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Baked Spinach and Artichoke DipSome of my favorite food is what I call “football food”!  You know, those recipes that: (usually) don’t require silverware, can be eaten off of plate that is carefully balanced on your lap, requires some finger licking (OK, a lot of finger licking!) and tastes great when washed down with a refreshingly cold beverage.  Ahhh, football food….

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Chocolate Eclair CakeHello.  My name is Christina and I’m addicted to recipes.  I can’t seem to stop clipping, printing, and scrawling ingredients and instructions down on napkins.    I’ve always loved recipes.  In fact, for my bridal shower, my sister sent blank recipe cards to all of my guests and asked them to share their favorite recipe with me.  I started my new marriage with over 70 tried and true favorite recipes from all of my friends and family.  What a treasure!

The other day, I needed to take a dessert to a party I was going to.  And, even though my husband was BEGGING me to make a chocolate peanut butter pie, I wanted to make something a little bit lighter.  I started flipping through my recipe boxes — all four of them — and came across this recipe for Chocolate Eclair Cake.   It was one of the recipes I received at my shower (my sister used very distinct recipe cards so I could easily tell that’s where it came from).

I hadn’t had this dessert in a very long time, so I thought I would give it a whirl!

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Chicken with Wild Rice SoupI don’t know about you, but here in northeastern PA, it’s downright FRIGID! With the temperatures dipping down into the teens (yes, that’s the HIGH temperature!), it seems to be the perfect time to try out some soup recipes.  I sifted through the pile and came up this recipe.

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breakfast couscousI love cooking.  That’s why I have this blog.  I love to cook.  And bake (sometimes).  Homemade pasta…I’m your (wo)man.  Complicated sauces…bring it!  Roasting, braising, canning and stewing…now you’re talking!  Breakfast…eh.    Yeah, just eh.

See, mornings are not my friend.  Never have been.  Growing up, my sister was one of those chipper morning people.  Man, that bugged me.  Happy and chattering away while all I wanted was some quiet time to wake up.  Slowly.  Preferably with a nice big cup of steaming hot coffee.   I’m just not one of  “those morning people“.

So, you won’t see me bouncing out of bed, with little blue birds on my window sill waiting to bring me my bathrobe, so I can hurry to the kitchen and whip up a scrumptious breakfast for my family.  Nice thought.  But just not happening.

Don’t get me wrong.  I LOVE breakfast!  Especially when someone else makes it for me.  I even like to cook breakfast.  But it has to be on my terms.  I’m always on the lookout for breakfast dishes that can either be assembled ahead of time or require little prep time.

Now, I don’t have a good track record testing breakfast dishes on this blog.  Remember the Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole I tried a while back?  Or, the Overnight Mush Oatmeal?  Both were great in theory but total flops in the end.  Kinda hurt my ego.  Which is why I’ve stuck with my faithful Scrambled Egg Brunch Bread, Raspberry French Toast Bake and my great-grandmother’s pancake recipe.  I know they work and I can pre-assemble them so my morning hands-on time is minimal.

I came across this recipe for Breakfast Couscous.  It sounded pretty good.  I love oatmeal and this seemed very similar, only easier.  So I sucked up my ego and gave breakfast another whirl. (more…)

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Getting Kids COoking in the KitchenI absolutely LOVE when my son helps me in the kitchen.  He’s only 4, but already, he loves to help cook and bake.  I love that we’re spending quality time together and he’s learning so many great skills.  Someday, his wife will thank me too! (more…)

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Pork Chops in Creamy Shallot SauceNext to Ina Garten and Martha Stewart, Robin Miller (Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller on the Food Network) is one of my favorite TV chefs.  I love the practicality of her “cook once, eat twice” and pre-fix meal philosophies.  If you work full time, you know how hard it is to rush home, pick up the kid(s) and get dinner on the table before the natives go ape-crazy!

I’ve found Robin’s concepts essential when preparing home cooked meals for my family after a long day at work.  I usually do a lot of my dinner prep work for the week on Sundays.  I find that if I invest 1-2 hours getting everything prepared and organized, I can get great dinners (like this Pork Chop recipe) on the table in no time flat!  (more…)

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Today, Barb from Santa’s Gift Shoppe notified me that I was being featured on her blog! It’s so exciting to be featured on someone else’s blog.  It kind of validates what I’m doing…sort of like an affirmation that people (other than my family members that I harass to read my posts) are actually reading what I have to say! I was very flattered by the recognition!

If you haven’t checked out Barb’s blog yet, why not pop over and say “hi”! Tell her that It’s a Keeper sent you!  And, while you’re there, check out all of the recipes, crafts and other tutorials.  There are some really awesome looking Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Bundt Cakes that I’m dying to try!

Thanks again, Barb, for highlighting It’s a Keeper today! You made my day!

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