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Soy Balsamic Slow Cooker Chicken
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The ingredients must have come to me in my sleep. The more I use my slow cooker, the more I love it.

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Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Tacos

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Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich
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Egg, Prosciutto & Tomato Muffins
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I'm a big fan of savory muffins. These are pretty much mini omelettes in a cup. They are perfect for weekend brunch, and even better to make ahead for the week and then pop them in the microwave.

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Entries in Baking (25)


Chocolate Birthday Cake

As a follow up to yesterday's post about Pat's Birthday, I thought the cake tasted pretty darn good and I would use this recipe again. Next time I might try this with cupcakes instead though. We dug into it too quickly to get a good photo, so this is all I could come up with.

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Grandma's Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Baking is in my blood, my grandma and my mom are both fantastic bakers. Growing up we always had delicious cookies, brownies, cakes, and pies from scratch. My mom was always making these chewy chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, and I was always sneaking bites of the raw batter.


My husband has been begging me to make him these chocolate chip cookies for awhile now, so I did today. The only problem was that my mind was clearly already at the beach for the weekend, because I completely left out the granulated sugar! All along I was thinking that I was missing something and the dough consistency was a little off, but didn't figure it out until after I baked them. Oops. Despite this major slip up they actually still taste okay, they're just not as chewy. I definitely recommend doing it my grandma's way and including all of the ingredients, but if you are looking to cut some sugar I proved you can.  Keep reading for the recipe and have a Happy Fourth of July weekend!

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Soft Baked Fig Crumbles

My friend recently introduced me to Eat Live Run's blog and I'm hooked. There are so many recipes on her blog I want to try, and the added bonus is that she also blogs about travel and wine country, 2 things close to my heart.

I decided to make the soft baked fig cereal bars, as they looked like a healthy option for breakfast or for an afternoon snack. Also, because I love figs.  You're probably starting to notice that I love a lot of food. I didn't have the patience to put the love into rolling out the crumbly dough, so mine turned out more like soft baked fig crumbles, which worked just as well for me. I 'rolled' out the bottom rectangle straight onto the cookie sheet, covered it with the fig paste, and then pieced together the other half of the dough on top as crumbles. I also baked it as one big giant bar and then cut it into squares after it was cooked. Needless to say I had one for breakfast this morning, and I was sad I didn't bring an extra for an afternoon snack.

An added bonus is that I had a lot of left over fig paste and I can't wait to use that up with some other recipes. I'll keep you posted on what I end up using it for.


3 Ingredient Cookies!

Our good friends moved into our building last week, and growing up my mom always taught me to welcome new neighbors with cookies.  In fact, we moved around a lot, and we would just welcome ourselves with cookies. So I went back to Picky Palate's vault and found these Fluffernutter cookies with only 3 ingredients.  They sounded too good to be true, peanut butter, fluff and an egg, that's it.  I literally whipped the dough together in 5 minutes and threw them in the oven, can't beat that!  Mine didn't turn out as pretty as the ones on Picky Palate's page, but they were soft, chewy and delicious.  I think next time I need to add a little extra fluff, and there will be a next time.

Happy Father's Day!


S'mores Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have two amazing/adorable/wonderful nephews and an equally amazing/adorable/wonderful niece. And I'm not just saying that because I'm their aunt, I have proof.  Unfortunately they live too far away from me and talking on the phone to their crazy aunt isn't on the top of their priority list, I fall far behind playing baseball and watching Dora.  So this weekend I decided to bribe my youngest nephew to talk on the phone to me with cookies, and it worked, he was on the phone faster than I've ever seen him.  He was nice enough to tell me he likes any cookies, anything with sugar really, so I decided to make these S'more Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies from Picky Palate.  It was really hard to decide which cookies of hers to make, she has so many good looking cookies on her blog and proves that you can stuff a cookie with pretty much anything,  I'll keep you updated as I work my way through this collection.

The cookies are HUGE and sinful, so large and full of sugar, my brother and sister-in-law may forbid my nephews from talking on the phone to me from now on.  They were put in the mail Monday so I'm hoping they stay fresh all the way to California.  If they don't, it's the thought that counts (or that I got him on the phone).

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