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Sam’s Sweet and Smoky Triple Pig Chili

My chili.  A crowd pleaser, or at least

Fig Tart to Welcome Fall

Autumn, when you can feel the warmth of the sun

Smoky Bacon and Blue Potato Salad

It’s September first!  To me that means

Menu Planning, Spring 2016

It is time for my annual spring menu plan! I

Easter Cookie Play Day 2016

Once upon a time, there was this gigantic bowl of

Another round of COOKIES!

Time for another round of Sam’s Annual Cookie

Pie Decorating #1 – Pie Crust Appliques

Pie season is here! Apple, pumpkin, pecan… not

Pepper Jelly!

Remember when I went canning crazy last year? Well,

Ginger Cream Filled Pumpkin Muffins

Muffins are perfect, aren’t they? All round and

Popper Muffins

And when I say Popper Muffins I mean Jalapeno Popper

Fall Food Magazine Menu Thoughts

All summer, and holding on throughout September (when

Apple, Cheese, and Sausage Brunch Cake

In Sam’s and my Fall 2015 Challenge here at 2

Pumpkin Spice Tacos!

It started as a joke, but it’s not a bad meal!

Squash Apple and Kielbasa Risotto

I’ve literally been trying to write this post

Pin-spiration: So Let’s Talk About Fall…

So let’s talk about Fall.  Mmmm, fall!

I’d eat those!

I love beets.  Aaron hates beets.  HATES

What’s Up Wednesday: Lotsa Cookies

I did some marathon baking last week. This is

Margarita Inspired Cupcakes!

I know it is more than a week past Cinco de Mayo, so

A Real Breakfast

Ugh, you guys.  It has been a ROUGH few weeks in

Secret Recipe Black Bean Soup

This recipe for black bean soup is not going to be so

I Have Loved You Card & Last Minute Cookies & Cream Brownies

Happy Valentine’s Day!!  I had to wait

Chocolate Cappuccino Chip Cookies

We must be having a little sweets week here, although

Bring on the Banana Caramel Cake!

Sam’s card from last week made me start craving

No Recipe Broccoli Soup

On Mondays, my mom usually comes over for dinner.

Playing with Frosting: 2014 Christmas Cookies

Just too much fun. I look forward to this every

Cookie Swap 2014 Part 2: The Cookie Recipes!

(see Part 1 from yesterday on why I’m about to

Cookie Swap 2014 Part 1: the Party!

I don’t think my Mom is going to be expecting

Vanilla Roasted Pears with Honey Whipped Mascarpone

Vanilla Roasted Pears with Honey Whipped

What’s Up Wednesday: Honey-roasted Pumpkin

Just a quick little post today to show you one of the

What’s Up Wednesday: a Different Pumpkin Bread

I actually can’t believe I’ve never posted

The Best Sausage Stuffing

I know I’ve mentioned our weekly potluck meals

Canning Adventures

It all started with this jam.  This

Chocolate-Almond Pretzel Drops

You can almost call these health food. Dark

Tomato Cobbler Using Cornmeal and Herbs

I’ve been playing with my new Tomato Cobbler


There’s nothing particularly thrilling about

Autumn Popcorn Bark

Mmmm! Treats! Autumn-inspired almond bark …


Peaches!  On Monday I sporadically decided to

My Early September Menu Plan

As usual when I start a menu plan, I always checked

Potluck Menus

Lately I’ve been going to a lot of potluck

Frig Contents Emergency! A Story

What do you do when your husband wakes you up early

Fresh Tomato Tart with Herb and Garlic Ricotta

If you are extremely lucky when you are making this

Blueberry Crisp for Breakfast!

That’s right, I said it… Breakfast!

Chocolate Duet Cookie Recipe

Every week my small group meets at Panera.  We

Try this recipe! Roasted Cauliflower Peppercorn Salad

I’m a harried, busy, not-afraid-to-say-so

“Gail’s Favorite Things” Cookies, the Chocolate Version

Caramel, chocolate, coconut, cinnamon … these

Greek Yogurt Cheese

Did you know you could turn yogurt (in this case

What’s Up Wednesday: Strawberry Madness

So when I asked my mother in law to bring me a whole

Sunburst Quiche

Today is one of those “I made something

Go To Dinner: Buffalo Chicken & Broccoli Quinoa

Buffalo Chicken & Broccoli Quinoa.  With

Happy 5th Anniversary!

To my darling daughter Samantha and her

What’s Up Wednesday: Round Up of Round Ups for Infused Water

They’re so pretty, those infused waters! And

Crunchy Herb Topped Tilapia

MMMMMMMMM! OK, flash back in time a few

Menu Plan featuring Spring Vegetables

I feel like I’ve done this before. This menu

Asparagus Tart

An asparagus tart, just my own, inspired by a

New Favorite Quick Go-To Dinner

Somehow Mondays have become my days to post food.

Scone Craving! Mango Pistachio Scones

It hit me hard today, this craving for a fresh hot

Roasted Corn & Peach Guac-Salsa

Conversation with Aaron this afternoon via

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies

I’m been having some ridiculous sweet cravings

What’s Up Wednesday: Soups for Spring

Asparagus, fresh peas, artichokes — they

Riffing on Recipes: Broths in Progress

I’m a little short on creativity this week.

