Banana Cake Bars (with Cream Cheese Frosting)

A couple of days ago, my in-laws (very cool in-laws by the way) came to our house briefly to drop something off.  I was in the middle of making chocolate muffins and the kitchen was a huge mess.

We’re talking, bowls, ingredients, and chocolate everywhere.

My mother-in-law remarked, “Wow.  This looks like the kitchen of a mad scientist.”

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Two-Tone Baked Fries

Baked fries don’t last long at our house, especially these yummy two-tone fries!  Although, there has been one humorous exception to that rule.

About a week ago, I had planned to make some of these fries for dinner and was running late.  As I was tossing the potatoes with the seasonings, I failed to notice that I had grabbed cayenne pepper instead of paprika.

And, guess what, I put two whole teaspoons.

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Oatmeal Cookie Blueberry Bars

Ever have a day when you head to the kitchen intending to make one thing and come out with something completely different?  This dessert is the result of one of those kinds of days for me.  Cookies were on the brain, but I got to thinking about summer and blueberries and instead I ended up with…

Oatmeal Cookie Blueberry Bars!  Yay!

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Turkey Black Bean Taco Quesadillas

Ok, so before I share this recipe, let me tell you:  these Turkey Black Bean Taco Quesadillas aren’t nearly as complicated as they sound.  In fact, this recipe is actually super simple and great for a busy weeknight.  So don’t let the ridiculously long name stop you here. 🙂

Besides, anything related to a taco or a quesadilla is already on the path to deliciousness, and if you put both of them together?  Well, that’s just a winner right there.

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Butternut Spice Quick Bread

In a little over a week I am taking a trip to visit my family back in my home state.  I’m excited about seeing them, but navigating the airports?  Not so much.  I do love flying itself, but not the airports and flight delays and missed luggage…ugh.

Ok, I don’t want to think about that right now.  I would rather think about spending time with my family.

Oh, and I would rather think about this Butternut Spice Bread.

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