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DIY Fancy Lemonade

In the Fall 2014 issue of Hello, Darling we introduced this simple beverage because sometimes hospitality only calls for a glass of lemonade. read more

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Gingerbread Biscotti

For a cozy morning with a friend, all you need is a warm drink and something sweet for the side. This gingerbread biscotti will make your house smell amazing. Pair it with a warm cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate - and you’re set. read more

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Four Recipes for Hosting Friends

In November, our family hosts our friends for a pre-holiday get together. It’s reminiscent of a mini-Thanksgiving meal, with a nice salad to start, a beautiful roast chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and, of course, dessert. read more

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Slow Cooker All-Purpose Pork Shoulder

When it comes to meat, there are definitely inexpensive cuts to know about. And, if you treat these cuts right, you can coax out their incredible flavor and tenderness. read more

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Pumpkin Pie French Toast

There are extra days off, extra guests and extra reasons for a special breakfast. Try this scrumptious seasonal treat for a little something special. read more

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Deseed a Pomegranate in 10 Seconds

Pomegranate seeds are glorious. The work required to get to those little seeds is not glorious... until now. A wooden spoon and 10 seconds is all you need. read more

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Homemade Jelly Tarts

A simple recipe that doesn’t require exact measurements is the perfect recipe to have little helpers join in the fun. read more

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5 Tips For Cooking with Children

Cooking with small children. It used to give me a shudder up my spine. The mess. The arguments. The chaos. But I remember wearing matching gingham aprons with my grandma as we made homemade noodles, baked cakes, and chopped salads. She invited me into cooking as a small child and I cherish the memor read more

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Brunch Made Easy(er) Part 2

Hello, Darling! Brunch may be one of the most magical meals of the day. That is until someone tells you that you need to bring something. Alexandra walks us through her favorite, go-to, tried-and-true, best brunch recipes. Be sure to check out Part 1 of the Brunch Made Easy(er) series, where Alexand read more

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Italian Sodas

Looking for a refreshing drink to share at your next baby shower, BBQ or MOPS get-together. How about a sweet and delicious Italian Soda? read more

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Brunch Made Easy(er) Part 1

Hello, Darling! Brunch may be one of the most magical meals of the day. That is until someone tells you that you need to bring something. Alexandra gives us the low-down on brunch planning. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 (next week) of the Brunch Made Easy(er)series, where Alexandra shows us her favori read more

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Money-Saving Grocery Tips from Real Moms

Grocery shopping (and how much it costs to feed a young, growing family!) can be the bane of a mom’s existence, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are 11 money-saving grocery tips collected from MOPS moms all over the US. read more

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Happy Mother’s Day 2014

Moms are like desserts. (It’s one of the many reasons moms are the best.)That’s why we prepared 5 desserts for Mother’s Day. read more

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Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Shredded Chicken

There are a million ways to use shredded chicken, especially shredded chicken that tastes this good. Go ahead. Start listing your million ways now. read more

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"Come Home to Supper" Cookbook Giveaway!

March Madness isn't just about basketball, for us it's about giving something away every day this week! Today, Hello, Darling is offering you a chance to win this fabulous cookbook; Come Home to Supper by Christy Jordan. read more

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Cat Head Biscuits

These drop biscuits are big and fluffy with a delicious, delicate crunch on the outside. The story goes that they got their name because when baked they are the color of a marmalade cat and are about the size of its head. The secret is baking them with a very light coating of vegetable oil that heat read more

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Golden Raisin Apple Stuffing Cups

It's a side dish that contains itself. Kids can scoop out the insides or hold it with two hands. Most importantly, they'll love it! read more

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Heart Carrots

Want to make chicken soup filled with love? How about these cute little heart shaped carrots?! Perfect for Valentine’s Day. You could put them in soup, add them to a veggie platter, or simply serve them as a snack with a side of ranch. read more

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Ham and Broccoli Breakfast Bake

Cereal gets old. So does yogurt with toast. Even scrambled eggs get old. Add this little casserole from Erin Chase at $5 Dinners to the mix and breakfast will seem rejuvenated again. read more

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Chinese Chicken Salad

This recipe keeps in the fridge really well. I often make a double batch on the weekend and eat it for lunch for three or four days. Make it ahead so that it has time to chill for at least a couple of hours before serving. read more

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The Tradition and The Torte

Our family’s Mother-Daughter Holiday Tea is a tradition that dates back to when I was five. What also became a tradition was my Potato Bacon Torte – it has become the signature dish of the Mother-Daughter Tea. read more

