Crushing on Catherine McCord of Weelicious and Stuffed Pizza Rolls

by heidi on September 24, 2013

Former model and T.V. host, Catherine McCord is not your typical Hollywood housewife. While she has traveled the world, and even the cat-walk (hello Donna Karan, Calvin Klein and Victoria Secret), she has roots and healthy beliefs for the whole family that run deep in the food world.

Weelicious Catherine McCord

As the creator of the super popular blog Weelicious, Catherine has followed up on her first cookbook Weelicious: 140 Fast Fresh and Easy Recipes with even more recipes of delicious food for kids in Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box with More Than 160 Happier Meals. To celebrate, you’ll be able to take a beat from our latest crush and give your kids a healthy, and deliciously unique spin on the lunchbox routine with recipes created from your own copy of this tasty book for yourself.

Catherine grew up Louisville, KY and thanks her parents and her grandparents for her understanding of the impact food has on a person’s health and well-being. She was taught to respect food and now is passing that along to her own kids – think top model gone model mom.

If the “secret to having it all” does exist, Catherine has it. And lucky for us, she’s all about sharing what she knows, and what she loves. That’s where Weelicious.com comes into play. Like in these cheesy, broccoli spiked Stuffed Pizza Rolls. Did I mention she’s sneaky too?

Weelicious Stuffed Pizza Rolls | foodiecrush.com

A gorgeous, interactive and super helpful blog every mom dedicated to delivering moms with information Catherine thought was lacking out there in the vast world wide web and just world in general: feeding tips and fresh, healthy recipe ideas for children. Her simple how-to videos are reason alone to make a visit.

After marrying her dreamy hubby (producer of Silver Linings Playbook and the soon to be released American Hustle, where Catherine plays the role of the proud wife) and having her first child, Kenya, Catherine was inspired to create a platform for all moms alike from the model to the momma bear.

Since then, Weelicious has become a vehicle for the entire family, a place where recipes appeal to a range of ages from infants starting on solids to school-age kids with packed lunch and even adults!

Cue the Stuffed Pizza Rolls.

Weelicious Catherine McCord

Weelicious Catherine McCord

Weelicious Catherine McCord

Even with a busy schedule of mothering and inspiring, Catherine happily agreed to fill us in on what makes her tick. Thank you Catherine for being a favorite foodie crush.

1. Describe your blog in 3 words:
Family Fun Food

2. If you could be one food blogger other than yourself, who would you be?
This question is such a tease! I’m obsessed with so many blogs for so many reasons.

Weelicious Catherine McCord

3. Which 3 blogs do you follow/are obsessed with/can’t live a day without?
Shutterbean, What’s Gaby Cooking, Aida Mollenkamp, Joy The Baker, Bakers Royale, The Pioneer Woman, White On Rice, Steamy Kitchen, Edible Living, TurnTable Kitchen, With Style and Grace, Heather Cristo, Hola Jalapeño…The list goes on..I have issues! I feel so grateful for this community that my obsession has grown far and wide.

4. What is the one kitchen tool you could never give up?
My hand mandoline. From homemade potato chips to thinly sliced radishes and carrots, it makes magic out of so many vegetables.

5. What dish are you obsessed with mastering that you just can’t get quite right?
Fortune cookies. I’ve been trying to make a chocolate ones for months. I think I’m on my 13th try.

6. What did you have for dinner last night?
Cedar Plank Salmon with a greek yogurt dill, cucumber sauce, baked french fries, sliced heirloom tomatoes with fresh basil and reduced balsamic and ratatouille.

7. What’s one secret talent outside of the kitchen nobody knows about you?
I can do the straddle splits in the air when jumping on a trampoline. Not sure if that’s a talent or just something dorky I like to do with my kids.

8. You’re happiest when cooking/eating:
Anything surrounding the holidays: Brined turkeys, sugar cookies, sweet potato casserole, homemade pies, any and all of it! I just love cooking all day long and going into a food coma with all of my family around.

9. What have you taken from your experiences as a top model and television host that have lent to your success as a cookbook author and model parent?
Work ethic when it comes to Weelicious and writing cookbooks. I feel so lucky to be able to do something for work day in and day out that I’m so passionate about. I’ve been working since I was about 14 years old and feel lucky that I’ve had several careers working on projects that inspire me. I try to let my kids see that work can be fun when you’re doing something that makes you feel good.

10. The one secret ingredient to your success is:
My family. I feel blessed to be able to work from home (often with my kids) so I don’t miss all the important moments. My husband is so supportive of what I do. There’s no way I could be working and spend quality time with my friends and family if it wasn’t for his endless support.

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When I was choosing a recipe to try from Weelicious Lunches, I pretty much tagged Catherine’s cookbook with a whole stack of post its, marking some future favorites to give Smudge some variety in her school lunches. I narrowed down my choices to PB&J Pancake Sandwiches, Cinnamon Roll Sushi Sandwiches and Carrot Hummus, because who doesn’t love carrots and hummus?!!

But the recipe that took first try honors was Weelicious Lunches Stuffed Pizza Rolls with a big “thumbs up” from the girl who had them for lunch and then again for dinner and is not a broccoli fan. Until now.

