4th of July Weekend in Pictures

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I hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend! There's been a lot of haze and smoke from the Canadian wild fires in North Dakota and Minnesota. I was afraid it would ruin the weekend, but it never did. We hadn't seen  blue sky for 5 days straight, and on Saturday afternoon we finally saw blue sky. There was enough blue sky in the area, and it cleared up. so that you could see the stars and Northern Lights. Yep, I finally got to see the famous Northern Lights this weekend. I went outside at ...

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How to use Ziplist


You can now save recipes and add ingredients to your shopping list  thanks to a new feature on my site called Ziplist. You see at the top of my site where it says Recipe Box? If you click on that, it will take you to your very own recipe box, where you can save as many recipes as you want.It's your very own virtual recipe box, how cool is that?  If you don't have an account already, you can just log-in using your facebook account or use your email address to sign u ...

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shopping spree – favorite finds!

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This week, on Wednesday, I took the day off, and went to Minneapolis/St Paul MN to go shopping with my Mom. The day didn't start so well. My Mom's check engine soon light came on and we made it all the way up to Fergus Falls, MN. Then we turned back and went and got my car back in Fargo. That wasted half of our morning but it's a good thing we went back. I got a few good foodie type things on our little shopping spree. We stopped at the Macys cafeteria and had lunch there. They had one of the ...

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It’s “Chopped” time again

Awhile back, I asked my facebook readers to leave 4 ingredients for me to try and make a new recipe out of.  Kind of like the show Chopped on Food Network where they give you 4 crazy ingredients to make a new dish out of it.  If you want to join in the fun, leave a comment with 4 ingredients below for me to work with,  and I'll try coming up with a new recipe or dish out of all those ingredients.  :) The last time I got some pretty crazy ingredients like duck, which I've never worked with bef ...

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Dump Cake

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Dump cake is a cross between pineapple upside down cake and some kind of berry/apple crisp. It's super easy to make and only requires opening a box or can up and dumping them in the cake pan. This cake didn't last too long in our house. It was gone in less than a day. My friend was over helping with invitations and she loved it. It can be served warm or cold, but I thought it tasted better when I got it straight out of the oven.My favorite part was the cobbler/streusel topping on the ...

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Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Trifle

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Here is the low calorie, 4th of July dessert that I promised from yesterday. Isn't it pretty? Who needs red and blue food coloring for the 4th of July when you have berries to make a cake look patriotic? Not me! This is a trifle with angel food cake, blueberries, raspberries, cool whip, cream cheese and a little bit of sugar to sweeten it up.  They do have fat free cool whip and cream cheese but to me, those have no flavor, so I go for the light. By all means, if you want to use the fat free ...

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Monkey Bread Muffins

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This morning, I woke up and wanted to bake something.  Most monkey bread recipes call for 2 cans of biscuits to fill a bundt pan, but I only had 1 can. One can is the perfect amount for 2 people. They taste like cinnamon rolls but better.  Cinnamon rolls take too long to make waiting for the yeast to rise and then you have to roll out the dough. These probably take  less than 15 minutes to prepare. I had 3 muffins and went for a run. after that. That run, probably only canceled out one of th ...

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