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Multi-Site Autumn Roundup

I have a number of blogs and channels, many I have been writing for years. Today I decided to create one blog post of autumn recipes and more for the ...

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014

Meal Prep for the Coming Workweek

Another workweek. Another food prep day. Do I mind spending an entire day each week cooking? Absolutely not! I love to cook. And I have less to do on a ...

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Autumn Sausage Slow Cooker Meal

Autumn is here, and I am using the slow cooker more and more. I love this time of year! The beautiful colors. The smell of a wood smoke here and ...

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Berry-Orange Iced Tea

I am still coming up with the occasional iced tea recipe. This ...
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More Workweek Meal Prep

With autumn upon us, I spend more time cooking. I love it, ...
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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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Multi-Site Autumn Roundup

I have a number of blogs and channels, many I have been writing for years. Today I decided to create one blog post of autumn recipes and more for the blog, spanning back to the beginning. All previous recipes, kitchen crafts, and other autumn related posts and articles will be listed here, to make it […]

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Meal Prep for the Coming Workweek

Another workweek. Another food prep day. Do I mind spending an entire day each week cooking? Absolutely not! I love to cook. And I have less to do on a day-to-day basis when I do this. This week was pretty basic, and not overly expensive. Here goes: I started with a slow cooker meal. This […]

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Autumn Sausage Slow Cooker Meal

Autumn is here, and I am using the slow cooker more and more. I love this time of year! The beautiful colors. The smell of a wood smoke here and there. And the smells coming from kitchens as people are baking and cooking. The squash I used in this recipe came from my parents garden, […]

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Berry-Orange Iced Tea

I am still coming up with the occasional iced tea recipe. This one is really good. It has a couple different kinds of tea bags, as well as some orange slices. Lemons could be used instead, if those are what were on hand. Ingredients (I use a pitcher with an insert.) 2 Bavarian Wild Berry […]

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More Workweek Meal Prep

With autumn upon us, I spend more time cooking. I love it, really. It is still a little warm for it though. The room I rent gets over heated, and I find myself running the air conditioner and the fan to keep it cool. Soon though, it will be cool enough not to have to […]

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Fruit Jars

Fruit jars are so easy to make. Start by rinsing off the fruit, and patting them dry with a clean cloth. Then prepare the fruit by cutting, sectioning, and whatnot. Make sure the canning jars are clean and dry. There are many fruit combinations you can create, or you may choose to have just one […]

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How I Prepare Food for the Beginning of My Workweek

It is not likely I will ever get up early enough to make lunches, on mornings I have to go to work. Instead, I tend to spend part of my Sunday afternoons preparing for my first three-day stretch. You see, I work a mixed schedule every week: 8-3, 7-3, 3-10, Thursday off, and then 3-11 […]

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Vegetable Jars

Vegetable jars are so easy to make. You are simply filling small canning jars with vegetables, cover, and store in the refrigerator until they are ready to use. The produce will last for most of the week this way. They can easily be grabbed as a component to a work or school lunch. Here are […]

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Butternut Squash and Carrot Mash

Fall is in the air! And I am back at trying new things, as well as sticking with a few old stand-byes. My most recent experiment took place because I had just a couple of carrots, as well as a squash fresh from my parents garden. I topped my butternut squash and carrot mash with […]

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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 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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