Stuffed Pizza Rolls

Yield: makes 10 rolls

Stuffed Pizza Rolls

Ingredients

Olive oil
2 disks white wheat pizza dough or 1 pound prepared pizza dough at room temperature
1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
½ cup chopped broccoli or other favorite topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and oil the muffin cups.
  2. Roll out the pizza dough to ¼ inch thick, making a 10 X 20 inch rectangle.
  3. Spread the marinara sauce in a thin layer across the surface of the dough. SPrinkle wiht the cheese and broccoli or your favorite topping.
  4. Roll up the dough lengthwise to form a 20-inch log and pinch the seam together.
  5. Slice the log into 2-inch pieces. Place the pizza rolls in the muffin cups and pat down slightly.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden and bubbly and the center of the dough is cooked through. Serve immediately.

reprinted with permission from Catherine McCord

http://www.foodiecrush.com/2013/09/catherine-mccord-weelicious-stuffed-pizza-rolls/

Thank you again Catherine, and best of luck to you guys on the giveaway.

Additional reporting thanks to Abby Read.

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Micheleh September 24, 2013 at 5:40 am

Chicken Oyako Donburi is my favorite!

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Heather September 24, 2013 at 5:52 am

My favorite asian dish is a spicy garlic chicken served with rice! Yummy!!

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Joanna September 24, 2013 at 5:54 am

I love sesame chicken even though my stomach doesn’t always love it. And fried rice. With soy sauce. YUM!

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MaryBeth Reed September 24, 2013 at 6:01 am

I’ll have to say sesame chicken too. Such great flavor if done right.

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Yashica September 24, 2013 at 6:42 am

Sesame chicken is a favorite right now

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Terri September 24, 2013 at 6:50 am

I am a super fan of a good pad thai with chicken but also am a big fan of any asian dish that has peanuts/peanut sauce. Yum!

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Nancy E September 24, 2013 at 7:21 am

Anything sweet and sour, chicken, shrimp etc.

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom September 24, 2013 at 7:42 am

Love this interview! Fave Asian dish? any Korean food or soba noodles!

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Nik Snacks (@NikSnacks) September 24, 2013 at 8:01 am

Yeah, I’m crushing on those pizza rolls! Thanks for crushing on Catherine :) I didn’t know any of that about her OR her hubby! I feel like I’m in on a secret club now.

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mellisa willis September 24, 2013 at 8:02 am

Chicken Lettuce wraps.

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Amy S September 24, 2013 at 8:18 am

As bad as it is for you, I love fried rice!

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Brianne September 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

I love Pad Thai!

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Gail September 24, 2013 at 9:11 am

Tofu curry

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Ilana September 24, 2013 at 9:17 am

My favorite is Vietnamese bun with Char-grilled beef and egg rolls.

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Amy N September 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

Orange Chicken is my latest Asian obsession! With chicken fried rice :)

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Melissa September 24, 2013 at 9:43 am

I love Mongolian Beef!

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Lindsey September 24, 2013 at 9:45 am

Anything Thai! Love those favors.

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YP September 24, 2013 at 10:34 am

YUM! I will make right away, with vegan cheese :)

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Brandon September 24, 2013 at 10:52 am

Peanut chicken.

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Amanda D September 24, 2013 at 10:56 am

Dragon and Phoenix – chicken and shrimp with carrots, broccoli, and snow peas in white sauce

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Brooke September 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

Favorite asian dish is pad thai!

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Casey September 24, 2013 at 11:04 am

sesame chicken and fried rice

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Christy September 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

Spicy Mandarin chicken

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Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain September 24, 2013 at 11:10 am

What a beautiful post! Catherine’s book is simply stunning! Can’t wait to devour these pizza rolls!

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Kara September 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

I need this book so bad!
Pad Thai!

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Natalie September 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

Pad Thai!

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Jenn September 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

I love vermicelli bowls of all sorts…and pho…and anything with peanuts!

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Kate September 24, 2013 at 11:29 am

sweet and sour chicken!

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Shalu Suri September 24, 2013 at 11:40 am

I love spicy basil chicken over jasmine rice. Ahh, I love Thai.

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Sol S. September 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

Thai Fried Rice

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Jateice September 24, 2013 at 11:46 am

I love fried rice!

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Karen Parish September 24, 2013 at 11:51 am

These look like snacks my kids would love! Can’t wait to try them.

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Karis September 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

Hi, is 2/4 cup for the pizza sauce correct? I’ve never seen 1/2 a cup expressed that way, so wanted to make sure it wasn’t suppose to be 1/4 or 3/4 cup instead. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe!

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Aneesa September 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

Hot and sour soup!

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GK September 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

Noodles!

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Auntiepatch September 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm

General Tso’s Chicken!

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Angela September 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm

These pizza rolls look absolutely delish!

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Priscilla September 24, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Chicken lo mein

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Beth September 24, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Ginger garlic chicken is my all time homemade favorite :-)

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Elizabeth Jalbert September 24, 2013 at 12:18 pm

no work chicken is my go to!

