Are you overdue for new appliances?

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I am notoriously frugal. I pinch pennies so hard, Lincoln screams like a 13 year old girl at a One Direction concert (translation for non-Americans: I really don’t like to spend money). And here I am about to tell you to spend thousands of dollars replacing perfectly good kitchen appliances. Sort of.

The worst thing that can happen with major appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher and range) is not that they break down at an inconvenient time and you have to do without while you go shopping for a new one. It isn’t even that you might have to over pay because you need to buy when they are not on sale.

No, the worst thing is they cause fire or flood damage. Trust me. Learn from my painful experience. Continue reading

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Tomato Preserves

tomato preservesDo you have too many tomatoes and are running out of things to make? Salsa, Caprese Salad, spaghetti sauce, Pasta alla Vodka with Fresh Tomatoes are all great, but …

Or has the weather started to turn cold where you are and you are worried you will have unripened tomatoes? Fried Green Tomatoes, Green Tomato Chow Chow or even Green Tomato Bread are all possibilities.

But, I just made a recipe that you probably never thought of trying before: Tomato Preserves.

That’s right, a sweet jam made with tomato instead of berries, stone fruit or just about any other fruit you would normally associate with jam.

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Berry Hibiscus Cooler

Berry Hibiscus CoolerTechnically this is not a copycat recipe from a certain chain of coffee houses that shall remain nameless, you know, the omnipresent one that is on almost every street corner, mall and grocery store these days. Their Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher is made with fresh blackberries and “a boost of natural energy from Green Coffee Extract”.

Mine is a tisane, a fancy word for an herbal tea without caffeine. And it has a deep rich beautiful color and you can use any berry, fresh or frozen, that you desire. And you can make it sugar free if you desire.

And it is considerably cheaper than the coffee house version. Even if you add in some green coffee extract.

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Perfect Cream Scones – Cookbook Club Reviewers

Have I got some awesome recipes for you this week! This month the Cookbook Club Reviewers decided to review The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations by Ree Drummond. Each of us were supposed to make two recipes from the cookbook and write about it. I know I wasn’t the only one that made more than two. Link ups to some of the other reviews are below as well as a chance to win your very own copy of the book, so be sure to check that out. First recipe up is Perfect Cream Scones. In the book she also offers variations for Lemon Rosemary Scones and Maple Bacon Scones. I ended up making all three! Pioneer Woman's Maple Bacon Scones Continue reading

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Scalloped Potatoes with Ham – Cookbook Club Reviewers

This month, my fellow bloggers in the Cookbook Club Reviewers are making recipes and  blogging about The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond. And we are giving away a copy of the book to one lucky winner! so be sure to scroll down for that as well as links to the other reviewers.

Around here, Ree Drummond is referred to as “Charlie’s Mama” since we have a few of her children’s books. Mom and son library books:

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Of course, J likes both her story books and her cook books. Luckily this Charlie book has a recipe at the end which we made and enjoyed immensely.

But the rest of this blog is about Scalloped Potatoes and Ham and The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays . Just look at the cheesy hammy goodness.

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Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Mole

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken MoleThis week got crazier than I thought it would with back to school and preparing for the big Cookbook Club Review post next week. I had no idea what I was going to post today. Luckily my mother came to my rescue with a recipe and photo of this Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Mole.

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10 Pizza Inspired Recipes

10 Pizza Inspired Recipes - thatrecipe.comDon’t get me wrong, I love pizza. You can mix it up in so many ways from varying the crust (thick, thin, gluten free, French bread, vegetables) to the sauce (tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, white sauce) and then there are the almost limitless toppings (only cheese, meat, vegetables, different cheeses, herbs, fruit, you name it!).

But one cannot live by pizza alone. Even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mixed it up with Gyoza once in awhile – Pizza Gyoza to be precise. Yeah, they went there in the new Nickelodeon series.

Which got me thinking about how many different ways there are to use pizza as an inspiration for other dishes from dips to casseroles to desserts.

So I took a quick browse through Pinterest and came up with 10 that I thought looked interesting.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Stained Glass Cookies- Fill the Cookie Jar

When the category “Back to School/Children’s favorite” was announced for the August edition of Fill the Cookie Jar, I asked my 6 year old what kind of cookie he wanted me to make. He responded “Ninja Turtle!”. Then he decided that sounded silly and changed to chocolate chip. I satisfied the chocolate chip request from him and his cousins with the TMNT M&M Cookies I posted on Monday.

I found a bag of Jolly Ranchers (not a sponsor of this post) in the cupboard when I was cleaning and a light bulb went off over my head: STAINED GLASS COOKIES!!!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stained Glass Cookies

 

Red, blue and purple, check. I just needed to find orange for Mikey. I dug deeper into the candy stash and found a roll of tropical Life Savers (not a sponsor of this post either), picked out all of the orange ones. I was all set.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle M&M Cookies

When the category “Back to School/Children’s favorite” was announced for the August edition of Fill the Cookie Jar, I asked my 6 year old what kind of cookie he wanted me to make. He immediately responded “Ninja Turtle!”. Then he decided that sounded silly and changed to chocolate chip.

Since his cousins are visiting this week, I asked them what they wanted.

  • what were you thinking of making?
  • anything but oatmeal raisin
  • no peanut butter
  • snickerdoodles
  • chocolate chip
  • yeah, chocolate chip
  • chocolate chip is good

Six “kids” ranging in age from 6 to 22 and I got somewhat of a consensus. Lucky me. Except plain old chocolate chip seemed a little boring to me. And several of my fellow bloggers talked about doing chocolate chip for the monthly Cookie Linky Party on Thursday.

What a minute? How about M&M Cookies. (M&M is not a sponsor of this post, but I wouldn’t object if they sent a few bags).

M&M Cookies

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No Knead Artisan Bread

Monday I posted a recipe for gluten fee Asian Chicken Wraps, today it is gluten and carbs galore because that’s how us omnivores roll. Okay, it could just be me.

I am warning you now, if the site of uncensored pictures of complex carbohydrates and globs of gluten offends you, you might want to look away now.

No Knead Caprese Artisan Bread

No Knead Artisan Bread: combine a few simple ingredients in a bowl, let it sit overnight then bake it in a preheated cast iron Dutch oven. Am I the last person in the blogosphere to find out about this method of bread making?  From the looks of my Pinterest boards and my fellow food bloggers posts, I might be. Continue reading

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