Whats cookin’?

August 24, 2010

I haven’t been blogging much lately but I have been working on my manuscript a lot in the evening and cooking a lot during the day.  Here are a few of the things that have come out of my kitchen lately: Butternut Squash Muffins with a Frosty Top (at the recommendation of a blog reader).  [...]

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Tastes of summer: Strawberry Pie

August 17, 2010

Summer has so many wonderful tastes.  I love bringing them to kitchen tables where watering mouths await. This week’s taste: Homemade Strawberry Pie!  I used the Betty Crocker Strawberry Pie recipe (without the food coloring) and the only complaint we had was that the pie was gone so fast!  Today I ordered 100 pounds of [...]

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Homemade Ice Cream

August 09, 2010

I think it is funny that about a week ago I told you I wouldn’t be blogging as much while while I work on my manuscript. Since that time I have been posting more than ever! I will make this one quick so I can get back to work. . . I have been enjoying [...]

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Creative cakes shared by you!

June 24, 2010

When Mom 4 Life, Trisha saw my French Fry Cupcakes she emailed me some of the fun creations she has made for her kids (she has six with one more on the way:)!!  I thought they were so fun and way too cute not to share with you too: Heather, I loved your blog post about [...]

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French Fry Cupcakes

June 15, 2010

Hunter has a summer birthday.  His last day of school was on Wednesday the 9th.  He came home on Monday the 7th and informed me that if he was going to celebrate his “unbirthday” at school, he needed to do so “tomorrow”.  A quick burst of panic arose within me as I tried to assess [...]

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How to: Homemade drain cleaner

June 14, 2010

This tip was shared by Mom 4 Life Jessica Allen, thanks Jessica! Hey Heather, I was looking through your blog at your Going Green household cleaners. I am working on eliminating harmful chemicals in my house too!  I have been using your glass cleaner and “comet” scrub and love them both.  In fact I use the vinegar [...]

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Creative Cupcakes

June 08, 2010

June 8, 2010 I LOVE the library!  I get so inspired by the massive amounts of creative juices just sitting on the shelves waiting to be found. This is what I found today: “What’s New, Cupcake?” And these are the cute Koi fish that I was inspired to make: They kind of remind me of [...]

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How to: Homemade glass cleaner

May 27, 2010

You may recall that one of my goals this year was to start making my own cleaning products.  The reason for this is two fold: 1) I want to have products in my home that are safe for our family and don’t add extra allergens. 2) I want to save money. The first homemade cleaning [...]

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Key Lime Pie – my favorite dessert

May 04, 2010

If you are looking for a dessert recipe that is quick, easy and super yummy have I got one for you!  4 ingredients + no cooking + great taste = Key Lime Pie Ingredients for 1 pie:1 can sweetened condensed milk1/2 cup key lime juice (typically found in the juice isle by the lemon juice)8 [...]

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Today Our Familiy Ate A Rainbow

April 13, 2010

Fruits and veggies.  Good things, healthy things.  Not always my kid’s favorite things.  I like them, why don’t they?  I should specify, fruits are our friends, we love fruit homemade fruit shakes jam packed with several servings of fruit each day.  I have been unwilling to give up up hope that someday my kids will [...]

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The non-educational homemade baby food post

March 31, 2010

Yesterday I introduced you to my friend Kira, today I want to share one of her blog posts about making homemade baby food.  I thought it was great and hope you do to!  Kira writes: I would like to start off by saying this blog is not educational. If you came here to learn anything, [...]

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crepe university

March 22, 2010

At 17 I graduated from high school.  At 21 I graduated from college.  I taught second grade.  I had kids.  I stopped teaching.  I did not however stop learning.  I started a business.  I am writing a book.  I learned to make crepes. . . Julie Powell, author of Julia & Julie: My Year of Cooking [...]

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Food, Family, and Memories

March 17, 2010

My husband’s grandfather passed away this past week. Both of my grandfathers died before I was born. So, when we got married, I told Grandpa that I claimed him as my own. We are truly mourning the loss of a well loved man. It may be that I have a slight obsession with food and [...]

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Homemade Bread

March 08, 2010

These days just about everything we could want to eat is available pre-made in the store.  That’s not a  bad thing, with hectic schedules being the norm rather than the exception.  However, sometimes we can reap the message that certain homemade foods are either too hard to make or simply not worth the effort and [...]

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Chocolate Beet Cake

February 24, 2010

My mother promised me "pink pee" if I ate enough beets as a child.  Intrigued, I took her up on the challenge and have loved them ever since.  The rest of my family is not so captivated and strangely, my attempts to lure them with promises of pink pee have proved to be less than [...]

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Julia, meet my husband

February 22, 2010

*Not every husband would watch Julie & Julia with their wife. *Not every husband would look up the Beef Bourguignon recipe made in the movie and print it off (all three pages of it). *Not every husband would make a list that week and go shopping for the burgundy wine, pearl onions, mushrooms, beef stew. [...]

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Easy Whole Wheat Spiced Shortbread Cookies

February 18, 2010

No, really.  Easy.  I'm a lazy baker, so if I can make these without a second thought, so can you! They say necessity is the mother of invention.  The necessity: out of white flour when I promised to make cookies.  The invention: a whole wheat version of the shortbread I usually make.  However, my family [...]

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Soup Pot Blessings

February 16, 2010

I’ll never forget the first time I tried to make a pot of soup from scratch. My husband was sick, I was pregnant, it was snowing, and my family was 1100 miles away. I picked up the phone, “Uh Mom, can you tell me how to make good soup?” My mom patiently walked me through [...]

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Hello from The Queen of Brussels Sprouts

February 09, 2010

I am a proud Army wife (of 13 years) and stay-at-home mom to 4 lovely, somewhat wild, and wonderfully crazy kiddos. But, it hasn't always been that way. Our girls are 6, 4, & 4 (yes, identical twins). Our son just turned 1. When I look back to the years that I cried out to [...]

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How to make homemade bread

November 17, 2009

The smell of homemade bread in the oven is defiantly at the top of the list when I think of my favorite smells (oddly the smell of new tires is up there too but I will limit this post to bread). Did you know that today is Homemade Bread Day?!  To celebrate I am going [...]

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Homemade Apple Butter and Applesauce

November 14, 2009

An abundance of apples in the fall is always a fun problem to have.  This year I made apple butter and apple sauce with our extra apples.  Using a crock pot, both of these recipes are easy and as an added bonus, make your house smell heavenly! To start, I will clarify what Apple Butter [...]

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Simple Squash Soup

November 02, 2009

This time of year, yummy winter squash are in the stores.  I remember last year I made a delicious butternut squash soup that turned out great, but unfortunately I couldn't find the recipe again. After a long time of reading other recipes and struggling to remember what I did last time, here's the final recipe [...]

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Homemade Hand Lotion

September 14, 2009

Some time ago, I wrote a post on some solutions for dry mommy hands.  Since then, I've continued to  look for the perfect lotion, but have not been able to find it.  Don't get me wrong, the suggestions I gave do work, but I would love to have something in lotion form. One day, I [...]

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Layered Zucchini Quiche

September 09, 2009

We moved to Idaho a little over two years ago.  At that time, the land surrounding our home was nothing but weeds.  Now we have a lawn (as of a few weeks ago) and this is a huge improvement that we are totally enjoying.  Perhaps next year we will be ready to do a garden.  [...]

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