It’s a World Gone Mad When Your Freezer Breaks Down

It’s a World Gone Mad When Your Freezer Breaks Down

It’s something I never thought about when I bought my freezer less than 12 months ago.  I didn’t think about it when I bought that huge ham on sale either.  I mean, the price was right, and there I was, pondering my quest of saving money. The freezer came about right before my surgery.  I knew it would be awhile before I could make a good meal again. I figured I could put some meals together and freeze them so everyone would be fed.  I made it easy with instructions…

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Chocolate Addiction – Chocolate Bread with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

Chocolate Addiction – Chocolate Bread with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

Prior to Peggy Calhoun’s article, Peggy had told me that she made a chocolate bread.  As a confessed chocolate addict, I just knew I had to do something with chocolate bread.  My first attempt at creating a recipe was a success, and I just knew I had to share my recipe with all of my closeted chocolate addict friends.  My oldest daughter, Katie, told me it was good, but asked, “What can you do with it?” Of course, I answered, “You EAT it, Silly.” Then, I suggested that it must…

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Giving Away Her Bread (Secrets) – Peggy Calhoun!

Giving Away Her Bread (Secrets) – Peggy Calhoun!

Donna- “I’d like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Peggy Calhoun for her article on bread baking.  She presented this in such a way that even a true beginner could bake a loaf of bread.  Her pictures will make your mouth water.” Author – Peggy Calhoun I was inspired to make bread when my favorite little bakery went out of business.  They made the most wonderful tomato basil baguettes and asiago cheese bread. I was bound and determined to make my own bread for over a five year…

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How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing – Whole Wheat Bread

How to Bake Bread Like You Know What You’re Doing – Whole Wheat Bread

I created my own recipe for a whole wheat bread that I love.  Then, it disappeared.  I was trying to recreate it this morning, and I’m close to having it. For whole wheat bread, I like to use 100% whole wheat…not half of a recipe of whole wheat…100%.  My favorite brand to use is King Arthur Flour.  They have a lot of great recipes on their website too.  I’ve always had great success with that particular flour when I’ve made bread. This particular recipe I created this morning will have…

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Last minute gift idea – Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Last minute gift idea – Chocolate Covered Strawberries

You forgot an important date, and you believe you’ll be in the doghouse.  Never fear:  a solution is here! The Underdog theme song is playing in my head. You too can be a hero. It’s simple:  make gourmet style chocolate covered strawberries.  This will take you less than an hour to make, no baking required, and the fact that you made it with your own two hands will pull on heart strings. Here’s what you need to do: Make a trip to the local grocery store. Your shopping list consists…

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Valentine Sugar Cookies – A Labor of Love

Valentine Sugar Cookies – A Labor of Love

Yes, you read the title correctly.  I said, “LABOR of love.” Anyone and everyone who has made sugar cookies knows that it is a time consuming process.  Not only that, but they don’t always taste that great, sometimes are so hard that you feel you could break your teeth biting into them, and they don’t always seem to look professional unless you BUY them from a bakery. There’s a little secret that some don’t know:  a lot of cookies from the bakery taste the same due to it all coming…

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Valentine’s Day Marathon – Last Minute Goodies

Valentine’s Day Marathon – Last Minute Goodies

When I first came to New York, I used the term “goody” frequently…maybe a little TOO frequently.  A guy from New York (I’ll refer to him as my husband) said to me, “I think you mean TREATS instead of goodies.” I like the word GOODIES. It kind of gives the illusion that the treats might actually be good for you. Speaking of treats being good for you….I recently made some Fiber One Chocolate Peanut Butter Haystacks.  They are super simple to whip up and only take a few minutes.  If…

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Valentine Marathon – Last Minute Gifts from the Heart

Valentine Marathon – Last Minute Gifts from the Heart

So, your schedule was busy and you were caught off guard.  It could happen to ANYONE.  You knew a special date was arriving and, yet, you did nothing. Valentine’s Day should be about simple things.  Materialism isn’t something that should play a part in a day about love and romance. Yet, here I was… the one who wanted to do something special with my youngest daughter for her classmates…aimlessly searching at the arts and crafts stores.  I thought, “We could make heart lollipops!” Alas, two days before Valentine’s Day doesn’t…

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