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Fruit and Chocolate Trail Mix

I don’t eat snacks often but, when I do, I’m trying to make healthy choices. These mixes can be placed in small jars and stored in the pantry, so you ...

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Chili with ‘Cornbread’ Topping

This is an easy one, but it takes time because it’s actually two separate recipes and one of them is made in a crock pot. I start this in the ...

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Pancakes with Apple-Maple Syrup

During my healthy eating journey, I’m trying to refrain from saying ‘I’m on a diet’. What I’m really doing is creating a lifestyle change. One that will not only help ...

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright February 2017.

Smoothie Bowl with Strawberries and Almonds

If you haven’t already seen my original smoothie bowl recipe and the ...
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Chocolatey Good Smoothie Bowl

I’ve decided I love smoothie bowls! And, since I mentioned I’d be ...
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A Simple ‘Cereal’

Now that I’m eating healthier, I’ve let go of the thought that ...

Latest Additions

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Apple-Maple Syrup

I’ve decided to experiment with syrups. I’m trying not to eat the typical syrups found at the store, preferring to use maple. A guest at the inn brought me fresh maple syrup last spring, made by a friend of his here in Maine. I put it away for winter, because that’s when I usually eat […]

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Fruit and Almond ‘Cereal’

Winter food is usually heartier food, at least for me, but I’m trying to eat lighter right now. After being sick so much in December and January, I just want to pack in all the nutrients I can. Holiday eating has a way of getting out of control, and my body pays for it in […]

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When I’m too Lazy to Cook My Work Meals

I love to cook. It’s one of my favorite activities. But, once-in-a-while, I just feel too lazy to pull it off. On occasion, I also find I just don’t have time. So, what do I do? Well, I cheat. I buy pre-made salads and fruit for my weekend work shifts. No preparation needed! Last weekend […]

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Photograph by Zowie Arnold, copyright February 2017.

Updates to the Blog

This is my grandson, whom I lovingly call Little Man. He’s enjoying a treat for Valentine’s Day. He’s getting so big! It’s hard to believe he is already more than a year-and-a-half old. ❤ Maybe you’ve noticed some changes to the blog recently. I’ve done a number of things, from cleaning up sidebars and adding […]

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End of the Week Lunches

What do you do for lunches at the end of the week, when your food items are getting low? I use leftovers to make new meals. I also try to keep it simple. In the picture above you see yesterday’s lunch. I used some leftover beef roast at the center of the plate. Not a […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 4, 2014.

Kids in the Kitchen: Apple Slice Snacks

Apples are healthy and, when combined with other foods, make a filling snack for children to enjoy. Be sure not to peel the fruit, as this skin is the reason apples are so healthy. Sporting a good amount of fiber and vitamin C, this fruit also contains such nutrients as vitamin B-6 and potassium. Children […]

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Using After Christmas Sales, Closing Sales, and Thrift Stores to Score Items for the Kitchen

Yesterday I posted on Single Mom Family: Loving Life Together about a girls day the bestest and I had last Thursday. The article, called  A Much Needed Girls Day, covers the reasons we needed the girls day, as well as what we did: Lunch at Governor’s and shopping! Because I live in a room, my […]

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A Healthier Year

I recently talked about two of my new year goals, Organize and Getting Back to Eating Healthy. If I’m more organized in the way I do things and store things, it will make eating healthy that much easier. So I’m organizing what bit of space I have in my ‘kitchen’. (Remember, I rent a room.) […]

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Beef Stock

Making your own stocks saves money on your grocery bill. The bone of the roast are used, after it has been roasted and most of the meat removed. It is fine to leave small pieces of meat on the bone. The finished product may be frozen in ice cube trays, and then placed in a […]

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Making Changes to the Blog

You may have noticed I changed the way the blog posts are listed on the home page, and tweaked the sidebar so I only have one. Once I got rid of some unneeded things there, two sidebars were no longer necessary. I’m still working on cutting the topics list down, and I’ve reworked the footer […]

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Do You Drink Milk? What Kind?

Rarely do I ever drink cows milk. I’d be more apt to if I could get raw, organic milk, but I cannot. So I bet I drink about a gallon a year… mostly because I like the occasional milkshake. I do drink other organic milks, and am planning to learn to make Paleo ‘milk’ shakes […]

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Homemade Honey Butter

Zowie and I like honey butter. We once made this for a Thanksgiving party we threw for the daycare when the children were young, though it can be used any day: Holiday, Sabbat or not. The recipe can be halved for normal table use. For larger gatherings, this recipe serves well. (Update 2017) I don’t […]

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Freezer Mix-Ups

What are mix-ups?  Well, to make a mix-up, all you do slice or chop fruits and/or vegetables for freezing. These will likely be different each time you freeze, depending on the available produce and the amounts. They are easy to throw together and place in the freezer for later use. This is a good way […]

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Homemade Vegetable Stock

By not having to purchase canned vegetable stocks, you’ll save money on your grocery bill.  Use the peels and ends of the vegetables from your cooking ventures, along with some pieces of whole vegetables, if necessary.  Herbs may also be used. Nothing has to go to waste completely. The finished product may be frozen in […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016.

Quick Tip: Using Tea in the Garden

After reusing tea bags a couple of times, add the liquid and tea leaves to your garden. Let the liquid cool after pressing all the liquid from the tea bag, then add the liquid to the water you’ll use to water the plants with. Then, cut the tea bags open and add the leaves to […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016

Quick Tip: Reuse Tea Bags

When I was a young(er) adult, I remember sitting in my mother’s kitchen with my Nan. We were talking about little things, mainly, while making tea. She told me she always uses her tea bags at least twice. She explained that after one use, a tea bag still has plenty of flavor. This made complete […]

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Homemade Chicken Soup

When my siblings, cousins, and I were young, our Nan had a standard chicken soup she would sometimes make. If one of us was sick and wanted her to make a soup, she would cater it to our particular likes. Did you have someone who would do the same for you? While chicken soup is […]

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Homemade Chicken Stock

Use chicken bones and skin to make a stock for soup.

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016

Teas, Goodies, Containers & a Mug

Check out the cool new mug the bestest gave me for Christmas. I just love it! She and my sister restocked my dwindling tea supplies. Always a plus. I love to have lots of different teas to choose from. Most of the teas stay at home, where I have a couple of plastic canisters to […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 22, 2016.

Our Favorite Cheesecake

This is a favorite at all holiday and sabbat celebrations in our home. Everyone loves it, even though it’s not your traditional cheesecake. Anyone can make it, even a child. It is quick and easy to make, and tastes so good. This recipe is for two cakes, but you can halve everything for one if […]

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New Year Goal: Organize

Yesterday I posted a New Year goal about how I’m getting back to eating healthy after getting off track during the holidays. Today I want to let you know about another goal, and my theme word for the year. ORGANIZE Yup, by the end of the new year, I intend to be far more organized. […]

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New Year Goal: Getting Back to Eating Healthy

I must have gained 15 pounds this month, and I feel crappy to boot. I can’t claim to eat healthy 100% of the time, but usually I eat far healthier than I have in the past couple of months. The holidays are rough, that’s for sure. All the delicious foods are so hard to say […]

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