Pasta Fagioli Recipe

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A hearty, healthy, cheap soup that changes based on what I have available. Ingredients for this particular batch: 1 c. dry great northern beans (or navy.  or cannellini.) 1 c. dry kidney beans 4 c. beef broth* 2 c. water* 2 cans tomato paste 1/2 large onion 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced 1lb cooked […]

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Baking Day: The Sequel

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Baking day got off to a slow start this morning.  I just wasn’t feeling as motivated.  But I eventually got around to it. I started a quick soak for the beans for dinner tonight. (Pasta Fagioli in the crock pot) Next, I started the pizza dough for breadsticks. [No picture.] Then I started the waffles. […]

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Baking Day Summary

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In the above picture, you’ll find the fruit of the first day’s labor.  Minus the chicken.  And the chicken stock.  And over half the cornbread.  Clockwise, starting at far left, we have: 3 bags (2 c. each) applesauce 1 apple pie (which is now missing two slices) 1 huge container of granola with a sizable […]

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Half-Whole-Wheat Zucchini Flax Bread

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Moist, sweet quick bread with a crispy, sugary crust!  Flax adds a slight nutty flavor. Ingredients: 3/4 c. whole-wheat flour 3/4 c. all-purpose flour 2 Tbs ground flax seed 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp nutmeg 1 beaten egg 1 c. sugar 1 c. finely […]

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Easy Peasy Granola Bar Recipe

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This is a base recipe that you can tweak any way you want!  Make it as frugal or as fancy, as healthy or as decadent as you wish. (Double recipe shown in picture) Ingredients: 3 c. quick cooking oats 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk 2 Tbs melted butter 3 1/2 c. mix-ins One […]

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Half-Whole-Wheat Cornbread Recipe

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Hearty, healthy (kinda), crispy, buttery cornbread!  Perfect for days when crockpot chicken is on the menu. Ingredients: 1/2 c. whole wheat flour 1/2 c. all-purpose flour 3/4 c. corn meal 2-3 Tbs sugar 2 1/2 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 1 Tbs butter 2 eggs 1 c. milk 1/4 c. oil Preheat oven to […]

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Baking Day Update #4 (The Apple Pie, Cornbread, Chicken Edition)

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Before I knew it, it was time to get dinner ready!  Whipped (stirred?) up some cornbread to go with the… …chicken.  And then in went the… …apple pie (made with butter crust, brushed with milk, and sprinkled with sugar). I’m about to lick my screen.  Oh, wait.  That’s my pie.  Off to the kitchen, be […]

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Baking Day Update #3, Things Are Being Finished!

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Granola bars are cut up. Half-Whole Wheat Honey Oat Flax Bread (aka Bread With Longest Name Ever) is cooling. Zucchini bread is baking.  I totally spaced and make it all white.  To make up for the lack of nutrients, I added two tablespoons of ground flax seed.  There, now it’s healthy again.  (Nevermind the full […]

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Pie Crust is Better with BUTTER

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More expensive, yes, but BETTER. Ingredients for a double-crust: 2 1/4 c. flour 3/4 tsp salt 2/3 c. butter 8-10 tbs COLD water* *The main thing to remember when making a butter vs. shortening crust is to keep everything as COLD as possible.  Shortening does not soften/melt/get all ooey-gooey sticky like warm butter does. First […]

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Baking Day Update (and Child Melt-Down) #2

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The children helped me pack down the granola bars. Benjamin threw a fit when I told him he couldn’t eat it with a spoon. The bread came out of the machine to rise in a warm, draft-free place. The Cinnamon Crunch Granola came out of the oven to cool on racks. The granola bars, about […]

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