Recipes

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Homemade fondant and birthday cake

I ventured into new territory this past weekend when making Toby’s birthday.  In an effort to save money and really because I totally enjoy doing cakes, I have always made the kids’ birthday cakes myself.  This year I opted to give homemade fondant a try as well.  I have used a little bit of fondant

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Sweet Treat

Strawberries from our garden crushed with a bit of raw sugar, homemade whipped cream using fresh cream from Picket Fence Creamery over angel food cake…..a little bowl of heaven right here in my kitchen.  Ahhhh, summer.  

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

I only half-heartily considered making my own homemade vanilla extract in the past until local dad Trent of The Simple Dollar gave a play-by-play last year. That lit my fire and I’ve had it on my list since. The time finally came and I found vanilla beans from the co-op I order from. I was

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If you’re like me, you’re still trying to use up the overabundance of frozen shredded zucchini from last gardening season. This recipe is sure to help! Zucchini Brownies: 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup oil 1 tsp. salt 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 cup cocoa 2 cups flour 2 cups grated zucchini

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Homemade Chicken Stock

To this day, my mom has always made chicken or turkey stock immediately after a holiday dinner. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to start but I am so glad that I finally gave it a try. I was amazed at how easy it was and can’t wait to start using

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Homemade Bagels

I have gotten into a good groove of baking all of our bread products from scratch, including honey whole wheat bread, biscuits, dinner rolls, bread sticks, sweet breads and pizza crust. I have not purchased any of those things for a very long time. The one exception has been bagels. My kids love bagels for

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OOBLECK!

This morning we did one of our favorite summer activities that we started last year~making OOBLECK! T & I actually learned to make it in Vacation Bible School last summer and it quickly became a favorite that we have since modified in other ways as well. First we read Bartholomew and the OOBLECK by Dr.

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Homemade Potato Gnocchi

I am finally getting around to posting this very frugal recipe, as promised to at least 2 people now! Thanks for your patience! It’s an old family recipe that has been passed down from my maternal grandmothers and I have fond memories of helping my mom, to this day actually, make this. My job was

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Back into the swing of things

It has been a bright and colorful week here as we have been getting back into the routine after our little mini-vacation. Here are a few highlights: Cutting practice with paint samples. I saw this on another blog a while back and as usual I can’t be certain where it was now to give proper

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Brand new man

T stepped up to Mommy’s barber chair today for his spring buzz cut. He had a crazy notion(thanks to a little prodding from dear old daddy) that he was going to let his hair grow out but I personally could not take the major bed head anymore and that cowlick had to go! He admitted