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Jan. 24, 2012 1:11 pm 
Updated: Jan. 27, 2012 6:58 pm
Have you ever heard of the 40 bags in 40 days challenge?  It's popular during Lent.  The idea is very simple: over the course of 40 days, remove 40 bags of "stuff" from your house.  Sell it, donate it, toss it, recycle it... it doesn't matter, as long as you get rid of it.It's a fun… MORE
 
 
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Jan. 18, 2012 3:59 pm 
Updated: Mar. 5, 2013 10:50 am
Winter makes me gloomy, but it also makes me appreciate the things in life that make me happy. My family makes me happy and so does surrounding myself with beautiful things that I love. Here are a few of those things.My kitchen:It is not big or modern. It is small and bright and happy.This is… MORE
 
 
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Dec. 5, 2011 10:05 pm 
Updated: Dec. 16, 2011 9:39 am
One of my favorite things about this time of year is spending time in the kitchen with my boys. I'll admit I don't love to bake (bread excluded, of course) but I do love to try new recipes. This year I decided to eschew the dreaded cookies, save for a few favorites that would lead to mutiny… MORE
 
 
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Mar. 3, 2011 7:30 pm 
Updated: Mar. 8, 2011 5:22 pm
My family loves the show “Chopped” on the Food Network. Tonight, since we didn’t have any activities right after school, I thought it would be fun if we played Chopped at home. My two oldest sons (12 and 8) love to cook and my youngest (3) loves to help, so they were up for the… MORE
 
 
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Feb. 4, 2011 11:48 pm 
Updated: Mar. 3, 2011 5:46 am
The following is how I bake bread.  It works well for me- I hope it does for you as well. If you have any tips to add, feel free.  These instructions are to be used with a Kitchen Aid stand mixer.   Get out whatever bread recipe you are interested in making.  The instructions below… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 22, 2010 12:57 pm 
Updated: Jan. 2, 2011 9:18 am
I’ve noticed that many of my AR friends shop the sale ads and plan their menus accordingly. I’ve noticed that others use coupons and spend next to nothing on groceries. Others, like me, shop at the cheapest place in town (Aldi, in my case) and supplement their haul by trekking to another… MORE
 
 
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Aug. 2, 2010 11:07 am 
Updated: Aug. 10, 2010 1:32 pm
A question was asked on the recipe exchange this morning about freezing onions. That got me thinking about all of the things I freeze. I don’t like to waste. There are five mouths to feed in this house and food is expensive, so I freeze anything that won’t get used up in a timely… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 26, 2010 7:32 pm 
Updated: Mar. 7, 2011 7:16 pm
There’s an Amish community about 40 minutes from my home where I like to shop for dry goods such as spices, grains and any flour you can imagine. The prices can’t be beat. My mother-in-law knows how much I enjoy it, so last week, she recommended to me that I take a trip to southern Iowa to a… MORE
 
 
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Jul. 13, 2010 9:53 am 
Updated: Aug. 8, 2010 7:19 pm
My oldest son has ADD, for which he takes meds. Truth be told, I hate his ADD medicine. I also have ADD and don’t take medicine because of the way it makes me feel. My son prefers to take it though. He doesn’t like some side effects that he gets from the meds, but he does like his improved MORE
 
 
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Jul. 11, 2010 11:24 pm 
Updated: Jul. 13, 2010 10:03 am
Devon is just a street in Chicago, but it makes my heart swell every time my family visits. They say that the U.S. is a melting pot, and Devon is proof of that. It's an amalgamation of diasporas. It's culture and religion and race and a reminder of the humanity of us… MORE
 
 
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Citrus Punch

Home Town
Wilton, Iowa, USA

Member Since
Mar. 2009

Cooking Level
Not Rated

Cooking Interests
Baking, Slow Cooking, Indian, Italian, Southern, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

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Scrapbooking, Gardening, Camping, Biking, Reading Books

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About Me
I'm a stay at home mom with a terrific husband and three sweet sons. I come from a big, crazy, loving family and am very close to my five sisters. Family is the best.
My favorite things to cook
I like to make anything. I like to bake and cook and I especially love making new (to me) ethnic foods and baking bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom's chicken & rice soup with biscuits, Christmas baking, the "nothing but homemade" rule for family gatherings.
My cooking triumphs
I am a good baker. Not cakes and cookies type baking, but I do well with yeast breads and enjoy thinking up new bread recipes.
My cooking tragedies
We don't talk about those- it makes me cranky.
 
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