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Month: September 2016

The easiest Two Ingredient pumpkin muffins. Ever.

The easiest Two Ingredient pumpkin muffins. Ever.

    Two Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins It’s officially pumpkin flavored everything time!  Which falls directly between BBQ flavored everything time and peppermint flavored everything time. Sheesh! Where has the year gone?   In my never ending quest to hack this thing we call life, I …read more

Delicious and healthy almond butter to make at home

Delicious and healthy almond butter to make at home

      Make your own Almond Butter Nut and seed butters are getting lots of love from nutritionists touting their nutritional value. When eaten as part of a healthy diet, you’ll benefit from cholesterol lowering monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (good) fats, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin …read more

One Bite Apple Pies with Salted Caramel Sauce.

One Bite Apple Pies with Salted Caramel Sauce.

I’ve done something terribly wonderful. Or wonderfully terrible. You pick.   Imagine homemade apple pie filling with crisp fresh apple, that’s been dotted with gooey caramel, and wrapped inside flakey sugary fried wontons, and immediately dipped in creamy salted caramel sauce.   A luscious little …read more

Apple Rose Tart with Apple Butter Cheesecake and Toasted Pecan Crust

Apple Rose Tart with Apple Butter Cheesecake and Toasted Pecan Crust

    OMG! Is this crazy or what? I’m so ready for fall I plotzed face first into apple season with this gorgeous Apple Rose Tart. This is what I call a “Franken-recipe” where I take several things I love and mash them together. Back …read more

Warning: dangerously simple quickle recipe ahead

Warning: dangerously simple quickle recipe ahead

  I’ve been having an all-out love affair with DIY pickles ever since I learned how ridiculously easy they are to make at home.     Since then, every vegetable I see is in danger of becoming a pickle. I especially enjoy quick pickles (AKA …read more

Slab Grilled Cheese and Homemade Tomato Soup

Slab Grilled Cheese and Homemade Tomato Soup

  Here’s a cozy retro meal with a fresh twist.   Want to make somebody’s face light up? Just say “grilled cheese and tomato soup” and watch them go right back to their childhood.      Everyone I know has a fond memory associated with …read more

Five Easy Ways to Minimize Food Waste

Five Easy Ways to Minimize Food Waste

  It’s happening right now in refrigerators across America:  Lifeless lettuce, moldy muffins, squishy squash and festering fruit – all headed toward the trash.  I hate wasting food and I’m guessing you do, too!   Statistics show the typical American family wastes 25% of the …read more

Budget Shepherd’s Pie

Budget Shepherd’s Pie

  This is how we’re dishing up comfort for under $2 a serving   Growing up as I did, with a very British mother, shepherd’s pie was regular fare at our dinner table.    But most memorably, it became a tradition that Mom would make …read more

Your debt free holiday season starts now!

Your debt free holiday season starts now!

  The Holiday Season is fast approaching and with it comes all the gift giving, the parties, travel hither and yon, decorating the inside and out of your house, and other assorted hoopla just waiting to derail your finances.    As tempting as may be …read more

Bacon on the barbecue?  Yes, please!

Bacon on the barbecue?  Yes, please!

  Mmmmmmm, bacon.    Next time you plan to fire up the grill, do yourself a favor and grill up an appetizer or side dish that features bacon.   You see, if you enjoy bacon (and who doesn’t?) then you’ll go bonkers in love what …read more