Fantastical Sharing of Recipes

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Fantastical Sharing of Recipes is all about sharing the recipes I've hoarded over the years. My family loves a homecooked, from-scratch-as-much-as-possible meal! We strive on variety.

What's one of the first recipes you taught your kids to make?

What's a delicious no cook recipe?

What's a great breakfast for a special occasion?

What's your go-to cooking shortcut?

Sarah E

I like to keep onions cut up because I use them for nearly every dish I make. It makes for less mess and more efficient prep time.
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What is an easy vegetable recipe that your kids love?

Sarah E

My kids love Cheddar Broccoli Soup - it has carrots, celery, onions and broccoli in it. If your kids aren't a fan of broccoli, you can puree it with the other veggies :)
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What's your family's favorite easy crock pot recipe?

Sarah E

Our favorite is Philly Cheesesteak Sliders - it's a great recipe that has always turned out well. I haven't met someone who didn't like it yet :)
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What's your advice on setting a food budget?

Sarah E

My biggest tip for setting a food budget is to meal plan. Meal planning is such a big money saver. Personally, I have all my recipes in binders with a master list of all the recipes in the binders. I try to plan out well-balanced meals, even down to snacks, for the week. I try to shop with coupons and according to weekly sales. Planning ahead saves you from those impulse buys that will always get you in trouble! Once you have a good routine down for meal planning and shopping with your meal plan, then you can figure out a good range that you normally spend on groceries!
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Please share a link to a photo of a great birthday cake you made or bought.

Sarah E

My two favorite recipes to pull out when it's birthday time are "Bestest Chocolate Cake Ever" and "Red Velvet Cheesecake Supreme" I've never been very skilled in decorating, so I have to really sell it with the flavors - these are both huge crowd-pleasers! http://fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com/2011/10/bestest-chocolate-cake-ever.html http://fantasticalsharingofrecipes.blogspot.com/2012/01/red-velvet-cheesecake-supreme.html
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From peach pies and berry cobbler to lemon shortcake and watermelon popsicles, fruity desserts are perfect for summer. Please share your favorite fruit-based dessert, and include a link to the recipe and photo.

Sarah E

I love cobbler in the summer! So one of my favorites is Cherry Berry Cobbler - you use a box of blueberry muffin mix and cherry pie filling. It's sweet and delicous, plus it's really easy to make and relatively inexpensive.
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What's your favorite muffin, scone, or bread recipe? Please share a link to the recipe and a photo if you have one.

Sarah E

My favorite is Streusel Oreo Muffins. I'm not a big breakfast fan, but I love these muffins. You really can't go wrong with Oreos for breakfast :)
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At what age can kids start trick-or-treating? And by what age should they stop?

Sarah E

I think it depends on the maturity of the child for when they start and how long they are able to walk by themselves. My daughter did awesomely at age 3 (last year), but my son had a little harder time when he was 3. I think that when Halloween parties are more popular than trick or treating - that's probably a good indication that they are too old. Probably around 14 or 15.
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What's your favorite pie recipe for fall? Please share a link to a photo!

Sarah E

Pumpkin pie from scratch! There is such a major difference between canned pumpkin puree and fresh pumpkin puree. It melts in your mouth and is so velvety and smooth!
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Do you make a treat that's inspired by a Girl Scout cookie flavor? Please share a link to your delcious recipe with a picture.

Sarah E

I saw a bunch of variations of muddy buddies last year around Girl Scout Cookie time and came up with a Thin Mint Muddy Buddy recipe (or some of you know it as puppy chow). It was the best recipe of muddy buddies ever and it is nut-free!
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