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Thirty Days Without Walmart

Jan. 21, 2012 5:14 am 
Updated: Jan. 21, 2012 2:50 pm
I had every intention of making Miss Alix Cranberry Applesauce Muffins exactly as written.  But somehow, between than long journey from my laptop to the kitchen (like 3 steps), things began to change.  You all know EXACTLY what I mean ... the infamous changing of the recipe. So as I sit here… MORE
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Dec. 30, 2011 6:08 am 
Updated: Oct. 2, 2014 6:18 am
My family thinks I'm crazy for going out of my way to prepare homemade foods.  Take today as an example - this morning is Megan's Granola day (to be followed with homemade yogurt, pita bread, and engligh muffins).  My cousin shook her head and said "What a waste of time.  One trip to the… MORE
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Jun. 29, 2011 12:21 pm 
Updated: Jul. 1, 2011 5:53 pm
I just finished reading Candie's Blog, "Grocery shopping...the day before" where she humerously attempts to create a 2 week menu/shopping list knowing full well she only has $200.00 to spend on groceries.  I'm a bit luckier - not much, but a bit.  Which made me think of several recent news… MORE
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Mar. 8, 2011 10:02 am 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2011 1:48 pm
I've never really eaten what I would consider to be a large amount, but my body (argh) went haywire on me as I entered my forties - metabalism dropped to, like, ZERO, the belly pooch grew, hips spread, and - well, in short, I've been totally frustrated for the past few years.  After… MORE
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Jan. 3, 2011 3:18 am 
Updated: Jan. 4, 2011 6:58 pm
A new year - A new kitchen cleanup. I spent most of yesterday digging through drawers and cabinets - chunking this, moving that, and trying (vainly) to make room for a few new kitchen gadgets Santa oh so kindly brought for Christmas. The countertop convection oven (last years gift which… MORE
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Aug. 23, 2010 6:41 am 
Updated: Sep. 16, 2010 2:51 pm
After three straight weeks of 100+ degree temperatures, I was getting pretty fed up with my hens.  Face it, chickens are dirty, nasty, and fowl (ha ha - admit it - that was funny ) creatures.  And when you live in an area with 100% humidity, having to trek down the ole dirt road to… MORE
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Jul. 8, 2010 1:06 pm 
Updated: Aug. 2, 2010 12:21 am
Today was Clean The Bathrooms Day (shudder).  I loath (repeat ... L.O.A.T.H.) Clean The Bathrooms Day, so any excuse to delay said chore takes me to a happy giddy place.  Meatball Sandwiches were on tap for dinner tonight when (imagine my horror) I realized we were out of italian sausage… MORE
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Jul. 1, 2010 11:50 am 
Updated: Jul. 8, 2010 5:07 pm
I love cooking. I also love art, but let's face it - I'm no artist.  And while I've learned to accept the fact that no one in their right mind would even consider admiring my crayon drawings, I still hold out hope for my cooking skills.  So today was baking day - - - I found this… MORE
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Jun. 23, 2010 6:10 pm 
Updated: Jan. 16, 2014 1:11 pm
Living in Arkansas (home of the infamous Walmart for those of you who may not know) comes with it's own set of difficulties.  Foremost among those is the inability to escape Walmart stores.  They're literally everywhere and have pretty much driven most of the other grocery stores out of… MORE
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I'd rather make it than buy it. Natural, seasonal, and as organic as possible. Don't get me wrong - I'm only human (grin) - but I try.
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Copycat & cloned recipes, Mexican, Italian
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I'm trying to stop old post WWI & WWII traditions and go back to pre-letsjustbuyitofftheshelf cooking.
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Giving up overly processed and prepacked foods (without killing my family). Learning how to actually bake and make those things I used to just buy off a shelf.
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lol - too many to name. Beans and I still go 'round and 'round.
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