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orange jello salad in a small glass jar
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Orange Jello Salad

With just a few ingredients, this light and fluffy Orange Jello Salad is super easy, kid-friendly and perfect for any gathering! Wanna know what I love about living in the midwest?? First off, I love the wide open spaces – it means room for the kids to run, room for a garden, and clear skies […]

Macaroni Salad in a white bowl
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Sweet Macaroni Salad

This easy recipe for Sweet Macaroni Salad is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy! It’s a go-to recipe for parties, barbeques, potlucks and family gatherings! I love our definition of a salad here in the Midwest. Like really, let’s think about it….Snicker’s Salad? Yup. Strawberry Pretzel Salad? Love it. Jell-O Salad? Sign me up. […]

Glazed Baby Carrots on a spoon
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Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are the most delicious side dish! They’re easy to make, full of flavor and have just the right amount of sweetness! When I’m looking for a quick and easy side dish, I many times turn to a bag of steamed veggies or a salad kit. But let’s be honest, that gets […]

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Roasted Baby Carrots

These Roasted Baby Carrots with ranch seasoning are a super simple side dish that comes together as quick as could be! Wanna know my favorite way to eat a carrot? Well, unless we’re putting them in a carrot cake (swoooon), I like them best roasted until they’re golden brown! I love that when carrots are […]

Homemade Applesauce
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Homemade Applesauce

This Homemade Applesauce is such a treat! It’s smooth and slightly sweet with a touch of cinnamon. Eat right away or freeze in bags to enjoy later! My brother has always been very particular when it comes to applesauce. He only eats the smooth, sweetened applesauce with no cinnamon and it has to be cold. […]

Frozen Fruit Cups
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Frozen Fruit Cups

Frozen Fruit Cups are a perfect brunch option or afternoon snack. These individual fruit cups with strawberries, bananas, peaches and more are refreshing and oh so tasty!! Two year olds. Woofta – aren’t they exhausting?! It’s amazing how much sass and attitude fits in such a tiny little human being! And then next thing you […]

Tortellini Pasta Salad
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Tortellini Pasta Salad

Cheese-filled tortellini pasta brings a fun twist to a classic side dish! This pasta salad with Italian dressing is as easy as it gets and oh so tasty! Hello, sweet, sweet summertime! It’s SO good to be reunited with sunshine, warm weather, patio drinks and get-together’s with friends! Well, I guess these days gatherings are […]

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Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts

Air Fryer Brussel Sprouts have super crispy leaves and loads of flavor. With the ease of prep and short cook time, they’ll be your new favorite air fryer vegetable in no time! About a year ago, Zach and I went out for dinner at an upscale steakhouse in West Des Moines. Although the steak was […]

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes

These homemade Loaded Mashed Potatoes are sure to be the life of the party! With smooth and fluffy potatoes, rich cream cheese and ooey-gooey cheddar cheese, these are SO good, there’s no need for gravy! My sister and I are just 20 months apart and the older we get, the closer we become. When we […]

Best Ever Baked Beans
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Best Ever Baked Beans

Best Ever Baked Beans are meaty, perfectly sweet and 100% delicious! Try these and I can (almost) guarantee they’ll be the last bean recipe you will ever make! Baked beans.  You either love ‘em or you hate ‘em.  I’m 100% on team “Love ‘em!”  When I was a little tyke, Mom always bought Van Camps.  […]