Monthly Archive: December 2016

Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils: What’s the difference?

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Here’s some timely information from Livestrong.com about essential and fragrance oils and the difference in the two. I use mainly essential oils in my herbal practice.   Differences Between Essential Oils & Fragrance Oils by SHARON FALSETTO  Last Updated: Oct 30, 2015 Many people confuse the terms “essential oil” and “fragrance oil” because of the frequent …

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A Delicious Cooked, Nonalcoholic Eggnog Recipe

Make Amazing Homemade Eggnog All Year long For Linda E., who loved our local Trauth Dairy Eggnog (Trauth closed it’s doors in 2011. Reiter foods makes Trauth dairy products, but, as Linda said “just not the same – can you help?”.  Well, I do know that Trauth used “all natural ingredients”: cream, milk, nutmeg, etc., …

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Foolproof and Simple Beef Tenderloin

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  Foolproof and simple beef tenderloin For the reader who wants to make this New Year’s Day. “I just want a simple seasoning”, he said.So here’s one of my favorite simple ways to prepare tenderloin. Bring the meat out at least 30 minutes prior to roasting. It will roast more evenly.  Ovens vary so get …

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Feed the Birds, Have Good Luck for the New Year

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  Good luck bag for the birds for the New Year: Isn’t this fun? Let the kids help make these. Just fill a baggie with birdseed. From Shelly and Ron, Mason readers. Scatter the seeds on your doorstep and the birds who come and eat it will bring good luck for the coming year.

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Tip: Make “holes” in flour when baking for this reason

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OK if you’re like me, once in while measuring out what I call “white” ingredients for baking to add to the flour, I forget if I’ve added say, the baking powder, or the salt, or the baking soda, etc. So here’s what I do now and it’s a darn good tip for you: Depending upon …

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If Flour Has Never Been Opened Can It Still Go Bad?

If Flour Has Never Been Opened Can It Still Go Bad? Well, it just happened to me and I’ll be it’s happened to you too. My all purpose flour unopened was stored in the back of the pantry and I finally spied it. Anyway, I’m making crescent rolls today and needed that flour so I …

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Buckeye Peanut Butter Bars – easy and tastes like a Reese Cup!

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Today I chatted with Annie Mitchell on the Sonrise Morning Show about gifts that the Magi brought baby Jesus. Along with talking about the gifts (gold, frankincense and myrrh) I shared a special gift that I just started making this year: Buckeye Bars. Oh so good and much easier to make than traditional Buckeyes. Check …

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Ohio Buckeyes, Opera Creme and Haystacks Candy for giving

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Rita’s Ohio Buckeyes Rita’s Ohio Buckeye Recipe #1 For Betty, who lost her recipe. I’m willing to bet there are more recipes for this than fingers on my hands.   I make the base mixture ahead, form into balls and freeze. They stay just fine for 6 months or so. You can divide the recipe in …

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See me make Holiday Pistachio and Cherry Bark

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Oh gosh, am I ever behind with just about everything: cleaning, more holiday baking, sending cards, you name it.  I’m betting some of you are in the same predicament, yes? Well, don’t fret. Do as I do: take a breath, make a list of priorities and say a little prayer of thanks for your many …

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Update on Clone of Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup

UPDATE: I forgot that someone told me Panera adds a bit of Dijon mustard to their soup. So for the recipe below, add a squeeze when you make the roux if you do want to add the mustard. It all started with a request from a reader, Alena. Here’s what she said: “Do you have a …

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