Beef & Pasta for Free

How in the world did I make this delicious meal for free? I am a very frugal cook and I utilize leftovers whenever I can. I posted my recipe for Lazy Day Slow Cooker Roast two days ago (link below). After feeding four of us, I had so much delicious broth and tender beef leftover I decide to use it […]

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Kitchen Measurements

How many times do you read a recipe and it calls for 8 oz, 16 oz, pint, quart or Metric? Then you run and get your phone to Google how much that really is……I know I used to! If you could see the inside doors of my cupboards you would probably laugh. I have taped pictures of my family, recipes […]

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Homemade Self-Rising Flour

How many times do you find a recipe that you want to make and it calls for Self-Rising Flour but you don’t have any? I can’t tell you how many times that has happened to me. Don’t skip that recipe, just make your own Self-Rising Flour in just a minute! According to King Arthur Flour, Self-Rising Flour is traditionally made […]

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Slow Cooker Safety

Do you know the safest way to cook in a slow cooker? Did you even know there are safety rules that may help keep you from getting sick? My Mom sent me this article by Leanne Ely who writes for the New York Times and I thought I would share with you her list of 7 rules to follow. Source: […]

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Buttermilk Substitute

How many times do you want to make a recipe but it calls for Buttermilk and you don’t have any? Don’t you hate it when the recipe only calls for a cup or less of Buttermilk and you have to buy a quart and you end up throwing the rest away? This is a simple way to substitute regular milk […]

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Is The Oil Hot Enough?

How many times do you heat up the oil in a frying pan and wonder if it’s hot enough? I know everyone has their own way of doing this but it usually involves dropping something into the oil. Use this simple tip to determine when the oil is ready without splattering the oil from dropping something into it. Click on […]

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Homemade Brown Sugar

Why on Earth do they charge so much for brown sugar? When you see how cheap & easy it is to make you will wonder why you ever bought it in the first place! Do you know what turns the sugar brown…..molasses! I bought a jar of molasses at the Dollar Tree for…..$1.00. I will probably be able to make […]

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“Leftover Food” Safety

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my family, friends and blogging friends! Today I want to remind you about “Leftover Food” Safety. You survived all those hours baking for your loved ones. You do not want to ruin a perfect meal by storing the leftovers incorrectly allowing bacteria to grow on your food and making you sick. First I want to stress the importance of keeping the food cold. How many of you put your food in the garage to keep it cold because you don’t have enough room in the refrigerator? This is fine as long as your inside garage temperature is below 41 degrees consistently. Don’t make the mistake of thinking if it’s 40 degrees outside then your garage is ok. My garage is 5-10 degrees warmer than the actual temperature outside. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Inspection Service at http://www.fsis.usda.gov (my source for the information below) we need to follow the guidelines below to keep bacteria from making us sick.

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