Egg Week: Tie-Dye Eggs Two Ways

There’s a bit of a pun going on here! I have

Egg Week: Decoupage Eggs

Honestly, this was fun to attempt… but just not

What’s Up Wednesday: Eating Easter Eggs

It’s always the after-Easter dilemma: what to do

Playday: Natural Egg Dyeing!

I had WAAAAY too much fun today in the kitchen! Way!

Egg Week: White Patterns on Colored Eggs!

Easter!  And eggs!! I LOVE decorating Easter

What’s Up Wednesday: Get Linked Cucumber Salads!

I had something else originally planned for

Carrot Banana Cake

This isn’t carrot cake like you might have

Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

I recently came across a recipe for Honey Lemon Chia

What’s Up Wednesday: Get Linked! Oats and More

Oatmeal season isn’t over until I stop sleeping

What’s Up Wednesday: Early Spring Menu Plan

Spring here is a mash-up of sunny clear days mixed

Chicken, Gorgonzola, and Edamame Pesto Pasta Salad

Ok, I know that is a really, incredibly long name for

Lazy Sunday Mornings & Chocolate Donuts

We’ve gotten into this awesome lazy routine for

Toasted Coconut Banana Bread

This is my kind of banana bread. None of that

What’s Up Wednesday: Dessert Recipes!

Have you recovered from any Valentine’s Day

Deconstructed Rocky Road Cookies

So, were you excitedly anticipating my recipe since I

Go Seahawks Applesauce Spice Bread

My son’s favorite birthday cake is an

Banana Blondies with Dark Chocolate Chunks!

So this is how bananas work at my house: 1. buy

Lemon Coconut Frozen Yogurt

It might seem a little odd that I’m posting a

New Year, New Flavors!

A new year, some new flavors!  I got a few cookbooks

Gingerbread House Challenge 2013 front -- Gail

Gail’s 2013 Gingerbread House

Whooo Hooo and E-I-E-I-O! I love my gingerbread

Christmas Gingerbread House

“It’s beginning to look a lot like

Gingerbread House Challenge 2013 front -- Gail

Gingerbread House Challenge Reveal!

Merry Christmas!!!  We hope you are enjoying this

rooftop set

Sneak Peek: Gingerbread Accents

My turn to post, and since my creativity is so sucked

Sam’s 3rd Annual Cookie Swap!

Last Weekend was my 3rd Annual Cookie Swap!  I LOVE

Peppermint Blossom Cookies

I didn’t realize that Hershey’s was

Fan Girl: Two Peas & Their Pod

Seriously.  Fan Girl.  She doesn’t know

Peanut Butter Eggnog Ice Cream with a Nutella Swirl!

I’ve been asking for an ice cream maker for a

December Crafting Challenges

It’s December?!?!  YAY!!! I heart Christmas,

Bun Warmer Hack

Here’s what you need to get started: a long

In the Mood for Super Carbs!

I must need more energy. I KNOW I need more energy

Oven Dried Tomatoes!

I LOVE Costco.  Like love it.  If I have the time,

Recipe Review: Garlic Soup with Pork Rolls

You either had an “Yuuummm!” or an

Sam’s Loaded Guac!

So when I was at Trader Joes last week I bought one

Teal Petal Cake!

It’s been a long time since I decorated a cake!

Recipe Review: Smoky Peanut and Chicken Soup

Here is another rave review about a soup from the

Recipe Review: Zucchini, Cheese, & Italian Sausage Soup

This is NOT the kind of soup I would normally choose

Gail’s Carrot Soup

This soup is designed to be quick and LESS

Smoked Salmon and Caramelized Onion Personal Quiche!

It’s salmon fishing time again!  Aaron is

Kale Apple Salad

So that other half of the bag of kale I used for the

Carrot Cake Sandwich Cookies with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting!

Please forgive me, because I’m about to go into

Roasted Pumpkin & Kale Gratin

I can blame this recipe on Trader Joe’s. Blane

Spicy Corn Chowder

Spicy… I used to not really like spicy food

Soup Dunkers? or Bread Biscotti?

You decide! I can’t figure out what to

Pumpkin Blondies!

I’m going to say right off the bat…

30 Ways to Eat an Apple a Day

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Right? Many

Raw Apple Bread

I’m so excited for APPLE WEEK here at 2create!

Apple Hand Pies and Perfect Timing!

APPLE week!!  And of course I had to start it off by

Caramelized Onion (savory) Bread Pudding

I love bread pudding! Most of them, anyway. They

Is it fall yet? Get Linked: Pumpkin Crazy!

I know the official start of fall isn’t for a

“A Handful of This” Garden Salad

Some days you harvest enough of one kind of vegetable

Healthier Rhubarb Muffins!

Please note I did not say healthy!  HA… these

Seeds and Basil and Bread, Oh My!

Or I should say… Seeds and Basil and Bread, OH

Stocked up: Freezer Meals!

