Avocado Aioli

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Avocado Aioli is a super flavorful dip or spread that jazzes up all types of recipes from Oven Fries to raw veggie sticks to sandwiches. Try our short-cut method to make your own homemade avocado aioli! What…

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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This slightly sweet, slightly tangy balsamic dressing is incredibly easy to make. Keep Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette on hand for quick and healthy salads any day of the week. Works great as a marinade for…

Easy Homemade Croutons (Freezer Friendly)

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Once you've made these Easy Homemade Croutons, you'll never go back to buying them at the store. Not only do they taste better, but they're healthier too!

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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An 80 year old family apple butter recipe adapted for the slow cooker. With just a few simple ingredients, this crock pot apple butter recipe will have your home smelling like a slice of autumn heaven! Growing…

Killer Homemade BBQ Sauce

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I could have really used this recipe the other day when we put drumsticks on the grill and realized we were out of BBQ sauce. Luckily one of our neighbors had about 1/2 cup left that they graciously…

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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I love homemade salad dressings. They are just so easy to make and you can adjust them to taste JUST how you want them to. You not only save money by making them at home but you also save yourself from…
All-Natural Basic Cheese Sauce

Homemade Basic Cheese Sauce (with NO Velveeta!)

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This all-natural basic cheese sauce transforms vegetables, leaving my family always asking for more! It also works as a delicious sauce over pasta, meat, or rice. Best of all, NO VELVEETA! Wow.…
balsamic dressing with herbs

Balsamic Dressing with Herbs

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For Thanksgiving, I worked up this new dressing recipe and it did not disappoint. Several family members commented on the outstanding flavor of this salad/dressing combo. Although I love my mom's Balsamic…
How to Make Butternut Squash Puree

How to Make Butternut Squash Puree (+ 20 Ways To Use It In Recipes)

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One of my favorite inexpensive ways to incorporate more vegetables into our diet is by adding them into all kinds of my kids' favorite foods. Think muffins, marinara sauce, and crockpot meals, to name…
homemade pesto recipe

Homemade Pesto Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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This was the first year I have grown my own herbs. Not sure why it took me so long. I tend to avoid things that are unfamiliar and growing my own herbs was foreign territory for me. That was until my…

How to Make Your Own Breadcrumbs

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For those of you who have been cooking with "real foods" (foods that are more of a product of nature than a product of industry), the idea making your own breadcrumbs may seem elementary. Perhaps not…

Taco Seasoning Mix

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This house LOVES mexican food. Even my two year old will scarf down a whole bowl of spicy mexican soup without any protest. When I sit down to menu plan for the week, it seems like there is almost…
How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam

How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam {Freezer Meal}

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By Jessica Ellingsworth, Contributing Writer Summer is arguably the best time for savoring seasonal foods, especially perfectly ripened fresh berries. As a child, the berries our family didn't eat right…

Pizza Sauce Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Just like marinara sauce, pizza sauce is faily easy to make at home. I have used this pizza sauce recipe every time that we have made our homemade pizza. (You could also use it for Pizza Stromboli or…

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce {Freezer Meal}

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People. If I would have known how easy and cheap it is to make your own marinara sauce in the crock pot, I would have started doing this years ago! Instead I've been spending money on expensive jars…
I LOVE this oatmeal pancake recipe. After this hearty, flavorful recipe for pancake mix, I will never go back to plain pancakes again. It's also packed with good ingredients that keep you fuller longer.

Oatmeal Pancake Mix Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Confession: Up until a few months ago, I have always made my pancakes out of Bisquick. I was raised on good 'ol Bisquick pancakes and was on a route to raise my little ones on the same thing. That was…
Whole Grain Pancake Mix

Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Mix {Freezer Meal}

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Our family loves pancakes, like Seriously Sweet Potato Pancakes and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes.  But, sometimes I don't have time to make those and I just want a quick dry mix on hand.  Unfortunately,…

DIY Corn Muffin Mix

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I like me a good corn muffin.  Don't you?  But not all corn muffins are created equal. When you buy a boxed mix at the store, for instance, you're getting trans fats, additives, and ingredients that…
homemade balsamic salad dressing

Balsamic Parmesan Salad Dressing

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Have you ever picked up and read the back of the salad dressing bottles in the grocery story? Let me tell you. It's just weird. Would you ever want to dump soybean oil, potassium sorbate (?) or calcium…