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April 1, 2020

This is for some of you who have your own fresh chicken eggs or purchase them fresh from farm stands and farmers markets etc. There is always a question of whether or not you can make hard boiled eggs out of fresh eggs or if you have to wait at least 2 weeks or more before you can. Here is what I have found works with our fresh eggs we get every day, thank you to our wonderful producing chickens, maybe it is the threat of going in a pot if they do not produ...

March 31, 2020

For those who are out there working everyday to keep us safe, and fed, thank you all from the bottom of our hearts!!

Someone asked me once why I don't have a professional blog as a source of income. Here was my answer to them " I do not do it for income, I do it for fun, there are no advertisements popping up every two seconds, no videos and no more then one photo, even that is a challenge at times. I am technology simple in my know how, wants or desires, an...

March 28, 2020

Today my son phoned me and wanted to know, because they cannot get eggs in their store in their area, if you can substitute apple sauce for eggs in a cake recipe. I had no idea, mainly because I am not a true baker, and also, I have never not had an egg available to me all through the years. My response was "google it and let me know please." He called me right back and said 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce can replace each egg. I did know you can replace...

March 22, 2020

Today I went for my thousand island dressing and lo and behold I was out (not really a crises with the happenings these days, but why not enjoy our times at home in any way that makes us content?) Simple, mayo, ketchup, and some relish and I was good to go.(see photo)Of course it can be tweaked, but thanks to a friend of ours gifted zucchini relish, I was all set, mine was great with just the 3 ingredients, thank you Sue Palmer for that!! As I was whipping...

March 19, 2020

We are all looking for simple, inexpensive, and quick recipes, these days especially. This is a recipe I make a lot in the summer when zucchini is fresh, but right now fresh veggies are sometimes in short supply in the supermarkets, so we grab whatever we can get. I luckily acquired several zucchini and shredded them for muffins. I made my muffins, and had some leftover so decided my cheese zucchini pancakes sounded different for a change and quick, which w...

March 16, 2020

Once again, now is the time to use up all we can, not waste a thing, feed our hungry families, especially the kids who are all home, even the older ones can help with the cooking or pre prep. Who knows you might even find amongst them a surprise budding chef or two!! Not a bad career either, BTW! And Maybe if they help making, they will help eating up!

Today I am giving a few of the ways I use up my bread products, to keep my food waste and food budget withi...

March 15, 2020

Am sure you are thinking what the heck is that? That is my home made bone broth/stock putting away in my crockpot. I roasted up 2 big fat roasting chickens, removed the meat from the bones, used some for recipes and froze some, and started my bone broth for a soup and the rest for the freezer. Every day there are beginning to be more and more reports of food shortages, even soups, fights over items, national guards being called in, police patrolling stores...

March 10, 2020

Oven 375, Time 25-30 minutes

Move over, turkey and beef, pork is another one of my fav ways to go!! This is a recipe I love because it uses ground pork, rice, and is simple and fast. I however whir up as I like to say, my own pork in my food processor. If you can find ground pork in your supermarket that works great. I find, however, the store bought tends to have a lot more fat then I care for, and in my area hard to find.  It really is easy to make your ow...

March 5, 2020

Today pork tenderloin medallions were on my menu. Oooops, out of applesauce. One of my family feels pork without applesauce is "just not the same" hint, it is not me. So the next best thing, my caramelized apple pcs. come to mind. Luckily I had one apple in my fridge, and I was all set!!!! This recipe is so fast, you can almost have it done before you even say maple caramelized apple pieces. So simple a child could do it, and delicious to boot, not only as...

February 29, 2020

Oven temp 350 Time 30-35 minutes (see note below)

If you have never mastered making a white sauce, you must do so now. It is the basis for so many yummy things, of course mac and cheese being the most common. Of course you can buy white sauces in the stores, and add in your own ingredients to jazz them up, but once you master your own, you will wonder why you waited so long to make it. Then from there you add in anything and everything you can imagine. I hav...

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