Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

From Julie L.

We grew up eating these delicious oatmeal cookies!  Now I prefer to skip the shortening and use beans instead –it makes me feel like I’m eating health food! I usually double the batch and freeze the extras for cookies on demand. It makes the texture less crunchy and more chewy. So good! –Mellyn

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Sweet Honey Granola

I’m a HUGE fan of cold cereal, but over the last couple of years I’ve been working on reducing the junk in our diet. I’ve been playing around with granola for awhile now –trying to find a recipe that fills the void I feel when we have no cold cereal in the house. This one is my current favorite…subject to change next week when I make a new batch! –Mellyn 

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Maple Doughnuts

The bakery in my hometown makes the most delicious maple bars! So of course I had to figure out how to make them myself. After several tries, I opted for doughnuts over bars simply because it was hard to get the insides of the bars cooked without burning the outsides. We also opted for a little healthier, half-wheat version of the dough that is light enough my kids weren’t sure it had wheat in it! The maple glaze was the tricky part. Several pounds of powdered sugar later I was finally satisfied. Now I can have a bit of heaven no matter where we live! –Mellyn

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Grandma’s Applesauce Cake

From the recipes of Grandma L.

Grandpa loved applesauce cake, and I remember Grandma serving it for all of his birthday dinners. I was trying to remember why this is such a vivid memory, and then it dawned on me — I don’t think I ever ate applesauce cake on Grandpa’s birthday because I hate raisins! At my house, it’ll be served raisinless…or maybe with nuts and chocolate chips?! –Mellyn

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Twirly Italian Chicken Soup

The flour in this soup gives it a creamy texture without the additional calories of cream, and the oregano and basil give it an Italian flavor that my family finds irresistible! The Hobbit (our curly-haired youngest with the appetite of a hobbit!) eats 2 or 3 bowls of this every time I serve it! –Mellyn Continue reading

Parmesan Cheese Rolls or Bowls

Our family loves soup, and one of our favorite ways to eat it is in bread bowls. No rocket science here — I just took our favorite white bread and added Parmesan cheese. (Robin gave me that idea since she makes yummy bread bowls with Parmesan in them!) It makes more than a traditional single-loaf recipe, which is perfect for my family who loves to use them as bowls, rolls, buns or whatever else they can think of. –Mellyn

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