Category Archives: Recipe


So it might seem like a person who would do a challenge like this would need to be a really amazing cook. I would like to clarify that though I can hold my own in a kitchen, I am actually not an amazing cook. I usually cook easy and forgiving meals that don’t stress me […]

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Betsy - September 5, 2014 - 11:38 pm

This post makes me oh so happy! Real (local) food is the best! Love this post and love you! And thanks for the shout out :)

Scottish Oats with Stewed Pears and Apples

I have cooked a lot of rolled oats and steel cuts oats, but I have to admit that this was my first time ever cooking Scottish Oats (Camas Country Mill). I am now in love with Scottish oats now. They are extremely hearty but have a bit of a fluffier consistency than steel cut oats. […]

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sharon - September 2, 2014 - 9:26 pm

I love this challenge and all the yummy recipe ideas. Looking forward to hearing more :)

Popcorn that will change your life

I am a homemaking nerd. When I discover something that is healthy and thrifty, it is sometimes almost more exciting than I can handle. So as my family has been trying harder to eat less processed foods, I have been getting more creative. It is amazingly cheap to buy organic popcorn kernels, and friends, the […]

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Angeli - February 19, 2013 - 8:29 am

Honey butter and Tropical Delight sound amazing. :-) Last night I actually tried a brown rice pudding based on your description of it – cardamom compliments the flavors wonderfully.

I haven’t experimented with popcorn too much, largely because we like it just fine plain. I’ll sprinkle on some nutritional yeast sometimes. We use a Whirly Pop, and sometimes I’ll add a bit of brown sugar to the coconut oil after it melts to create a very light caramel kettle corn, and that’s super yummy without being too intense. How do you make your popcorn?

kara - February 19, 2013 - 8:34 am

Angeli, ooh that rice pudding would be yummy. Plain is good too, but now that I am in experimenting mode, it is hard for me to leave it plain :). Nutritional yeast is good and simple. I just use an air popper.

adrienne w - February 19, 2013 - 10:10 am

Some of these sound so yummy… and so much healthier than the marshmallow popcorn I’ve been making (it is completely delicious and easy, but not healthy). I will have to try these!

Robyn - February 19, 2013 - 9:23 pm

Sounds fantastic!

Mochi and Salad

Have  all of you who live by TJ’s tried this Mango Mochi? Oh my gosh, it is so good. Actually, I am just now noticing that the brand isn’t TJ’s, so I am wondering if this brand is sold at other stores as well. Have you all tried the non refrigerated peanut sauce at TJ’s? […]

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Angie Miller - April 30, 2012 - 6:25 am

Ugh..the dreaded dinner. I really, really want to be a good cook but to be honest…I’m kinda terrible. I think I get frustrated with my lack of knowledge and resources (until now). So, this is one of my goals is to become better at making yummy dinners. We have bbq’d lately because the weather has been nice. Our go to, easy and quick, are the salmon burgers from Costco. I also just tried Costco’s black bean burgers and I thought it was great! I too like the idea of simple and light dinners. Stan and I both need to lose a few lbs. so I know this will help. Your salad sounds yummy…to bad no TJs around.

kara - May 4, 2012 - 8:58 am

I love hearing what other people get at Costco. The black bean burgers sound so good, and I want to see if I can make those from scratch. Do they fall apart on the grill? I have that problem with veggie burgers. Oh, and Chris and I could join your quest to lose a few pounds :)

Meal Plan Week 2

Sorry that I am just now getting this up (because I’m sure that you all will use my ideas :)). Monday-Tossed green salad with bacon and avacod in it and cheesy bread. Tuesday-Frozen tortelini w/pesto and cucumbers on the side. Wed-Homemade chicken noodle soup Thursday-Chicken Tetrazini/salad and peach/marionberry crisp Friday-Tofu/veggie stir fry Saturday-Broccoli/potato soup Sunday-Roast […]

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juliette - March 15, 2012 - 12:58 pm

I love all these ideas you’re posting. Now if you will just link all these items to recipes…
I admire that you have a plan. I have tried that and it didn’t last very long. I at least try to decide in the morning what’s for dinner that night but that’s as far as I can think ahead.

kara - March 15, 2012 - 7:21 pm

If I followed recipes more often, that would help. Juliette, YOU are the person who should be doing this. I would love love to see a week of meals for your family. I would probably coincidentally stop by your house at dinner time!