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Orange Horseradish SauceA nice sweetened twist for horseradish sauce.

 

Drizzling icing and zest on top of the loaves.

Limoncello CakeI made these delicious lemon flavored cake loaves as a gift for Christmas. They would be a treat any time of the year and are made from a basic box of cake mix with some additions.

 

Chicken Soup in bowl on set table

Instant Pot Bone BrothWe have all been sick this winter, so we look for easy ways to make chicken soup. There is no easier way than this. Just throw it all in the instant pot. If you don't have an instant pot, you can achieve the same in a giant stew pot cooked for over 6 hours, or a crockpot.

 

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Bubble and SqueakWe got this recipe from British friends who were camping with us one year. It is filling, healthy, and makes a great one-pot dinner for potlucks or camping. It is as easy as can be, fairly inexpensive, and uses only 4 ingredients.

 

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Homemade Accent Seasoning (MSG Free)Accent Seasoning can be made without the MSG, which many believe to be harmful. This is a Cajun version, but you could adjust the heat for your own liking.

 

A bowl of roasted cabbage.

Roasted CabbageSome in our family do not like steamed cabbage but they love roasted cabbage. This has become one of our favorite vegetables. Since the weather is cold, I really enjoy cooking in the oven as it helps to heat the house.

 

Truffles on plate

3 Ingredient TrufflesThese beautiful little truffles will blow you away. They are creamy and decadent, yet so easy to make. You just need a pack of Oreo cookies, a block of cream cheese, and a bag of chocolate chips. Sprinkles are totally optional. I only used them to make them pop for my Valentine!

 

Easy Preserved Lemons in jar & bowl

Easy Preserved LemonsThis is a simple way to make preserved lemons. A little drizzle of this stuff goes a long way when making salads, using as a topping, or in your marinades. It's great because it doesn't have just a lemon flavour, it's also got the taste of the dissolved lemon rind, which is amazing. There's nothing quite like it.

 

A roasted chicken in a roasting pan.

Roasted ChickenWe love roasted chicken. This is a simple recipe for roasting a chicken in the oven. While roasting the chicken, put some baking potatoes in the oven and plan on a pot of string beans and you will have a yummy meal. This chicken is tender and juicy and good left over for 2-3 days.

 

rice, salad and tuna steak on plate

Air Fryer Tuna SteaksThis is my first time using an air fryer. Here's an easy recipe for ahi tuna steaks. Easy to make, mess free and you have a meal ready in just minutes.

 

baked German Hot Pockets

Krautburgers (German Hot Pocket)I grew up in northern Colorado among many people of German descent. This was a popular dish served at my school cafeteria. Krautburgers are a traditional food eaten by people of German Russian descent. Germans who had emigrated to Russia from Germany and then, at the turn of the 20th century, emigrated to Colorado's sugar beet fields are the inventors of this German "hot pocket." Working hard all day in the fields meant lunch was eaten on the job, and the humble Krautburger wrapped up all the necessary food groups to keep a worker on his or her feet. It has become a family favorite!

 

Homemade Tortillas piled on a cuttingboard

Easy Homemade Flour TortillasI posted a tortilla recipe a few years ago. Now I am back with an even better recipe. This is super easy, and only takes a few minutes to make the dough. After the dough rests, the resulting tortillas are soft and do not crack when folded. What I like most about this recipe over the old one I posted is that these can be stored in the fridge and don't dry out. Now, all I need is someone to teach me the trick of rolling out round tortillas!

 

The finished pork roast.

Boston Pork ButtI learned this easy method of cooking the Boston Butt from my daughter. The meat comes out tender and juicy and it is so good. I chilled the broth and removed the fat and made gravy. This cut of meat is also delicious with barbeque sauce on it.

 

Crab Potato Salad in bowl

Crab Potato SaladThis is a simple way to lift the average potato salad. I used imitation crab meat, but you can surely use the real thing if you'd like.

 

Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

Cream Cheese Thumbprint CookiesI had these at my friend Melanie's house, and they are definitely going to be one that we make every year!

 

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Skillet Pizza

Skillet PizzaNo need to go out for pizza when you can make this at home. The varieties are endless.

 

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Easy Cherry CobblerMelt margarine in 8 inch square dish. Beat flour, sugar, milk and baking powder with mixer. Pour into melted margarine. Do not stir. Pour can of cherries in center. Do not stir. Pour 1/2 cup sugar on top of cherries. Do not stir.

 

Jalapeno Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper DipI love jalapeno poppers. But I don't love cutting, de-seeding and stuffing them. This dip is so quick to throw together and it's delicious. Would be the perfect for the Big Game!

