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Nov. 17, 2011 2:09 pm 
Updated: Nov. 20, 2011 2:26 am
The Holidays. An all encompassing phrase pretty much summing up November and December. I sometimes feel many think of November and Thanksgiving as the small town opening act for December with all its beautiful lights, frosty windows, secret letters to you know who, beautiful trees with lights… MORE
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Oct. 29, 2011 5:44 pm 
Updated: Nov. 1, 2011 3:30 pm
This month being an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador has been so much fun. The Ambassadors were asked to prepare and review some dishes from Barber Frozen Foods and some on-site Pillsbury recipes using Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.With company coming at the end of October I thought this would… MORE
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Sep. 24, 2011 6:48 pm 
Updated: Oct. 1, 2011 11:21 pm
CREAM OF _?????__ SOUPThis recipe is a recipe for any one of the cream soups. This would give you a soup equal to Campbell's condensed soups, with water or milk added. If you want the finished product thicker, thicken the soup with flour and milk roux or cornstarch and milk roux. Or you can… MORE
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Aug. 24, 2011 12:23 pm 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2011 7:46 pm
WASHINGTON (Associated Press)-- The East Coast doesn't get earthquakes often but when they do strike, there's a whole lot more shaking going on. The ground in the East is older, colder and more intact than the West Coast or the famous Pacific Rim's Ring of Fire. So East Coast quakes rattle an… MORE
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Aug. 21, 2011 9:34 pm 
Updated: Aug. 24, 2011 5:17 pm
Isn't it great having parents? For your entire life you get these adoring, devoted followers who exist purely to shower you with adoration, approve of everything you do, and ensure your time on this planet is a luxurious romp filled with roses and chocolate-covered puppies. HAHAHAHA. Yeah,… MORE
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Aug. 19, 2011 5:36 pm 
Updated: Aug. 25, 2011 12:38 pm
I found this article on News today. I thought it was so interesting and daily we have someone posting about their picky eaters and not just the children. I wanted to share the article becasue it has a lot of good information and ways to help your children make healthy choice for a… MORE
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Aug. 9, 2011 2:39 pm 
Updated: Aug. 11, 2011 12:59 pm
Soy Supplements Don't Ease Bone Loss, Menopausal SymptomsWomen taking high-dose soy isoflavone pills for 2 years even had more hot flashes.MONDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) — Soy supplements, sometimes promoted as a healthier alternative to estrogen for maintaining bone and relieving menopausal… MORE
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Jul. 4, 2011 2:07 pm 
Updated: Jul. 20, 2011 10:00 pm
There are so many wonderful Crock Pot/Slow Cooker Recipes out and about and such a shame so many great culinary masterpieces go untried because of the lack of a Slow Cooker/Crock Pot. Oh, Ye of little faith, you might just have a slow cooker/Crock Pot of which you aren't even aware. Our… MORE
Jul. 2, 2011 9:22 pm 
Updated: Jul. 4, 2011 2:58 pm
I came acrosss this article on the difficulties of changing life styles for the better and the never ending battle to get our bodies to a more healthy place. I hope you find it as interesting as I did Weight Loss Psychology: Why Your Brain Might be Holding You Back If you gave a test to a… MORE
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May 31, 2011 6:50 pm 
Updated: Jun. 9, 2011 7:15 am
I was searchig for the Carnation recipe for using powdered milk to make a whipped topping and stumbled upon this. I read through it and then discovered it is from "The Hillbilly Housewife" web site. It has a lot of great ideas for stretching the food budget. Enjoy. Products to Make with… MORE
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About Me
Well, I'm a Boise, Idaho transplanted native originally from California. I grew up in San Jose until the 4th grade then the folks mover to the Turlock/Delhi area; about 80 miles south os Sacramento. I definitely believe there is still a lot of Californai Girl in me, but I do love Idaho. I am the mother of 2 and grandmother of 3. I like to read, Oh, especially old English Poetry. Lordy, I just melt when I read one of Shakespeare's sonnets or John Donne's poetry and Lord Byron. I enjoy sewing, crocheting, and quilting. I think life is taken way too seriously; sure there are serious things in life, but you still need to laugh. I also wish the world could just be one big "Brady Bunch". I am a hopeless optimist and figure things could be worse. And, I think everyday has the ability to be a good day. If you woke up alive and everyone you care about woke up alive then, it's a good day. Geeze, even a broken clock is right twice.
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy cooking challenging things. Not the every day stuff that you can do blindfolded. And I love to make my dishes look good. I'm not sure I have favorites. During the winter I like to make what I call one pan dinners. Stews, soups and things in large bubbly pans.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family doesn't have any long standing traditions but my husbands family does and I have, with the help of my sainted mother-in-law and sweetheart husband, learned to cook some of them. When his family gets together for the holidays, I love to help my sisters-in-law make the dinner. They are all German Mennonite and I love their traditions. They make dished for the holidays that they made before they came to America. That's cool.
My cooking triumphs
Having my mother-in-law ask me to bring a family favorite to a large family Christmas gathering when everyone else was raised in a German Mennonite commuinty and grew up with the food and I didn't.
My cooking tragedies
Somehow, I always seem to set fire to something during the holidays. It's usually the sweet potatoes either before they go into the oven or the marshmellows when I am going to toast them.
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