I can’t believe it has been a month since I

Straight from the Oven: Pretzels!

I’ve been wanting to make pretzels for a while

Get Linked! Summer Drinks!

As my due date looms nearer and nearer (10DAYS!!!), I

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Oh, the memories attached to this recipe! My kids,

Blueberry Blondies!

The first time I ever had a Blondie was at Applebees.

Let’s talk about Peanut Butter…

Let’s talk about Peanut Butter.  And Chocolate.

Tomato & Corn Summer Salad

Aah, summer! Cookouts, mosquitoes,

Prep Time!

I’m not sure if it’s that my

Wordless Wednesday: My Breakfast Toast Today

Mmmmmmmm! Eat this broiled toast with nice

Hello Dolly Brownies

  You know these bars. Well, you *knew* them before

Graduation Cake!

Just in case you can’t tell from the

Smoked Salmon Spread Party Platter

My family loves veggies. I count myself a lucky mom

Summer Shortcake

Gail here — the older generation :) is bringing

Sweet & Savory

Have you ever gotten stuck on a flavor combo?  Ever

Get Linked! Cool Carbs for Hot Summer

  I am here to talk summer cooking today! How to keep


I’m having a bit of deja-vu today, or maybe

Shortcut Gourmet Brownies

It’s Wednesday! Not Wordless… no

Asparagus-Asparagus Risotto


Leftovers I WANT to Eat for Days!

I know that isn’t the prettiest photo to start

Monday Morning Coffee!

I don’t drink coffee every day… but

April Pie Crust School: Fresh Berry Tarts!

What’s better than eating fresh berries whole

Wordless Wednesday: The BEST Spring Minestrone EVER

This was by FAR the BEST Minestrone I’ve ever

Happy Easter! Robin’s Egg Cheesecake

I brought you some dessert! I’m bringing

The best day to eat fried dough?

The best day to eat fried dough?  Duh… any day!

Wordless Wednesday: Vitamix!

As always… a (MOSTLY) Wordless Wednesday!

Berry Coffee Cake in a Mug

My giant bag of mixed frozen berries was calling my

Sweet Tooth

I’m going to make this post somewhat short and

Wordless Wednesday: Whipped Cream and Chocolate

As usual, it’s never Wholly Wordless Wednesday

February Pie Crust School: Baking an Empty Shell

Here we are! Pie Crust School Lesson #2! Now that

Parfait To-Go!

I always have trouble coming up with what to eat for

Rotten Apples…

Ok, so they aren’t quite rotten… but you

January Pie Crust School: Basics

How are your pie crust skills? After one embarrassing

Creative Quiche-ery

Definitions by Gail… Quiche:  1. creative

Spinach and Dried Tomato Roll

It’s really hard to put up a savory recipe

Pumpkin Zucchini Chocolate Yummy-ness!

So the hubs and I decided to tackle our pantry this


I’ve made it an annual tradition to host a

Authentic Old-School Snickerdoodles

I find myself dismayed these days to see so many

Easy Holiday Appetizer: Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

It is that time of year where there are lots of

Cranberry Thanksgivings!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you all have some

The Mysterious Quince Fruit

They dined on mince, and slices of quince,     Which

Browned-Butter Shortbread Leaves

These cookies make me want to sit down with a

Hot Spiced Cider — a Halloween Tradition

We have a Halloween tradition, which is that I have a

Venison Chili Soup!

It is hunting season!  And to me that means using as

Little-Bit-of-Everything Cookies

I love oatmeal… and chocolate chips… and

Frozen Tomato Paste and Chipotles

If you hang out on the internet at all these

Pumpkin & Caramel!

Fall.  Yup, it has officially arrived.  And… I.

Triple Coconut Rice

I didn’t plan on blogging about this rice today. Or

Individual Nectarine and Pear Upside-Down Cakes!

Happy Monday!  Even though it is still warm this

DIY Dried Tomatoes

It’s that time of the year! Time to catch the

Save it for Later: Roasted Peppers!

Remember those $2 bags from my local produce market?

Partly Potato Salad

Wow that’s a big picture! LOL!   Gail here,

Southwest Pot Pie

Last Friday I told you I’d been in more of a


Although this post ended up in the ‘Eat Drink

Sam’s Spicy Crab Portobellos

I think I’m becoming more of a foodie. I mean,

Homemade Chocolate Fudge Syrup and a Taste Test

In this month’s Food & Wine magazine (Sept ’12),

Fresh Peach Brown Butter Cake

A few days ago, I ran across a recipe online and I

Shrimp & Salsa Pasta!

Back from China = coming home to an empty fridge!

Got Limes?

I go through a lot of limes in the summer. I love

Rhubarb Pies!

Yumm.  Rhubarb.  To me this is like the epitome of

Beach Scramble

This weekend hubby and I went to our family cabin,

Fondant Cake Topper — Go Cougs!

This fondant cake topper was made for my daughter

Raspberry and White Chocolate Scones

I hope you like raspberries and white

A Salad with Corn, and a Small Lesson about Curry Powder

Here is your go-to recipe for any corn-on-the-cob

Iced Tea 4 Ways

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