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The Easiest Fruit Tarts

Have I mentioned that our neighborhood has the world’s best block parties?  Actually, I think they have a party every night but we seriously can’t keep up. Can’t hang. Too old. Or something. Anyways, a couple times a summer they make a big effort to get everyone on our circle together.  Bounce houses are rented, food trucks are brought in (seriously), and everyone brings a dish to pass. Cue immediate panic.  You know… you want people to like what you’ve brought, you want it to look decent, and you don’t want to worry about how to keep it warm. Enter the world’s easiest fruit tarts ever.  Refrigerated cookie dough, instant pudding, and whatever fruit is in season.  Can you imagine these with peaches and raspberries right now?  Yum! To make the cute little fruit cups you divide the refrigerated dough up using the little squares they already have pre-cut.  Roll each into a ball and stick them into mini cupcake tins.  As they bake, they form to the outside edges and like magic you have tiny cups.  You may have to use a spoon to crack…

Apple Puff Pancake

Years ago… literally years ago… I visited Jenny at college in Minnesota to help her make the grand trek across the midwest back to Denver.  At the time, my grandma still lived in Minnesota so I was able to spend a couple of days with her before Jenny and I started the drive. While we were there, she made us the most amazing puffy pancakes.  I got the recipe the same day thinking it would be the perfect brunch food or something fun to pull out for brinner (breakfast for dinner). I finally got around to making it today.. for myself.. for none of the above.  I had one of those amazing mornings where I had the time to wander around the house and town and get errands run at a leisurely pace.  When I looked at the time it was mid afternoon and I was starving. The Husband was out and about so I made the pancake for myself.  And ate it.  All. It serves 4. It’s an entire pie tin full. I really love apple puff pancakes. The tartness of the apples balances the slight sweetness of the pancake and raisins.  Dusted with just…

Grandma’s Best Whole Wheat Crescent Rolls

I’m not sure if you’ve heard of the 5 love languages.  I’m not quite sure I could name all of them myself but I believe the idea behind them is that each of us gives and receives love in different forms and to do the best job at loving our spouse we need to speak their love language. I probably just totally butchered that. I have never read about the love languages. Regardless, my love language is food.  And I know for a fact that the book does not list that as a language of love.  Whatever.  Food is love to me. Even if your love of food does not reach the same epic proportions as mine does (I’m only slightly jealous of you), I’m guessing that we all have a food that will take us back to a certain memory. The one thing in my brain that I remember always looking forward to, no matter what the holiday, were my grandma’s whole wheat crescent rolls.  I don’t believe that my love of them reached the same level as that of my brothers (I don&#8217…

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Today, I sprinted outside to catch a brief glimpse of the sun peaking through Seattle’s clouds. It might be the first time that I’ve seen the sun since my trip to LA. If the forecast continues as predicted, it also might be the last time I see the sun until the next time I travel away from Seattle. Fortunately, I have a sure fire way to beat the blues that cloudy weather tends to bring. It’s called food. My go-to is typically coffee and pastries, but I’ve been told you can’t live on carbs alone (although I’m willing to try). This stew isn’t quite like eating sunshine, that’s what lemon poppyseed muffins are for. This stew is more like being wrapped up in a soft blanket next to a warm fire. A warm fire that happens to be waiting for you when you get home from work. Don’t you love slow cooker recipes?! [kindred-recipe id=”703″ title=”Slow Cooker Beef Stew&#8221…