How to transform leftover mashed potatoes

Anytime I make mashed potatoes, I always make a few extra so that I can use them for this recipe. Having grown up with perogies, these potato cakes are especially good with sour cream and chopped green onions. It’s a great way to use up your leftovers, and they are usually a big hit with kids. First, heat up a…

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The Urban Garden

I always liked the idea of a vegetable garden, but somehow things always started out well, then went south. This year I decided to give it a go again, and with new planter boxes (built at home after a quick trip to Home Depot) and some veggie plants, we gave it a shot.  Pictured above are three heirloom tomato plants,…

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Our adventures in Apple Picking

It must be getting close to fall. While in the garage the other day, I saw the scarecrow decoration, and wondered if it was too soon to put it up. We decided to go apple picking today – I have missed it the last few years for one reason or another, and decided this year we were going to go,…

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Easy Meal Planning

Meal planning is one of those things that can take up a lot of time. Even when you do it every week, it still doesn’t get any easier, and sometimes it just doesn’t get done. If you don’t do a plan, then the week following is chaotic, filled with fast food and multiple trips to the grocery store.

Do you reuse plastic containers?

As you know if you read the Bone Broth post, I made my own stock. Usually, I save empty sour cream and yogurt containers, and freeze the stock in there once it’s cooled.  I didn’t think too much about it, since I wasn’t heating foods in the plastic. But an article got me thinking – even if I am not…

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How to feed your family for $100/week

I have been wanting to do a segment for a while on how to eat well within a budget. Every week, I scan the flyers, see what’s on sale, and plan around that for each week’s menu plan. When something I use often is on sale, and the sale is particularly good (good=only on sale once every few months at…

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