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Chewy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies

Change up those traditional oatmeal raisin cookies and make chewy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies instead! Because when you use Raisinets, you get all the tasty chewiness of raisins with the added bonus of a little chocolate.  And can't we all use a bonus of a little chocolate?
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Chewy Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies ~ Change up those traditional oatmeal raisin cookies to add a little chocolate bonus!  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com


I've been enjoying a lot of oatmeal lately, trying to incorporate more fiber and whole grains into my eating.  Unfortunately, I hate oatmeal.

I hate the mushy type of oatmeal, that is.  So I've been taking my oatmeal in the form of granola, which I love.

Well, today I decided to take my oatmeal in even another form - in the form of these tasty Oatmeal Raisinet Cookies. 

Strawberry, Blueberry & Greens Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Take advantage of those fresh in-season strawberries and enjoy Strawberry, Blueberry & Greens Salad with Honey Vinaigrette ~ one easy to put together, sweet-and-tangy, stunningly beautiful salad.
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Strawberry, Blueberry & Greens Salad with Honey Vinaigrette ~ one easy to put together, sweet-and-tangy, stunningly beautiful salad.


Strawberry season is getting into full swing here in North Carolina, and I couldn't be happier.  Fresh-from-the-field strawberries are one of my absolute favorite spoil-myself treats.  And I've already been to our local strawberry farm twice this week to pick up some fresh-picked beauties.

If you love fresh strawberries, too, I've sure got one fantastic way for you to enjoy them ...

Triple Dark Chocolate Muffins

Dreaming of chocolate for breakfast?  Give these Triple Dark Chocolate Muffins a whirl!  They get rich chocolate flavor from three types of dark chocolate in the batter ~ dark cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, and chopped dark chocolate ... and all three working in combination make these muffins so good.
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Dreaming of chocolate for breakfast?  Give these Triple Dark Chocolate Muffins a whirl!  They get rich chocolate flavor from three types of dark chocolate in the batter ~ dark cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, and chopped dark chocolate ... and all three working in combination make these muffins so good.


"Can I have chocolate for breakfast?"

It's not an uncommon question to hear from our 6-year-old daughter at our house.  She would eat chocolate 24 hours a day if we'd let her.  And truth-be-told, I can't say I wouldn't like to, too.

Well, with these Triple Dark Chocolate Muffins, the answer to her question can be a resounding, "Yes."

Basic Rolled Shortbread Cookies Recipe

The result of this basic Rolled Shortbread Cookies recipe is a tender, rich, buttery-flavored sturdy cookie that stands great just as it is, or provides a wonderful canvas for added embellishments like a dip in chocolate or smear of frosting.  Personally, I enjoy them best plain, just as they are.  Just pass a big cup of coffee or glass of milk to go alongside, please!

The result of this basic Rolled Shortbread Cookies recipe is a tender, rich, buttery-flavored sturdy cookie that stands great just as it is, or provides a wonderful canvas for added embellishments like a dip in chocolate or smear of frosting.


You know those basics it's just great to have a fabulous, no-fail, go-to recipe for?  One that tastes amazing and you know you can count on to turn out beautifully every time?  Like the perfect chocolate cake ... or a no-fail cheesecake ... or the best chocolate chip cookies around, perhaps.  

Well, this basic rolled Shortbread Cookies recipe is just one of those recipes!  With their rich buttery flavor and tender texture, you'll find yourself coming back to this tasty cookie recipe over and over again.

9 Recipes for Leftover Ham

Got leftovers from that holiday ham?  Check out these 9 favorite recipes for leftover ham.  From soups to casseroles to classic ham salad, there's sure to be one or two ... or nine ... you'll love!
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Got leftovers from that holiday ham?  Check out these 9 favorite recipes for leftover ham.  From soups to casseroles to classic ham salad, there's sure to be one or two ... or nine ... you'll love!


I'm a huge fan of leftovers.  To me, it's fun to get creative with leftovers from a holiday or big meal to see what new dishes I can turn them into.

And when it comes to that holiday ham?  Well, with it's versatility, it's especially fun to work with!  Ham just lends itself well to so many different types of dishes ... from soups, to casseroles, to pizzas, and that good old ham salad, of course.

If you've got some leftover ham on your hands, here are 9 of our favorite recipe ideas for enjoying it.

Amish Macaroni Salad

Classic Amish Macaroni Salad is an old-timey favorite.  And it's a classic favorite for a reason ~ because it's just plain good.  With it's characteristicly sweet creamy dressing, this macaroni salad is simply perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and pretty much any everyday meal!
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Classic Amish Macaroni Salad is an old-timey favorite.  And it's a classic favorite for a reason ~ because it's just plain good.  With it's characteristicly sweet creamy dressing, this macaroni salad is simply perfect for potlucks, backyard barbecues, and pretty much any everyday meal!


I will admit that this Amish Macaroni Salad recipe is a bit of a departure from how I typically make my macaroni salad.  But I certainly love this version, too!
When I served it at dinner a few nights ago, my husband whole-heartedly went back for seconds ... followed by a huge helping of thirds.  Which, as we all know as cooks, is a big sign that we've prepared a good dish.  But what left no doubt this is a new family favorite?  After his third bite, my husband-of-few-unprompted-words enthusiastically declared, "This is really  good!"

But what makes Amish Macaroni Salad unique, you ask?

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