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From the ND Recipe Girls cookbook. I loved throwing these in the oven to bake rather than pan frying them. We ate them with white rice. Yummy! (I used 1 lb. ground beef and decreased the amount of saltines).

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Cream Cheese Frosting (for fruit pizzas)


I like to buy store-bought sugar cookies and make individual mini fruit pizzas. This allows us to make as many as we need at a time so they don’t get soggy. This is the recipe I like to use for the cream cheese layer.

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Cabbage Rolls (Pigs in the Blanket)


I grew up eating Pigs in the Blanket, made by my mom. I’ve often made the ‘lazy’ hot dish version, but have never tried actually making the rolls myself. I started with my mom’s recipe, then used a few recipes I found online to come up with my own unique version. We thought they turned out great!

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Bok Choy Salad


Every once in awhile we get baby bok choy through Bountiful Baskets. I discovered this salad recipe and it was a hit with my family. I imagined it’d be much like the Chinese coleslaw that I love so much, but it was completely different. Very unexpected, but very good!

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Ravioli Lasagna


I adapted this recipe from one found on It seemed to be a hit with my family and it was a hit with me because it was MUCH quicker than making traditional lasagna.

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Apricot Soy Pork Chops


Found this on the For the Love of Cooking blog. It’s originally a Cooking Light recipe. It was delicious served with brown rice. My hubby loved it and my 4-year-old even gobbled his up. Definitely a keeper!

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Holiday Gelatin Salad


This is an old favorite from Taste of Home’s Light & Tasty magazine, Oct/Nov 2007. I love to make it for Thanksgiving. I lean more towards full-sugar jello these days, but it also tastes great with the sugar-free versions. I rarely serve it with the topping.

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Pork & Broccoli Stir-Fry


From the November ‘13 issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray. Delicious served with jasmine rice!

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Greek Salad with Couscous


Found this on I love Greek salads and I had a box of Israeli couscous in my pantry so this caught my eye right away. It’s absolutely delicious!

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Arkansas Green Beans


I found this on via Pinterest. She found it on This recipe is amazing. I first made it last fall for a tailgating get together and I got so many compliments on it. One guy actually told me he doesn’t like green beans, but he couldn’t stop eating these. I converted a green bean hater. *pats back*

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