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Pineapple Pretzel Salad

Pineapple Pretzel Salad

If you are looking for something different to add to your holiday table, I’ve got a great little side dish for you today. It’s in the form of a fruit salad, but with cream cheese, vanilla pudding, and butter it’s more like a dessert! Several years ago, I was at a church pot luck dinner gathering, and found myself spooning a white fluffy mixture onto my plate, unsure of it’s contents. When my tongue met… Continue Reading

Ten Reasons I’m a new Chick-Fil-A Fan

Chick Fil A Fan

{I had free product provided for this post, but the opinions are 100% my own} About 5  years ago, there was a school sponsored night at a local Chick-Fil-A. Although the restaurant had been around a while, I hadn’t been much before. I knew I loved their waffle fries, but that’s about it. Our family just doesn’t eat out much. I sat next to a friend who raved over her love for Chick-Fil-A. Internally, I… Continue Reading

Doritos Taco Salad

Doritos Taco Salad

This Doritos Taco Salad meal may not  be on the top 10 “healthy” list, but it’s hearty, quick, & easy with most ingredients that are kept on hand. My kids cheer when we have it, which always makes me smile.  I also get pretty excited about this meal, reminds me of my childhood where corn was our main vegetable. I pretty much devour this meal when we eat it. Doritos Taco Salad Base Ingredients 1… Continue Reading

Easy Caprese Salad

Easy Caprese Salad by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke #salad #caprese

Some may say that this is a summer salad, but I pledge right here and now to eat this Easy Caprese Salad all. year. long. It has become my new obsession/favorite salad to eat. I don’t think I’d ever heard of it 6 months ago, and I can’t seem to pinpoint exactly where this delectable treat entered my radar, but my sister in law Alayna helped me throw this together in June, and I nearly… Continue Reading

Old Venice Pasta Salad

pasta-salad

Ok, so this is sortof a repeat from a recipe I shared with my Spring dinner party menu, but I thought this needed it’s own post because I want to share this recipe on Tidy Mom’s salad social link party.  It’s too yummy not to share!  Plus, I didn’t share the picture of the ingredients, and that can really help when out shopping. My friend said this is a family recipe and oh. my. goodness. I… 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

Homemade Oven Baked Croutons

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When my friend Emily introduced me to her homemade oven baked croutons, I just couldn’t turn back to the hard ones from the box anymore.  These puppies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and rather quick to whip up! We had our church missionaries (the 20 something boys with white shirts and ties) over for dinner last night, and when I asked what they REALLY wanted to eat, there was a request for a Caesar Salad with the… Continue Reading