Cheddar & Oregano Pumpkin Cheeseball

I still remember the last year I trick or treated (such a sad day). It was eighth grade and I was with all my friends. We had pillow cases and mouths full of braces — our glory days, for sure. I think we came to a consensus that it would be our last time collecting […]

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Halloween Chocolate Candies

We are finally in full Halloween mode at our house. I put up the spider webs, spideys and fake bats, and Peyton is loving life. While I’m sad I’m not able to use all of our decorations (we’re in the process of redoing our built-ins), my walls are covered and I’m a happy gal. I […]

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Salted Caramel Mini Cheesecakes

The end of September marked Marina Makes turning two – I can’t believe it!! When I started this blog, I certainly didn’t think I’d be keeping up with it two years later orĀ  have people following along on my journey. I still have a ton of work to do, but I’m also trying really hard […]

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Chicken Pot Pie Topped with Cheddar Thyme Biscuits

This Chicagoland second wind of summer weather is messing with my fall food obsession, friends, and I’m not having it. I’m all for warm weather, but sticky, humid, can’t-open-the-windows-weather is not fun in October. I want to feel the cool breeze while the leaves crunch under my shoes instead of sweat dripping down my face. […]

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Summer Veggie Pizza

And this is how you say, “so long, summer!” Not so long as in, “I’m so over you”, but more like bidding farewell to a friend you’ve loved and cherished and can’t wait to see again. This pizza is a celebration of all the goodness summer brings. Kind of like a thank you to summer! […]

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Back to School Mix

Peyton starts preschool this fall and it’s such a bittersweet time. I am so incredibly happy that she gets to learn, make new friends and do her own thing, and I know she is going to thrive meeting new people; but at the same time, I can’t help but feel sad that my baby is […]

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Stove-top Shells & Cheese

I love me a good boxed mac and cheese. Whenever I make it for the kids, I end up devouring most of the box (sorry guys!). There’s just something about a spoonful that brings me back to my childhood when we would live for mac and cheese days. Having a bowl full of pasta and […]

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A Summer Night’s Dream Pasta Salad

Why a summer night’s dream, you ask? Because having pasta salad every summery night is my dream! Haha that sounds so complicated. What I’m really trying to say is that pasta salad is a dream to me. What I enjoy most about pasta salad is the pasta (duh!), but I also relish the different directions […]

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Fourth of July Hand Pies

Peeps… it’s been too long!! It seems like months since I last posted (even though it was a couple of weeks ago – did you see these oatmeal macadamia nut cookies I posted??). That’s probably because my mind has been in a million different places since we’ve moved. Both Brett and I have been running […]

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Oatmeal Macadamia Nut Cookies Dipped in White Chocolate

I’ve been on a sweet kick lately. I’m normally a savory person, but I’ve gotten to the point where I need something sweet every day. It’s ridiculous! I suggest going for walks to some of the ice cream shops in our downtown area a couple of days a week and whenever I’m walking through the […]

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