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Homemade Sweet Chili Recip Continue reading...

Sweet Chili Sauce

When I was a kid I was a terribly picky eater and I did not like chili. As I have grown up, I started to like new foods, just like my mother said I would. (I really don’t like when she is right.) One of those foods happens to be chili. I can remember coming home from school when mom had a pot of sauce simmering down on the stove and thinking it smelled horrible.…

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Stove top stuffing over a zucchini carrot casserole Continue reading...

Zucchini Carrot Casserole

Our summer vegetable garden is pretty much an overgrown weed patch. Seriously. It is the weediest it has ever been and the little that was planted got out late. It is so bad that we just got our first zucchini of the year last night. Most people I know have been drowning in zucchini for weeks, so this is embarrassing. Usually by this time of year, the kids are all sick of the many zucchini…

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Homemade pizza sauce recipe and some ideas for summer pizza without heating up the oven! Continue reading...

Pizza Sauce Recipe & Summer Pizza Alternatives

I love having my homemade pizza sauce on hand. The weather lately has been HOT! I really don’t feel like cooking. Making “pizza” doesn’t always mean I have to heat up the oven. Here are some options to keep your kitchen cool: ~toasted cheese sandwiches with mozzarella and a little garlic salt- dip it in the sauce ~pizza quesadillas ~pizza mountain pies over a campfire ~english muffin pizzas ~pizza lunchables ~grilled pizza Keeping sauce and…

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Amish Cheeseburger Soup Recipe Continue reading...

Cheeseburger Soup

A few years ago a friend and I traveled to Lancaster for a quilt show. It was such a blessing for me to be able to get away for a few days! It is the only time I have been able to do something like that and, as much as I missed my kids, I really enjoyed the break from being needed all the time. We stopped at a little Amish diner for lunch when…

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You can make these in any flavor just by switching out the jelly! Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Roll-Ups Continue reading...

Peanut Butter and Jelly French Toast Roll-Ups

Since we had a snow day, I decided to make a nice breakfast for the kids. I am not so great at early mornings (see my freezer breakfast solution HERE) but I can handle a nice, late breakfast on a relaxing day at home once in awhile. These are one of my kids’ favorites. I always have an assortment of jelly (see HERE) so I can make a variety of them with very little effort.…

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Summertime Pinterest Recipes ~ Tested and Approved

I have been really enjoying trying out new recipes with the bountiful summer harvest! The past few weeks, I have discovered some REALLY good ones! Zucchini ricotta galette– oh, that just sounds fancy! It looks as pretty as its name, doesn’t it? The crust is flaky and wonderful, with just a hint of tartness. The filling and zucchini/summer squash are OK, but the crust is what really makes this dish. I pinned this roasted veggie…

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A Big Batch of Filling- Freezer Cooking

Now I am going to show you what to do with those leftover crusts from the uncrustables sandwiches…  I save them to make filling!  I get a lot of compliments on my filling and it is so moist!  It is really simple to make, too.  Here is what you need: 6-7 loaves of white bread3-4 medium onions3-4 stalks celery8 sticks margerine I know!  That is a lot, right?  I like to make my filling in…

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Eggplant Parmesan (Freezer Cooking)

One of the best ways to save money (and have better food) is to preserve fresh vegetables when they are in season.  I love to have eggplant already breaded and frozen for a fast, easy meal in the winter.  If you don’t have a garden giving you lots of lovely, purple eggplants you can pick some up for cheap while they are in season at a local farmer’s market.  Out of two very large eggplants,…

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