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Carrot Spice Muffins

Carrot-themed recipes remind me of springtime and Easter—maybe because I tend to see a lot of product packaging with bunnies and carrots this time of year! I actually am not a big fan of raw whole carrots, but I do like raw shredded carrots. Strange, right? I’m not sure why! So I tend to have shredded carrots in salads mostly. But here’s another way you can use shredded carrots—in these tasty Carrot Spice Muffins! They’re dense and moist, with a mildly sweet-and-cinnamon-spice flavor. Raisins give them an extra punch of sweetness. And I really like how they rise so nicely! Continue reading

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

If you’re in the mood for comfort food—and who couldn’t use a little comfort food these days—this Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti is a dish the whole family will enjoy! There’s lots of shredded cheddar cheese in this (4 cups!), along with some rotisserie chicken, a little onion and garlic, chopped green bell pepper, black olives, and some cream of mushroom soup and sour cream to make it nice and creamy! Continue reading

Hold on to Hope

Spring usually reminds us of new beginnings as we look forward to warmer weather and blooming flowers. Right now, life looks so different as we deal with challenges that are changing the way we live. I saw a quote today that read, “Hope is stronger than fear.” Let’s not be discouraged or fearful in the days ahead, but hold on to hope!

We…can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. HEBREWS 6:18 NLT

Sharing at Grace & Truth, Inspire Me Monday.

First Watch Potatoes

First Watch Potatoes @ NancyCI’m reviewing the First Watch cookbook

If you’re lucky enough to live near a First Watch restaurant, you may already know about the fresh, fabulous meals available on their menu! They are one of the best places I know to go for breakfast, brunch, or lunch (this is a “Daytime Cafe,” open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day). Freshness is a big deal at First Watch. As they say on their website, “…We begin each morning at the crack of dawn, slicing fresh fruits and vegetables, baking muffins and whipping up our French toast batter from scratch. Everything is made to order and freshness is never compromised.” When I read that, I wanted to run right over to the recently-opened First Watch near me! I actually did go with a friend and we had a wonderful brunch there. I was deciding between the super-healthy Brilliant Beet Toast and the classic Farmhouse Hash (both pictured below)—I decided on the Beet Toast, which was super-good, and will get the Farmhouse Hash next time! I don’t think you can go wrong with anything you order on their menu—everything looks so appetizing! Continue reading

Shamrock Snack Mix

St. Patrick’s Day is not far away, and here’s a super-easy snack mix you can whip up to enjoy and share! This sweet and slightly-salty mix includes some Lucky Charms™ cereal, dry roasted and salted peanuts, mint-flavored green M&M’s, and some vanilla yogurt-covered raisins. They all combine to make a really yummy and colorful snack mix that’s so perfect for St. Patty’s Day celebrations and get-togethers! It’s also great that this recipe just takes minutes to make! Continue reading