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

Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Red, White, and Blue Parfait

A simple treat that can be used as a side to any meal, or a snack, or even as a dessert. And, they are great when served at Patriotic holiday tables. Small children can help with this one as well, if you cut the grapes yourself. Keep these in the refrigerator until they are ready […]

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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: 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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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright February 13, 2015.

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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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright February 2017.

Patriotic Berry Parfait

I love berries and coconut cream, and this parfait recipe 🙂 This dessert parfait can really be eaten any time, but is great for patriotic holidays. It will pack some nutrition into your holiday meal, as well as provide some sweetness without going overboard on fat and calories. This is a great recipe for children […]

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Best Burger Add-ins and Toppings

Many people like to spice up there burgers; add a new taste every so often. Just for something different. I love mine with shredded cabbage, shredded zucchini, sweet or bread and butter pickles and tomato slices, along with a slice of mozzarella or provolone cheese.

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Hot Mulled Cider

I love hot mulled cider during the autumn holidays and sabbats: Mabon, Halloween/Samhain and Thanksgiving. It is also a good addition to any Yule or Christmas celebration. Particularly when it’s cold outside. Zowie loves the cider as well. This is a classic hot beverage throughout New England, and I live in Maine :). There are […]

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Quick Tip: How to Use Up Snap Peas and Green Beans

Many people are ending up with a bunch of peas and beans this year. Perhaps you have too many to deal with. Maybe you’re looking for ways to use them up. Wash and dry them, snap of the end and snack on them as is. Just make sure they dry thoroughly if you wont eat […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015.

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Cucumber

Is your garden giving you a lifetime supply of cucumbers this year? It can seem like that sometimes. Perhaps they are the best sale item this week, and you want to buy a bunch while you can? Maybe they are what the food cupboard sent you home with? Whatever your reason for having so many […]

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Quick Tip: How to use up Fresh Spinach

If you have a lot of spinach, and are wondering what to do with it, here is a list of possibilities for you to consider. Put some on your sandwich. Add it to your salad. Chop it up and add it to fajitas. Chop and add to halved cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese cubes, and EVOO. […]

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Quick Tip: How to use up Blueberries

Maybe you went blueberry picking over the weekend. Or purchased them at a great deal. Or someone gave them to you. Or you were lucky enough to come by them at the food cupboard. Perhaps you have too many blueberries, and you can’t use them up fast enough. Did you know that blueberries are very […]

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