Roasted Veggie Balsamic Meatloaf and Manly Men Meals

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So I think I mentioned that last weekend I had my four generations of men for dinner last Sunday.  Well, what better for a good, manly men meal than meatloaf, right?! But you know I had to get some veggies in.  When I saw this Roasted Veggie Meatloaf with Balsamic Glaze from Ann at The Fountain… 

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Foodie Penpals – April 2012 #foodiepenpals

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I am happy to again be participating in Foodie Penpals this month.  Foodie Penpals is a fun program started by Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean to connect foodies (both bloggers and just plain foodies) to exchange yummy treats once a month.  It gives you the opportunity to connect with some new folks, try some… 

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Maple Sesame Glazed Salmon – Holiday Recipe Club

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I am back for another installment of the Holiday Recipe Club.  The Holiday Recipe Club is a blog hop centered around holiday recipes, and trying to inspire people to come up with something different than their usual holiday fare.  So each month, participants are given a list of a few ingredients.  They must then come up… 

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Balsamic Roasted Vegetables

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This recipe may not be a novel concept, but I love roasting veggies.  I roast broccoli pretty much once a week.  And it just takes a little olive oil, salt, and pepper, since the caramelization from roasting them at a high temperature gives them such a delicious flavor.  But sometimes I like to switch things… 

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Friday Fun! April 27, 2012

I am having what I think is a “You know you’re a foodie/food blogger when…” moment.  It is 5:30 am, I haven’t been able to sleep, so I got up, made myself some gourmet oatmeal, began finishing up this blog post, started editing photos, and put on Sweet Genius which I recorded last night on… 

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Balsamic Ketchup… on fries… and tots… and burgers… and eggs… and carrots and peas and cauliflower?!?!

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The Bug needs this shirt… Or this one…   Or maybe even this one… (all shirts and images from Cafe Press) You see, while he is a very good eater, there are some times that he is very picky.  Except when you cover something in some sort of sauce, or give him a little “dip… 

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Just for Fun – A Couple of Surveys

Since starting this blog, I have connected with so many awesome people.  One of those people is Nescett, who writes the blog BananaOats.  While her blog is more about fitness and a healthy lifestyles, she is a foodie, and often writes about what she is cooking and eating.  She is living the total California-girl lifestyle… 

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Sundried Tomato, Rosemary, and Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak and Dating Days

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I mentioned yesterday that I would share the marinade I had used for the steak that I put on this wonderful salad.  So I am following through on my promise. Back when The Hubby and I started dating, he had been doing the Atkins diet.  I pretty much destroyed that, with my love for ice… 

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Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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Here is the tasty Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing that I used for this salad.  It would also make a fabulous dip for veggies. Adapted from Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing at Sumptuous Spoonfuls. 5.0 from 1 reviews Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Author: Brianne @ Cupcakes and Kale Chips Ingredients ⅔ c buttermilk 1 clove of garlic… 

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Grilled Steak and Mango Salad with Avocado Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

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I was never a big fan of Ranch dressing.  I never disliked it, but I never liked it enough to order it in restaurants or use the bottled stuff at home when I preferred honey mustard or balsamic vinaigrette.  Now my sister – she was one of those kids where you wanted to say, “Have… 

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Caramelized Leek and Asparagus Salad – April #RecipeRedux

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I am so excited to be joining in my first Recipe Redux this month.  The Recipe Redux is a recipe challenge and blog hop started by registered dietitians, with a focus on DELICIOUS and nutritional foods.  Yes, eating healthy can be tasty!  And that is what all of the participants are here to show you…. 

