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Leap Year Frog Party Food Ideas feature
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What is a frog's favorite time? Leap year, of course. (Did you find my frog joke absolutely ribbetting?) Okay, I'll stop now, but you gotta admit . . . frogs are fun. And frogs make a great theme for a party, especially for leap year. There are all kinds of fun leap year frog party games (which I'll... More

Sweet Monkey Bread Recipes

Sweet Monkey Bread Recipes

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Last month's Tear & Share Recipes article was so popular that I decided to dedicate a whole blog post to the sweet Tear & Share dessert known as Monkey Bread. Traditional Monkey Bread is a sticky, gooey pastry made by coating small pieces of sweet bread dough with butter, cinnamon and sugar then baking them in a bundt pan. Monkey Bread is served warm... More

12 Mini Pie Recipes

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A pie is a terrible thing to waste. You can quote me on that. That's why I've rounded up a dozen mini pie recipes that are perfect for serving your guests this holiday season. Mini pies are the ideal size, especially if you're concerned about portion control. Plus, they're easy to wrap up and send home with... More

tear and share recipes feature
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It's that time of year again when guests gather around the table to eat and socialize. One of the very best dishes to serve is a Tear and Share. Folks can tear off what they want, when they want it. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, these warm, gooey bites are simply delicious. Here are 22 Tear and... More

Recipes using Apple Cider
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Last week I rounded up 14 Lip-Smacking Apple Cider Drink Recipes. This week, I found 10 recipes using apple cider as a main ingredient. From apple cider syrup to apple cider caramel candy and everything in-between, if you like cider, you'll love these wonderful recipes. APPLE CIDER SYRUP My son who presses apple cider also makes maple syrup. He puts... More

Apple Cider Mimosa Feature Recipe
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The apple trees in northwest Pennsylvania are loaded right now. I picked 5 bushels of apples in under a half an hour today. My son is going to press cider with them tomorrow, so I thought I better round up some apple cider drink recipes. If you don't have a cider press, but would like to... More

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Basil is my very favorite herb. Since harvest time is fast approaching (woo-hoo!) I thought I'd round up a couple of simple, yet delicious, recipes featuring basil. Luckily, the ingredient lists for these recipes and prep times are both short. There are basil sauces, dips, breads, and salad dressings just to name a few. I'll finish... More

12 Unique Melon Recipes

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Summertime, and the living is easy. Melons are easy too! Here are 12 unique melon recipes that would make great additions to any picnic table. Before you head to the kitchen, you have to head to the grocery store to get your melons. How do you pick the sweetest, juiciest melons? I use the "smell test." I... More

10 Healthy Red, White, and Blue Recipes Feature
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Yahoo, it's berry season! My favorite time of year. I've put together my top ten healthy red, white, and blue recipes that are both delicious and healthy. Of course, any of them would be welcome additions to a 4th of July picnic, but you don't have to wait for a holiday to cook up these recipes. Your family... More

10 Graduation Themed Party Recipes
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Diplomas, tassels, and caps and gowns are iconic symbols of commencement festivities. Why not use these motifs to decorate your graduation party food? Whether you know someone who is graduating from pre-school, middle school, high school, or college, here are 10 graduation themed party recipes that will look great on any graduation party table. First up are these adorable graduation caps... More

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