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MBH September 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Some combo of sesame and tuna…whether its tartare, sushi, seared tuna steak. YUM!

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Katie September 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Sweet and Sour Chicken with brown rice.

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Ashley September 24, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Sweet and Sour Chicken and definitely Fried Rice :)

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Daniela September 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Pad thai

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Ashley September 24, 2013 at 1:01 pm

My favorite is sweet and sour chicken over brown fried rice with veggies

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Lilly Li September 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm

As an Asian myself, my favorite asian dish is CURRY~~~~ So delicious, and so many variations!

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Kaitlyn Pipkin September 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I would have to say. Beef Lo Mein.

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Sharon September 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

The fresh spring rolls that are not fried (maybe they are called summer rolls?)

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Katie September 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Pad Thai!

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Michele September 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm

anything with seared ahi tuna. ugh, so good- my mouth is already watering!

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Margaret September 24, 2013 at 1:41 pm

My favorite Asian dish is Larp.

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Teresa Organ September 24, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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Kim September 24, 2013 at 2:58 pm

I love a good stir fry

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Erin September 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Pizza roll-ups look yummy! Will have to try them soon!

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Erin September 24, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Pho – so hard to choose one – so many great ethnic dishes!

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Jill @ The Pinspired Mama September 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Hello! I love a good Phad Thai or anything with peanut sauce :) Thanks!

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Cori r. September 24, 2013 at 7:03 pm

We love any in season fruit to snack on! I love fall but always miss the fresh summer produce.

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Gianna September 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Mini pizzas.

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Veronica September 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm

Veggie chips are def my favorite! or fruit :)

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Sarah September 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

My favorite snack would have to be Edamame- it’s something the entire family gobbles up!

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Yvette September 24, 2013 at 9:57 pm

My favorite snack raw vegetables and dip.

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Lauren September 24, 2013 at 11:01 pm

My favorite snack is roasted veggies, particularly broccoli and cauliflower. Healthy and tasty!

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 24, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Aww, love this post! I absolutely LOVE Catherine! And these pizza rolls – not sure if I love the cheesy goodness or the hand modeling more!

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LauriM September 24, 2013 at 11:36 pm

I like PB and apples or PB smeared on banana with some mini chocolate chips.

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Sadaf September 25, 2013 at 2:27 am

I have alot of favourites. One of them is daal chawal.

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Christy September 25, 2013 at 5:12 am

Favorite snack: a freshly baked healthy muffin!

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Ruth Pinnell September 25, 2013 at 6:45 am

Homemade trail mix

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annabelle September 25, 2013 at 8:40 am

My favorite snack is popcorn, or chips and salsa or almonds, I have a million favorite

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Brooke P September 25, 2013 at 10:03 am

The kiddos and I love to snack on peanut butter and crackers, chips and salsa, dried or fresh fruit, and popcorn!

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JC Carter September 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

I was thinking of making homemade pizza tonight, so this isn’t too far off.

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Johanna September 25, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Depends on the day ive had, sometimes it fresh berries and yogurt and other it may be homemade ginger cookies, best when they are straight from the oven! mmmm….

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Karen September 25, 2013 at 1:41 pm

We love to snack on homemade hummus.

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ashley - baker by nature September 25, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Such a great post! And now I MUST buy her book! Fave snack? Um… everything?!

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Rebekah September 25, 2013 at 7:24 pm

peanut butter and apples

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Nicole September 25, 2013 at 11:21 pm

My kids and I love to snack on homemade kale chips. Yummy!

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spoon-stories September 26, 2013 at 3:41 am

Pizza roll-ups !!! Great idea great presentation^^

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Melissa Frances September 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

We Love to snack on celery, apples and peanutbutter…
thanks for an opportunity to WIN!

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Jamie @ arugulaholic September 26, 2013 at 9:34 am

Great to see this write-up– She’s such a sweetheart!

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Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife September 26, 2013 at 11:29 am

Love Weelicious, she has such great ideas!

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Katherine Roberts September 26, 2013 at 2:40 pm

my favorite snack is nutella and sliced bananas on wheat toast. yummm.

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stephanie September 26, 2013 at 6:16 pm

My kids love French bread pizza sticks (I make it gluten free)

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sheena little September 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm

your baking pans look very loved …love it!!!

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Melissa B September 27, 2013 at 5:47 am

Nutella on anything for snacks (including a spoon)

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Urban Wife September 27, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I love making homemade larabars for snacks! Also, hummus with bell peppers or carrots.

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Melissa R September 27, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I love cheese or cheese dip and crackers for snacks. Yum!

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Nicole Balogh September 27, 2013 at 3:12 pm

My favorite snack is apples with peanut butter or cheese slices.

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Aimee Porter September 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Lemony Hummus and Pita Chips!

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Lakshmi September 27, 2013 at 5:42 pm

My fav snack with my kid would be paneer cigar rolls or any kind of sandwich.. My baby LOVES sandwiches!

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Naomi Dempsey September 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Favorite snack…I love celery with peanut butter, or cream cheese. Also, apples with peanut butter.

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Laura September 27, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Favorite snack is any kind of fruit!

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