Perfect Barbecue Baked Beans

Perfect Barbecue Baked Beans have a tangy sweetness that develops in the oven while baking. An easy recipe that fills the house with a comforting aroma.

 

Perfect Barbecue Baked Beans have a tangy sweetness that develops in the oven while baking.   This is one of those easy recipes that leaves you feeling accomplished after the oven door is closed.  Not only that – there is a bonus.  The house will be filled with a comforting aroma.

I’m never quite sure if there is actually a season for baked beans.  It is one of those dishes that travels well so it can go to beach barbecues and picnics but then it also can warm up the house on those cold days and become a perfect comfort food.  Okay – Decision made!   It is a year round recipe.  So get out your big pot and take a few momemts to make a wonderful homemade meal.  If you are lucky enough to have leftovers the beans are just as good the second day as the first.

 

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Double Chocolate Brownie Stacks

Double Chocolate Brownie Stacks are thin layers of brownies layered with rich chocolate frosting and then sprinkled with the colors of the season.

 

 

Double Chocolate Brownie Stacks are thinner layers of brownies layered with rich chocolate frosting and then sprinkled with the colors of the season. Halloween here we come!

It makes me very happy that everyone out there loves chocolate as much as I do. That way I can serve up some decadent sweets knowing that they are going to be received with welcome arms. I do my best to add the best oils, sweeteners and chocolate. Anything to improve and enjoy our sweet indulgences without feeling the guilt.  These squares are really only about 1-1/2″ across, at the most, so they are not as large as they look.  Of course, you can make them as big as you like.

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Vegetable Barley Soup

Vegetable Barley Soup is a great mix-up for your hearty and satisfying soup repertoire. It's easy to make with a wonderful variety of fresh vegetables.

 

Vegetable Barley Soup is a great mix-up for your hearty and satisfying soup repertoire.  It’s easy to make with a wonderful variety of fresh vegetables that add a great addition to the base flavors.

I have been waiting and waiting for cooler weather to get here.  It is so fun to start combining this and that for stews, soups and chilies to help us feel warm from from the inside out.  Well, it is not that cool here yet but I know it probably is at your house.  I see pictures of people all over facebook wearing long pants, sweaters and boots so it must be that time.  Right?   So I am taking advantage of the visuals and starting the fun, early, here in Arizona.  We are enjoying spoonfuls of wonderful soup right along with you.

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Tea Time and a Loaded Chickpea Salad Sandwich

 

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Loaded Chickpea Salad Sandwich is a complete meal with even more veggies and spices added. Quick to prepare and keeps great in the fridge or freezer.

How about a big fat Chickpea Salad Sandwich along with a nice  refreshing glass of Iced Tea?  I think I can’t finish this post right now because that sounds too good.  Be right back!

Well, that was a great idea!  The sandwich really hit the spot and Lipton Tea always goes perfectly with a lunch like this.  Let me tell you about the sandwich which turned out to be an evolution. It was going to be a blend with Hellmann’s Italian Dressing but I do that quite a bit already so I thought ‘let’s do something new and get really creative’.

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Slow Cooker Apple Pie Cake

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Cake is the easy and fast to prepare. You start with yellow cake mix and add fresh apple slices. A few more ingredients and stir. Yum!

 

 

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Cake is the best of three worlds.  Apple pie meets cake in the crockpot. Some people might call it a dump and go cake but I call it layering ingredients, just so, with love and attention to get the most scrumptious dessert. Then again sometimes I call it a dump and go cake.  Another fun thing is that you use fresh sliced apples but you get to use a vegan cake mix.  Duncan Hines as a matter of fact.  They have lots of vegan mixes and frostings if you are ever in a hurry.  Have fun with this easy dessert that everyone will love.

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Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer

 

Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer is flavorful, easy, unique, fast and tasty!

 

Look what I found!  A recipe for Coconut Oat Vanilla Nut Creamer in the new cookbook from Kathy Hester titled OATrageous Oatmeals.  I had quite a time trying to decide on which recipe I wanted to showcase for this post.  There are so many good recipes but the reason I choose this nut creamer was because the combination of ingredients are so unique and the results are perfect.  I use ‘creamer’ daily and now I have a new addition that is slightly sweet and very flavorful.

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Homemade Nutella

Homemade Nutella is a chocolate-hazelnut spread that can be eaten with a spoon, smeared on toast or baked in countless delectable desserts.

 

 

Homemade Nutella is a chocolate-hazelnut spread that can be smeared on toast or baked in countless delectable desserts.  No preservatives or additives here and how can something so delicious be so simple?

Here I go again admitting my lack of experimentation with food as a child.  That’s right!  I did not have nutella until I was about 30 years old.  Gasp!  You would think a child who would eat Ovaltine by the spoon would try nutella.  Now I am much wiser and my nutella is used for dunking fruit, being folded into vegan crepes,  stirred into warm soy milk for hot chocolate and, yes, even eaten from a spoon.  Such a versatile spread!

 

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