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Chocolate-Banana Pudding, and a Smoothie

I admit it. I love chocolate. I don’t know too many women who don’t. However, I am trying to eat healthier foods. Traditional chocolate desserts are a no-no, and I ...

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Minty Strawberry-Orange Lemonade

Lemonades are great but, since I made that orange-lemonade I have experimented more. This one does not have as much lemon, but is pleasing just the same. Ingredients 2 oranges ...

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Orange-Lemonade

I wanted lemonade a couple of weeks back, but did not have enough lemons. So, I made orange-lemonade. It was simple, and the beverage was refreshing. This is what I ...

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Pineapple, Chicken-Beef Soup

Previously I posted my Pineapple Kielbasa Soup. It is a tasty recipe ...
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The Frugal Kitchen

There are many ways to keep a frugal kitchen, from smart pantry ...
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Stocking a Pantry for 1

This week we have been looking at shopping and cooking for 1. ...
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Planned Leftovers for 1

When I used to make planned leftovers, it used to be enough ...
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Grocery Shopping for 1

Grocery shopping for one is different than grocery shopping for an entire ...
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Tips for Healthier Eating Strategies

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014

Chocolate-Banana Pudding, and a Smoothie

I admit it. I love chocolate. I don’t know too many women who don’t. However, I am trying to eat healthier foods. Traditional chocolate desserts are a no-no, and I comply with that most of the time. When I really want chocolate and am at home, chocolate pudding is a dessert that I enjoy. Because […]

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Minty Strawberry-Orange Lemonade

Lemonades are great but, since I made that orange-lemonade I have experimented more. This one does not have as much lemon, but is pleasing just the same. Ingredients 2 oranges 2 lemons 4 or 5 large strawberries 1/8 to 1/4 cup honey fresh mint leaves water ice Rinse the fruit and mint leaves. Dry them […]

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Orange-Lemonade

I wanted lemonade a couple of weeks back, but did not have enough lemons. So, I made orange-lemonade. It was simple, and the beverage was refreshing. This is what I do: Improvise. Experiment with new things. You might be surprised at what you will enjoy. Ingredients 2 large oranges 2 lemons 1/8 to 1/4 cup […]

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Strawberry Water, For on the Go

One of my new favorites! Strawberry water is so good, and it is easy to make. I use my glass water bottle because it has an insert, filling the insert with sliced strawberries then placing the it into the bottle. Pour water over the strawberries, and cover. It is that simple. I like to do […]

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Quick Tip: Storing Coconut Milk

I use quite a bit of coconut milk. The milk is good in smoothies, and I use it in other recipes. Usually, I buy this milk in cans. And, being the only one I prepare meals for, I tend to use only a half a can of milk at a time. So I pour the […]

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Strawberry-Watermelon Water

I am still trying new flavored water combinations. This is a recent one and, truthfully, one of my favorites for taste. There are also nutrient factors. For example: Watermelon and strawberries both have vitamins C and B6, potassium, and magnesium. Strawberries have fiber, folate, and omega-3 fats. Watermelon has vitamins A and B1. Ingredients 4 […]

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Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Red, White, and Blue Parfait

Another simple treat that can be used as a side to any meal, or a snack, or even as a dessert. Small children can help with this one as well, if you cut the grapes yourself. Keep these in the refrigerator until they are ready to serve. The measurements will depend on how many you […]

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Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Watermelon Stars

These snacks are so easy to make, and are great fun for children to help with. Be sure to do the cutting with the knife yourself, then set them to making the stars while you prepare the cream. You will need a medium size star cookie cutter, or a set of different size ones. Set […]

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Patriotic Holiday Recipes: A Simple Food Platter Idea

What would a Fourth of July celebration be without a food representation of the US flag? This simple platter is placed out at the beginning of the party or picnic, for everyone to snack on until the main foods are brought out. You are simply going to fill a rectangular food platter with red, white, […]

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Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Berries and Cream

In trying to come up with some easy patriotic recipes, I find myself concentrating a lot on berries because of their brightness of color. Fresh, they are the tastiest fruits to use. Try picking them on your own for the most affordable way to get them. Growing them is easy, or you can find them […]

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Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Fruit Salad

Salads are great for patriotic holidays, because of the sheer number of color combinations of the different foods that might be added. This salad concentrates on combining reds, whites, and blues, in a tasty way that will make your mouth water. Sweetness, with a bit of tang. Perfect for the Fourth of July or any […]

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Citrus Water

I never peel the lemons and limes before placing them in the pitcher, but I have always peeled the orange. I have no idea why, it is just something I have been doing all along. Today I did not peel the orange it. I quartered it, and halved two of the quarters. The other two […]

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Lemon-Lime Water

Yes, I am still trying fruit water recipes. I am enjoying my water much more these days! This was a simple one, with minimal ingredients. It provides vitamin C, folic acid, iron, calcium, and magnesium, and is refreshing on a hot day. Ingredients 1/2 lime 1 lemon water Set up the pitcher, if necessary. (I […]

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A Good, Healthy Lunch, on a Budget

Earlier I showed you a typical breakfast. Now I am showing an example of a budget friendly lunch. This is not necessarily a typical lunch for me, as one usually consists of a salad, a piece of fruit, and some type of protein. But this was an affordable option for me a couple of weeks […]

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A Good, Healthy Breakfast, on a Budget

I keep telling people they can eat healthy without spending an exuberant amount on food. This is true to an extent, if you keep it simple. Stick to the basics, and your meal does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Also, watch your serving sizes. The picture shows a breakfast I had […]

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Mixed Berry Smoothie

I have this nifty little blender that is said to hold a single serving. It is really more like two servings. I love using it for my smoothies, and am able to pack quite a bit into it. This recipe is quick and easy, and packs a punch nutritionally speaking. It is also a refreshing […]

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Fruit Flavored Water

I am still trying out new fruit combinations for homemade flavored water. This combination is the one I am enjoying today. This refreshing drink is packed with vitamin C and folate, and have the added nutritional impact of fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, calcium and more. I hope you like it as much as I do. […]

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Vitamin Water

In case you haven’t noticed, I have been making fruit waters lately. Drank hot tea all winter, and now I am in the mood for something else. But I do not want the same thing all the time. I want different flavors. So I am experimenting. My latest concoction is below. It turned out to […]

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Orange Water

I recently added a couple posts to this blog, Lemon Water and Lemon Water, For on the Go. It is very important that, with the upcoming higher temperatures, we are being sure to keep ourselves hydrated. Especially in light of reports that it may be a hotter year than we are used to. Drinking the […]

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Lemon Water, For on the Go

I do a lot of walking. I also work outside the home when I am not writing. Having water at the ready, for when I have to leave home, is essential. Especially when it is warm outside. I have a glass water bottle (my favorite!) with a fruit insert, not unlike the pitcher that I […]

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Lemon Water

Lemon water is refreshing on hot summer days, without having to consume all the sugar in lemonade. This beverage is easy to make, taking little time to prepare. And you can drink it all day, adding more water to the pitcher whenever it gets low. Refrigerated, you can use the same lemons for at least […]

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Pineapple, Chicken-Beef Soup

Previously I posted my Pineapple Kielbasa Soup. It is a tasty recipe that does not require much prep time. The recipe in this post is almost the same, but I used two different types of sausage: Chicken and Beef. The combination made for a delicious soup this time around as well. I was pleased. Ingredients […]

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