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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015

Harvest Salad

My parents had a good harvest this year, and they passed some of their bounty on to me and each of my siblings. I love fresh produce from the garden. Mom was proud they weren’t using anything toxic on the food. Homegrown food tastes so much better than store-bought. Of course, I had to make […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck Copyright 2014.

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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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Vegetable Jars

Vegetable jars are so easy to make. You’re simply filling small canning jars with raw vegetables, covering, and storing 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. Some vegetable […]

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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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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright February 13, 2016.

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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Banana Chip Trail Mix

Snacks for work need to be easy to grab. I don’t want to waste time in the morning, making something and packing it up. Trail mixes are good options for me. I’m always coming up with different trail mix ideas for this purpose. Dried fruits and seeds make up the bulk of my trail mixes, […]

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Mini Burger Patties

While following the Whole30, I have to come up with new recipes. I love burgers, but am unable to have cheese, condiments, or buns. I was still craving a burger though. I went grocery shopping today and purchased a pound of ground beef. Once home, I combined the beef with a few other ingredients and […]

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Quick Tip: Toothpick Combo Ideas

Toothpick combos are easy to prepare. You can have them for a snack at home, school, or work. These combos also make great picnic additions. Celery and carrot rounds. Grapes and chunks of chicken. Cantaloupe and grapes. Honey dew melon and grapes. Blueberries and grapes. Honey dew melon and blueberries. Apple chunks and cheese cubes. […]

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

Banana Apple Parfait

This parfait is easy to make, using either coconut yogurt or coconut cream. What you use depends on whether you are using this as a once in a while splurge item. Ingredients small banana small apple coconut yogurt or coconut cream with a few drops of pure vanilla or almond extract Peel and slice the […]

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Fruity Trail Mix

I love trail mixes. They are easy to make, store, and to carry with you for a quick snack anytime. This is the latest combination of ingredients I’ve been enjoying. Ingredients sunflower seeds yogurt covered raisins dried pineapple dried berries banana chips dried apple slices Mix everything together in a bowl. Store in serving size […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Chocolate Fondue Plate

Zowie and I enjoyed a nice treat the other night, as she is home on a break from college. We love fruit and chocolate, so once in a while we combine the two. This  treat is simple to prepare, and will feed two people well. There will be leftover “fondue”. NOTE: I used Hershey’s Special […]

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Pineapples with Chocolate

This is an incredibly simple treat to make. I’ve never measured out ingredients. With just a little practice you’ll know exactly how much of the three items below that will be needed each time you make this recipe.

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Bean Dip Nachos

This recipe contributed by Sheila Buck (Update January 2017: The focus of my blog has changed so much, that many of the recipes don’t really fit any more. I’m deleting a bunch, and Paleofying others, but there are some i want to leave with a note on nutrition. Why not uses Sweet potato or zucchini […]

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Chicken and Cheese Roll-Ups

These are great as snacks, or in a lunchbox. They are affordable, and can be made from leftovers. Roll-ups are also quick and simple to make. Chicken and Cheese Roll-ups Tortillas Thin chicken slices Cheese slices Lettuce leaves Spinach leaves Place the cheese on the tortilla. Place the chicken on the tortilla. Place the lettuce and spinach leaves on […]

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Popcorn Treats

These are simple for children to make, and will be great as a treat or a snack. This recipe is great for autumn days and/or Halloween. Popcorn Treats 4 cups popcorn 1 1/2 cups candy corn or candy pumpkins 1 cup autumn colored M&M’s 1 cup dried fruit Mix everything together in a large bowl. […]

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Candy Corn Trail Mix

Children can make these easily. They make great lunch-box add-ins, good trick-or-treat gift to hand out to the children you know, or even great place markers for guests at a Thanksgiving table. Candy Corn Trail Mix 1/2 cup candy corn 1 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup nuts, any kind 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1 mix […]

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Spider Web Cake

This is an easy recipe for children to help with, because most of the work has already been done. This cake would be great for a Halloween treat! Spider Web Cake 1 or 2 cake layers white frosting black cake decorators icing icing tip that will create thin lines Frost the cake like normal. Draw […]

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Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

These are great as snacks, or in a lunchbox. They are affordable, and can be made from leftovers. Roll-ups are also quick and simple to make. Turkey and Cheese Roll-ups Tortillas Thin turkey slices Cheese slices Lettuce leaves Spinach leaves Place the cheese on the tortilla. Place the turkey on the tortilla. Place the lettuce and spinach […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015 http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Apricot Trail Mix

Trail mixes are very easy to make. You’re pretty much just throwing a bunch of snack items together to make a single snack. These snacks are easily stored in snack sized plastic baggies, or even canning jars. They make great school and work lunch additions. They’re generally pretty healthy. They make great after school snacks. […]

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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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Vegetable and Egg Salad

I love salads during the summer months. They are lite meals, and can be very quick and easy to make. If you happen to use the food cupboard, then you likely have a lot of produce that needs to be used. Salads are a great way to use these items up, without a lot of […]

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

Snack Platter for a Crowd #2: Fruits and Veggies

Here’s another snack platter that I used to prepare for the daycare children. They always loved the snack platters I would prepare for them, especially when they got to eat them outside. Children don’t care if they share a platter with others. Few of them will even ask for their own plates. It is great. […]

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