Healthy Meal Solution – The Smartbowl System

Simple, Fast, Easy and Healthy Meals... Today, we're juggling many hats! We're so busy taking care of so many things - home, work, family and such. One of the most important tasks sometimes become the most dreaded...that question, 'what's for dinner?' Sigh, after a long day, we may not have the energy to make something we truly want for our … [Read more...]

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Spicy Country Applesauce Muffins

A Sweet Treat I love this time of the year. Apple season! Fresh apples, homemade applesauce, apple butters...the wonderful flavors and fragrances speak of autumn. I made these Spicy Country Applesauce muffins for us to enjoy. Sweet and Spicy Cinnamon is the spice that is usually used when flavoring applesauce muffins, but for these I'm … [Read more...]

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Can It Forward Day!

I'm so excited to once again participate in the annual - Can It Forward Day! It's such a wonderful, positive concept. Preserving the harvest and foods for future use is so rewarding.  The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving I've been given four gorgeous wide-mouth canning jars to fill and the All New Ball Book of Canning and … [Read more...]

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How to Pick A Ripe Watermelon

That Tastes Like Summer One of the great things about summer is all of the fresh fruits and vegetables...I LOVE a good tomato sandwich - that tastes like summer to me. Watermelons, on the other hand are a great favorite of my family - they just love this red, sweet, juicy fruit. My daughters taught me how to pick a good watermelon that to them … [Read more...]

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Easy & Quick Cranberry Almond Chai Rolls

Saturday mornings are glorious. We can sleep in, then enjoy a relaxing, perhaps decadent, breakfast. When Dearest wants something sweet, I like to prepare these quick and easy, Cranberry Almond Chai Rolls. The quick and easy part begins with the frozen Puff Pastry. This pastry makes a wonderful dough for any type of roll.  Wonderful … [Read more...]

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Apple Cobblers in Ramekins

Dearest Loves Apple Cobbler Especially with the shortbread topping. So, I love making it for him, but for the most part of the week it is just the two of us...my solution Apple Cobblers in Ramekins. Individual desserts give us the treat without all of the tempting leftovers! The Apple When making apple desserts I generally like a … [Read more...]

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The English Scone

I learned to love cooking from Dad...after he retired and when he was ill, he spent a lot of time watching shows such as Julia Child and Justin Wilson...he even loved imitating their manner of speech and action. It was such fun. Dad would try so many recipes - I actually inherited all of the recipes he collected. He always wanted to learn how to … [Read more...]

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Garden Lasagna

The Luncheon Theme Italian! Every year Dearest's family gather to celebrate his maternal grandmother's birthday. It is such a fun event and a wonderful time seeing every one. Usually it is a bar-b-que, but this year they wanted to do an Italian theme. I had never made vegetable lasagna so I thought this would be a fun opportunity! Delightful … [Read more...]

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The Best Pound Cake Recipe

Dearest loves cake. When we go to weddings, he always looks forward to the cake, especially if it is good cake. Most of the time, it is a type of pound cake. I found this recipe that would make a wonderful wedding cake - to me, it is the best pound cake recipe. Beat that Butter! What makes this recipe so good is actually in part as to how you … [Read more...]

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Seasoning new and restoring old Cast Iron Pans

You Can Restore Old, Crusty Cast Iron Pans There's nothing quite so beautiful as the blackened, shiny patina of a well-seasoned cast iron pan. There are a few specific rules in keeping your pans in pristine condition. If you do, they'll reward you with good service for many, many years But, what if you find gunky poorly used cast iron pans … [Read more...]

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