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    Ever have those days when you wanted to tell your kids, "Get your own darn dinner!" I think we all know how that would end up: They'd grab themselves a nice, big bowl of ice cream and be done with it. But the next best thing is a slow-cooker meal all ready to go by the time the kids want to eat -- one they can literally serve themselves. Magic!

    These self-serve Crock-Pot recipes are also handy if you have children coming and going at different times, which is a reality for a lot of families -- especially during the school year.

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    It’s cheeseburger night for the entire family, but you don’t even have to fire up the grill. This easy cheeseburger pie recipe from CherylStyle.com is pure comfort food and a main meal that’ll earn you the kudos you deserve.

    This dinner is fast, simple, and tasty. Making modifications to suit your taste buds is a breeze! Experiment with fun twists like bacon cheeseburger pie or mushroom Swiss -- you get the idea.

    This super quick, super delicious dinner is good enough to serve alone, or with all your favorite cheeseburger toppings like sliced tomatoes, fresh lettuce, pickles, ketchup, and mustard. Yum!

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    You want to lose weight and eat healthier. You're excited to make the changes you know you need to make. There is just one thing standing in your way. Actually, he may be standing in front of the fridge right now, grumbling about what he sees in there. It's your husband. Many of us have picky eater kids on our hands -- but some are lucky enough to have picky eater husbands too.

    I hear it all the time: Women try to cook a wide variety of healthy meals for their family. But when dads resist new foods too, it makes it a lot harder to convince the kids to stop being so picky. How do you get Mr. Meat-and-Potatoes to be a more adventurous eater?

    "Men really are actively interested in improving their health through nutrition," says clinical nutrition educator Clea Shannon. "They just need to know it's going to taste good." Okay ... easier said than done? Here are some expert tips on how you can seduce the finicky man in your life to try new foods.

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    Let's face it; what makes us crave pizza isn’t the toppings or the crust. It's that delicious interplay between warm, tangy sauce and creamy, melted cheese. That's what you get in this dip; plus, you can use an oven bag to eliminate cleanup hassles, which is great when you just absolutely have to have pizza NOW but don’t want to deal with the mess of making it yourself.

    You can serve this with the parmesan breadsticks recipe included below, but if you're avoiding carbs or entertaining people who avoid gluten, pepper strips or zucchini slices would make yummy dippers as well. This would be a great hot dip to bring to a party or office potluck as well, since you can bring everything already mixed in the bag, carried in the dish you'll use to serve. Just heat it up when you get there and you have a no-hassle appetizer.

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    There are so many things to love about autumn! One of my favorites is the abundance of apples. It's so much fun to pick them at your local orchard or grab a bag of the season's best at your grocery store. 

    But sometimes I have a tendency to overdo it. Rather than see the versatile fruit go to waste, I begin baking up a storm. 

    My ultimate go-to, never-fail apple recipe comes from my mom. Whenever we make these delicious apple cinnamon squares and share them, we're always asked for the recipe. Bonus: They can be ready in under 40 minutes! 

    Here's what you'll need: 

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    I confess, I don't bake very often. Don't get me wrong -- I love cookies, pie, cupcakes, and what-have-you. I just never want a WHOLE batch of them. I just want one little treat for me, maybe two if my son is home with me. That's all!

    So it's a darn good thing someone invented desserts in a mug. That's a dessert you cook right inside a mug or cup, usually in your microwave. And they take just a few, short minutes to make! How much do we love desserts-in-a-mug? Oh, about 13 ways, to be exact! Here are 13 of our favorite dessert-in-a-mug recipes for you to try your own sweet self. Indulgence is just a stir and a zap away ... and the kids' reaction is the icing on the cake. So to speak.

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    Mission Impossible: Feed your family dinner for under $5. Do you accept this mission? We actually think this mission is completely possible! That's why we pulled together this list of easy, inexpensive dinners your kids will want to eat. Because that's the real trick, right? We like saving money, but we LOVE it when our kids actually eat what we cook for them.

    Here are six kid-friendly recipes that should cost around $5 or less. You can put your own spin on each of them, too. And we have to tell you, just looking at these dishes is making us hungry!

     

    Image ©iStock.com/tanukiphoto

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    Mornings can be a challenge, especially when school is in session. You have kids that need to get out of bed, get dressed, and most importantly eat breakfast. At least that's how it all plays out in my house. Until I started making these magnificent muffins! A bright lemon flavor and juicy blueberries make these hearty muffins the perfect thing for a great on-the-go breakfast. Make a bunch and freeze for future eats. Here's how you make them.

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    Football season is upon us, which means that our family is again on the hunt for the perfect wing recipe. We've tried them fried, seasoned, sweet and sour. You name it; we gave it a try in our test kitchen (which means I'm cooking and the kids are eating).

    But this recipe for peanut sesame chicken wings gave us something new -- a Thai-inspired flavor with a bit of a kick. They were a hit! Thank goodness, because our team lost last weekend. At least we had the wings. Here's how you make them.

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    Everyone is at risk of being called out on social media these days, but if you're rich, famous, and play for the NFL, well, you really better watch your back. That's the hard lesson Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had to learn this week after a Philly burger restaurant called PYT posted a photo of McCoy's receipt to their Facebook page.

    The post is an apparent attempt to publicly shame McCoy, as it turns out he left only a 20-cent tip for his server.

    Check it out.

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