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Sloppy Joes

Over the holiday weekend we smoked  3 pork shoulders, 2 slabs of ribs, and a beef brisket in our smoker. We actually made it into an all night party with some friends. They guys stayed up all night tending the smoker and the ladies sat

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Bacon Meatballs

Awww…my precious little kitchen helper. She enjoys helping me make everything especially these delicious Bacon Meatballs. Who doesn’t love a good meatball? Add bacon…wow! I found this recipe in  (Cuisine for less). It’s a great recipe to make in bulk, the meatballs freeze well. I made

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Grilled Pineapple

Summertime grilling is one of my favorite things to do. I like to cook as many things as I can on the grill. It’s amazing how grilling will enhance the flavors of fruits and vegetables. I want to share with you a simple recipe /idea to add to your back

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Spinach Salad with Lingonberry Dressing

Lingonberries? Have you heard of them? I had never heard of them until I caught an episode of Dr Oz a while back. He was introducing a new super-fruit called the Lingonberry. It’s also known as a cow-berry. It’s related to the cranberry, bilberry and

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Cooking Dry Garbanzo Beans

Yesterday I spent a fun filled day with those two cuties. We worked in the garden a bit until we got rained out. Since I started my journey of eliminating processed foods I have been buying beans in bulk. I  cook a large batch and

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Update on the Sour Dough Starters

It was a busy weekend for me. I didn’t get a chance to post anything because I was gone most of the time. I went to a beautiful wedding shower on Sunday. The doctor I work for is getting married late June. Today I thought

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Sour Dough Starter

Happy Friday! Katie and I have been busy today. We made sour dough starters. We did 3 different types. Whole wheat flour, white flour, and half whole wheat and half white flour. We are doing a test to see of they act or taste any different.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Crackers

My grand daughter Katie loves her chocolate crackers from Meijers. I’m not crazy about her eating those processed foods so I looked for a recipe for chocolate crackers and found one here. I made mine with whole wheat flour and sucanat. I am going to

Chocolate Bark with Coconut Oil

I’ve been experimenting with the coconut oil I received from Tropical Traditions. I found a really simple recipe for chocolate bark.  Yummy cocoa flavor, the oil gives it a mild coconut taste. I used sucanat. You can use any type sugar. It took 20 minutes tops to

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Bean and Ham Soup

Have you ever wondered what to do with that leftover ham bone?   I took my doggies to get a summer haircut. Meet Lily and Emma.I have just finished simmering the bean soup.It smells so good in the house today. It’s chilly outside and a perfect

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Sugar Snap Peas with Fresh Parmesan

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already! Sometimes it feels like there are not enough hours in the day. I usually have to remind myself to slow down… I wanted to post this recipe for sugar snap peas before I left for work today. We had them

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Easy Slow Cooker Short Ribs

I use my slow cooker year round. It’s a little chilly today so instead of cooking the boneless short ribs on the grill I am cooking them in the slow cooker. This is so simple. You can use a bottled sauce or make your own.

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Growing my Easter Center Piece

  We usually have the family over to our house on the holidays. I like to look to the outdoors for things to decorate the table. Pine cones, flowers, twigs, things like that. This year I came across a post on growing Easter grass from regular grass seed. So I

Cabbage Rolls

    It’s my week for my mom to be staying at my house, which makes it a good time to make a big batch of cabbage rolls. I used to love watching my mom make the neat little rolls. I’ve been making them ever