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Fresh Strawberry Crispy Treats

These. Are. So. Delicious!

Fresh Strawberry Crispy Treats

I signed up to bring “treats” for my preschooler’s Valentine’s Day party. Then come to find out: there’s a nut allergy in the classroom!

What to do?!
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Seasonal Produce Chart (PDF)

Column Five Media is one of the leading design firms for infographics and visual content on the web. They have created this smashing-good chart of seasonal fruits & vegetables available in the U.S.*

The Bountiful Year: A Visual Guide to Seasonal Produce

'The Bountiful Year: A Visual Guide to Seasonal Produce' Infographic by Column Five Media (PDF preview)

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Green Onions + Meal Plan

First harvest from our tire garden is: Green Onions! They smell so good… of course, I have no idea what to do with them. Other than lots of salads. And giving some to family members (to… put on salads?)

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Bunny Poops & Bunny Tails!

Do-it-yourself snacks for those Easter baskets! Fill snack-sized plastic zipper bags with 1/2 cup cocoa puffs for “Bunny Poops”, or 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows for “Bunny Tails”. If you’re buying a fresh bag of marshmallows, you may want to spread them out on a paper plate and let them air-dry for about 30 minutes; they tend to clump together in sticky lumps if you put them in the zipper bag too fresh (learned the hard way).

Bunny Poops & Bunny Tails

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Goodies

It could not have been a more gorgeous day for the downtown farmer’s market! I came home with quite the haul of goodies…

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Tutorial: Basic LEGO Bricks Cake

For my son’s sixth birthday, I threw caution to the wind an attempted a LEGO bricks cake. Up to this point, my only experiences with cake-making have been: Prepare boxed cake, frost and “decorate”. So I searched for some instructions and found two articles in particular that seemed the most simple and accessible. The first one has a photo of a professional cake posted along with the recipe, complete with crisp fondant seams and “unrealistic” stacking. The second has the same instructions but with a photo that more accurately matches the methods so I could get a better idea of what to expect.

Here is my end result:

LEGO Bricks Cake!

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Microwave Brown Rice

I need to post this “recipe” for making brown rice in the microwave, in case I forget and can’t find it again. It comes out perfectly! I’ve tried making rice on the stove-top, in the crockpot, and one different microwave preparation, and they’ve all sucked! The stove-top method burns the rice and it all sticks to the pot, even with cooking spray! The crockpot method takes 4-6 hours and it also scorches the rice. The previous microwave method I used included too much water and the rice came out soggy and mushy. This microwave version is by far the best I’ve found and has made consistently great rice every time!

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Combine ingredients in 2-quart glass bowl (preferably with handle). Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes or until boiling. Stir. Continue microwaving on 50% power for 30 minutes. Fluff with fork.

Enjoy! Microwave Brown Rice

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Recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My mother got this recipe many years ago from a childhood family friend of my father’s named Mina Newton (one of those “like an Aunt, but not really” situations). I’ve never been a big fan of oatmeal raisin cookies, but these are so soft and chewy and tasty that I can’t resist! These are my husband’s favorite, so I usually double the recipe to make enough to last a while.

Mina Newton Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

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Recipe: Pickle Wrap Dip

My most favorite contribution to parties and get-togethers! My mom used to make pickle wraps for when her-side-of-the-family would come over to our house at Christmas. If you’ve never had a pickle wrap, I feel very sorry for you. This dip is basically chopped up pickle wraps, and although it’s not quite as good as real pickle wraps, it is a great and tasty time-saving substitute that everyone seems to enjoy.

Pickle Wrap Dip

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Recipe: Horsey Ham Casserole

It’s not what you think! The “horsey” in this recipe is horseradish. (mmm) My mom would make this maybe twice a year, mostly for potlucks, and it was always one of my favorite foods. I had all but forgotten about it until about 5 years ago, when it struck me one day while I was making a different casserole. I called my mother, and she said, “You know, I have a recipe. You could make this yourself.” (slap) So, I dug out one of her company cookbooks and found the recipe! It’s… so… good!

I recommend cutting this recipe in half! As it is written here, it makes about 20 servings, but it can be frozen. So, if you don’t halve it, you can at least freeze half of the finished product and have it a couple weeks later. :)

Horsey Ham Casserole

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