Healthy Banana Nut Cookies

To be honest, these aren’t really cookies, they are just cookie shaped. Their texture is more like banana bread. I saw this recipe floating around the internet and tried them, but I was missing the cookie crunch. So I added walnuts and just a few mini chocolate chips. These are a great healthy snack or breakfast option because there is no flour or white sugar (except what is in the chips). These keep about two, maybe three days as they are very moist...

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Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes

Just hearing the word pancakes makes me want pancakes. I never not want pancakes. But they have to be big, fluffy pancakes with a dot of salted butter in between each and a good amount of warm syrup poured over them. For this recipe, I use 2% milk (Lactaid for me) to make the buttermilk, but you can use whatever you like. I add oatmeal to the whole batter and then split it and add blueberries to one bowl and chocolate chips to the other.

2 cups milk
4 T...

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Aunt Chrissy’s Eggplant Meatloaf

Fear not – for those that don’t like the taste of eggplant, you will never even know it’s in here! My sister has been making this recipe for years and it’s super-moist and tasty. It has the added health benefits of eggplant and if you keep the skin on, you retain even more nutrients. I waited for my husband to tell me he loved it before I told him it had eggplant in it. : )

1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb ground veal**
1/2 lb ground pork
1 eggplant (pee...

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Eye Shadow Primer

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I have been blessed/cursed with oily skin. The blessing is that my skin is thicker and less wrinkly. The curse is that it’s a challenge to keep makeup on my face. For years, no matter what liquid eyeliner I have used, my oily lids always eat it up. Even Bobbi Brown’s famed gel liner came off within hours – the saleswoman said that never happens…
I don’t wear eye shadow, but thought I would give an eye shadow primer a try...

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Gluten Free Banana Bread

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I love banana bread, but for it to be share-worthy, it has to be moist and has to have a strong banana taste. My friend Lindsey posted her favorite recipe on her blog, The Pressured Cooker, and it was exactly what I was looking for. I converted the recipe to use gluten free flours and it was equally delicious. I usually add two tablespoons of chia seed for extra fiber, but you can omit them...

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Shrimp in Vinaigrette with Mandarin Orange

Every December I get together with some wonderful women for a day of cookie making and fantastic food.  One dish that’s always served is this shrimp in vinaigrette – a recipe I could not leave without.  It’s totally tweakable – you can add other fresh veggies you like or use some of the liquid to dress other salads.  This can be made to be eaten immediately, but it tastes even better the next day.

3 lbs large shrimp. uncooked, shelled and deveined
2-3 c...
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Gluten Free Scandinavian Almond Cake

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For this recipe, I took the traditional Scandinavian Almond Cake recipe and played with different gluten free flours.  I liked this combination, as it yielded a texture and taste similar to the original recipe.  So far, this recipe has been a hit.   Though the ingredients can be on the expensive side, it’s fun to experiment.  If you try other flours, I would love to hear how they turned out!

1 1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 tsp pure almond extract
2/3 cup milk

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Baked Oatmeal

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You will love this baked oatmeal recipe!  If your only experience with oatmeal has been with those little instant packages, you are in for a nice surprise here.  This oatmeal is moist without being mushy and it’s full of flavor.  This recipe will realistically yield about three servings, so if you are doubling it, use an 8×8 pan instead.

Baked Oatmeal

1/2 cup + 1 TBSP milk

1/2 cup sugar

3 TBSP melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

2 TBSP canola or vegetabl...

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Cream Cheese Frosting

This cream cheese frosting goes so well with the tomato soup spice cake found on this site, but is so versatile, you can use it on any cake, danish, or cinnamon roll.

1 8oz package softened cream cheese
2 TBSP milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 16oz package confectioner’s sugar

*Beat the cream cheese, milk and vanilla with an electric mixer
*on low, slowly add in sugar and beat

Notes:
-keeps a few days in the refrigerator

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Tomato Soup Spice Cake

Like me, my dad has some great memories of foods from his childhood. The tastes and smells take us right back to the loving hands that made those dishes. This tomato soup spice cake recipe is pretty close to the one his mother used to make. Hope it brings back some memories for you!

2 cups flour
1 1/3 cups sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground cloves (or more if you like it spicier)
1 ...

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