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Itty bitty break, and preview...

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Ok..so I haven't been cooking/baking alot lately...but I think I have a really good reason. :) My little man was born on the 16th, and yes, I'm posing him with lemons b/c I have two yummy bags that I'm very excited to be cooking with! So I hope some readers are still with me and will excuse my lack of posting! I'll be back soon, I promise!

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Cupcake Hero:March Entry-Caramel

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Look at those drips! FOOD PORN!!! I love it! A shot of the inside, please forgive the finger prints out of the glaze..sticky little gems! When CB announced what this month's ingredient was...I was excited! My head automatically went to these delicious red pears I had that I needed to use..caramel and pear...huh, huh?? Yeah...FAIL. Big, tasteless, miserable fail there...my dogs loved the treat though. So as the deadline approached I approached this month with a little distain..it happens after a fail. It's normal. I'm all about trying to use what I've got. I'm all about trying to keep things simple and uncomplicated b/c that's my favorite way to cook. Also...I bought a couple of cans of coconut milk at the store (on clearance-woot woot!) and I've been wanting to try out a recipe with them. So I was flipping through a new monthly mag and boom...there was a recipe for coconut cupcakes using coconut milk. Bingo. But caramel and coconut? Um...sounded weird to …

Chicken Cordon Blue/Bleu...sorta.

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I don't have exact measurements for you for this recipe. I mean, alot of things just aren't 'exact' with me. I can tell you each component, and try my best to explain HOW I put it together though b/c it was delicious! List of stuff- *boneless skinless chicken breasts (amount will vary as to how many you want to make...I made 6, so I used 3 breasts and butterflied them) *puff pastry *6 slices of canadian bacon *6 wedges of original Laughing Cow cheese *chicken broth *spicy mustard *honey *half and half *butter *random seasonings-salt, pepper, granulated garlic, Tony's cajun *flour -What I did: Butter in a saute pan and seasoned up the butterflied chicken pieces with seasoning and cooked those up-set them aside Cut the slices of Canadian Bacon in half (little half moons) and browned those a little in the same pan. Let the proteins cool just a bit while I rolled out the puff pastry-then made my little 'packages'-chicken, then the Canadian Bacon, then I cut …

Granny's 4 layer dessert

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I'm not really sure WHERE Granny (yes, Granny. Not Grandma, Grandmother, Gram, Gigi, Nana, etc..I have a Granny...) got this recipe. I'm sure it's funeral related. In fact..some of our favorite meals (esp casseroles) were found at funeral dinner tables. *shrugs* Either way...from the time I was 8 years old until the time I was 17 I spent my summers in Indiana with my Grandparents (Granny and Papaw). Not a big deal? Well..kinda...we lived (and currently live) in Missouri..and it is a 550 mile trip. I think the first 'stay' occured when I was 8 b/c we were in the middle of moving from North Carolina to Missouri and so they parked me there for a couple weeks, but then I really liked it...so I was always excited when summer vacation rolled around b/c I knew a couple days after school let out I'd head east for the summer. And I do mean "the summer". I'd usually leave a day or so after school let out, then I'd come back about a week before school s…

Buffalo chicken pasta

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One of the 'joys' (I use that word sarcastically...keep reading) of my being pregnant is the puff factor. In my first pregnancy my ring size went from 5 3/4s to 7. This time around I'm at about an 8 1/2. I can't wear my cute Mary Jane style shoes (Although I call them Alice shoes b/c they remind me of her shoes in the Disney movie) b/c my feet get puffy and I look like I'm wearing THICK socks, when in reality..it's my swollen feet. Have I put any of you off pregnancy yet? No? Well thank goodness it works for my 13 year old little friend who told me last night she already wants her tubes tied just from seeing me through two pregnancies...nice. Where was I going with this? Oh...puffy. So...I made the above pictured food for dinner the other night (and really should have photographed it on a WHITE plate, but I"d already dished it out and was starving, so you are lucky you GOT a picture)-anyway...this would make a NOT pregnant person swell too...so make it, b…

Jalepeno Cheddar Bread

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I'm a blog stalker. I've admitted to that before. But I'll also admit that some of my most FAVORITE recipes (erm, steals) are from blogs I stalk regularly. And I don't just stalk, I try to comment too...sometimes....ok not all the time b/c sometimes I just quake in the brilliance of others and feel like I should just delete my entire food blog b/c it in NO way compares with others...but that's just me feeling inferior. Something that isn't inferior? This bread. Actually this blogger is just outstanding too...so go for the bread, stay for all the other wonderment she has! Jalepeno Cheddar Bread 2 cups AP Flour 2 tsp sugar 1 T baking powder 1 tsp black pepper (I just used plain ole powdered black pepper) 1 tsp salt 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used mexi blend) 1 cup milk 1/3 cup canola oil (I used vegetable) 1 large egg 3 jalepeno peppers, seeded and diced fine 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced (I omitted simply b/c I didn'…