Easter Crafts and Treats Round Up

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  Easter is soon going to be here and I have your quick guide to some easy crafts and ways to decorate your Easter eggs.  I even included my easy peasy way to bake your eggs hard instead of boiling them!  Surprise your kids with easy crafts they can help you with, and treat them with some Peeps Jello Cups!  There are so many fun things you can do at Easter. 1.  Hard Baked Eggs – Don’t boil those eggs! {Read More}

Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe

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  Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe There are a few things that I miss about living in Louisiana.  One of them is King Cake at Mardi Gras time.  Now that I have moved to Phoenix, I have had to learn to make them for myself.  I have been working on my recipe over the past 3 years to get it to where I know we will LOVE it every time. The basics of King Cake are pretty simple, you are {Read More}

Easy Oven Fried Chicken

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  Easy Oven Fried Chicken Oven Fried Chicken is a great way to have a favorite dish yet avoid not only all the mess, but a lot of calories too!  By using boneless chicken, you cut the time it takes to make this favorite in half at least, making it perfect for weeknights or a quick weekend dinner when you’re busy.  I keep the ingredients for Oven Fried Chicken handy for nights that I need something fast that my family {Read More}

10 Benefits of Cinnamon

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  The Benefits of Cinnamon The simple spice, cinnamon, comes from the bark of trees of the genus Cinnamomum.  It is dried and ground into the wonderfully aromatic powder that seasons so many foods and beverages.  What we tend to neglect, however, is all the wonderful ways that cinnamon can benefit us in our daily lives.  Here are 10 ways we can use cinnamon to give us a boost or help us heal. Cinnamon is an Anti-Inflammatory: Cinnamon is high {Read More}

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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  Chocolate Covered Strawberries The one thing I ask from Jerome each Valentine’s Day is Chocolate Covered Strawberries.  I love them, and they make me feel happy just eating them.  They are really, really easy to make, so I have stopped asking for Jerome to buy them.  Instead, now, we just buy the best strawberries we can afford and a couple of trays of almond bark.  (one Milk Chocolate and one White Chocolate). Would you believe that my girls made {Read More}

Repurpose Your Stockpile: Wine Cork Stamp Valentines

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  Valentine’s Day is on its way, and what could be better than handmade wine cork stamp valentines? I have a jar on my counter that I drop caps and corks into, with the promise of remembering the occasions that they celebrated, and a future craft that may happen.  Every once in a while, a neat idea comes up that I just have to try.  And if you don’t have any wine corks, stop by the nut and bolt section of {Read More}

Crispy Ramen Noodle Pancake

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Crispy Ramen Noodle Pancake This is AMAZING!  I can hardly believe this Crispy Ramen Noodle Pancake side dish costs around 10c (depending on the sale you find on Ramen Noodles).  You can use almost any flavor.  I use Beef flavored Ramen Noodles when serving it along with steak and use pork or chicken flavor when serving it along with chicken. This recipe makes (1) 6″ Pancake.  That is enough for 2 side dishes.  If you are looking to feed 4 or {Read More}

Vanilla Mint Sugar Scrub

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It’s getting warmer outside!  That means that soon it will be swimsuit season.  What to do about all that dry skin from the harsh winter?  Well, make your own Vanilla mint Sugar scrub would work wonders on that skin. The few ingredients you need can be found at a bulk food shop or even your local Walmart. 1 1/4 C raw sugar 1/3 C Honey 3/4 C carrier oil, such as Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Avocado, or a light Olive Oil {Read More}

Easy Kitchen Substitutions

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Easy Kitchen Substitutions

  Creating Kitchen Substitutions on the Fly Every once in a while, I think I have an ingredient, and when I go to get it out, realize that someone has used up the last of it.  Drat!  Now what?  Well, I head for my handy dandy list of kitchen substitutions!  There’s a lot you can do to make up for missing ingredients.  Check out these simple kitchen substitutions for the most common ingredients. Dairy Substitutions 1 C buttermilk = 1 T lemon {Read More}

Superfoods: The Lowdown

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    Superfoods – What They Are You hear the term a lot around the internet and tv: superfoods.  Everyone from Dr. Oz to The Doctors is talking about them and how we need to be eating more of them.  But WHAT are they?  Well, like many things, the definition of what is a “superfood” depends on who you ask, but it gets down to one basic idea.  Superfoods are foods that have few calories, but are packed with essential {Read More}

A Beautiful Bread Bowl for Soups and Stews

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  Beautiful Bread Bowl for Your Favorite Soup There are a lot of great soups out there, and almost all of them pair well with a beautiful Bread Bowl.  Crunchy and chewy on the outside, hearty and delicious on the inside, this gorgeous loaf of bread is a treat for everyone.  It’s a great way to serve your favorite soups and stews and gives a great, impressive presentation on your table.  Simply cut the top out of the loaf of {Read More}

14 Fabulous Uses for Honey

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  Honey is More than Just a Sweetener Honey has been used since ancient times for many more things than we use it for today.  From healing salves to sweeteners, honey is a golden liquid that can be exceptionally versatile.  Here are some of my favorite ways to use honey. 1.  Ginger Honey Lemon Tea When I start to feel sick, Ginger Honey Lemon Tea is my go-to beverage.  A 1 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced, is {Read More}

Superfood: Summer Quinoa Salad

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  Summer Quinoa Salad for a Refreshing Dinner With summer starting up, it’s time to start thinking about cool meals that are easy to prepare and that don’t heat up the kitchen.  I love to combine several superfoods (check out my Superfoods post!) into one easy salad that takes mere minutes to get ready and leaves me with more than one meal to eat.  A few simple ingredients is all it takes to have a perfect, balanced Summer Quinoa Salad {Read More}

Summer Berry Spritzers

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Summer Berry Spritzers Summer’s here and that means wide variety of fresh berries. From raspberries and blackberries, mulberries to strawberries, and everything in between, berries will start showing up at local markets every day. One of my favorite summertime recipes that utilizes berries is Summer Berry Spritzers. They are a refreshing way to enjoy berries and liven up any table in just minutes. Summer Berry Spritzers look beautiful, and taste bright and delicious. They can be made with any variety {Read More}

Summer Pasta Salad

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  Summer Pasta Salad as a Meal Summer Pasta Salad is probably one of the easiest meals I make for my family during the summer.  It’s full of fresh, delicious veggies and a robust flavor that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.  You can use any of your favorites in Summer Pasta Salad to make it your own fantastic dish.  For my family, it’s a complete meal when I add some grilled chicken or steak, which makes my job cooking {Read More}

Summery Caprese Salad

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  Summery Caprese Salad in an Instant Few summer salads are as refreshing and beautiful on the table as a Caprese Salad.  Bright with the colors of beautiful tomatoes and fresh, crisp basil, it’s a beautiful combination in the bowl and on your plate, but it’s an even better blend of bold, spicy, and mild on your tongue.  I grow a variety of tomatoes in my garden just for this salad, to see all of the colors and flavors come {Read More}

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