Babies, they're what's for dinner. Just kidding.

Preztel Pumpkins
I just made these for one of my kids' special days at school.

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Bag of white chocolate chips
tablespoon of shortening
teensy amount of food dye
green M&Ms
mini pretzels

Melt chips and shortening together slowly over the stove, stirring frequently.

When smooth (if you're making pumpkins) stir in the coloring.

Cover the pretzels in the chocolate. You do not have to go super fast. The chocolate stays loose for a while. I had to use my fingers to do this effectively. It is messy and fun.

Place dipped pretzels on wax paper to cool and harden.

Easy Onion Pork Chops


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 (4 ounce) pork loin chops, 1/2 inch thick
3 teaspoons seasoning salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 onion, cut into strips
1 cup water


Rub chops with 2 teaspoons seasoning salt and 1 teaspoon pepper, or to taste.
In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown pork chops on each side. Add the onions and water to the pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Turn chops over, and add remaining salt and pepper. Cover, and cook until water evaporates and onions turn light to medium brown. Remove chops from pan, and serve with onions on top.

Chicken and Biscuits

  • 1/4 cup butter 
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped baby carrots
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10 ounce) can peas, drained
  • 4 cups diced, cooked chicken meat
  • 2 cups buttermilk baking mix
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2/3 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Cook and stir the garlic, onion, celery, and carrots in butter until tender. Mix in the flour, sugar, salt, 1 teaspoon dried basil, and pepper. Stir in broth, and bring to a boil. Stirring constantly, boil 1 minute, reduce heat, and stir in peas. Simmer 5 minutes, then mix in chicken. Transfer mixture to the prepared baking dish.

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the baking mix and 2 teaspoons dried basil. Stir in milk to form a dough. Divide the dough into 6 to 8 balls. On floured wax paper, use the palm of your hand to flatten each ball of dough into a circular shape; place on top of chicken mixture. (I just used Pillsbury Grands, tbh)
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Cover with foil, and bake for 10 more minutes. To serve, spoon chicken mixture over biscuits.

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting
Strawberry Vanilla Buttercream
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 (16 oz) package powdered sugar (I only used HALF of this and it was still a bit too sweet, be warned)
1/2 cup of fresh strawberries, chopped
Beat the first three ingredients together until creamy.
Add the sugar and strawberries a little at a time, beating each addition in thoroughly.
Put it in the fridge for a while.
Then spread it over the cake just before the party.

Easy Italian Chicken

Balsamic Vinaigrette
Italian Seasoning (thyme, oregano, basil, etc.)

Preheat oven to 350.
Salt and pepper chicken
Place in baking pan and pour generous amount of dressing on it.
Add Italian seasonings.
Bake for 30 minutes.
Add cheese.
Bake for a few more minutes until cheese melts.


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new dietary restictions
good omens
Hello! I need some help. My doctor just put me on the most ridiculous diet ever to see if there is any affect on my health. I'm hoping there's not, because I'm not sure what to cook for myself.

My restrictions are no: most fruits except low-acid like pears, chili and other spicy foods, chocolate :(, tomatoes, any foods with vitamin B complex, vinegar, alcohol, coffee :(, tea, any carbonated beverage including seltzer. Unfortunately, this is pretty much everything I eat and drink. I'm having the most difficulty with keeping the vitamin B complex out of my diet, because it's in everything!

Any ideas and recipes would be very much appreciated. Here's to not dying of scurvy before my doctor takes me off this!

One of my kids has the ear infection from hell. I'll be making her this tomorrow.

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These came out really great, if you're in the mood for fried food.


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