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    A simple compliment and my heart smiles

    Have you ever thought about how far a compliment can take someone? A couple of weeks ago my parents were visiting when one of them made the simple but genuine statement, “Leanne, your house is always so clean.”, and the other was quick to agree.  Now let’s take a step back. From my perspective, my house is not clean. There are four boys (five including hubs).  Weekends and evenings involve soccer, homework, Legos, Hot Wheels, running, jumping, playing. Although all of us are involved in one shape or form in keeping the house tidy (to the extent it can be) I am the cleaner. and cleaning is just not my thing.  I love a clean…

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    Tasty Tuesday Hungarian Chicken

    Hungarian food is rich in tradition and paprika! Creamy, red and spicy food that fills the need for a hungry family. Hungarian chicken makes a rich sauce that compliments pasta and vegetables. This meal just asks for time to linger at the table and share the highlights of everyone’s day. The aroma whets the appetite before the table is set! Try this on a cold night served with noodles tossed with butter and crisp croutons. Beautiful!This recipe is revised from the one in the James Beard American CookeryHungarian Chicken3 large skinned chicken breasts1 c flour1 T paprika1 t kosher salt1 t dried parsley1/2 stick butter (4 T)4 T olive oil1…

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    Bring On the Family and Friends, Serve Beef Brisket

    Not that I understand it… Summer is coming to a close. The school supplies have arrived, many summer vacations are now history and family and friends are gathering to squeeze one more weekend together outside in the sun and fun. While time is being spent outside, let your oven slowly cook up a great dinner. A slow cooked Brisket of Beef serves a crowd and compliments all summer vegetables.If you have canned tomatoes, or if they are heavy on the vine, and need to be savored, here is the opportunity one more time! 1 qt canned tomatoes or 8 large vine ripe tomatoes, skinned (See Tomato Basil Salad)or 1 28…

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    S’more Simple Pleasures

    Give a 5 year old, or a 50 year old a stick, a place in front of an outdoor fireplace, unlimited marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Ahhhhhhh life, it is good! We live in the country. We clear land, burn wood, cut thin branches and eat s’mores! My daughter lives in suburbia. They buy wood, fire up the deck fire pit, and use coat hangers for the ‘roasting’, and eat s’mores. Simple pleasures. Life long memories. Instant road back to childhood. Instant road to ‘maturity’ – holding something so close to the fire. (With permission!) One roasted marshmallow can cover a square foot of skin in less than it takes…