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Snowflake Cocoa

We have a new cold-weather favorite: Snowflake cocoa. Creamy white-chocolate bliss! I heat it and serve it from my slow cooker so it’s perfect for holiday gatherings. I prefer to sprinkle a little…

An Easy Christmas Treat for Teachers and Neighbors

After I pulled this recipe out, I decided to hang up my apron, the banana bread, and oodles of Christmas cookies, and that, uh, “frosted” look on my kitchen and my kids….

“What do You Want for Dinner?”

Recently I’ve observed an interesting practice by a number of parents with young children. As dinner time draws near the parent asks the child, “What would you like for dinner?”…

Thanksgiving Memories (a.k.a. Dinner’s Ready When the Fire Alarm Goes Off)

Before autism turned our world upside down, we did a fair share of entertaining. I loved filling our house with people and feeding them. The more the merrier. One particular…

A Thanksgiving Treat

You know that the dynamics of your family are changing when your adult children initiate family activities and plan new and meaningful family traditions. This year our oldest son and his…

Simple “Souper” Suppers

Two simple soups—made from”souped-up” canned soup—to welcome autumn on a busy night! Thai Coconut Soup 2 14- to 19-ounce cans chicken noodle soup 1/2 cup coconut milk 2 teaspoons lime juice Simmer the soup and coconut (add…

Fall Recipes for a Sweet Tooth

Simple Pumpkin Muffins 1 box chocolate cake mix 1 can pumpkin Mix together and spoon into a muffin tin. Bake according to package directions for cupcakes. Your kids won’t taste…

Easy, Healthy After-School Snacks

Some recipes for somewhat healthy, quick treats to celebrate the new school year: Simple veggie dip: Light sour cream; add seasoning salt (like Lowry’s), dill, and onion powder to taste….

Chicken Chili … a Family Favorite

Here is our family’s favorite chili—a real winner for fall nights! Chicken Chili 3-4  chicken breasts 1-2 cups of chicken broth 1, 14-ounce can of navy beans 1, 14-ounce can…

Brown Bag Favorites

The new school year is a hot topic in our household in August.  Checking over supply lists, taking inventory of school wardrobes, and wondering which friends will be in the kids’…

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