Hospitality Reminder: Prepare a Snack Tray

Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here.Be prepared for guests and have your larder stocked with quick snacks and appetizers. Pulling together an impromptu snack tray will be quick and easy. We […]

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12 Kinds of Christmas Cookies

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Wondering what to put on your cookie platters this year? Here are 12 of our family’s favorite cookies that we love to bake ahead of time and freeze to enjoy throughout the month of December. (Related: tips on making so many different kinds at one time) Lemon-Ginger Bars – I took an old favorite and added […]

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Easy Jalapeno Poppers with Rice and Bacon

Easy jalapeno poppers

Enjoy jalapeno poppers, but wondering how to tame the heat? Rice and dairy cool the flames, while bacon keeps it flavorful. I love, love, LOVE jalapeno poppers. But, sometimes they can be so flaming hot that it can give me a tummy ache if I eat too many. Recently, I decided to experiment and see […]

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Mix and Magic Bars

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I love Magic Bars! And believe it or not, they are one of the most versatile cookies you could make this holiday season, especially with sweetened condensed milk on hand. Magic Bars are definitely one of my favorite cookies. When I was pregnant with Baby #6, I ate half a pan. In one day. I […]

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Meal Planning: Dec 4 – 10

Easy meals continue at our house this week. Here’s the outlook: 4. Grilled Asian Chicken, Rice, Sauteed Vegetables 5. Quesadillas, Green Salad 6. Soup Night, Popovers 7. Slow Cooker Pot Roast 8. Pasta bar: lots of noodles, two kinds of sauce, bread, salad 9. Pizza Night 10. Mexibar: taco filling, toppings, tortillas, taco shells or chips […]

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Grocery Geek: The Butternut Squash to Beat All

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Attentive readers will remember that I was lamenting the high cost of groceries these days. And then you will recall that I diagnosed my “problem.” A step away from highly processed foods has narrowed the field of choices. Narrowed, yes, but not closed it off completely. I’m coming to peace with the fact that I will probably […]

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Peppermint Syrup and Chocolate Mint Syrup


Recently, there was a bundle of mint in our produce box. Actually, there were two bundles of mint because unbeknownst to me, mint was part of the box that week and I had added on an extra. So, two bundles of mint? What to do? Mint syrup, of course! My friends on Facebook had suggested […]

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Hospitality Reminder: Get Your Beverage Box Ready!

Christmas is coming…. the goose is getting fat…. I love that song, even if it really has nothing to do with my real life. We sang it every year in the Christmas pageant at Rosedell Elementary. And that has nothing to do with this hospitality reminder. What I really meant to say is Christmas is coming […]

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How to Cook a Pot Roast in the Slow Cooker

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When I was a young newlywed, I’d always heard of the beauty of the slow cooker and what delicious roasts you could cook in one. Well, the first time I tried, it was an utter disaster. The meat was tough and chewy. I’m not sure it was even edible. I gave up on roasts for […]

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Huddle to Fight Hunger (Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Oreos)

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The holidays can be so much fun. And they can be so distracting, too. In our efforts to buy presents and make treats, it’s easy to forget those who are less fortunate than ourselves. And as Lynn pointed out recently, there generally always is someone less fortunate. Last year I went shopping at Walmart on […]

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