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May
16

Ma's Homemade Princess Fruit Dip

Some flavors define your childhood memories.  I remember picking black raspberries at my Gran's and gobbling as many as I could during those hot summer months and they remain my favorite berry to this day.  Every time I bite into one I remember her house and those wonderful hot afternoons picking berries with her.  

Today I'm sharing another fond memory with you.  Princess dip!  My Ma was a caterer and a cook her entire life so of course everything at her house was the bomb.  But as a kid one thing I always was on the lookout for was the princess dip!  It is SO good.  I would dip everything in it.  Fruit of course is what is for but as a kid I would pile as much as I could get away with on my plate and dip cookies and cakes and the occasional fruit in it and lick every last drop from my fingers.  There's nothing quite like Princess Dip to brighten up my day and help me feel connected to my family that lives so far away.  It was the one thing I HAD to have at my wedding from my Ma...that and her ribs of course. ;)

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May
02

Whole 30 Milkshake

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Well I did it finally.  I decided to try Whole 30.  Guys, I'm only 3 days in and my junk food loving days are haunting me.  Now before you jump all over me I KNOW I'm not supposed to eat "healthified" junk food on whole 30.  But let me just say, I was about to throw in the towel after only 3 days!  It's sad I know.  I have very little self control it seems when it comes to my snacks.  So it was either make a healthy treat or go to McDonald's and forget the whole thing.   Also I do what I want. ;) So I thought about what would be most satisfying and easy to make with healthy ingredients and I came up with this recipe for a healthy milkshake. And I am NOT sorry.

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Apr
11

Tangy Stuffed Peppers

When  I was newly married and very young, cooking was quite the adventure. We lived in a tiny little apartment as managers.  Just to give you an idea of how tiny our apartment was, the bathroom was so small you had to put your feet up on the bathtub to sit down on the toilet. lol!  The kitchen was itty bitty and I didn't have a dishwasher or much space to work with.  What I did have was a gas stove a tiny counter top, a sink and a wobbly kitchen table.  I never felt like I was lacking anything and I was so thrilled to have a place of our own.  I painted every room a different color and we had people over constantly.  I cooked for them all.

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Mar
20

Ma's Sweet Potato Pie

Spring is officially here and I am so excited to be planting and opening windows...and even deep cleaning my house.  BUT I am also sad to see my Fall and Winter decor and rich earthy tastes go until next year.  I decided to have a last hurrah and leave my snowflakes, snowmen and pinecones out for one more week.  I also baked one of my favorite treats from my childhood.  Sweet Potato Pie!

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Julia @PrudentJoy
This looks awesome! I have only made pumpkin pie, but, I will definitely give this a try the next time I have sweet potatoes.... Read More
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April Huggins
It really is one of my favorites and sweet potatoes are pretty much available year round Let me know what you think when you try... Read More
Saturday, 25 March 2017 11:10
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Feb
15

Gran's Pork Chop Chili

My Gran and Papi were my best friends growing up.  I loved their house.  I had my own room and my own cat and of course my favorite foods.  They shared the cooking - pretty progressive for their generation.  There was nothing quite like going to visit them and smelling the aroma of butter flavored crisco and onions and browning tortillas fill the air.  The sound of the gas burners snap snap snapping, the excitement I would get to sit on the counter to stir a pot.

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Jan
25

Worth a Try Recipes: 3 Ingredient Soup

 

One thing I'm going to be sharing is family recipes and those of my own creation.  My multi-ethnic background has made for quite the variety of foods going across our table.  I wouldn't have it any other way.  I love to try new foods but I always come back to those that remind me of home.  The ones my Mama or my Grandma made me over and over.  The tastes of my childhood.   It's funny because a lot of times I find out the foods I loved as a child were the simple things that my Mama made over and over because they were easy. One of those is this quick, easy and CHEAP soup.  I usually make this when its cold outside and I would rather be hibernating than slaving over a stove.  It's great for a budget and it can stretch for several meals.  This soup can be as easy as 3 ingredients! Are you ready to make dinner with minimal effort and minimal cost?  Good me too! And the great news is even my kiddos will eat this one.

 

3 Ingredient Soup

Kielbasa Sausage (I use turkey kielbasa because it's less greasy) 

Small Cabbage ( basically the whole thing)

Potatoes ( about 3 large) (I used the equivalent in small red potatoes but you can use any potatoes you have lying around.)

Optional - Onion and Garlic  (about half a medium white onion and 2 large cloves of garlic diced)

Salt and Pepper to taste.

 

 

Dice your Potatoes.  

Slice your kielbasa in bite sized pieces.

Chop your cabbage in strips.

Add potatoes and and kielbasa to a stock pot cover with enough water that there is room to add cabbage later. Bring to a boil.

 Lower heat to a simmer and add cabbage ( and onions and garlic if you choose).

 Cook until potatoes can be pierced with a fork. Do not overcook or the cabbage will get slimey.  (gross)

Add salt and pepper to taste.  Admittedly it does seem to take a lot of salt!  

 

Now I know it might not sound that great but like I said even my kids will eat this and they hate everything.  It is very good. It is very easy.  It is very cheap.  Do you have a family recipe you want to share?  Is there something you make that's quick, easy and cheap?  Tell me all about it because quick, easy and cheap is my jam!  Enjoy your hot soup and as always Stay Crafty!

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