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    Money Saving Idea: Getting Comfortable in the Kitchen

    Throughout the next month the focus is going to be on saving money.  No pressure on my part as that leads to nothing but guilt, and therefore failure.  However, when I do find myself doing ‘the right thing’ I want to focus on it and think about how I can make it that much better.  (My motto, “Little Drops of Awesome“) There will be a lot of trust.  Trust that this focus is important, necessary, part of managing the household.  It helps with some of the stress on my marriage.  It helps me feel like a better manager of God’s provisions.  Money doesn’t bring happiness but I’d sure like to try peace…

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    Tasty Tuesday Peaches and Cream Pie OH MY!

    Have company….Have desserts ….Have laughter, discussions and seconds. That is just what we did this weekend. Friends over, Easter candy out in dishes, Blackberry Grunt and Peaches and Cream Pie warm from the oven….OH MY! Somehow the clock propelled around it’s face faster than a comet across the sky. Seem great friends come with military families. With friends come some great recipes that were first tasted in Kadena, or Osan; perhaps Ramstein or Queensland. This peaches and cream pie hit my taste buds in Florida. Sunshine state lit up my curiosity and the ‘chef’ handed it over!Now it is yours to share at your table. Enjoy! Peaches and Cream Pie3/4…

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    Blackberry Grunt

    Our fields are alive… not with the sound of music, but the glory of berries. The wild raspberries were a healthy crop this year, not the blood letting usual that brought in a meager pint. We served up fruity oatmeal in the morning, fruity salad at lunch and tasty desserts after dinner. No complaints.Now the dew berries are thick and jet black full of their individual globes of pulp and ready to be picked. They are the precursor to the blackberries: the ultimate gift of the land. We don’t have to work for them, the plants are wild, full and laden. It’s a walk in the park… or the back…

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    Tasty Tuesday: Carrot Cups – A Biscuit w/ Carrots! Simple as ABC

    I have a calendar that Pillsbury sent to me. It features a recipe a month. A few months ago, there was an idea of taking Grands or any large baking soda biscuit, flattening it and baking a mini-fruit pie in a muffin cup. (Oh my, they were good!)We are not always ‘allowed’, ‘encouraged’ or looking to have sugary desserts. Diabetes frowns upon that part of meal! Careful preparation of the menu does allow for it from time to time. However, this simple dish just invited me to play. Enter springtime. We love vegetables and their colorful display. When I added Boursin and a sharp New York cheddar to carrots, we…

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    Beth’s Garden is Pumping Out Rhubarb

    We all have favorite ladies in our lives. I have one who is right up there at the top, Beth Kocsis. She not only gave me the world’s best son-in-law, but supplies rhubarb too. Does life get any better? I don’t think so.So, with a fresh supply of rhubarb comes my Mom’s fantastic recipe for Rhubarb Delight. My daughter and I have been guilty of picking some of the rhubarb off of the top of a very hot dessert that came straight out of the oven. When asked why we did this… blank stares came across our faces… as if… how could we refrain. This is a “TRY it, you’ll…

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    Pocketful of Apples

    A cold snap came and turned our maples and oaks from green giants into jewel dressed wonders. Right now, a steady breeze is filtering those crimson and gold leaves and sending them spiraling sideways with many skidding onto our deck. It is a sight to behold. Landscaping has become a pure pleasure for Dale and I. He put up a split rail fence that has added a framework to this fall picture outside while I planted vinca under and in front which adds a dark green matting for our portrait. At the end of the day, muscles were talking and our sweet tooth chattered! A basket of apples announced it…

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    Summer’s End Tomato Pie

    Our tomato plants are looking tired. VERY tired, but they are using all their gusto and are still pushing fruit out. These tomatoes are not the big round beauties of early August, but there they are, and I love them! We have worked these beauties: canned, frozen, eaten tomato salad and stuffed tomatoes. Now I am thinking something warm. Roasted Tomato Pie2 lbs tomatoes2 T olive oil2 T crushed garlicsalt and pepper1 (9″) pie crust1 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese1/4 cup fresh basil (1 t. dried)1 t fresh oregano (1/4 t dried)3/4 c Parmesan cheese, grated3/4 c mayonnaise Preparation Heat oven to 325 degrees. Line a rimmed baking dish with…

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    Cool Creamy Gooey Crunchy Chocolate Delight

    At our house I have tried to steer away from desserts. Sugar is something that neither Dale nor I need in our diet. Dale has type 2 Diabetes (even though he is the thin man), and I just don’t need that rush. However… put some chocolate in front of me, or within 17 miles, and I feel the desire!This recipe is a poor excuse for cutting back on sugar, but it has good intentions!?! This is a great dessert to take to a coffee, or a squadron party. This serves 15, so if you make it for the home crowd, there is going to be plenty! There is a crunchy…