Chili-Mac Soup

My dad made the best chili-mac. It was simple and we looked forward to it. When I saw chili-mac soup on a diner menu recently I wondered if I could make dad’s into soup. And so I did – and it was so good!!

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It’s TIme for the Great Cookie Exchange!!

Cookies, cookies, cookies!!

It’s a cookie exchange!
Here is the place to find some recipes for cookies and to share your own amazing ideas –  Cookies aren’t just for Christmas you know –


Cookies have been around for centuries. The soft, chewy ones are cookies, but the crisp cookies are referred to as biscuits in many places.  And every year at Christmas, people go cookie crazy!

Modern Christmas cookies can trace their roots all the way back medieval times! The use of such spices as cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg has been around for a very long time. Queen Elizabeth I requested gingerbread cookies be cut in people shapes to honor visiting dignitaries. hence, gingerbread men! Cookies were originally made to test oven temperatures (when stoves were fueled with wood or coal).

During the great depression, parents had children leave cookies for Santa to help them learn the value of sharing. As a result, Santa now eats over Three Hundred MILLION cookies each year! That’s a lot of cookies so you better get cooking!

Browse the links below and share your own!  Remember, only sweet treats allowed! Bake some and share some – and have some fun!

The rules are easy –

Share only cookies and bars – those goodies you share at the holidays!

Visit 2 or 3 of the other cookies – and leave them a comment!

That’s it – So on to this year’s Cookie Exchange Party!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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Click here to see all the past years cookies!

Here are some things that are perfect to use for this recipe or to give as a gift!

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What’s for Dinner? Sunday Link up #396

I’m so excited for Christmas. Been puttering around putting out decorations and making my front porch a winter haven for bird watching. The season was kicked off with the Trans-siberian Orchestra concert and they certainly did not disappoint. It was fabulous!

With my hand getting a little better each day, I’m going to give some baking a try! We’re getting our tree tomorrow and I’ll start wrapping presents! I’m truly feeling festive!

How about you? Is your space and your head filled with festivities and joy? I hope so!! Tell us what recipes you have planned – and what’s for dinner tonight!

what's for dinner?

 So come on in and join the party – and bring your friends~

This is a collaboration of ideas ~ And we want yours! Bring your food related posts!

It’s What’s for Dinner!

So come on in and party with us!

Share as many as FIVE food related posts you haven’t shared recently (in the last month)!

Show a little love to a couple of posts before yours. 

Share to your blog (or vlog) post only, please- no instagram or facebook please.

             Please DO NOT link to Etsy or other sales sites or posts.

Links need to include a recipe or a link to the recipe.

 Here are the some delicious ideas that were shared last week (and not just for dinner!). You pick the winners just by visiting the page! 

 Please stop by and visit our featured bloggers. Show us your favorite by visiting their site – and next week might be you! It doesn’t have to be just for dinner.

Side Note: In order to be featured we must be able to copy your pictures to the post. We were unable to feature a couple of great recipes – Darn!!

I try to visit each post and comment. I have had problems commenting on some blogger sites erroring out. 

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Maple Roasted Carrots

I wanted to make a vegetable dish for Thanksgiving that wasn’t the same old standby. I love roasted carrots and the sweetness of maple syrup just goes with them. A little bit of balsamic vinegar adds a rich brightness and toasted pecans give them some crunch – and the best part is they are so easy to make!!

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Tofu Tacos – Smoked and served with Chipotle Crema

As we try to eat more plant based foods, I’m continually running ideas through my head. I love smoked foods and the smoky taste of chipotles. So why not smoke some tofu? You don’t need a big smoker – I used a stove top version. And then I made some tacos! It’s super easy and tastes delicious!

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