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April Improv Challenge: Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Dough Dip (or PB&J Hummus) – plus a vegan option

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Peanut butter and jelly – a classic combination, and the assignment for this month’s Improv Challenge from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. If you haven’t heard of the Improv Challenge, basically a theme is given, which is two assigned ingredients, then it is up to the participating bloggers to let the creative juices flow, and… 

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Skinny Buffalo Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dressing and Restaurant Salads

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Some restaurant salads really astound me.  I am sure you have all seen the articles that detail salads from lots of common chain restaurants that easily have more calories and/or fat and/or saturated fat and/or sodium than a Big Mac and fries.  Usually it is pretty easy to spot the major offenders – salads loaded… 

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Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip or Dressing and, um, my love for Blue Cheese

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I LOVE blue cheese.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!  There aren’t many things that aren’t made better by adding blue cheese.  Salads, steaks, pizza, sandwiches.  I could go on and on.  Heck, it even makes raw celery edible. One of the worst things about being pregnant was not eating blue cheese.  I know, I know, there are… 

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Mindfulness

I have not always had the healthiest relationship with food.  Truthfully, I have never really had the healthiest relationship with food.  Not a great thing for a food blogger. As a kid, I didn’t like fruits or veggies, and ate a lot of cookies and processed foods.  For a while I jumped on the low-fat… 

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Balance

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So I told you yesterday that I wanted to share some different things this week.  For anyone who was with me from the start, or for those of you who went back and read my first post, I spoke about balance.  Balance was part of the inspiration behind the name Cupcakes & Kale Chips.  Balance… 

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Clarity

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My lovely friend Nescett, who writes the blog BananaOats, posted this on Facebook today. Image from notsalmon.com   Despite taking advantage of The Bug sleeping in till 8:00, I felt lethargic, bloated, and down.  Coming off of a holiday weekend meant several days of eating too much unhealthy food, running around like crazy, not exercising,… 

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Gluten-Free Almond Blueberry Mini Muffins with Maple Cream Cheese Drizzle – Mom’s Crazy Cooking Challenge

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Since I had so much fun with the Tomato Sauce last month, I am participating in the Crazy Cooking Challenge from Moms Crazy Cooking again this month, and am excited to share this recipe with you.  You see, this recipe was kind of a long time in the making.  I found a recipe for Blueberry Raspberry… 

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Friday Fun! April 5, 2012

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Easter preparations are in full swing.  Mom is here, finishing up our traditional Ukranian Easter bread, called Paska (I am photographing it, so that I can share it with you for next year).  I had to start the sponge and mix the dough.  I usually let me bread machine take care of anything involving yeast… 

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Spring Vegetable Cheesy Breakfast Bake – Holiday Recipe Club

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I love holidays!  The reason is that it usually means I am cooking some really yummy food, and maybe some things that are a bit more indulgent, or that I don’t make very often.  Or I am coming up with something new.  That is why I was so excited to find the Holiday Recipe Club…. 

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Grilled Chicken & Berry Salad with Goat Cheese, Pecans, and Blueberry Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

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I love salads.  Most days, that is what I have for lunch.  If you’ve seen some of my Friday Fun posts (here and here), you’ll see some of the variations I like.  Oftentimes, they involve fruit.  I love fruit on my salad.  And cheese, especially a strong cheese, like blue, feta, or goat cheese.  Throw… 

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Two Cheese Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese and Daycare Dining

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A few months ago, The Bug started going to pre-school.  Technically, since the isn’t even two, it is daycare, but I prefer to call it “pre-school” because it makes me feel like a less lame stay-at-home mom.  I am sending him for educational purposes, not to get a bit of a break in order to… 

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Rosemary Balsamic Roast Chicken and a new job for The Hubby

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The Hubby started his new job today.  I am so excited for him!  He has been looking for a new opportunity for a while, and he really deserves this promotion.  So to celebrate, this weekend I roasted a chicken.  Well, not really.  I am actually just trying to clear out my freezer so that I… 

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Hershey’s Coconut Creme Kisses & Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Coconut Frosting

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So after my Lucky Charms Cupcakes for St. Patrick’s Day, I felt I had to redeem myself.  Those are so far from the type of eating habits that I like to advocate.  I’m not saying I always follow the good, wholesome, nutritious, real type of eating habits that I advocate.  Especially on nights like tonight,… 

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Whole Wheat Lemony Sugar Cookies with Strawberry Lemon Royal Icing – First on the First

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I am so excited to be joining First on the First this month.  If you don’t know what First on the First is, it is a fun monthly blog hop started by Kate of Food Babbles and Carrie of Poet in the Pantry.  Basically a bunch of bloggers and other foodie folks make something for… 

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