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Healthy Pineapple Fried Rice with Portobello Mushrooms & Edamame

2016 January 20
by Emily Hill

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Love fried rice but don’t love the “fried” part of fried rice because it totally doesn’t mesh with your 2016 fitness goals? Or maybe you’re simply ready for a change from your standard “peas, carrots, egg” fried rice. Whatever the reason, you’ll want to make this healthy pineapple fried rice with Portobello mushrooms and edamame as soon as you can fit it into your weekly meal plan.

Or do what those of us without meal plans do: make it whenever the heck you feel like it.

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Healthy Pineapple Fried Rice -- a healthier version of your standard fried rice recipe. Tastes even better thanks to fresh pineapple, portobello mushrooms and edamame.

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This pineapple fried rice is easier to make than you’d think, and the pineapple-mushroom combo makes for a delightful and delicious take on your typical fried rice recipe.

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Healthy Pineapple Fried Rice -- a healthier version of your standard fried rice recipe. Tastes even better thanks to fresh pineapple, portobello mushrooms and edamame.

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The term “fried” may be a bit misleading, as this pineapple fried rice isn’t fried at all. The pineapple, Portobello mushroom, edamame and green onions are sauteed rather than fried, and then everything is tossed together before serving.

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Healthy Pineapple Fried Rice -- a healthier version of your standard fried rice recipe. Tastes even better thanks to fresh pineapple, portobello mushrooms and edamame.

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I’m not very good at eating fruits and vegetables, but if you throw them into a recipe like this one, I’ll eat more than the daily requirement in one sitting! It helps if you have fresh fruit and good-as-fresh frozen vegetables like C&W Vegetables edamame, which I used in this pineapple fried rice.

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Healthy Pineapple Fried Rice -- a healthier version of your standard fried rice recipe. Tastes even better thanks to fresh pineapple, portobello mushrooms and edamame.

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While grabbing the bag of edamame at Walmart, I also picked up their early harvest petite peas (Livi is a huge fan) and petite white & golden corn (I’m a huge fan). That corn could be defrosted and used in my addictive-as-crack cowboy salsa.

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Make sure you add C&W Vegetables to your shopping list and don’t forget to take advantage of the $.50 off of 1 package of C&W vegetables Ibotta coupon good at select Walmart stores (while supplies last).

Printable recipe for healthy pineapple fried rice below. Enjoy!

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Healthy Pineapple Fried Rice -- a healthier version of your standard fried rice recipe. Tastes even better thanks to fresh pineapple, portobello mushrooms and edamame.

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Healthy Pineapple Fried Rice
 
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This healthy pineapple fried rice features fresh pineapple, portobello mushrooms and edamame for a healthy--and tasty--twist on your traditional fried rice recipe.
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Recipe type: Side dish
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • ½ tsp ginger powder
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup frozen edamame (shelled)
  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 large portobello mushroom, diced
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 3 cups cooked white or brown rice
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger powder and white pepper in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add garlic, pineapple, mushrooms, edamame and green onions to the skillet. Saute, stirring often, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in soy sauce mixture; cook, stirring constantly, until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  4. Toss rice with vegetable mixture until evenly coated; serve immediately.

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If you’re looking for more yummy Asian recipes, you should browse my Asian recipes Pinterest board.

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Maddie’s New Music Mondays: Hozier

2016 January 18
by Emily Hill

This series is written by my daughter Madison. She has the absolute coolest taste in music. Post may include affiliate links to support my Diet Coke habit.

Alright. This week’s artist is Hozier. Now before you “x” this page, hear me out. Andrew Hozier-Bryne (holy freak listen to that sweet name. Hozier-Bryne.) is an Irish singer and songwriter from Bray, County Wicklow. Now if you’re like me, you have no idea where that is. Well, lucky for you I did my research. It’s a county (duh) in Ireland; the name means “Vikings’ Meadow” and has a population of 136,640 according to the 2011 census.

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Maddies New Music Mondays - Hozier
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Anyway, back to Hozier. He became really well known for his single “Take Me to Church.” His genres are indie rock, soul, and blues. He’s also a straight 10/10. Just look at him:
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Hozier

Courtesy Hozier

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It’s a good thing it’s Monday because he’s my man-crush Monday. MM. Ahem.

The two songs I’ve fallen in love with from him are “Someone New” and “Like Real People Do.”

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Hozier: Someone New

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Hozier: Like Real People Do

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Another two I love from him are “From Eden” and “Cherry Wine.”

