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Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich

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Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler

Things have been a bit busy around here with our move, but it's all starting to come together. The movers are coming today and we're off to Seattle early next week! I figured I'd get one last post in before we say goodbye to the internet in our apartment.

Remember when Amanda cooked us our gourmet dinner? Well the least I could do was bring dessert, so I decided on this cherry cobbler. It's a recipe from my Grandma and it has always been one of my favorite desserts. I'm pretty sure this was also the first dessert I ever learned how to make. I reminded myself why when I made it recently, it's so quick and easy to throw together it's incredible. I also questioned why I didn't make it more often, but then I reminded myself I would gobble up the entire dish so I think it's better that I only make it for special occasions. 

I know on the recipe below, I say

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A Valentine's Day Treat: Frosted Sugar Cookies

Frosted Sugar Cookies

I'm going to be honest, Valentine's Day is totally not my thing. But cookies are, especially my mom's frosted sugar cookies. I don't even want to know the number of cookies my mom has made and frosted in her lifetime, but it's A LOT and they have been in all sorts of shapes. They also mail well, my mom has thoroughly tested that out. We're actually only moving to Seattle so we're a part of the holiday goody package mailing circuit.  

I'm warning you now, these guys are addicting. The recipe is below and comes from my mom's old Betty Crocker cookbook.

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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Salty Sweet Cookies

Salty Sweet Cookies

In the past few weeks over 22,000 cookies were sent around the world as part of the inaugural Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, and I had a wonderful time being a part of this gigantic cookie exchange! It gave me the opportunity to try out a new cookie recipe (and taste test of course), receive 3 dozen cookies in the mail (I shared), get introduced to some great food blogs and bloggers and have my jeans fit a bit tighter. 

I made Salty Sweet Cookies with cashews, butterscotch chips and dark chocolate chips, topped with sea salt. I was pretty happy with the outcome and glad I had commited to signing up to mail out these cookies, it would not have been pretty if I had all 50+ cookies the recipe made to myself. I sent a dozen to each of my recipients, Munching in the Mitten, Girly Obsessions and Ma Vie en Rose and they all seemed to enjoy the cookies as well!

In exchange I received a dozen cookies from 3 different bloggers, and lucky me I recieved 3 delicious batches! I had to force myself to share them with my neighbors. Tina from My Life As A Mrs sent me some decadent frosted sugar cookies, Amber from Caleigh's Kitchen sent red velvet cookies with white chocolate chips - have I mentioned I'm a sucker for red velvet? And Alan from Cooke'd With Luv sent me some amazing Chocolate Chip cookies! You should go checkout their blogs.

A huge thank you to Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil and Julie from The Litle Kitchen for organizing the cookie swap and I can't wait for next year!

Keep reading for the recipe that was adapted from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine.

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I Love Cherry Pie

Christmas is just a few weeks away, which means it's time to start thinking about what desserts will be on our tables. It's also time to start figuring out how to get on Santa's nice list, if you're currently on the naughty side. I can help you with the dessert, but not with your naughty habits. So onto the Cherry Pie we go!

I guarantee you my mom will be making a Cherry Pie or two.  It's my favorite and hers too, which means it's gauranteed to be on our table. It didn't even stop her when we lived overseas and the canned cherries needed for the pie weren't available. We would just haul cans back in our suitcase everytime we visited the States. Or if any family or friends wanted to visit us, they dare not step off that plane without pitted red tart cherries. Not only is the pie tasty, but it's so pretty, I mean just look at that lattice crust! It's even pretty before it goes in the oven.

Cherry Pie 2

And even prettier when you take it out, but don't worry, not too pretty to eat!

Cherry Pie

Before we get to the recipe, let's all say hi to my mom!


She's not going to be happy with this, I'm pretty sure she specifically told me not to post any pictures of her on this blog. Sorry mom! I just had to show everyone the protective foil around the crust. See that protective foil? It keeps the edges of the crust from burning, just take it off 15 minutes before the pie is done baking.  Onto the recipe that comes from my mom's falling apart Betty Crocker cookbook, apparently the recipes are different in the new versions.

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Melt In Your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin Cookies

Are you sick of pie? Then try these cookies, they really do melt in your mouth! My mom made these for the Thanksgiving weekend. They were perfect because they are make ahead, delicious and there were a lot. We had an endless supply for our tea parties, which we needed, because we had A LOT of tea parties! Kudos to my mom for frosting all of those cookies. 


You also don't have to keep them in a tupperware container for them to stay fresh, she left them out on wax paper, covered them with some paper towels (although I'm convinced this was only needed to hide them from my Dad and Grandpa before company arrived) and they stayed fresh and melted in our mouths all weekend long. The recipe comes from a Better Homes and Garden magazine she had picked up.

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