Homemade Peanut Butter

I love peanut butter, so I always have a jar of it in the house.  There are some store-bought brands that I adore but they contain artificial ingredients and sugar.  In an effort to eat more all-natural and healthy foods I tried some organic peanut butter brands.  For a lack of better words, they tend to be gross and “blah.”   Yup, that’s a technical term.     😉  I hate how the oil separates from the peanut paste even when it’s stored in the refrigerator.  Plus it’s so thick that it’s not tasty or enjoyable to eat. I never thought of making peanut butter.  Maybe it’s because …

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Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes are so simple to prepare that I almost felt guilty posting about it.  I, like most people I’m sure, know the concept – use potatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper.  However, how much olive oil do I use?  What temperature do I set my oven?  How long do I cook them for?  These were all questions that I had and I thought maybe others did too which is why I decided to post about these delicious potatoes. Ina Garten to my rescue!  She gave me all the answers I needed and I in turn hope I can help you. If you are looking …

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Mini Taco Meatballs

I love it when I find a crowd pleasing appetizer.  You know, when you put something out, you turn away, and the next thing you know they’re gone.  I’ve made these min taco meatballs several times and I never have any leftovers! It’s so weird how delicious food can come across as unappealing in a photograph.  I actually thought about not posting this recipe because I couldn’t get the meatballs to look “pretty.”  But my husband convinced me to go ahead since they really are an awesome dish.  Hopefully you’ll just take my word for it and try them.     🙂  The honest truth is …

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Chocolate Banana Muffins

Chocolate for breakfast?  Yes, but don’t panic because these muffins are low in fat and calories!   Finally, a tasty muffin that I can eat and not feel guilty about it. These muffins are the perfect combination of banana bread and chocolate decadence.     🙂 Chocolate Banana Muffins Recipe (Makes 12 standard size muffins) Ingredients: 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup low fat buttermilk 1 large egg 1/3 cup honey 2 tablespoons oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 and 1/2 cups mashed …

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Decorating a Vignette 101

Your personal space reflects your style so when you decorate it your things give the room character.  For example, you can decorate the walls with art you purchased from a garage sale or you can decorate the coffee table with books you’ve bought on your various travels. One way to decorate a room is to arrange a group of objects together on a flat surface, like a table, mantel, or night stand.  Professional designers call this a vignette. Here are some tips to help create a strong visual impact in your vignette by doing one or more of the below:  1.     Use …

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