You know what? You’re going to listen to “From Eden” right now.

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Hozier: From Eden

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Comment below telling me which song you love (you have to love one #sorrynotsorry) and on a scale of 1-10 how good-looking Hozier is!

Creds to Wikipedia. Also his parents for blessing this world with such a hadsome man.

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~ Maddie
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Past New Music Mondays:

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Caramel Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies

2016 January 15
by Emily Hill

Post may include affiliate links to help support my Diet Coke habit.

DUDE.

These caramel peanut butter kisses cookies might be the most delicious, most addictive, most “please hide the rest because I will EAT THEM ALL” cookies I’ve ever made.

For reals.

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Caramel Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies -- THE BEST peanut butter blossom cookies you will ever eat, hands down. Gooey caramel and chocolate combined with a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie. Enough said.

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I know I’ve said that about my M&Ms pudding cookies, Butterfinger cookies and glazed lemon coconut cookies, but I’m not lying when I say I’ll be requesting these cookies on my death bed.

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Caramel Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies -- THE BEST peanut butter blossom cookies you will ever eat, hands down. Gooey caramel and chocolate combined with a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie. Enough said.

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I refuse to make peanut butter kisses cookies (aka peanut butter blossom cookies) any other way. Hershey’s Kisses with caramel take this classic cookie to an entirely new—and entirely heavenly—level. Don’t believe me? Ask every member of my family; no one can resist them. It’s a good thing I took a few to the neighbors or it would be holiday weight gain all over again.

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Caramel Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies -- THE BEST peanut butter blossom cookies you will ever eat, hands down. Gooey caramel and chocolate combined with a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie. Enough said.

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And guess what? If you accidentally forget to set the timer and overbake a batch of the peanut butter cookies, they’re still totally edible. Just don’t waist those precious caramel Hershy’s kisses on them. Instead eat them as soon as they cool down enough to not burn your taste buds. It’s a solid plan, trust me.

I wish I could show you the gooey goodness of these cookies when they’re still warm but the photos didn’t do those caramel kisses justice. Perhaps I should have taken one of the strings of caramel stuck to my chin after taking a bite…

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Caramel Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies -- THE BEST peanut butter blossom cookies you will ever eat, hands down. Gooey caramel and chocolate combined with a soft, chewy peanut butter cookie. Enough said.

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Though the original recipe suggest 1-inch balls of dough, I found my trusty medium cookie scoop to be the perfect size for these caramel peanut butter kisses cookies. I prefer my cookie-to-Kiss ratio to favor the cookie, and that scoop was spot on.

Printable recipe for caramel peanut butter kisses cookies below. Enjoy!
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Caramel Peanut Butter Kisses Cookies
 
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I'm pretty sure this is the only way to make peanut butter kisses cookies. The gooey caramel and chocolate combined with soft, chewy peanut butter cookie are simply heavenly. Makes approx. 4 dozen.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookie
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cup sugar, divided
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 T milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3½ cups flour
  • 1 (11-oz) package Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolate with Caramel, unwrapped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine butter, 1 cup sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter in a medium bowl. Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, vanilla and milk; continue beating until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add salt, baking soda and flour. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl at least once, until well mixed.
  4. Use a medium scoop (or estimate a large tablespoonful of dough) to shape dough into balls. If dough is too soft, refrigerate for 30 minutes.) Roll balls in ½ cup sugar and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Baked 8 to 10 minutes or until very light golden brown. Remove from oven and immediately press 1 caramel Kiss in the center of each cookie. Let cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

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Here are those other three cookies I mentioned earlier. They’re all worth baking…and in the same day if you’re PMSing like me.

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M&Ms Pudding Cookies -- the softest, chewiest cookies packed with M&Ms in every bite!


M&Ms pudding cookies

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Butterfinger Pudding Cookies - the perfect cookie for Butterfinger lovers! Soft and chewy with chunks of Butterfinger candy.


Butterfinger cookies

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Glazed Lemon Pudding Cookies - the perfect combination of lemon and coconut in a soft, chewy cookie.


Glazed lemon coconut cookies

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If you’re looking for more yummy cookies, you should browse my desserts {cookies} Pinterest board.

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Follow Emily Hill’s board desserts {cookies} on Pinterest.

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2016 Reader Survey + $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

2016 January 12
by Emily Hill

Post may include affiliate links to help support my Diet Coke habit. This post is in no way sponsored by Amazon, but I adore them and enjoy spreading the love.

