DIY Foaming Hand Soap
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Shhh...we make our own hand soap

After I mentioned making our own foaming hand soap in yesterday's post about household cleaners, more than a couple people have asked how to make it. Here is the super easy recipe I use to make the foaming hand soap. I use Dr. Bronner's…
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Beat the Snack Slump

I am always looking for new ideas for healthy snacks.  There are just some days when we all need something to bridge the afternoon gap from lunch to dinner.  In our house, we often do a late dinner so we can sit down as a family. I…
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Blackberry Elixir to Kick a Cold

I know no one wants to think about cold and flu season, but now is the time to get ahead of the game.  Blackberries are coming into season here in the Northeast.  While they can be a bit strong tasting on their own, they pack a powerful…

Zoku Popsicle Fun

My kids are popsicle crazy.  Morning, noon and night they want to make popsicles.  In my quest to avoid unnatural food dyes and excess sugar, we started making our own popsicles.  Welcome Zoku to the family. Zoku makes popsicles super fast.…
canning tomatoes
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How to Host a Canning Party

Please welcome my guest writer Mary who shares her experience of hosting a canning party, plus her recipe for Sassy Tomato Salsa.  Many hands make less work.  Leave a comment and share what you would make at your canning party.   When…
Zucchini Bread Recipe
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Nana's Zucchini Bread

When I think of my Nana, I usually think of her in the kitchen.  Amazing things came out of that kitchen, including a fair share of baked goods.  I recently found her Zucchini Bread recipe and gave it a try.  Zucchini is in abundance…
Homemade Basil Pesto Recipe
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Homemade Basil Pesto

The basil in the garden is growing like crazy.  Combined with the rain and the heat everything exploded over the past week.  Finally I could make some pesto. I generally don't measure anything when I am making it but I'll assign some…
strawberry rhubarb galette spring dessert
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Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

Did you know today is pie day?  I thought I would share my Strawberry Rhubarb galette, which is essentially a pie but sounds so much fancier.  Shhh, don't tell anyone it's even easier to make than a pie. I have made the Martha Stewart…
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Sea Salt Cookies. Sweet and salty cookies, the perfect combo!
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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Sea Salt Cookies

All parties are better with cookies.  Even better are cookies that are both salty and sweet like Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt.  This week I hosted a group of bloggers and blog contributors from the Parent Talk Matters blog.…
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Spiked Banana Bread from Joy the Baker

Do you ever flip through cookbooks for relaxation?  If yes, have I got one for you.  The new Joy the Baker Cookbookis a delightful mix of comforting recipes focusing on good old fashioned sweet stuff. I got Madison to snuggle…
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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookies

What's not to love about Chocolate and Cheesecake and Cookies?  Put it all together and you get one rocking cookie.  We had these over Easter weekend and they did not disappoint.  I also used white whole wheat flour to up the healthy quotient.…
Strawberry Fruit Leather
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Strawberry Fruit Roll-ups

Strawberry Fruit roll-ups, or fruit leather, are probably the kids' favorite snack right now.  Both get excited when they see the blender come out.  The tricky part is the one year old is so slow eating his, big sister tries to take what…
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Dehydrating and Cinnamon Apple Rings

Ever hear about using a dehydrator?  I hadn't until about a year ago when I started reading blogs that talked about making dried apple slices in the fall and homemade fruit roll-ups.  Before then, it never was on my kitchen wish list. Luckily,…
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Crock Pot Tomato Soup

Ever try to make your own Tomato Soup?  After reading the label on my favorite tomato soup, I decided to test out other organic options.  Nothing ever hit the mark.  I've cooked it before on the stove and never really been happy with…
Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets
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Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Skip the drive thru and the frozen food aisle.  Here is an easy chicken nugget recipe that is both kid, and husband, friendly.  I grew up eating these and I have hardly tweaked the original recipe from the Eater's Choice cookbook.  Now…
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How to Make Your Own Yogurt

After a few rounds of making my own yogurt, I feel confident enough to share my steps for how to make yogurt in a slow cooker.  I've tried to make it in the past using a stove top method with thermometers involved, but never found it that…
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Homemade Applesauce

Throughout the fall, I took the kids to Belkin Lookout Farm for loads of apple picking and train rides.  Every week I made a big vat of homemade applesauce.  So many friends ask how I make it so here is my recipe.  It's super simple, healthy,…
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Emily's Homemade Granola

We have been making this nutty granola recipe every week for well over a year now. The kids love making it with me and it's fun to tweak it with different dried fruits and nuts throughout the year. Below is our standard recipe but feel feel…

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