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Chocolate Cake “My First”

I have always enjoyed cooking, but baking, not so much. My idea of homemade was opening a box adding eggs oil and water and bake. I always thought they tasted pretty good. I guess you don’t know what your missing until you have the real thing.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s Day and I and I get to spend the day with two of my grand children, Kaitlyn and Tyler. We are going to attempt to make our first homemade chocolate cake. What could be better then that? I hope all of you have a

Storing Tomatoes – Kitchen Tips

Storing Tomatoes – Kitchen Tips Something that drives me crazy is when I see people storing tomatoes in the refrigerator. Have you ever eaten a tomato that has been stored this way? Yuck! Tomatoes get mushy and mealy when kept at a cooler temperature like

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Homemade Foaming Dish Soap

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a big coupon user. I can’t imagine paying full price for any personal care items or household cleaners. I have always been able to get really great deals on those items. I have found that Dawn dish

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London Broil

The price of steak this time of the year is usually high. In the summer you can get some great deals. We love to cook them outside on our good old Weber kettle grill. But since it’s February and I won’t be cooking anything outside

Fresh Guacamole Dip

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and you have to have some snacks to eat while you’re watching the big game. At least that’s what my husband tells me. I don’t really watch the Super Bowl but I do like the snacks. At EarthFare this week you received

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Applesauce Bread

  I love going to other peoples blogs and see what kinds of things they are cooking and crafting. The ideas are endless. It’a amazing how many talented women there are out there. It’s so much fun being able to hook up with like minded people and learn all

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Recipe for “Stuff”

Many years ago when my kids were younger ( 25 years ago??? Yikes!) I used to make this ground beef dish. It never seemed to have a name. I think my sister found it in an old microwave cookbook. My kids called it “Stuff”. They loved it.

Slow Cooker Cooking Tips

Slow Cooker Cooking Tips I have been using a slow cooker/crock pot for as long as I can remember. The convenience is wonderful. I normally cook in my slow cooker 2 to 3 times a week. Especially on nights I am working late. I recently purchased a brand

Oven Roasted Cauliflower

There are so many ways to cook cauliflower. Oven roasting gives the cauliflower a crunchy roasted flavor. Try it, I think you’ll like it as much as we do. I hardly ever steam cauliflower anymore. Did you know that cauliflower is high in vitamin C and

Spicy Sausage and Cabbage Soup in the Slow Cooker

I can’t get enough soup in the winter. I feel like I’m always cold and soup really warms me up inside and out. I have these stoneware bowls that I use for soup. They are perfect. They keep the soup hot longer, and you can

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Where Did the Toad Go?

I live in the suburbs and have a small backyard with a nice size vegetable garden. A few years ago when I was doing some weeding around the cucumbers, I came across two little eyes peeking at me from under a cucumber leaf. If I hadn’t seen his eyes

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Chicken Salad

When I have l left-over chicken I usually make chicken salad for my husband to take for lunch the next day or two. It’s really good and easy to make. Chicken Salad Leftover chicken (I used 2 left-over baked chicken breasts. I cleaned most of the

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Vegetable Beef Soup (like my Dad used to make)

My Dad wasn’t a great cook. He was a man with good intentions. I remember him making eggs for my Mom on Sunday morning. He would have them ready when she walked in the back door coming home from church. Sometimes they would be over cooked or

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Carrot Chips Can You Imagine?

I was shopping at our local Earth Fare and came across a container of Carrot Chips. They were kind of pricey for me so I thought I would give it a try to make them at home. I peeled and thinly sliced 2 carrots I made two

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Cooking with Coconut Oil

Tropical Traditions has Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil on sale until January 19. I started using this product a year or so ago. At first I was very skeptical about the product. Coconut oil? I don’t like the flavor of coconut! Even if it is better for you…well

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Homemade Heating Pad

I work at a computer and I get occasional neck strain. I don’t have a heating pad. I found this instructional post that helped me whip up a heating pad for my neck in minutes. All you need is a pair of socks and 1

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Using Herbs and Spices in Cooking

Since I have been cooking with more whole foods. I needed to learn more about using herbs and spices. I am trying to eliminate as much sodium as I can  so using herbs makes sense. It is a healthier way to flavor our food. I grow

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Shake the Habit – Tips for Reducing Salt Intake

Through out history salt has been considered a valuable commodity. (You can read more detailed information here Wikipedia). But in modern times we are consuming an excess of salt. To much salt is as detrimental to your health as is lack of salt in our diets. Today

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Feels like Spring in January!

  The last few day here in Ohio we have been blessed with temperatures in the mid 50’s. Feels wonderful! Makes me want to work outside in the garden. It surely won’t last long, but I’m enjoying it while it does last. After Christmas I

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Baked Meatballs

I used to buy pre-made meatballs in the frozen section of the grocery store. They were so easy to prepare. Just put into a sauce, heat em up and they were ready to go. They taste pretty good…until you taste homemade meatballs. No comparison. So I figured it

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