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Christmas Cookie Plate

As a mom of two preschoolers we are just now forming our own family traditions. I have loved watching the magic of Christmas grow over the past three years with my son, and I can only imagine that this year will be more fun than ever as he really is starting to comprehend what Christmas is really al read more

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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie

This is a favorite from the old days that you hardly see anymore, which is all the more reason to make it because it will wow your family! A wonderful peanut butter crumble is placed in the bottom of the pie crust, then covered with a warm custard that melts into it with perfection. read more

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Big Fat Greek Taters

These potatoes get their name from the use of lemon juice and oregano, which make them divinely delicious! I’m really a meat-and-potatoes gal at heart, so this fuss-free side dish is one that I could happily eat several times a week. Fortunately, my family feels the same way. read more

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Homemade Caramel Dipping Sauce

Fall is imminent and once it's here, we'll want our favorite fall dipping sauce - caramel. We've got a one ingredient recipe for a to-die-for caramel sauce. read more

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Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Fall is well under way, so I am ready to get my soup on. This Creamy Tomato Basil Soup will warm your soul, both because it is so delicious and because it's so easy to make. If you're anything like me, you have at least one little one who can't wait another second before dinner is ready. read more

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Save Cash and Eat Better With These 8 Tricks for Your Fruits and Veggies

There’s something so sad, so shaming, so reminiscent of money (or gardening time) wasted when you look at a withered fruit or vegetable. There are so many snacks you could have made together, so many healthy sides you didn’t cook. Ah, well, next time. But this next time you’ll mean it, because read more

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12 Easy Afternoon Snack Ideas

Lunch has passed, but it's not quite dinnertime and the kiddos are hungry. It's afternoon snack time! Check out these 12 snacks ideas for the afternoon hungries. read more

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Bananas and chocolate go together like peanut butter and jelly. It's true. read more

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Easy Chicken Fajitas

This fajita recipe is weekly go-to meal and a winner with the whole family. Or, go ahead and double it when you have guests for dinner read more

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Mini Zucchini Muffins

Want a healthy and delicious option for breakfast? Or how about a side for dinner? Or maybe just a little something to hold you over. Hello, scrumptious mini zucchini muffins. read more

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Veggie Hummus Wraps

Looking for a quick and healthy lunch or dinner option? Try these veggie-loaded hummus wraps! read more

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Crock-Pot Pulled Pork

"Seconds, please!" Perfect for a party or an easy dinner at home, this pulled pork recipe is sure to keep your family asking for more. read more

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Thai Chicken Pizza

A new homemade pizza recipe for you to try on your next pizza night. This Thai Chicken Pizza has great bold flavors, on top of a soft, homemade pizza crust. The perfect, delicious weekend pizza. read more

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Fried Rice

Great for leftover cooked rice and any type of leftover meat. You can vary the vegetables for your family favorites or what you have on hand. read more

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Easy Paella

Expand your culinary repertoire with this popular Spanish rice dish! read more

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Black Beans and Rice

Served as the main course or as a side dish, black beans and rice is full of protein and flavor. read more

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Spring Vegetable Risotto

Looking for new ways to add veggies to your meals? Try this creamy Italian rice dish with peas and fresh asparagus! read more

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Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

Simple to make -- these chicken Caesar sandwiches can look fancy on display at a baby shower or bridal brunch, and will get gobbled up for a quick and easy weeknight dinner! read more

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Easy Homemade Guacamole

Craving a little south of the border snack? How about some fresh guac to go with your tortilla chips or on your tacos! read more

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Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Do you need a reason to eat ice cream? Celebrate National Strawberry Sundae Day with this sweet strawberry ice cream recipe. read more

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Erasable Weekly Menu Board

"What's for dinner?" Always have an answer with this easy-to-make menu board. read more

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Authentic Indian Butter Chicken

Otherwise know as Chicken Makhani, Indian Butter Chicken is probably my all-time favorite way to prepare chicken. Introduce your family to homemade-Indian food tonight! read more

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Easy Apple Strudel

Combining a recipe I got from a MOPS friend with one I already had, plus a third I found online and ... voilà! Here you have it, a super easy and addictively delish apple strudel recipe. read more

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Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers

Slow cooked to perfection! With a 1/2 and 1/2 blend of turkey and ground beef this is a healthy and delicious dinner option. read more

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Monkey Cupcakes

Go wild with these fun monkey cupcakes. Simple and easy directions make a great party treat! read more

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5 Simple Tips for Making Healthy Family Meals

Not a pot roast diva circa 1953? Me neither, but since deciding that I needed to be cooking more healthy foods, my meals have gotten a lot better. Here are five simple ideas that really helped me! read more