No. 2 Pencil Cook, Bake & Create 2014-04-23T00:40:52Z http://www.number-2-pencil.com/feed Melissa http://www.number-2-pencil.com <![CDATA[Crunchy Baked Tacos]]> http://www.number-2-pencil.com/?p=3368 2014-04-23T00:40:52Z 2014-04-23T00:35:28Z These Crunchy Baked Tacos have become a weekly dinner at our house. They are incredibly easy to make, and you can have them on the table in about twenty minutes. These baked tacos are a huge hit with my kids every time we make them, and they’ve been asking for weekly “Taco Tuesdays” since we watched […]

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Melissa http://www.number-2-pencil.com <![CDATA[Super Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies]]> http://www.number-2-pencil.com/?p=3243 2014-04-12T04:19:58Z 2014-04-12T04:19:58Z  These Super Soft Lemon Sugar Cookies are perfect for spring. A soft sugar cookie with a hint of lemon and a rich lemon cream cheese frosting. If you are a lemon lover like me, you need to try these cookies! You may also want to try the Strawberry Lemonade Poke Cake I shared recently. It […]

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Melissa http://www.number-2-pencil.com <![CDATA[Double Crust Chicken Pot Pie – Great Freezer Meal Idea]]> http://www.number-2-pencil.com/?p=3347 2014-04-10T00:17:18Z 2014-04-09T20:06:37Z This recipe makes two Double Crust Chicken Pot Pies, one to bake now and one to freeze for later. Chicken pot pies are one of my favorite meals, and I’ve made this one a little easier by using a pre-made pie dough. This chicken pot pie has a golden double crust and is packed with […]

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Melissa http://www.number-2-pencil.com <![CDATA[Slow Cooker Ham with Maple Brown Sugar Glaze]]> http://www.number-2-pencil.com/?p=3316 2014-04-03T20:30:19Z 2014-04-03T19:59:27Z   Last weekend, I worked on a slow cooker ham recipe to share and I am beyond excited with the results.  I used the slow cooker to gently heat the ham without drying it out, then made an easy homemade maple brown sugar glaze. Just a few minutes under the broiler caramelizes the glaze and […]

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Melissa http://www.number-2-pencil.com <![CDATA[Party of Five]]> http://www.number-2-pencil.com/?p=3326 2014-04-02T20:18:18Z 2014-04-02T20:08:23Z If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen the news, but I wanted to share on the blog too. Our family is growing! This summer we will go from a family of four to a family of five!     I’m due on the 4th of July, and it’s a running joke in […]

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Melissa http://www.number-2-pencil.com <![CDATA[Easter Mason Jars Craft]]> http://www.number-2-pencil.com/?p=3289 2014-03-27T20:42:57Z 2014-03-27T18:26:08Z I had so much fun whipping up these little Easter Mason Jars. I was inspired by the ghost mason jars I made for Halloween last year. For this project, I used spray paint to quickly paint the jars, then I used my Cricut Explore machine to make the sweet little faces out of adhesive vinyl. […]

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Melissa http://www.number-2-pencil.com <![CDATA[20 Easy Dinner Ideas for the Whole Family]]> http://www.number-2-pencil.com/?p=3275 2014-03-26T23:09:36Z 2014-03-26T16:53:56Z I’m always looking for new easy dinner ideas that work for my entire family, so I thought I’d share a round-up of some of my favorites. This collection is full of one-pot meals and slow cooker recipes. On busy week nights, these are a huge time saver for our family. If you haven’t yet, give […]

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Melissa http://www.number-2-pencil.com <![CDATA[Easy Banana Pudding Recipe]]> http://www.number-2-pencil.com/?p=3260 2014-03-20T03:57:56Z 2014-03-20T03:57:56Z This Easy Banana Pudding Recipe is very close to my heart. I make it every Easter and for BBQs and family events. Hands down, the very best part of this banana pudding is the texture. It’s so thick and creamy. You can serve it sliced instead of scooped. The Chessmen cookies are amazing in this […]

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Melissa http://www.number-2-pencil.com <![CDATA[One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta]]> http://www.number-2-pencil.com/?p=3225 2014-03-14T00:30:03Z 2014-03-14T00:30:03Z   I’ve been kicking around this idea for One-Pan Chicken Parmesan Pasta in my head for weeks. It’s a combination of my One-Pan Chicken Alfredo and my Skillet Lasagna. Earlier this week, I finally had a kitchen bright enough to photograph in, thanks to the time change and a nice sunny day. Let me just […]

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Melissa http://www.number-2-pencil.com <![CDATA[Chocolate Chip Banana Bread]]> http://www.number-2-pencil.com/?p=3211 2014-03-11T15:57:03Z 2014-03-10T16:01:20Z Is there anything better than the smell of freshly baked banana bread?  Truly, I can’t think of anything that smells as good when it’s baking. This is a banana bread recipe I have been using for a long time, and I absolutely love it. I’ve adapted this recipe just a little over the years, including making […]

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