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Ever since reading this cookbook, our family has worked hard to eat whole foods as often as possible. We’ve also given up weeknight desserts, and sip homemade smoothies or enjoy big bowls of fruit with fresh cream instead. Our new favorite treat is this easy frozen yogurt that you can make in a food processor. And all you need is four simple ingredients: the frozen fruit of your choice, whole milk yogurt, honey and lemon juice. That’s it!

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Our team had a quiet New Years Eve (DP was sick with a cold), so to make up for it, we planned a decadent New Years Day Celebration. MP made a creamy quiche au fromage, bacon, and our favorite marbled chocolate banana bread. We had a giant bag of oranges in the fridge, so the kids made fresh-squeezed orange juice and poured it into champagne glasses. When the food was nearly ready, CP#1 and MP rifled through an old dress-up box for crazy hats, leis, and noisemakers to add to the festivities. The result? A fun New Years Day brunch for the four of us.

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MP’s friend from book group always makes the most delicious, buttery desserts. Her sugar cookie recipe really is the best. It’s our go-to, traditional holiday cookie. The dough is so easy to work with and the cookie itself is perfect with a drizzle of semi-sweet chocolate, decorated with Royal icing or topped with colorful sugar sprinkles.

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We’re preparing to host our first Thanksgiving, and MP has been busy baking anything she can freeze ahead, mainly pies, cranberry sauce, and biscuits. And while stuffing can’t be prepared ahead of schedule, MP figured cornbread would freeze well. She turned to a new cookbook in our house, “Eating in Maine,” by Rockland food bloggers, Jillian and Malcolm Bedell.

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One of our favorite family Halloween recipes is the fun and super easy Bacon & Egg candies from the Eating in Maine cookbook. On a Friday night, we invited Grandma and Grandpa Potato over for dinner and afterward, we made these candies together.

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Last summer, MP purchased a Krups Ice Cream Maker for the kids. Our family loves ice cream and the idea of making it at home together made La Glaciere worth the splurge. We’ve experimented with different variations of vanilla, adding fresh strawberries or mint dark chocolate pieces. It wasn’t until we came across this simple recipe for Lemon Sherbet in Yankee Magazine that we were inspired to try a new frozen treat.

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Every summer, without fail, our family goes to the New Gloucester Strawberry Festival. We make sure to eat a light dinner, so our bellies can handle the humongous desserts that the volunteers at the festival so lovingly create.

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CP#2 waiting in line. Does he look excited or what?

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