Just Like Mama Made Ginger Snaps

Just Like Mama Made Ginger Snaps

For some, kitchen staples are things like tomato sauce and pasta, but in our house, we never run out of flour, sugar, and butter.  A rainy day can be solved with a batch of cookies, a frown can turn into a smile, and a lazy afternoon is given purpose.  This year, I decided to whip up my husbands favorite - Ginger Snaps.  My mom and I made these together growing up, and his grandmother made them frequently too.  I thought one batch might get us through the holidays; however, I've already made them four times.  Take a bite, tell me what you think :) 

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup

On a quest to create the perfect Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar SoupI spent some time with one recipe I found in The Whole 9 Months Week-by-week Pregnancy Nutrition Guide by Jennifer Lang and another on AllRecipes.com called Copycat Panera® Broccoli Cheddar Soup. Somewhere in the middle, I've found a bowl of creamy goodness chalked full of fresh veggies.  I am trusting my husband on this recipe, as I was never much of a broccoli-anything enthusiast as a child; in fact, I have never had more than a taste of this soup at Panera.  It wasn't until well into my years as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech that I began eating broccoli, and it has taken the better half of a decade since graduation for me to truly appreciate green veggies. 

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Easy As Pie

Easy As Pie

We might as well talk about it, because I know you’re already thinking about it. As Thanksgiving inches closer, I can’t help but think about pie! As I said last week, I haven’t been reaching for sweets much during this pregnancy — so thoughts of pumpkin and pecan pie haven’t been on my mind. But, this EASY berry pie is tart, simple and satisfies my sweet tooth. Here’s how to make it — it’s as easy as pie.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

The first soup I ever loved was Chicken Noodle Soup from Panera Bread. I would pick right around the veggies unapologetically slurping up the broth.  Now I enjoy making homemade chicken noodle soup chock-full of seasonal vegetables like carrots, celery, and onions. It's easy to make large batches of soup to save for lazy Sundays and easy lunches; bonus, my husband loves it. 

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Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

My husband loves smoothies; in fact, sometimes he makes enough smoothies on Monday to last him for an entire week.  Despite his love for smoothies, he often complains about the consistency and asks me for my magic smoothie making skills. Try out this recipe with the measurements included.  Eventually, you will be able to freehand when making your morning concotions. 

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