Pumpkin Maple Pie with Fresh Pumpkin

Pumpkin Pie

Every year, my husband starts to ask for this as soon as the pie pumpkins come to the produce stand, so I adapted their recipe to include fresh pumpkin. I adore cooking with fresh ingredients in season! Last year, I used an heirloom pumpkin called a “candy roaster” and it was HEAVENLY! Definitely ask for it at your local produce stand. So how do you make a pumpkin pie from…

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Easy Crock Pot Recipe: Coffee Rubbed Pulled Pork

Usually, the ingredients, Coffee Grounds, Cinnamon, Cayenne Pepper, and Pork do not grace my lips in the same sentence.  In this case, however, they combine to help create the MOST delicious Pork Barbecue I have ever tasted! I got this recipe from a friend of mine, Rick.  He said he got it from a newspaper a long time ago, but couldn’t remember where. If you’re skeptical on this one, trust…

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The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg!

Just in time for Easter, you’ll have beautiful (and yummy) Easter Eggs.  If you still need some Easter ideas, check out this post with some great Easter books and ideas! OK, Folks! After years of perfecting the hard-boiling of eggs, I am officially going to share THE way to do it, avoiding cracked eggs, sticky shells, and green yolks! 1. Start with fresh eggs, but actually, the slightly older ones…

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Easy Coconut Grilled Shrimp

A couple of weeks ago (was it really that long?) We vacationed at Ocean Isle Inn. Jen from One Mom’s World, and Malise from Carolina Mama were there too!  Friday night, Chele and Heather came over for a Twitter Party with Miss Lori, and later that week, Chele and Amy came over for a Live broadcast on MomTV!  It was really one of the grandest weeks in recent memory!  Good…

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White Bean Chicken Chili

This warm and healthy recipe is perfect for these long winter nights we’ve been having lately. (and if you live in Hawaii right now, you’re not allowed to read this!) This particular recipe was originally from Cooking Light magazine, but I’ve added some alternatives and tips! Let me know if you like it! Ingredients: 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded (leftovers from rotisserie or baked chicken, or boil a chicken, use…

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Friday’s Frugal Feast: Chicken and Dumplings

Warning: This recipe will not be appearing in “30 Minute Meals.” This Chicken and Dumplings is definitely food of love. It takes a total of about 90 minutes to cook. However, that also has some boiling time built in, so you can work in other tasks. It’s not fast, but it is cheap! I used some leg quarters that I got on sale at Harris Teeter for $.29 per pound!…

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Cooking with Dried Beans

Beans Beans, the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you… um, can fit in your suit! …because they’re healthy, too. Yeah, that’s it. Anyway… A lot of people are intimidated by cooking with dried beans. You see the bags in the grocery store for $.99, but you think, “What would I do with them?” In this post, I’ll tell you some yummy, easy and inexpensive ways to cook…

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The Best Barbecue Chicken Ever

I guarantee this recipe is the easiest and yummiest barbecue chicken you have ever tasted! My mother-in-law introduced me to this recipe. I purchased chicken breasts this week for $2.50 / lb at Harris Teeter, so I made this for a friend who is going through a hard time right now. Barbecue Chicken (6-8 servings, about $.90 each) 3-4 boneless chicken breasts1 bottle of barbecue sauce1 12-oz can of Dr.…

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My Recipe for Homemade Tomato Sauce + A Few Tips

I’ve noticed that lot’s of visitors arrive at this post via Google Search. If you like what you see here, please leave me a comment so I know it was helpful. This week’s post will earn you the “Homemaker of the Year” award from your family! Last week, a good friend offered me some heirloom tomatoes from her grandfather’s garden. I came home with a 1/2 bushel of juicy, ripe…

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