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January 2012

Quick & Easy Salisbury Steak

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This quick & easy recipe for Salisbury Steak will make even finicky eaters happy. My family requests this for birthdays and other special days. I serve it with mashed potatoes & green beans.

Beginner’s Kitchen Favorites

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Much like a car without a steering wheel, a budding cook without the right kitchen tools has the potential to go nowhere.  I’m convinced many a carry-out-on-speed-dial fanatic could become culinary connoisseurs with a little help.
 
One of the greatest and most unique gifts I ever received was a Beginner’s Kitchen.  The gift came with love from two friends who stand squarely in opposite corners of the love-to-cook camp.  I received the box in celebration of my first college apartment.  Thirteen years, a marriage, two children, and a solid recipe repertoire under my belt later, I still use several of these quality pieces in my home today.

Kids and Camping v1.0

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So, when I was young, my father's idea of "vacation" meant loading up an Army surplus tent and a cooler of bacon and heading to the great white north which, in this case, was always the same place, Port Austin, Michigan. Not that Port Austin wasn't nice. It was. It had trails, and trees, and a Great Lake. Pretty much an idea spot. For CAR CAMPING. Not really my thing. I'm more of a "middle of nowhere, leave me alone" kind of person.

Fast forward 30 (or so) years in the future. I have my own kids and I want to introduce them to the wonders of the outdoors. Still, it would be nice if they actually enjoyed themselves. I want them to appreciate the wilderness that doesn't include pump stations, electrical outlets and owl shaped string lights. I want them to know the pride of carrying their gear, food and water in and leaving to traces while they are there.

Quick & Easy Tuna Casserole Recipe

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Need a quick and easy dinner recipe to feed those hungry kids? This tuna casserole contains ingredients that you can keep on hand in your cupboard and throw together at a moment's notice. This will easily feed a family of four to six people.

Keurig

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Hmmm…Coffee. Whoever said ‘Love makes the world go round’ obviously didn’t need black gold to get his day going. Nothing makes an early wake-up call more bearable than a steaming cup of caffeine. That being said, I’m kind of a coffee snob insomuch as I’m definitely not a bad-coffee-is-better-than-no-coffee drinker. No day old or instant granules for me, thank you. That’s why I am positively in love with Keurig. I’ll admit, I rolled my eyes when I first saw my mom’s deluxe edition. Really, such a contraption for a simple cup of java? Yes. The answer is yes.