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Canning and Preserving 101

Are you a canner? Someone who knows how to prepare and store the summer’s freshest produce, so that you can savor its flavor no matter how cold the weather, or deep the snow? Or are you more like me – a bit intimidated by the secret world of canning, pressure cookers and sterilization techniques, and extremely terrified of giving the homemade gift of botulism?

Call me crazy or just really boring, but learning how to can fresh produce is actually on my bucket list. I think there’s nothing better than a jar of homemade salsa, preserves, or pickled anything. Proper canning of fruits and vegetables prevents the growth of microbes, including botulism, and helps ensure freshness, but the secret is to follow the rules and directions, which have been tested to ensure that the end product is safe to eat. Luckily, for those of us not quite ready to jump in the water bath, there are a variety of methods for preserving summer’s bounty, and lots of helpful resources available. Continue Reading..

Healthier Ice Creams And Frozen Treats

So it’s official. I saw my first scorpion in the back yard, and I spent about an hour and a half at the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles to get my new plates and driver’s license, so I’m officially a resident! I’m also happy (not) to report that I got into my first argument with my local cable and internet company. I was so looking forward to a company that truly valued its customers, but I guess they’re all the same…

Despite the trials and tribulations of moving and setting up a whole new life, I’m really enjoying the hot, sunny weather and especially the breathtaking views around every corner in this part of the country. The people are so friendly, and get this… They all come to a complete stop at a 4-way stop sign.  You have lots to learn, Boston!  I think I’m gonna love it here! Continue Reading..

Summer Harvest Grilled Pizza

Hello dear reader!  It’s so good to be back among the living – or blogging – last week was moving week for us, and I’m just recovering.  We moved for the first time in 18 years from Boston to Phoenix, and it was quite a major production.  We wanted a change – of scenery, climate, and some new home and garden projects and I’m happy to say we got them all.  It’s hot, but we love it.  Instead of trees and gardens, we now have a pool and mountains, and there are more than enough new house and garden projects to keep us amused (or kill each other ) for a while.  Continue Reading..

Oat, Cheddar & Apple Breakfast Muffins with Bacon Streu...

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Here’s my definition of “breakfast muffin”~ noun A sweet, floury domed mini-cake often studded with a few small morsels of fruit or nuts in an effort to pass itself off as a quick and somewhat healthy option for breakfast. True breakfast muffins have a high glycemic index, which causes an instantaneous spike in glucose and insulin, thus causing the consumer to crash and burn within an hour. Continue Reading..

Morning Glory Overnight Oats

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by National Dairy Council and the Quaker Oats Center of Excellence and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

I am what you would call, a creature of habit. If you come to my house on any day of the week, you’ll find me eating pretty much the same breakfast, at pretty much the same time. I love my coffee with lots of milk first thing, then I work for a little bit until I get hungry, and then it’s always oats + dairy. I never get bored because I’m constantly trying new fruits and flavors to mix in. I make hot oatmeal in the winter, but whenever it’s warm – or if I just know I’m going to be too busy to make it in the morning, I love overnight oats. Continue Reading..

Diet Tips for a Healthy Thyroid

If I were to poll my readers to see how many of you have been diagnosed with hypothyroid or under active thyroid, I’d guess it would be more than just a few. I’ve been curious about this condition ever since I was diagnosed with it a few years back, and it turns out that I have quite a bit of company. An estimated 5% of the population, mostly women over 50, has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, and millions more have some form of thyroid disease, but are unaware of it. Continue Reading..

Beans, Greens and Grains With Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

Once upon a time, beans had kind of a bad reputation. They were considered bland, mushy, tasteless, and pardon my bluntness – gas producing, budget food. Not the semi-tasty Ramen noodle kind of budget food that most of us lived on in college, and actually loved when we came rolling home from the bars, but the kind of budget food that you know you should eat to be healthy, but you just can’t force yourself to eat it… Wow – times have changed, haven’t they? Continue Reading..

Kahlua Cocount Ice Cream with Mexican Hot Fudge Sauce {Recip...

Holy please stop the calendar from flipping so fast – it’s already the end of July! July 22 to be exact, which means that it’s time for a Recipe ReDux post, but I also just realized we’re heading into the last unofficial month of summer already! Yikes! To make myself feel just a little bit better about the fact that time really does fly when you get old, I have a decadent little treat to share today. The theme for this month’s ReDux is A Spirited ReDux, and we were challenged to share our healthy recipe with spirit- ie spirits, extracts, and other alcohols. Continue Reading..

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