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Homemade Laundry Detergent

  Have you ever considered making your own laundry soap? If you haven’t you should. I have been making my own for over four years. I’ve always been able to get a pretty good deal on laundry soap. But this homemade laundry detergent recipe makes 2

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Grilled Zucchini & Squash

We have been grilling a few times a week since the weather has gotten warm. We use our old Weber kettle charcoal grill. I love the charcoal grill flavor. I have been trying more vegetables and boy does it make them taste great.. It’s so easy. All

Taco Seasoning

Making Taco Seasoning at home is easy, economical, and it tastes delicious. Many years ago I managed the food service program at a local catholic high school. I really enjoyed working with the high school students. Those boys sure could eat! I also worked with some amazing women.We

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

Oven Roasted Green Beans with Scallions

I bought green beans last week and was wondering if I could roast them like I do sugar snap peas. I used what I had on hand which was garden-fresh scallions to roast with the fresh green beans. You’ll need: A couple of hands full of fresh

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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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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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Asparagus with Whole Wheat Pasta

I was so happy last week when I drove by my favorite farmers market and saw they had the fresh asparagus sign out. I drive by the market a couple of times a week on my way to work. I was in luck they had

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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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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

The grand kids really wore themselves out, we came in from playing in the yard and out they went. I must admit I was tired. It was a beautiful sunny day, they played in the dirt for hours. A favorite past time for all the

Ham and Green Beans in the Slow Cooker

Ham and Green Beans in the Slow Cooker It’s Friday the 13th! Been pretty busy this morning with my mom and 2 of the grandkids. I said in an earlier post, I am doing all things ham this week. Gotta get rid of the leftovers. Plus this time

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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

Potato Salad with Fingerling Potatoes

Hope everyone is having a great  week. Many are on vacation right now. Not me I am doing some prep work for Easter dinner. Next I’m heading out to the garden to plant some onions and garlic. First I wanted to share a recipe with

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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.

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