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    Maple Bacon Pancake

    Bacon is not something we have frequently because it is astronomically expensive, but, when we do have it, we use it to create divine luxuries such as… The MAPLE BACON PANCAKE! Hello sweet and salty breakfast! This is one of those recipes that never gets old and that is a good thing because it’s quick and easy, you will be tempted to throw it together all the time!   Maple Bacon Pancake Ingredients: 4 oz. bacon (but the more the better! YUM!) 1 cup baking mix 1 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1/2 cup milk 1/4 cup of maple syrup 2 TBSP of white sugar 2 eggs Directions Preheat oven…

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    Sweet & Salty S’more Florets

    These days there are at least two things you can always find in our cupboards. One is butter round crackers, the other is marshmallows. We have an abundance of crackers intentionally because we got through them like crazy. The marshmallows though… well… they accumulated from out of no where. Well, the other day I pulled out some crackers to eat, and saw a bag of Hershey Kisses beside them and thought… YUM! And then I remembered I had mini marshmallows, so, I did what any chocoholic would do: I made what some might consider a “bite-size s’more”… except I like my name for it better…. “S’more Florets”, because they look…

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    5 Tips to Keep the Laundry Caught Up

    Everyone has felt that crisis moment when they wake up in the morning, open their drawers to pull out some clothes and you realize…. you’re out of something. Or, when you wake up 15 minutes before you have to be somewhere and everything is either dirty, or wrinkled… Laundry can tend to get overwhelming if it’s not managed efficiently. My greatest challenge is not getting it washed and dried, but out of the basket and into the drawers and closets. Here is a handful of tips to improve your laundry efficiency: 1. One Load A Day Rule:  A. Put a load in the washer before you go to bed.  B.…

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    Super Easy, Super Soft Pan Rolls

                     I have a large purse that I don’t always carry, but I make sure to carry it with me when we dine at the family buffet restaurant, Golden Corral. Why? Well… they serve THE most incredible rolls there. BIG, SOFT, FLUFFY, BUTTERY HOT rolls. The very thought of them sends a thrill through my body. The reason why I take my big purse is because I often load my plate so high with those rolls (big eyes, you see) and at the end of our time there, I cannot bear to leave those extra beauties behind. My stomach is too full to store them… so they must be wrapped…

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    Cheesy Ham & Hashbrown Casserole

    In a perfect world I would make my husband breakfast every morning. He would start his day like a King with a platter of wonder before him. But… we don’t live in a perfect world. We have busy schedules and time does not permit such royal treatment. There are times for the occasional special breakfast that requires time and attention to detail, but most days its cereal or…. cereal. I know that gets kind of boring so I do try to make up for it here and there. The most helpful recipes are those that I can whip together or mix up the night before, and pop into the oven…

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    Buffalo Chicken Strips

    YUM!  These are just like eating them out of a pizza shop or restaurant! And so much cheaper!!! Before these, I had never fried chicken before. This recipe was so enlightening and made me feel like fried chicken recipes were not so far out of my league as I once believed. A tip for frying anything with breading: Double dip in batter and breading and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes prior to frying. This helps the batter stick better to the chicken. Ingredients: oil for deep frying 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1 egg…

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    Loaded Potato Balls

    Hellooooooo bite-size loaded potato goodness! If you have been reading this blog, you know that last week I featured “Cheesy Ranch Potatoes” which… I still haven’t come up with a name for. Well… today is the heavenly transformation of the leftovers from those potatoes. Think “Arby’s Loaded Potato Bites” better by 1000%.  If you have never had Arby’s Loaded Potato Bites, you are an unfortunate creature, especially since they discontinued them a long time ago. I have despaired at their drive-thru every time I’ve gone there ever since… “Oh ARBY’S! WHY oh WHY did you get rid of the BEST THING on your menu!?” To fill you in though, they…

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    Pumpkin Cookie & Cream Cheese Icing

    I always look forward to autumn. The temperature is always perfect, whether it’s crisp and cool or those last golden rays of sunshine wrapping you in their warmth before the winter descends upon us. Pumpkins and mums decorate porch steps every few houses. The bright blue skies are painted with the radiant colors of shimmering foliage. The giant hillside tree marks the points of the season as orange slowly migrates over the green from the very top to the very bottom. Once the orange hits those bottom leaves, the top of the tree begins to bald, and the baldness migrates through the tree, until its emptiness declares winter has all…

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    Cheesy Ranch Potatoes

     Invented, tweaked, and hubby approved- All I need now is a “blow-you-away name” for these heavenly taters! Tonight, my husband and I had Ranch Chicken and Cheesy Ranch Potatoes to go with it. The Ranch Chicken needs some tweaking so discussion on it is going to have to wait until we have all of that figured out. The potatoes on the other hand were a success. I invented these several years ago while I was single, believe it or not. I know… crazy. I was making “Ultimate Loaded Potatoes” in one of my random “prepare to be a wife someday” moments and thought… why am I messing with the skins?…

  • Life as a Wife,  Recipes

    Journey to Generic

    I have a built in radar for generic items. I believe I inherited it from my Dad. You can not fool this girl with store brand goods. When I was single and living on my own, that didn’t matter much. $6 bottles of shampoo or body wash… $4 boxes of cereal… double the cost for the assurance of quality… I was willing to pay the price for the most trusted and well-known. With marriage, however, comes sacrifice. We never had a lot, so we had to make it stretch. While “Ion” shampoo is pretty much out of the question now, sometimes I can get “Herbal Essences” but… a good deal…