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In the Kitchen

Chicken Nuggets Aren’t Just for Kids

by Kimba on September 26, 2011

in In the Kitchen

My kids can’t get enough of my oven-baked chicken nuggets. They would eat fast-food nuggets any day of the week, but I would rather avoid them whenever possible. My good friend gave me her delicious nugget recipe and I modified it a little for our family. It’s one of those kid-friendly recipes that the whole [...]

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Last week, I decided it was finally time to organize my pantry. And by “organize”, I mean dig into the back corners of the closet and remove bag-fulls of expired food including a can of sweetened condensed milk from 2004. I kid you not. We moved that can from at least two different houses. I’ve [...]

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If we’re friends on facebook (if not, why?), then you may have heard me shouting giddily (is that a word?) that I canned some tomatoes the other day. This was truly a new adventure for me, because my only experience with actual canning involves hungrily opening up the jars of tomatoes, beans, pickles, etc. that [...]

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Summer has been zipping right along here at Casa Kimba. I can hardly believe it’s the end of July! Didn’t summer seem to last forever when you were a kid? We’ve been steadily crossing things off our 2011 Summer List. There’s been plenty of painting, gardening, reading, swimming and our gigantic 4th of July party. [...]

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It’s Freezer Jam Time!

by Kimba on June 15, 2011

in In the Kitchen

Strawberry freezer jam is thoroughly delish and now that I know how to make it, I never buy regular jam at the store. It’s so simple to make and since the berries aren’t cooked, like regular jam, the flavor is fresh and sweet. Right now is prime strawberry jam making time because the farmer’s markets [...]

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I have a confession to make. There was a time in my life when entertaining at home stressed me out. A lot. And it was my own fault. I made entertaining too complicated. Every gathering turned into a major party, because I didn’t understand the joy that comes from connecting with just a few friends [...]

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Summer Nostalgia

by Kimba on June 2, 2011

in Favorite Things,In the Kitchen

When I was a kid, there was no bigger treat than the Coke ICEE. Just thinking about it now takes me back to being 9 or 10 years old. They sold them at a little shop in the mall (that also sold fried fish for take out – weird) and it was such a huge [...]

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Farmhouse Apple Cake

by Kimba on May 10, 2011

in In the Kitchen

I love trying out new recipes. Especially when I already have all the ingredients in my pantry. When I stumbled across this recipe for Farmhouse Apple Cake, I clipped it out the paper and got to work. This dessert is so jam-packed full of apples, that you can’t really call it a cake. I prefer [...]

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Got Ham?

by Kimba on April 25, 2011

in In the Kitchen

I love a good Easter ham. And, perhaps even more, I love good leftover Easter ham. On a biscuit. With cheese. Yum. Now that our fridge is full of yummy leftovers, including ham (thanks Mom!), I knew it was the perfect time to try out this amazing 2-Ingredient Biscuit recipe that I found in the [...]

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Super Bowl Food!

by Kimba on February 4, 2011

in Entertaining,In the Kitchen

Perhaps you’ve heard, but there’s a big football game this weekend! We’re having a Super Bowl party and I thought I would share some of the things that are on our menu. Football food isn’t low-calorie or healthy, so if you can’t handle it, look away now. Chicken, hot sauce, cheese and chips! If you [...]

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Quick Tip: The Dish Soap

by Kimba on January 26, 2011

in Cleaning Stuff,In the Kitchen

Perhaps I’m a simple girl. And by simple, I mean not very bright….definitely not someone who lives a life of quiet contentment. Because if there’s anything that I struggle with it’s quiet contentment. Can I get an Amen? What was I talking about? Oh. How I tricked myself into cleaning my kitchen. Sometimes a simple [...]

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OH YUM! Today’s post comes from one of my newest blogging friends, Melanie Flinn of Nutritious Eats. I discovered her site a few weeks ago and was immediately smitten with her delicious recipes and her practical attitude toward healthy eating. Cause we all know that healthy food isn’t any good unless it tastes good too. [...]

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A couple of weeks ago, I promised you the best french toast recipe ever. I used it to serve 30 people on the night before Thanksgiving. In true Kimba fashion, I got distracted by something shiny and forgot my promise. But here it is! The best ever french toast. I haven’t always been a huge [...]

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Is there anything that smells more like home than a loaf of freshly baked bread? I think not. But as much as I love the heavenly taste of bread right out the oven, I don’t do yeast. Something about baking with little micro-organisms intimidates me. For real. It’s all too much like a science experiment. [...]

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I loved reading all of your thoughts and comments on neighbors, neighborhoods and all things neighborly the other day. The conversation started because I was baking something yummy to take to a new family that moved in down the street. I find there’s no better way to say “Welcome to the neighborhood!” than delivering a [...]

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I think I’m the 284th blogger to write about strawberry freezer jam this week. There must be something in the air…or more accurately…in the farmer’s market. Strawberries. Lots and lots of sweet, beautiful, delicious strawberries. But this post is different! I like to think if it as the definitive writing on the hot debate between [...]

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Decorating with Food

by Kimba on April 5, 2010

in In the Kitchen

Some of the most beautiful things in my home are the ones that come directly from nature…or at least the produce department of the grocery store. A beautiful milk glass compote filled with gorgeous green apples. It only seems natural that we would decorate with food in the kitchen. And I find that the kids [...]

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BBQ Brisket

by Kimba on November 23, 2009

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Let’s talk brisket. If you live south of the Mason Dixon Line, you just said “Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmm” and you probably already pulled out your secret family recipe. If you live north of the Mason Dixon Line, you probably just said “What’s brisket?” This post is for you Northerners who have yet to discover the [...]

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Every once in a while, I feel the need to be true to the name of my blog and give you an idea for creating A Soft Place to Land for your family. And there’s not better way to do that than to fill their noses with sweet smells and their bellies with baked fruit [...]

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Simple Entertaining

by Kimba on August 17, 2009

in In the Kitchen,Sanctuary at Home

This inspiring, motivating and comforting guest post comes from Sandy at 4 Reluctant Entertainers. Sandy began encouraging me to practice hospitality before she ever knew who I was. You’re going to love her too. Kimba’s like my sister, so when she said, hey can you guest for me? I was on it! That’s just what [...]

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