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7 Healthy Cooking Gifts | Give The Gift Of Health This Holiday Season

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I don't know about you all, but I definitely feel like I *may* have gained a pound or two over the last week with all of the wonderful holiday food we've been partaking in. 'Tis the season... right? I believe in everything in moderation, though, and as long as we balance the sweets and treats […]

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Stock Your Kitchen With These Budget-Friendly Holiday Baking Essentials

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I love the holiday season for so many reasons, not the least of which is that I have an excuse to bake cookies any day of the week... By the way, did you know that you can freeze cookie dough? Freezing individual portions means that you can easily bake a small batch any time, even […]

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How To Bake Big Beautiful Bakery-Style Muffins {With Your Fave Recipe}

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It's often said that the kitchen is the heart of a home, and I can attest to that. It's where we start our mornings over cold cereal and hot bagels, and where we finish out the day, packing school lunches after dinner before starting our bedtime routine... and many, many moments in between. Conversation flows […]

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Answers To Your Questions About Beef | Beef It’s What’s For Dinner

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When I sat in on a special presentation on beef presented by the Beef Checkoff and The Motherhood last week, I didn't really expect to learn anything new. After all, I've been cooking with beef since I was a preteen, so I assumed I knew it all. Well, you know what they say about people […]

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Coffee Ice Cubes | Keep Iced Coffee Cold Without Watering It Down!

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It's no secret that I love iced coffee, and judging by the popularity of my Homemade Iced Coffee tutorial, I'd venture to guess that you all might like it just a little bit, too. But you know what I really hate? Watered down iced coffee -- blah... Nothing spoils a tall refreshing glass of iced […]

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7 Simple Tasks to Get Kids Involved in Meal Preparation

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I still have my very first cookbook -- I Cooked It, copyright 1975 by the Newman Parents Association of New Orleans, LA... This snazzy little neon yellow and hot pink number was given to me by my Aunt Helen on September 2nd, 1983, which would have made me all of 7 years old. Looking at […]

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Simple and Healthy Snack Ideas for Active Kids

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May is by far our busiest month of the year -- the soccer/baseball overlap just doesn't get any easier, no matter how many times we struggle through it. I love that my family is active and involved in sports, but it's definitely challenging to manage! With a soccer tournament on the schedule every weekend this […]

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