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Mosquito Repelling Plants – Keep Those Bugs Away!

With summer comes lots of outdoor living.  Sadly, that can mean lots of mosquitoes. I don’t like to use chemical products but, thankfully, Mother Nature has the perfect answer – Mosquito Repelling Plants! We can grow annuals, perennials and herbs that will keep the bugs away naturally. With all the hype about West Nile Virus, …

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Italian Sweet Potatoes – Easy One Pot Side Dish

These Italian sweet potatoes combine with fresh herbs and diced tomatoes for the most amazing full flavored side dish. They are wonderful served with any protein and even taste great as leftovers the next day as part of a cooked breakfast. Sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile in recipes.  You can substitute them in any recipe …

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Spinach Frittata with Mushrooms and Leeks

This Spinach Frittata with mushrooms and leeks is just bursting with flavor and comes together in about 20 minutes. The recipe is dairy free, low carb and Paleo and Whole30 compliant. Are you a breakfast person?  We love to really splurge on it in my house.  My whole family loves a cooked breakfast.  They really …

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11 Food and Drink Substitutes for Weight Loss and Health

Are you thinking more about your overall health and fitness? These 11 food and drink substitutes help me with my weight loss, and also have other beneficial effects for my general health. I had a scare late last year that had me in the hospital for a few weeks worrying about my heart and my …

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Tuna Lettuce Wraps – Healthy and Gluten Free

If you are looking for a healthy, gluten free alternative to high carb wraps, try these tuna lettuce wraps. They are very tasty, packed with nutritious ingredients and so easy to make. I love that I can have several of them without breaking my calorie bank. You can’t say that with a normal wrap, can …

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10 Breakfast Kitchen Gadgets to Make Mornings Fun and Easy.

Are you a breakfast fanatic?  These 10 breakfast kitchen gadgets may be just the thing to revolutionize the way that you manage your mornings. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  Even though this is a very busy time in most homes, it’s important to me to make sure that I start my day …

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Peanut Butter Banana Belgian Waffles with Dark Chocolate

My latest excursion into waffle kingdom are these wonderful peanut butter banana Belgian waffles with dark chocolate and whipped cream. HEAVEN for breakfast! I have discovered a love of all things waffles lately.  There is nothing quite like the taste of these delicious, toasty treats with wells that just scream out for something to fill …

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Paleo Hazelnut Butter – AKA Nutella – 12 Ways to Use it.

Following a paleo diet is easy if you have the right products on hand. I’ve found 12 delicious ways to use hazelnut butter. Did you know that February 5 is considered Nutella day?  If you love chocolate and hazelnuts, you have likely tried Nutella. But what happens in you wish to follow a Paleo diet? …

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Eggnog Muffins – A Holiday Favorite

These eggnog muffins will be sure to become one of our holiday favorite brunch additions in years to come. Christmas morning is always special at our house. We open our Christmas gifts throughout the day, not just in one mad rush. We also stop mid morning for a nice Christmas breakfast or brunch.  I LOVE …

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My Mum’s Butterscotch pie with a Torched Meringue Topping

One of my fondest holiday memories, for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, is my mum’s butterscotch pie.  The pie is rich and creamy, sweet and mum use to make batches of them every year. My mother  had to make extras, or there would be none left after my brother got started on them. Celebrate the Holidays …

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Apple Cake with Caramel Honey Glaze – Perfect for Fall

What do all these have in common:  falling leaves, hoodies, carving a pumpkin, corn stalks, decorating, apples?  Of course!  It’s fall.  My favorite time of the year. And what could make it more perfect than this honey apple cake with its delicious caramel honey glaze?  It’s a keeper! Make the most of fall by treating …

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Vanilla-Flavored Custard with Homemade Fruit Sauce

Yum….fresh fruit.  This time of the year, the choices are so wide and the flavor is sublime.  My friend Regina, who used to blog at Molly Mel, has shared with me her favorite way to dress up custard – with a seasonal homemade fruit sauce!  Sometimes, less is more. This recipe shows that to perfection.  …

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30 Tips for a Great Vegetable Garden Harvest Plus 6 Garden Recipes

Follow my 30 tips for a great vegetable garden harvest, and you will be bringing in baskets of fresh vegetables all summer long this year. Do you have a great vegetable harvest, or is yours just so so this year? Summer is that time of the year when vegetables are starting to really show up in …

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Gardening Hacks – 20 Clever Ideas to Make Light of Your Garden Chores

These clever gardening hacks will make light work of garden chores and many recycle common household items into useful garden products. A win-win any day! I love to write about clever ideas that gardeners can do to make their garden chores easy. Sure, it is easy to throw money at a project, but with a …

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