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Amanda’s Story: Introduction

Over the next few months, we’ll be following one of my long time friends, Amanda, as she makes her journey towards better health. Today’s post will let you know a little bit about Amanda’s history. Most of it is her words, although I’ll be adding some of my own commentary. 🙂

How to Make Butter

Learn how to make butter at home! Step-by-step instructions on how to turn cream into butter with simple equipment. Great project for kids!

Recipe Collection: Herb-Roasted Potatoes

As I was roasting a chicken to make the week’s meals (gravy, stock, etc.) I thought…I bet some yummy herb-roasted potatoes would be great with this. I’d just gotten some very delicate, organic Yukon gold potatoes from our CSA so I was dying to try it. Ben wasn’t a fan, but the kids loved them and so did I. So here they are:

Recipe Collection: Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

It had been on my plan to make lemon-poppy-seed bread anyway when I started getting lots of zucchini from my CSA.  So I thought, I ought to make some zucchini bread too!  However, I didn’t have a recipe for either that really worked for me yet.  Then I got the brilliant idea to combine them into one delicious, healthy bread.  I had also sampled some cheesecake that had nutmeg in it and the flavor had reminded me of lemon zest, so I thought, I bet that will be the perfect spice for this bread.  I probably could have even added more than I did.  The result was fabulous — moist on the inside and chewy-crunchy on the outside!

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Peaches’n’honey Tea

The other day I got a craving for peach tea, and decided to see what happened if I mixed some things together. This is what I came up with.

Recipe Collection: Fried Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese

Recently I’ve tried two new recipes that I loved.  One was something I sampled while on vacation that I’m hoping to replicate soon (and share with you if it goes well; early attempts are…hmm…) and something I created tonight.  Fabulous!  So wonderful I couldn’t stop talking about it while I was eating it.  So I have to share it with you today.

Meal Planning: Taking Inventory and Meals List

It’s actually kind of scary.  I do major grocery shopping every two weeks, and I spend two or three days before each shopping trip carefully making my meal plan and then checking and re-checking it to make sure it meets our family’s current goals and needs.  Then I make my grocery shopping list based on the meal plan, checking and re-checking that too.  It doesn’t NEED to take this long, especially not now that I’ve got a good routine going (I’ve been doing this faithfully for over a year), but I actually enjoy it.  Am I strange?  Probably.  But that’s okay.

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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