Preserving Fresh Strawberries & Cherries

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This weekend we picked strawberries and cherries at  local orchards. I always pick enough fresh fruit to preserve some for the off season months. Some of the fruit will be frozen and some will be canned. Of course we eat a good amount of fresh fruit too! To make your fresh fruit last longer, do not wash it until you are ready to eat it. For cherries, pick them with the stem on to make them last longer. Always pick ripe yet firm berries and cherries. If you don't own a cherry pitter, try ...

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Ask a Wife of a Veteran

Why is this holiday important? What does it mean? I think we often take for granted the freedom we experience everyday. This site wouldn't exist in some parts of the world. I wouldn't have the opportunities I have if I didn't live in America. My family has benefited from the military and we are very grateful for what we have experienced and learned. My husband served in the Navy and it was during his service time that afforded him the opportunity to obtain a Bachelors degree and a Masters ...

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Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Well Rachael and I are on a trial separation. It is a fact that I do love her but my life is suddenly out of control. I just had a baby boy. He is wonderful but since he was premature he is still in the ...

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Ask a Lawyer: How do you address over eaters and under spenders?

I have a friend from high school who has a very funny blog- solving dilemmas with a legal edge. I thought I would share some of her sage advice. I would also encourage you to help her achieve her dream of winning a show on TV of her own via Oprah. Miranda is just like us! She is a working mom who is trying to get it all done while maintaining her sense of humor. Click Here to HELP Dining Disaster Dear Counselor, I have an issue with the dining etiquette with one of my friends. The last two ...

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Curried Pork in a Cream Sauce Slow Cooker Recipe

I love curry and I can't wait to try this easy recipe! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! I ruined a beautiful pork loin roast recently. I cooked it too long in not enough liquid and dried it out. Mistakes happen, I guess. But, I was not about to waste that roast, dry or not. So, I began looking for recipes that would tenderize the already-cooked meat and perk up the flavor. I found a curry cream sauce recipe that would do the trick, but ...

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Sizzling Sirloin Kabobs Recipe

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Last week I attended a webinar put together by Beef It's What's for Dinner and Chef Dave Zino. They have launched a new Interactive Meat Case on their website to help people choose the right cut of beef. Many of the same cuts of beef go by different names in different areas. If you are unfamiliar with a cut that a recipe calls for, check out the Interactive Meat Case to learn more! Plus there are some yummy recipes available. Chef Dave has shared a recipe with us that is perfect for summer ...

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Rachael Ray What's for Dinner Wednesday: Grilled Spanish Chicken and Tomato Bread

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachael Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! This sounds super. The reason why I picked this dinner is we have everything on hand. Yeah! I am so worried that my husband isn't eating right while I am not home. I looked for things he could cook quickly ...

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Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas As wedding season rolls around, you may find yourself scrambling for an affordable wedding gift. I have been to several weddings in my life, and I always make sure to bring some type of gift, no matter where I am money wise. There are plenty of thoughtful gifts that won't break the bank. We wanted to put a list together of some ideas for you to find the perfect gift for the new Mr. and Mrs. that you can afford, and they will love!  Below you will find some ...

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Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! As many of you know, I was raised in California. Besides my family and friends, the one thing I really miss is good Mexican food! Just before my husband and I moved to Virginia we lived a few blocks from a hole-in-the-wall Mexican Restaurant. They had the best homemade chips! I would sometimes stop just for the chips. They would make the chips when you ordered so they were hot and fresh. Homemade tortilla chips are easy to make. They are not healthy due to the frying so I ...

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Chicken Strawberry Wraps Recipe

Chicken Strawberry Wraps

I can't wait to try this recipe with fresh strawberries from my garden! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Once the weather gets a little warmer, it seems like everyone is looking for an outdoor adventure. Taking after-supper walks, tossing the baseball with the kids, even yard work is good for the soul in the spring. A wonderful activity for your family to try this spring is visiting a berry farm. You and your kids can pick your own ...

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