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Making homemade vanilla extract is soooo easy

I have been making caramels like crazy here in preparation of heading out to the Farmer’s Market and once again I have run out of vanilla extract.  The local market here sells little dinky bottles of vanilla extract for nearly 8 bucks and I’d have to drive an hour to Costco to get a decent price and by then I’ve wasted all those savings on gas. What a conundrum for a cheapskate like me! At the same time, I pulled out an oldish bag of vanilla beans and was heart broken to see they’d gone stale.  I can’t cut those…

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Hot Fudge Recipe

This is so easy to make!  I don’t know why we ever bought it.  From Land o Lakes. 1/2 cup butter 1 cup real semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk Combine all sauce ingredients in 2-quart nonstick saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 5 minutes or until butter and chips are melted and sauce is smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in flavor variation from below, if desired. Pour into jars or other airtight containers for gift giving. Store refrigerated. Reheat as needed. Variations: Malt: Stir in 3 tablespoons malt powder. Orange: Stir in 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or…

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Grandma’s Pancakes

I struggle with creativity for healthy breakfast meals, but you can’t go wrong with pancakes if you’re shooting for breakfast happiness. Here’s a recipe I like: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon white sugar 1 1/4 cups milk 1 egg 3 tablespoons butter, melted Directions In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop…

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Brown Sugar Icing Recipe OMG

I was perusing the internet this morning to get inspiration for a blog post.  This morning it was a bit depressing.  Turns out the IRS (of all things) is training their workers with AR-15s.  Those are assault rifles people.  Why does the IRS need assault rifles?  Are they going to shoot us for not paying our taxes?  I didn’t really want to write about this on a lovely sunday morning so I moved on. Next I found that Kraft’s Mac and Cheese has to be labeled in the UK to explain that it has GMOs and any potential harm that…

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492 Meals in a jar recipes

This is awesome.  There are 492 meals you can make in a jar.  I’m definitely going to use these.  Imagine how easy it would be to just go to your cupboard and grab a jar of pre-put together from scratch soup, put some water in it and microwave it.  As easy as a cup of Ramen noodles or a can of chili or whatever, but healthy and so much cheaper!

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Seriously good banana muffin

These muffins were REALLY good.  My family forces me to keep baking them and they’re really easy too.   1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 bananas, mashed 3/4 cup white sugar 1 egg, lightly beaten 1/3 cup butter, melted 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon butter Directions Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted…

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Homemade ice cream

Making homemade ice cream is so easy and so much fun.  Well, it does take a little bit of exercise if you make it how we do with an authentic 1920s antique hand crank machine. However, you can cheat and use an electric machine.  We don’t think it tastes nearly as good, but it’s still way better than store bought.  Here’s the recipe we use for basic vanilla:   2 cups heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 3/4 cup sugar a dollop of vanilla (probably like a tbsp) a pinch of kosher salt   Put it in and let it stir stir…

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