Do you need to carry a snack or finger food to a New Year’s party or maybe a football-watching get-together? I gathered some of my favorites for your consideration.

Starting with the number one, most popular recipe on this blog (outside of “How to Make Salad in a Jar”.…but that’s not really a recipe), I recommend Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Chicken Bites, a simple snack but extremely popular snack

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Whole Wheat Apple Pie Yeast Bread--mixed and kneaded in a bread machine

Whole Wheat Apple Pie Yeast Bread with Streusel Topping

If you ask Pinterest, one of the most popular posts on this blog is entitled “Apples in a Bag.” It’s super easy with only 4 ingredients and makes a healthy snack or dessert for 1-2 people. Add the apples to a bowl of oatmeal or plain yogurt, or use them to make a “sauce” for bread pudding. My personal favorite is to serve as a dip with cinnamon tortilla chips.

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Apples in a Bag–a quick way to make apple pie filling

Since I’m a bread-machine freak, I thought it was high time to create a bread recipe incorporating “Apples in a Bag.”  You probably aren’t surprised to hear it also includes Greek yogurt (but you can substitute buttermilk if you prefer) which results in a tender crumb not unlike my favorite cinnamon rolls. It’s perfect to make in the days leading up to Christmas because it only gets better after hanging around for a day or two. Click here for the recipe and more…


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Homemade Fruit and Nut Trail Mix --makes a great travel snack or salad addition

Store trail mix in a vacuum-packed Mason jar for long-lasting freshness.

It was the Thanksgiving of a lifetime. Our whole family flew from Texas to NYC to celebrate with my youngest son and family who are living there temporarily for three years.

Brett and Amanda only live half a block from the parade route, so watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade in person instead of on the flat screen was at the top of our to-do list Thursday morning. The cold air gave us a hearty appetite for a dinner prepared in the tiniest of kitchens. It didn’t matter. The food was plentiful and scrumptious. We ate in the living room of their small but comfortable apartment. After dinner, we observed a Rhodes tradition and watched the Cowboys on TV while the kids kept busy with projects, toys, and enjoying each other. It was the perfect Thanksgiving….except the Cowboys lost. Oh, well.

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On Friday we joined a Food Tour in Greenwich Village. Click here to read more and get the recipe


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Challah you can mix and knead the easy way in your bread machine. Form and bake in a conventional oven.

Happy Day-After-Thanksgiving to you all.

Challah is said to hold rich symbolism in regards to the daily manna God provided for the Israelites in the desert. Personally, I am reminded how God sent Jesus to be the bread of life that truly satisfies.

This is a shout-out to all my fellow BSF’ers (Bible Study Fellowship) who have been studying Moses this year. Wouldn’t it be awesome to bake this bread and talk with your family about the way God faithfully took care of His people as recorded in Exodus and continues to do the same today? Click here to see the recipe and more…


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Crispy Egg and Sausage Breakfast Flautas--Roll scrambled eggs, sausage, and cheese inside flour tortillas for a special breakfast. Can be assembled the night before.

If you have overnight house guests in the plans, what’s for breakfast? Since I always eat the same thing every morning (fruit, homemade yogurt, and a weird cereal combination), I don’t have many options in my breakfast recipe repertoire. But I need some because I’m pretty sure most people don’t want to start their day eating what I do.

I’m weary of rich breakfast casseroles, and the usual pancakes, waffles, and cinnamon rolls can be sugar overload in the morning. Regular eggs and bacon would make my husband happy but not me. However, these crispy and spicy baked flautas packed with eggs, sausage, and pepper jack cheese will make everybody smile. They’re especially good for the occasional breakfast-for-supper night. Click here for the recipe and more…


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