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Beef Italian Meatballs

Meatballs are GREAT to make and freeze for later! You can double this recipe and use some for dinner and freeze the rest for in a couple of weeks.

1 lb. ground beef (I used 80/20)

1 ½ cup. Italian panko bread crumbs

2 eggs, beaten

½ cup. milk

1 cup. finely chopped onion

1 tsp. powdered garlic

¼ tsp. dried red pepper flakes

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 Tblsp. dried basil

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Spicy Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini


Is pasta one of your comfort foods? It is for me; the zing of red pepper mixed with garlic and lemon on the pasta helps bring me comfort during a hard time. This week I just was tired, but making this dish that has amazing flavor cheered me up for days! I created this recipe this week using the pasta and white wine we had leftover from having family dinner at our place.

1 lb. angel hair pasta, cooked

4 Tblsp. butter

2 Tblsp. olive oil

5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

12 oz. medium shrimp, shelled and deveined

1 small zucchini, sliced

1 cup. white wine (chardonnay works well)

1 tsp. salt (and more to taste—as needed)

½ tsp. ground pepper

2 Tblsp. dried parsley flakes

¼ cup fresh lemon juice (2 small lemons)

Prepare the pasta if you do not have leftover pasta.

Melt 2 Tblsp. butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and add the garlic, onion, and red pepper flakes, and cook together for 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook for 3-5 minutes until they are pink and cooked through. Place this mixture in a medium bowl and keep warm while you make the sauce.

In that same pan, place the other 2 Tblsp. of the butter and the oil and melt. Add the zucchini and saute for 2 minutes. Then add the wine, lemon juice, parsley flakes, salt and pepper, and cook for 3-5 more minutes.

Then add the shrimp mixture and the pasta and cook for 5-10 minutes until hot and thoroughly mixed.

Serve immediately and enjoy with your favorite wine or sparkling juice! Makes 4 large servings.

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~Mary Hope

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Spicy Beef Crockpot Chili

I cooked up this chili to celebrate that I can eat tomatoes again!! After realizing last winter that my breast milk made my son spit up and have burps when I ate tomatoes, I stopped eating tomatoes for 11 months. (I sure missed chili, pizza, and spaghetti). Now that Joel is one, he seems to handle tomato-y milk better. He even had a couple of bites of the chili, but isn’t a fan yet.

Yay for tomatoes!!!

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Rice Crispy Trees 🌲

What’s better than crisp rice treats?!? Rice crispy trees!!! We had a woodland themed birthday party for our one year old, and I had to make some tree treats.

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Chicken Artichoke White Pizza

My son still can’t handle me eating tomatoes (they come through my breast milk and cause him to spit up or at least burp and be sad), so I’ve had to learn to make white pizza! My husband had the recipe (which was just an ingredient list) for this pizza, and it is amazing! Here’s how I put it together:

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Cinnamon Apple Cobbler

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When you have an apple tree, but no pie pans, you make cobbler! For Labor Day, we were in northern Wisconsin, and I forgot to bring supplies to make pies with the apples from the tree up there, so we did this instead: Continue reading

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White Chocolate Chip Applesauce Muffins

My husband is usually right. I fight admitting it sometimes, but he is. 😉 He is a smart guy, and he is a great baker! He was right about these Reusable Silicone Baking Cups, Pack of 12–he told me to use them because we can then re-use them. I fought him because I tried them once and the muffins did not come out easily. However, recently I decided to try using them again (and I sprayed them with cooking spray to make sure they came out!) and they worked great! If you want to try them, check them out here:
Reusable Silicone Baking Cups, Pack of 12

And the muffin tins that I used are so nice too, try them as well:

Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan

The white chocolate chips melt into the muffin, making a yummy moist muffin full of flavor.

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