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Don't Throw Out That Hardend Brown Sugar!

When brown sugar hardens, don't trash it. Put a piece of bread in the bag and seal it up. In about a day your brown sugar will be ready to use.

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Farmers Market Shopping

When you buy food direct from your farmers, picked the day of or the day before sold to you, it tasted better than you can imagine. I sample farm fresh food with olive oil and salt and people are always so amazed. I tell em' its the veggies!

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Maybe a weird idea...

Yesterday I finished a jar of sugar free bread and butter pickles. I put some baby carrots into the leftover brine and refrigerated. They were a nice change as a side to my sandwich at lunch.

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Make ahead oats/barley cereal

To 4 cups boiling water, add 1/2 cup barley and 1/2 cup steel cut oats. Boil, stirring, for 5 minutes, then simmer for 30 minutes. When water is absorbed, add 1/2 cup nonfat milk, finely chopped apple, 1 Tbsp honey, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 cup raisins.

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Flavour

When using onions you get more flavour by browning them before adding the meat so that the're not touched by the juices too early.

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Dr. Seuss's Pink Yink Ink Drink

pint fresh or cup frozen blackberries
1 cup milk
6 fresh strawberries (green tops removed) or cup frozen strawberries, thawed
1 tsp honey




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For the kids Monkey Banana Jam Calories: 85

Ingredients
3 cups white sugar
1 cup water
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 1/2 cups mashed banana
1 tablespoon whole cloves
6 half pint canning jars with lids and rings

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Crispy Cucumbers and Tomatoes in Dill Dressing

Ingredients
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill weed
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cucumbers, sliced
1 cup sliced red onion
2 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges

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Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers Calories: 266 cook for 1 hour at 350

Ingredients
6 bell peppers, any color
1 pound ground beef
1 egg
4 slices whole wheat bread, cubed
1 small onion, chopped
1 small tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon ...

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Soy Milk & Soy Pancakes

Visual you want to look at food and go , yum!
It's after you eat it, you dont want to have regret. So here is my success secret, which is helping so far.

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