Canning – worth the effort?

  It’s that season again, where I start to plan the trips to the farmers markets, and figure out what I am going to can this year.  I had a great salsa recipe from the Bernardin site a few years back, but they have since started using the Fiesta Mix, and the recipe is gone. I have searched high and…

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Closet Cleaning Day

So the other day I ran out of hangers, and decided that it was time to clean out my closet. I figure that I only wear about 20% of the clothes that are in there, so it was time to weed out the garbage. So I started by taking everything out of the closet – from top to bottom.  It…

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Coursera – Child Nutrition/Cooking Course

I have to say that I love free stuff – coupons, samples, rebates, etc. But one of the best deals I have found is Coursera. Coursera is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that is free to use, and makes University level courses available to everyone.  I have wanted to take some courses for the last few years, and since…

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Easy Paella

I was looking for some new recipes to try the other day, and I thought about Paella. I have never made it before, as I always thought it was a complicated recipe, which would take hours to make. I came across this recipe, which is quite good and can be done in under an hour. This recipe makes 7-8 good…

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Our latest addition..

Today we went to visit my mother, and she and my son made a homemade ‘chia pet’. Each day we need to spray it down with water, and within a few days, the hair should start to grow. My son is super-excited, and moved his yet-to-be-named pet to his room tonight to sleep with. I will take a pic of…

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Household Chore List

One of the tricks to staying organized is to do a little bit each day. If I save it to one day, then it just never gets done, as the tasks seem too daunting. 15 minutes a day is a lot more manageable than 2 hours. I created a task list that fits well around my schedule, and combines the…

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Skillet Chicken and Vegetables

(photo by Susan Gentry McWhinney) I love Epicurious, and have been making this recipe for over 10 years. It is perfect for a night when you want good ol’ comfort food, with little effort. It can be made with what you likely already have on hand, and you can use whatever kind of chicken you like (it calls for bone…

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Making Veggies Fun

I have been looking for ways to make veggies more interesting in an effort to encourage my son to try them. I ran across this veggie cutter and have been using it to make wavy potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, etc.  The first time I made “fries” with this cutter (using three kinds of vegetables), he ate the whole thing up…

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