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Carrot Cake Pancakes

To celebrate the official launch of Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters next Monday {squee!}, I’m running content from the book this week. You can buy Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything next Monday, July 14.  This awesome recipe comes from the section on using cheese graters. You need either a cheese grater or a food processor to get the carrots cut up in small enough pieces to make the pancakes. A quick word of warning about these pancakes. You can’t cook them quickly. You have to cook them slowly over medium-low heat in order for the … Read more

Stuffed Baked Apples (Gluten-Free)

baked stuffed apples

It is apple season! I love apple season. What’s your favorite variety of apple? We eat dozens of apples during apple season. When they’re in season, apples are fresh and juicy and tasty. There are loads of apple orchards in central Pennsylvania, and we buzz from one to another, sampling the fruits of their labor. Most of the time, we use an apple wedger to core and slice the apples. If I’m partaking alone, it ends there. If the girls are sharing my apple, I use my favorite peeler to remove the skin and part of the apple flesh. (I remove … Read more

Gluten-Free Cheesecake That Everyone Will Love

gluten-free cheesecake

Joe and I dated over cheesecake. It’s the one dessert he really enjoys, and I often ordered a slice when we went out to dinner and shared it with him. Now that we’re married, I make him order his own. Today is our wedding anniversary, so I wanted to share our new favorite cheesecake recipe. I love cheesecake, but I am not very good at making it. In fact, the cheesecake above was the first one I ever made that didn’t crack on top. I don’t know why this particular one didn’t crack when all the others I’ve ever made … Read more

Chocolate Orange Hand Scrub Recipe

Chocolate Orange Hand Scrub Recipe

We had a pamper yourself day at MOPS last week. There were stations set up around the room with massage chairs and nail polish and assorted paraphernalia. One of the areas was a craft station where we made hand scrubs. I’m not a hand scrub kind of person. I think I still have two salt scrubs that I bought for myself in my teen years. Or maybe I purged them in the last great bathroom decluttering. Probably the latter. At any rate, I was pretty excited to make a scrub and give it to my mother, whose skin has been … Read more

Ham and Rice with Apples – Leftover Ham Recipe

leftover ham recipe

What’s the best thing about any big, family meal? Besides spending time with your nutty family, I mean. Don’t worry. We all have one. The best thing isn’t having a clean house (for five minutes) or having sleepy, worn out children after an afternoon of togetherness. They’re both nice, but not the best thing. It’s leftovers. I eat leftovers almost every single day for lunch; we intentionally make enough food for two meals each time we cook. But then after a really big meal, we’re still eating leftovers two or three days later. I get completely sick of those leftovers. … Read more

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

I like roasting pumpkin seeds. Actually, I don’t. I have a love-hate thing with pumpkins. I like pumpkins more in theory than in actual experience. I think they’re interesting. I think my kids should enjoy the gooiness of their guts. I think my husband should like eating their seeds. I really, really hate the way they smell. Also, I’ve never been a big fan of the salty flavor of roasted pumpkin seeds. Suddenly, I find myself the proud owner of many pumpkins, and I have decided that, like Mary and Laura, I will not waste any parts of the pumpkins. … Read more