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Homemade Lemonade

So since we planted our garden Sunday instead of making homemade lemonade, we saved the lemonade for yesterday. On Sunday evening, when I went out to purchase our vegetable seeds and two more packets of flower seeds, I went ahead and picked up 12 medium-sized lemons for this recipe. Here's what you need for a regular batch of homemade lemonade: 1 c. water 1 c. sugar 6 medium-sized lemons 3-4 c. cold water Yes, I intended to keep the water measurements separate. Here's what you're going to do: Cut the lemons in half. I went ahead and did this first…

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Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

Here's another recipe that we had recently.  I found this one at Parents magazine. Ingredients:  1 tablespoon olive oil  1 small onion, finely chopped (we used half of a large one, because that's what we had) 1/2 small green pepper, seeded and chopped (we only had a large one, so I just used half of that) 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and lightly mashed 1/2 cup lower sodium salsa 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 1 package (10-count) fajita-size flour or whole-wheat tortillas (I made two quesadillas with whole wheat tortillas and one with flour tortillas) 8 ounces reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, shredded (we didn't have any, so I used 4 ounces of Mexican blend cheese…

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Loaded Baked Potato and Chicken Casserole

  Let me just start out by saying this is most definitely one of my most favorite dishes...ever!  Oh my goodness I loved it.  And so did Prince Charming and Rapunzel.  I would definitely make it again.  (Just don't eat this if you're on a diet!) This recipe was adapted from  Cook Lisa Cook's Loaded Baked Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole.  Since our kids are so picky about their spicy food, I essentially just removed the "buffalo" part.  Here's the recipe: Ingredients: 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 8-10 medium potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes  (I…

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Crock-Pot Bacon & Cheese Potatoes

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 9 hours Total time: 9 hours 10 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients: ¼ pound bacon, diced (we used Oscar Meyer, because it was on sale) 2 medium onions, thinly sliced (I actually only used 1 medium yellow onion for a doubled recipe, since our family is a little picky about their onions. 4 medium potatoes, thinly sliced (we used white potatoes for this recipe, because they were on sale) ½ pound cheddar cheese, thinly sliced (we just used the generic brand of block cheese and sliced it in the food processor) salt and pepper butter…

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Taco Bake Recipe

Recently, it occurred to me that, at age 14, Cinderella needs to become responsible for helping to cook meals.  Not only will it help me, but it will also give her some responsibility while helping her learn some good recipes for the day when she is out on her own.  She was in the mood for tacos when we spoke about it, so she was all about taking over the Taco Bake recipe tonight. Now, I can't start this post without mentioning that I got this recipe from The Country Cook.  You can find her original post here. Ingredients: 1…

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