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Chicken Soup with Orzo
Chicken Soup with Orzo
If you’re like me, you keep your eye out for crock-pot recipes that can be thrown together in a hurry. There are plenty that I’d like to try, but my busy schedule doesn’t always allow me to do a lot of preparation. I’m often tossing ingredients into a crock pot before bedtime to cook the next day or I’m hurriedly throwing things together before I walk out the door in the morning. For me, browning meat is an additional step that takes time and effort. It’s much easier for me to prepare recipes that are simply “load and go,” no precooking necessary.
  • Put pasta salad on your picnic menu
    No picnic is complete without pasta salad. Pasta salad is easy to transport to your outdoor location and the combinations of flavors and ingredients are endless. These varieties are all mayonnaise-free and will add punch to your picnic. 
  • Cool treats: Icebox desserts
    If you need a way to beat the extreme heat, try cooling down with an icebox dessert. No need to turn on the oven to make one of these luscious, chilled desserts. 
  • Recipes for fueling kids’ summer energy
    Summer is in full swing. Days are long, and kids thrive on staying busy. In order to keep their eyes off screens and avoid incessant groans of  “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” suggest some kid friendly activities to chase away summer boredom. 
  • Ah, summer, take it easy, let slow cooker do the work
    If you find yourself too busy to cook on summer nights, it’s too hot to turn on the oven or you just want to do more relaxing than cooking, look no further than your slow cooker. Your slow cooker can be your best friend when you don’t have the time or energy to cook. With just a few easy steps, you can put comfort food on your table any night of the week. 
  • Fire up the grill and enjoy some kabobs

    No summer grill is complete without kabobs. The kabobs in the meat case often catch my eye. I decided to give two new kabob recipes a whirl with the help of my 7-year-old, Kellan. He has been asking me when he can use a knife in the kitchen.

  • Enjoy a barbecue — burgers, salad and s’mores
    Nothing says summer like a backyard barbecue. Summer staples like burgers, cucumber salad and s’mores taste even better when enjoyed from the comforts of home. 
  • Some comfort dishes go with fond memories of home
    Growing up we had a screened-in, three-season porch in my childhood home on Terrace Drive in Carroll. This porch was used for many things. My mom used to sit and read while I watched the old black and white TV or played with my dolls and stuffed animals. I even hosted a few slumber parties on that porch. 
  • One-pot pasta: Easy-to-make, complete meals
    At the end of a hectic day, the last thing you want to do is haul out a bunch of pots and pans, cook a complicated meal and still have to wash a pile of dishes and put them away. 
  • Busy time calls for quick, easy recipes
    Let the busy season begin! From ball games, to music concerts to end-of-the-year activities, spring is a busy time. I have been busy at my school in the evenings helping with our first school musical, fine-arts night and our music program and have had less and less time to get dinner on the table. 
  • Raising the bar for sweet treats
    Bars are simple to make and easy to take with you on the go. They are the perfect dessert to celebrate any occasion or anytime you need a treat. 
  • Southwestern suppers —  easy to make, sure to be a hit
    When you ring the dinner bell, your family will come running if you serve up a Southwestern supper. Why not make it easy on yourself with just a few simple steps? 
  • Add new flavors to your poke-cake recipes
    As summer approaches, a poke cake is a perfect dessert to beat the heat. Instead of the usual strawberry poke cake branch out with a new flavor or two. Citrus flavors are all the rage in drinks and desserts as they’re tart, yet refreshing. 
  • Cake and pudding —  an unbeatable team
    When the kids ask you, “What’s for dessert?” they will be ecstatic when you respond, “Cake AND pudding!” Whether it’s cake or pudding for dessert, it’s always a winner. If you combine the two, you’re sure to have plenty of happy campers. 
  • These easy recipes really take the cake
    The popularity of poke cakes is undeniable. They are simple to prepare and big on flavor. Poke cakes come in any imaginable flavor and can be filled with pudding, sweetened condensed milk, and gelatin, to name a few. Strawberry poke cake with whipped cream on top is certainly one of the most common variations. 
  • Go garlic — for flavor, health benefits
    Garlic is a common ingredient in many different foods. The next time you prepare dinner, instead of reaching for the garlic powder, roast your own garlic cloves. Roasted garlic has a distinctive flavor and has many health benefits. 
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