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Trail Mix with Fruit, Seeds, & Chocolate

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Trail Mix is pretty pricey at the grocery store, but homemade is super simple to prep. Plus you can control the quality and proportions of the fruit, seeds, and chocolate you include. Prepare the easiest and tastiest of snacks with this simple Trail Mix with Fruit, Seeds, and Chocolate. It’s delicious on its own, atop yogurt or oatmeal, or baked into cookies.

The arrival of Spring just beckons us to come outside. Once the clouds clear and the sun pops out, it’s time to hit the trail. And what better snack to take on a long hike or walk than trail mix?

Bursting with nuts, fruits, seeds, and chocolate, trail mix packs a punch. Not only is it full of carbs and fiber which you need on the trail — and a little sweetness to boot — but it’s also easily portable and perfect for snacking.

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Easy Instant Pot Black Beans = Game Changing

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Beans are a frugal food, full of fiber and a good option for protein. Dry beans are cheaper than canned, but can be intimidating and time-consuming to prepare. These Easy Instant Pot Black Beans will transform your bean game.

Pressure cookers and I have a long history. My mother and her mother before her embraced their pressure cookers for one dish – Sauerkraut and Spare Ribs. It’s a recipe near and dear to my family’s heart. It runs deep in our Pellowski roots.

My mom bought me a pressure cooker early in my marriage so that I could join her in the long line of sauerkraut pressure-cooking women. But once she told me that my aunt had hers explode, shooting pickled cabbage all over the ceiling of her kitchen, I stepped away from the still-in-the-box gadget and learned how to make my sauerkraut in the slow cooker.

That stovetop pressure cooker went the way of a garage sale long, long ago. But then, about five years ago — long before the “instapot” was hip, I received an electric pressure cooker as a Christmas gift. It sat under my desk, still in the box, until my sister (who’d also received one for Christmas) pointed out that it made good rice and you could use it as a slow cooker.

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Meal Prep Ideas for Quick Dinners All Week

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Make dinner quick and easy all week. Check out these meal prep ideas to help you do pull it off without breaking a sweat. Crockpot Potatoes This past few months my husband and I have been digging into our financial records and doing a little strategizing. Since we paid off all our debt years ago, […]

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Spicy Vegetable Soup – Delicious & Meatless

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Save money and enjoy a hearty meatless meal with this Spicy Vegetable Soup. It comes together quickly, tastes amazing, and reheats beautifully. You’ll want to start Meatless Mondays just to make this soup! My friend Kate, who lives in the frozen tundra of Smithers, British Columbia, can’t understand how I can eat soup in San […]

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Treat Yourself to a Digital Goodie Box

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You’re worth a little pampering. And you deserve the best tools to help you do your work well. Consider treating yourself to a Digital Goodie Box and save in more ways than one. I’m going to be 46 this year. Bryan and I are approaching our 24th wedding anniversary. We’ve known each other since I […]

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Easy Fish Recipes You’ll Want to Try

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Whether you observe a Friday fast for Lent or just want to add more seafood to your diet, fish can be a high-quality, low budget protein to enjoy. Be sure to try these Easy Fish Recipes this week! Herb Butter for Fish My mom grew up in an era where fish served on Fridays was […]

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Baked Salmon in Foil Makes for a Super Easy Dinner

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Baked Salmon in Foil comes together in minutes, tastes delicious, and reheats well, making it a practically perfect way to add more fish to your diet. Lately I’ve been on a salmon kick. It’s a good source of protein, for sure, but recently I read that it can make your skin beautiful, so I am […]

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What’s in This Month’s Digital Foodie Box?

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Have you purchased your yearly membership to the Digital Foodie Box yet? We’ve got some great things planned for 2018, including some fantastic Month of Meals plans, food-focused ebooks, and real world cooking videos (coming in late spring). This month’s goodie package is pretty near and dear to my heart, as all three goodies speak […]

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Mardi Gras Recipes to Ensure Les Bons Temps Rouler

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Mardi Gras, though rich in spiritual tradition, also carries delicious implications, like beignets and jambalaya. Check out these great Mardi Gras recipes for a delicious Fat Tuesday. Your Mardi Gras eats will ensure that les bons temps rouler. Jambalaya Chicken and Sausage on Rice Mardi Gras means “fat Tuesday” in French. In English it’s referred to as Shrove […]

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How to Make Real Buttermilk at Home

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How to Make Real Buttermilk at Home | Good Cheap Eats

Want to learn how to make real buttermilk? It’s incredibly easy and so much cheaper than buying it at the store. Learn this quick and easy method to culture buttermilk at home. Buttermilk Dressing with Dill So, buttermilk. It’s delicious in baking. It’s awesome in dressings. It’s works magic as a marinade. It’s also incredibly […]

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