Shish Kebobs a Great Alternative

Shish kebobs have been around for centuries, dating back to the seventeenth century Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean times. At that time they were called kebab or kabab and consisted of pieces of meat or fish cooked on a skewer or spit, or roasted on a grill. Continue reading

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Two No-Bake Fruit Pie Recipes

No bake pies have been a favorite in our family since the seventies. Mom especially liked fruit pies as she and a couple of friends often visited various locations around our home state of Michigan when fruit was in season. Often fruit orchards would allow people to pick as much of the fruit they wanted for free or for a low cost. Continue reading

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Easy Ways to Use Your Crockpot for Family Meals or Entertaining

For most of us, when we first get our crockpot, or any other kitchen item, we are excited and anxious to put it to use. Our new crockpot is no exception. Unfortunately, as time goes by our crockpot merely takes up space in the kitchen because we don’t know that many easy crockpot recipes or how we can use the crockpot to make our life easier. Continue reading

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Cook and Carry 6-Quart Travel Crock Pot Review

It’s the Christmas holiday season as I share this review, a time when friends and family get together for a family-oriented dinner. We had huge Thanksgiving and Christmas meals with grandparents, aunts, uncles and children. We were always carrying something delicious to share. Several family members had great big roasters that they brought to the festivities, but they were bulky, the glass covers were awkward, and juice often escaped in the car on the way over. What a mess! Continue reading

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Old World Fruit Cake Recipe

While fruit cake tastes good any time of year, most of us are used to eating it during the Christmas holiday season. We have a great fruit cake we think you will appreciate. Continue reading

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Crock Pot SCCPCTS605-S Slow Cooker

Hectic schedules often prevent the delicious home cooked meals most families prefer. Not to worry – we have found a way in our household so that we can keep our busy schedules while still eating wonderful, healthy foods. For several years now, we have used slow cooker crock pots  to make sure our family gets what they need after a busy day. Continue reading

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Use Your Crockpot for Easy Family Holiday Meals

If your family is anything like ours around the holidays, you probably have more on your plate, so to speak, than you need as you prepare your home for guests. We are here to make your holiday a bit easier when it comes to feeding your family and friends. Continue reading

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Five Great Halloween Cocktails


Every Halloween you hear about the same parties: zombies, vampires, werewolves. Somebody hangs black and orange crate paper and plays Michael Jackson’s hit ‘Thriller’ on repeat.

But this Halloween you can take your party to unique heights with distinctive and delicious themed drinks. Continue reading

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Halloween Recipes from Tricks to Treats

Halloween is a fun and spooky holiday, perfect for holding parties with family and friends. Apart from costumes which are a key part of the holiday, Halloween recipes and sweet treats are another essential part of any Halloween get-together.

Whether you’re catering for a gaggle of excited children, or just adults who are young-at-heart, then there are plenty of brilliant Halloween recipes that will set up the perfect mood for your party! Continue reading

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Five Fun Halloween Foods for Your Party

Halloween is one of the most popular events throughout the year, mainly because of the fun of creating costumes, decorating, and creating unique food items. If you are throwing a Halloween party this season, you will want to make sure you have plenty of holiday-related food on hand. Continue reading

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Halloween Snacks and Desserts Ideas

You can’t have a Halloween party without plenty of Halloween food for all the ghosts and ghouls attending, right? Fortunately whipping up a bunch Halloween food goodies for your crew couldn’t be easier. All you need is a little time, the right ingredients and, faster than a zombie can mumble “Brains”, you’ve got a Halloween food spread you can be proud of. Continue reading

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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?


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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