Hello, my favorite readers of all time! It’s been a bit tricky to get back into the swing of things around here. I blame it on the cold weather, CES 2016 (way too much testosterone—and drones—in one place), and not nearly enough Diet Coke.

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Though 2015 was a good year, and I was pretty good at breathing, there’s always room for improvement. I want to make 2016 the best year yet, and that includes making this blog better than ever. To help me do so, I’d love for you to fill out this quick survey. It will help me better understand who you are, how we connect, and what you like and don’t like on the blog. It will also give you the opportunity to ask me any question your heart desires.

Just don’t ask me why pebble ice is so much better than any other ice. I can’t explain it; it just is.

The survey should take only a few minutes at most. At the end there is a place for you to include your email address to be entered in the giveaway. This is totally optional but I’d totally do it. Just think of the things you can buy with $25 and your Amazon Prime membership.

I may have professed my undying love of Amazon Prime to the random Amazon guy I ran into at CES.

You’ll find the survey below. If you’re on a smartphone or tablet, you may find it easier to fill it out HERE. Thank you!
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Maddie’s New Music Mondays: Magic Man

2016 January 11
by Emily Hill

This series is written by my daughter Madison. She has the absolute coolest taste in music. Post may include affiliate links to support my Diet Coke habit.

Holy cow, it’s been so long. I’m so sorry! It’s been crazy with all the stuff I’ve been doing for school for our fundraiser, and swim has been intense. I’m surprised I’ve even had time to sleep! One of my goals for the new year is to be better at enhancing your music choices every week. ;)

Magic Man has been a favorite of mine ever since I heard their song “Paris.” They have such a good sound and I love it. They’re considered electronic rock—how hardcore does that sound? Haha I know most of you people probably hear “electronic rock” and think I’m introducing you to Skrillex or something but I’m not!

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Maddies New Music Mondays - Magic Man
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Magic Man is from Rhode Island and Massachusetts. (It’s about time I do some state-side artists, right? Stupid UK with all their good musicians.) They were formed in 2010 and consist of Alex Caplow (vocals), Sam Lee (guitars and keyboard), Gabe Goodman (bass), Justine Bowe (keyboard), and Joey Sulkowski (drums). This past July they said goodbye to Goodman, Bowe, and Sulkowski. Sad.

My favorite album of theirs is Before the Waves, but their album art for You Are Here looks sick. The two songs I wanna show you are “Paris” and “Chicagoland.”

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Magic Man: Paris

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Magic Man: Chicagoland

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Check out their other songs “Texas” and “Nova Scotia.” I’m catching a theme ;)

Leave a comment below for which song (or place haha) you liked the best!

As always, creds to Wikipedia. What would I do without you?

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~ Maddie
xoxo

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Past New Music Mondays:

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What Gifts Will You Give This Year? {FREE Printable}

2016 January 5
by Emily Hill

This year for our Relief Society* Christmas lesson, we shared “The Gifts of Christmas,” an address given in 1994 by President Howard W. Hunter. The address may have been given over 20 years ago but it is just as needful a reminder today as it was then.

I know Christmas has come and gone but stay with me on this one. 

This is my favorite excerpt from Hunter’s address:

Never did the Savior give in expectation of receiving. He gave freely and lovingly, and His gifts were of inestimable value. He gave eyes to the blind, ears to the deaf, and legs to the lame; cleanliness to the unclean, wholeness to the infirm, and breath to the lifeless. His gifts were opportunity to the downtrodden, freedom to the oppressed, forgiveness to the repentant, hope to the despairing, and light in the darkness. He gave us His love, His service, and His life. And most important, He gave us and all mortals resurrection, salvation, and eternal life.

We should strive to give as He gave. To give of oneself is a holy gift. We give as a remembrance of all the Savior has given.

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I’m pretty sure the majority of gifts I give are not of inestimable value, and while I will never be as perfect a gift-giver as the Savior, I can do a better job of giving more of the gifts people need most—gifts like patience, kindness, encouragement, forgiveness and love.

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The Gifts of Christmas by Howard W Hunter

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Howard W. Hunter shared the above list in his address. I thought it so beautiful I turned it into a printable to serve as a daily reminder of the the most wonderful, most meaning and most powerful gifts I can give this year.

Even better? They’re free.

