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Pumpkin Gingerbread Muffins

I had a fall feeling in my bones when I picked up my friend, Katie Morford’s book, Rise and Shine: Better Breakfasts for Busy Mornings.   It was a cold, overcast...

Pumpkin Spice Butter

I LOVE all things pumpkin this time of year.  It’s super simple to get canned pumpkin and add a fall flair to any recipe from quick breads to chili to oatmeal...

Food and Genes: What’s the Story?

*This post is sponsored by Illinois Farm Families. The field of genomics is exploding!  I was thrilled to be included on a recent tour of the University of Illinois’ Institute...

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Almonds

Do you want a super simple snack that crunchy, satisfying and tastes great?  Then you’ve got to try my roasted almonds.  With only four simple ingredients, you can whip these...

Grilled Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs

My tween age children, Grant and Samantha, can be great helpers in the kitchen.  I have to admit that sometimes there is some bribing that goes into it, but in the...

Simple Peach Crisp

Yasss!  Peaches are in season now.  I just want to gobble them up.  My family loves them, too. I have childhood memories of eating whole peaches and just letting the...