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Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Cider

INGREDIENTS 1 (64-oz) bottle Ocean Spray Cran-Apple Juice 2 cinnamon sticks 5 whole cloves 2 star anise pods Apple slices, I use Gala ½ cup fresh cranberries INSTRUCTIONS Add everything to a 4 quart or larger slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or until heated. Serve and enjoy! *Recipe courtesy of https://www.themagicalslowcooker.com/slow-cooker-cranberry-apple-cider/

Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Ingredients 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast 1/2 cup warm water , 110 degrees 3 Tbsp sugar , divided 3/4 cup milk , warmed to about 80 degrees 1 large egg 3 Tbsp unsalted butter , softened 3 1/2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary 1 1/2 tsp salt 1 Tbsp whisked egg , for brushing rolls 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour , then more as needed Good quality extra-virgin olive oil and freshly ground black pepper Instructions In the bowl of [...]read moreRosemary Dinner Rolls

Chili Lime Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

*Recipe courtesy of CarlsbadCravings.com Taco Ingredients: 1 Recipe All Purpose Chili Lime Chicken 1 Recipe Grilled Pineapple Salsa 4 flour tortillas or 6-8 corn tortillas 1/2 cup favorite cheese, more or less Avocado Crema Ingredients: 1 medium avocado 1/2 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon lime juice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder DIRECTIONS: Prepare Chili Lime Chicken And Grilled Pineapple Salsa according to directions. To make [...]read moreChili Lime Chicken Tacos with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Classic Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies

THE ADDAMS FAMILY That creepy, gothic, Addams family is up to their normal hijinks. Not technically a Halloween movie, but October seems fitting for a family that has a severed hand for a maid. CASPER Kat and her father move into an old abandoned mansion which ends up being inhabited by 4 ghosts, one of which [...]read moreClassic Kid-Friendly Halloween Movies

Burrito Bowls w/ Grilled Chicken

INGREDIENTS: For the chicken: 1 1/4 pounds NatureRaised Farms Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts ¼ cup olive oil ⅓ cup lime juice 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt ¼ teaspoon ground cumin 2 cloves garlic minced ¼ cup water 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1-2 tablespoons chili powder depending on the heat level of your chili powder. I use a mild chili powder so I do the full 2 tablespoons. 3 cups cooked white or brown rice [...]read moreBurrito Bowls w/ Grilled Chicken

Million Dollar Baby

Let’s face it. Talking about money isn’t easy. Until you meet Trudi Kayser. She’s a financial educator with Life Made to Order Financial in Phoenix, a division of Five Rings Financial. Her company’s workshops offer guidance about everything from saving for college to retirement. She tries to remove the shroud of secrecy from the “M” [...]read moreMillion Dollar Baby

Blackberry Lemonade Pie

INGREDIENTS 30 Golden Oreo cookies 1/3 cup butter, melted 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 1 teaspoon lemon zest 3/4 cup lemon juice 1 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 cup seedless blackberry jam, melted and cooled INSTRUCTIONS In a food processor, pulse cookies to form [...]read moreBlackberry Lemonade Pie

Using Technology to Advance Toddler and Preschool Learning

Press Release from First Things First Arizona (August 2018): For families of babies, toddlers and preschoolers, saying no screen time is easier said than done. Technology isn’t going away and neither is the desire to make sure that kids are prepared for a world filled with computers at every turn. The American Academy of Pediatrics [...]read moreUsing Technology to Advance Toddler and Preschool Learning

Garlic Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS: (Makes 15) 15 mushrooms 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 tablespoons chopped garlic ½ tablespoon kosher salt ½ tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 8 ounces softened cream cheese ¼ cup Italian breadcrumbs ½ cup shredded parmesan cheese, divided 2 tablespoons chopped parsley Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper Chopped parsley, to garnish   PREPARATION: 1. [...]read moreGarlic Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms

10 Date Nights Every Married Couple Needs!

HERE ARE THE 10 DATE NIGHTS YOUR MARRIAGE NEEDS TO SPICE UP DATE NIGHT: 1. Super Fancy Dress Up Date On this date you put on the fanciest dress you own and go somewhere extra elegant. These dates are usually reserved for anniversaries or other special occasions but we should sprinkle them into our general date night [...]read more10 Date Nights Every Married Couple Needs!

Caprese Bites with Pesto!

Looking for a refreshing appetizer to serve your guests this Summer? These are great for any backyard BBQ or cocktail party you're planning to host! SO yummy and easy to make! INGREDIENTS 12 cherry tomatoes 4 oz. Mozzarella cheese (do not use fresh) 4 slices rustic bread (i.e. Italian) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 cup [...]read moreCaprese Bites with Pesto!

Broccoli Apple Salad

Kids Favorite Broccoli Apple Salad! Here is the recipe... INGREDIENTS: 2 medium – apple 4 cup, shredded or chopped – shredded veggies, bagged (such as broccoli slaw) 1/4 cup – poppy seed dressing, light (separate recipe below) 1/2 cup – cranberries, dried 1/4 cup – almonds, sliced DIRECTIONS: Dice apples and toss with broccoli slaw.  Mix in a [...]read moreBroccoli Apple Salad