 

Coconut Macaroons on plate

Coconut MacaroonsThis is one famous dessert in the Philippines. We sometimes call this coconut muffin or cupcake. A very simple recipe even your kids can do and I'm thinking of including this in my Valentine day menu.

 

Squash Soup in bowl on tray

Ginger Butternut Squash SoupThis ginger butternut squash soup is the perfect soothing soup for a cold winter day. I had leftover roasted butternut squash and decided to try adding ginger which made this soup really pop.

 

Ingredients for applesauce crazy cake.

Applesauce Crazy CakeA crazy or wacky cake is missing a traditional ingredient. This one has no eggs, so it is good for those times when eggs are expensive, you ran out of eggs, need to watch your cholesterol or there is an allergy.

 

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Chocolate Peanut Butter PieIn am mixing bowl, beat pudding mix and milk on low speed until combined; beat for 2 minutes on high. Pour into crust. Chill for 20 minutes or until filling is thickened.

 

cake with Ube Buttercream Frosting

Ube Buttercream FrostingUbe means purple in our dialect. It is also associated with a type of root crop that has an amazing purple color that blends in with any food you incorporate with it - the purple yam or simply ube as we call it. The best thing with ube (purple yam) is that it has a natural color blending component that you would not need to add an artificial food coloring anymore.

 

A plate of salami rose appetizers.

Salami Rose AppetizersUse crescent roll dough, cheese, and salami slices to create this beautiful little roses. Baked in the oven, they have a beautiful texture and cool ombre look. Decorate your serving platter with fresh herbs to make this a beautiful edible bouquet!

 

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Leprechaun Trap CakeMany kids have an opportunity to make a leprechaun trap at school when they are young. After seeing one that my kids brought home, I thought it might be fun to try and make a leprechaun trap cake.

 

baked Banana Nut Bread loaves on rack

Banana Nut BreadGreat way to use those ripe bananas to have for delicious loaves later! I also love to have them in the freezer to give individuals or couples (since I make small loaves) or as a small thank you gesture. Homemade is always appreciated!

 

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B Is For Banana BreadMix sugar, bananas, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into pan.

 

Making Doo Doo Drops

Doo Doo DropsDoo Doo Drop cookies are a delicious treat and a family favorite. They are super easy to make and so yummy, despite their name!

 

baked & frosted Heart Shaped Tin Cake

Red Velvet Heart Shaped Tin CakeGive your loved ones a simple red velvet heart cake this season of love. The recipe is simple, even kids can make it. Find out what makes this yummy cake moist and how you can make one on your own.

 

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Mini Cheesy Heart CalzonesThese mini heart shaped calzones are perfect for a Valentine's day party. They are easy to make and would be fun to make with your kids.

 

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E Is For Elephant EarsHeat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray. Heat butter until melted, set aside.

 

Easy Salmon Fettuccini on plate

Easy Salmon FettuccineI served this as a quick but delicious lunch!

 

Hot Dog Crescent Roll Appetizers

Hot Dog Crescent Roll AppetizersEasy to make and so much cheaper than buying them already made. I never have any left!

 

Chocolate Fondue

Chocolate FondueWith just a few simple ingredients, you can make delicious chocolate fondue! Dip your fondue with anything you would like or have on hand. We dipped with graham crackers, marshmallows, popcorn and sliced banana!

 

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Tang Fruit SaladThis is fast and uses few ingredients. Drain the oranges, but use the pineapple juice. Stir the pudding, Tang, and pineapple juice.

 

A pot pie made with leftover chicken soup.

Leftover Soup Chicken Pot PieI recently had a pretty bad flu. Along with that came a lot of homemade soup. It was comforting when I needed it, but I grew tired of it as I got better. I decided to turn the leftovers into a hearty chicken pot pie. It hit the spot in this cold weather!

 

Pineapple Peel, ginger and cinnamon in pan

Pineapple Peel TeaPlease don't toss out your pineapple peels! Make some delicious teas with them instead. That's right, the peels and scraps from your pineapple fruit make fantastic tasting teas that are also packed with antioxidants and enzymes with anti-inflammatory properties. It is said to also help with joint pain and arthritis.

 

A plate of chicken and broccoli with mashed potatoes.

Sheet Pan Dijon-Roasted Chicken ThighsThis is an easy, healthy and flavorful dish to make. Broccoli and chicken thighs were on sale this week as well.

 

finished Shrimp Taco with Avocado Cream Sauce

Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Cream SauceThese shrimp tacos have a zesty kick and are cooled down by a creamy avocado sauce. They're extremely easy to make, great for even the busiest days!

