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Old favorites, new favorites

Published on January 26, 2016, by in Update.

I have really enjoyed being back in the kitchen more since the start of the new year. When we travel a lot, we do as I think most people do, shop for convenience and speed. I hadn’t been making nearly as many things from scratch. I’ve really enjoyed having homemade nut milks among other things on hand. One of my favorite things to make with homemade milk is chia pudding. It makes a delicious and filling breakfast. Another thing I’ve done to help myself have more time in the kitchen is on occasion I get some of my groceries delivered. I still buy almost all of my staples at Aldi, but this really helps me to cut down on running to 3 different grocery stores, which can take up most of 1 weekend day, when you don’t have a car. What grocery delivery service do I use? Artizone! I love them. They are

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DIY cashew milk update

Published on February 6, 2015, by in Recipes.

Since the first batch of coconut milk was so thick, creamy and delicious, I wanted to recreate it as a thinner version. While the thick and creamy version is more like a whole milk or half and half, perfect for drizzling and coffee creamer, it would be very heavy for cereal. This time, I soaked 1/2 cup cashews over night, rinsed and blended with 3 cups cold water. This came out more like a 1% milk. Perfect for daily use. I may still make another smaller batch of the thicker consistency for my coffee. Has anyone else made cashew milk? What is your favorite ratio?

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Faux KIND bars

Published on August 6, 2013, by in Recipes.

I have a love/hate relationship with granola bars. They are delicious and easy to eat on the go, but they are loaded with calories, sugar and usually have little protein. I just don’t feel like they have a lot of bang for my buck, calorie wise. But they are sooo tasty. And a lot of them are loaded with crap and additives, that is why I really like KIND brand granola bars. Unfortunately, they are a little pricey. So, I was ecstatic when I saw Minimalist Baker posted a recipe that looked like a KIND bar. MB kept it simple, using only five ingredients. I added a few more ingredients for fun. Ingredients: 1 cup packed dates, pitted( I used medjool) 1/4 cup honey( or maple syrup) 1/4 cup natural nut butter of choice(I used almond) 1 1/4 cup rolled oats(not instant or quick oats) 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds,

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DIY Greek yogurt

Published on August 2, 2013, by in Recipes.

If you like Greek yogurt, read this post. If you don’t want to be ruined on store-bought Greek yogurt, don’t read this post. Warning: Once you realize how easy, inexpensive and way more delicious this yogurt is, you will be ruined on store-bought yogurt. I had been wanting to make my own yogurt for quite some time and had researched a lot of recipes on different techniques. I think I settled on the most simple one. And no, you don’t need one of those fancy yogurt making machines that they sell for hundreds of dollars at the store. I simply used a pot, an inexpensive candy thermometer, my crock pot, cheesecloth, a strainer and a bowl. Most people probably own all of those things. I’ve already made it twice with great results and plan on making another batch this weekend. Add 2 quarts(or however much you want) of milk to

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Two weeks, one post

Published on July 28, 2013, by in Update.

This summer is going way too fast, but it sure has been a lot of fun! Last weekend, I had a girls weekend at a friend’s lake house and they surprised me with a mini bachelorette party. We had a lot of fun, took in a lot if good food, drink and time in the water. I love to build a nice fire. While having our coffee out on the dock Sunday morning, two trumpeter swans swam right past us. This week I made my second batch of homemade Greek yogurt. This batch turned out even better than my first batch. I really need to blog that recipe. While I was making the yogurt, I also started the base for some homemade ice cream. I took a night off from the kitchen to celebrate National margarita day with my friend Katie. Thursday night I spent making really good banana bread

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Honey roasted peanut butter

Published on June 5, 2013, by in Recipes.

Ohhh my goodness. Pure goodness. It’s no secret that Brian loves sweet. We had been buying jars of natural peanut butter for him to keep at work, so I wouldn’t have to pack a little bit for him with an apple. Well, some of the “natural” versions aren’t so natural and having to stir your own pb at work can be a little obnoxious. So, I decided that I was going to make a batch to send with him. When I got to the nut aisle, the honey roasted peanuts caught my eye. A sweeter version of peanut butter for Brian? My head started spinning with thoughts like: Blending those up would be too intense. Too sweet. Or would it? Could I do part roasted peanuts and part honey roasted? Yes! Yes, that would work. So I bought jars of roasted peanuts and honey roasted peanuts, excited to experiment. I

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Fests, food, fun and crafts

Published on June 3, 2013, by in Recipes, Update.

This was one jam-packed weekend full of pure goodness. After work on Friday, I headed straight to Maifest(my favorite summer fest) where Brian and I were able to meet up with several friends from different circles. It was one big fun time filled with German food and beer. I spent some time at the garden on Saturday. We are continuing to get strawberries and kale. Everything else is growing nicely with all the recent rain. This picture makes it look like my garden is full of weeds, but those are just onions growing in the spaces between the other plants. I really tried to maximize my space this year. I made a big pitcher of iced tea to sip on all of Saturday afternoon and evening. Brian and worked hard on finishing up some details for the wedding and getting the Save the Dates ready to send out. Our hard

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