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Sequence of Events (Recipe: Paula Deen’s Cookies & Cream Cupcakes)

Paula Deen and I appear to have something in common. We both believe that if you are going to make dessert, you might as well just go all out. Bring out the butter, pour on the sugar… none of this Splenda and light this and that business. Everyday cooking, you need to lighten up, but […]

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Nostalgia (Recipe: The Altamont Grade School Poor Boy)

I spent a good part of my childhood in a little town in the Southeast corner of Kansas. Altamont had a population of 1,000, 1 tiny grocery store where you could add things to your “tab” and a Post Office where you could find old men and towns folks standing outside and sharing the days […]

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Too Old for Comfort? (Recipe – Diner Meat Loaf Muffins)

I’m coming to you all, once again, for parenting advice. You’ve supported me through my experience with Postpartum Depression. You’ve offered advice when I was Parenting with a Heavy Heart. You have even stepped up when things got serious around here… remember the controversy surrounding hand-me-down undies? Now, I am looking to you all to […]

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Finally, Beyond Plain (Recipe: Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes)

I’ve been dealing with Postpartum Depression. You might remember, back in October, I was diagnosed with having symptoms of Postpartum Depression stemming from the birth of my sweet Leah last May. My symptoms presented themselves in a different way that I didn’t realize was PPD. I wasn’t sad or weepy… just very anxious, edgy and […]

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Addictive Tendencies & Menu Planning Monday (Recipe: Caramel Frappe for 2)

(Don’t you love that mug? I got it from the Crate & Barrel outlet. Win a $50 CB2 gift card and do some online shopping of your own. Details over at Culinary Snapshot.) If you couldn’t tell by my chicken leg post, I have what I would call “addictive tendencies”. That is one reason why […]

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Ask a Blogger – All About Giveaways (Recipe: 10 Minute Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce)

I’m excited about the Ask a Blogger question this week because it is about a very hot topic… blog giveaways. I get this question all the time from newer bloggers and it is a great one. The most recent time this question was asked was earlier this week, by one of my own Adopt a […]

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Slightly Obsessive and Menu Plan Monday

I get slightly obsessive about things, especially when it comes to food and cravings. For example, last week I received an email from a friend about Cinco de Mayo and the very mention of that awesome holiday sent me into a “I MUST have Mexican food, now!” frenzy. Later in the week, I was at […]

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Ask a Blogger and Menu Plan Monday (Recipe: Special Spinach Salad)

I’m starting a new weekly feature at Dine & Dish to go along with Adopt a Blogger. I always feel so bad when I can’t get everyone adopted out that wants to be. It is typically because they have signed up too late and matches for adopt-a-blogger had already been made. For those people, waiting […]

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Mythical Balance (Recipe: Just Like Lambert’s Thrown Rolls)

If it hasn’t been clear by my lack of posts lately, I seem to be having a very difficult time with balance. People say “don’t worry about it, Kristen… you’ll find your “me” time again”. Or, “why worry about blogging?” is something I often get from non-bloggers…people who don’t understand the therapeutic nature of getting […]

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Cake Decorating Woes (Recipe – Millie’s White Wedding Cake)

A little under 8 years ago, I took a cake decorating class. It was my first foray into domestication after my first child was born. I was determined that as the perfect mom I was sure to be, all of my kids’ cakes would be extra special and decorated by me. Well, to do that, […]

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