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The Old Broke Standby

Macaroni and cheese out of the box was a major staple of my youth. It’s cheap and pretty filling and you can get two boxes for a dollar. Add in a can of tuna, some cream of whatever soup, a little milk and melt some American cheese on top and you have the old broke …

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Mint Chocolate Monsters

We were fortunate enough to grow up in a neighborhood where Halloween was still the coolest holiday. Because of that I adore Halloween and everything that comes with it. My mom always made our costumes– my brothers, sisters, and I have been everything from a bag of jelly beans to hellraiser, from humpty dumpty to kitty cats …

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Not Cookout Cookies

  While I was trying desperately to come up with SOMETHING to bring to the cookout with my boyfriend’s family over the weekend, I remembered that these cookies have a tendency to win over crowds. So I made some and brought them too. Except I forgot that these are NOT cookout cookies. They are full …

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Midwest Mommy

I was born in Belleville, Illinois. In case you have never heard of Belleville (and I’m guessing you probably haven’t), it is located in the southern-most tip of Illinois and is a bridge away from St. Louis, Missouri. My mom grew up in Belleville, my parents met there, and we spent parts of our summer …

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Give Pork a Chance

It was a long time before I could ever bring myself to buy pork chops in the grocery store. I mean like YEARS. Let me explain… when we were kids, Mom worked at night. Many days I was responsible for our evening culinary delights (for awhile that meant mac ‘n’ cheese out of the box …

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Bee-May-nah

  All kids make up words. As parents we cherish the inventive vocabulary and are so sad the day we realize they finally figured out that Dunkin Donuts is NOT called Choca-Donald’s, that flog is really just fog. My best friend Tara gave me a notebook when my youngest was still only 2 or 3. …

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Playing Dress-Up

  These are not apples. When we were little my sister Lindsey and I used to play dress up in my mom’s closet. We would put on her shoes and try on her jewlery and throw her purses over our shoulders. Mom always looked so pretty when she got dressed for church on Sunday, and my …

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