 

Salted Caramel Nut White Chocolate Popcorn on tray

Salted Caramel Nut White Chocolate PopcornThe closer we get to autumn, the more we will see sales on things like caramel. This is a fun way to spruce up ordinary popcorn by covering it in caramel, nuts, and white chocolate, then sprinkling it with flaked salt. When placed in clear bags and tied in ribbon, they make excellent gifts.

 

Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Coffee CakeMoist and delicious!

 

salmon and spices in pan

Yummy SalmonHere you will find a great 30 minute meal using canned salmon. Great for one of those cans you may have forgotten about. Use one can for two people. This makes a nutritious meal.

 

Gluten Free Country Style Steak

Gluten Free Country Style SteakOne of our favorite dishes is cubed steak and gravy served with creamed potatoes. I have to make it gluten free and came up with this method of doing so.

 

finishedEdible Pots of Gold

Edible Pots of GoldThis a super simple recipe for St. Patrick's Day that is kid-friendly. These little pots of gold are made with peanut butter cups, but you can also use mini chocolate cupcakes or Rolo candies. Topped with a bit of frosting and edible gold glitter, these make great dessert toppers, or can be eaten as is.

 

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Recipe For Girl Scout Soup?Does anyone remember camping out with the Girl Scouts 50 years ago and making Girl Scout Soup over the campfire? It was so good and I have tried to remember how to make it, but I haven't got it correct yet.

 

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Crock Pot Yogurt - finished yogurt

Crock Pot YogurtThis recipe makes inexpensive and easy yogurt in your crockpot at home. Basically; you heat the milk to 180 degrees, cool it to 110, add a bit of plain live culture yogurt to the mix and keep it warm for a few hours to grow, cool it, strain it and eat it!

 

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Better Than Anything CakeSuper sweet. Chocolate is my favorite. Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan. Prepare and bake cake according to directions.

 

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Nutritious Poppin' Fresh Chocolate Chip CookiesPreheat over to 375 degrees F. Cream together sugars, butter and vanilla. Add eggs, mix well. Add peanut butter, if used. Add dry ingredients, including optional ingredients and water, mix well, then add oatmeal.

 

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Honey Pumpkin Chiffon PieSoak gelatin in cold water 5 minutes. Beat yolks and combine with honey, pumpkins, milk, salt, and spices. Cook in top of double boiler until thick...

 

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Valentine CookiesMy family has made these cookies for many years. every time I get out the faded recipe card, I think of all the memories on Valentine's days in the past both in making the cookies and the smiles that are always there when I serve or give them away.

 

Cream Cheese Sweetheart Cake - Finished Cake

Cream Cheese Sweetheart CakeSweetheart is a type of cake with a cookie-like texture; more like a brownie. It is just a simple cake, but what I like most about it is the white glaze on top.

 

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Bob Evans Chicken Salad (Copycat)This reminds me of Bob Evans chicken salad. It's as close as I can get it at home, but just as good. My husband says he likes mine better! It's a great light summer supper.

 

A no bake cherry cheesecake in a sheet pan.

No Bake CheesecakeThis cheesecake is delicious and easy to make. You can top it with whatever your favorite pie filling is. I use cherry pie filling for this recipe, but I have also used lemon and blueberry and they were all so good.

 

pork shoulder roasted in pan

Roast Pork ShoulderEasy to whip up, roasted pork shoulder with fennel seed, garlic and olive oil rub. This is perfect for a special dinner or special occasion served with side of roasted vegetables and rice (or however you would like to serve this).

 

Gluten Free Chex Party Mix closeup

Gluten Free Chex Party MixI looked on line for the Original Chex Party Mix recipe. I changed the recipe and cut out the bagel chips and the Wheat Chex because, for me, it has to be gluten free. I used Corn Chex, Rice Chex, pecans, and gluten free pretzels all added together making 12 cups of dry ingredients to go with the other ingredients.

 

Soda Jello in bowl with whipped topping.

Soda JelloHere is a way to make a refreshing Jell-O using any flavored soda.

 

Savory Bread Pudding ready to serve

Savory Bread PuddingI think when most people think of bread pudding, they immediately think of a soft and sweet dessert. This recipe uses up your stale bread and turns it into delightful savoury pudding you can serve as a side dish or as a meal. It's cheesy and smooth with a beautiful crisp crust.

 

A cheese ball covered in almonds

Cheese BallMy cheese ball only cost me $2.50 to make compared to $4.99 at the store which is also half the size!

