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Beef and Vegetable Soup
Hearty beef and vegetable stew

Coley and I ordered a mini side of beef this past fall from a local butcher and have really been enjoying having all of this fresh local beef on hand. We also canned a lot of things this past summer like tomato juice, and froze fresh vegetables like corn and green beans. We were looking […]



Spice Jars
Eight Healthier Grilling Spices

Eight Healthier Grilling Spices The air is warmer, evenings are staying lighter, and you’re dreaming of that smoky aroma of sizzled steaks on the grill. Enjoy mouth-watering BBQ chicken, grilled jumbo shrimp, and seasoned vegetables, while still reducing your fat and salt intake.  How? We’ve uncovered a line-up of amazing grilling seasonings and spices that […]



Greek Salad with Homemade Salad Dressing
Homemade Salad Dressing full of flavor

We try to make salads as much as possible to eat a healthier diet, so when we wanted a Greek dressing, we started researching online.  We ended up combining several that we found to make this perfect blend of herbs and spices for a homemade salad dressing. On our Greek salads, we use green leaf […]



8 Ways to Save Money on Organic Food
8 Ways to Save Money on Organic Food

Going organic doesn’t have to break the bank. A few tricks of the trade will help. Here are 8 ways for you to save money on organic food. Everyone would “Go organic!” if it was easy. Green is a pretty color, and no one wants to admit they are part of the problem. But cost, […]



Gourmet Rainbow Popcorn
Butter Free Popcorn Recipe

This is a butter free popcorn recipe, it’s much healthier and the flavor is unique, kind of like a mix of salt, vinegar and kettle corn. I usually just throw in the ingredients without measuring but this will give you an idea on proportions – adjust as you like!  Your can find more pictures at […]



Homemade Iced Tea
Making your own tea blends

After years of picking out different teas that I thought I would enjoy and reading the labels to see what types of ingredients were in each one, it dawned on me one day, that I have most of the ingredients with the exception of the tea leaves. So I bought some green and some black […]



Fun Facts on Popcorn
Fun Facts on Popcorn

  Each year Americans consume a whooping 16 billion quarts of popcorn Popcorn can be a healthy whole grain snack depending on how it is cooked Air popped popcorn has only 31Kcal per cup Most of America’s popcorn is grown in the Mid west The peak time to eat popcorn is in the fall maybe […]



Fun Facts on Lentils
Fun Facts on Lentils

  Lentils are legumes and originated in central Asia They were found in the tombs of the Ancient Egyptians in 2400BC lentils come in all shapes and colors – brown, yellow, red and black French lentils are known for a delicate taste and they hold their shape better after cooking The optical lens is named […]



Turmeric
Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is an ancient spice grown in Asian countries.  It has long been viewed to have medicinal properties as the native Indian people often apply it to their skin and it is a big part of religious ceremonies.  Recently, scientists have found a compound called curcumin in turmeric to possibly have cancer fighting properties.  Curcumin also appears to prevent the […]



Tips for Storing Herbs and Spices
Tips for Storing Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices can make an ordinary dish extraordinary and are a must in a well stocked kitchen, but how long can they be stored? Spices come from the roots, bark, and seeds while herbs come from the leaves and seeds of plants. The shelf life of herbs and spices is very long, however their flavor […]