I’ve created three different PDFs: single 4×6, single 5×7, double 5×7 (i.e., two to a page). To download the PDFs, click on the images or the link below each image and save the file to your desktop. But before you do, please read the following rules:

  • Is This Really My Life printables are for personal use only.
  • If you decide to re-post or use the image, you MUST cite the source and include a link to this post.
  • Personalization and other customizations are not available on free printables; they’re offered “as-is.”

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The Gifts of Christmas by Howard W Hunter
Download the FREE 4×6 (single) Gifts of Christmas printable HERE.

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The Gifts of Christmas by Howard W Hunter 5x7
Download the FREE 5×7 (single) Gifts of Christmas printable HERE.

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The Gifts of Christmas by Howard W Hunter 5x7 two per page
Download the FREE 5×7 (double) Gifts of Christmas printable HERE.

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* The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women’s organization in the world. It was established in 1842 for women ages 18 and older and is one of my favorite things about being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (aka the Mormons).

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For more LDS ideas and printables, check out my LDS Ideas Pinterest board.

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Your Favorite Bloggers Share Their Top Posts of 2015

2016 January 2
by Emily Hill

That’s assuming I’m one of your favorites.

I am, right?

Last week I shared the 10 recipes I will never not make (i.e., the most oft-used recipes in my collection). Half of those on the list were from years past, so I thought it might be fun to share what Google Analytics told me were the top 10 posts of 2015. Unlike 2014, they weren’t all recipe posts. Thanks to our experience with DIY Sharpie mugs and some fantastic gift ideas, 2015 saw a bit more diversity.

Of course half the top posts of 2015 were desserts. You’re my kind of people.

I was curious to see which posts would top the list for my blogging friends. Trust me when I say they won’t disappoint. After I reveal my top posts of 2015, you’ll find a list of their top posts plus a link to their top posts roundup. You’ll want to pin each and every one, promise.

Drum roll, please.

No. 1 post of 2015: Salted caramel butter bars

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Salted Caramel Butter Bars -- these are as addictive as crack, believe me. One of the most requested recipes. Great for all the get-togethers.

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I’m so proud of my readers! This is by far one of my favorite desserts to serve at a party because I immediately become the favorite once guests take a bite. And who doesn’t love being the favorite?

Below you’ll find my remaining nine top posts of 2015 followed by the top posts of those seven other amazing bloggers. Enjoy!

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Top 10 Posts of 2015 -- I love that not all of them are recipes but I also love that half of them are desserts. And you all love salted caramel bars as much as I do!

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No. 2: Easy lemon cookies with lemon glaze (I’m not a huge fan of lemon but I’m a HUGE fan of these)

No. 3: DIY Sharpie mugs & plates: the Dos and Don’ts (learn from my experience…)

No. 4: Mexican pinwheels (one of my all-time favorite appetizers because you can make them ahead of time)

No. 5: Double chocolate crinkle cookies (the secret is in the espresso)

No. 6: Chinese almond cookies (make these for Chinese New Year on February 8th!)

No. 7: Not-so-skinny cheesy potatoes (because full-fat sour cream & lots of cheese is so. dang. good)

No. 8: Slow cooker french dip sandwiches (everything taste better when mini sized)

No. 9: 10 gifts you didn’t know you needed until now (dude, I’m in love with those pens)

No. 10: Lucky Charms cookies (St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner!)
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The Top Posts from Some of My Favorite Bloggers

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Vintage lemonade stand with reversible chalkboard sign
Simply Kierste’s #1 post: Vintage lemonade stand with reversible chalkboard sign
Simply Kierste’s Top 10 of 2015

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Best Chicken Friend Rice
My Kitchen Escapade’s #1 post: Best chicken fried rice
My Kitchen Escapade’s Top 5 of 2105

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Made fom Pinterest - roasted chickpeas
Made from Pinterest’s #1 post: Roasted chickpeas
Made form Pinterest’s Most Viewed Pins of 2015

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How to make a giant pegboard
Ginger Snap Crafts’ #1 post: How to make a giant pegboard
Ginger Snap Crafts’ Top 15 of 2015

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30 copycat recipes
Or So She Says #1 post: 30 copycat recipes that are so spot-on it’ll blow your mind!
Or So She Says’ Top 10 of 2015

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Tips to quickly paint a room
Simply Designing’s #1 post: Tips to quickly paint a room
Simply Designing’s Top 10 of 2015

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If you want to browse all the recipes I’ve shared, check out my best of ITRML Pinterest board.

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