Category: recipe

Easy vegan peanut butter fudge

Easy vegan peanut butter fudge
I just made this easy vegan peanut butter fudge for the first time last week and I’m addicted. It really is one of the simplest desserts you can make and many of you probably already have the ingredients at home. Here’s how you do it: Ingredients: 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut butter) 2... Read more »

Making homemade paczki for beginners

Making homemade paczki for beginners
Today is not only Fat Tuesday, but Paczki Day! I have to admit, I never paid much attention to Paczki Day up until this year. Maybe it’s just that I’ve had my ears perked up for new things to do, but every description I’ve read of paczki has had my mouth watering. Paczki are essentially... Read more »

My rice cooker makes magic

My rice cooker makes magic
This is day 6 of my week long series of posts called “Take Back the Weather!” This afternoon I was actually signed up to do the Lakeview Polar Bear plunge. Guess what? It’s too cold! They canceled the event because it’s just not safe. Apparently instead of running on the sand into the water, there... Read more »
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Guiltless dessert: honey peanut butter and banana smoothie

Guiltless dessert: honey peanut butter and banana smoothie
Look in the kitchen! It’s breakfast, it’s dessert, it’s a honey peanut butter and banana smoothie! Tonight the kids and I wanted dessert. The only options we had were Jelly Bellies from Halloween and well, nope that was it. I was thinking of some sort of peanut butter/banana combination so possibly the Elvis? Nah, let’s... Read more »

Get your vitamin C with pine needle tea

Get your vitamin C with pine needle tea
Our Christmas Tree is a sad sight to be seen. We always put it up right after Thanksgiving and by New Year’s Day, no matter how many times I water it, it gets insanely dry. Just looking at it the wrong way will make 50 needles fall. I would have taken it down earlier, but... Read more »

Embrace the cold and make maple taffy snow

Embrace the cold and make maple taffy snow
When I was younger, and again with Lilia, I read about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her sister Mary making candy out of  a  hot molasses and sugar mixture poured into a pan of packed snow in the book Little House in the Big Woods. I was just talking about making this fun treat last week... Read more »
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You can make a cheese ball, and act like one too

You can make a cheese ball, and act like one too
Day two of shorter blog posts due to various Christmas festivities. Tomorrow, leftovers and regular posts will commence. Lots of new things going on today, but I decided to let you in on a new recipe. Cheese ball! I’ve never made a cheese ball before, but I’ve always admired them at parties. Various cheeses rolled... Read more »

Healthy dark chocolate hot cocoa recipe

Healthy dark chocolate hot cocoa recipe
It’s a typical cold, Midwestern December night and we were really looking to have a treat to warm us up. At the same time, I’m trying to not eat my way through December with all of the goodies available left and right. Something relatively healthy and tasty was right up our alley. We decided on... Read more »

Favorite holiday drink recipes

Favorite holiday drink recipes
Luckily, we’re not a house that gets sick very often. However, we had a certain seven year old get taken down by a virus. The girl has never missed school for being sick and today, well, today she didn’t either because she doesn’t have school all week. As we sat in the doctor’s office this... Read more »
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Move over marshmallows, try this delicious sweet potato and apple soup

Move over marshmallows, try this delicious sweet potato and apple soup
Sweet potatoes seem to come out of hiding around Thanksgiving, but I love to cook them year round. Sometimes I eat them baked, other times I put them in a stew with peanut butter and kale. I know, it sounds weird, but believe me, I got the recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything... Read more »