 

baked Hazelnut Chocolate Berry Puffs

Hazelnut Chocolate Berry PuffsFrozen puff pastry is a staple in our household because puff pastry is so versatile. Here's an easy dessert you can whip up anytime, feel free to substitute fillings to what you have on hand.

 

muffin tin peach cobbler

Muffin Tin Peach CobblerThese tiny cobblers are easy to make and super yummy!

 

Heavy Cream Substitute in cup

Heavy Cream SubstituteIf you have no cream in the house, you can use this substitute very successfully.

 

finished Babycakes on plate

Lemon Lime Soda BabycakesThese tiny cakes are incredible. I have to start with that because I've never had such a perfect, zesty cake in my life. I tweaked a poundcake recipe to use some lemon lime soda I had in the house. Now these are my family's favourite little cakes. I can't tell you how many times I've been asked to make them! They are so easy to make, and taste better than cupcakes from a pricey bakery. Please try these!

 

Mongolian Hot Pot with bowl of cooked foods

Mongolian Hot PotOne of my absolute favourite winter month indulgences is Mongolian hot pot, where everyone gathers around a big pot of boiling broth, cooking fresh meats and vegetables, then dipping them into a soy-vinegar based sauce. I used to go to restaurants to enjoy this, but it started becoming incredibly costly, about $35 per person. Now I can feed my whole family this meal with less than that cost.

 

Crispy Eggplant "Bacon"

Crispy Eggplant "Bacon"I've tried to make fake bacon out of so many products and eggplant seems to mimic the texture of bacon the best. Here is how to make your own eggplant "bacon" at home!

 

Whole Wheat Bread (Bread Machine) - cut loaf of bread

Whole Wheat Bread (Bread Machine)Bread machines are a wonderful invention. They take all the work out of it for you! They provide you with a delightful fresh loaf with just the push of a couple buttons! Even more wonderful, you choose the ingredients and so make sure everything is easy to pronounce and nutritious.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies on plate

Mom's Best Chocolate Chip CookiesThese cookies are so good it's hard to find words to describe them! They're not too gooey, not to crisp, not too sweet... just right. My mother tweaked the recipe from a Martha Stewart magazine, adding a tablespoon of vanilla and playing with the measurements until it was both practical and perfect! I like to save making them for a cold winter day, and to eat a couple while they're still warm from the oven. But they taste great any time!

 

Chicken Egg Rolls on plate

Chicken Egg RollsEgg rolls are so yummy with any kind of veggies and meat that your taste buds desire. These are chicken egg rolls with their own dipping sauce. They're pretty quick once you get the insides prepped. They can be served for a nice lunch, snacks, dinner or for tv sport get togethers. When I've served them to many as part of a pot luck, everyone grabs these up right away! Everybody loves finger foods.

 

Bowl of Potato Broccoli Soup

Baked Potato Broccoli SoupThis hearty, creamy soup is actually made from leftover baked potatoes and steamed broccoli. It really takes something that's not so great reheated and turns it into a super delicious new dish.

 

Peanut Chicken on Blue Plate

Crispy Peanut Butter ChickenI tried to replicate the crispy-coated chicken served in peanut butter sauce that was on the buffet at a local Chinese restaurant. Most peanut butter chicken recipes I found online were not crispy, or just didn't sound like what I was craving, so I experimented.

 

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Baked Chop SueyGreat Oriental flavored dish!

 

Honey Mustard Roasted Chickpeas

Honey Mustard Roasted ChickpeasChick peas can be seasoned and served in several ways to make them very tasty. One of my favorites is marinated in a honey mustard and roasted.

 

Corn spoon bread on a blue plate.

Corn Spoon BreadCorn spoon bread is a simple side dish that even kids will love! This moist bread uses only a few ingredients and will compliment many dishes.

 

Corned beef with potato on plate

Corned Beef with PotatoIt's a healthy morning breakfast for your family, easy to prepare, and thrifty to your pocket.

 

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BBQ Sauce Using Tomato SoupIn 1964 a friend gave me a barbecue sauce recipe. It was mild and just the best sauce. Somewhere along the line I lost the recipe. I've done searches on the web, but can't find it, and it is impossible to locate my friend.

 

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Super Easy "Homemade" Chocolate PuddingI am not a fan of instant or even cook 'n serve chocolate pudding. But I have found a way to make a very easy, very rich shortcut version of homemade.

 

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Cheese DipMelt cheeses and add pecans. Put into miniature crock pot to serve warm. Great with crackers or veggies.

 

A pot of soup ingredients before being pressure cooked.

