healthy lifestyle

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

  The page on which I have recopied this recipe is falling apart. Again! I’d better post it here before I lose it forever (in which case I could just get it from my sister-in-law, who got it from me and also bakes these regularly). The reason this recipe is so faded and dirty is simply that everyone loves …

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Eat dirt!

Mothers everywhere, it is now ok to let your child eat dirt.  And worms!  This fun recipe below is surprisingly similar to my friend over at Hodgepodge’s “Edible Sand” which she reposted from http://householdways.blogspot.com/2011/06/edible-sand-dessert.html. After I made “Edible Sand,” I realized I’d made this dessert 15 years ago with my then-4-year-old, with one change… regular Oreos …

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SAVORY SUMMER PIE

Are you up to your ears in tomatoes right now? Here’s a recipe to use some up, as well as any peppers, onions, or basil you may have growing, also! (If you have your own chickens, this recipe is almost entirely homemade. Almost!) 1/2 (15 oz) pkg refrigerated piecrusts… I love these! Quick, easy, tasty, …

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Top Tens

Ten Things I Love About the South

It’s hot right now. And humid! And just, well, icky outside. Makes me miss my northern California days, where we had to wear a sweater sometimes in July. So, I’ll try to focus on the positive… here are ten things I love about living in the South 1. Fireflies (thanks, hodgepodgemom, for reminding me!) Before …

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The Brownies They’ll Never Forget

Long, long ago, I made my brownies from one of those mixes you can buy at the store. And I was content, until I found this recipe. It takes about the same amount of time as using a mix, maybe 5 minutes longer to melt the butter. It tastes immensely better…like chocolate, butter, and sugar …

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Homekeeping Top Tens

“In the Good Old Summertime….”

I’ll come right out and say it. I just do not understand homeschoolers who do “year round school.” (Although I certainly respect their right to do it!) I NEED A BREAK!!! While mothers with children in school may be saying, “Oh no, three days until summer…the kids will be home all day!” I say, “Oh …

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Homekeeping

Yard Sales…. The frugal way to shop!

It’s that time again…the beginning of spring and of yard sales! I get giddy just thinking about waking up early on a Saturday morning, putting hot, strong coffee in a take along mug, and heading out in my van, extra seats removed, to the nice neighborhoods north of me. Here, on sunny weekends, I can …

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Marriage

Advice from an “older woman”

Since February is the “month of love,” I want to share some of the best advice I received when I was engaged to my husband.  At my bridal shower, every married lady wrote a piece of advice on a 3 x 5 card for me to keep.  One quote in particular sticks in my mind …

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Chocolate Pots de Creme

  I found this recipe in the old, standard “red and white” cookbook.  There are chocolate smudges on the pages.  =)  Easy to make, and very satisfying, this dessert is best eaten in small portions.  The name is pronounced “poh duh KREM.”  Very French, and quite delicious! Ingredients: 1 cup light cream (half and half) …

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