one else in the house likes to cook. I also watch my god child one day a week and we try to do kid friendly recipes together to introduce her to cooking and nutrition. I try to plan meals but we usually end up going to the market once or twice a week to pick up food items on sale. Almost everything in my pantry, fridge and freezer come from a sale. We try and be very conscious of how we spend our money and what we spend it on. I have a coupon book and I do clip coupons regularly but we usually just end up getting "the store brand" of whatever is on sale because it's always cheaper anyway.
My favorite things to cook
I have a lot of favorite things to cook! This Christmas my boyfriend gifted me my first ever stand mixer. I try and use it at least a few times a week to show him I appreciate the gift. I've been making a lot of breads from scratch in my household. I also love love love to use my slow cooker! It not only makes delicious roasts, soups and sides but it makes them super easy too. I do go to school and I do have a lot of things to take care of at home, so when I know I'm busy I just throw something in the slow cooker and it always turns out fabulously! I make the best, non fried, not butter rich hot wings for my little sister who is a junk food enthusiast. My turkey three-cheese lasagna is a highly requested recipe by my junk food loving sister as well as my healthy conscious boyfriend. It's a recipe that can't be beat. I also do a four hour roasted chicken that is requested in my household a few times a month. I tend to do it on weekends when I have four hours at home to spare.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mother is not the best cook in the world. My grandmother, on the other hand, has made everything from scratch since she was a little girl. Growing up I remember helping her cook before she moved to another state. We had a great time together and she is my inspiration for learning to cook myself and not just eating the junk food, frozen food and canned food readily available in the house I grew up in.
My cooking triumphs
My mother made THE WORST everything, especially pot roast. Her idea of a pot roast was to stick a piece of meat in water in a steamer and let it cook all day, as if it were in a slow cooker. That was not good eats. My boyfriend is a huge fan of pot roast and I happened to have won a slow cooker last year at his family's gift exchange. I decided to chance it and make my first ever pot roast that hopefully didn't taste like shoe. It was amazing and delicious! I was so happy and now it's something we both enjoy eating regularly, usually when roasts go on sale at the market.
My cooking tragedies
What's tragic right now is that I don't have a BBQ! We've recently moved and while I have my whole kitchen set up I lack a BBQ in my yard.
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