Chicken Vegetable Soup (Instant Pot)The pressure cooker makes this chicken soup quick and easy. The simple but nourishing ingredients, like lemon and garlic, should help to soothe the worst winter cold.

 

3 Shamrock Pretzels on plate

Shamrock PretzelsThese shamrock pretzels are very easy to make, consisting of only two ingredients: pretzels and candy melts. They are a great sweet and savoury snack on their own, but also make great dessert toppers. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

 

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Lit'l Smokies HeartSneak one of these cute little hearts onto your Valentine's plate, they are sure to be surprised!

 

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Mexican CasseroleGreat flavor, no left overs on this one. Brown ground beef until no longer pink, drain, add taco seasoning mix, following package directions. Add re-fried beans and salsa, stir.

 

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Bisquick Bread SticksBisquick mix can be used for so many recipes. Try these quick, cheesy bread sticks with your soup or stew.

 

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Lucky Charms Cereal TreatsLucky Charms are the perfect cereal for making treats for St. Patrick's day. If you like Rice Krispies treats and Lucky Charms, you will love these!

 

Sweetheart Crunch Cake on plate

Sweetheart Crunch CakeThis is a cute cookie-layered red velvet cake you can make with a box mix, Oreo cookies, chocolate kisses, and heart-shaped candies. It was a big hit in both taste and appearance!

 

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Chicken San Marino Bone and skin chicken breasts. Cut in half and pound. Wrap chicken breast around the ham with the cheese inside the ham. Coat with flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg then roll in bread crumbs (may refrigerate, covered, for several hours).

 

Loretta Lynn's Cat-Head Biscuits

Loretta Lynn's Cat-Head BiscuitsFunny name, delicious biscuit! Loretta gave them this unusual name because when her husband "Doo" made them, he dropped such huge amounts for each biscuit onto the baking sheet.

 

Pork Riblets on plate

Pork RibletsThis is a delicious and inexpensive meal to prepare. Serve with side of rice and vegetables. Pork riblets were only $1.09 lb. This would be a good alternative for finger food if you're hosting a party, inexpensive to serve and easy to make, in addition to drumsticks, wings, etc.

 

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Chicken & RiceSuper easy and yummy! One of the best chicken and rice recipes I have come across yet!

 

finished Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

Napa Cabbage Stir FryOne of my favourite additions to a stir fry is Napa cabbage. It has many ripply folds in the ends of its leaves, which I find awesome for retaining the flavours that you add to your dish. This causes you to use less seasonings, which can be great for your health, and your wallet! I love this dish as it is or with a side of meat.

 

cooked cornbread on paper towel

Southern Fried CornbreadI have been making this cornbread for many years and my family loves it. It is very simple to make.

 

A pan of French onion soup.

French Onion Soup from Leftover Corned Beef BrothOne more reason to love St. Patrick's Day! The leftover broth from boiling that giant corned beef. It has so much flavour from hours of stewing, you don't need to add too much to it to make it a flavourful second-hand meal. This is my recipe for turning the leftover broth to a delicious French onion soup.

 

Flat Belly Drink in pitcher & glass

Cucumber Lemon Ginger Flat Belly DrinkMy mother got me hooked on this easy to make drink that helps with digestion, constipation, and belly bloat. You just need to pop the 3 ingredients in water overnight, refrigerate, then drink throughout the next day. The antioxidants are excellent, as well. I just came off being sick for several weeks and this really helped flush everything out.

 

Fish bowl filled with Jello.

Goldfish Bowl JelloThis is a huge hit! It looks so cool when completed. It's a bit of work, but definitely worth it.

 

Italian Escarole Soup

Italian Escarole SoupMy family's favorite soup! We grew up on a escarole soup of just chicken broth, escarole, meatballs and tortellini... delicious! All you will need is warm bread or rolls.

 

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Peanut Butter Sheet CookiesI have a number of peanut butter cookie recipes. All of them are in the "cookie" state. ie drop cookies or cut out cookies. Time is short sometimes and I have adapted one of the recipes for a sheet pan.

 

Finished mug cake topped with sprinkles and whipped cream.

Easiest Ever Mug CakeYou can make a quick and easy mug cake using cake mix and water or milk. Each serving can come out to about 10 cents, while commercial mug cake packages can come up to about $1 or more. This also comes in handy in my house because we usually only use half a box of cake mix at a time for smallish desserts.

 

Ready to eat serving in bowl.

Lentil and Ham SoupI love lentil soup and decided to make a pot using up some of my leftover Christmas ham.

 

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