Monday_Funday_Link_Party
Pictures of a ballet dancer in her tutu
Easy dessert, similar to a dump cake
A most delicious side salad or dessert
Boston Cream Cake by KristenDuke.com. This decadent cake is assembled in under 10 minutes

A Year with Six Sisters’ Stuff Cookbook

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Who doesn’t love a brand new cook book filled with fabulous pictures, and easy to use recipes? I’m excited to review, A Year with Six Sisters’ Stuff, 52 Menu Plans, recipes, and Ideas to bring families together. First, let me say that I know and love each of the Six Sisters personally. I photographed them last year, and am really close with sister #2, KRISTEN! It’s a good thing she spells her name the right… Continue Reading

Top Posts of 2013

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2013 has come to a close, and I thought I’d share a round up of the top visited new posts on my site for the year. It’s always fun for me to see what was most viewed, and in case you missed some things that I shared, you can catch up! Last year I shared Top 12 posts in 2012, so I thought I’d share the Top 13 posts in 2013!  I’ve also got a… Continue Reading

44 Peanut Butter and Jelly Recipes

Peanut Butter and Jelly Recipes

I love a good Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich. It’s a classic, beloved flavor that never steers me wrong. In high school, I made one nearly every time I went to my best friend Natalie’s house–their bread, jam, peanut butter–just tasted like a slice of heaven to me. Now when I see them, her parents still ask if I want to come over for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. A few weeks ago I… Continue Reading

12 Fun Beach Ball Ideas

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Summer is in full swing, and what says summer more than flip flops and….BEACH BALLS! I love how colorful they are, and thought I’d share Fun Beach Ball themed ideas around the internet! Treats and crafts to brighten up any day at the beach, or at home wishing you were at the beach;) The above is a picture of my extended family (parents,my brothers, and their fame along with mine). I’ve had some great feedback… Continue Reading

French Mille Feuille Dessert Recipe

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I’m very excited to share this new French Mille Feuille Dessert Recipe my husband taught me, how about a funny story? Today is the 10th–it’s blog hop day!  I really love this fun blog hop I do with my blogging friends each month. It’s a fun creative process to be given a theme and then see what everyone comes up with from that theme. This month our theme was STRIPES! My initial thought was to… Continue Reading

7 Most Loved Posts

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Dear Friends, I wanted to share with you the 7 most loved posts of late. They are proved to be loved by you, my readers, from Pinterest or blog stats, and of course deeply loved by me from their beginnings in my heart.  Tomorrow is a fun day, and if you want to get ahead of the  game I’ll be sharing, then go ahead and “pin” all 7 of the posts below (from their original… Continue Reading

Gourdough’s Copycat Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnut

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I’m so excited to share my Gourdough’s Copycat Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnut along with a fun doughnut blog hop and I included a little giveaway at the bottom of my post for you! Here is my doughnut: A few weeks ago, I attended a food blogging conference in Austin, Texas, and met some amazing bloggers. Most of them share JUST food, while some others share a little bit of everything beyond food as well.… Continue Reading

Favorite Things Gift Giving Guide

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It’s that gift giving time of year again!!! If you stress over your list of loved ones, and struggle to find the perfect gift for birthdays or the holidays, fret no more.  25 creative bloggers have gathered together to share THEIR favorite things in a gift giving guide, and nearly all of the items are under $25!  This list can offer a long lasting gift guide to refer back to when you need that special… Continue Reading

Creamy Macaroni and Cheese with Link Sausage

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My kids literally cheer out loud when they hear we ar having homemade Macaroni and Ccheese with Link Sausage. It’s one of their favorite meals. I mentioned it a few weeks ago when we had our Back to School dinner. I was introduced to this meal 7 years ago when a dear friend, Heidi, brought our family dinner just after my oldest daughter was born.  I won’t go into too much detail about the importance… Continue Reading

How to buy and cook shrimp

how to buy and cook shrimp {kristendukephotography.com}

Cooking shrimp is easier than making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. That’s what my neighbor told me when I mentioned I was very intimidated by the process. I LOVE shrimp, but I had never in my life attempted to make it because I didn’t know how. Besides not knowing how to cook it, I didn’t know what to buy: already cooked and frozen, not cooked and frozen with tail, without tail, de-veined, fresh over… Continue Reading

Spring Dinner Party Menu

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I decided I want to start hosting some dinner parties at my home. I like to socialize, and it just doesn’t seem to happen enough that my hubby and I get together with other couples, but when we do, it is SO much fun! So I decided to take matters into my own hands, and invite some couples over, and hope to be able to have different groups over each month. I assigned out certain… Continue Reading

Recipes I’ve tried from Pinterest

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I wanted to share some recipes that I’ve tried recently, that I found on Pinterest.  I feel like that is what I have actually done the most from my pinterest organization–recipes. Whenever I want to try something new baking or cooking, I go to my pinterest saved recipes and pick from there. Carmelita’s Carmelita’s from Lulu the Baker. I made them for the teen girls at church, and they can’t stop talking about them. Definitely, YUM!… Continue Reading

Zucchini Soup & My Christmas Lunch

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For ten years, I’ve had a lunch with friends where I serve this delicious Zucchini Sausage Soup. My husband had a bad experience with zucchini’s growing up, and though he’s a very tolerant man, I’ve decided not to subject him to this type of torture. Instead, I lunch with my friends over this hearty and delicious meal. Before I get to the recipe…our elf J.J., has been very mysterious and colored on our large family… Continue Reading

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies a.k.a. Hootycreeks

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Oh yes, you read that right. A year ago, I went to a holiday cookie exchange and had some delicious cookies that I kept daydreaming about.  I love myself some craisins, and they were inside this delectable cookie.  I remembered the cookies had a really odd name, that had the word “hooty” in them.  I just called them hooty cookies.  I lost the recipe, got it again from a friend, forgot about it, kept daydreaming,… Continue Reading

Chocolate Popcorn~with homemade microwave popcorn

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Seriously loving this quick and easy treat lately! I am now keeping these wilton wafers on hand along with popcorn and its all ready in 10 minutes.  It’s as easy at 1.2.3! Step 1:  Pop a bag of popcorn. Step 2: Melt some chocolate.  Its fun to have colorful (Wilton wafers) but chips or almond bark work as well. DO NOT OVERCOOK chocolate….melting a little and stirring inbetween helps loosen the big chunks of chocolate.… Continue Reading