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A New Me A New You – Orange Creamsicle Shake

Tara on Jan 2nd 2013

Happy New Year everybody!  Now is the time when many folks are ready to get serious about healthy habits. One way to a new you this year is to give some serious thought to what goes in your body for breakfast. So many traditional breakfast foods work against our healthy goals we set.  Sugary cereal, [...]

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12 Days of Christmas Jar Gifts – Whole Grain Waffle and Pancake Mix

Tara on Dec 18th 2012

This is a family favorite in our house. I make up the mix recipe below and have it on hand for an easy morning pancake or waffle breakfast.  And this is also a frugal tasty gift as well.  This recipe should fill 5 pint sized jars, and each pint jar would make 2 batches of [...]

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12 Days of Christmas Jar Gifts – Funnel Cake Mix

Tara on Dec 15th 2012

Funnel cakes are very simple to make and the mix is even simpler.  Add the following together in a large bowl and whisk to blend.  Then pour into a quart jar and seal with ring and lid.  Attach a funnel (97 cents at Wal-mart) and you’ve got another gift that costs under 3$ to make.
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12 Days of Christmas Jar Gifts – Mint Brownie Jars

Tara on Dec 13th 2012

These cute little jars are great for gift giving.  Although I’ve baked a few things in jars before, I baked these brownies in a regular pan and used a 3″ biscuit cutter to cut cooled brownies.  The brownie circles fit easily into these 4 oz jars.  Next I piped some tinted green, mint flavored butter [...]

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12 Days of Christmas Jar Gifts – Hot Spiced Tea and Cider Mix

Tara on Dec 12th 2012

Here’s one of my hubby’s favorite fall/winter beverages. He asks me to make this mix so he can keep some at work to make whenever he wants.  I also had a request for this recipe from an old friend Pam.  The recipe is easy to make and can be stored in a pretty canning jar, [...]

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12 Days of Christmas Jar Gifts – Topless Snow Globes

Tara on Dec 11th 2012

Gift giving doesn’t have to be costly or complicated.  I’ve got a surplus of old and new jars in various sizes. These little Christmas village trees cost between 75 cents and 1 dollar.  I hot glued the bottoms of the trees and used tongs to place them in the jars.  I added a little snow [...]

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12 Days of Christmas Jar Gifts – Peppermint Hand and Foot Scrub

Tara on Dec 8th 2012

I am excited about this recipe because it is easy to make, it is inexpensive, and it is so pretty in a jar as a gift.  Since I already had some red food coloring and peppermint oil, the total cost to make this was basically the cost of 3 cups of sea salt and 3 [...]

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12 Days of Christmas Jar Gifts – Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub

Tara on Dec 6th 2012

Here’s another easy and thrifty gift that looks so fancy in a Ball jar with some burlap and tulle ribbon that costs less than $2 to make if you already have jars.  I whipped this up before dinner and used some on my hands. They are still so soft and moisturized and I’ve had my [...]

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12 Days of Christmas in Jar – Home Made Vanilla Extract

Tara on Dec 4th 2012

Do you like the taste of real vanilla extract but hate to pay the price?  Unless you have a relative headed to Mexico or Central America who can bring you back some foreign vanilla, you would probably pay over $20 US dollars for a pint of vanilla extract.  OR you could pick up a cheap [...]

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Freezing Peaches – Peach Cubes

Tara on Sep 13th 2012

This summer I’ve been busy like most working moms.  We’ve painted and camped and cleaned and baked and preserved.  I ran out of time to do as much preserving as I would like to have.  I had 2 bushels of peaches that sat on my counter for a few days, just mocking me as I [...]

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