Yum! Banana Muffins

| By Nicole Thorpe, Jennifer’s daughter | It's FALL y'all!  We moved down south just over a year ago, so my "southern" is coming along nicely. The weather here is still warm and muggy, but this just may be one of my favorite months anywhere in the world. Maybe it's because November is the prelude to the holiday season, and there are some wonderful flavors I start to crave. So for the first...
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Raisin Pie

In Huckleberry Hill, the first book in my Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill Series, Lia Shetler is an expert pie maker. Before fresh fruit is in season, Lia makes a raisin pie. I had to make one for myself to see if it was any good. My very nice son helped me. I absolutely loved it! It is incredibly sweet and surprisingly delicious. If you’re a person who loves raisins, you won’t find that...
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Salted Caramel Layer Cake–Delicious!

| by Nicole Thorpe, Jennifer's daughter | It was my birthday last week! I made my own birthday dinner, and my own birthday cake, but my husband did 100% of the clean-up, so it was actually a sweet deal. I’ve always wanted to experiment with caramel flavors in a layer cake, but was always intimidated as caramel seems sort of “one note” to me. Well, this little beauty did not disappoint, and...
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Valentine’s Dessert Skewers

By Nicole Thorpe: Jennifer's daughter I told you last year how much I love Valentine’s Day, and it’s still true. This year I’m having a Galentine’s Day Party (for some gals, on February 13th). I’m making a couple different treats and thought I would share this one with you all. It’s simple, and doesn’t require you to cook anything- assembly only! I usually use brownie pieces for...
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Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry

I jumped on the bandwagon and asked for an Instant Pot for Christmas. Santa was good to me and I got one, but I hadn’t tried it since I got it. I haven’t been especially nervous about cooking with an Instant Pot, but my husband and I go out to eat a lot and I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and figure it out. (It’s one of the perks of being an empty nester. I feel no obligation to...
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Chocolate Chip Toffee Bars

Happy New Year, everybody! I am so excited for the new year and all the promise of wonderful things! On my own personal New Year's Resolution List: Deepen my trust in God, strengthen my cherished relationships, and always choose love. And lose 5 pounds. What are your resolutions? This recipe is from Mel's Kitchen Cafe with a few of my own changes. These bar cookies are delicious and perfect for...
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Mexican Chicken

By Nicole Thorpe This chicken is a standby for all my Mexican cuisine. It freezes, so a double batch is not a bad idea. I do tacos, quesadillas, tortilla soup, enchiladas, chimichangas, and taquitos with this chicken. It would also be super tasty in a taco salad. Plus you make it in the crockpot so it wins. Put all the ingredients in a crockpot and set to high for 5 hours. Remove the chicken...
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A Pie for Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. I hope you have a wonderful-gute day filled with food, family, laughter, and love. One thing we try to do in our family on Thanksgiving is to recount our many blessings and remember those who went before us and made it possible for us to have what we have today. We like to tell this story: "Thanksgiving Day is the expression of a deep feeling of gratitude by our...
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Pumpkin Pancakes

By Nicole Thorpe. Immediate disclaimer- this recipe makes a double batch, because it’s necessary to have copious amounts of these on hand. My family of 5 makes quick work of them, and leftovers are scarce. I love fall; it’s my favorite season. I love the colors and the chill. I love pulling out my comfy sweaters and hot chocolate book comas. So these pancakes feed my soul. They’re like a...
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