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August 18th, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Online Recipe Storage & Organization

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I am a recipe hoarder. I have cookbooks, printed recipes, written recipes, and tons of bookmarked recipes stored in so many places on the Internet and on my computer.  I am in the process of trying to consolidate all these recipes in two places…on paper and online. My tried and true recipes that I make regularly are stored in a binder. These are printed and slipped in plastic sheet covers so they are easy to refer to and don’t get messy while i’m cooking.

Everything else is stored online. I also store my tried and true online so I can refer to them when out and about. Sometimes when you are grocery shopping you decide you really need to make that one favorite recipe for dinner. Here are a couple of ways you can organize your recipes online for safekeeping.

Evernote

I am currently making my household as paperless as I can with Evernote, and a desktop scanner. I bookmark my online recipes to Evernote, and scan my paper recipes and save them to the app as well. I love that i’m able to add tags so the recipes are easily searchable, and if I save my scanned documents right, the handwriting or typing becomes searchable too. I use the app Evernote Food on my phone and iPad to help search for the perfect recipes and view them when i’m on-the-go.

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This app can be used on mobile or desktop and is strictly for recipes. There is a nice built-in browser which helps you import recipes easily. One of the best parts is the grocery list, which adds up all your recipes and make a list from all the ingredients you need.

Pinterest

This is a great way to access recipes through imagery. Make different boards for food categories and save each recipe link cataloged there by picture and description. You can even add your own descriptions.

Online Storage Service (Dropbox, iCloud, or Google Drive)

Save each recipe as a file and organize by folders. This is a great way to access recipes from many different locations.

How do you organize your recipes?

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August 13th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

First Day of School Treats

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The first day of school is a day filled with excitement and nervousness. It also is the perfect day to come together with your child after school to talk. Celebrate with some special treats! Your child will most likely be hot, tired, excited and most of all starving!!

Peanut Butter Sushi

Frozen Grapes – String some grapes on a stick and freeze. This is great for the child that is overheated!

S’mores Brownies

Crudite Platter – If your child loves veggies, cut some up and serve with their favorite dip!

Waffle and Peanut Butter – heat up a waffle in the toaster and cover with peanut butter.

Muffins

Smoothie

Peanut Butter Popcorn

Cookies

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August 11th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Corn On The Cob Made Easy

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Our family LOVES to buy corn on the cob from the local farm stand. It is just starting to hit its peak here in Wisconsin, but in the meantime we have enjoyed summer corn from the grocery store. One of my favorite ways to make it is in the oven. You don’t have to shuck it, remove the stringy things or boil water, all you have to do is cook and enjoy!

Preheat oven to 350˚ F.

Place corn husks directly on the oven rack and roast for 30 minutes.

Peel down the husks.

The corn will be steamy hot when you peel it, so be careful! The strings and husks peel away from the corn easily.

Enjoy with salt and butter, or however you like!

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This same method can be done on the grill, but I like to soak my husk-covered corn in water for an hour or so. This helps prevent it from burning on the grill.

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July 28th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Recipe: PB&J Sushi

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Sometimes we go weeks of just eating peanut butter and jelly every day. I try to mix it up by cutting it into squares, rectangles or even triangles. My kids love it that much! I started using this fun recipe to make it even more exciting. You don’t have to limit yourself to just PB&J though, it works with meats and cheeses. Tip: use a condiment to keep it rolled up and together.

PB&J Sushi

Ingredients : Bread, Peanut Butter, Jelly

Preparation:

First, take a slice of bread and cut off the crust.

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Use a glass or rolling pin to flatten bread.

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Spread on as much peanut butter and jelly as you like! You can also use chocolate or marshmallow spread or add items like bananas.

PB&J Jelly

Roll up the bread.

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They can eat it as a big roll, or you cut it into smaller pieces. The kids LOVE these, so be prepared to make a bunch!

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What are some ways YOU make food different and special for your kids?

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July 10th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

5-Ingredient Recipes

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I’ve been trying some new recipes, and it seems like they involve so much time and so many ingredients. I try to plan my meals and visit the food store once a week, but that one visit to the food store always takes forever because there are so many things to buy! After a particularly long night of cooking, I decided to check out some simple 5-ingredient meals and was pleasantly surprised at how much less time they took to prep and cook, and how much less cleaning I had to do after! Simple recipes often end up saving you money because there’s less to buy and the ingredients are usually common.

