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Mar. 13, 2012 7:20 am 
Updated: Apr. 2, 2012 1:03 pm
No really! I kid you not, oatmeal really is a super food!  Almost like a super hero, almost I said, it can't fly but it does have super powers known to save mankind from heart attacks and strokes and lower blood sugars and decreases adult obesity.  So why isn't everyone stampeding to the… MORE
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Mar. 9, 2012 5:49 am 
Updated: Mar. 12, 2012 9:16 am
I could just imagine this coming from an inquisitive 6 year old (if I had one around, I don't though thankfully) pointing a menacing, chubby little finger at the delicate stems of my peppers and tomatoes.... Heck no! I would reply, these sprouts are not for turning into a stir fry for dinner!… MORE
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Feb. 6, 2012 11:15 am 
Updated: Feb. 18, 2012 11:30 am
Who doesn't love to garden?! Oh I know there are probably plenty out there that would prefer a concrete jungle.... but not me, I love to get my hands dirty in the warm soil as soon as Mother Nature's icy grip has left my yard...which incidentally, the way it's going around these parts, could… MORE
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Jan. 5, 2012 6:48 am 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2012 3:01 am
Welcome to 2012! Is organizing your home office space high on your Resolutions List for this year? I bet it ranks right up there with the "vowing not to look like a stuffed sausage in your beach wear this year" resolution...But never fear, organizing a home office isn't as daunting (as… MORE
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Dec. 29, 2011 5:50 am 
Updated: Jan. 5, 2012 7:54 am
Eat less! No more carbs! No more alcohol! Never eat chocolate again! Lose xx pounds by Valentine's Day! Fit into that dress I wore in 2002... by March! Work out every day for 14 zillion hours! Not 2 minutes before I started reading a blog column this morning from… MORE
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Nov. 16, 2011 6:40 am 
Updated: Dec. 20, 2011 9:52 am
Last night I had set out a bowl of dried garbanzo beans (aka Chickpeas) in water to re-hydrate overnight....this morning I was putting away my rice cooker/veggie steamer (I like to let it air-dry overnight after washing it) and getting ready to do the usual 'boil-on-the-stove' method of… MORE
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Nov. 1, 2011 5:12 am 
Updated: Nov. 8, 2011 4:22 am
November 1st....already??!! Where has the time gone??!! As I look at the calendar in disbelief, I figure I better get started on this blog before December 24th smacks me between the eyeballs! Here we are with another edition of the GangUp Challenge behind us, and may I say, I am so very… MORE
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Oct. 21, 2011 6:09 pm 
Updated: Oct. 29, 2011 11:02 pm
Here we go folks!  Our theme for this edition of the GangUp is... "Breakfast for Dinner"! and the ingredients chosen are: Fresh Ginger, Apples, Onions, Eggs, Flour, Mushrooms, Sage, Garlic, Bacon, Cheese  So let's review the rules....  Out of the 10 ingredients settled on, you MUST use at… MORE
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Oct. 20, 2011 12:12 pm 
Updated: Aug. 4, 2013 5:45 pm
I know, I bet you are saying..."What?? Who ever thought of making jam out of tomatoes??!!"  ~ well, I would love to take credit for the idea, but someone else beat me to it.  So instead, I will share the recipe with all of you and deliver a short tutorial on how to make the luscious stuff...… MORE
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Oct. 19, 2011 12:28 pm 
Updated: Oct. 22, 2011 4:22 am
Is almost here! Please join me FRIDAY, October 21, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. ET for Happy Hour & the Ingredient's Selection. See the Rules HERE  to refresh your memories of how the GangUp Challenge works! It will be another STELLAR Challenge...are you UP for it?! **EDIT** Please see the following new… MORE
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I am a Real Estate Agent (visit, A Mom to two grown kids, A Wife and I love to collect recipes! I have so many creative outlets at the is a wonder I have time to work :) I knit all kinds of things, I design, create and sew custom-made Aprons, Totes & Vacation Handbags ~ for further info, please visit, I also JUST (Oct/13) purchased a loom and am learning how to weave AND I blog my heart out at I used to blog here on AR but felt the need to compile everything into one site, cooking, sewing, crafts, DIY, and funny cr@p that happens to me at our cottage and life in general. So pop on by and say hello!
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BBQ Chicken Penne Pasta - my husband ADORES it! Anything with rice or pasta, along with a killer bbq chicken pizza!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Easter Paska bread - my kids pester me every year to make it! It takes all day but well worth it.
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Anything that turns out well! ;)
My cooking tragedies
When I first got married many years ago, we got our first microwave and I attempted to cook carrots in a corningware dish with a glass lid...anyway, I inadertantly set the timer for 25 minutes and went out in the backyard, next thing I knew the glass lid of the corningware was a molten mass and the carrots had turned into little charcoal briquettes! My husband has never let me hear the end of that one! :)
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