Two Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day and we are going to share two chocolate chip cookie recipes to honor the day. When I was ten-years-old and just learning how to bake from my mother and also through the local 4-H Club, one of the first types of cookie I made was chocolate chip cookies. Continue reading

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A Meaty Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Sometimes families fall into a habit of having the same special breakfast every holiday morning. It may be your favorite and your family enjoys it too, but there comes a time when you start thinking that maybe there is something else out there. It might not be a sudden decision to change up your breakfast, but just a little nudge.

You want breakfast to be filling, but not necessarily filled with fat, calories, and carbs. Breakfast casseroles are the answer to that problem. With an endless variety of foods to add to your eggs, you can let your imagination run wild while keeping tabs on the nutritional value. Any combination of foods you dream up, you can probably mix together to create a yummy and healthy breakfast casserole. Continue reading

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Traditional Easter Foods You May Recognize

Easter has been one of the most celebrated holidays for many centuries, as well as one of the most the most important dates in the Christian calendar. So important, that many people so don’t normally attend a church service do so that day.

No matter what people believe and how they choose to worship, most people take the opportunity to get together with family and friends as they enjoy a delicious Easter meal. You will find many of these food items on your dinner table on that special holiday. Continue reading

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Can You Adapt Your Recipes to a Slow Cooker?

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Now that slow cookers seem to have taken a priority spot in our kitchen, what do we do with all those recipes in our cookbooks and card files? I’ve often wondered if I could prepare at least some of those recipes in a slow cooker. I’ve done a fair amount of research and have come to the conclusion that there are recipes that will transition, but not all off them.

While we can just follow the numerous slow cooker cookbooks that are available now, that still leaves us with a number of index cards recipes that we don’t find in any cookbook. On top of that, apparently there are a few rules and adjustments that we have to make before we can be assured of a successful meal. That and a certain amount of trial and error can help us make a fairly smooth transition. Here’s what we need to consider: Continue reading

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Easter Table Decorations Set the Tone for Your Meal

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Easter means a lot to most families that I know and we choose to share the day by enjoying a special meal with our family and friends. Although many people celebrate Easter as a traditional religious day, others celebrate it as the arrival of spring.

Easter table decorations can help to mark this special occasion. The overall message is of new life and rebirth, and traditional Easter table decorations make use of bright spring colors to mark the time of the year. Here is a list of five main table decorations you may want to incorporate, and the ways in which they can convey that hopeful Easter message. Continue reading

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Festive Holiday Hot Chocolate Recipe

Festive Holiday Hot Chocolate Recipe

Because it is the holiday season, I thought I would share a delicious homemade hot chocolate recipe with you. While you can certainly use canned whipped cream, fresh whip cream is recommended for best taste.

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Mushroom Sausage Breakfast Casserole

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Breakfast Casserole

Are you looking for a special breakfast casserole that will please your family, including visitors? We have a great dish we really believe you will like. No matter what time you and your family get up in the morning during the holidays, this breakfast food will hit the spot. Continue reading

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Christmas Recipes for Diabetics – Pudding and Pie

Diabetics no longer have to give up dessert during the holidays. Sugar is no longer considered the culprit for those who have diabetes according to recent research. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) now considers the biggest dietary risk factor for type 2 diabetics as being overweight due to overeating. When diabetics eat smaller portions and factor in the carbs, they can enjoy an occasional after meal treat. Continue reading

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How to Cook the Turkey More Than One Way

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There is more than one way to do almost everything. This includes preparing the Thanksgiving turkey. We all know just how good a slow roasted turkey from the oven tastes. If you’re looking for something a little different this year, here are some other choices for creating a turkey wonder that’s a bit different from the norm, but just as tasty.

Barbequed Turkey – We put everything else on the grill, why not a turkey too? Grilling a turkey gives it a unique flavor and texture much like chicken parts grilled to perfection for a family outing. The difference is that here we are grilling an entire turkey at once. Instead of putting the turkey on the grill slats, it is placed in a baking pan over the flames. This way, the turkey can be basted and seasoned prior to and during the cooking process. As the turkey nears doneness, add your favorite sauce to it for an extra kick. Continue reading

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Cinco de Mayo History and Recipes

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, marks the anniversary of Mexico’s unanticipated victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Celebrated only as a regional holiday in Mexico, mostly in the state of Puebla and a few other areas, Cinco de Mayo is widely celebrated in the United States and other parts of the world as people honor their Mexican heritage with pride. Continue reading

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Easter Recipes

Everyone enjoys a great holiday meal, and Easter is no exception. Nearly every family have their own special Easter recipes that have been gathered over the years, often handed down through the generations. As family and friends gather to attend Sunrise service with breakfast following, or for a special meal after the Sunday service, all eyes are on the meal prepared from special Easter recipes. Continue reading

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Celebrating the 4th of July – See Recipes

In the United States the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is the day we celebrate our freedom from the British after a long struggle and the loss of many lives. All over the U.S. and across the world, American citizens show their love for their country with parades, fireworks, and food. Most themes tie in the colors of red, white, and blue – the colors of our country’s flag. Continue reading

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Thanksgivng – A History Story

Many of us remember when we were in school Thanksgiving plays. Even as far back as attending our one-room country school when I was a child, we always had Thanksgiving and Christmas pageants with home-made costumes. Some of us wore Pilgrim clothing such as the black garb with black buckled hats while others wore Indian costumes including paper headbands with colorful construction paper feathers and brown paper clothing.

We all heard the story about how the Pilgrims arrived by way of the Mayflower ship landing on Plymouth Rock in late 1620. The first winter was rough for our pilgrim fathers and a great number of them died. Not only did they have problems with coming to a new country, adjusting to the freezing temperatures and different land, there was also the problem of communicating with the land’s current occupants, the Native Americans. Continue reading

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Cook Healthy Home-Cooked Meals

Are you aware that what you feed your family on a daily basis affects their health? Since the family eats at home the majority of the time compared to eating at restaurants, you should be very aware of what you serve on the table. Your family’s health is in your hands and this is a huge responsibility but with knowledge, you can do it.

You can protect the heart and blood vessels by preparing less saturated fat meals. Remember, not all fats are bad. You just have to know how to identify the bad ones. The ingredients you will use and the way you cook the food will make a big difference in cooking healthy food for the heart. Continue reading

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Homemade Soup

Many busy families have trouble preparing healthy meals either during the week or when there are games and other activities on the weekend. Trying to eat food that is good for the whole family becomes quite a challenge. One of the easiest and quickest ways to eat a healthy meal is to have homemade soup on hand. Soup is tasty, filling, and good for you anytime, but especially on a cold fall or winter day. Continue reading

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