Sloppy Joes in Corn Tortillas

Jalapeño Basil Pork Chops

Flank Steak Pinwheels

Chicken Parmesan

Express Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

Sundried Tomato Chicken

Black Bean Quesadillas (or any quesadilla, in fact!)

“Last-Minute” Lasagna

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June 26th, 2014 at 7:47 pm

4th of July Desserts

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Fourth of July fun is only a week away and chances are you’re thinking about what goodies to make for the occasion. Keep a BBQ simple with the standard staples like burgers, hot dogs and side salads, but make sure you WOW with the desserts! Red, white and blue, stars, sprinkles and more, there are tons of festive dessert recipes that are as lovely to look at as they are to eat. Check out these great 4th of July desserts…which one will you make this year?

Sparkler Cupcakes 

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American Flag Strawberry Shortcake

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Jell-O Firecrackers

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Spangled Ice Cream Sandwich Pops

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Stars and Fruit Bowl

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Inside American Flag Cake

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4th of July Trifle

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Strawberry Firecracker Cake Balls 

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Star Spangled Ice Cream Pie

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Red, White and Blue Tie Dye Cake

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June 12th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Homemade Snack Alternatives

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As a child, I went food shopping with my mom every Sunday. She always had a list of meal ingredients and such, and as we walked down each aisle there was always something I wanted that wasn’t good for me. Fruit rollups, cookies, potato chips, sugary cereals etc. filled with tons of high fructose corn syrup, sodium, and additives. You can give your kids what they want with these healthier alternatives, and save money at the same time!

Cheesy Goldfish Crackers

Apple Chips

Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Homemade Fruit Rollups

Homemade Fruit Snacks

Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Hummus

Healthy Oreos

Peanut Butter Cookies

 

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May 15th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

National Hamburger Month

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Did you know that May is National Hamburger Month? There’s just something about a juicy burger with all your favorite trimmings. They’re so versatile because they can be whatever you want them to be, and even vegetarians and vegans can enjoy meatless burgers made from veggies, tofu, beans, etc. We searched the web for the best burgers and found some really unique recipes! Which one will you try first?

What’s YOUR favorite burger?

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May 12th, 2014 at 9:32 am

Easy Freezer Meals

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With a busy schedule it’s always nice to have prepared meals in your freezer that are ready to go! The best kinds are ones you’ve made yourself using ingredients of your choosing and according to your families likes and needs.

I like to freeze everything, from fruits and vegetables, to meat, to full meals. One of my favorite things to freeze are waffles with strawberries in whole and sauce form that I use to top them. I pick the strawberries fresh and they keep the whole year until it is strawberry picking season again.

Leftovers are also a great thing to freeze. I make extra when I first cook the meal, and then freeze the leftovers in individual portions so I have lunches available. I also love to freeze things to prevent them from going bad. Is there a good sale on veggies at the supermarket? Buy more than you need and freeze the rest. I freeze summer corn or rhubarb from the garden as well. Freezing is as good as you get to fresh in the middle of winter!

One great money saving idea is to have a freezer party! Gather some friends and make meals together to freeze. This way you can buy ingredients in bulk. Another idea is to prepare enough meals for the whole group, and each bring a different recipe. Swap around so everyone gets a freezer meal from each person. If there are 8 people, you would go in with 8 meals (same recipe) and come home with 8 different meals!

Here are some of my favorite freezer meal websites:

Freezer Friendz

50 Easy Freezer Meals

Freezer Cooking 101 & planners

Pioneer Woman Freezer Cooking

Freezing Guidelines 

How to Freeze Fruits and Vegetables

 

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May 1st, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and the United States, in remembrance of Mexico’s victory over the French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862. The holiday is rich in Mexican heritage that everyone can appreciate, including delicious traditional dishes! Whether you’re looking for something authentic and true to the culture, or you want something more Americanized, check out these great dishes to try for Cinco de Mayo!

Pork or Beef Tamales

Chalupas Poblanas

Chicken in Mole – Puebla Style

Chiles en Nogada

Enchiladas Verdes

Enchiladas Suizas

Spicy Chicken Empanadas

Carne Asada Tacos

Churros

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