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An afternoon with the Kansas Freezer Meal Queen

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Friends / Noms

This morning I’m sitting on the couch, looking like a Buddha in yoga pants and a maternity t-shirt, humbly contemplating the blessings of true friendship that I have. Friends from back home in Texas who, even four years after I abandoned them to the storms and mosquitoes, still regularly keep in touch and send gifts to my boys. Friends from all over the Internet, some of whom I’ve never met, who care for my family […]

In the Kitchen: Divinity

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When I think of my great-grandmother, Grandma “Bridge City,” I think of the color red. I think of the blessings she had in the form of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren who she got to meet. And at Christmastime, I think about her candy making. I remember standing in her kitchen – a kitchen that would one day be my own – and watching her set out plates of divinity, fudge and bon bons that […]

In the Kitchen: “Still Thankful” Turkey Salad

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Next-day turkey is kind of sad. It’s pretty dry at the point, white and bland and just sort of there in your fridge. You could put it on some bread and make a sandwich, but no matter how many toppings you pile on, you’re still going to have this bite of cardboard poultry in there. The turkey, it needs the salad treatment. Most turkey salad recipes want you to put fruit in them. My husband […]

In the Kitchen: Copycat 54th Street Gringo Dip

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#iPPP / Noms

WHOA. Where’d all you folks come from? I mothballed this site awhile back and just left up the recipes, so I was surprised to see a huge uptick in visits this week. Can someone tell me what kind person sent you? One of my favorite appetizers here in Kansas City is 54th Street’s Gringo Dip – a white cheese dip loaded with veggies and spice. They serve it with chips or waffle fries and it’s […]

In the Kitchen: Kitchen Sink Pasta Salad

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Man, it’s hot. It’s hotter than two squirrels screwing in a wool sock. It’s so hot birds have to pull worms out of their holes with potholders. It’s SO hot that I tied my mule in a field of corn, and the corn started popping and the mule thought it was snow and froze to death! Just kidding. I don’t have a mule. Or corn. But damn, it’s hot. I don’t remember the last time […]

In the Kitchen: Meal Planning with Pinterest

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I'm Still Learning / Noms

By now I’m sure most of you are using Pinterest, if for nothing else than to amass a large collection of obnoxious Someecards. Or maybe that’s just me? Pinterest is useful for other things too though, like meal planning. Since I tend to Pin links to recipes all willy nilly, it can be daunting to go dig back through them each evening for a particular link. So, I’ve begun making a weekly menu that has […]

In the Kitchen: Lasagna soup

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Y’all, I’m changing Monday Meals over to “Soup’s On” Sunday. I’m doing this for several reasons. One, so I can participate in Stasha’s Monday Listicles, and two because, well, because I can! Oh, the joys of being your own boss. (For those of you who’ve never heard the saying, “Soup’s on” is just a way to call people to the table for dinner.) I came across this recipe for Low-Fat Lasagna soup on Pinterest. I’m […]

Red Dragon, Lunchmeat and why there won’t be a Monday Meals Post

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#BloomWhereYourePlanted / Friends / How was YOUR day? / Noms

I want to tell you about that time that I purposefully placed turkey cold cuts on my face. That time was yesterday. It started out as a great day. I kissed my boys goodbye that morning and headed to meet my friend Greta for lunch and girl time. I enjoyed a fruity Blue Moon and a spicy Red Dragon roll while GFunk and I chatted about family and future plans. She gave me my birthday […]

In the Kitchen: Church food

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When you grow up a Southern Baptist in Texas, you grow up with a love for Jesus, sweaty preachers and casserole dishes. We moved up north a bit, so the preacher is quite a bit calmer, but Jesus and the casserole dishes are sure the same. I’ve been serving meals at our church for about a year now, and I’ve seen all manner of food prepared and eaten there. Once, I had to make a […]

In the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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So, we eat a lot of these. And by “a lot” I mean several bags a week. And be “we” I mean me. I thought it would be fun the other night to make my own in the hopes that maybe by taking so much time to craft them I’d be less likely to inhale them. Not so much. These cookies lasted 18 hours in our house. Maybe you have more willpower?     Peanut […]