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Cook Off Time

Cook Off Time

Fall always has been and always will be my favorite time of year. Cool weather, jeans and sweatshirts, hot apple cider, pumpkin flavored everything, gorgeous leaves…..makes me smile just writing all that. It also means time for another family cook off! We started 7 years ago with a chili cook-off and bonfire at my parents house, has now turned into an annual event but with different cook-off themes. This year, everyone had to use pumpkin as an ingredient, which sounds…

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Baking with Math

Baking with Math

I decided that every week needs to have something fun in it that also relates to school because I don’t want Eli and Ava to think school is all about doing worksheets and computer programs. Being with friends is an equally crucial part of school, but since that isn’t happening right now, I decided to bring a little socialization to our homeschool room! Introducing Baking with Math…Colleen’s Cooking Classroom….Kitchen Math….something like that. Haven’t settled on the name just yet, but…

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Cookie Break Time!

Cookie Break Time!

After the week we had, I thought Saturday would be a great day for a new cookie recipe….and I was right! Ha! What do salted pretzels, chocolate chips, and coconut all have in common? They are excellent cookie ingredients! The crunchy texture of the pretzels is a delicious contrast to the smoothness of melted chocolate chips. But how do you ensure a soft cookie that won’t fall apart when you hold it? My secret ingredient ~ coconut cream pudding mix….

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Captains Log Day 63

Captains Log Day 63

It has been a loooooong time since my last blog post, but it’s really hard to write when I’m not inspired. Every day pretty much runs into the next – wake up, school work, lunch, isolated bike ride or walk, dinner, another isolated bike ride or walk, bedtime. The end. Wake up the next day and do it all over again. Even weekends are basically like “what can we do today that doesn’t involve going anywhere or being around anyone.”…

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Ice Cream Science

Ice Cream Science

It’s hard enough having to socially distance ourselves right now from everyone, but to not be able to go outside and play makes this extra challenging. It’s 40 degrees and overcast, so not terribly cold, but still not warm either. We’ve managed to take a short walk around the neighborhood most days just to get some fresh air, but it would sure be nice if it was sunny and 60 and the kids could just run and ride bikes and…

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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

At least 2-3 times a week I make slow cooker dinners. I love my Crock Pot because it’s easy to throw ingredients in when I wake up in the morning, and dinner is ready whenever we are in the evening. Ninja class, dance class, soccer games, and church meetings all seem to happen right around the dinner hour, which means I have zero time to fix a meal if we want to eat at a somewhat normal time. That’s when…

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Feast of the Epiphany

Feast of the Epiphany

Happy 3 Kings Day! The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the 3 Kings (or Magi) presenting their gifts to baby Jesus. This is usually when we take down Christmas decorations and wrap up the end of the season, but it’s also the day for making homemade donuts! Growing up, my mom and grandma always put coins in the donuts to symbolize the gifts of the 3 Kings, but with the way my kids go after donuts, I’m not taking any…

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Pecan Pie Cookies

Pecan Pie Cookies

Move over pecan pie, you have competition! I love pecan pie, but it is soooooo sweet. However, I found the most delicious pecan pie COOKIE recipe that brings just the right amount of sweetness in the filling, but is balanced with a nice shortbread cookie base. It’s an odd dough and I went back to re-read the recipe a couple times to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, but it was correct ~ just very crumbly! It actually doesn’t come…

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Traditional Springerle Cookies

Traditional Springerle Cookies

My mother-in-law makes a delicious cookie for Christmas every year. It’s one of those special recipes that only makes an appearance at Christmas, so when I see a plate of them on her table, I savor every morsel. Luckily, not too many people like them due to the anise flavoring, which means more for me 🙂 Springerle (pronounced spring-er-lee) cookies originated in Germany and are known for the intricate designs on each cookie made by using a “Springerle Rolling Pin.”…

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Mincemeat Cookies

Mincemeat Cookies

Mincemeat – the single most misunderstood word during the holidays. I blame it on whoever came up with that name. I mean really, minced meat?? Who wants to eat that?! However, I’m here to tell you to give it a try and you might be pleasantly surprised. I was at World Market the other day leisurely strolling the holiday aisles while the kiddos were at school (so for once, I was able to really look at the unique goods!) Lo…

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